Portland Ram 1500 owners, you’re driving an Edmunds.com top rated vehicle!

Portland Dodge Ram 1500 owners, you’re driving one of the top rated vehicles! But you already knew that, didn’t you?

That’s right, according to Edmunds.com, the 2011 Dodge Ram was named the Best Large Light-Duty truck, pointing out the Dodge Ram 1500’s combination of capability and style.

“It’s got the looks, the muscles and the talent,” said the Edmunds.com editors. “Specifically, the Ram 1500 is undeniably handsome and has everything you need in a tough work truck while also providing its passengers with a welcoming cabin. The powerful engine lineup includes a brawny Hemi V8 that can accelerate a four-wheel-drive Ram 1500 Crew Cab to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds and tow over 10,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the interior is impressive both in its sound ergonomic design and high overall quality.”

In naming Ram 1500, for sale near Beaverton, a Top Rated vehicle, Edmunds.com cited several examples of positive owner feedback, as well.

“I like the interior features and amenities,” said one owner. “The ride is very nice. It has plenty of storage. So far, I’ve been pleased with the fuel economy, being a full-size pickup.”

“I am extremely pleased with it,” said another. “It has the center console and back-up camera that is more helpful than I would have thought. I’m also very happy with the factory spray-in bedliner.”

Edmunds.com’s 2011 Consumers’ Top Rated vehicles are those that received the highest average ratings from site visitors as of May 31, 2011. Edmunds.com aims to collect real-world feedback from actual owners, with reviewers site required to provide the car or truck’s VIN number in order to rate the vehicle. All 2011 vehicle models that received the required minimum number of consumer ratings were eligible. Vehicles are categorized by price using the lowest available base MSRP (i.e., the price of the least expensive trim level, without any options) for each vehicle as of May 31, 2011.

You can find the Dodge Ram 1500 near Portland at Dicks Country Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Hillsboro. If you are looking for a new or used Dodge Ram in Portland, please check our inventory.

Dick’s Country Dodge serves your Ram near Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Raleigh Hills, Lake Oswego, Cornelius and all or Oregon state.

Smartphones and Smart Cars – Chrysler Brand and Mopar® Announce Free Vehicle-Information Application for Owners in the United States

The Chrysler Brand and Mopar® are taking customer care to a new level, introducing new free smartphone applications that contain useful information about owner’s vehicles and creates a new channel of communication among owners and the company.

The new apps allow Chrysler owners to download information regarding their vehicle on to their personal smartphone. The free, available information includes product-feature demonstration videos, vehicle operation, maintenance and warranty information, access to 24-hour roadside assistance and customer care, and the ability to connect with fellow owners via the Chrysler brand on social media web sites. Because the systems are digital, it allows Chrysler to make updates to the “electronic” owner’s manual in real time.

“Chrysler’s tech-savvy customers appreciate the ability to simplify and manage their life on-the-go,” said Olivier Francois, Chrysler Brand CEO – Chrysler Group LLC. “These new apps from Mopar allow owners to easily access information about their vehicle as well as connect with other owners and enthusiasts via social media sites, saving time and organizing the information in one readily-accessible spot, available at their fingertips.”

In 2009, Chrysler Group was the first automotive company to replace traditional, bulky owner manuals with DVDs and user guides. In 2010, the company was the first in the automotive industry to offer smartphone vehicle-information applications. Information that used to be stuffed into the glove box is now readily available on the customer’s smartphone. Vehicle information apps for the new 2011 Chrysler 200, new 2011 Town & Country and the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 will be available for download to smartphones that operate on the Android platform in mid-January and to iTunes and Blackberry users shortly after.

“Chrysler’s new vehicle-information applications are a critical part of our company’s customer care initiatives and create a convenient, on-demand channel of communication with our customers,” said Pietro Gorlier, President – Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “These apps are a source of information for owners and potential owners to learn about Chrysler products and are a great example of how we can add value to our vehicles and build brand identity.”

The vehicle-information apps, developed by Michigan-based Tweddle Group, are designed to support vehicles in the U.S. market. The Chrysler apps will first be available for Android devices and later for BlackBerry and iPhone users on major mobile carriers.

Application Features

The new Chrysler smartphone vehicle information apps will complement existing user guides and DVDs that are currently provided with each vehicle. Each vehicle-information app allows the consumer to browse 10 functional categories and view detailed topics of interest relative to their specific vehicle.

Key feature categories include vehicle operating instructions, vehicle maintenance schedules, warning lights and controls, warranty information, service contract details, frequently asked questions and customer assistance. Other features and benefits include links to genuine Mopar parts and accessories, Chrysler brand gear and merchandise and the Chrysler Community–which offers links to social media sites. The app also contains high-resolution product information images and videos.

AutoBlog is hopeful for the Fiat brand in the U.S.

Chrysler is set to debut its American-spec Fiat 500 at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with the first examples being sold near the end of 2010, Autoblog.com said. During the 2011 calendar year, Chrysler hopes to sell 50,000 of the Mini Cooper fighters, including the 500 Cabrio, which goes on sale sometime in 2011, the website reported. Built in Toluca, Mexico, the 500 will be sold through a network of 165 dealers across the United States, mostly in cities that have the largest small car markets, the report said. Will Chrysler be able to move 50,000 of the new Fiats? That’s mildly ambitious, since the Mini brand only moves about 50,000 Coopers annually, the report said. “Still, consider our fingers crossed,” Autoblog.com said.

2010 Portland International Auto Show

The 2010 Portland International Auto Show, presented by the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association and sponsored by The Oregonian and OregonLive.com, features all the new 2010 models: car, SUV, truck and van technology that 34 manufacturers have to offer plus a sneak peak at selected 2011 intros. The show runs Thursday, January 28, through Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center.

The 2010 edition of the ever-popular Portland International Auto Show will feature 34 car lines exhibiting hundreds of import and domestic vehicles, including everything from luxury cars, hybrid cars, economy cars, family cars and sports cars to convertibles, station wagons, minivans, light trucks, 4-wheel drive and sport utility vehicles.

Some of the entertaining displays and activities will include an exotic car showcase and a motorcycle showcase. 

The Portland International Auto Show is bigger and better than ever! You’ll see not only all the new 2010 models, but also be treated to sneak peeks of selected 2011 intros, concepts and the latest in tricked out cars! You could even win a new vehicle!
This is the premier showcase of the newest model year import and domestic vehicles — cars, vans, light trucks, crossovers and sport utilities. Factory and dealer representatives from the car lines are on hand to answer all your questions. With the car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money. Sit in the vehicles, pop the hood, inspect the trunk, kick the tires. There are cars to suit every budget and life style.

The Auto Show is great entertainment for serious shoppers, car buffs and the entire family! It’s a great time to buy or lease a new vehicle at this huge selling event!

Tickets go on sale online December 1, 2009 at , and may also be purchased at the door. Discount coupons will be available. Check back for the dates that the coupons will appear.

New 2010 Models Arrive with Cool Features to Warm up the Automotive Market

Whether you want to keep your soft drinks cold or your hands warm, new 2010 model-year vehicles are arriving to Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Hillsboro with a wide variety of features to make life on the road a little more comfortable.

 “Heated steering wheels and built-in beverage coolers are just a couple of the unique features available on 2010 model-year cars and trucks,” said Mr. Inukai. “While customers aren’t going to choose a certain vehicle just because it has lighted cup holders, they do appreciate the thoughtfulness of the small details – especially it if it eliminates coffee spills during late night driving.

 “Performance, fuel economy, vehicle size and price are still important drivers of buyer decisions,” Mr. Inukai said, “But, often it’s the ‘creature features’ that new vehicle owners like to show off to their friends and neighbors.”

 Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge is replenishing its vehicle inventory as new 2010 model-year Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge Car and Ram Truck vehicles continue to arrive. Some examples of the unique comfort and utility features that can be found on 2010 vehicles follow:

 Chill Zone® acts as a cooled-beverage storage bin holding up to four, 20-ounce bottles or cans. It is available on Dodge Caliber, Avenger and Journey.

 Heated Steering Wheel fights the cold of winter mornings and is activated either by a switch inside the vehicle or by using the remote start function. It is available on the Ram 1500.

 Illuminated front cup holders make it easier to find your drink in the dark. It is available on Dodge Caliber and Journey and Jeep® Patriot and Compass.

MusicGate Power™ speakers swing down from the rear liftgate and face rearward for entertaining at tailgate parties and picnics. It is available on Dodge Caliber and Jeep Compass and Patriot.

 Rear Cross Path warns a driver backing out of a parking space that traffic is moving toward his or her vehicle. It is exclusively available on Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

 Blind Spot Monitoring notifies the driver using side-view mirror icons and audible charms if a vehicle is in the blind spot when changing lanes. It is available on Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

 Integrated child booster seats have a movable seat cushion that can stay in the normal position for older children and adults, or the seat can be raised to accommodate children between four and eight years and 40-80 pounds.  It is available on Dodge Journey and Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.

 RamBox is an industry-first cargo management system built into the bed rails for versatile, weatherproof, lockable and drainable storage. It is available on Ram 1500.

 “Store-in-the-floor” bins offer versatile, covered storage in the floor of the vehicle. It is available on Chrysler Town & Country, Ram 1500 and Dodge Journey and Grand Caravan.

 Multi-displacement system seamlessly alternates the engine between smooth, fuel-efficient four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is requested. It is available on Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Ram 1500, and Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee.

 Voice Command lets drivers select radio stations, choose satellite radio channels, enter navigation destinations and make phone calls using voice recognition technology. Voice command is standard with the Uconnect phone feature available on Chrysler 300, Sebring, Sebring Convertible and Town & Country; Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan, Caliber, Challenger, Charger, Dakota, Journey and Nitro; Ram 1500; Jeep Grand Cherokee, Commander, Compass, Liberty and Patriot.

Sirius Backseat TV™ is exclusively available on Chrysler Group vehicles and offers commercial-free satellite broadcasts of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. It is available on Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; Dodge Charger, Grand Caravan, Journey and Nitro; Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Liberty; and Ram 1500 and 2500/3500.

 Rain-sensing wipers automatically detect moisture on the windshield and activate the wipers. It is available on Chrysler 300, Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee.

 emote Start will turn on the vehicle and its automatic climate control (if equipped) to heat or cool the vehicle as needed. The remote start is integrated in the key fob and works up to 300 feet away. It is available on Chrysler 300, Sebring, Sebring Convertible and Town & Country; Dodge Caliber, Charger, Dakota, Grand Caravan and Nitro; Ram 1500; Jeep Patriot, Compass, Commander, Grand Cherokee and Liberty.

 Stow ‘n Go® provides second- and third-row seating that quickly and conveniently folds into the floor for more cargo space when the seating space isn’t required. It is unique to the minivan segment and is available on Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

 Swivel ‘n Go™ features second-row seats that swivel 180 degrees to face the third row, a removable table that installs between the two rows, and fold-in-the-floor third-row seating. It is exclusive in the minivan segment and available on Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

 About Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

 Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge is an authorized new vehicle dealer affiliated with Chrysler Group LLC and sells Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge Car and Ram Truck vehicles. Chrysler Group LLC was formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group and produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge Car, Ram Truck, Mopar® and Global Electric Motors (GEM) brand vehicles and products. 

 Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge provides warranty service for all Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles.

We have a new Facebook Page

Dick’s Auto Group invites you to find us on Facebook. We will have announcements from Dick’s Mackenzie Ford, Dick’s Collision Center and Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Featuring updates from sales, service and bodyshop along with company and current events.  We look forward to interacting with our customers in this new venue.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Names Four Chrysler Group LLC vehicles as top safety picks.

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Hillsboro announces that four of its vehicle models are named Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks. ® Patriot with available seat mounted air bag. Chrysler Group makes vehicles sold under the Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge Car and Ram Truck brands. www.iihs.org.

“The IIHS has more stringent testing criteria for the 2010 model year and only 27 vehicle models earned the Top Safety Pick designation,” said Mr. Inukai, Owner “So, their recognition of our products really underscores Chrysler Group’s engineering capability and safety leadership.”

Four Chrysler Group LLC vehicles have earned 2010 Top Safety Pick status: the 2010 Dodge Journey, the 2010 Chrysler Sebring when equipped with available Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the 2010 Dodge Avenger when equipped with available ESC and the 2010 Jeep

“These Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge models are part of an elite group that afford the best overall crash protection and have electronic stability control, which can help keep drivers out of crashes altogether,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

For the 2010 model year, Chrysler Group products comprise almost 15 percent of the total vehicles awarded Top Safety Pick status by the IIHS to automakers. The award recognizes automobiles with ESC that perform well in the Institute’s front-impact, side-impact, rear-impact and new for 2010, roof-strength evaluations.

Available safety and security features on the 2010 Jeep® Patriot, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010 Dodge Avenger and 2010 Dodge Journey include ESC with traction control, Brake Assist and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), driver and front-passenger active head restraints, front seat-mounted side airbags and advanced multi-stage front airbags.

The Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Top Safety Picks all feature new active head restraint system for front-seat occupants. This new system augments the head restraints ability to minimize neck injuries caused by rear-impact accidents. In the event of a rear impact, the head restraints deploy to remove the space between the occupants head and the restraint to help minimize whiplash type injuries.

More information on IIHS Top Safety Picks, including video and photos, is available at www.iihs.org.