So What Exactly is this LX Platform?

Steve Magnante the man behind the ever popular car enthusiast blog, works with Dodge to provide viewers a clear and educated explanations for the Spring Festival of LX’s came to be, and where the LX, LC and LD platforms can be found in the Dodge vehicle lineup. Steve also tells you about how the history of the Dodge Muscle cars; Magnum, Charger and Challenger came about.

Posted by pfiorini on Mar 25 2014 in Automotive Industry News, Dodge News

“Conept to Consumer – Design” (Jeep Cherokee)

The all new Jeep Cherokee lead design team gives you a remarkable and passionate explanation of their intentions for the changed designs to the all-new Cherokee. If you are looking for a reliable Jeep model, and are curious not just about this new Cherokee, but any new 2013-2014 Jeep models, then look no further than

Posted by pfiorini on Oct 4 2013 in Automotive Industry News, Jeep News, Jeep Reviews

The Jeep “30 Miles of Freedom” Contest – Enter Now

Are you looking for some weekend adventure? Something challenging? Something original? Well the Jeep brand has just announced a contest that had started in late August. The project is proving to provide Jeep owners a very unique way to join their community by taking part in a short 30 mile road trip to place of their choice, and documenting it. So far there have been over 100 participants, and that number is growing daily. So why wait? You should start planning your 30 mile trip today, document and see if you can top the others!

So far it is just the Compass and Patriot models which you can see at We are also certain a lot of people out there who show a similar passion for adventure and their Jeeps would love to learn about you and your own personal trips. So to begin you can start by registering here:

Posted by pfiorini on Sep 5 2013 in Automotive Industry News, Driving Tips, Fuel Economy, Jeep News

Dart Hits Homerun with IIHS Safety Pick

Dodge can add another trophy to its 2013 year mantle when they landed a top safety pick from IIHS for the compact sedan class with their very popular Dodge Dart.  The 2013 Dodge Dart was actually just one of a few in the compact class that received such high safety rating from IIHS. On the other end of the spectrum, least safest compacts were given to the 2013 Nissan Sentra, 2013 Kia Soul and 2014 Kia Forte. Seems Kia has some problems they need to work out with their compact vehicles moving forward.

The 2013 Dodge Dart is a new compact sedan from the Dodge manufacturer that has gained a ton of worldwide publicity with its fresh designs, and sporty appeal. Also it helps to have incredible creatively deisgned marketing and advertising campaigns to really push the envelope to gain recognition for Dodge’s reinvented model brand. To learn more about the 2013 Dodge Dart you can learn quite a bit by visiting, our website.

Posted by pfiorini on Aug 8 2013 in Automotive Industry News, Automotive Safety, Dodge News, Dodge Reviews

New York International Auto Show :: 2013 Dodge SRT Viper

The New York International Auto show opens later this week, and Dodge has a very special vehicle to introduce,  the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper. The 2013 SRT Viper is all-new, from front-to-back and top-to-bottom, from the lightweight carbon-fiber roof right down to its road-scorching wheels. It features less weight, stiffer chassis, a more powerful engine, beefed-up close-ratio transmission, more powerful brakes and new electronic technology. It’s all wrapped in aggressive exterior styling with gorgeous interior design, materials and appointments to make Viper more comfortable and capable, better riding, more agile and faster accelerating to a higher top speed. Advancements in materials and engineering lead to a new output of 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

Posted by pfiorini on Apr 2 2012 in Automotive Industry News

A Shortage Where the Rubber meets the road

Tire Shortage

Tire Shortage

And I mean this literally. There is a shortage of tires for new cars being manufactured in the US today.  It’s not at a crisis situation but the shortage on the supply side has pushed up prices for the demand side. Most manufacturers have plans on ramping up production at both North American plants and factories in Brazil and one tire maker will be building a new plant in America, but all that takes time to make an effect on the supply and the price of tires.

There are several situations that have caused this situation. The first, believe it or not, is the Great Recession. One of the unanticipated consequences of the extreme drop in GDP, in particular the segment coming from the Auto Industry was a ramp down in production. Tire makers, in anticipation of the drop in car sales, slowed down production at factories and laid off workers. This eventually filtered down to low inventories of tires available in the US for Auto Makers. Just around the time when the Federal Government handed Detroit Auto Makers a bail out and simultaneously revved up demand by offering Cash for Clunkers, tire makers were scaling back production and allowing inventories to dwindle.

Move forward a year or two, the Auto Industry has experienced an almost return to normal but Tire Makers had not ramped production back up to levels to meet the new demand. Now they are running at full capacity just to keep up with demand because the Obama Administration put a 3 year tariff on tire imports from China, further reducing overall supply. So you may get the vehicle you want when you want it, but you might not get the tires you wanted on that vehicle or find yourself spending just a little bit more on the tires than you had anticipated.

Posted by pfiorini on Jun 22 2011 in Automotive Industry News

Recovery not so bright yet for the auto industry

Financial Markets

Financial Markets

So how’s that recovery working for you? You might not want to ask the auto industry, or any other industry for that matter. But being that we are a car dealer, we’ll stay on that subject.  Car makers suffered catastrophic drops in sales a few years back. Right after the economy almost collapsed and millions of workers lost their jobs, people stopped buying new cars. They just didn’t have the money and a lot of people were afraid of losing their jobs and did not want to commit to any long term financial commitment. Auto makers scrambled to save themselves. The Federal Government even had to step in and become a major stake holder in 2 of the Big Three.

Well the good news is none of these automakers failed and although sales are not back to the levels they were at during those golden years, they have made a glorious comeback from the precipice. The bad news is that it may be several more years before sales come back to levels of high or extreme growth.  This is okay for the auto industry, but not great and worse yet it is not good for the overall economy.  The auto industry needs high growth levels to fund research and development of new technologies and products and the rest of the economy has a significant dependency on one of the last strongholds of American Manufacturing. If the auto industry can get back to the sales levels of the early part of the century, the economy will feel and act healthier too. But then again, will the auto industry be able to grow rapidly without the rest of the economy growing too? Most experts don’t see this happening until about 2015.

Posted by pfiorini on Jun 2 2011 in Automotive Industry News

Empty Nesters Re-upping their minivans

An interesting statistic has come to light recently about mini vans. The couples who bought minivans to lug around play pens, diaper bags, soccer teams and cheerleading squads are not trading in their milk stained mini vans for a coupe or a convertible. Once the kids have grown up and moved on, you would think that Empty Nesters would be getting themselves a mid life crisis car or some other toy dodge grand caravan interiorto drive around in to remind them of their youth. Instead, they are trading in their family friendly, gadget laden,  soccer teaming luxury family bus minivans for a New Mini Van.

With no real need for all that transporting space why are couples with grown kids staying in a minivan? Mostly because they have gotten used to the height of a minivan. It is much easier to see all the traffic when you sit above the traffic in a minivan. But some of the other reasons are the convenience of its size. You can still load up a minivan; it’s not just made for hauling around kids. Fifty and sixty-somethings are a lot more active than their parents were when they were their age. A minivan has plenty of room to lug all their toys around, golf clubs, bikes and other athletic equipment. And having no more kids in the house has given this group a whole lot more money to spend on whatever they want to spend it on. Don’t think auto makers have not taken notice of that little bit of information.
What’s next on the horizon for this class of vehicles?

Would you believe something just a little smaller than the minivan –the Micro Van?

Posted by pfiorini on Apr 29 2011 in Automotive Industry News

Fiat Shows Presence at LA Auto Show

The 2012 Fiat 500 was shown off at the ongoing 2010 LA Auto Show.  The stylish minicar has managed to draw plenty of attention, not only because of its cute styling and Italian flair but also because of its very affordable pricetag. This entrant in the small-car segment is the first byproduct of the Fiat and Chrysler partnership. The Fiat 500 is truly a small car, so the idea that it is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 101 horsepower makes sense. More importantly, though, is that the 2012 500 will feature Fiat’s new economical MultiAir engine. And the 500 gains an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed manual with new gear ratios.

The Fiat 500 will be available in three models, with the names Pop, Sport, and Lounge. Furthermore, this vehicle will be highly customizable with loads of options and packages. Customers will be able to choose from 14 exterior colors (metallic, pastel colors and with pearly triple-coat finishes), 14 color combinations and materials for the seats, two interiors (black or ivory) and a complete line of exclusive accessories made by Mopar.

Among other things, Fiat 500 customers will be able to make use of the free eco:Drive software application that collects journey data through the Blue&Me interface of the car and analyzes them to give the user handy personalized tips to cut travel costs and the environmental impact of his driving style. First sales of the 2012 Fiat 500 are scheduled to start in December.

Posted by pfiorini on Nov 21 2010 in Automotive Industry News

Chrysler and Dodge Earn Pet Safety Awards

chrysler-town-countryThe Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Journey have been awarded Bark Buckle UP’s 2010 Pet Safe Choice Awards at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The Pet Safe Choice Award is given to vehicles that best accommodate a variety of pet needs, including ventilation for pets and adaptability of third-party pet-travel gear.

Bark Buckle UP evaluated vehicles on a variety of criteria, including accommodation of animals and various kennel sizes, ease of pet access within the vehicle, ease of pet entry and exit, pet-friendly interior surfaces and their ease of clean up. “Pets are an extension of every family, and the Dodge Journey’s best-in-class seating and storage solutions meet the needs of all family members from kids to pets. With features like the available integrated booster seat that accommodates children comfortably, to in-floor storage that keeps all the pet-essentials organized and easy-to-reach, the Dodge Journey makes every trip better for the entire family,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country received the U.S. Government’s Five Star crash test rating in both front and side impact tests. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country LX is $25,995 (including $820 destination).

Christina Selter, “Pet Safety Lady”,” founder of Bark Buckle UP, Bark10-4 and the Bark Buckle UP Charity, works closely with Fire, Police, Coast Guard and EMT personnel who support the safety program and has been featured at International Auto Shows, Pet Expos, Television, Radio, News Articles and guest speaking engagements nationwide. Bark Buckle UP is the recognized innovative leader and experts for pet travel safety. Bark Buckle UP educates and promotes awareness for pet safety while traveling with our pets. For more news and information, visit

Posted by pfiorini on Feb 16 2010 in Automotive Industry News