Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 17, 2016

Top Down Tourers

 

I am looking to start a Sunday afternoon convertible club at Sonrise Church for the purpose of fellowship and fun. The post will be part of my research and planning. We will taking afternoon jaunts on Sunday afternoon. It will be focused on convertibles, day trips and scenic destinations and routes but not limited to convertibles only. Anyone is welcome.

My initial plan will be to plan for routes roughly about 2 hours from Hillsboro, OR. Ending at a scenic destination or a place for coffee or a snack and then return home. Photography could be a theme of some as well. A short hike included or even a swim in a cool river or lake.

The routes will be scenic and not focused on performance or aggressive driving but cruising and enjoying.

My early searches gave me these pages to study. I will also check trails.com as there are driving trips on there as well.

A great idea is to look for local events like fairs or markets or local attractions in nearby towns or communities that we can drive to an experience. Maybe even a car show or cruise in! I can also look at trips and adventures other car clubs or motor cycle clubs have gone on or maybe tag along with them if they are open.

I am sure there are meet up groups planning similar trips that I can check out and get ideas from as well.

https://www.myscenicdrives.com/regions/oregon

https://roadtrippers.com/map?lat=43.85434&lng=-121.20667&z=7

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g52024-d487898-i32020110-Island_Cafe-Portland_Oregon.html

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/portland/best-road-trips-to-take-from-portland

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/scenic-byways/

10 Portland Day Trips

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-12-21/portland-oregon-great-day-trips-for-nature-lovers

http://www.roadtripamerica.com/DayTrips/Day-Trips-from-Portland-Oregon.htm

http://www.10best.com/interests/travel-features/road-trip-10-must-see-spots-from-portland-to-seattle/

https://www.pacsafe.com/blog/9-towns-to-visit-during-your-oregon-coast-road-trip/

14-Day Best of the Pacific Northwest Road Trip Loop

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/may/25/top-10-portland-san-francisco-roadside-attractions

https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&hs=Bbu&channel=fs&q=portland+day+trip+itinerary&revid=133709851&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNqKDPseDMAhUHxmMKHUkXC0IQ1QIIkQEoBw

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-day-trips-portland-oregon

http://jalopnik.com/how-to-drive-the-pacific-coast-highway-like-a-champion-1709670729

http://www.oregonccca.com/B-07-July-Board-minutes.htm

10 Portland Day Trips

http://dguides.com/portland/blog/insider-tips/75-things-to-do-in-portland-this-winter/

6 Must-See Day Trips from Portland

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2014/12/1/50-things-every-portlander-must-do-this-winter-december-2014

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/tags/day-trips

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/

http://www.cascadiakids.com/a-perfect-5-day-oregon-road-trip/

http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Plan-a-Trip/Trip-Ideas/

https://www.pacsafe.com/blog/9-towns-to-visit-during-your-oregon-coast-road-trip/

http://www.oregonlive.com/northwest-life/index.ssf/oregon-travel/25-relaxing-oregon-destinations.html

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/

 

 

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http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/worlds-best-wine-road-trips

2. Willamette Valley

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In 1979 celebrated French wine and food magazine, GaultMillau, organized a wine Olympics bringing together a total of 330 wines from 33 countries. When a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley placed in the top 10 of their category, the region was catapulted to international fame. Beginning 100 miles southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries. It also plays host to the celebrated International Pinot Noir Celebration every July. A journey here is not complete without a stop in Portland, a city whose wine is perhaps only bested by its limitless dining options. Also not to miss is Domain Serene in rural Dayton, OR, where you can ponder which is more fantastic, their Pinot Noir or their picturesque views.
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Columbia River Gorge

It’s incredible to find such natural beauty so close to a major city. Mere minutes out of Portland, Oregon, starts the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Drive the Oregon side for stunning views of waterfalls, some of which you can see without leaving the freeway. For a more intimate drive, get off the Interstate and cruise Historic Highway 30. Watch the scenery change from lush forest to high desert as you go east. Be sure to spend some time in quaint towns along the way like Hood River, Cascade Locks and The Dalles.


 

How a Road Trip Helps you Experience Local Culture

Are you trying to decide where to go for your next vacation? Instead of flying, try a road trip. A road trip will help you find off-the-beaten-path destinations, and it’s a great way to get to meet locals. Here’s how a road trip lets you experience local culture.

Visit Unique Small Towns

Often, when people are traveling, they seek out famous tourist sites and big cities. But there are plenty of fascinating things to see and people to meet in those out-of-the-way small towns that dot the highway. When you’re on your road trip, take the time to stop in these small towns. You could visit for lunch, or do some shopping. While you’re there, you’ll be able to talk to locals.

Check Out Local Events

A road trip also makes it easy to go to the types of events that are mostly attended by locals. This includes festivals, farmer’s markets, and holiday celebrations. Many small towns have their own unique events that celebrate their town’s unique history and traditions. This is an especially great option for traveling with kids–they’ll love getting the chance to try out fun new celebrations and festivals. After you map out your trip, research the towns you’ll be passing and see if they have any special events that are worth checking out. If there are a few events that look really interesting, plan your trip around them.

Stay With Locals

Websites like AirBnB make it easier than ever to find homes to stay in on the road. Instead of staying in hotels, try using these types of websites to connect with town residents. This is one of the best ways to meet local people and to get to know about the towns you’re passing through. You’ll end up with many more stories and memories in these types of accommodation than you would if you only stayed in hotels.

Whether you’re going on a famous route 66 road trip or making up your own route, plan time to meet locals. Once you have planned your itinerary, hit the road and go experience local culture!

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Top Road Trip Destinations From Seattle, WA

https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2011/04/21/top-10-road-trip-destinations-from-seattle-wa/

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September 19, 2015

Miata Cup Holders

Filed under: Adventures,Automotive — rmay4 @ 6:02 am
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Here is the first installment of articles focused on driving and enjoying my Mazda Miata MX5 convertible. I have a 2000 Mazda Miata MX5 5 speed manual. I really enjoy that car. I had a Triumph Spitfire as a teen and developed a love that type and style of convertible. It still persists today!

A couple of searches online and you will quickly realize that there are tons of people who enjoy these two but the camps are very different. You have a group of radical hot rodders doing v8 conversions producing 400 HP animals that can not stay connected to the road. There are racers making 250 track cars designed to stick to the road like glue but hang on to your wallet loosely! They are easy to add turbo or super chargers to and the list goes on.

There are a couple other camps that are  not even really in the race camp at all. There are the young kids who think they are cool and affordable as well as dependable. There is a camp that wants to re-capture the old MG/Triumph classic look with retro luggage racks and wooden shift knobs and steering wheels and more.

There is another camp and that is the adventure driver. I belong mostly in that camp. a trip that can last all day or few days and tour the scenic byways and back roads (the curvier the better) with the top down and the sun and wind battering you for hours and hours. Unique small towns and hotels and motels that people forgot years ago. People you would never think of meeting but are glad you did. A hidden coffee or sandwich shop owned by a local and typically only frequented by locals but all with a story and personality. That is the element in which I enjoy the Miata the most for sure!

The other thing I enjoy is customizing it to make those adventures more fun and enjoyable. Being it comfort for myself and a better set of cup holders or performance and handling to increase the adrenaline rush in the curves.

Come join me and lets go down the road!

Randy May

WAAAM – Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Another post in discovering weekend and day trip adventures near home.

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What a great local spot for a day trip with wife or family? I discovered paper card models a few years back. This would be a great chance to get to see some of the old planes and cars in real life that I am trying to model. These are real working machines from a time long ago. They have scheduled Fly In’s when people fly in in their vintage crafts. Check them out. I know I am going to.

http://www.waaamuseum.org/

January 17, 2013

Where do I find a owner’s manual for my car?

1934 Dodge Truck Shop Manual CoverHelp, where can I get a replacement owners manual for my car?

When you buy a used car or if you lost the manual to your new car, there used to only a couple of solutions. You could go order one from the dealership and pay a bunch of money and wait weeks to get it or your could try to find a used one at a salvage yard or garage sale or the like.

Today that is not the case. If you want a replacement manual, you can still attack if old school style or you can move into more current times.

1) there are a few printers that produce most of the new car manuals and they have replacement manuals available as well.

http://www.techauthority.com is available online or by phone at (800) 890-4038
This is the website to order the printed versions of all Chrysler owners manuals

http://www.helminc.com/helm/welcome_select_oem.asp?Style=helm
Helm, Inc. offers paper manuals for Acura, Ford, all GM brands, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Lincoln, Lexus, Mercury and Mitsubishi, Toyota and Scion — for a fee. 

2) Besides the printed versions, many manuals are available online. Here are several links that allow viewing, printing and even downloading manuals for free from online sources and in some cases they offer the ability to purchase some as well. It is amazing how many manuals there are access to in these links.

http://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-find-your-car-owners-manual-online.html
http://www.manualsforcars.com/     Manuals that are not available online, like VW, can be found here in many cases.
http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/manual.html

You can purchase paper manuals for Audi and VW at the links above as the mfg. does not make them available online at all at the time of this writing.

And if a used owner’s manual is OK, or you’re after the manual for an obscure model, eBay, Amazon or other sources for used merchandise are always worth a shot.

I am always glad to help if you are looking for new or pre-owned car. Please give me a call at 503-708-7269.

Randy May
Fleet and Internet Sales Manager
503-708-7269

November 9, 2012

Obama Spin Doctor on Bail Out

Filed under: Automotive,Chrysler,Dodge,Fiat,Politics — rmay4 @ 1:01 am
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I am not saying the bail out was wrong. There was definitely some good to be realized but at least be honest and do not politicize it. Bush was going to do it as well. The handling is Chrysler’s bail out went much better than Government Motors!!!

Obama finding what’s good for GM not so good for taxpayers Keith Naughton and Mark Clothier Automotive News | November 8, 2012 – 12:20 pm EST

DETROIT (Bloomberg) — The General Motors bailout played an important role in the re-election of President Barack Obama, who stumped on the issue in Midwestern swing states.

Now comes the hard part: unloading the government’s stake, probably at a big loss.

GM received $51 billion from the U.S. Treasury in 2009. Taxpayers have recouped $24 billion and still own 32 percent of the company. The problem is that GM shares are trading at less than half the price the government said it needs to break even.

Selling the shares was politically precarious before the election because that would have locked in a loss — $14 billion at yesterday’s closing price. Now that the election is over, cutting the stake could be good for GM’s image and its stock.

The question is how and when. With GM suffering as much as $1.8 billion in losses in Europe this year and Chinese economic growth slowing while the U.S. accelerates gradually, prospects are dim for a doubled stock price.

“They can’t wait for the shares to turn a profit because they know it’s not going to happen,” Phillip Swagel, assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy under President George W. Bush, said in an interview. “They will wait a reasonable time period after the election, as people focus on the fiscal cliff and tax reform. Then they’ll start to sell off the shares.”

Obama is unlikely to sell all 500 million shares at one time, as Republican candidate Mitt Romney had suggested he might, Swagel said. That will reassure investors concerned that GM’s largest shareholder would batter the stock with a share dump.

Likely seller

“You have one shareholder who is a likely seller and owns a third of the stock,” said Matthew Stover, an auto analyst with Guggenheim Securities in Boston. “Investors see that and think, ‘Look out below!”‘

Rather, Treasury will probably engage in a measured sell-down over time, much like it has in exiting ownership in banks and insurer American International Group Inc., which received taxpayer rescues from the Troubled Asset Relief Program that also funded GM’s bailout.

GM’s $51 billion was part of the government’s $79.7 billion 2009 rescue of GM, Chrysler Group LLC and lender Ally Financial Inc.

“Treasury has done a very good job of disposing of shares of TARP banks and that provides a pretty good road map,” said Swagel, now a professor of economics at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. “Treasury has taken some losses on the TARP shares on individual banks. But they said the best thing for us to do is to sell these off and get the banks back into fully private hands.”

‘Own Timetable’

GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to speculate on the government’s plans.

“Nothing has changed from our perspective,” Cain said. “Treasury will act on its own timetable.”

Timothy Massad, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for financial stability, said in an e-mailed statement: “Going forward, as with all our investments, we’ll continue to balance exiting as soon practicable and maximizing value for taxpayers.”

GM has the liquidity it needs to buy back government shares after securing an $11 billion revolving credit line on Nov. 5, Brian Johnson, a Chicago-based analyst with Barclays Plc, wrote in a note that day. If Obama were to announce an AIG-style wind-down of the government stake in GM, it could help both sides, Johnson said.

‘Government Motors’

“Announcement of a sell-down plan, combined with a coordinated share-repurchase plan by GM could actually boost the stock,” Johnson wrote. “Announcement of such a plan would help the Treasury’s cause, as the stock could see a boost from investors appreciating the signal that the Treasury overhang is coming to an end.”

If GM were to buy back 40 percent of Treasury’s holdings for as much as $5.6 billion, that would add 12 percent to the value of the remaining shares, according to Johnson.

The “Government Motors” tag that dogged GM throughout the presidential campaign is depressing its share price and has hamstrung the company, said Jim Kee, president of South Texas Money Management in San Antonio, which bought 500,000 GM shares in February, expecting a 30 percent to 50 percent gain as the economy recovers.

“GM has still got the dead weight of government involvement limiting their flexibility,” Kee said.

Half step

Even chopping the government’s ownership stake in half might move the share price up, Stover said.

“If they get it to 15 percent or below, I think people will stop talking about it as much,” Stover said. “One of the reasons the stock price has come up recently is people are looking at it and saying, ‘Europe is bottoming and it looks like the U.S. Treasury is going to do something.”‘

Obama may want to wait to start selling until the Detroit auto show in January, when GM plans to display a redesigned version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, its top-selling model. That news could move shares in the direction of GM’s November 2010 initial public offering price of $33.

GM shares closed at $25.03 on Wednesday.

“Housing data points continue to improve and pickup demand is increasing,” said Peter Nesvold, an analyst with Jefferies & Co. “GM has brand new product in that category for the first time in five years and the appetite for shares is actually pretty strong.”

Strong Fort

Other than its European losses, the news on GM is mostly good. The new revolving line gives the automaker $43 billion in gross liquidity, strengthening what CEO Dan Akerson calls “our fortress balance sheet.”

GM’s third-quarter earnings last week beat estimates by 55 percent and automotive profit excluding Europe rose 4.3 percent to $2.63 billion, before interest and taxes, as it commanded higher prices for its models and expanded in emerging markets in Asia and South America.

“As we’ve said before, we believe the company’s made real progress, but we don’t think that the market has given the company as much credit as it might,” said the Treasury Department’s Massad.

Frank Brosens, a founder of Taconic Capital Advisors, agrees.

“This stock still trades like the old GM,” Brosens said Wednesday at the “Invest for Kids” conference in Chicago to benefit youth charities. “The stock can triple from here.”

Brosens said the government “would like nothing better” than to get out of GM stock. Taconic owns 9.03 million shares, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Brosens said he expects the government will sell its stake in the next six months to a year. GM may buy 200 million to 300 million shares from the government, he said.

Million jobs

To Obama, the most important outcome of the bailout is that GM and Chrysler are healthy and hiring. Without government assistance, “we would have lost a million jobs,” the president said in the Oct. 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

The controversy of using taxpayer dollars to save individual companies is unlikely to ever go away, said Swagel, who helped start the auto bailout as part of the Bush administration. Eliminating government ownership of GM, though, will go a long way toward closing the book on that intervention, he said.

“The administration has spun the bailout into a success story, so they’re not going to suddenly admit, ‘oh, no, now we’ve lost money,”‘ said Swagel, who contends labor unions received preferential treatment in GM’s bankruptcy. “Everyone understands they’ve lost money, but, in their mind, they’ve saved all these jobs.”

President Obama, pictured driving a Chevy Volt during a June 2010 event in Detroit, is unlikely to tell the U.S. Treasury to sell all 500 million GM shares at one time, experts say.

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December 6, 2011

New Dodge Dart Hitting the Bull’s Eye

Filed under: Alpha Romeo,Automotive,Dodge,New Models — rmay4 @ 10:32 pm

Dodge continuing to market aggressive and sporty cars does it again. The classics revisited has worked so far. Both the Charger and the Challenger in their 21st century formation have sold well and perform well. I always wanted a Dart, now I get my chance.

Randy May

Fleet Sales

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

503-708-7269

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2013 Dodge Dart, 40MPG turbo 1.4 Fiat 500 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The Dodge Dart, a 1960s compact car that gearheads turned into street racers, is making a comeback.

Chrysler said Tuesday that it will use the Dart name for a new compact car based on Italian technology that it will introduce in the U.S. next year.

The brand has a special meaning for St. Louis. When Chrysler opened its south plant in Fenton, the facility began its life in 1959 building the Dodge Dart among other vehicles. Local workers assembled the Dart until Chrysler dropped the brand in 1976.

The south plant was torn down after the automaker shuttered the facility in 2008.

The new Dart, which is expected to get 40 miles per gallon of gas on the highway, is an extremely important car for Chrysler Group LLC, which currently has outdated offerings in the fast-growing compact car market. Young buyers in the U.S. generally pick compacts as their first new cars, and research shows they’ll stick with a brand if they like their first vehicle.

The new car is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, a compact sold in Europe, but will be wider and longer to handle Americans’ need for more space. Chrysler said in a statement that the four-door sedan will perform well and be efficient. It’s the first car sold by Chrysler dealers that is based on Fiat underpinnings.

The Dart, due in showrooms during the first half of next year, will replace the Dodge Caliber, a slow-selling compact SUV that is based on a Spartan design from Chrysler’s lean years before bankruptcy protection. Two other compact SUVs, the Jeep Compass and Patriot, will still be sold.

The Dart also is important to Fiat because the Italian company will get another 5 percent stake in Chrysler once it starts making a car in the U.S. that gets 40 mpg. The Dart will be produced at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., where the company is investing $600 million.

Chrysler said the Dart, to be formally introduced in January at the Detroit auto show, will offer three choices for a four-cylinder engine. It has a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that also goes in the high-performance Fiat 500, a 2-liter four and a larger 2.4-liter engine.

The Dart comes at a critical time for Chrysler, with strong growth projected in the compact car segment. Compacts could unseat midsize cars this year as the largest U.S. market segment for the first time in at least two decades, according to J.D. Power and Associates, a marketing information firm.

2013 Dodge Dart, 40MPG turbo 1.4 Fiat 500 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Rebecca Lindland, senior analyst for the IHS Automotive consulting firm, said growth in compacts will continue as the segment attracts young first-time buyers as well as baby boomers who are downsizing their cars.

General Motors has taken advantage of the growth with the Chevrolet Cruze, the company’s first decent small car in recent years, she said. The Cruze, which was just introduced last year, is among the top-selling compacts in the nation through November.

She said the Dart will have to be really good because competition in the segment is fierce.

“You’ve got to have your best game face,” Lindland said.

Chrysler nearly ran out of cash in 2008 and needed a $12.5 billion government bailout to survive bankruptcy protection. In exchange for management expertise and technology, the government gave Fiat SpA control of Chrysler and a 20 percent stake in the company.

Under Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who now leads both automakers, Chrysler repaid its government loans, and Fiat bought the government’s stock in Chrysler. The government will lose $1.3 billion of its original $12.5 billion bailout.

Fiat now controls Chrysler with a 53.3 percent stake in the company. Under a 2009 deal with the government, Fiat got a 20 percent stake after Chrysler exited bankruptcy protection. Fiat gradually raised its stake and gained a majority share in July, when it bought the U.S. Treasury’s remaining shares.

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May 20, 2011

Great time to sell or trade in your car

With the reduced number of new cars sold year over year since the crash of 2008 (down from 16-18 million new car sales to just over 10 million) and not the disaster in Japan effecting primarily small and mid-sized cars coupled with a demand for the same cars in light of rising fuel cost, things have changed to say the least.

You might find your once humble little mode of transportation to be more valuable than you think.

Take a look at this article I found recently that echos this: http://autos.yahoo.com/news/high-used-car-prices-make-it-ideal-time-to-sell.html

Thank You,

Randy May
Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Fleet and Internet Sales Manager
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April 4, 2011

Chrysler and Fiat Producing Growth and New Models!

Filed under: Automotive,Chrysler,Dodge,Fiat,Jeep,New Models — rmay4 @ 10:09 pm

As a guy who works at a Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealer and lived through the Mercedes Chrysler fiasco, I was not excited about a Fiat version of that.  As I have watched the 2011 models come out and all the immediate improvements and the commitment to quality, even if it meant delaying the release of a new model and I do have to say that I am excited for the future. I saw the article below online today and re-posted it below.

It looks like we can expect some really cool stuff soon.

Randy May

503-708-7269

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Located in Hillsboro and servicing the Portland and Beaverton Oregon areas for new and used cars trucks and vans.

 

Fiat to launch two Dodge-based sedans in China, Russia
Luca Ciferri
Automotive News Europe | April 4, 2011 10:06 CET

TURIN — Fiat plans to launch a compact sedan in China and Russia based on the Dodge Caliber replacement that launches in North America next January.

The sedan will go into production in China in the second half of next year. Fiat has not yet announced timing for the Russia launch.

Fiat will also launch a mid-sized sedan in China and in Russia in late 2013 based on the replacement for the Dodge Avenger that will debut in the United States the same year.

Both sedans are based on a 40mm-widened version of Fiat’s new Compact architecture, which Fiat and Chrysler call Compact Wide. The Compact architecture debuted first on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta compact hatchback last year.

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the sedans are the first clear example of the global reach of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance, adding that the Compact Wide architecture will become “truly global” because it will also underpin future Jeep compact and mid-sized SUVs. He was speaking at Fiat’s annual shareholders meeting on March 30.

Fiat has not yet decided whether to sell the compact sedan in western Europe, where buyers prefer hatchbacks and station wagons over sedans.

The mid-sized sedan could possibly come to Europe badged as a Lancia. Later this year, Lancia will start sales of its first rebadged Chrysler models — the Thema large sedan, a rebadged Chrysler 300C, and the Grand Voyager minivan.

Fiat will open a new China plant in July 2012 in the Changsha Economic Zone in Hunan province with joint venture partner Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Guangzhou Auto has joint ventures with Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Fiat is also looking for sites and potential partners for a 300,000-capacity factory in Russia after a planned joint venture with Russia’s Sollers collapsed in February when Sollers instead teamed up with Ford Motor Co.

In Russia, in addition to the two sedans, Fiat also plans to build two Jeeps — the Compass/Patriot and the Liberty/Cherokee successors.

In China, Fiat will build the mid-sized sedan, as well the two Jeep models also planned for Russia.

At full capacity, envisaged for 2014, Fiat-Chrysler plan to build a million vehicles a year underpinned by the Compact and Compact Wide architectures for the Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Jeep brands.

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November 12, 2010

Jeep and Mopar Are First In Industry To Offer Off-road Camper Trailers

Filed under: Camping,Jeep,Mopar,Survival — rmay4 @ 8:46 pm
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Designed to meet off-road capabilities of Jeep® 4×4 vehicles, Jeep® Trail and Extreme Trail campers incorporate Jeep® Wrangler’s rugged design cues, including Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels (with 5-lug by 5-inch bolt pattern to utilize most Jeep® vehicles’ spare tire), taillights, fender flares, rear bumper (Trail Edition camper only), badging and hood-tie downs. In August 2010, both Jeep® camper trailers may be ordered at local Jeep® dealers through Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

    Mopar,Jeep,Campers 

  • Campers accommodate four adults and feature a queen-size bed, sofa with stowable table, built-in aluminum cabinet, 110-volt power supply and a premium canvas enclosure
  • Camper trailers feature innovative engineering, capability and are designed and tested for Jeep® off-road capability
  • For casual campers, the Jeep® Trail Edition camper is designed to endure trails with its lightweight all-aluminum construction, 32-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, 12 inches of ground clearance, trailing-arm suspension, diamond-plated aluminum covering, and available 360-degree axis pintle hitch
  • For hard-core off-road enthusiasts, the Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper ups the ante with a heavier frame, 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, 15 inches of ground clearance, full-underbody skid plate, high-mounted fenders, and available 360-degree axis pintle hitch
  • The all-new Jeep® Trail Edition camper (MSRP: $9,995) and Extreme Trail Edition camper (MSRP: $11,995) may be ordered as Mopar accessories on August 1, 2010 at local Jeep® dealerships

Jeep® Trail Edition Camper for Casual Campers

The all-new Jeep® Trail Edition camper is designed for the Jeep® enthusiast looking to hit the trails with the family.

Part-number details for Jeep® Trail Edition camper accessory models:

  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Bright Silver Metallic and Black (P/N: LLBASE01)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Flame Red (P/N: LLBASE02)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Mango Tango Pearl (P/N: LLBASE03)
  • Jeep® Trail Edition camper in Natural Green Metallic (P/N: LLBASE04)

Dimensions for Jeep® Trail Edition camper:

  • Weight: 850 lbs.
  • Height: 49.5 inches
  • Width: 88 inches
  • Ground clearance: 12 inches

Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition Camper for Extreme Off-roaders

The all-new Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper is designed to handle maximum off-road capability that hard-core off-road enthusiasts crave, with additional trail equipment to go anywhere and do anything.

Part-number details for Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper accessory models:

  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Bright Silver Metallic and Black (P/N: LLPREM01)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Flame Red (P/N: LLPREM02)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Mango Tango Pearl (P/N: LLPREM03)
  • Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper in Natural Green Metallic (P/N: LLPREM04)

Dimensions for Jeep® Extreme Trail Edition camper:

  • Weight: 1,050 lbs.
  • Height: 52 inches
  • Width: 88 inches
  • Ground clearance: 15 inches

Contact:
Randy May
rmay4@yahoo.com
503-708-7269

August 14, 2010

New Dodge Ram Outdoorsman Package

Filed under: Automotive,Camping,Canoeing,Dodge,Guns and ammo — rmay4 @ 4:49 pm
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The new Dodge Ram just keeps getting better and more fun.  I have to admit as cool as all the changes are, it makes it tough trying to keep up.  just this morning, I discovered a package I did not even know existed.   Take a look at this.

Randy May

Dick’s Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

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Ram introduces new ‘Outdoorsman’ model

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Ram Box Holster

The Mopar® RamBox® Holster gently, yet securely cradles two rifles or shotguns, or can be rotated 90 degrees to hold up to six fishing rods.

The Ram truck brand today announced a new feature package designed for North American outdoor enthusiasts: Ram Outdoorsman.

The Ram Outdoorsman takes all of the features most useful to hunters, fishermen, campers and boaters, and packages them into one model. Outdoorsman combines convenience, off-road capability and trailer towing hardware in one package with a name that will resonate among its intended users.

“We asked Ram truck customers—boaters, campers, fishing enthusiasts and hunters—what features would they like to see in a truck,” Fred Diaz, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand, said. “They answered ‘more capability, more room for my gear and ready to hit the trail. And make it affordable.’”

Ram Heavy Duty owner demographics illustrate a passion for the outdoors: 47 percent hunt, 57 percent fresh water fish, 33 percent salt water fish, 36 percent own power boats and 37 percent tow camping trailers. Overall, 62 percent of fullsize pickup truck owners hunt, fish or camp.

Ram truck engineers—many of whom count hunting, fishing, boating and camping among their hobbies—brought together features that they felt would best meet the practical needs of owners who will frequently use their Ram truck for towing or long, remote trips.

Standard trailer-towing upgrades, interior and exterior convenience, lighting enhancements, all-terrain tires and underbody protection are combined with a rugged exterior appearance to highlight the new Ram Outdoorsman.

Ram truck officials unveiled the rugged new model at the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s (POMA) fifth annual national business conference.

The Ram Outdoorsman is available in 1500 (half-ton), 2500 HD (3/4-ton) and 3500 HD single rear wheel (1 ton), Regular Cab; Quad Cab, Crew Cab and Mega Cab; four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive; and short- and long-wheelbase models.

The Outdoorsman will replace the TRX4 trim level in the 2011 Ram truck lineup. It will join the other Ram trim levels, which include: ST, SLT, Big Horn / Lone Star, Sport (1500 only) Laramie and Power Wagon (2500 only).

Prices for Ram Outdoorsman models start at $28,350, including destination charge.

Ram Outdoorsman models will go on sale in the third quarter. A multitiered marketing strategy will support the new model’s launch.

Ram Outdoorsman Logo

Ram Outdoorsman features

Towing:

• Standard Class IV receiver hitch properly equips Outdoorsman for towing campers, boats, ATVs and other trailers rated to vehicle’s max
• Available integrated trailer brake controller with driver adjustability and easy-to-see instrument panel readout
• Trailer brake controller is standard on 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty
• Standard lighted four- and seven-pin harness plugs—a Ram exclusive—offer multi-trailer adaptability and clean, above-the-bumper covered access any time of the day or night
• Heavy-duty cooling, including a mechanical-electrical fan and transmission cooler, for larger loads
• Limited-slip differential for improved off-road and towing performance
• Available trailer-tow mirrors
• Trailer-tow mirrors are optional on 2500 and standard on 3500
• Available rear backup camera eases trailer hookups
• Standard trailer-sway control improves towing confidence (Ram 1500 only)

Capability:

• Standard 17-inch wheels and “LT” tires: light-truck-rated tires handle bigger loads and offer stronger sidewalls to resist punctures when driving over sharp, rocky terrain; on/off-road tread pattern provides traction on all highway and trail surfaces (LT275/70R17C OWL on Ram 1500 models; LT265/70R17E on Ram HD models)
• Full-sized spare tire provides more security and functionality than restricted-use spare in the event of a flat
• Tow hooks for retrieving disabled or immobile vehicles, clearing trails
• Mud/slush mats protect front and rear carpets from dirt and moisture
• 32-gallon fuel tank for extended operating range on Ram 1500 models
• 34-gallon standard on 6-foot by 4-inch box and 35-gallon tank standard with 8-foot box on 2500 and 3500 models
• Premium cloth front seats with a choice of buckets or a 40/20/40 split bench
• Front center seat cushion or console storage help organize gear
• Power 10-way driver seat for comfort on long trips
• Power lumbar adjust for additional long-trip comfort
• Rear 60/40 split folding seat for more flexibility in hauling passengers and cargo
• Remote start and security group adds alarm system and convenience of a comfortable cabin after a day in the field or on the water
• Standard front suspension skid plates on 4×4 models provide protection from off-road damage (Ram 1500 models)
• Standard transfer case skid plate on 4×4 models

Additional lighting including:

• Standard fog lights for improved inclement weather illumination
• Quad halogen headlamps provide maximum visibility in remote areas
• Ash tray lamp illuminates small items in center console
• Exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps provide visibility outside truck’s cabin
• Glove box lamp
• Rear dome lamp with on-off switch
• Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
• Underhood lamp
• Dash-mounted 115-volt auxiliary power outlet to charge batteries and electronic devices without the need for special DC car chargers
• Auto-dimming, power heated foldaway exterior mirrors with supplemental signals clear fog and ice
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip audio controls reduces driving distractions
• Overhead console with universal garage door opener, which can also be programmed to open multiple garage doors and electric gates
• Rear view auto-dim mirror
• Rear sliding windows on regular cab models

Unique look:

• Two-tone paint with Mineral Gray lower
• Scratch-resistant steel bumpers
• Black door handles minimize glare
• Wheel-lip moldings
• Outdoorsman badge proudly announces owner’s passion

Options:

• RamBox®, available on the Ram 1500, is the ultimate place for outdoor enthusiasts to stow their gear; lockable and lit, RamBox frees up interior space for passengers
• Mopar® RamBox Holster: Ram officials also unveiled a new factory-designed fishing rod and gun rack option for RamBox-equipped Ram 1500 trucks. The Mopar RamBox Holster is designed to fit within the Ram’s two unique locked, lighted and sealed exterior storage bins.

The Mopar RamBox Holster gently, yet securely cradles two rifles or shotguns, or can be rotated 90 degrees to hold up to six fishing rods. RamBox Holster will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $205 and be available at Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram dealers when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010. The feature will also be available on the Mopar eStore at www.mopar.com.

RamBox Holster features

• Designed to be easily installed and removed from RamBox
• Securely holds two guns, either shotguns or rifles (with scopes), or six fishing rods (with reels)
• Guns are held securely in place with elastic retention straps and flexible ribs
• Fishing rods are held in place by uniquely tooled slots and retention flaps
• RamBox Holster easily transfers from gun holder to fishing rod and reel holder by rotating stanchions
• Stanchions may be relocated to accommodate various length guns and rods
• Fits either side RamBox (driver or passenger)
• Mopar Part Number, 82212359

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