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  • Jeep Celebrates 75 Years

    Monday, July 25, 2016
    In case you didn’t know, last week marked the 75th anniversary of Jeep. In celebration, the brand built a commemorative Wrangler show vehicle done up like the original Willys MB- the WWII Wrangler used in the 1940s. Jeep also released this awesome video, showing how much the brand’s designs have changed throughout the years. 

    Starting with the Willys MA in the 1940s, the Jeep Forward Control and Wagoneer in the 60s, to the iconic Jeep Cherokee XJ in the 80s- this video is a walk through time with the brand. Although a few models seem to have been left out, like the 1999-2004 WJ Grand Cherokee and both generations of the Liberty, any true Georgia Jeep fanatic will be left feeling a little nostalgic after watching it. 



  • In the production of the 2017 Jeep Wrangler, Fiat Chrysler was faced with two challenges: increase the vehicle’s performance and improve its fuel economy. Wondering what could solve each of these problems? A turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

    Yep, the word on the street is that the new Wrangler may be coming with the “Hurricane”- a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, aluminum-block designed engine. FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne had previously hinted that this optional four-cylinder engine would come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Not only would this solve the problems mentioned above, but also bring the 4x4’s drivetrain into the current century. 

    Although previous rumors have suggested that the next-generation Wrangler may offer diesel and hybrid drivetrains, it is pretty obvious that Jeep wants to keep the focus on improving the fuel economy. 

    Be sure to check back here for more updates and come see us at Landmark Dodge CJR in Morrow, GA to check out the 2016 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited! 

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    If you’re a Ram 1500 Rebel fan, you’re going to want to snag up this special-edition model this summer.  The Mopar ‘16 Rebel is an undeniably cool truck and is limited to just 500 units. The truck has many upgrades, like off-road wheel flares, a custom aluminum hood with a matte black graphic and a stainless-steel treadplate. 

    Offered in Flame Red and Brilliant Black, the black skid plate on the front bumper and standard 17-inch black wheels will make this truck stand out compared to any other Ram on the road. Power for the Mopar ‘16 Rebel will come from the standard Ram 1500 Rebel’s 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, producing 395 horsepower and 410-pound-feet torque combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

    Every new owner will receive a special owners kit, featuring a birth certificate printed on a sheet of metal, which will also include the production date and number out of the 500 units and a serialized Mopar ‘16 glove box badge. 

    Historically, these Mopar specials have sold out quick, so be on the lookout for yours at Landmark Dodge in Morrow, GA! 


  • Each year in Moab, Utah, the Easter Jeep Safari takes place- a nine-day series of day long trail rides that draws in thousands Jeeps and trucks to this stunning desert. Although a new model is rolled out each year for the event, this past year called for even more celebration because it marked Jeep’s 75th anniversary and the Safari’s 50th. The brand surely didn’t disappoint with the Crew Chief 715. 

    Getting its inspiration from the Kaiser M715 military utility rig from the 1960s, the Crew Chief is pickup-style and coated in Tactical Green paint. With a custom five-foot truck bed, minimalist top and steel bumpers in both the front and back, it’s undeniably fierce. 

    Power, differing from the original Kaiser M715, will come from the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is rated at 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Although not as powerful as some other Moab concepts, it will certainly do the trick. 

    As far as the interior goes, it offers much more luxury than the the Kaiser M715 (or any other 1960s-era Jeep, at that). With leather seats, a navigational compass bolted to the center stack, and military-style toggle switches on the dash, there’s not much more you could ask for. 

    We want one. But since they’re unavailable for purchase, be sure to stop by Landmark Dodge in Morrow, GA to check out the next best thing- like the 2016 Jeep Wrangler! 

  • Up until recently, minivans have always been the go-to vehicle for big families constantly on the go… But now, SUVs have taken over as the most popular vehicle type in U.S. car-based crossovers. SUVs are great, don’t get us wrong, but we still think the minivan is a better option for taking both cargo and people along on the road. Here’s why: 

    1. Minivans are custom built for families

    If you’re purchasing a minivan- it has one purpose- which is to make life just that more convenient for you and your family. Storage cubbies, tons of cupholders, charging ports, and even a vacuum in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica- you could practically live in them. 

    2. Comfortable third row seating

    Minivans offer third row seating that won’t cramp your style. Typically a very small space in an SUV, the very back row in minivans is built for adults, not just the kiddos. In this case, everyone has a comfortable space, especially on those longer road trips. 


    3. The shape offers convenience 

    Sure, minivans aren’t the best looking cars in the market but the boxy shape has a purpose- and that purpose is to make sure anything that you want to get inside of the vehicle will fit with ease. 

    4. The interior can be fit and configured to any situation

    Want to take out a row of seats? Stow the third row seats into a tub? The Chrysler Pacifica allows you to do both of these things- and more. With Stow ‘N Go Assist, you can move the front seat out of the way. That’s fancy. 


    5. Plenty of entertainment


    Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to find a van that isn’t equipped with some type of entertainment option. The Chrysler Pacifica offers the most advanced entertainment system in its class- the Uconnect Theater. 

    If this doesn’t convince you, we’re not sure what will. Come check out the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, one of the best ranked minivans in the U.S., at Landmark Dodge today! 


  • This past week, spy photographers caught the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk- yep, the one that will be powered by the Hellcat supercharged HEMI- testing on public streets. Without any camouflage, the spies were able to give everyone an official look at the new SUV headed our way about this time next year. 

    Though strikingly similar to the current Jeep Grand Cherokee, the front end of the 2018 Trackhawk has been completely made over. With shorter grille slots, making room for three new openings below it, the engine will have no problem keeping cool. And the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI, creating 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission will make for the fastest Hellcat-powered vehicle yet. 

    Some may call it unnecessary, others will call it genius...but we’re excited to experience an SUV that will hit 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. To view these photos for yourself, click here. 

    In the meantime, be sure to check back regularly for updates and don’t hesitate to stop Landmark Dodge to check out the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee! 

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    Installing a hardtop on your new Jeep Wrangler is a simple feat. To get the job done, you need about five minutes and an extra set of hands!


    A few tips:


    • When placing the hardtop on, it’s important to remember to keep the rear door and window partially open for easier access and clearance.

    • You will need a 140 Torx screwdriver when replacing the 6 Torx head screws. These are available at all auto-parts stores! In the back of the Jeep, you will find a built-in Roof Screw storage area to keep the screws in a convenient location.

    • On a 4-door Wrangler, there are two more hardtop pieces to install. In order to align these correctly, place the right side panel first.

    • To finish up, don’t forget to place the rear fastener knobs inside of the Jeep!


    Follow the step-by-step video for a full tutorial on placing the hardtop on your Jeep Wrangler and stop in Landmark Dodge in Morrow, GA today to test drive the 2016 Jeep Wrangler!


  • The 2016 U.S. J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ranks both Chrysler and Jeep® as the most improved brands in the industry with scores 20 percent higher than last year’s initial quality study. This study, conducted annually, is based off of the responses of 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles following the first 90 days of ownership. The information gathered from these surveys helps manufacturers identify any issues the model may have and lead them to make any necessary improvements. 

    The 2016 awarded vehicles include:  
    • Chrysler and Jeep®- Most improved brands in initial quality
    • Dodge Challenger- led in the Midsize Sporty Car segment for the third year in a row (with a total of four times in six years)
    • Chrysler Town & Country- ranked highest in the Minivan segment; Dodge Grand Caravan came in second place
    Scott Garberding, Head of Quality, FCA - Global stated “Our commitment to quality is starting to show results as Chrysler and Jeep make strong improvements. My colleagues and I are focused on continuing the positive momentum created so far as we look to earn and maintain the trust of loyalty and customers across all our brands.” 

    To check out any of these award-winning cars for yourself, visit us at Landmark Dodge in Morrow, GA! 

  • Fiat Chrysler Automotives recently announced that 2017 will be the end of the road for the Dodge Viper, formerly known as the SRT Viper. With next year being the 25th anniversary of this American supercar, the 2017 model year will be the last of its production. In order to soften the blow, FCA plans to roll out five special-edition models, some of which you may recognize. 

    The 2017 special-edition Vipers will share many similarities with the previous special-edition line. Each comes with plaques, special badges, and even color-matched car covers with the owner’s name printed above the driver’s door. Fiat Chrysler plans to produce between 25 and 100 cars, all depending on the model and demand. 

    This car, featuring an 8.4-liter V-10 engine delivering 645 horsepower and 600 foot-pounds to torque,will be available to order beginning Friday. The following models will be available: 

    • 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer)
    • GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR
    • VooDoo II Edition ACR
    • Snakeskin Edition GTC
    • Dodge Dealer Edition

    With about 30,000 Vipers being built over the last 25 years, it’s easy to wonder if this is truly the last year. This car took two years off production between 2010 and 2012 and Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne has dropped hints that the Viper could return...one day...on a modified Alfa Romeo platform. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see. 

    Landmark Dodge has always had a consistent line of customers ready to scoop up the latest Dodge Viper. For the time being, we hope these existing Viper owners will find something just as performance-driven in our SRT Hellcat lineup! 


  • The next generation Jeep Wrangler is rumored to have some pretty big changes coming along with it. To elaborate a little bit, the 2018 model is expected to use aluminum to save some weight, possibly enter into the truck game with a pickup version, and offer new engines. 

    A few recent set of spy images have shown a Wrangler mule with an eight-speed automatic shifter, taking the place of the older five-speed unit, indicating the transmission underneath. This will improve the Wrangler’s fuel economy a great deal. Additionally, an EcoDiesel V6 is expected to be available right along with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The EcoDiesel will not only provide more power to the vehicle, but also enable it to achieve higher fuel economy. 

    Check out the latest set of spy images here and be on the lookout for more Wrangler updates from Landmark Dodge in Atlanta! 

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