Highlights from L. A. Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

The new Jeep was unveiled at the L.A. Auto show. Even through pre-show internet buzz (the owners’ manual, with pictures, made it online) caused a brief stir among enthusiasts, the 2018 Jeep wrangler was a hit. It shows to be a creative blend of Jeep tradition and technology. New powertrains including those shared with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio reduce weight without sacrificing performance. With a smaller turning radius and the use of lighter weight materials is an additional plus to the Jeep fan base. The Wrangler has also improved the driver experience with the process of removing door and roofs from the Wrangler for the open air effect, Interior enhancements show the Jeep Wrangler to be more user friendly and less utilitarian.

Saving the best for last? The 2017 New York International Auto Show


Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It’s almost over, the last of the North American auto shows are coming to a close. New York is the last major destination in North America for the auto show circuit. We believe that with this show, the automotive companies will be saving the best for last. I predict that Cadillac will reveal a new product update as will as possibly Buick, maybe the Enclave, the Jaguar lineup for 2018, an updated Acura TLX (a long wheelbase stretched version will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show) and a new, faster Honda Civic. Unless you live under a rock, you had to have seen all the teasers for the Dodge Demon, which will be a blur right out the gate with some obscene horsepower, I’m sure — the latest revealed from FCA. Some of the other companies have been rather quiet lately, but that’s the calm before the storm. Stay tuned for more.

Press Days for the 2017 New York International Auto Show are April 12-13.

First Impression- Ram Rebel TRX Concept


By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

It’s amazing what you will find at the 2016 Texas State Fair.

Off-Roading at 100 MPH? That’s what I’m talking about! The Rebel TRX concept from Ram made its debut at the 2016 Texas State Fair. The Rebel TRX offers a high performance, off-roaders dream. The Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 575 horsepower, which in this case will be the most powerful factory engineered pickup. With a 4×4 Performance Control System and paddle-shifters, plus 13 inches of travel at all 4 corners, one could only imagine what the ride would be like. The stance of the truck gives an aggressive appearance with fender flares, a 6-inch overall width difference than the Ram Power Wagon and 37 inch tires. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

The interior matches the exterior in the form of bold design statements and features. Black suede and Header Red stitching, appoint the interior throughout. the six-point harness seating comes equipped with suede cloth inserts are design to grip your clothes and help you remain in your seat while traveling. With “TRX” labeling throughout the interior as well as the exterior will remind you that this is not an ordinary off-road truck. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

One thing I know about FCA, engineering comes first when it comes to developing concepts. Don’t think for a minute that this consumer study is just an executive’s brilliant “what-if” moment. I never liked off-roading because you never moved fast enough, the modified trucks looked like garage studies of “extreme suspension” proportions. Ram may have a little more up their sleeves than we believe. Ford has the “Raptor”, Ram could have the “TRX”. Did we mention it can go 100 mph off-roading?

More to come later

2015 FCA Winter Drive Event: From inclement weather to harsh, off-road environments, FCA US drivelines deliver full range of capability



When the product teams at FCA US leave the auto show floor during the winter months, they head for snow, ice and wind, where ever they can find it. This time it’s Montreal, Canada, to test their latest vehicles designed for these extreme conditions. Here’s some of the latest technology and all-wheel-drive systems for the Jeep Renegade, Chrysler 300, Ram 1500 and more, including applications of fuel-saving axle-disconnect and active-transfer-case technologies and rugged 4×4 systems delivering impressive off-road performance.

2015 Ram 1500 Rebel at the North American International Auto Show


All-New 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel World Debut

Bringing off-road to the full-size truck, the new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel no full -size truck has ever been. Reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s a new edition to the Ram truck lineup. Here are the specs:


Vehicle Type Quad Cab and Crew Cab, 2WD, 4WD
Assembly Plant Quad Cab: Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren, Mich.Crew Cab: Warren Truck Assembly Plant, Warren, Mich.
EPA Vehicle Class Standard Pickup
Layout 2WD — Longitudinal, front engine4WD — Longitudinal, front engine, transfer case
Construction 2WD — Ladder-type frame, steel cab, double-wall steel pickup box4WD — Ladder-type frame, steel cab, double-wall steel pickup box
Type and Description 60-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 220 cu. in. (3,604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96.0 x 83.0)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Power (SAE net) 305 hp (224 kW) at 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 269 lb.-ft. (364 N•m) at 4,175 rpm
Max. Engine Speed 6,400 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2, E85-compatible
Oil Capacity 6.0 qt. (5.7 liter)
Coolant Capacity 14.0 qt. (13.25 liter)
Emission Controls Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy) 17/25
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