Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup wins Truck of Texas award


The 2013 Ram 1500 pickup won the coveted "Truck of Texas" award at the 20th annual Texas Auto Writers Association's Texas Truck Rodeo on Monday.

The award is highly sought after by automakers because Texas is the largest pickup market in the U.S. Some pickups are even designed with the tastes and preferences of Texas ranchers in mind.

"Texas is Ram's biggest market, and we've worked relentlessly to build powerful trucks with best-in-class fuel economy and capability for our customers," Fred Diaz, CEO of the Ram truck brand said in a statement. "The pickup market is fiercely competitive and we are proud the Texas Auto Writers have awarded Ram trucks with these coveted titles."

The 2013 Ram Laramie Longhorn model also was awarded "Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas" and full-size "Pickup Truck of Texas." The Jeep Grand Cherokee was named "Sport Utility Texas."

Production of the upgraded 2013 Ram 1500-- which has a new engine, transmission and an optional stop-start system -- began in September, giving Chrysler the newest pickup model on the road. The Ram 1500 lineup also has an updated front grille and an upgraded interior.

"You've got to love how tough, capable, comfortable and fuel efficient this new truck is, especially for Texans who frequently drive long distances," Michael Herzing, Texas Auto Writers Association president, said in a statement.

The event, held in San Antonio, is judged by 50 journalists over two days of on- and off-road vehicle evaluation.

Chrysler is hoping that the new pickup will help the Ram brand gain market share while Ford and Chevrolet are developing their next generation of pickups.

Ram's share of the U.S. full-size pickup market has increased from 14.6% in 2010 to 16.2% in 2011. Through September, Ram held a 18.4% share.

On Monday, General Motors said it will reveal its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups on Dec. 13. The 2014 Silverado and Sierra are expected to hit showrooms sometime in 2013, but GM has not yet revealed specific timing. An all-new Ford F-150 is expected by 2015, according to Merrill Lynch analysts.

Ford also left Texas with several awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association. They are:

• Best heavy-duty pickup: 2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty

• Best off-road pickup: F-150 SVT Raptor

• Best compact SUV: Ford Escape

• Best midsize luxury SUV: Ford Explorer Sport

Courtesy of Detroit Free Press

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

$39.95 Lube, Oil, Filter & Tire Rotation

Planning to do some traveling over the holiday season? Stop by Melloy Dodge and get your oil changed with this great offer!


Details: Includes up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil and filter. Diesel engines and synthetic oils not included. Rotate, inspect and set tire pressure as recommended. Additional charge for dual tires. Valid only at Melloy Dodge. Cannot be combined with any other specials, discounts, or offers. See Melloy Dodge for complete details. Offer expires 10-31-2012

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dodge Charger AWD


Winter is on its way. Are you shopping for an AWD (all-wheel-drive) sedan? The Dodge Charger offers the most advanced AWD system in its category.

Available with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 18/27 mpg fuel economy – best in class AWD V6 highway fuel economy, or the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine with 370 horsepower and Fuel Saver Technology. The Charger AWD package also features an active transfer case and class-exclusive front axle disconnect—the most technologically advanced AWD system in its class.

Sensing road conditions, Dodge Charger’s AWD system smoothly and seamlessly shifts between rear-wheel drive and AWD as needed—no driver intervention required.  When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy.

AWD can also be driver-selected by moving the shift lever into the AutoStick mode (+/-) or activating the windshield wipers for an extended period. Drive mode, RWD or AWD, is momentarily displayed in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center in the driver’s display.

It’s that enjoyable and easy.  AWD is offered in the Dodge Charger SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, and R/T Max. 

Courtesy of Dodge Redline


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rare Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible To Cross Auction Block


One of the most desirable Mopar muscle cars ever built, a rare 1971 FC7-In Violet Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible — the only one of its color to roll off the line in 1971 — will cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block here in January.

While Barrett-Jackson's policy is to refrain from releasing its reserve, another 1971 Hemi 'Cuda Convertible sold at a different 2007 auction for $2.2 million, which was said to be $1 million less than what RM Auctions was expecting.

The 1971 FC7-In Violet Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible, best-known for its "Plum Crazy" color, was rediscovered on New Year's Eve in 2001 by long-time Hemi 'Cuda Convertible hunter Harold Sullivan, after the car was stolen nearly 30 years prior. It was buried in weeds and underbrush and only five days away from disappearing into a scrap-recycling yard.

After a two-year restoration by Cummins Restoration in Grand Haven, Michigan, the Hemi 'Cuda was completed by Ted Mazurek at Sullivan's shop in Madison Heights, Michigan. It was inspected, authenticated and appraised to museum standards by Mopar guru Galen Govier after its restoration. Its authenticity paid off when it took top honors at the 2005 Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester, Michigan.

Gearheads will get a kick out of knowing it contains the last factory-assembled 426cid Hemi V8 engine, with two four-barrel carburetors, 727 automatic transmission, Super Track Pak package with Dana 60 rear end, 4.11 ratio gears and a power convertible top. This also was the only model year the 'Cuda sported four headlights and fender "gills."

"It is a true automotive milestone and an extraordinary example of 'American Muscle' at its finest," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, in a statement, who personally owns a 1970 version of the car.

Of the 11 Hemi 'Cuda Convertibles ever built, this is one of only two convertibles made for export to Canada. There it was featured in Canadian Hot Rods and on the October 2011 cover of Mopar Action. Seven of the remainders went to U.S. buyers and two were exported to England.

Edmunds says: History and rarity undoubtedly will come at a price.

Courtesy of Edmunds Inside Line

Monday, October 15, 2012

Melloy Dodge Ram Jam Truck Event!

Family-friendly and free!! Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon with great country music, free drinks and prize giveaways at the Melloy Dodge "RAM Jam". The concert event will be Saturday, Oct. 20th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the dealership, 9621 Coors Boulevard NW, just north of Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque.

Three well-known local country bands will be performing, including Poster Child, Slow Burnin, and Bill Babnick and 44 Mag.

"Country music and trucks just go together," said Nick Melloy, part of the Melloy Dodge team. "We'll have special offers on our Ram trucks, as well as the whole lineup of Dodge sedans, crossovers and SUVs, so it's a great time to check out the new 2013 models and enjoy a fun afternoon of great music."

Everyone is invited and there's no admission or parking fee.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012



Rio Grande Community Farm in partnership with the the City of Albuquerque, Open Space and the Albuquerque BioPark is proud to announce the 2012 MAIZE MAZE.

Every Fall, the Maize Maze attracts thousands of visitors to Rio Grande Community Farm. The corn grown through the summer becomes 6 feet or taller – and has paths precisely cut by GPS technology to form the Maze. Proceeds from the Maze fund the special programs that support education, wildlife, and our community.

Moonlight Maze, Wildlife Day, Haunted Maze (details coming soon).

Groups Welcome on Weekdays

Schedule a weekday visit for your school class, club, scout group, family reunion, birthday, company outing or team building. Special pricing is available for school groups. For more information please visit our group page or call (505) 345-4580

Come explore a 7-acre corn maze, learn about endangered amphibians through fun outdoor activities.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ram Shows Commercial Customers-'We've Got Your Number'

Deep in the heart of Texas … the Ram Truck brand is rolling out its biggest, boldest and most capable workhorses yet.

With automotive journalists and hard-core, social enthusiasts taking notes, Ram Truck brand President & CEO Fred Diaz is unveiling the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 and 3500 pickups, and the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. ET.

The 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models have a powerful story to tell. For the first time, the Ram Heavy Duty 3500 will offer customers a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 as well as the Cummins 6.7–liter High-Output diesel as standard.

The 2013 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups and Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs have both corralled best-in-class capability features customers say they want most:

  • Best-in-class towing and payload capability
  • Best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating
  • Best-in-class torque
  • Best-in-class rear frame strength …rated at 50,000 psi
  • Best-in-class upfitter installation
  • Best-in –class turning radius

Oh, and add to that impressive list the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab trucks offer manual transmission in the segment.

Both the Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab models also come with electronic stability control, standard on all Ram truck models and a segment-exclusive on 3500 Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab models.
Fresh new colors and material upgrades throughout the interior stress new and individualized themes, and technology takes center stage with the next generation 8.4-inch Uconnect system giving customers multiple ways to connect portable devices, content, services and applications … all while remaining focused on the road.

We’ve only just skimmed the surface on the many innovations and segment-leading features these 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups and Chassis Cabs will be bringing to showrooms. But our Electronic Communications Team will provide a much deeper dive into these 2013 Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab trucks with video highlights of the unveilings and presentations later today. So, come on back and check it out.

Courtesy of Chrysler Group LLC

Friday, October 5, 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The All-New Dodge Dart 'Likes' Social Media


The Dodge Dart is driving people to connect, learn and discover the all-new compact car through social media.

Whether posting to Facebook, engaging our followers on twitter, or photosharing, Dodge is building awareness through several social media channels.

Recently, hundreds of Chrysler Group employees engaged in the Dodge Dart Ride & Drive. The event gave the people behind the Dodge Dart a chance to drive the all-new compact car.

Employees also took photos with the new Dodge GRC Rallycross race car and driver Travis Pastrana through “Social Booth.” It works like a photo booth, but also gives employees a convenient way to post the pictures to Facebook, Twitter or email. The booth ran non-stop for four hours, taking photos of more than 450 fans with Pastrana. It broke Social Booth’s own record of number of pictures taken per hour.

This cool tool allowed more than 155,000 people to see pictures of a friend with a Rallycross champion and a Dodge Dart. That’s a lot of traffic!

Each picture tweeted or posted on Facebook automatically came with the message: “Like” Dodge @facebook.com/dodge.

Now, Dodge is giving Pinterest users a chance to pin their way to win a brand new Dodge Dart. Dodge has partnered with Real Simple Magazine to create the “Driven by Design” Sweepstakes.

The contest encourages readers to create a pin board on Pinterest showcasing their “Dream Garage,” which will house a Dodge Dart.

Participants will first customize a Dart and post it to their Pinterest page, then ask friends to vote for their design.

The person with the most votes wins the Dodge Dart.

Submit your Pinterest board to the contest entry page on realsimple.com. Voting is Oct. 3 – 30.

More proof that the power of social media can really pay off!

Courtesy of The Chrysler Group LLC

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pastrana goes all in at Las Vegas


Travis Pastrana may not have gotten the result he was looking for with his Dodge Dart in Round 5 of the Global RallyCross Championship at Las Vegas, but he still gave his fans the fabulous show they’ve come to expect.

Pastrana came into the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a full plate, competing in his first NASCAR truck race as well as the Global RallyCross event.  Running second in Heat 3 of the Global RallyCross in his Discount Tire Dart and challenging for the lead, he committed a rare mental lapse, taking the joker shortcut two laps in a row, a course violation.

“I completely blew it,” he said, as the resulting 30-second penalty dropped Pastrana to fourth place in the heat and forced him into the Last Chance Qualifier.

Pastrana finished fourth in the Last Chance heat, racing his way into the main event in style.  There, running third behind second-place Brian Deegan and eventual winner Tanner Faust, he was chasing down the two leaders when, suddenly, the Dart silently coasted to a stop. In running all out to catch Faust, Pastrana explained, “I tried to turn it up a little bit and ended up blowing a turbo.”

With an overall win at New Hampshire and 30 points on the board, Pastrana goes to the season finale in fifth place. The Global RallyCross Championship will close out the 2012 season in Las Vegas on October 30 with an encore event held in conjunction with SEMA show, the automotive performance industry’s giant trade convention.  A special course will be constructed on the grounds of the Las Vegas Convention Center across the street from the main hall.

Courtesy of Dodge Redline