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Beckwith’s will be celebrating Veteran’s Day this coming Friday. We have always taken great pride in the men and women who volunteer to protect this great country and the freedoms that we all enjoy. We will be honoring our Veterans with Complimentary Oil Change certificates that are accompanied with cool goodie bags. We will be serving hotdogs for everyone who comes by, along with cupcakes and other snacks! Make sure to tell …Read More
** *CUMMINS LAUNCHES CRATE ENGINE PROGRAM FOR ENTHUSIAST MARKET* SEMA SHOW – LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2016) – Today, Cummins formally announced the long-awaited crate engine program called Cummins Repower™ as a means of offering brand new engines from the factory direct to the consumer market. Jeff Caldwell, Cummins Executive Director – Global Pickup/Van Business, said, “For nearly 100 years, the Cummins legacy has been built on repowering anything from early river boats to modern 95-liter locomotives and everything in between. Clessie Cummins repowered automobiles, race cars, buses and trucks, demonstrating the benefits of the diesel engine over their original power plants. We are proud to be continuing the legacy of our namesake by enabling passionate enthusiasts to repower their vehicles for the same reason Cummins repowered his own.” The announcement comes after research and voice of customer surveys identified significant demand for Cummins engines in the consumer aftermarket. “They want reliable power, and this segment of the aftermarket exists because there is no off-the-shelf vehicle that satisfies enthusiasts’ appetites for personalization – they build their own,” Caldwell continued. The first Cummins Repower engine offering will be the R2.8 Turbo Diesel, including other major components to ease the installation process, as well as the necessary documentation to make it 50-state-emissions-compliant. The turbocharged 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine is based on a global platform which is currently used in small pickups, chassis cabs, SUVs, vans, commercial vehicles and industrial equipment around the world. The proven platform is a lightweight, electronically controlled, High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) compact package ideal for most small pickup and SUV applications for qualifying vintages. The kit will include the major components necessary for the engine operation to help ensure that even the shade-tree novice has most everything they need to make their Cummins Repower installation as painless as possible. Cummins has worked through its invaluable relationship with the Specialty Equipment Market Association® (SEMA) and other key SEMA members to prepare the market for genuine Cummins Repowers. Measuring sessions and Tech Transfer programs with the SEMA Garage™ will provide SEMA members the necessary access to the Cummins Repower products, enabling them to bring their own ancillary products to market, with the result for the enthusiast being a plug-and-play option for every step of the installation. Initial testing with the R2.8 installed into an otherwise stock Jeep® Wrangler® TJ demonstrated that the vehicle not only gained higher peak torque, but the amount of accessible peak torque across the RPM band also increased. In addition to the performance gains, preliminary testing indicates that the R2.8 more than doubled the fuel economy of the Jeep – in some real-world drive cycles, even tripling it – all while meeting the Transitional Low-Emission Vehicle (TLEV) LDT2 vehicle emissions standards of that particular gasoline engine vintage. Certification work is underway using the California Air Resource Board’s (ARB’s) Executive Order process to ensure that any Cummins Repower engine sold has clear guidelines as to the specific vehicle classification and vintage for which it is qualified to be installed. “The environment is important to Cummins – providing enthusiasts with a cleaner and much more fuel-efficient engine than their original, or than even a junkyard Cummins swap, allows them to enjoy their iconic vehicles that much more.” Caldwell said. “There are certain vehicles that people just won’t discard because once they’re gone, they’re gone, so we want to help make those vehicles as reliable, economical and enjoyable as possible for many years to come.” Start of sales is anticipated for the first quarter of 2017. Future engine family introductions into the Repower product lineup will be announced at later dates. *About Cummins Inc.* Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emissions solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and more than 7,200 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.4 billion on sales of $19.1 billion in 2015. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or cumminsengines.com. Follow Cummins on Twitter at twitter.com/cumminsengines and on YouTube at youtube.com/cumminsengines. # # # [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 3][image: Inline image 2]
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[image: Inline image 1] The last week in Southern California brought with it temperatures in excess of 115 degrees, lots of off road motorcycling and an opportunity to watch Wes Stuart’s downhill mountain biking exhibition.
After spending a week driving the all new Nissan Titan XD (chock full of Cummin’s diesel technology), John had a lot to share on The Auto MOJO Radio Show.
Nissan has targeted a special group of truck purchasers, the Titan XD may be the perfect solution salving your diesel desires while still delivering a truck you can drive everyday. With more horsepower and torque than a light duty truck the Titan is still smaller and delivers better fuel efficiency than a heavy-duty model.
Please listen to this clip as special guest Carl Phillips, Nissan Product Planning Expert, helps John explore the new technology and their overall impression of this very special truck.
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With crossover vehicles leading the sales lists, every manufacturer is rushing to the drawing board to capture this expanding market. Mazda’s simple improvements easily move the 2016 Mazda CX-5 high on the list of contenders.
Punctuated by the ever present fun and sporty personality of many Mazda models, this small 5 passenger crossover focuses on the driver experience. It’s upgraded interior features include plenty of amenities, comfortable seating, increased insulation for a quiet ride and more than ample storage areas, all in a beautifully trimmed cabin with an attractive dash, upgraded materials and an easy to read, recessed infotainment screen. The exterior follows suite with an aggressive design featuring an updated grille and all new LED head, tail and fog lamps. The real stars of the update show are a nice array of safety features including adaptive cruise control and two separate Smart Brake Support systems which actively apply the brake when it detects a possible front end collision at an array of speeds.
Additionally with Adaptive Front Lighting, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cross Traffic Alert, and All Wheel drive the 2016 Mazda CX-5 was named a 2016 Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS when equipped with available Smart City Brake Support.
At 2.5 liters the larger 4 cylinder power source is peppy and still delivers a solid 25/33mpg, just slightly below the fuel ratings for the 2 liter.
Mazda has kept your drive train choice simple, 2 and 2.5 liter 4 cylinders. You will only give up 2 miles per gallon when you insist on the 2.5 liter engine. You’ll notice the extra umphhhhh when you press the pedal, and barely notice the difference at the pump. Of course, you will also give up about $3400.
The 2.5 liter four cylinder coupled with a six speed automatic transmission produced adequate power for most driving conditions, but it lacked strong acceleration at highway speeds when navigating busy city traffic. It certainly was not quick enough to even consider downsizing to the 2 liter. If you are looking for a standard transmission, then your only choice is Mazda’s base model, the Sport combining a 5 speed standard transmission with the 2 liter engine. Starting at just $21,000 it may be tempting, but take a long test drive to be certain you are happy with the power.
While not the fastest vehicle I’ve driven, the MX-5 feels and looks sporty and has tight, aggressive handling features. With the feel of a much larger SUV and a high posture (almost that of vehicles on truck frames), Mazda has created a sporty family wagon that steers tight and smoothly in corners without any roll or sway.
Easy, simple, and ergonomic…perhaps even intuitive the center console features a command center allowing you to switch between infotainment functions without looking away from the road. Just behind the gear shift lever Mazda has located an easy to use joy stick along with button and dial controls that make accessing navigation, music, the home screen and even volume adjustments as simple as using an old school radio.
Small footprint with great function.
Not so old school is the electric parking brake frees up tons of space in the console allowing Mazda to keep the shifter on the floor where it belongs and sporting compartmentalized cubbies for phone, keys and a good sized console box under the arm rest.
Passenger space is plentiful too with ample leg room and an expanded cushion in the rear seat. Second row passengers can sit normally instead of feeling perched on a park bench. Five adults fit, but second row center is tight. The narrow center in the rear does flip down for excellent long item cargo storage while still transporting 4 full size adults easily. Flip all three components of the rear seat down and this Mazda provides almost 65 cubic feet of cargo space.
With key-less entry and ignition, text read back, Pandora internet radio, navigation with quiet speed reminders and pop up fuel and restaurant integration the Mazda CX-5 not only provided a sporty and quiet ride it also intuitively connected me both to the road and to my world.
Note the change in the speed limit sign on the left side of the screen, it is white when you are within the limit and turns red when you go over it. Of course, I only sped to illustrate this feature! The third photo illustrates the clarity of Mazda’s back up camera, quite impressive.
Mazda’s design philosophy has embraced Skyactiv Technology to focus on driving pleasure, the environment and safety performance. Coupling that with KODO – the Soul of Motion – the CX-5 was the first Mazda model to go further than what consumers expect in utility and practicality to create a dynamic driving experience you will notice as soon as you take a seat.
Wishing you miles and miles of happy driving,
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With over a quarter of century in the car industry, journalist Lynn Beckwith helps radio listeners across the nation understand the sometimes befuddling world of automotive issues on The Auto MOJO Radio Show, KPRC 950AM Houston every Saturday morning. Listen to podcasts and follow Lynn at www.ThatCarLady.com www.twitter.com/thatcarlady www.facebook.com/thatcarlady
My shiny 2012 Jeep Wrangler sadly spent more time on the road than in the dirt, but being a member of the Jeep community was an experience that I’m anxious to repeat. The culture surrounding Jeep drivers is one of committed friendship and support. Part of the magic behind Jeep ownership starts at the corporate design level. When you look closely you will find hidden surprises all over your new Jeep.
The one that I noticed first was a small graphic of Jeep crawling at the base of my windshield. As you hunt for adventure this Easter weekend, have a few moments fun, and start your “Easter Egg Hunt” on your Jeep.
As always…Jeeps are full of surprises.
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- Jeep® Crew Chief 715: a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles
- Jeep Shortcut: inspired by the classic CJ-5 to handle tight, winding trails
- Jeep Renegade Commander: built to blaze a trail deep into the secluded wilderness
- Jeep Comanche: designed to be off-road ready with practical utility
- Jeep FC 150: heritage cab-over design, rich in history and capable of tackling any terrain
- Jeep Trailcat: Hellcat-powered off-roader capable of crawling or high-speed runs
- Jeep Trailstorm: added capability with 2-inch lift kit, 37-inch tires and Dana 44 axles
The 2016 crop of Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles utilizes both production and prototype Jeep Performance Parts. The Mopar brand is responsible for developing, building and ensuring that all Jeep Performance Parts meet rigorous specifications and with 4×4 capabilities in mind, allowing Jeep owners to further enhance their stock vehicle.
“These seven vehicles have been modified with Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts to take on the toughest trails, to go beyond where the road ends,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “Mopar’s mission is to provide all FCA US vehicle owners with unique performance parts and accessories to tailor vehicles to their individual lifestyles. Nothing supports that more than demonstrating how we can equip Jeep owners to take on some of the more extreme trails in the world.”
The seven new Jeep concept vehicles built for Moab this year were created by a team of dedicated, passionate engineers, designers and fabricators that have been customizing production vehicles since 2002, and have introduced more than 50 concept vehicles for the enthusiasts who attend the popular Easter Jeep Safari.
The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari concept vehicles include:
Jeep® Crew Chief 715 Concept
Jeep Crew Chief 715
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 concept vehicle was built as a salute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles, in particular the Kaiser M715. This open-air Wrangler Unlimited-based concept vehicle showcases a burly design with heritage styling cues. The Crew Chief 715 utilizes modern-day construction with a rear seat and extra doors for additional passenger capacity while staying close to its classic military roots.
Original Jeep military service vehicles were legendary for getting troops through rugged terrain, and the Jeep Crew Chief 715 illustrates this legacy. Steel front and rear bumpers, 20-inch beadlock wheels and 40-inch NDT military tires pay homage to the original Jeep military vehicles. The Crew Chief 715 utilizes an on-board air system with a hard-mounted quick-disconnect fitting for airing up or lending assistance to other vehicles on the trail. Other features include a master cylinder brake upgrade, cold air intake and a modified exhaust.
Exterior features, such as Jeep Performance Parts off-road rock rails, a winch mounted into the front and rear bumpers, Dana 60 front and rear axles and a 4-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox 2.0 Remote Reservoir shocks, give the Crew Chief 715 increased capability. The “Tactical Green” color scheme runs from the custom modified M715-inspired front-end to the tailgate. The Crew Chief 715 features a military themed 5-foot cargo bed.
Inside, the no-nonsense interior features leather bucket seats with canvas inserts, aircraft-inspired control switches and Mopar all-weather mats. The media center features a centrally located navigational compass.
The Jeep Crew Chief 715 is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
A carefully crafted take on the beloved Jeep CJ-5, this Wrangler-based concept vehicle invokes the spirit of 1950s Americana with a shortened body and functional simplicity.
Exterior styling cues include a unique grille, hood, tailgate, front and rear wheel flares and custom chrome front and rear bumpers. A modified exhaust, 17-inch red steel wheels and 35-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires help the Jeep Shortcut maintain the look of an icon.
Jeep Performance Parts featured on the Shortcut include a front and rear Dana 44 axle and a 2-inch lift with Fox shocks. Overall body length has been reduced by 26 inches including bumpers and spare tire to keep the Shortcut concept vehicle light and maneuverable on the trails.
Inside, the simple yet functional interior features low-back leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, a red ball shifter handle, four-point safety cage and Mopar all-weather mats.
The Jeep Shortcut is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep Renegade Commander
The Jeep Renegade Commander concept vehicle is equipped with an assortment of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts for the ultimate off-road adventure. A 2-inch lift kit and 17-inch Rubicon aluminum wheels with 29.5-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires increase the off-road capabilities of the Jeep Renegade Commander.
The “Fluorescent Gray” exterior features Renegade’s MySky open-air roof with removable panels, custom body decal, Mopar off-road rock rails, skid plates and a modified exhaust. Also featured are the Mopar brand’s trailer hitch receiver and front and rear auxiliary lights.
Inside, the Renegade Commander includes Katzkin seat covers, body color bezel accents, a pedal kit, Mopar off-road kit and Mopar all-weather floor mats.
The Jeep Renegade Commander is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Low.
Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep Comanche concept vehicle is designed to be off-road ready with practical utility. A nod to Jeep pickup trucks of years past, the Comanche concept takes styling cues from military and civilian Jeep heritage.
The Comanche’s “Beige Against the Machine” concept exterior paint is accented with a Satin Black hood, a concept lower front fascia, winch, steel rear bumper, soft top and spare tire in the bed. The wheelbase has been stretched an additional six inches versus a production Renegade to accommodate Comanche’s 5-foot bed.
Inside, the Comanche features custom seat covers, pedal covers, door sill guards and Mopar all-weather mats. Jeep Performance Parts like off-road rock rails, a 2-inch lift kit and a winch bolster the Comanche’s off-road capability. The Comanche rolls on 16-inch painted wheels and 32-inch BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires.
The Jeep Comanche is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 engine and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with Jeep Active Drive Lock, which includes low range and a locking rear differential.
Jeep FC 150
A true American workhorse, this 1960 Jeep FC 150 concept vehicle is rich with heritage and built to tackle both challenging rocky trails and the harshness of a western cattle ranch. Originally built from 1956 to 1965, the FC 150 is based on the CJ-5 and offers a clever packaging solution by keeping overall length to a minimum for maneuverability, but maintaining a full-length cargo box for utility.
This heritage Jeep vehicle continues to utilize its original steel body that proudly bears battle scars while components underneath have been revamped. The FC 150’s off-road prowess has been enhanced courtesy of a 2005 Jeep Wrangler chassis modified to accept a Dana 44 front axle, Dana 60 rear axle and 17-inch white steel wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires.
Inside, the FC 150 features vinyl seat covers, a custom headliner wrapped in a vintage duck hunting pattern, CB radio, analog compass and Mopar all-weather mats.
The Jeep FC 150 heritage vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 and is mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Trailcat concept vehicle is the ultimate off-road machine, equally at home on Moab’s rugged trails or a high-speed section. Utilizing the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine, and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a custom shifter ball featuring an embossed Hellcat logo, the Trailcat concept vehicle leaves everything else in a cloud of dust.
To get the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine into the Trailcat, designers stretched the wheelbase an additional 12 inches while chopping the windshield two inches for a sleeker look. Mopar exterior enhancements include a power-dome vented hood, Satin Black grille, LED headlamps and fog lamps and rock rails.
The robust off-road look is further aided by steel front and rear bumpers, 17-inch beadlock wheels and 39.5-inch BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX tires, front and rear Dana 60 axles and Fox shocks.
Subtle design cues, such as a Hellcat decal on the front quarter panels and a “Trailcat” decal on the side of the hood, hint at the horsepower that lurks beneath, making this much more than a typical production Wrangler. The Trailcat’s interior is simple yet functional and features sport bucket seats from the Dodge Viper, made from carbon fiber and featuring Katzkin leather seat covers with accent stitching.
The Trailstorm concept vehicle is the ultimate Jeep Wrangler for exploring off the beaten path. Offering room for extra gear and fuel tanks, it is based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, and delivers elevated capability to conquer trails with ease.
Off-road capabilities are enhanced with several Jeep Performance Parts, including 17-inch concept off-road wheels wrapped in 37-inch tires, a 2-inch lift kit with Jeep Performance Parts/Fox shocks, a Jeep Performance Parts Rubicon winch, and Dana 44 front and rear axles. Half doors offer a clear view of obstacles ahead and a bedlined interior makes cleaning up after a day on the trails easy.
Mopar exterior enhancements include a winch guard, Satin Black grille, LED headlights and fog lights, high top fenders, power-dome vented hood, Mopar off-road rock rails with a step, Big Brake Kit, a concept fast-back soft top, tail light guards and a Mopar fuel filler door. Finishing the Trailstorm’s exterior upgrades are a steel front and rear Rubicon bumper and a Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier. The Trailstorm is wrapped in camouflage allowing it to blend into its surroundings in the Utah desert.
The Trailstorm’s bedlined interior also features Katzkin seat covers and Mopar all-weather floor mats. The Jeep Trailstorm is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Built on 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Patriot, Renegade, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand-drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.
Today, Mopar is FCA’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 27 customer-contact hubs globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.
Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.
Jeep Performance Parts
The Jeep Performance Parts portfolio, created in 2012 and offered by Mopar for the Jeep brand, provides enthusiasts with high-end, hard-core, quality aftermarket accessories and performance parts, including axles, lift kits, bumpers, winches, skid plates, suspension components and more. These aftermarket offerings are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles and help elevate the Jeep vehicles’ already best-in-class off-road performance to the next level. Each part and accessory is specifically designed, built and quality tested to help transform stock rides into even more capable trail performers.
Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab, Utah, throughout the nine-day-long event. The Jeep Safari was started in 1967 by the Moab Chamber of Commerce as a one-day trail ride. Over the years, as participation grew, the Safari expanded until it finally reached the current nine-day event. “Big Saturday” still remains the culmination of the event on the Saturday of Easter weekend.
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.
FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”
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