Dodge Has to Stop Production of Sold-Out 2015 Hellcat

The 2015 Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats are so outrageously powerful, it’s hard to imagine how many people would actually be able to purchase and drive them. And yet – Dodge has asked its dealer network to stop creating them due to overwhelming demand.

Sold-Out 2015 Hellcat
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

Dodge literally cannot produce the Hellcats fast enough for all of the interested consumers to buy one. These vehicles get over 700 horsepower, and yet they’re some of the most popular cars of the year.

According to a company spokesperson, Dodge is “temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system.” As frustrating as this might be for Dodge, it’s got to feel good to have underestimated than to have overestimated.

Are you one of the many people trying to get their hands on a basically sold-out 2015 Hellcat? Let us know what you think in the comments, and get your order in quickly.

Winners of Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition Announced

Four high schoolers became famous among Dodge fans at the Detroit Autorama as their sketches of the next-generation 2025 Dodge were displayed at the Mopar booth, a slightly larger stage than Mom’s refrigerator. The four talented artists are the winners of this year’s Detroit Autorama High School Design Competition.

Detroit Autorama High School Design CompetitionThe design competition, made possible by partnership with the College for Creative Studies (CCS), asked students from public high schools to draw by hand their vision of a next-generation Dodge from the year 2025. They also submitted a 500-word essay describing what the Dodge brand personally means to them.

“It’s been exciting to see this competition grow from a local level to now reaching students from all across the nation,” said Mark Trostle, head of SRT, Mopar, and Motorsports Design for FCA US LLC. “Partnering with CCS and Detroit Autorama gave us the exposure needed to attract young, creative minds and hopefully inspire them to explore automotive design as a potential career.”

This year’s competition winners are Joshua Blundo (Moultonborough, New Hampshire), Conner Stormer (Rochester Hills, Michigan), Hwanseong Jang (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), and Dongwon Kim (Sunnydale, California).

Each received a MacBook or iPad and passes to attend the Detroit Autorama where their sketches were on display. In addition, the four winners were given admission to a three-week automotive design course at CCS this summer for which all expenses, including housing, meals, and field trips are paid.

Blundo also won a $60,000 scholarship to CCS.

Maybe in a few years we at Warsaw CDJR will be announcing the four students brought to life one or more of the winning sketches and we are awaiting the next-gen Dodge’s arrival.

Road Trip Driving Tips for Spring Break

It’s almost here, the season that we’ve all been yearning for: Spring!  And with this new season comes the ever-popular spring break journey – so here are some road trip driving tips.road trip driving tips

Before you leave:

  1. Make sure you have all needed documentation with you such as: drivers license, proof of car insurance, and vehicle registration.
  1. Take your car into the shop for routine maintenance. A qualified technician can de-winterize your vehicle by checking your tire tread/inflation, fluids, oil, engine, and brakes.

While driving:

  1. Make sure you are well rested. Studies have shown that driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you are feeling tired, pass driving responsibilities on to someone else if able. Also be sure to take plenty of breaks along your journey to stretch out your legs and regain travel momentum.
  1. Stay on well-traveled roads. Not only is this for safety purposes, but also it is easier for rescue vehicles to reach you if assistance if needed.
  1. Drive safely. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelts and never check text messages or answer phone calls while driving.

We at Warsaw CDJR wish all of our readers a happy spring wherever your journeys may take you.

The Ram Snow Chief Package: Improved Durability and Power for the Winter Season

In order to ensure you’re getting the best in quality and engineering, Ram suited up to test several pickups in cold weather with plow equipment. Although Ram recognizes not everyone will be using their trucks for clearing snow, it’s still a great way to test durability and power.

2015 Ram 2500 - Ram Snow Chief Package
2015 Ram 2500

According to Chrysler, engineers travel north to Michigan every year to test mostly Ram 2500 and 3500 models. The culmination of this annual testing has resulted in the Ram Snow Chief Package, a fine-tuned and decked-out package featuring everything you’ll need to move mounds of snow.

“Only a small percentage of Ram truck owners will subject their truck or van to the harshest winter conditions, but for those who do our durability testing procedures instill confidence,” said Mike Cairns, Director of Ram Truck Engineering. “When it’s minus 20 outside and I walk up to my Ram Truck on a morning of a Michigan winter, I have a sense of self-reliance and assurance that my truck will start.”

The Ram Snow Chief Package includes an upgraded cooling system, high-amp alternator, anti-spin differential, plow lighting, transfer case skid plate, and a heavy-duty suspension. This is available on Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 models in 4×4 and 4×2 models. This just goes to show that Ram pickups are designed for virtually any job.