Jeep Introduces Most Powerful and Quickest SUV Ever

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Like supercharged sports cars? How about a supercharged SUV?

Jeep has announced the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, calling it the most powerful and quickest SUV ever.

The vehicle has a supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine, with 707 horsepower and 645 lb ft of torque! It goes 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph. It has a 60-0 braking performance of 114 feet.

“The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global, in a press release.

It comes with more than 70 safety and security features, and plenty of advanced technologies like Uconnect 8.4-standard touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The aggressive exterior includes quad-tip exhaust and standard 20×10-inch Titanium-finish wheels.

The vehicles are set to arrive at Runde Auto Group in fall of 2017. They are built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Starting MSRP is $85,900. They are available for order Aug. 10.

Learn more: https://www.jeep.com/grand-cherokee/trackhawk.html

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor & 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Earn Cars.com Accolades

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Cars.com has announced the winners of its annual Best of Awards!

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named Best of 2017, and the Ford F-150 Raptor was named the Best Pickup Truck of 2017. Runde Auto Group is proud to have both in stock!

“We are excited to name the all-new Chrysler Pacifica with our highest honor,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief, in a press release. “The Pacifica impressed our team of experts on so many levels. This van is a must-have for families who are looking for a perfect blend of comfort, room and convenience. The new Pacifica has all that and adds polished road manners, innovative twists on the family-friendly features and loads of style.”

The Cars.com editorial team tests each car for three key criteria to determine the winners: quality, innovation, and value. In pickup trucks, the team also tests for power and capability.

Interested in driving one of these vehicles? Shop at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, 1221 W. Main St., or at RundeAutoGroup.com!

Introducing Runde Auto Group’s Newest Salesperson: Dave Walser

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There is a new smiling face at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester!

Dave Walser, of Graf, IA, has joined the sales team and can help you with any of your vehicle needs!

A native of Dubuque County, Dave has been in the automotive business for about a year. He enjoys pairing customers with vehicles that fit their needs.

“I really get a charge from the smile a customer has when they are driving away from the lot after the sale,” Dave said. “I strive to keep that customer’s smile on their face throughout the ownership of the vehicle.”

Dave graduated from Iowa State, so he is a big fan of the Cyclones, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 33 years. They have three children, Anna, Samantha, and Jacob.

One of Dave’s favorite vehicles is the Dodge Grand Caravan.

“My wife and I have owned four different Grand Caravans,” Dave said. “We have used them in all kinds of applications, like using it as an enclosed pickup to haul ‘stuff,’ family events and outings, sporting events, and errands.”

Here are some fun facts about Dave:

  • He went to grade school (up to 4th grade) in a one-room school house.
  • He was part of the first graduating class to go all the way through Stephen Hempstead High School in Dubuque.
  • He was formerly a Dubuque County Fair Director for 9 years.

Dave looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde Auto Group.

“If you do that extra step, that added value for the customer adds to the dealership and gains the customer’s loyalty,” he said.

His advice for vehicle shoppers is simple: ask questions — he is more than willing to answer them!

“Do not be afraid to ask any question or have the answer repeated if you do not understand,” Dave said. ” The message must be clear and there are no bad questions.”

You can contact Dave at dwalser@rundeautogroup.com or 866-580-9767.