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Bolder, Smarter 2016 Toyota Tacoma Debuts in Detroit

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck

With the launch of the new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon late last year, it looked like the Toyota Tacoma could be facing legitimate competition in its segment for the first time in years. However, those threats to the best-selling midsize pickup truck may now prove to be short-lived, as a redesigned 2016 Tacoma debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month with a bolder exterior, new drivetrains and a more refined cabin featuring smart technology.

Up front, the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma sports a new hexagonal grille, rigid fender flares, a taller and more sculpted hood and narrower headlamps that can be complemented by available LED daytime running lights. The truck also means business underneath that aggressively styled sheet metal, featuring more high-strength steel in its frame for increased rigidity and a revised suspension that creates a smoother on-road ride and greater off-roading capability.

Under its chiseled hood, the Tacoma’s optional 4.0-liter V6 engine will be replaced by a smaller-displacement 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 that will be more powerful and more fuel efficient, and the new unit will be offered with the choice of a new six-speed automatic transmission or a new six-speed manual gearbox. The carryover 2.7-liter four-cylinder will remain the standard engine in the 2016 Tacoma, sold only with the six-speed automatic when the truck goes on sale this fall.

“The Tacoma has been the best-seller in its segment for the past decade because it perfectly blends capability with outstanding reliability and value. The new 2016 model will build on all of those things while introducing fresh styling and a more accommodating cabin,” said Jeff Leclerc, general sales manager of Central Maine Toyota, a Toyota dealership in Waterville, Maine. “While it may look and feel rugged on the outside and under the hood, the new Tacoma is designed to be extremely comfortable and convenient for drivers and passengers alike.”

To eliminate road noise and rattling, Toyota outfitted the 2016 Tacoma with tighter door sealing, a multi-layer acoustic windshield, a floor silencer pad and a sound-absorbing headliner. Meanwhile, the modern design of the handlebar-styled instrument panel, soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents will be paired with technology options like a smart key with push-button start, a Qi wireless charger, an upgraded touchscreen audio system and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Adventurous drivers will also be pleased to find a standard GoPro mount near the rearview mirror, particularly those looking to film their exploits in the highly capable Tacoma TRD Off-Road model.

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Chrysler Town & Country Named “Best Family Hauler” for the 10th Year in a Row!

2015 Chrylser Town & Country minivan

The accolades just keep on coming for the 2015 Chrysler Town & Country, raining in from customers, media and industry insiders alike. This week, the minivan earned a title it’s become very familiar with over the years: the Detroit News “Reader’s Choice” Award for “Best Family Hauler.”

Detroit, Michigan is a place of special significance for car fans, and especially for Chrysler. Otherwise known as “The Motor City” and “The Automotive Capital of the World,” Detroit is the beating heart of the American automotive industry, and Chrysler has its headquarters in the city’s downtown area. That’s why the Reader’s Choice awards held by The Detroit News is of especial importance to the famous automaker, and why it’s proud to declare that its award-winning Town & Country has earned the accolade yet again. We did say “yet again” for a reason — the Town & Country minivan has won the “Best Family Hauler” award from The Detroit News every year for the past decade! When a vehicle has won any award for the 10th year in a row, it’s safe to say that it’s one to keep a close eye on.

With its innovative seating and storage configurations, stylish standard leather trim and reliable on-road performance, the Town & Country is the ultimate way to tote your friends, family and gear to and from your destinations. As you can see, it’s pretty easy on the eyes, too! So why not travel to our Waterville, ME Chrysler dealership to check one out for yourself?

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Create a Dodge Viper Unlike Any Other Through the New “1 of 1″ Program!

Personalize your Dodge in the "1 of 1" Viper program

Dodge is spicing up Viper sales by making things personal. The automaker revealed its upcoming “1 of 1″ Viper program, which gives car-shoppers the opportunity to create their very own, one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper vehicle. When the service is rolled out to the world, customers will be able to change everything from the paint job to the upholstery, making their Viper unique to them and them alone.

As it stands, every Dodge Viper model is meticulously constructed by human beings. American engineers craft the body, build the aluminum V10 engine and paint the exterior, all by hand. Soon, by logging in and starting up the Viper Customizer at www.driveSRT.com, customers, too, will get to work, carefully modeling their new sports car to their exact specifications by choosing from 24,000 stripes, 8,000 exterior colors, 16 interior trims and 10 wheel options. That means there are over 25 million unique combinations for interested shoppers to choose from! Before finalizing their Viper and sending it to the engineers to build, deciding desktop designers will receive a mini model of the Viper they configured to see what it will look like and verify the design. That’s a pretty cool bonus!

“Because every Viper is hand crafted with such an extreme level of detail, we have the unique opportunity to make each one even more special by giving buyers the opportunity to customize each vehicle to their exact specifications,” said Dodge President and CEO Tim Suniskis in a press release. “Now, Viper owners will be able to say their Viper is truly one of a kind.”

It’s no surprise to see Dodge shaking up the industry yet again with this exciting new program — the automaker is always finding ways to surprise us. While you wait for the Viper program to begin, check out the other exciting models we have for sale at our Dodge dealership near Augusta, ME today!

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2015 Chevy Silverado Custom Sport Offers Sleek, Monochromatic Styling

2015 Chevy Silverado Custom Sport special edition

Though it was inspired by the late-1960s Chevy Custom Sport Trucks, the new 2015 Chevy Silverado Custom Sport special edition offers buyers a decidedly modern and minimalist look. With orders for the pickup truck now open at Chevy dealers, the 2015 Silverado Custom Sport stands out with its monochromatic style, donning body-colored front and rear bumpers as well as a body-colored grille surround.

On Silverado LT models, buyers of the Custom Sport package can choose between black or white paintjobs, while a pearl-shaded White Diamond Tricoat replaces the white option on Silverado LTZ models. The Chevy Custom Sport Trucks of the late 1960s were significant because they brought a touch of sophistication to the segment, and the new 2015 Silverado Custom Sport does the same with a chrome-accented black grille and the use of chrome for its 20-inch wheels, door handles, mirror caps and body-side moldings. Rounding out the special package are projector beam headlights, heated power-adjusted mirrors and tow hooks.

“The Silverado looks as bold and athletic as ever with the new Custom Sport package, but at the same time, buyers get a more distinctive style by going all white or all black with the chrome accents,” said Bo Hendrick, general sales manager of Central Maine Motors, a Chevy dealership in Waterville, Maine. “No matter which Silverado model they chose, though, our customers are going to receive the unmatched capability that’s expected from a Chevy pickup truck.”

Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevy Silverado comes standard with a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, the most torque of any standard V6 in the segment. Meanwhile, buyers who upgrade to the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter EcoTec3 receive the most fuel-efficient gas V8 ever sold in a pickup truck, with the powerplant returning up to 23 mpg on the highway. At the top of the engine range, a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 churns out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, enabling a class-leading towing capacity of 12,000 pounds when the 2015 Silverado is properly equipped.

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Chrysler Unveils Advanced UConnect Smartphone App at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

UConnect app

With the International Consumer Electronics Show taking place once again in Las Vegas this week, all manner of cutting-edge technology is being revealed to the fascinated public. Chrysler proudly announced its improved UConnect smartphone app, which is capable of everything the pre-existing app was and includes some even cooler brand-new features.

Everything from new wearable technology to the latest automotive industry innovations can be seen at CES, and Chrysler took advantage of the event to demonstrate what the new UConnect app is capable of. You can still perform certain actions, like arming/unlocking your vehicle and responding to incoming text messages aloud using Voice Texting, but now even more advanced features have been added to the mix. You can look up a monthly vehicle health report that updates you on your vehicle’s condition, including fluid levels, suspension condition, engine status and more. Need to find your parking spot? Use the app to track it down. You can even look up the address and directions to a location on your phone and then send it over to your car with the tap of a few buttons. It’ll be cued up and waiting for you once you start the ignition.

Per usual, Chrysler aims to be at the forefront of the latest industry trends when it comes to technology and features, and the UConnect is just more proof of that. If you want to see what the UConnect is like, stop by our Chrysler dealership in Waterville, Maine today and take a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram vehicle for a spin!