Chrysler Posts Best October Sales Since 2007

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The positive sales trend for Chrysler continued into October. Like many previous months, October was one of the company’s best, this one being the best since 2001.

“October marks our 67-th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and our best October since 2001.” Reid Bigland, head of US Sales said. “Last month’s sales strength continued to be broad based for the company with eight FCA vehicles setting October sales records across three of our brands.”

Each brand did extremely well in October. The Jeep brand pushed the biggest numbers, but Chrysler still managed show a lot of strength and break records itself. Sales as a whole, including the Chrysler 200, 300, and Town & Country were up 1 percent from last year’s October. The biggest winner in the Chrysler brand was the Town & Country. Its sales were up 4 percent, giving it the best October the minivan has had since 2007.

This year Chrysler is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its brand. To celebrate, Chrysler is producing special limited-edition 90th anniversary vehicles. They are looking to reward loyal fans and drivers.

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Chrysler 300 and Town & Country Get 90th Anniversary Editions

Happy Anniversary Chrysler!  It’s been 90 years, not too many relationships can last the test of time like you did, but you managed to pull it off.  To celebrate, Chrysler will be releasing special editions of the 2016 Chrysler 300 and Town & Country.

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The 2016 Chrysler 300’s 90th Anniversary Edition will be on the Limited trim level.  This comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and the available rear or all-wheel drive.  This model comes with a wide varity of technological offerings such as an 8.4-inch UConnect touchscreen with navigation and Sirius XM radio.  The unique features on this 90th Anniversary Edition is on the startup splash screen with a special logo and premium floor mats with an embroidered logo.

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The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country’s 90th Anniversary Edition is based on the Touring-L trim.  It includes the same logos as the 300 on its floormats and startup splash screen.  It also includes a power sunroof, chrome door handles, and heated seats on both the first and second rows.  The engine is a 3.6-liter V6 with a six-speed auto transmission.

Chrysler has not announced a price on either models yet, so if you’re interested, keep your eyes peeled for more details.  The vehicles are expected to be released later this fall.

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Update on Chrysler’s Response to the Wired Hack

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The story that Wired ran about the Jeep hack has been one of the most talked about car stories of the year.  It is easy to see why; the whole thing seems pulled from a sci-fi action movie.  Since the news broke, Chrysler has been providing information to drivers about what they can do to update their vehicle to stop the method that Wired used.

Today they put out a press statement with more details on their next step.

Actions speak louder than words.

When we first learned of the ability for others to hack into some of our 8.4-inch touchscreen systems, we developed, tested and implemented a software patch. Owners had the option to see if their vehicle was affected and if so, they could install the update.

Since then, we’ve taken more steps to ensure the confidence and security of our customers.

This recall applies to vehicles with the 8.4-inch touchscreen featured in the original article.  The previous method that Chrysler put out, for drivers to update the software themselves, is still available.  Chrysler will now be providing drivers with a USB drive in the mail with the update preloaded on to it so they can install it.  Another method is for drivers to contact their local CDJR dealer and speak with the service team to get the patch.

On their statement, FCA includes a list of the vehicles that may have their 8.4-inch touchscreen affected.  If you’re worried this may affect you, please check to see if your vehicle is on the list.

One thing that FCA wants to make clear is that this is not something that an average hacker sitting at their computer could do to a random passerby.  The hack that occurred on the Wired writer’s Jeep was very different than a real-world hack.

As was noted in the initial story, the ability to hack a vehicle is not easy. It took the two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, months to tap into and control certain systems of Miller’s SUV. They are experts.

The software update addressed by the recall, after the security steps we took July 23, would require unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write the appropriate code.

There is no defect in the affected 8.4-inch touchscreen system. We have taken these additional steps to demonstrate that the security of our customers is truly a priority.

 

If you need to speak with our service department about updating your software on any of the listed vehicles, please contact us at 718-229-8700 and ask to speak with the service department.  Make sure you like us on Facebook and Google+ and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on auto news.