2017 Jeep Compass Coming to Monken Dodge Chrysler Jeep

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be delivered to Monken Dodge Chrysler Jeep in 2 weeks.  Here is an article we recently read in USA Today by Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press.

2017 Jeep Compass

The new compact SUV’s upscale looks outclass similarly priced competitors, and its off-road ability would literally leave them in its tracks.

Priced from $22,090 including shipping and arriving in Jeep dealerships within a few weeks, the Compass seats five. On size, it fits between Jeep’s Renegade subcompact and midsize Cherokee SUVs.

The Compass has about the same size and power as compact SUVs such as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson, but its off-road ability and upscale looks lift it above most of the competition.

The 2017 Compass is all-new, sharing almost nothing but its name with the previous Compass, a dreary model Jeep developed when DaimlerChrysler owned the brand. The old Compass and its sibling, the Patriot, went out of production late last year.

The new Compass looks a bit like a scaled-down version of the Grand Cherokee, Jeep’s most prestigious model. It’s rounder and more sophisticated than the squared off Renegade and Wrangler SUVs.

Two-tone paint adds an elegant black roof and pillars that combine with LED taillights, projector head lights, leather upholstery, soft interior materials, big touch screen and optional 19-inch wheels for a ritzy look and feel.

The seats are comfortable. Cargo and passenger space are good. The storage bin under the front seat’s center armrest is small.

The 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic transmission deliver plenty of power for everyday driving. The new Compass, in its front-drive, manual transmission version, is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined. A 4-wheel-drive Compass with the 9-speed automatic scored 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. It can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

The Compass is quiet on the highway and over rough paved surfaces, even with the top $30,090 Limited model’s optional 19-inch wheels.

I drove a 4-wheel-drive Compass Limited through sweeping interstate highways and among free-roaming livestock on twisty ranch roads. The SUV was surprisingly fluid through curves and dips. The brakes were easy to modulate, and the 9-speed transmission shifted quickly and smoothly. The steering was direct and responsive.

I took an offroad-ready Trailhawk with the same engine and greater off-road capability over a challenging course of hills, rock, sand, mud and water on a ranch a couple of hours drive from San Antonio.

The Compass forded fast streams swelled by thunderstorms. The most off-road capable model, the Trailhawk, has 8.5 inches of ground clearance and can make it through 19 inches of water. Its low gears allowed the Compass to negotiate steep hills, boulder-strewn arroyos and ruts that left one wheel suspended in the air. The chassis was devoid of creaks as it clambered over the obstacles.

The Compass’s short front and rear overhangs will serve it well as it navigates between trees and other obstacles on tight off-road trails.

No other compact SUV on the market, with the possible exception of the $41,800-up Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, could handle the course.

Few owners will use it, but that level of capability validates the new Compass’s credentials as a legitimate Jeep. Add value and upscale looks, and it’s easy to see why Fiat Chrysler expects the Compass to carry Jeep sales to new heights around the world.

How Does Your New Vehicle Get to Our Lot

Blogger – Lance Marcum

Ordering a vehicle starts with our consensus cycle which takes into account our sales history and what we are predicting to sell. From there, the build cycle starts with our “allocations” on Thursday of every week. As far as knowing what works well for us, I look at our sales history and a program called “DART”, which lets me know what General Motors recommends that I build.   We always try to keep a nice combination of colors and models available.  Also, we can always build a vehicle specifically for a customer if they would like.
Once the order is submitted, it then goes into production. The process from the vehicle being built to on the lot is generally 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the vehicle. The ones being produced in Wentzville, MO are obviously here quicker than the ones that have to be shipped via railway.
The vehicles come to our lot via transport trucks.

When the vehicles arrive, sales consultants check to make sure there is no damage on the vehicle and then sign for approval. In the event that a vehicle has damage, it is noted and General Motors takes care of the repair. This is rare, but does happen from time to time. Once that is completed,  the keys are tagged with a stock number and the vehicle goes into our service for a delivery inspection. The inspection consists of a full inspection in which we top off fluids. In essence, the dealership is doing their due diligence to confirm that General Motors has built the vehicle up to expectations.
Once that is completed, the vehicle goes to our detail department to get cleaned up and then pictures are taken for our website. The goal is that the vehicle goes through this entire process within 2 to 3 days of arrival so it is ready to sell.

 

The History of Monken Automotive

 

In the 1960’s

In the 60’s, W. Harold Monken was a partner with David Woolbright at the Standard Gas Station in Centralia. Harold was always the hot rodder spending much time improving his vehicles and racing them at night and weekends. His brother, Wayne Monken, and father, Walter Monken, helped build a small garage/dealership that opened as Car City on November 4th, 1967 on Shattuc Road west of Centralia.

In the 1970’s

In 1971, a Japanese gentleman from Datsun was canvassing the area to find a dealer partner to represent what is today known as Nissan. Harold was interested and the business later became Car City Nissan. The 70’s were a great time to own a dealership that offered inexpensive vehicles with great gas mileage. They sold the shiny Datsun vehicles as fast as they could get them.

In the 1980’s

In the 80’s, Harold recognized a dealership trend to become bigger in order to survive. He explored adding Chrysler when Booth Motors closed. In 1987, he flew to Chicago with his attorney, Bill Crain, to close the deal with Chrysler, but had a last minute change of heart. He ultimately sold Car City Nissan to his General Manager Mike Gansauer and Mike’s father in law, Bob Cleary. In 1988, Mike & Bob purchased Meier Chevrolet and moved from Shattuc road. The business was now Car City Chevrolet Nissan. Several prominent business partners, including the Geary Family and the Cooksey Family were investors.

In the 1990’s

In the early 90’s, Harold opened Car Country for a few years, and then worked for Jansen Chevrolet in Germantown. In 1996, Bruce Geary told Harold that they were ready to exit the auto business. Harold returned to Car City and asked Mike Jansen to be a business partner with him in order to purchase the dealership.

However, GM already had three dealerships in Centralia. They were Dobbs/Mahan Buick GMC, Car City Chevrolet and Seeburger Oldsmobile Cadillac. GM was strategically cutting dealers with a plan called Project 2000. GM only wanted two dealers in the Centralia market and wouldn’t approve the sale of Chevrolet. It took months to negotiate. Ultimately Chevrolet was sold to Seeburger, and Car City became Monken/Jansen Chrysler Plymouth Dodge Nissan on May 1,1997. Harold’s son, Wes Monken, joined a month later in June 1997 relocating from the Chicago area. Harold and Wes purchased out Mike Jansen in 1998 and dropped the name Jansen to become Monken Dodge Chrysler Plymouth Nissan. Later that year, Monken’s purchased the Jeep franchise from Dobbs/Mahan in Centralia.

2005 – Now

In 2005, discussions began about the Monken’s acquiring Dobbs/Mahan Buick GMC. The plan was to have Harold’s daughter, Kim Monken McMillan, run the dealership. In February of 2005, Harold was rushed to the emergency room. Our long term attorney, Marvin Miller, met us at the hospital to sign a Power of Attorney over to the family. This is how Kim learned that she was coming to work for the family! The purchase of Dobbs/Mahan Buick GMC was finalized in June of 2005. Harold had a significant leak on his mitral valve caused by an infection. He battled through three valve transplants, a stroke and ultimately passed away on July 22, 2006. With great patience and hard work, Wes and Kim found a way to make both stores thrive. In May 2014 Monken Buick GMC purchased Schmidt Chevrolet and relocated to their building across from Walmart to become Monken Chevrolet Buick GMC.

What is Monken Blog?

The Monken blog has been reconstructed and we are ready to go.

Our bloggers  for Monken Automotive will be Wes Monken, Kim McMillan, Lance Marcum and Ryan Williams.

We will be posting once a week, on topics related the automotive industry,  vehicle ownership tips, vehicle reviews, Monken employees and our local community.

Feel free to comment on any of our blogs, or e-mail any of us with your thoughts.

Hall Brother’s Racing Team presents Raminator-May 30th

Hall Brother’s racing teams is proud to present The Raminator. The team will be coming to Monken Chrysler Nissan, 1739 W. McCord St. Centralia, Illinois on May 30th, 2015. Come bring your family and friends out for an exciting day. Pictures will be taken from 10:00am-12:00pm and the CAR CRUSHING starts at 1:00pm. There will also be a bounce house for the children curiosity of Kim’s Party Jumps. For more information please call 545-5100 or visit monken1.com.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Pulls Out All the Stops!

October 30, 2014

The Dodge Challenger for years has continually reached new heights in the muscle car segment – and the bar just got raised a little higher. For months we have talked about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. We’ve made our own speculations and listened to the rumors that have been started. Last we heard this vehicle would have a horsepower that was over 600. Now we know the actual number and we are pleasantly surprised.

So how do you become the “most powerful muscle car ever”? We now know how – take notes. You can attain this title by reaching an astounding 707 horsepower. So when Dodge said the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would achieve 600-plus horsepower, they weren’t kidding. It reached that and some! The torque followed suit by being raised to 650 lb-ft or torque. To produce this Dodge has added the eight-speed automatic transmission – new to the Dodge Challenger. Also, to help handle the extra torque and power Dodge added a new gearbox inside of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – the 8HP90 gearbox, which is upgraded from the 8HP70.

To contain this powerful horsepower Dodge has created two key fobs – a red one and a black one. The red fob allows the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT reach its full potential – 707 horsepower. The black fob limits the horsepower the vehicle can reach to 500hp.

Swing by Monken Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM to check out the plethora of vehicles we have on our lot. We will let you know when the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT arrives. You will soon see why we are a great choice when it comes to dealerships near Centralia, IL.

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2015 ALL New Jeep Gr Cherokee SRT

All about the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
October 30, 2014
There have been a lot of updates in the Chrysler family, and many models have received SRT upgrades. With much of the hype going to the super-powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we don’t want you to forget about the other great vehicles receiving SRT upgrades. The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of those vehicles. Keep reading for more information about what you can expect from this vehicle.

SRT is known worldwide for creating high-performance, powerful automobiles–and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is no exception. It comes powered by a 6.4-liter engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower and torque have both been increased by five, bringing new totals to 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Jeep and SRT have also added a new standard feature on all vehicles called the Active Noise Canceling system. This system allows for the perfect combination of bold vehicular sounds and insulation from outside sounds. SRT and Jeep know that consumers want to hear the power they paid for (like the exhaust and the rev of the engine.) To achieve this perfect combination, Jeep uses four microphones throughout the vehicle and the stereo system to nullify external sounds.

The last big change is the new Red Vapor package. This package will add different exterior colors, black badges around the SUV, and upgraded 20 inch wheels in black chrome with bright center caps.

Monken Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is excited about the arrival of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Swing by our Southern Illinois area Jeep dealership to check out the vehicles we have on our lot. See you soon!

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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

September 10, 2014
Most vehicles strive for safety, but not every vehicle reaches the pinnacle of safety honors like the 2015 Chrysler 200 did. This vehicle was recently evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and after thorough testing, the 2015 Chrysler 200 received the honor of being named a Top Safety Pick +. You can find out more information about what this award and what a vehicle has to do to earn it – just keep reading.

Before awarding any sort of safety ratings the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts a variety of tests on each vehicle. The ratings can range from a top rating of “good”, “acceptable”, “marginal” or “poor”. A vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, good ratings in the Institute’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint test, in addition to a basic, advanced or superior rating for the front crash prevention test.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 earned a superior rating for the front crash prevention when the optional forward collision warning system is active with autobrake. Autobrake is provided in a package by Chrysler called the SafetyTec package. In all other tests, the 2015 Chrysler 200 earned a top rating of “good,” therefore qualifying for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ award.

Monken Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is proud to have this Top Safety Pick+ vehicle on our lot. If you’re near the Centralia, IL area, swing by our lot to experience the 2015 Chrysler 200 for yourself. We have a variety of other new and used Chrysler vehicles so, whatever you’re looking we’ll help you find it.

New Towing Standards Applied to RAM Trucks

Many people who are shopping for trucks may not know that maximum towing capacity is not calculated the same way for each vehicle. With horsepower and torque, there is a standard system in place that all automakers must use, but until now there was nothing like this for maximum towing capacity. However, thanks to the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, this has now changed. Keep reading for more information.

The Society of Automotive Engineers has introduced a new maximum towing capacity calculating system called J2807. RAM is proud to be the first auto brand to apply the new standards on their trucks. To calculate the maximum towing capacity, J2807 simulates real-world towing in a variety of tests. Trucks must perform tests that include 0-60 miles per hour time allowance test, a climb test – checking the ability to climb a grade without dipping below a certain speed, and handling test.

You can expect to see the new standardized ratings on the 2015 RAM 1500, 2015 RAM 2500 and 2015 RAM 3500. But if you were wondering, here they are:

RAM 1500 with 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 – 7,600 lbs
RAM 1500 with 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 – 9,200 lbs
RAM 1500 with 5.7-liter Hemi V8 – 10,650 lbs
RAM 2500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,300 lbs
RAM 2500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline diesel – 17,970 lbs
RAM 3500 with 6.4-liter Hemi V8 – 16,420 lbs
RAM 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six diesel – 30,000 lbs (!!!)

Swing by Monken Chrysler Nissan to check out these trucks in all their glory! We have a variety of other new and pre-owned RAM vehicles at our Southern Illinios RAM dealership.