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The all-new sculpted and aerodynamic exterior of the Jeep® Cherokee make a strong statement. A bold design steeped in Jeep brand heritage. The fluid and modern design is a game-changer. This next generation Cherokee that’s equally at home on the rugged trail or uptown at the theater.

  • Best-in-Class 4×4 Capability
  • Well-equipped at every level.
  •  A refined and sophisticated interior
  •  A fresh take on open-air freedom.
  • Modern and sleek styling.
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Three advanced 4×4 systems.
  • Selec-Terrain® all-weather warrior.
  • ParkSense® Parallel /Perpendicular and front /rear Park Assist+

Mike Manley, who introduced the mid-size sport utility vehicle Tuesday at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, said the design team went for a unique design to not only turn heads, but lead the segment in a new direction. Manley, Jeep president and CEO, repeatedly called the new vehicle “the most capable mid-size SUV in the world.”

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When it arrives in dealerships in the third quarter of this year, the Cherokee will be available in four different models, ranging from the luxury Limited edition to the Trailhawk, which is designed for off-roading enthusiasts.

By the way, the Cherokee will be built at Chrysler’s Toledo Assembly Plant in Ohio.

The O’Brien Automotive Family of dealerships are one of central Indiana’s best source for new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, and Toyota & Scion brand vehicles along with a large inventory of pre-owned vehicles & Factory Certified Pre-Owned. Our goal is to make as many central Indiana customers as satisfied as possible when it comes to selection and competitive prices. We welcome you to stop by one of our convenient locations, call us at 317-534-2256, chat online (Indianapolis location Chrysler Brands – Greenwood location Chrysler Brands * FIAT Brand  / Toyota & Scion Brands), or submit a request make an appointment to test drive your next vehicle today.

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Information for this blog was gathered from a post by MLiveMichigan and a post by jeep.com

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Have you been looking for a safe and reliable compact SUV that handles like a car? Then look no further than the 2013 Jeep Patriot!

KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award 2013 Jeep Patriot   The Patriot combines superb handling, great safety scores, and great fuel economy to create a compact SUV anyone would be happy to drive!  With gas prices that continue to climb, you will be glad to know that on the Patriot, the EPA estimates that the 2.0-liter engine will average 23/29-mpg city/highway with the manual transmission, and 23/27 with the automatic. The ratings drop slightly with the 2.4-liter engine to 23/28-mpg city/highway with the manual, and 21/27 with the CVT. Safety concerns? No worries there! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2013 Jeep Patriot a Top Safety Pick after it scored the top score of Good in all four of the crash tests: frontal offset, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength tests. It also comes with quite a few standard safety features, such as all the standard airbags, 4-wheel antilock brake system, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, front disc/rear drum brakes, traction control, and child safety locks. I have touched base on the most basic reasons to consider the 2013 Jeep Patriot, NOW to the BEST reasons to take into consideration!

  • Best stated by Consumer Guide – the 2013 Patriot has impressive available off-road capability; but as a daily driver ready for the occasional off-road foray, a modestly equipped Patriot makes some sense.
  • Now, KBB has reinforced that the 2013 Patriot should be at the TOP of your list to consider! If you haven’t seen the news, Kelly Blue Book recently awarded the 2013 Jeep Patriot the #4 position out of 24 vehicles that are best buy’s due to their low-cost to own!

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We ALL know that when it is time to purchase a car, we always want the best deal that we can get. But in the “big picture”, you need to consider other variables as well:

  • Fuel Costs
  • Financing Options
  • Insurance Costs
  • Actual Cost of the Vehicle Itself

The moral of this story?  You can save a lot more money by simply choosing the right car than by working a great deal on the wrong car.

Stop into two of central Indiana’s Jeep dealers, Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Greenwood or Indianapolis to learn more about the 2013 Jeep Patriot and other Jeep models we currently have in stock. Our sales team would be happy to help show you around the lot, discuss specifications of the different models, answer any questions you might have, as well as set you up on a test drive!

From our family to yours: be “safe on the road, and happy motoring”!

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Blog_Toyota Assembly Plant Toyota has big plans for their production! Per Bill Fay…. A top Toyota executive, the auto company might eventually make all of its U.S.-bound vehicles in North America, with no imports from Japan. Their goal is to have all Toyota vehicles that are sold in the US, be produced here also. That is very exciting news coming from a company that added 3,500 jobs to the US economy last year. Bringing more money home is always a bonus.

Toyota dealerships in the US, like O’Brien Toyota Scion, will be selling vehicles that are more US based than any “domestic” car maker. That sounds odd doesn’t it? To anyone that has worked with Toyota it doesn’t sound all that crazy. Toyota has been moving more and more jobs to US plants every year.

It is no secret that Toyota and other Japanese automakers have been shifting production from Japan to other markets in reaction to the strength of the yen in recent years. A shortage of younger workers is another factor. In 2012, Toyota assembled slightly more than 70% of vehicles sold in the U.S. in North American factories.

“Our intention is clearly to grow that 70% over time,” Fay said. “Short term, we are not going to build everything in North America, especially (when) you consider Lexus, which we are shifting more slowly. “Certainly there’s a movement to do more of that work where the customer is,” Fay said after the company revealed the Furia concept sedan at the Detroit auto show.
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Here is the current “picture” of Toyota’s U.S. presence:

  • The company’s new Avalon sedan was engineered largely at its Ann Arbor Technical Center. It’s assembled in Georgetown, Ky., along with the Camry.
  • “Whether we ever totally get there, I don’t know,” Fay said. “That would be a ways down the road, but we’re certainly making a lot of progress in vehicles like Avalon, where that was really all done here in North America by our companies here.”
  • Fay said that by the end of the year, 100% of Toyota Corollas sold in the U.S. will be built at its Cambridge, Ontario, and Blue Springs, Miss., plants.
  • Toyota has also expanded design and engineering centers, such as the CALTY styling studio near Los Angeles and its technical center in Ann Arbor.
  • Last year, Toyota added or announced 3,500 new jobs and investment of $1.6 billion in North America.
  • Toyota has nine U.S. plants that produce vehicles such as the Camry, Avalon, Venza, Corolla, Highlander, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra.

Way to go Toyota! We say “bring it on”!

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“Our family works for you.
Since 1933.”

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Calling it a vital national security issue, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed Executive Order #6, making Indianapolis the first city in the nation to require the purchase of either electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for the city’s non-police fleet. This order mandates that Indianapolis replace its current fleet of city-owned sedans with electric and other non-oil burning vehicles by 2025.

Check out the video of the announcement!

In case you missed the announcement, a Toyota Prius Plug-In was used in the ceremony on Monument Circle to illustrate how ‘normal’ an electric vehicle can be. Why consider a Toyota Prius with Hybrid Synergy Drive®? The car features a collection of innovations, technological advances and design features built around an engine that switches automatically between petrol combustion and battery power to drive the car in the most fuel-efficient, environmentally clean way for any situation.
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Have you, or are you, considering ‘going green’? Most people think of the Prius family of vehicles when you think about hybrids and Toyota; however, there is a plethera of hybrid vehicle options! If you would like more information on the ALL of the green vehicles in the Toyota lineup, we encourage you to visit our O’Brien Toyota Scion store on the east side of Indianapolis (2550 N. Shadeland Avenue, just 2-blocks north of I-70).

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Since 1933.”

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The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling compact crossovers, and for 2013 it’s all new with fresh styling and revised powertrain options! For 2013 Toyota has made two big revisions to the RAV4: there’s no more V-6 engine option and the third-row seat is gone.
2013 Toyota RAV4

Major changes on this redo? Check out this list:

  • Upgraded the transmission to a six-speed automatic.
  • All-wheel drive is an option for those in snowy climates.
  • Gas mileage is up with an estimated rating of 24 mpg city / 31 mpg highway.
  • The RAV4 ups its safety ante with eight airbags as standard equipment, including knee airbags.
  • Standard across the board: Bluetooth and a rearview camera.

The new RAV4 isn’t significantly larger than before, but redesigned seats carve out a little more rear-seat leg room. Additionally, The back seat splits and folds on all versions to open up the RAV4’s cargo bin from 38.4 cubic feet to 73.4 cubic feet. That cargo space is more easily accessed than before, since the new model no longer has a tailgate-mounted spare and a side-hinged rear door. It’s now a conventional top-hinged door, and the spare’s sunk under the cargo floor.

Our O’Brien Toyota Scion store is expecting inventory in late January! This refresh and upgrades to one of Toyota’s best-selling vehicles demands a MUST see and MUST drive! Check out this reveal video or additional pictures & see for yourself! If you would like additional information; or, to be notified when we receive inventory, don’t hesitate to give our team of Product Specialists a call at (317) 351-7000! By the way, we are conveniently located on the east side of Indianapolis at 2550 North Shadeland Avenue — just two blocks north of I-70.

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Named Motor Trend’s 2013 Truck of the Year!

Award Criteria Includes:

  • Design Advancement
  • Engineering Excellence
  • Performance of Intended Function
  • Efficiency
  • Safety and Value

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Per Motor Trend: “Hand’s down, the Ram ran away with this Truck of the Year award. Until the rest of the industry can catch up with Ram trucks in the half-ton segment, it would be a shame to pass this one up.”

Both of our Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram stores couldn’t agree more! We encourage you to check out the inventory at each of our stores, one located in Greenwood just south of the Greenwood Park Mall on U.S. 31; OR our other location on the north side of Indianapolis between Keystone Avenue and Allisonville Road on 96th Street. Don’t stop there! Give our Customer Care Team a call at (317) 534-2256 and schedule a test drive today! See for yourself why the all-new 2013 Ram 1500 is getting SO much attention!

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The retired Endeavor shuttle arrived in the City of Angels last month atop a NASA Boeing 747 , taking a grand tour of Southern California before setting down at the international airport. Now, it has to be towed through the streets of Los Angeles to get to its permanent home at the California Science Center south of downtown. That’s where Toyota comes in.

Toyota, with its U.S. headquarters nearby in Torrance, Calif., has contributed more than $8 million to the science center since the early 1990s. With that in mind, when they were looking for a way to move the Endeavor to the Science Center, it made sense to approach Toyota with the task. The retired space shuttle Endeavor has been moved by many things, such as rockets, its own engines and thrusters, tank-like transporters, and now…a Toyota Tundra pickup truck! Toyota Motor Sales announced this past Wednesday that the full-size Tundra will tow the Endeavor  the last quarter mile to the California Science Center, where both the space shuttle and truck are to be displayed.

Tested extensively prior to the announcement, the 2012 Tundra is slated to safely tow the 300,000 pound historic artifact down Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, on the final leg of its journey. Endeavour will be towed using a stock 2012 Tundra CrewMax 1/2–ton pickup, identical to models currently found in Toyota dealerships, with no additional modifications made to increase towing capacity or generate more power. The Tundra CrewMax is equipped with Toyota’s powerful 5.7L V8 engine, producing a maximum tow capacity of 10,000 pounds. TMS has done extensive testing and worked with The Sarens Group, a heavy lifting and engineered transport company, to develop a dolly specifically for hauling the Endeavour. The mission, check out this video!

So…SAVE the Date – Saturday, October 13! By the way, Social media users are encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation. Better yet, tweet this phrase and share in Toyota’s quest to raise money for Endeavor’s new home at the California Science Center:  For every tweet (#TundraEndeavor) sent using the “Share with Twitter” button on this page, Toyota will donate $50 to the California Science Center.

Check out more information regarding  Endeavour’s permanent home, a new addition to the Science Center called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. Please visit this post after the event and post your comments and thoughts regarding joint effort by Toyota. Better yet, how about posting to our Facebook page? We would LOVE to know what you think!

 
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P.S. By the way, check out our current inventory of the 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax!

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The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubison topped the 2012 Mercedes-Benz G550 in a recent head-to-head comparison by Car and Driver magazine. Check out a snipit of what the reviewers had to say!

Read the full article here!

Do you have any comments about the comparison? We would love to hear your feedback!

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I just saw this short article in our Chrysler Newsletter about the NHRA Nationals Event that was held in Colorado, and realized that our local track, Lucas Oil Raceway in “Indianapolis” would soon be hosting some of the BEST events of the year! What does that mean? Mark your calendars, save the dates – 3 great events are coming up!


I live in Brownsburg or “Nitro Alley”, just a short jaunt ‘down the road’ from the track. Weather permitting, when the windows in our kitchen are open; I can hear the dragsters and the roar of their engines! Call me weird, but even at 60+ years old, this sound is ”music to my ears”. This .686-mile oval hosts several premiere events during the course of the year and welcomes racers that are starting to hone their skills as well as those in some of the top levels of motorsports. Talk about fan traffic!

What are the upcoming events that should be saved to your calendar? Check them out!

Event #1: SpeedFest is “just around the corner” and will take place at the track on July 26-27 and will feature ARCA, USAC Midgets and Silver Crown along with the CRA Super Series.

Event #2: The grand-daddy big event to hit the track is the 58th annual Mac Tools U. S. Nationals held on Aug. 29-Sept. 3.

The Mac Tools U. S. Nationals is the world’s largest and most prestigious drag race and fans from across the globe will make their annual mecca to Lucas Oil Raceway to watch the stars of the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series battle for the most coveted trophy in all of drag racing. We are talking AWESOME
You have GOT to check out this video!

Event #3: The newest and fastest growing event to keep an eye one is the Monster Mopar Weekend which will visit the facility on Sept. 21-23.

Fans of Plymouth Road Runners, Dusters, Chargers and Challengers will able to walk the facility taking in some of the best classic American made cars. Cars and Mopar, what a combination, check out this view from the staging lane!

Shameful, but I HAVE to put a plug in for Brownsburg. I have been there for 15-years this fall, and it has grown to be a great partner for the NHRA racing series. Off of Northfield Drive * located between Hwy 136 and  I74W, there is race shop after race shop. Quite a haven for the enthusiast! Several times a year those shops are open to the public; one of the most attended is John Force’s shop. Check out this recent video during one of these fan favorite events.

NHRA + Mopar equals FUN times! Mark those calendars!

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The long waited and the most anticipated 2013 FR-S sports coupe has finally arrived! The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport; is Scion’s definition of an authentic rear-wheel-drive sports car with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising MPG. This car is touted to be a start for Toyota’s youth- brand in the US!

This Scion creation is empowered by a high- revving 2.0 liter boxer four- cylinder. It produces a total output of 200 horses and 151 lb- ft of peak torque in a single trim level. When equipped with the automatic transmission, Toyota claims that the FR- S is able to reach an EPA estimated ratings of 34 mpg on the highway, while when paired with the stick shift it returns 30 mpg highway.

Inspired by the AE86, the FR-S is designed around the core goal of achieving, “Pure Balance.” The balance begins with the strategic use of the world’s only flat boxer engine in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. The engine’s compact size and flat shape allow it to be mounted mid-ship and extremely low, giving the car a dynamically favorable front-to-rear weight ratio of 53:47 and a low center of gravity comparable to some exotic supercars — making it a solid choice for driving enthusiasts.

The idea of “Pure Balance” (Low center of gravity and lightweight design) is further realized by the FR-S’s lightweight design and compact size. The combination allows the car to be quick and nimble into and out of corners, with dynamic maneuverability and confident handling. The coupe’s weight is kept to a minimum by utilizing an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and by featuring a trunk design instead of a hatchback.

The FR-S’s interior features a 2+2 seating configuration that is designed with both form and function in mind. The front seats are mounted extremely low and are comfortable yet assertive, while the rear seat folds down flat, creating flexible space. The large center-mounted tachometer is the focus of the three-gauge cluster, keeping the driver informed of the engine’s vitals. Speed is monitored by both digital and analog gauges. (Check out this video on the 2013 Toyota FR-S)

The pricing for the new Scion FR-S is kicked off at $24,200 – your Scion will be equipped with a six- speed manual gearbox. On the other hand, a price of $25,399 is fitted with a six- speed automatic transmission. Take a note that those pricing are excluding the destination and handling fee at $730.

Our first FR-S arrived and was sold very quickly; however, we do have 2 that should arrive mid-July! Keep an eye out on our website or our facebook page to check on arrival! Questions? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (317) 351-7000.

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
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