Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy,
Let’s face it, he’s got a lot more names to add to his “naughty” list, the North Pole is slipping into the Arctic Ocean and cable news anchors deride him for providing bailouts to the so-called “nice” children of the world. Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
On top of that, we hear that Santa needs a new ride. The old one’s got rusty runners and the bells don’t meet the new federal noise regulations. Plus, the reindeer are complaining the old steel hoopty is too heavy for them to pull through the sky at nearly the speed of light. But St. Nick is in luck, because it’s a buyer’s market if you’re in the market for a new ride. A major North Pole sleigh-maker recently forced the United Brotherhood of Elves into some major concessions, while Japan’s largest toboggan and sled manufacturer declared its first operating loss since the 1950s.
With offers of cash back and interest rates at an all-time low, Mr. Kringle’s in a great position to buy a new ride — and we’ve got some suggestions for him.
OK, OK I’m kidding. But, if Santa was going to get a new ride, what would he get?
“He wouldn’t buy new; he’d go late model quality and comfort; definitely American-made,” said Ron Riccio of VIP Autos. “I like the 2012 Chrysler 300c.”
The 2012 300 is the last full-size rear-drive family sedan you can buy today and it carries on that American tradition with pride. The 300 is notable for its distinct muscle car flair and is a real head-turner; it features a well-sorted interior layout with soft touch plastics and materials that would put the previous generation 300 to shame.
The biggest changes in this model were the new, eight-speed automatic transmission on V-6-equipped 300s, and the return of the tire-scorching 300 SRT8 model. The eight-speed automatic is currently only available with the 3.6-liter 292-horsepower V-6 engine, and improves the 300’s performance and fuel economy as compared to the old five-speed automatic, upping fuel economy to an impressive 19/31 mpg city/highway while still providing plenty of grunt from the V-6. The 300 SRT8 is back for 2012 too; it gets the standard SRT 6.4-liter 470-horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque Hemi V-8 that’s seen in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and Dodge Charger SRT8, as well as large, 20-inch wheels wrapped in performance rubber, an adjustable sport-tuned suspension, and a unique exterior.
All 2012 300s come standard with front driver and passenger airbags, driver’s knee airbag, full-length side-curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side-thorax airbags. 2012 300s also get standard traction control, electronic stability control, Ready Alert Braking (which preloads the brakes in the event of a panic stop), and Rain Brake Support (which helps to dry the brake disks to shorten stopping distances in wet weather). 300c: 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway (rear-wheel drive); 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway (all-wheel drive). Classy styling.
With all this said Ron still likes the 300C with the Hemi and I agree with him. It’s got it all: power, style and classic looks. Santa does deserve a new sleigh.
and Merry Christmas