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2011 Dodge Durango R/T

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

November 2, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The new Dodge Durango continues to garner awards and high praise from experts impressed with its best-in-class capability, style, spaciousness, interior craftsmanship and driving dynamics. With its four-wheel independent suspension, near 50:50 weight distribution, responsive steering and handling and best-in-class driving range, combined with its standard seven-passenger functional, flexible and premium interior and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick status, the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango is NADAguides’ “Car of the Month” for November.

“The craftsmanship found in this vehicle demonstrates why it took Dodge three years to overhaul this vehicle – it was well worth the wait. Every line of the 2011 Dodge Durango has become fluid and smooth, the driving performance enhanced, the interior upgraded to luxury standards and a safety system that surpasses its closest competitors. Our team of analysts really enjoyed driving this vehicle and feels it will give the competition a run for its money.”

Troy Snyder
Director of Product Development, NADAguides

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

The NADAguides’ (National Automobile Dealers Association) “Car of the Month” award gives consumers practical information on new cars, trucks and SUVs chosen by the analysts at NADAguides for exceptional performance, efficiency, features, options and appeal.

“We’re extremely pleased NADAguides has recognized the Dodge Durango as the ‘Car of the Month’ for November. It’s always an honor when automotive experts recognize the style, capability and value we’re offering with our all-new lineup of vehicles. With Durango’s class-leading towing capacity, best-in-class driving range and premium interior, it truly is one of the best choices in the seven-passenger SUV segment.”

Reid Bigland
President and CEO – Dodge brand

The “Car of the Month” award from NADAguides follows one week after the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) named the Dodge DurangoFull-Size SUV of Texas.”

Criteria used to determine NADAguides “Car of the Month” includes: quality of engineering, fuel efficiency, safety equipment and ratings, pricing and overall value, sales trends, consumer market interest on NADAguides.com, and test drives performed by NADAguides market analysts. Car of the Month vehicles are eligible for the NADAguides Car of the Year award.

NADAguides said the first complete overhaul inside and out since 2008 helped the 2011 Dodge Durango catch the attention of its analysts. The fresh look of the exterior, quality upgrade in the interior, a safety system that surpasses the competition, ample space, comfort, technology and performance make the Dodge Durango impressive all around. Best-in-class power, best-in-class towing and best-in-class driving range coupled with an IIHS Top Safety Pick further cement the 2011 Dodge Durango as an industry leader and the NADAguides “Car of the Month” for November.

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

About Dodge

Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are sporty, functional and innovative. With nearly 100 years of heritage, the brand has a history of providing its customers excellent quality, innovation and value. Dodge is building on the momentum of introducing six all-new or significantly redesigned products, solidifying its message that Dodge offers an excellent value for American families looking for top performance in all the places that matter – from power off the line and handling in the corners to high-quality, dependable vehicles that deliver unmatched functionality and excellent fuel economy in everyday driving situations. In fact, Dodge now offers six vehicles that deliver 25 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway, while retaining that distinctive Dodge innovation and style. With the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger and significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, Dodge also now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the country with more new product coming.

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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. The top stories from Chrysler Group LLC for the week of October 28, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC third quarter earnings, industry honors, Active Lifestyle Vehicle winners, SUV of Texas and Ram expands line-up.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

October 24, 2011 1:02 AM- Jeep® brand, the company that created the SUV segment — decades before anyone heard of the term — and its sibling Dodge, did a little Texas two-step around other SUV manufacturers this weekend during the annual Texas Auto Writers Association’s Texas Truck Rodeo.

The Detroit-built 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee (above) defended its SUV of Texas honor.

Jeep Grand Cherokee has once again demonstrated its superior levels of performance, quality, interior craftsmanship, and reliability that make it an award-winning SUV,” said TAWA President Mike Herzing. “Grand Cherokee is clearly the SUV of Texas.”

Also for the second year in a row, Toledo, Ohio-made 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (below) was named the Mid-size SUV of Texas.

2012 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

2012 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

New for 2011 is the TAWA Luxury of SUV of Texas award, won by the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit.

Not to be out-done by its siblings, the 2012 Dodge Durango (below), built at the same Detroit plant as the Grand Cherokee, earned an award:

“The 2012 Dodge Durango made quite an impression at this year’s TAWA Truck Rodeo,” Herzing said. “With its spacious and refined interior, impressive driving dynamics, and class-leading towing capability, it’s only fitting that the Dodge Durango is named the 2012 Full-Size SUV of Texas.”

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

This weekend, 57 TAWA members were given two days of on- and off-road evaluation time with a variety of vehicles from major auto manufacturers. Consideration was given to everything from exterior styling and off-road capability, to the vehicles’ overall utility, value and fuel efficiency. At the end of the two-day evluation, TAWA members voted for their top choices in number Texas Truck Rodeo categories.

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Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep®, SRT and Fiat Brand Vehicles Get Mopar® Treatment

  • Company’s 28,400-sq.-ft. exhibit to showcase more than 30 “Moparized” Chrysler Group vehicles and more than 500 Mopar accessories
  • Sketches of image vehicles released

October 25, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC will have a major presence at next week’s 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

This year, the 28,400-square-foot exhibit will include more than 30 Mopar®-modified vehicles from the company’s Ram, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep®, SRT and Fiat brands. More than 500 Mopar accessories will be showcased in the exhibit.

“The aftermarket is a $34 billion-a-year industry and SEMA is the perfect place to showcase everything that Mopar has to offer. At Mopar, we believe in giving our customers a lot of choices when they go to personalize their vehicles. And that is why we offer extreme personalization for every single car in our showrooms. In addition to head-turning image vehicles at the SEMA show, we also will introduce new must-see product and technology.”

-Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar,
Chrysler Group LLC’s service parts and customer-care brand

Mopar image vehicles that will be on display at SEMA include:

Chrysler 300 SF6

Inspired by Chrysler 300 “Spring Festival” owners who participate in the Southern California owners’ gathering, the Mopar Underground Team designed the Chrysler 300 SF6 image vehicle with discrete styling and Mopar performance parts and accessories for the sixth-annual event.

Enhancing the “born-with-attitude” look of the Chrysler 300, the 300 SF6 is bolted with hardcore enthusiast hardware. Staggered 22-inch-by-9.5-inch and 22 inch-by-10.5-inch Savini Mono Di Forza SM3 aluminum wheels are wrapped with 265/35 R22 (front) and 295/30 R22 (rear) performance tires. For improved cornering and braking, this 300S model features a custom Mopar/KW coil-over-spring kit, front and rear strut-tower braces and larger SRT8® performance brakes.

A Mopar cold-air intake, custom Mopar long-tube headers, and Mopar/Corsa custom exhaust system combine to deliver even more performance from the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine. The Chrysler 300S model’s black-accented headlamps and monotone Tungsten Metallic look provide a ready-for-the-streets appearance, while unique body-color grille, front-chin and trunk spoilers provide an even more aggressive touch. Topping off the unique look is a gloss black painted roof that accentuates the clean lines of the Chrysler flagship sedan.

The interior of the Chrysler 300 SF6 exudes an athletic-luxury theme with Mopar/Katzkin performance seats trimmed in black with black/blue perforated leather and Mopar blue accent stitching.

The use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door-panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance.

The Mopar audio by Kicker system in the Chrysler 300 SF6 features a dual 10-inch subwoofer enclosure mounted in the trunk; two, two-way speakers with domed tweeters mounted on the rear deck; 6-inch-by-9-inch midbass speakers mounted in each front door; and two 3.5-inch, two-way speakers with domed tweeters mounted in the left and right corners of the instrument panel.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Chrysler 300 SF6 include: (Item & Part number)

  • Front strut-tower braces- P5155950
  • Strut-tower brace caps- P5155763
  • Rear strut-tower braces- P5155951
  • Rear strut-tower brace close out panels- 68145039AA
  • Cold-air intake- 77070044
  • Illuminated door-sill guards- 82212284
  • Kicker audio system- 77KPK316

Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

For the 2011 SEMA show, the Chrysler Group’s Mopar Underground team created a Challenger image vehicle with some cool ties to modern history. Influenced by the success of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and more recently, the Dodge Viper SRT10® ACR resetting the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany, Mopar Underground created the Dodge Challenger ACR based on the stellar Challenger SRT8 392. Some of Dodge’s and SRT’s best handling vehicles of all-time come with the ACR acronym attached to them, and the Challenger ACR is no different. The Challenger ACR is a no-frills homage to the original option-delete cars of the 1960s and 70s.

Equipped with Mopar parts, such as a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces, short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and a set of Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires, the Challenger ACR is an animal that has as much bark as its cornering bite. Performance enhancements in the interior include carbon fiber door panels, front race bucket seats with openings for a racing harness and the rear seat is removed and replaced by a roll bar and fire extinguisher. An SRT three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, SRT gauge cluster, custom bright pedal kit, Mopar Drag Pack center stack and a carbon fiber center console finish off the interior modifications.

The exterior has design cues similar to those found on the Viper SRT10 ACR, including a white body, charcoal painted roof, carbon fiber hood, rear deck lid, rear spoiler and tail lamp surround and an offset flame red stripe that runs the length of the car. Red painted mirror caps and brake calipers, unique black painted five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels and red “ACR” fender badging finish off the exterior design details. The white and red theme carries over to the interior with white accents on the carbon fiber door panels, red armrest bars with white foam padding, red door latch release tethers, red painted roll bars and red accents on the carbon fiber racing seats covered in black Katzkin leather.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Dodge Challenger ACR include: (Item & Part number)

  • Coil-over suspension- P5155942
  • Front-strut tower brace- P5155950
  • Front-strut tower brace caps- P5155763
  • Rear-strut tower brace- P5155751
  • Rear-strut tower brace close out panels- 68095921AA
  • Short-throw shifter- P5155458
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155957
  • Front-strut tower brace- P5155950
  • Drag Pack center stack- P5155250
  • I/P and shift bezel kit- carbon weave design- 82211876
  • Door sill entry guards- 82211234
  • Mopar fuel door- 82212406
Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge Durango Tow Hook

Dodge will be turning heads at this year’s SEMA show with a special Dodge Durango Tow Hook image vehicle designed by Mopar Underground. The Tow Hook infuses a healthy dose of eye-catching style to the already-sporty Durango design. The vibrant four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme is executed both inside and out to make this Durango one of the most unique and exciting vehicles at the show.

The exterior features a muscle-car inspired four-coat orange paint scheme, with satin-black roof, fascia accents and hood graphics, along with blacked-out lighting and twin-spoke 22-inch-by- 9.5-inch forged Superalloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. A custom mandrel bent exhaust system featuring Corsa components increases performance and belts out an unforgettable tone. To finish off the exterior, the Dodge Durango Tow Hook wears a piano black split-crosshair grille and has a 25 mm reduced ride-height for a more aggressive stance.

Tow Hook’s interior features carry over the theme from the exterior and uses high-quality Mopar components, such as Durango logo door sill guards, aluminum pedal kit and premium carpeted floor mats to add a strong sense of sport to the cabin. The black, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather seats feature orange leather trim on the tops of the seat bolsters and are decorated with orange stitching and piping. Perforated Barracuda suede covers the seat inserts, while smooth suede bolsters with orange accent stitching and piping make the seats pop. Orange leather trim, stitching and piping is found on the center front armrest as well. The door panels also feature orange stitching and silver metal brush trim that is shared on the dash just above the glove box. Finishing off the interior modifications are an SRT steering wheel, black chrome trim around the vents, and piano-white trimmed radio/HVAC and center console bezels.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Dodge Durango Tow Hook include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Durango logo door sill guards- 82212281
  • Pedal kit- 82212055
  • Premium carpet mats- 82212326AB
Fiat 500 Titanium

Fiat 500 Titanium

Fiat 500 Titanium

Created for the performance enthusiast who wants a discretely “tuned” Fiat 500, the Mopar® Underground Team designed the Fiat 500 Titanium image vehicle with even more aggressive styling and premium sport-luxury details.

Below its Matte Titanium ‘whiskers and logo’ face, an aggressively sculpted front fascia is more pronounced and features large honeycomb grilles for maximum engine cooling. A satin black fascia insert with integrated LED fog lamps delivers a technical look. Above, circular projector headlamps are finished in gloss black to match the Fiat 500 Titanium’s exterior paint. From the side, 16 –inch-by- 6.5-inch Matte Titanium wheels feature a two-piece design. Custom Mopar lowering springs provide a lowered ride height and Matte Titanium front-and rear-brake calipers with larger rotors deliver improved stopping performance. Aggressively styled side skirts provide a more vertical profile and highlight the iconic curves of this performance Cinquecento. Matte Titanium exterior door handles and mirror caps add contrast to the deep-tinted glass. A large liftgate spoiler adds down force for improved stability at higher speeds, while a more aggressively styled rear fascia features a diffuser insert for improved aerodynamics. Additional exterior details on the Fiat 500 Titanium model include a Matte Titanium license plate brow and center-mounted trapezoidal exhaust tip. And to make sure the Fiat 500 Titanium delivers improved power, a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust have been installed.

Inside, the Fiat 500 Titanium continues the athletic look with a black environment highlighted by Titanium Metallic accents. High-performance front seats are designed to be lightweight, and feature massive side bolsters and a racing-harness pass through for at-the-limit driving. Both front and rear seats are wrapped in smooth black leather and accented with Titanium Metallic vinyl seat centers. For added detail, all four seating positions feature a black leather center stripe with Metallic Gray accent stitching for a precise look. Titanium Metallic vinyl door bolsters feature accent stitching and pair with the Matte Titanium instrument panel and gauge cluster brow. Black floor mats with Titanium Metallic “500” logo and edge binding complete the look.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Fiat 500 Titanium include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Cold-air intake- 77070046
  • Strut-tower brace- P5155954
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155986
  • Lowering spring kit- TBD

Fiat 500 Carbon

Adding even more style to the new 2012 Fiat 500 Sport, the Mopar® Underground Team designed the Fiat 500 Carbon image vehicle with Anodized Azzurro (blue) paint and unique blackened exterior and interior appointments – all designed to amplify the hatchback’s athletic Italian styling, craftsmanship, and nimble handling.

Enhancing the Fiat 500 Sport front fascia, the 500 Carbon integrates satin carbon fiber fog-lamp bezels and chin spoiler. For a more aggressive appearance, its signature ‘whiskers and logo’ face and circular projector headlamps are lacquered in Dark Hyper Black. Larger 17 –inch-by- 7-inch Dark Hyper Black aluminum wheels with wider 205/40 R 17 performance tires and exterior door handles are paired with satin carbon fiber mirror caps and tinted glass on the side profile. For greater cornering and performance, custom Mopar lowering springs, strut-tower brace and cold-air intake have been installed.

A more aggressive satin carbon fiber liftgate spoiler improves the Fiat 500 Carbon’s aerodynamic efficiency while adding down force for improved handling. Below, a powder-coated carbon fiber exhaust tip with Mopar cat-back exhaust provides an aggressive sound. Satin carbon fiber rear fascia bezels and valance provide additional detail, while a Dark Hyper Black license plate brow and tail lamp bezels continue the Fiat 500 Carbon’s serious look.

The interior of the Fiat 500 Carbon continues the blacked-out look and is highlighted by Anodized Azzurro accents. For a contemporary look, black leather sport seats feature embossed fabric with a textured geometric pattern in the seat centers. Azzurro accent piping on the seats, accent stitching on the sport-steering wheel and binding on the floor mats are color-matched to the Anodized Azzurro instrument panel bezel. Black chrome replaces traditional chrome on the Fiat 500 Carbon’s interior accents, while a carbon fiber instrument panel accents and shift knob provide added detail.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Fiat 500 Carbon include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Cold-air intake- 77070046
  • Strut-tower brace- P5155954
  • Cat-back exhaust- P5155986

Ram 392 Quick Silver

Ram 392 Quick Silver

Ram 392 Quick Silver

The Ram 392 Quick Silver began life as a 2011 Ram R/T. A 470 horsepower, 392 HEMI V-8 from the SRT lineup was dropped in and mated to the R/T’s 4.10 gear set and a high-stall converter. For additional performance, the Ram 392 is equipped with a cold-air intake kit and headers featuring an electronic exhaust cutout for maximum power and sound at the track.

For normal driving, a cat-back dual exhaust system intensifies the HEMI rumble. To improve braking performance, discs and calipers are replaced with a Brembo big brake kit, featuring 15-inch vented rotors and bright silver six-piston calipers in the front and rear. With the exception of a gloss black roof, the body is finished in a three-stage bright silver while the wheels, grille inserts, mirrors and select interior trim components are coated in anodized red paint.

A Mopar Underground, reverse deep-cowl aluminum hood design with functional heat extractors is inspired by the new Dodge Charger SRT8 and smoked lenses cover all exterior lighting. The Ram 392 Quick Silver is lowered 2 inches with the help of a custom suspension kit. The “slammed” look is made more evident by a Mopar body kit, consisting of sill and box pieces, finished up with a chin spoiler.

Mopar Underground added their 22-inch wheels wrapped in 275/45R22 tires up front and 305/40R22 tires in the rear. A Mopar hard tonneau cover with a unique integrated spoiler redirects the air for additional down force at high speeds and Mopar’s Bed Rug protects the paint. The interior features high-bolster SRT seats covered in Katzkin leather with red stitching and accents to match the steering wheel, instrument panel and Laramie Longhorn inspired leather shift knob, door panels and center console trim.

A set of Mopar Pedals and door sills are installed giving the interior an additional splash of functional aesthetics. Music is blasted through Kicker speakers, including tweeters in the instrument panel, mids in the doors and in the back, and woofers in the doors leaving plenty of room for gear behind the seats. Simply put, the Ram 392 Quick Silver is designed to be a truck that would appropriately share a garage with a Dodge Viper.

Mopar performance parts and accessories on the Ram 392 Quick Silver include: (Item & Part Number)

  • Tonneau cover- 82212215
  • Body kit- 82211365
  • Bed rug- 82209888
  • Door-sill guards- 82212427
  • Katzkin leather seating- LTHROCS1DU
  • Premium carpet floor mats- 82211003
  • Pedal kit- 82212138

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters

2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and SRT vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and SRT vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at http://www.mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

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  • New body shop adds more than one million square-feet to current footprint
  • Facility will build future products, beginning in 2013
  • Body shop to include state-of-the-art technology
  • Company’s total investment in U.S. facilities grows to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009
Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

October 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $165 million to add a new one million square-foot body shop to its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. This follows an announcement in December 2010 that the Company would invest nearly $850 million in a new paint shop for the plant and brings Chrysler Group’s total investment in its U.S. facilities to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009.

“Today marks another milestone in the rags to riches story of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A plant that was slated to close nearly two years ago will now be a state-of-the-art facility that will play an integral role in the success of this company by building the next generation of all-new vehicles.”

-Scott Garberding,
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The investment includes the construction of the new body shop as well as the installation of equipment and conveyors that will be some of the most advanced in the industry.

In December 2010, Chrysler Group announced that it would invest nearly $850 million in the construction of an all-new, state-of-the-art 425,000 square-foot paint shop. In addition, some of the $850 million will be invested in the local stamping facilities in Warren and Sterling Heights.

“Last year, Chrysler made the decision to continue operating the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant indefinitely, maintaining good manufacturing jobs in Michigan and securing the future for more than 1,200 employees. Today, the plant is thriving with 900 new employees and additional investment that recognizes the commitment and dedication of this highly skilled workforce toward building a successful Chrysler Group.”

-General Holiefield,
Vice President, UAW/Chrysler Department

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.5 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

About the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was built in 1953 as a jet engine plant and was operated by the Army as the Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant with Chrysler serving as contractor building Redstone and Jupiter missiles. It was converted to an automobile plant in 1980 by Volkswagen and purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1983.

Production of Chrysler LeBaron GTS and Dodge Lancer began in September 1984. Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance production began in 1985, and Dodge Daytona production began in 1991. Through the end of the 1991 model year, the facility had produced nearly 1.3 million vehicles. Production of the 2001 Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring sedans began in the fall of 2000, followed by the Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan launched in August 2006, followed by the all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger and 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The new 2011 Chrysler 200, featured in the award-winning Super Bowl spot with Eminem, and Dodge Avenger began production in December 2010. The Chrysler 200 Convertible launched in February 2011.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Mike Driehorst- October 11, 2011 10:09 AM- White is the most popular color for new vehicles. That’s according to a story last week by The Detroit Bureau (quoting from a PPG survey), as well as current data on new Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and SRT 2011 and 2012 model year vehicle sales.

But the Chrysler Group‘s Communications Facebook Page and Chrysler Twitter communities have slightly different preferences for their new vehicle colors. We’ll give you those stats, but first let’s look at those doing the buying.

From The Detroit Bureau‘s car color story:

“At 21%, white not only rolled into the top spot but displaced the perennial favorite, silver, which slipped just a micron behind black….With white, black and silver all coming in at over 20%, the rest of the spectrum had to pick up the scraps.”

Dodge Challenger 392

Dodge Challenger 392

Our customers agree. According to sales data, their color preferences for 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles ranked:

  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Black Clear Coat
  • Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat

For this post, I didn’t gather numbers but you can see that, as in the national survey, white, black and silver are in a pretty close race for most popular color honors.

From the Chrysler Communications Facebook and Chrysler Twitter communities, we received more than 60 replies, with at least a few people offering up two answers to the question (first posted Wednesday): If you bought a new car/truck/SUV, etc., right now, what color would it be?

Three people said white.

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

However, echoing closely to national survey and our own customers, black came out on top with 16 votes. That was closely followed by red with 15. No other color was close: orange (including Mango Tango) tallied nine votes, green tallied seven votes and blue pulled in six supporters.*

Other favorites included gray, silver, yellow, tan/light brown and fuscia.

If you want to add your colored two cents, please leave a comment.

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2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

October 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today introductory incentives on certain 2012 Chrysler, Jeep®, and Ram Truck models.

Chrysler Group is offering $500 in Customer Cash to qualified consumers who purchase a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country or a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Charger, or Dodge Challenger.

In lieu of the Customer Cash offer, qualified consumers purchasing the Town & Country, Charger, or Grand Caravan may opt for attractive financing as low as 3.9 percent for 60 months.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 70th Anniversary Edition

Chrysler Group is offering to eligible lease consumers Lease Cash ranging from $500 to $4,000 (depending on model) on the 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan, Town & Country, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Grand Cherokee, or Dodge Challenger, Journey, and Durango.

Chrysler Group also has enhanced existing incentives on the 2011 Chrysler 300C and the 2011 Ram Heavy Duty. Qualified consumers who purchase a 300C may be eligible for $2,500 in Customer Cash or 0 percent financing up to 60 months. Qualified consumers who purchase the Ram Heavy Duty may be eligible for $2,000 in Customer Cash for the gas version of the Ram Heavy Duty or $3,500 in Customer Cash on the diesel version.

2011Chrysler 300

2011Chrysler 300

These incentives are effective through Oct. 31, 2011.

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Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio


August 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it is prepared to invest $72 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to produce new generation front-wheel and rear-wheel drive torque converters and steering columns, subject to the completion of incentive negotiations and agreements with the State of Ohio. As part of the investment, 640 hourly and salaried jobs will be retained.

The new torque converters will be paired with the next generation eight-speed rear-wheel drive transmission being built at Chrysler’s Kokomo (Ind.) Transmission Plant and the all-new nine-speed front-wheel drive transmission to be produced at the company’s Indiana (Kokomo, Ind.) Transmission Plant I. The new transmissions and torque converters are a critical part of Chrysler’s strategy to meet fuel economy requirements over the next several years.

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

“We welcome this investment in Toledo Machining as it is an acknowledgement of the high quality components that have been produced by our skilled workforce for many years. Being able to bring new technology to this facility secures its long-term future. We are also appreciative of the support we have received from the State of Ohio in providing the incentives necessary to make this investment possible.”

-Scott Garberding
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

The investment would fund the installation of new equipment and special tooling to modernize and enhance the plant’s capability. Work on the plant is expected to begin late third quarter 2011 and be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

“We’re very pleased that Chrysler is making the decision to invest in the Toledo Machining Plant and the skilled workforce there,” said General Holiefield, Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department. “This will help preserve and enhance jobs in the area and give a greater measure of security to our members and their families well into the future.”

Toledo Machining currently produces steering columns for the following assembly plants: Warren Truck (Mich.), Belvidere (Ill.), Sterling Heights (Mich.), Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio); Windsor (Ont.), Toluca (Mex.), Saltillo (Mex.) and Carabobo (Venezuela).

The plant also produces torque converters, a component that allows the transmission to shift gears in an automatic transmission, for Kokomo Transmission (Ind.), Indiana Transmission I and II (Kokomo, Ind.), Sterling Heights, Toluca and London, England.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.2 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

  • reporting a net profit of $116 million in the first quarter of 2011;
  • reporting the 16th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in July;
  • confirming a $114 million investment to repurpose about one-fifth or nearly 400,000-square feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant for the production of core components for the Pentastar engine produced at Trenton South;
  • investing nearly $1.3 billion into the Company’s existing transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission; increase capacity and support production of the World Engine and improve processes for the 62TE transmission program; and accommodate future production of a new highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission;
  • announcing a $600 million investment in its Belvidere Assembly Plant;
  • confirming an investment of $850 million in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and surrounding stamping facilities;
  • planning an investment of $150 million in its GEMA (Dundee, Mich.) facility;
  • announcing an investment of $27.2 million USD in its Etobicoke Casting Plant (Toronto) to produce front and rear crossmembers for future Chrysler vehicles starting in the third quarter 2011;
  • announcing in December 2009 that it will invest $179 million to launch production of the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) at the company’s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich., creating more than 150 new Chrysler jobs;
  • adding a second shift of production – or nearly 1,100 jobs – at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in May 2010;
  • adding nearly 900 jobs on a second shift at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February 2011;
  • launching the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee in May 2010;
  • beginning production of the all-new Fiat 500, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger in December 2010;
  • starting production of the 2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger in January.
Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

About Toledo Machining

Construction of the Toledo Machining facility began in 1964 with production starting in 1966. The plant expanded in 1969, adding 226,000 square-feet, increasing its overall footprint to more than 1.2 million square-feet. Because the plant produces several products specified as vehicle safety items, Toledo Machining requires precision machining operations to meet high quality standards.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Mopar® and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

Check out the video below to see more about the Toledo investment and to hear the thoughts of Ohio Governor John Kasich. As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!


August 19, 2011 3:03 PM – Chrysler Blog – As part of Chrysler Group’s Woodward Dream Cruise festivities, Dodge invited members of the Dodge Durango Owners’ Clubs from various states to the home of the current Dodge Durango — our Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

Members came from as far away as Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey for the special visit. After the personalized plant tour, members paraded their vehicles from JNAP toward Woodward Avenue for the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise.

The new Durango features seven-passenger seating, best-in-class towing, class-leading driving range of 500 miles on a tank of fuel, and it is an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. Follow along with yours truly as I break down some of the cool things you can do with Chrysler‘s new Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry System.

Here’s what Chrysler Group LLC has to say about their new Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry System:

Advanced technology allows the driver to unlock doors when pulling a door handle, thanks to Keyless Enter-N-Go. Upon entry, easily start the vehicle with a press of the engine start / stop button and brake pedal.

And that’s not all they can do! There’s also some other cool features that you’ll have to watch the video to see, like how to pop your trunk with your keys still in your pocket!

Stay tuned because we will be doing more Brandl Media Minute Videos explaining more of the great things these radios and vehicles can do! If you have any questions about how to operate your Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry system, as well as your Uconnect or Media Center radio, or have suggestions on other topics we should cover, send me an email at LT@BrandlMotors.com

The Keyless Enter and Go Passive Entry System comes equipped in many different Chrysler Group Vehicles, including but not limited to, the 2011 Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, and more! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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