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2011 Durango at Brandl Motors

2011 Durango at Brandl Motors

  • Durango latest 2011 Chrysler Group LLC model to receive IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Chrysler has eight models that are IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011

August 3, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Durango has been named a “Top Safety Pick” for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS recognizes vehicles that perform “good” in front, side, rollover and rear crash test evaluations performed at its Vehicle Research Center in Virginia. This award applies to Durango models built after May 2011.

Additionally, to be considered, vehicles also must have available electronic stability control systems, which, research has shown, significantly reduce crash risks.

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango offers consumers 45 safety and security features, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which delivers three security features to improve overall vehicle stability both on- and off-road: electronic roll mitigation (ERM), which reacts and applies brakes during extreme situations, and Hill-start Assist (HSA), which works with standard Trailer-sway Control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities.

Other safety and security features available on the 2011 Dodge Durango include Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, which aid drivers when they’re changing lanes or parking. In addition, Durango features standard seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags in the front row. The curtain air bag extends protection to second- and third-row passengers. Durango also includes standard front-row active head restraints. Additionally, drivers can remotely lower third row headrests to enhance rear visibility when the seats are not occupied.

“The Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to earn the Institute’s highest safety honor. The performance of the Durango means buyers are getting the best protection in the most common kinds of crashes, and electronic stability control for avoiding many crashes altogether.”

-Adrian Lund,
IIHS president

Uconnect 8.4 in the 2011 Dodge Durango

Uconnect 8.4 in the 2011 Dodge Durango

The new Durango joins seven other vehicles from Chrysler Group LLC that are Top Safety Picks for 2011. Earlier this year, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger were named “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS. In selecting the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the IIHS noted the addition of torso airbags to bolster side crash protection to the vehicle’s already comprehensive list of safety features. Chrysler 200 sedan, Dodge Avenger and Journey return to the list of IIHS “Top Safety Pick” for the third straight year. Jeep Patriot is also “Top Safety Pick” when equipped with available seat mounted side airbags.

All eight Chrysler Group LLC vehicles feature electronic stability control as standard equipment for 2011.

“With the latest addition of Dodge Durango, coupled with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, Chrysler Group has eight Top Safety Picks for 2011. This recognition by the IIHS underscores our commitment to engineering safety and security technology across all vehicle segments. As we continue with our product transformation, we’ll continue to engineer new technology and more capabilities into all our vehicles.”

-Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President
Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC

All eight Chrysler selections employ a two-fold approach to safety including active head restraints for front seat occupants, standard antilock brake systems with four wheel disc brakes, and supplemental side airbags.

2011 Dodge Durango Drive Away

2011 Dodge Durango Drive Away

About Dodge Durango

With its four-wheel independent suspension and responsive steering and handling, Durango puts the “Sport” in Sport Utility. No other SUV on the road compares with the all-new Dodge Durango’s distinctive bold Dodge design that craftily houses a spacious three-row, seven-passenger functional, flexible and premium interior, covered in soft-touch materials. Durango features more than 30 storage areas, 28 seating configurations and a rear cargo area of nearly 85 cubic feet that fits a 6-foot couch with room for coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger seat folded flat.

Durango also delivers the perfect blend of power and fuel efficiency. Its award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers best-in-class 290 horsepower along with a best-in-class driving range of 500 miles on one tank of fuel – that means Durango owners could drive all the way from Chicago to Nashville; San Diego to San Francisco; or New York City to Boston and back again without needing to stop for fuel. The available HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver multi-displacement technology delivers a best-in-class 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines deliver best-in-class V-6 and V-8 towing with standard trailer sway control on all models (V-8 up to 7,400 lbs. and V-6 – up to 6,200 lbs.). Durango also features more than 45 safety and security features.

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

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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  • New advertising campaign for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee’s begins today with print, broadcast and digital efforts
  • The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has received 30 awards from prominent automotive journalist associations, print/on-line/television media outlets and industry organizations
  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers ultimate combination of real-world 4×4 capability, on-road refinement, fuel efficiency, premium craftsmanship, safety, technology and innovation

July 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Since its introduction, the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee has captured 30 awards from an array of opinion-leading publications, television and on-line media outlets, journalist associations and industry organizations making it the most awarded SUV ever. The Jeep brand is celebrating the vehicle’s award-worthy success by kicking off an all-new advertising campaign today that will feature, for the first time, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit model. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to evolve and carve out a refined and unique place in the automotive marketplace, the numerous awards and claims are proof that this legendary icon only continues to improve.

“When the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee debuted, it made a tremendous impact not only in the full size SUV category but, within the automotive marketplace, its success has been broadly acknowledged. It is a vehicle that has proven the test of time and has continued to elevate its game to compete not only within its traditional SUV segment but beyond. The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to deliver a unique blend of on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design, improved fuel economy, innovative features, legendary real-world 4×4 capability and great value.”

-Mike Manley, President and CEO
Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC

The advertising campaign begins with the return of the USA Today cover wrap – a full four-page advertisement that was an integral part of the launch of the vehicle one year ago. This year’s ad lauds the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee as “The Most Awarded SUV Ever.”

Television commercials highlight the awarded Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit model with its leather interior testing that is better than the Lexus RX350, as well as the vehicle’s impressive 500-mile-per-tank driving range that delivers better highway fuel economy than the Honda Pilot EX – taking a new approach to celebrating this highly lauded vehicle.

Broadcast commercials include the following:

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

“Tee Time”

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains a best-in-class driving range of more than 500-miles per tank, enabling its drivers and passengers to travel from Pebble Beach to Los Angeles on a single tank. This humorous spot teases that even though your Jeep Grand Cherokee can make that long stretch without filling up, we’re not sure that can be said about its owner.

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Sandbox" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Sandbox" Commercial

“Sandbox”

The luxurious interior of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has everything it needs to play in the same sandbox as other luxury SUVs. With the Selec-Terrain™ Vehicle Management System, other luxury SUVs do not have the true “capability” to play in our sandbox.

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Lower" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Lower" Commercial

“Lower”

Thanks to the advanced technology found in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Quadra Lift™ Air Suspension System, you can clearly raise your standards while lowering fuel consumption.

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Luxury For All" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Luxury For All" Commercial

“Luxury for All”

The luxurious interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee for rear seat passengers is a story all of its own. The Jeep brand designed and crafted the vehicle with such attention to detail to ensure that luxury was something everyone would notice. As a result, the Jeep grand Cherokee Overland Summit model was named one of Wards’s “10 Best Interiors” this year.

The comprehensive campaign will complement the broadcast creative and speak to the luxurious interior of the Overland Summit and the 500-mile driving range of the new Pentastar V-6 engine. Media placement elements include network and cable television teamed with a full digital and social media strategy and CRM efforts. Creative efforts were developed by Global Hue, Southfield, Mich., the Jeep brand’s lead advertising agency.

To see more commercials and read about the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, visit the Jeep brand website and Jeep brand Facebook page.

Sandbox

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Sandbox" Commercial

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has captured the following awards:

  • 4×4 Australia Magazine: 4×4 of the Year
  • Auto123.com: Mid-size Utility of the Year
  • Auto Bild allrad: Best Imported 4×4 (between 40,000 and 60,000 Euros)
  • AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards: Premium Mid-size SUV category
  • AutoWeek: Best of the Best 2011 Truck
  • Car and Driver: 2011 Editors’ Choice Awards/Mid-size SUVs
  • Car and Driver: Best Performer – Interior Sound Level
  • Car Middle East Magazine: Family Car of the Year
  • Consumers Digest: Best Buy
  • Decisive Media: Urban Wheel award – 2011 Urban Truck of the Year
  • Detroit News: Truck of the Year
  • Four Wheeler magazine: Four Wheeler of the Year
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS): Top Safety Pick
  • Internet Truck of the Year (2011)
  • Kelley Blue Book: 2011 Top 10 Family Cars
  • Motoring 2011: 2011 SUV/SUV Over $40,000 award
  • Motorweek: Drivers’ Choice Award
  • msn.Autos: Safest Cars in America/Safest Sport Utility Vehicle
  • New England Motor Press Association: Official Winter Vehicle of New England
  • Northwest Automotive Press Association: Best SUV
  • Northwest Automotive Press Association: Best Off-road SUV
  • Playboy: Best SUV
  • Popular Mechanics: Automotive Excellence award – Off-road Ability
  • Ruedas ESPN: Best SUV
  • Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association: Best SUV
  • Society of Plastics Engineers: Environmental Innovation award
  • Texas Auto Writers Association: SUV of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association: Full-size SUV of Texas
  • Ward’s: 10 Best Interiors
  • Utah Rides: 2011 Truck/SUV of the Year
Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Nearly two decades ago, Jeep invented the premium SUV segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million sales later, Jeep improves the formula and delivers the ultimate combination of Jeep 4×4 capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand‘s legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. Capability features include a choice of three 4×4 systems, a new Jeep Selec-Terrain™ system and a new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system. New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers improved fuel economy (up to 23 mpg) and a driving range of more than 500 miles, courtesy of Chrysler Group’s all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine.

Jeep Grand Cherokee’s unique combination also includes a stunning new design, a world-class interior cabin, more than 45 safety and security features, and a variety of advanced technology features.

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

Jeep Grand Cherokee "Tee Time" Commercial

Jeep Brand

Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all six Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.

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2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

In the auto business, you know it’s never too early to roll out the next year’s model — and cool, new features and upgrades — to your vehicle line up. That’s what Dodge is doing this week with the unveiling of the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T at the New York International Auto Show.

In the video below, Dodge President/CEO Ralph Gilles and Dodge Avenger Brand Manager Pieter Hogeveen give you a peak at what you could call the “greatest American hero,” which will start flying into dealer showrooms during the third quarter.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

For those of you who also like to read, have a look at what Dodge did to the 2012 Avenger R/T suspension:

  • increased roll stiffness by 18%
  • increased spring rates by 17% in the front and more than 12% in the rear
  • front strut damping rates increased 15%
  • rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20%
  • rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The suspension changes result in a spirited, performance sedan driving experience, with best-in-class 283 horsepower. Manufacturered at our Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant, the 2012 Avenger R/T delivers 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine (one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines”) mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle
  • unique exterior design elements, including a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, menacing black headlamp background, the “war paint” R/T decal on the front quarter panel and unique 18-in. painted aluminum wheels.
  • Dodge Avenger is a 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, and includes a varity of high-end standard safety features
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

For more, catch the video below:

The following is an excerpt of  a News Release from Chrysler LLC:

“Two new Chrysler Group LLC vehicles, the 2011 Chrysler 300 and the 2011 Dodge Charger, have been named Top Safety Picks for 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), marking the first time both vehicles have achieved the highest ratings.

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Dodge Charger

IIHS recognizes vehicles with outstanding crashworthiness in front, side, rollover and rear crashes. The new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger both received ‘good’ ratings, the highest achievable, in all four categories.

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Chrysler 300

The new Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger join five other Chrysler Group LLC vehicles that were named Top Safety Picks by the IIHS in December. Dodge Avenger and Journey, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Patriot, when equipped with optional side airbags, and the Chrysler 200 were recognized for superior crashworthiness.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

To be considered, vehicles must have available electronic stability control (ESC) systems that significantly reduce crash risks. Both the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger have standard ESC. Other standard safety features including full length side curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, driver’s knee bag, front-row reactive head restraints, Hill Start Assist, Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking.”

Also, there’s a new “Under the Pentastar” out today. Check it out below. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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