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Mopar drivers Allen Johnson and Jack Beckman win NHRA World Championships

Mopar drivers Allen Johnson and Jack Beckman win NHRA World Championships

  • Johnson Punctuates Championship with Seventh Win of the Season; Beckman Claims Funny Car Crown with Mopar Power at NHRA Finals
  • Johnson caps his championship season with his first career win at the historic Pomona venue
  • Mopar-powered Dodge driver Jack Beckman captures NHRA Funny Car crown, gives Mopar a pair of 2012 NHRA championships
  • Beckman edges out follow Mopar-powered driver Ron Capps by two points in one of the closest Funny Car title fights in history
  • In Mopar’s 75th anniversary year, Mopar-powered drivers captured 10 wins in each of the Pro Stock and Funny Car classes

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2013 Dodge Avenger Blacktop Edition

2013 Dodge Avenger Blacktop Edition

  • The sinister style of the Dodge Blacktop models deliver customers exclusive customized design with an exhilarating driving experience and exceptional value
  • One-of-a-kind exterior appointments, including unique dark wheels, grille, headlights, rear spoiler and more give Dodge Blacktop models eye-catching appeal while still offering customers great value
  • Dodge Avenger – America’s most affordable and powerful mid-size Car – gets more menacing and more equipment with the Blacktop package, available for orders now for just $595 MSRP
  • Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop delivers world-class performance, handling and “blacked out” style wrapped in iconic American muscle
  • Dodge Charger Blacktop with its menacing styling is now available on both the best-in-class 300 hp V6 with best-in-class 31 highway miles per gallon (mpg) and the 370 hp HEMI® V8 R/T

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First 2013 Dodge Dart off the Line

First 2013 Dodge Dart off the Line

  • Dodge brand ranks highest for overall satisfaction in J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Manufacturer Website Evaluation StudySM
  • Jeep® brand ranks among top five industry brands
  • Study reflects car shopper opinions of automaker websites for content, navigation, appearance and speed

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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include: April sales, no summer shutdown for some plants, Chrysler moves in, new Dart building wrap, and Chrysler remembers Dan Knott.

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2012 Dodge Journey

2012 Dodge Journey

  • Latest testing by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names 11 Chrysler Group models as Top Safety Picks for 2012
  • Dodge Journey and Avenger Top Safety Pick four straight years
  • Eight other 2011 models return as Top Safety Picks

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This week’s “Under the Pentastar” is a special extended 2011 Rewind Edition looking back at some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC from the past year.

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Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

  • Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 cited for exceptional fuel economy, emissions and power
  • Chrysler‘s Pentastar engine once again recognized by the editors of Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines” for 2012
  • Chrysler’s workhorse V-6 now available in many Jeep®, Chrysler, Dodge passenger cars and Sport Utility vehicles for 2012
  • Mated to new eight-speed transmission, 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers 31 mpg on the highway with Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger
  • New 2012 Jeep Wrangler boasts improved fuel economy with 40 percent increase in power with Pentastar V-6 engine
Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

December 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6 – liter V-6 engine once again has been recognized by the editors of Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines”.

“Every year, Ward’s Auto recognizes the industry leaders in engine technology. Chrysler has successfully demonstrated the breadth of this engine and how it delivers on all fronts including fuel economy, lower emissions and power.”

-Drew Winter
Editor at Ward’s Auto

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Named to the exclusive group of engines last year after its introduction in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the Pentastar V-6 engine is now standard or available on Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country; Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Caravan. For 2012, the Pentastar 3.6-liter engine also is now standard on the new Jeep Wrangler.

Editors tested the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and the Chrysler 300 in this year’s shootout.

Designed to meet a variety of requirements across both front-and rear-drive models, the Pentastar V-6 also is the exclusive engine used with the new eight-speed automatic transmission on Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 models. The engine and transmission combination deliver 31 miles-per-gallon (mpg) on the highway.

On Jeep Wrangler, the 3.6-liter engine improved fuel efficiency to 21 mpg on the highway while delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque, improvement s of 40 and 10 percent, respectively.

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

“We are continuing development of advance technologies, which will be applied to the Pentastar V-6 as they become available, for even more fuel efficiency and performance.

-Bob Lee
Vice President and Head of Engine
and Electrified Propulsion Engineering
Chryler Group LLC.

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Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

“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 ending November 4, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC monthly sales soar in October 2011; a trunk full of Mopar performance “goodies” are unveiled at SEMA in Las Vegas; Fiat invites you to tell your story in a new campaign called “AlternateRoutes”; eight Chrysler Group vehicles make Consumers Digest’s list for “Best Buys” for 2012; and the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans receive the International Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety pick status.

Mopar Performance

Mopar Performance

  • 800 horsepower V-10 Crate engine takes center stage at SEMA
  • Gen III High Output HEMI® V-8 with 590 horsepower to debut
  • New Bolt-On Upgrade Kit for Gen III Dodge Viper owners adds up to 150 horsepower
  • New Ready-to- Run Gen III HEMI Kits simplify engine controls for select Mopar® crate engines
  • New 500 CID Pro Stock Cylinder Heads feature symmetrical port design

November 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – A new 512 CID, V-10 engine with more than 800 horsepower and a new 426 Gen III High Output HEMI® crate engine will highlight the Mopar® display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Nov. 1 – 4 in Las Vegas.

Along with the new, more powerful engines, will be a full range of performance, restoration and off-road parts available from Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. Included are kits to extract more power from Gen III Dodge Vipers and a new Gen III High Output HEMI V-8; new Pro Stock cylinder heads and Mopar Gen III HEMI front drive kits.

“SEMA is the perfect platform to introduce some of Mopar’s newest high performance and restoration parts and products. If you’re looking for horsepower that can be dropped in or bolted on, the Mopar exhibit area has a full range of small- and big-block products for the enthusiast.

Mopar has been in the performance business for decades. In fact, the brand really came to life at the track. We are committed to supporting performance enthusiasts. We have an extremely rich product plan that will not only support the more than 5 million HEMI engines in market today and the 30 million Chrysler Group vehicles on the roads across the country, but will also support the products of tomorrow. The engines we are launching are the first of many exciting products to come for both on and off-road needs. We have an amazing track record of fueling enthusiasts and are committed to continuing this legacy.”

-Pietro Gorlier
President and CEO of Mopar

Gen III V10 Performance Upgrade Kit

Gen III V10 Performance Upgrade Kit

V10 Competition Crate Engine and Gen III V10 Performance Upgrade Kit

Leading the way is an 800 horsepower V-10 Competition Series engine, part number P5155872 that is designed specifically for drag racing. Hand assembled to exacting standards by race engine builders, the Competition Series V-10 features an aluminum block with aluminum cylinder heads. Designed for the rigors of drag racing and pulling 695 lb. ft. of torque with an operating range of up to 7,000 rpm, these race-calibrated engines include a forged steel crankshaft with forged steel connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons with a compression ratio of 12.5:1. All rotating components have been balanced for maximum performance at the track.

The Competition Series engine includes a JTEC controller with race calibration and engine harness. Designed specifically for drag racing, future applications include an off-road and road-race version.

V10 Competition Crate Engine

V10 Competition Crate Engine

Enthusiasts looking to extract up to 150 more horsepower from their Gen III Dodge Viper can now bolt on a Performance Upgrade Kit, part number P5156137, to their stock V-10 engine. Each kit includes a pair of aluminum cylinder heads (machined to fit the Gen III block), a custom upper intake manifold with a larger throttle body, fuel rails and injectors. The stock engine controller will have to be re-flashed.

All necessary hardware and gaskets are included.

With the Performance Upgrade Kit, owners will see up to 650 horsepower from their existing engine while still maintaining excellent low-end drivability.

426 Gen III High Output HEMI – With 590 HP

426 Gen III High Output HEMI – With 590 HP

426 Gen III High Out HEMI and 426 Ready-to-Run Kits

Mopar also is featuring a more powerful, new crate version of the Gen III 426 HEMI V-8.

The Gen III High Output HEMI engine, with 590 horsepower on tap out of the box, is now available under part number P5156139.

Starting with a lightweight aluminum block that shaves more than 100 lbs. from the cast iron version, the Gen III High Output HEMI is professionally built and includes a stout, balanced lower reciprocating assembly that features a forged steel crankshaft with six bolt mains at 2, 3 and 4, and cross-bolted 4-bolt mains at 1 and 5. H-beam style rods are forged steel and coupled to forged 11:1 compression ratio aluminum pistons. Included is a revised windage tray to provide excellent oil dispersion and prevent oil aeration by the crankshaft.

The valvetrain starts with a more aggressive roller camshaft with .639 intake and .628 exhaust lift and cylinder heads that feature the latest designs for exceptional flow characteristics.

To help stabilize the valvetrain at high engine rpm, tie bars are available. Cast aluminum valve covers and billet fuel rails also are part of the Gen III High Output engine. Designed to run on premium pump gas with a minimum octane rating of 93, the newest HEMI V8 is ideal for off road competition or the latest restoration or resto – mod project.

426 Ready to Run

426 Ready to Run Kit

Mopar also is offering two 426 Ready-to-Run engine control/base calibration kits, one for the High Output engine and one for the existing 426 crate engine.

Kits include a throttle body, engine harness and engine controller with base cal. These kits greatly reduce guess work and gets projects up and rolling. Depending on transmission type, axle ratio, and tire size, some final tuning may be required.

Pro Stock Cylinder Head

Debuting for Pro Stock competition in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), is a new symmetrical port design cylinder head. The bare aluminum cylinder head is available under part number P5155906. For teams running Dodge Avengers for 2012 in NHRA, either the current asymmetrical cylinder head or the new symmetrical will be permitted.

Gen III HEMI Front Drive Kit –

Gen III HEMI Front Drive Kit –

GEN III HEMI Front Drive Kit

A distributor front drive kit for GEN III HEMI engines is now available. The drive kit is for enthusiasts who prefer to run a distributor-type ignition system and includes a machined front cover, camshaft timing gear, fuel pump push rod and bolt kit. Kits for 2009 and later 5.7-liter and all 6.4 engines are available under part number P5155929. For pre-2009 5.7-liter and all 6.1-liter engines, part number P5155930 is available.

Dodge Challenger Body-in-White

New Dodge Challenger body shells that provide an excellent starting point for a race car now are available in limited quantities from Mopar. Bodies are complete with doors, decklid and hood. These shells eliminate the bodywork or welding that’s normally required with a project car that may be damaged or a salvage car. Bodies are designed for competition use only, have no vehicle identification numbers and cannot be used for a street application.

Fascias and other trim items will be available as a “builder’s kit.”

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 and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram 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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“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. This week’s stories include: Top Safety Picks, Sterling Heights Assembly investment, Chrysler Group’s 2010 sustainability report and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 building wrap.

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