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Ram Truck / Mopar® sponsored TORC Series Truck

Ram Truck / Mopar® sponsored TORC Series Truck

  • Rob MacCachren takes aims at second TORC PRO 2 title
  • Andrew Caddell within striking distance in PRO Light in search of second straight trophy
  • Ricky Johnson going for back-to-back championships in PRO 4
  • Bryce Menzies just four points back in PRO 2

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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: the debut of the Fiat 500T at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California; Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.COM names 2012 Ram 1500 #1 Tailgating Car in its annual top ten list; Ram 1500 and Dodge Dart make Total Car Score’s top ten picks; the Chrysler 300 sedan outranks domestic competitors, coming in just under thyundai in Consumer Reports latest testing of large sedans; more than one million people turn out for the Woodward Dream Cruise and some 250 LX owners get together for fun, food and conversation during a pre-cruise night celebration at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

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Travis Pastrana wins the Global Rally Cross race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. (HHP/Harold Hinson)

Travis Pastrana wins the Global Rally Cross race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. (HHP/Harold Hinson)

July 15, 2012 , LOUDON, N.H. – LOUDON, N.H. (Saturday, July 14, 2012) – Travis Pastrana erased the disappointment of the first three races of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship season with an impressive victory in Saturday night’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Pastrana drove his Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart to a 1.431-second win over Samuel Hubinette.

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Ram Runner

Ram Runner

Leaves Ford SVT Raptor in the Dust

  • Mopar Ram Runner 33 seconds faster than Ford SVT Raptor on punishing 4.73-mile loop
  • PickupTrucks.com declares Mopar Ram Runner the winner
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, Chrysler Group presents four new television commercials as part of “It’s Halftime in America” campaign; in California it was a love fest for the Chrysler and Dodge brands at the Seventh annual Spring Festival of LXs; and Jeep® and Mopar® have created six new vehicles for the 46th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

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Moparized Jeep Wrangler

Moparized Jeep Wrangler

  • Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club builds one-of-a-kind ‘Moparized’ Wrangler with donation in honor of the club’s 50th annual Desert Safari Event
  • ‘Moparized’ Wrangler to tour Southern California and educate public about land issues
  • Club to raffle off vehicle with proceeds used to increase awareness of land-use issues in California and the Southwest
  • Winning ticket will be drawn at the 2012 San Diego Auto Show on Dec. 30, 2012

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PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) will be supplied to City of Auburn Hills as part of a demonstration project by Chrysler Group LLC
  • Real world city miles to be accumulated on demonstration vehicles over the next three years
  • Fleet of vehicles developed in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ram 1500 plug-in electric hybrid test trucks will be used to evaluate city drive cycles, charging performance, fuel economy and real-world performance

October 3, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will deliver four demonstration fleet plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Ram 1500 pickup trucks to the City of Auburn Hills, Mich.

The PHEV Ram 1500 pickups, delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to Auburn Hills, seven other partners across the United States are slated to receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help Chrysler Group LLC collect a wide range of data. Auburn Hills is in our backyard and offers a combination of suburban and rural driving that is ideal as a test cycle for these vehicles. The constant charging will allow us to measure the impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

-Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager
Chrysler’s Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Chrysler Group LLC has delivered Ram 1500 PHEV trucks to the city of Yuma, Ariz., to take full advantage of hot weather and conduct thermal testing in the desert southwest. Other cities that have received the demonstration PHEV Ram 1500 pickups include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Boston, Mass., and Albany, N.Y.

“Auburn Hills has worked diligently to implement policies and procedures to create a municipal infrastructure that accommodates the growing use of hybrid electric vehicles. We have taken a leading role in smart planning for alternative energy options that will fuel tomorrow’s vehicles.”

-Pete Auger
Auburn Hills City Manager

Auburn Hills currently has seven charging stations. Three EV charging stations are located downtown and two each are located on the municipal campus and at the Department of Public Service.

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies.

The PHEV Ram 1500 includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW, directional charging, reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle of the four-wheel-drive automatic transmission can be disconnected when not needed. The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Fuel Saver technology that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

Urban use will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed “reverse power flow” of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group LLC, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

The Chrysler Group LLC also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Chrysler Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

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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 for the week of September 16, 2011, include: Jennifer Lopez and Fiat collaboration, Chrysler Group at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one Dodge Journey found and contract negotiations continue

Search Engine West Winners Bruce and Matthew Armbrust

Search Engine West Winners Bruce and Matthew Armbrust

September 13, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – An adventurous outdoorsy father and son from Nevada proved that family teamwork and hiking trips pay off, as they were the first to find one of three 2012 Dodge Journey vehicles hidden across America in the Dodge brand’s “Search Engine for the Real World” giveaway.

Bruce Armbrust and his 9-year-old son, Matthew, of Gardnerville, Nev., worked together to track down the Dodge Journey in Hope Valley, Calif.

“With all its AWD and roominess, the Dodge Journey is the perfect vehicle for our family,” said Bruce Armbrust. “We love the great outdoors and taking road trips, which means the storage space in the Journey will be put to good use.”

Dodge launched the new television and digital advertising campaign Friday, Sept. 9, positioning the 2012 Dodge Journey as the “Search Engine for the Real World,” the perfect vehicle for people looking for adventure. The campaign encourages people to get out and explore the real world instead of just reading about it online and has an added twist: a chance to win one of three Dodge Journeys left hidden across America – one each in the West, Midwest and East.

As part of the campaign, TV spots show a Dodge Journey on trips across America and end with the viewer being told that the vehicle they’ve just seen headed somewhere beautiful is, in fact, still sitting in that real world location waiting to be discovered. The first person to find the Dodge Journey, wins it.

The contest now moves to the second location somewhere in the Midwest with a new television and digital spot debuting Sept. 17, followed by the East spot on Sept. 24* for the third location. If viewers look closely, each frame of these 30-second spots contain clues to the location of the hidden Dodge Journey vehicles. The contest ends Sept. 27.

The Armbrust family saw the first TV spot, “Search Engine,” Friday night while watching a college football game and recognized some of the scenery, in part due to the family’s interest in hiking, geocaching and taking road trips. They immediately went to Dodge’s YouTube Page to see the spot again and even headed out on the road that night for a first look. Saturday morning, they tuned into the Dodge YouTube channel again to see the “West” spot and view a 24/7 live camera feed streamed on the vehicle.

Clue videos, the live feed and participant’s comments in the social media stream about shadow and sun positions, ultimately helped narrow down the hunt. By Saturday morning, Bruce Armbrust set out with his son to explore the world wide world and discovered the vehicle 16 hours after they saw the first TV spot.

“The minute we saw the commercial, Matthew and I were determined to find and win the Journey,” added Armbrust. “We are proud to replace our other vehicle, which is on its last leg, with a brand new 2012 Dodge Journey.”

Nearly 52,000 people tuned into the live video stream on Saturday spending an average of 21-minutes on the site. Additionally, since the campaign’s launch, there have been nearly 250,000 comments on the YouTube/Dodge social media stream from people logging in via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

*Due to fan feedback, the launch dates of the next two Dodge Journey giveaways were moved from Friday to Saturday to allow more people to participate over the weekend.

2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Dodge Journey

About Dodge Journey

Completely redesigned in 2011, the Dodge Journey is the only crossover in America to offer the choice of a four-cylinder or V-6 engine, five- or seven-passenger seating and front- or all-wheel drive. Journey also treats all of its passengers to premium soft-touch materials on the inside and an available 283 horsepower Pentastar V-6 with best-in-class driving range and up to 25 mpg highway. Add in segment-exclusive second-row in-floor storage bins and hidden storage within the front passenger seat and you have a vehicle that can take you anywhere as you explore all that America has to offer.

The Dodge Journey gets a new simplified model lineup for 2012 and adds an American Value Package with a starting U.S. MSRP of $18,995, which makes it the most affordable mid-size crossover in America and the most affordable seven-passenger vehicle in America with a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,990. With more than 40 safety and security features, the Journey has been an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for three consecutive years. Journey also features the latest and greatest in vehicle connectivity and customization with the Uconnect® Touch 8.4 radio, which features an 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Uconnect 8.4 in the 2011 Dodge Journey

Uconnect 8.4 in the 2011 Dodge Journey

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 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.

Giveaway Rules

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years and older. No purchase is necessary. Participants must have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance prior to the Sept. 10 contest start date. Three 2012 Dodge Journey grand prizes, one per hidden location, will be awarded plus $7,000 each to help cover associated taxes. Contest ends 09/27/11. For official rules, details, and prize descriptions, visit Dodge’s YouTube Page.

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June 17, 2011 10:21 AM- It is never a dull week at Chrysler Group LLC with so many exciting and important events always occurring. This week started off with a celebration, as nearly 40,000 people gathered at the company headquarters for “Family Day” on Saturday to enjoy food, entertainment and product displays.

The exciting events continued throughout the week and they’re all highlighted by our own Pete Misiak for us…Under the Pentastar:

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

In other Chrysler news, Fred Goedtel, Vice President and Head of Assembly Operations, Chrysler Group LLC, and Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte will join UAW representatives and invited guests to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new paint shop at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. The company announced in October 2010 that it was investing $850 million to update the plant with a state-of-the-art paint shop for the production of future products.

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