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Jeep Brand Media Program, Colorado 2012

Jeep Brand Media Program, Colorado 2012

Through the month of July, Jeep® Experience – Colorado 2012 allowed journalists from nearly twenty-five countries, including U.S., Canada and Mexico, to experience the trails of one of the most popular Jeep Jamborees programs in the U.S.

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Currently, a Mopar '12 300 greets Chrysler Group employees at one of the entrances to the Auburn Hills, Mich., HQ

Currently, a Mopar ’12 300 greets Chrysler Group employees at one of the entrances to the Auburn Hills, Mich., HQ

Direct from Mopar themselves, here’s the scoop on the Mopar ’12s that will be arriving in showrooms soon!

July 18, 2012 1:20 PM- Mike Driehorst- Since the Mopar brand started making cars — or rather, dramatically moparizingselect models — they’ve been in huge demand by lucky hard-core Moparians in the U.S. and Canada.

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(L) 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R and (R) 2013 SRT Viper GTS

(L) 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R and (R) 2013 SRT Viper GTS

New two-car SRT Motorsports team plans on-track debut in summer 2012

April 4, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The street legal 2013 SRT Viper unveiled to the world today at the New York International Auto Show isn’t the only high-performance snake making a triumphant return in 2012.

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All-new 2013 Dodge Dart

All-new 2013 Dodge Dart

  • Dodge Dart’s bold styling, Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based chassis and attention to interior detail were key elements in the Dart being named the “Most Significant Vehicle” at the North American International Auto Show
  • The all-new Dodge Dart offers drivers the perfect combination of style, power, fuel-efficiency, interior roominess and exceptional value in a compact car
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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 ending October 7, 2011, include Chrysler Group LLC‘s sales for September 2011 surging 27 percent compared to the same month in 2010; test fleets of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are delivered to select U.S. cities, including the home of Chrysler Group LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.; Penske Racing‘s Kurt Busch drove his Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T to a first place finish in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, the third leg of the 10-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup.”

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2011 Targa Newfoundland Motorsport Event in St. John's Newfoundland

2011 Targa Newfoundland Motorsport Event in St. John's Newfoundland

September 19, 2011 , St. John’s, Newfoundland – Each year, hundreds of high-performance vehicles descend on the scenic Atlantic coast of Canada in a celebration of speed called Targa Newfoundland. This year, three factory-backed SRT vehicles joined a diverse field of international competitors eager to test their vehicles’ technical limits. For the 10th edition of Targa Newfoundland, the three-car SRT effort led by Ralph Gilles, has raised close to $26,000 for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. The funds raised will help provide services and programs to individuals and families affected by Autism.

Pledges can still be made online at www.autism.nf.net. Daily updates on the rally, a blog, photos and video can be found at www.drivesrt.com. Followers can also log onto www.Motoman.tv for daily videos from the event and to www.pacionemotorsport.com for more competitor highlights.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

“We are pleased to have raised close to $26,000 to help the Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador. Targa gave us the perfect proving grounds to test our SRT products in some of the most extreme conditions and our winning results this past week are a great testament to the quality, high performance and robustness of our Chrysler Group products.”

Ralph Gilles,
President and CEO of the SRT Brand

All three vehicles participating in this year’s Targa Newfoundland for the Chrysler Group were production models. Ralph Gilles finished in second place in the Modern Category driving a Dodge Viper SRT10 production model; Rob Pacione won the Open Category aboard a Dodge Challenger SRT 392 with a Mopar Performance exhaust and Crate 392 HEMI® engine; while George Notaras, in his first ever participation at Targa, drove a production Challenger SRT 392 to a ninth place finish in the Grand Touring Category.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

About the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

For 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 adds even more high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the Dodge brand‘s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. With 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque from the 6.4-litre HEMI® V-8, the balanced performance approach of the Challenger SRT8 392 provides outstanding straight line acceleration, world-class ride and handling, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control. And it still gets up to 8.8 L/100km (32 mpg) on the highway.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-100km/h (0-60 mph) in the high 4-second range; runs the quarter mile in the mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission; goes from 0-160-1 km/h (0-100-1 mph) in the low 15s, reaches a top speed of 293 km/h (182 mph) with the manual transmission and stops from 100-0 km/h (60-0 mph) in just 36 metres (117 feet).

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!

The 6.4L HEMI 392

The 6.4L HEMI 392

FIAT Doblo with Ram Trim

FIAT Doblo with Ram Trucks Trim

You knew it had to happen eventually. It was inevitable. And now here it is. The first Fiat to go Chrysler. As of right now it looks like the FIAT Doblo will be coming to US soil wearing the Ram Truck‘s trim. The above picture is not an actual photo of the new van, just what my imagination leads me to believe it may look like, with the headlights possibly being shaped more similar to a Ram 1500‘s. (This is my first attempt at photoshopping a concept vehicle, so go easy on me.)

But then again, that’s just a guess, and your guess is as good as mine! No actual photos have been released yet, but when they are, we’ll bring them your way! Here’s what Chrysler Group LLC had to say about the Fiat Doblo coming to Ram Trucks:

September 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich.; Istanbul, Turkey; Turin, Italy – A Letter of Intent has been signed between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA (FGA) and its Turkish joint-venture partner TOFAS for the supply of the Fiat Doblò vehicle to Chrysler Group where it will be sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets under the Ram brand.

Exports of the Doblò, recently voted “International Van of the Year 2011,” will commence in early 2013. The seven-year supply agreement calls for TOFAS to export a total of 190,000 units of the successful Doblò vehicle from its Bursa facility – Turkey’s largest automobile production plant.

TOFAS will invest over $160 million (USD) for the necessary U.S. and Canadian homologation and customer requirement modifications.

Listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange and established 43 years ago in 1968, TOFAS is a joint-venture between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA and the Koc Group.

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!

 


May 25, 2011 12:13 AM- Mike Driehorst- It’s a day 23 months in the making, six years ahead of schedule, and a day during which Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke both praise and caution.

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

And, the highlight transpired at 10:13 a.m. when Marchionne received confirmation from Citigroup that company’s wire and bank transfer of payments to the U.S., Canada and Ontario governments were received and Chrysler Group’s $6.7 billion loan was paid in full, with interest.

Marchionne spoke to Chrysler Group employees at the company’s headquarters at noon (above), and then headed to the Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant for the 2 p.m. public portion of what he called the company’s “Independence Day.”

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

He was joined there by Assistant to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom, and Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department General Holiefield. Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding made opening remarks.

During his comments, Marchionne said the “joy” of June 10, 2009, when the loan were made, “was conditioned by the sense of responsibility we all shared.

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

“Not just for the privilege we had been given of helping get an American icon back on its feet, but more importantly for our moral obligation to justify the support that American and Canadian taxpayers had given us.

“We knew we had to live up to the expectations of those who had made sacrifices on our behalf.”

As he has done so in the past, Marchionne cautioned about celebrating too much:

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

“Today is a major milestone for Chrysler Group, but our work is by no means finished….

“Repayment of the government loans closes an important chapter in our history, but we still have a great deal left to accomplish before regaining our rightful place in the automotive landscape.”

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

ChryslerPayback facts

  • Chrysler Group made final payments Tuesday of $7.6 billion for the outstanding loans from U.S. and Canadian taxpayers (via their respective governments).
  • Payments consisted of $5.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury and $1.7 billion to Export Development Canada
  • In total, Chrysler Group paid U.S. Treasury $6.5 billion and the Export Development Canada $2.0 billion, including interest and additional consideration
  • Total loan pay off was $6.7 billion plus $1.8 billion of interest and other considerations. That’s a loan + interest totalling $8.5 billion.
  • U.S. and Canada governments made $1.8 billion on the deal
  • Paid in full more than six years ahead of payment schedule
  • Loans by U.S. and Canadian governments combined with strategic alliance with Fiat leads to:
  • 16 all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles currently in dealerships;
  • more than $3 billion in facility upgrades; and
  • increased employment with the hiring of 6,000 Chrysler Group employees
  • The new financing will save Chrysler Group an estimated $350 million a year in interest expenses.
  • In June 2009, Chrysler Group borrowed $5.1 billion from the U.S. Treasury and $1.6 billion from Export Development Canada.
  • $2.6 billion from the original loan facilities was undrawn and the facilities will be cancelled
Check out the videos below to see some of the speeches from yesterday. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!
2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

If you’re not one of the fortunate few who are able to get a close-up look at the legendary Dodge Challenger when they are being made — don’t worry. National Geographic has you covered.

Earlier this month, National Geographic Channel kicked off its seven-stop Ultimate Factories Tour — with two of its stops taking a look at Dodge vehicles.

On Feb. 3, the series stopped at the Brampton, Ont., plant where the Dodge Challenger is made. The episode has already aired several times. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

In addition, the expanding muscle car market is going to be “Green With Envy” as the Dodge brand announced a first-time, limited production run of the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8® 392 models featuring Green With Envy exterior color.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

Both Dodge Challenger models are improved for 2011 and deliver more of what American muscle-car enthusiasts want — unmistakable design, powerful HEMI® V-8 engines with new technologies and world-class handling and braking. Executed with quality and precision, the two new Challenger Green With Envy models provide an extra dose of exclusivity.

“We’re using Green With Envy on the new 2011 Dodge Challengers to pay tribute to some of the coolest paint colors from our past, including the “Sublime” and “Green Go” Dodge Challengers from the 1970’s and more recently, the “Snakeskin Green” Vipers from 2008-2010Not only will this exclusive heritage color remain unique to the Dodge brand, it adds another fresh and exciting element to our modern American muscle coupe.”

-Ralph Gilles
President and CEO
Dodge Brand

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

To see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge Challenger or any of the other 2011 Chrysler Group vehicles, click any of the images in the post. Also, check out the preview video below for Discovery Channel’s “Ultimate Factories.”

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