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2013 SRT Viper GTS

2013 SRT Viper GTS

Fifth generation of iconic American-built supercar returns as Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand’s flagship performance machine with more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and creature comforts

  • Two new models: SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS
  • All-aluminum, 8.4-liter mid-front V-10 engine delivers 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world
  • Chassis enhancements boost torsional stiffness by 50 percent
  • Triple-digit weight reduction contributes to best power-to-weight ratio of any Viper ever
  • Available Track Package improves handling and precision on road or track, while accommodating further weight reduction
  • Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Viper GTS model adds driver-selectable, two-mode suspension system for street or track use
  • All-new, innovative interiors set new standards with premium materials, new technologies and impeccable craftsmanship
  • Timeless exterior incorporates iconic Viper styling cues with a contemporary execution
  • All-new carbon-fiber and aluminum skin sculpted for high-speed stability and .369 coefficient of drag (Cd
  • Breakthrough Uconnect Access provides new level of in-vehicle connectivity
  • Extensive array of exterior colors and stripes are a mix of classic and new shades and styles

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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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2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

July 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – U.S. News & World Report has named the 2011 Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup. In the magazine’s ranking of top vehicle choices, Ram 1500 scored the highest among the eight full-size pickups available to U.S. buyers.

The rankings are based on an in-depth analysis by U.S. News editors of all published vehicle ratings, reviews and test drives.

“This honor recognizes, in aggregate, the consistent, positive reactions we’ve been getting since we launched the current Ram 1500 model. In developing the Ram 1500, our team worked hard to understand what truck customers want. Ram Truck is committed to being the truck technology and innovation leader, and that commitment will guide us as we continue to improve what is already the most awarded Ram truck ever.”

-Fred Diaz, President and CEO
Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico

Ram drew praise for its interior comfort, class-leading handling and HEMI® V-8 performance.

“The 2011 Ram 1500’s smooth, car-like ride, well-designed and comfortable interior and powerful V-8 engines make it a top pick in its class,” said the U.S. News editors.

“When Ram’s designers updated the Ram 1500 for 2011, they managed to make improvements to an already-impressive truck,” the magazine went on to say. “The result is a full-size pickup truck that many in the auto press say is the best in its class.

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman

““Reviewers love the Ram 1500’s ride, handling, power, and interior, even on less expensive trim levels. The Ram 1500 offers many convenient cargo solutions, such as storage cubbies underneath the rear seats on Crew Cab models. Other models offer the RamBox, lockable storage containers built into the truck bed above the wheel housings.”

The magazine cites other third-party accolades in naming the Ram 1500 the best full-size pickup:

“The Ram 1500‘s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.” — Edmunds

“The available V-8s are impressive performers, the chassis is well suited to heavy work and the Ram‘s cabin is a class leader in terms of design, ergonomics and materials.” — Edmunds

Ram earns high marks for ride comfort, creative storage options, and abundant available power. Impressive cabin trappings are a nice bonus as well. Chevy, Ford, and Toyota loyalists would do well to have a look. You may well be won over by this Best Buy.” — Consumer Guide

“When towing various size trailers on a short loop, the HEMI-powered Ram acted as if nothing was attached to the rear. It just chugged along, getting up to 60 mph with ease, even with a 9,000-pound Air Stream attached on a simple hitch” — Detroit News

“There are lots of nooks and crannies (more than 40) to hold cell phones, gloves, tools, folders and just about anything else. There are even two floor storage bins that include removable containers for easy cleaning.” — Detroit News

“Storage spaces abound: under the rear seats; in the doors, the center console, and the dual glove boxes; and within the new drainable, lockable ‘RamBox‘ bins in the bed walls.” — Car and Driver

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

2011 Ram 1500 Tradesman with Chrome Appearance Group

About Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer.

As a stand-alone brand, Ram Truck is focused on truck customers – how they use their trucks and what features they’d like to see. Whether it’s a family that drives their half-ton Ram 1500 every day, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles without fail, Ram is going to be there for them.

For 2012, the Ram Truck brand increases the capabilities of its hardest-working trucks – the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks – and adds a new Ram Cargo Van, which expands Ram’s reach into the Class 1 segment.

Also for 2012, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500 / 3500 Heavy Duty pickups get new safety, fuel efficiency and convenience features.

Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities.

2011 Ram 1500

2011 Ram 1500

Ram trucks now boast these segment exclusives:

• Coil spring rear suspension on Ram 1500 for best-in-class ride and handling

• Available RamBox® lockable and lighted bedside storage

• In-floor storage on all Ram crew cabs

• The largest cab in the market – Ram HD Mega Cab

• Standard six-speed manual transmission on all diesel models

• 3,600-lb. towing for Class 1 cargo vans

The Chassis Cab trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability. Building on Ram Truck‘s leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment, Ram’s commercial-grade work trucks are built on proven frames and chassis, and engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum performance and enhanced commercial capability.

Equipped with a choice of engines, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine or the powerful 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, Ram Trucks offer the best powertrains in the industry and are known for their reliability. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine offers an amazing combination of power and fuel economy with 390 horsepower and 20 mpg highway. The Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickup is the only heavy-duty pickup to meet 2012 EPA compliance rules, without the need for a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

Truck customers – from half-ton to commercial – have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. The Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs and Ram Cargo van are designed to deliver a total package.

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!

The Assembly Line at Warren Ram Truck Plant

The Assembly Line at Warren Ram Truck Plant

 Robert Schwarzli/President of the Ontario Ram Diesel Owners Association- “A once in a lifetime experience.” It’s a term used far too often as a general description. For a small group of Ram enthusiasts, touring the holy grail of all things Ram was literally a once in a lifetime experience! One-hundred lucky members of the Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) got a chance to tour the Warren truck plant, Dodge City, in Warren, Michigan where Dakota and Ram Trucks are built.

So what is the plant like? Picture this: 4.2 MILLION square feet and almost a mile long! More than 900 Ram Dakota and Ram 1500 trucks come off the line EVERY DAY! To top it off, this is a closed plant; meaning even most of Chrysler’s own staff is denied entry. It’s locked down tighter than a vault at Fort Knox and we’re getting a tour! But I am getting ahead of myself as usual. Let’s get back to the start of the story.

Ram Trucks Plant Tour

Ram Trucks Plant Tour

The Turbo Diesel Register is a Ram/Cummins pickup club. The club’s Ontario, Canada chapter was able to book a tour for 100 people. Registration was on a first come, first serve basis and the tour booked in less than 36 hours! Club members from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Maine, Virginia, Florida, Ontario, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Georgia, and even California and Washington showed up for the tour.

The group started early Wednesday morning with the destination of Warren set in everyone’s GPS. In the case of your author, I would be driving my heavily modified 1990 W250 Ram on the five-day tour, covering over 1500 miles. Our Ontario group convoyed to Michigan, and when we arrived at the plant, the parking lot was already buzzing with TDR members from all over the continent.

Vehicles in the parking lot consisted of Ram trucks ranging from original 1989 Cummins Rams, right up to the new 2011 trucks. Upon arrival, we checked in and proceeded to the plant auditorium, where a few Ram trucks were waiting. The truck mix consisted of a 3500 Cummins cutaway show truck, a new 1500 Long Horn, and a 1500 rolling chassis with no body, to allow for maximum chassis inspection. It was just amazing to see all of the engineering that is normally covered up by the body in person.

Q & A at the Warren Truck Plant

Q & A at the Warren Truck Plant

Around 2:00 PM, a large group of Ram engineers arrived to join us and answer in-depth questions regarding the trucks; they were joined by a special guest – Ram CEO Fred Diaz. You don’t get to meet an automaker’s CEO every day. Once everyone had arrived, the group had a photo shoot on the front lawn of the plant to remember the occasion.

Once the photos were done, we watched a presentation on the history of the plant, and we were shown a map of the plant layout. The plant does its own stamping, painting, welding, and assembly, and was originally opened as a Dodge truck plant back in 1938. Talk about a flexible, well built plant to still be in use over 60 years later!

With the plant history fresh in our minds, out onto the plant floor we went. Now, when you tour a plant of this size, it takes a long time to walk from one end to the other. So for our tour, we all got to ride on oversized golf cars. This also prevented us from walking into walls or other people due to the distraction from the assembly line!

TDR at the Warren Truck Plant

TDR at the Warren Truck Plant

So what did we see? What we saw was beyond words. We started off in the cab welding area. Here, robots take multiple sides of the cab and box, brings them all together automatically, and then welds them into one solid piece. Next up, doors and remaining sheet metal go on the body, then the body heads for paint.

Next stop was the frame assembly. The bare frame comes into the plant on railcars and is then placed onto the assembly line, where it is fitted with axles, suspension, brakes, fuel tank, wiring, steering components, and even the motor with transmission attached. Remember that body that went to paint? Well, once the chassis is complete, the body is dropped down from the ceiling by a special crane and lowered onto the truck frame.

From this point they install the interior, and any remaining body items like headlights, taillights, and under hood components are connected. By the end of the assembly line, the trucks are 100% finished and even have fuel filled into the tanks. Last stop for the trucks is a rolling chassis test to ensure that the truck accelerates smoothly and everything functions as it should. After the test, each truck goes out the door and is loaded onto a truck to head to your nearest dealer!

Touring the Warren Ram Trucks Plant

Touring the Warren Ram Trucks Plant

With the tour complete we went back into the auditorium and had a question and answer session with the Ram and Cummins engineers. Questions covered everything from body components to driveline changes – there were even a few relating to future product.

By this time the pizza had arrived, and dinner commenced with engineers, plant managers, Chrysler staff, and a few plant workers – all eating alongside the members of the TDR. With dinner coming to an end, the TDR expressed their thanks to the people of Ram for allowing this opportunity to take place. Before your author left, I made one last stop. My truck had come off the very assembly line that we toured, but on October 23, 1989. It had come home to its birthplace, so a few special photos were in order to commemorate the occasion!

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!

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

2011 Ram Laramie Longhorn

June 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer.

“As a stand-alone brand, Ram Truck is focused on truck customers – how they use their trucks and what features they’d like to see. Whether it’s a family that drives their half-ton Ram 1500 every day, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles without fail, Ram is going to be there for them.”

-Fred Diaz
President and CEO
Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico

2012 Ram Cargo Van

2012 Ram Cargo Van

For 2012, the Ram Truck brand increases the capabilities of its hardest-working trucks – the Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks – and adds a new Ram Cargo Van, which expands Ram’s reach into the Class 1 segment.

Also for 2012, Ram 1500 – the most-awarded Ram truck ever – and Ram 2500 / 3500 Heavy Duty pickups get new safety, fuel efficiency and convenience features.

Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities.

RamBox Holster

RamBox Holster

Ram trucks now boast these segment exclusives:

  • Coil spring rear suspension on Ram 1500 for best-in-class ride and handling
  • Available RamBox® lockable and lighted bedside storage
  • In-floor storage on all Ram crew cabs
  • The largest cab in the market – Ram HD Mega Cab
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission on all diesel models
  • 3,600-lb. towing for Class 1 cargo vans
2011 Ram 4500 ST Chassis Cab

2011 Ram 4500 ST Chassis Cab

The Chassis Cab trucks provide customers with first-time innovations and features along with new standards of strength, utility and driveability. Building on Ram Truck’s leadership in the heavy-duty pickup segment, Ram’s commercial-grade work trucks are built on proven frames and chassis, and engineered for maximum uptime, low cost of ownership, optimum performance and enhanced commercial capability.

“The commercial truck segment is all about total cost of ownership,” added Diaz. “When you account for fuel economy, brake wear, tire wear and the best powertrain warranty in the business, Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the lowest cost of ownership. Also, the new Ram Cargo Van, with its class-leading capability and a lower total cost of ownership, is a great vehicle choice for small businesses and commercial fleets.”

2011 Ram HD Truck Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel

2011 Ram HD Truck Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel

Equipped with a choice of engines, including the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine or the powerful 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, Ram Trucks offer the best powertrains in the industry and are known for their reliability. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine offers an amazing combination of power and fuel economy with 390 horsepower and 20 mpg highway. The Cummins Turbo Diesel-equipped Ram pickup is the only heavy-duty pickup to meet 2012 EPA compliance rules, without the need for a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

A partnership that extends back more than 20 years, Ram Truck and Cummins have delivered billions of miles of customer reliability. Cummins-equipped Ram trucks with more than 300,000 miles are common, while others have surpassed one million hard-working miles. All Ram Truck engines, transmissions and axles are covered by a segment-leading five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Ram Power Wagon

Ram Power Wagon

Also returning for 2012 is the award-winning Ram Power Wagon. The Ram Power Wagon is the most capable factory-equipped off-road-ready pickup truck on the road. It’s equipped with electric-locking front and rear differentials, an electronic disconnecting sway bar, Bilstein shocks, 33-inch BFGoodrich off-road tires, underbody skid plate protection, a 4.56 axle ratio for hill climbing and a custom-built Warn 12,000-lb. winch cleverly hidden behind the front bumper.

Truck customers – from half-ton to commercial – have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. The Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 pickups; 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs and Ram Cargo van are designed to deliver a total package.

BusinessLink and Brandl Motors

BusinessLink and Brandl Motors

BusinessLink: The fast lane for small business

BusinessLink is a free program that connects business owners with a network of Chrysler Group dealers that are specially equipped to work with small businesses. Nationwide, Chrysler Group’s more than 490 BusinessLink dealers offer the convenience of one-stop sales and service essential to help commercial / small businesses stay on the road to profitability.

Business owners may access this free membership program with proof of business ownership at any BusinessLink dealer. Benefits include no dues or fees, specialized in-dealership commercial / small business sales and service personnel, extended service and repair hours, priority next-available-bay service, free shuttle service, 24/7 towing service, free loaners for select vehicles, expertise in commercial financing options and unique business variable incentives.

Find a local BusinessLink dealer at (877) 2THELINK or on the web at http://www.chryslerbusinesslink.com.

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

2011 Ram Outdoorsman

On The Job: The cost of doing business just went down

Chrysler Group’s On The Job vehicle program provides commercial / small business owners a variety of incentives and discounts to assist them in purchasing, servicing, maintaining and customizing vehicles to specifically address their unique professional needs. Among them:

  • Up to $1000 in custom commercial upfit allowances
  • Up to $1000 on vehicle graphics; allowing owners to turn their professional vehicle into a mobile rent-free advertising machine to promote their businesses
  • Up to two years of free oil changes

Small Business / Commercial incentives can be combined with all other retail incentives. These On The Job programs are designed to help business owners reduce the cost of doing business by doing business at any of Chrysler Group’s 2,300 dealerships. Most Chrysler Group vehicles qualify for On The Job program advantages when the vehicle is purchased for business use.

For On The Job program information, call (877) ONTHEJOB or click on http://www.dodge.com/en/commercial/programs_discounts/.

1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

1946 Dg Power Wagon Commercial Prototype

September 2, 1945: a date that will always stand out for those who lived it. On this day, the Japanese formally surrendered ending World War II, thus marking the end of a frighteningly bloody chapter in human history.

Following this, as American GI’s were victoriously returning home, they discovered that they missed the reliability and strength of their Army trucks. In hopes of finding a civilian duplicate to their wartime vehicles, they wrote to Dodge and implored that one be created. The result: The Dodge Power Wagon.

1946 Power Wagon

1946 Power Wagon

The Dodge brand proudly built the Power Wagon based off of the 3/4-ton Army truck’s chassis with a civilian cab and a redesigned 8-foot cargo box. It featured a 126-inch wheelbase chassis and a 230 cubic-inch flathead six-cylinder engine, a two-speed transfer case and a 4-speed transmission.

The Power Wagon, although redesigned several times, remained in production until 1980, when the following year the Dodge Ram took its place. The Wagon’s design and capability helped it to become the predecessor for most of the four by four trucks we see on the road and was eventually reborn as the Ram 2500 Power Wagon available again today.

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

1946 Dg Power Wagon Farm

The 2011 Power Wagon is available with an off-roader’s wish list of standard equipment, including front and rear locking differentials, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, 33-inch offroad tires, complete underbody protection, and a custom 12,000-pound warn winch.

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

2011 Ram Power Wagons in Moab, Utah

Check out this video below of the 2011 Ram Power Wagon being put through the paces out in Moab, Utah during the Easter Jeep Safari. To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

May 16, 2011 4:11PM– If you’re going to review a truck, you can’t very well do it without experiencing it first-hand.

And, that’s what select journalists have done in recent weeks and will do this spring in checking out the 2012 Ram Chassis Cabs. Ram Truck executives took the new chassis cabs on the road to meet with journalists across the country. After crawling through the cabs and getting the first-hand scoop, many of them will hit the open road in the coming weeks with their own test drive.

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

The 2012 Ram Chassis Cabs offer a truckload of best-in-class features, including:

  • Best-in-class standard Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 19,500 lbs.
  • Ram Chassis Cab brakes last twice as long as the competition under severe use
  • Ram Chassis Cab trucks have 160% less brake fade than the competition
  • Ram Chassis cab trucks stop in less distance in both wet and dry conditions when carrying a heavy payload
  • The Ram Chassis Cab’s diesel exhaust brake is more effective than the competition’s
2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

2012 Ram Chassis Cab Truck

  • Ram Chassis Cab offers a better turning radius – by 10 feet – than competitors
  • Ram Chassis Cab trucks offer the largest standard fuel tank – 52 gallons for superior operational range
  • Ram Chassis Cabs offer the lowest cost of ownership in the segment, based on significant owner expenses, including fuel economy, brake wear and tire wear
  • Ram Chassis Cab trucks come with the best powertrain warranty in the business: five years / 100,000 mile
Check out the video below to see the overview of the 2011 Ram Chassis Cabs. 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!
Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

May 2, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – They don’t get much bigger, have more range or more pulling power than the Ram “Long-Hauler” Concept truck.

On display at selected events across the country, the Ram Long-Hauler is based on a Class 5 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab, and is designed to suit the needs of anyone that tows multiple or heavy trailers, drives long distances or small business owners looking for a “work horse” at the job site.

Designers started with a Class 5 Ram 5500 Crew Cab and converted to a Mega Cab passenger compartment, added an 8-foot box and upped the range between refueling stops with a mid-ship fuel tank. Combined with a second frame-mounted tank and a third, optional, bed-mounted auxiliary tank, total fuel capacity is 170 gallons.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

With a 197.4 – inch wheelbase and 37,500 Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR), the concept Long-Hauler from Ram is just the truck for those wanting to step up from a traditional Class 3 (one-ton) or Class 4 truck. Overall length of the Ram Long-Hauler is 24 feet, height is 79.1 inches and estimated curb weight is 9,300 lbs.

The powertrain for the concept truck includes an inline six-cylinder 6.7-liter High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine rated at 800 lb.-ft. of torque. The Ram’s legendary diesel engine is mated to a six-speed, Aisin AS68RC automatic transmission with four-wheel-drive transfer case coupled to a 4.88 Dana 110 axle with dual rear wheels.

Riding on a full Kelderman Air Suspension front and rear and 19.5-inch Alcoa aluminum wheels, on-road driving dynamics are civilized and even the toughest road surfaces are easily absorbed providing the driver and passengers with a smooth, comfortable ride. In fact Ram Long-Hauler‘s ride qualities are more inline with those of a 3/4-ton truck. The suspension package also is self-leveling with kneel feature.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

On the exterior, brilliant black paint is accented by white gold metallic lower two-tone including body side moldings and wide wheel flares at the front and rear. Up front, a bull bar extends the entire width of the vehicle. For full use of the bed, the spare tire is located under the box. To help make trailer line-up easier on the fifth wheel, a separate back-up camera provides a full view of the bed.

A custom hitch-access tailgate allows easy hook-ups without the need to open or remove the entire tailgate.

Inside, interior noise levels have been heavily dampened with an upgraded NVH package that ensures a quiet cabin environment. The Long-Hauler includes 2+2 leather seating with a specific, high comfort driver seat. Rear passenger comfort is assured with power-adjustable footrests and a rear center console that includes a refrigerator, cup holders and tray tables.

In-cabin power includes 115V and 12V outlets front and rear. With the interior Wi-Fi enabled, passengers can easily work on laptop computers connected to the Internet during long drives.

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Ram Long-Hauler Concept

Additional cabin features also include a laptop storage area and a safe for valuables. Interior items designed to keep the driver monitoring of vehicle performance will include a tire pressure monitoring system, rear axle temperature gauge and exhaust gas temperature and boost gauges. Convenience features also include an inductive charger and DVD player with overhead screen for rear seat passengers to enjoy their favorite programs and entertainment.

The rear seats and console also fold flat for additional storage or as a berth for resting.

Ram Truck has identified a potential market for a Class 5 pickup, including race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers and rodeo competitors, boaters and commercial expediting operations.

The Ram Long-Hauler, while only a concept, will be seen across the country in the next eight months to help gauge public opinion on the appeal of a vehicle that provides an upgrade from a 1-ton truck without moving up to a full Class 6 truck.

To read more about the Ram Long Hauler Concept and where you can check it out, visit the original post from Chrysler.

To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click on any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Buckle in ’cause you’re about to go for a ride.

Starting last Friday, Chrysler Group‘s Dodge brand kicks off a partnership with the latest installment of Universal Pictures’ “Fast Five.” The movie will hit the theaters starting April 29 but you — yes YOU — can already get in on the action.

Dodge supplied multiple 2010 and 2011 Dodge Charger vehicles used in chase scenes throughout the movie, and is sponsoring a Dodge-Fast Five advertisement that will air for the first time tomorrow during the coveted Final Four advertising space.

While commercials are for watching, there’s plenty of opportunities for Dodge and movie fans to really get in on the chase as we covered in a blog post last week.

Also, check out this week’s “Under The Pentastar” below! This week recaps a major March for Chrysler Group vehicle sales, the Dodge Charger‘s starring role in “FF5,” the next installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, a sneak peek at a couple of Jeeps to be revealed at the Moab Jeep Safari, and honors for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Check out the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 HEMI being put through the paces on the Dyno at Hennessey Performance in the video above! Also in the other video below, John Hennessey himself takes the Challenger for a ride and lets us in on his thoughts on the new 392 HEMI.  Below that is an excerpt from an article published yesterday on RedLetterDodge.com about the Challenger‘s trip to Hennessey.

“During the HEMI Highway Tour in late 2010, our Dodge Ambassadors Scott and Heather stopped by Hennessey Performance in Sealy, Texas for a shop tour and to checkout all the cool “eye candy” for late-model enthusiasts. Now you veteran gear heads know Hennessey has been a major player in making modern day super cars even more wicked, mean and nasty. Their talent pool includes a combined 100 plus years of experience in design, manufacturing, testing and installation of high-performance upgrades.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

With over a one thousand city and highway “break-in” miles, our new 392 HEMI® SRT8 Challenger was ready to make some noise. When Hennessey gave us the invite, we couldn’t resist the temptation to strap our Challenger on their Dynojet 248C chassis dynamometer. Now we know the 392 HEMI is rated 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft.torque at the flywheel, however we wanted to know how much was getting to the rear wheels. The Hennessey technicians quickly quick set-up the chassis dyno and calibrated the equipment. We fired-up the mighty 392 and made some warm-up runs and then dropped the hammer.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

Like a sucker punch to the face, the graph on monitor flashed the numbers – 432 rear wheel horsepower and 424 rear wheel torque! The Hennessey guys were amazed and impressed on how stout the numbers were for a bone stock engine. Now granted, our Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual probably helped minimize the inherent parasitic loss of horsepower and torque as it travels along the drive train to the rear wheels. Still, the guys began crunching the numbers and concluded the actual power is north of the factory 470 rating. Think of it as an added bonus at no extra cost.

So, sit back and turn your speakers up and listen for yourself!

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall! To see more pictures of the New 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with the 392 HEMI, click on any of the images in the post! Thanks again!

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