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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 edition includes SRT showing off the 2013 SRT-8 Core Performance models at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the Ram Truck Brand is the most improved brand in the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, and Chrysler Group dealers meet at the National Automotive Dealers Association in Orlando, Florida.

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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

July 3, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand is hitting the road with its second annual “SRT Tour” featuring the entire 2012 vehicle lineup–including the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8–visiting more than 30 locations over the next three months.

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280 2013 Dodge Darts were lined up and ready for dealers

280 2013 Dodge Darts were lined up and ready for dealers

June 28, 2012 , Chicago – The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart continues to make its way to dealers across the country today.

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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 300 2013 Dodge Darts driving to dealerships from Chicago’s Soldier Field, a new FIAT blog and a new effort by Chrysler employees to stave off childhood hunger.

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2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

April 7, 2011 , Dallas- The Ram 1500 Express — originally announced Feb. 15, 2011 under the code name Adventurer — is a new Ram Truck model aimed squarely at first-time buyers and owners who are looking for a vehicle with performance and style that they can customize and make their own.

“We’re excited about the addition of this new model to the Ram 1500 lineup. There’s nothing that compares to the high-performance value represented by the Ram 1500 Express. Ram 1500 Express combines great looks and MPG along with HEMI horsepower, torque, towing and payload, all at a fantastic price. It gives the youth or first-time truck buyer an opportunity to show off a great looking ride, with unsurpassed V8 entry-level capability, in a tremendous value-priced package.”

-Fred Diaz
Ram Truck President and CEO
Head of National Sales – Chrysler Group LLC

 

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Plans to launch the new Ram 1500 Express were pulled ahead after company executives saw a groundswell of support for the then-just-announced Ram Tradesman.

The Ram Tradesman — unveiled Feb. 9, 2011 at the Chicago Auto Show — is a value-priced, HEMI®-powered Ram 1500 regular cab truck that appeals to a cost-conscious, new-vehicle buyer who doesn’t want to give up performance and capability.

The new Ram 1500 Express — like the Ram Tradesman — offers buyers a standard HEMI V8 engine with a 20 mpg rating for the same price competitors are charging for their V6 engines.

Mopar has announced that it will have hundreds of accessories available for buyers who are looking to personalize their Ram 1500 Express.

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

“Given that the Ram 1500 Express is an aggressively priced truck, owners will have plenty left over to personalize and customize their ride. For this truck, Mopar will offer more than 300 quality-tested accessories from which to choose.”

-Pietro Gorlier
President and CEO of Mopar

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Loaded with Features

In addition to the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 390 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque, Ram 1500 Express comes loaded with features that emphasize its high-performance character.

The first thing drivers will notice is the Ram 1500 Express’ racy, monochromatic paint scheme. A body-colored grille with black honeycomb inserts, body-colored front fascia and body-colored rear fascia with chrome-tipped dual exhausts shout “high-performance.” The new Ram model will also get fog lamps and 20-inch aluminum wheels with locking lug nuts. There’s also a locking tailgate, cargo lamp, rear-bumper step pad, 6” x 9” side-view mirrors and rear wheel-well liners.

Standard features also include a 160-amp alternator, 26-gallon fuel tank, 3.55 rear axle ratio, 700-amp maintenance-free battery, four and seven-pin trailer wiring harness, heavy-duty front and rear shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, power rack-and-pinion steering, halogen headlamps, heavy-duty engine and transmission cooling and a full-size spare tire.

Inside, the 1500 Express will get a heavy-duty vinyl 40/20/40 split-bench seat, and buyers will have a choice of vinyl or carpeted floor covering. Other features include air conditioning, an instrument cluster with tachometer and 120-mph speedometer, 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, four-spoke tilt steering wheel, six-speaker media center with CD and MP3 player, as well as audio jack input for mobile devices, automatic headlamps, behind-the-seat storage bins, driver and passenger assist handles, power accessory delay, rear dome lamp, rear-view day/night mirror, tinted glass windows, tip start and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Safety features include advanced multistage front air bags, supplemental front curtain and side air bags, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, height-adjust shoulder belts, sentry key theft deterrent system and tire pressure monitoring warning lamp.

Ram 1500 Express is available in Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl; Deep Water Blue Pearl; Flame Red, Hunter Green Pearl and Mineral Gray Metallic.

2011 Ram 1500 Express

2011 Ram 1500 Express

Options for Personalization

Buyers can choose their own options. In addition to a Class IV receiver hitch, Ram 1500 Express is available with long list of options.

Factory-installed exterior options include Mopar chrome tubular side steps, Mopar chrome steel bed rails, folding and heated trailer-tow power mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps, spray-in bedliner and under-rail bedliner.

Inside, buyers can choose a cloth 40/20/40 split-bench seat, Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, rear-view auto-dim mirror, remote USB port, sliding rear window, cruise control, instrument cluster with vehicle information center display screen, tire pressure monitoring display, power one-touch windows, remote keyless entry, Sirius Satellite Radio and either carpet or rubber floor mats.

There’s also choice of two optional rear-axle ratios (3.21, 3.92), anti-spin differential, engine block heater and trailer brake controller.

Ram 1500 Express comes as a regular cab, short-bed model, with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain. When equipped with an optional Class IV hitch, the new Ram 1500 Express will tow a maximum trailer weight of 10,450 lbs.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the new Ram 1500 Express will start at $23,830, including $975 destination charge. It will arrive in Ram Truck dealerships in second quarter 2011.

To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post! I’ve also included the most recent edition of “Under The Pentastar” below. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

On Valentines Day, Ram Trucks issued this statement on RamZone.com:

As we start our Real People, Real Trucks series on how hardworking Ram Truck owners use their vehicles in Pittsburg, Iowa, Oklahoma and across the country, we want to hear how you put yours to the test.

RamZone.com

 

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

They also encourage readers to go to their Flickr page and upload  pictures of their Ram Truck doin’ work. They are also doing a series of videos that shows several Ram Truck owners doing what they do best, getting the job done! So far they’ve featured Mark, a Landscape Contractor from Pittsburgh, PA, and The Barnes family, owners of the Barnes PRCA Rodeo Company in Peterson, IA.

 

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Ram at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show

You can check out the videos below. I’ve also included some pictures of Ram Trucks from the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. To see more pictures of vehicles from the Chrysler Group LLC family, click any of the images in this post!

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2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

The all-new Dodge Durango is a shared winner of MotorWeek’s 2011 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility. The award was given to both the Durango and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Every year for the last 30 years, MotorWeek has reviewed the state of the automotive business and judged the best new trucks of the year. Dodge Brand President and CEO accepted the award for the new Durango at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

“The Dodge team is truly honored that MotorWeek has selected the Dodge Durango for a Drivers’ Choice Award,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO—Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Durango represents where the Dodge brand is going with its six new or refreshed products for 2011 — striking vehicles that are thoroughly engineered and fun to drive. It’s always rewarding when third party sources recognize that we’re creating quality products that will delight our customers.”

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

The annual Drivers’ Choice Awards looks at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view. Scoring takes into account trends, innovations, value and reliability to produce a list of winners that makes sense and can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.

“The team that worked on Durango really put their hearts into creating an SUV with a soul,” Gilles added. “When consumers get behind the wheel, they’ll experience a performance-tuned SUV that has the interior spaciousness of a crossover, still delivers best-in-class towing and starts under than $30,000. It’s a tremendous package.”

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

Dodge Durango

With its sleek exterior design, modern, spacious interior, world-class suspension dynamics and intelligent and fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango delivers driving excitement and refinement combined with the interior flexibility of a three-row SUV. The Durango’s new unibody structure is more than 25 percent stiffer than the vehicle it replaces, making it a driver’s SUV that delivers impressive on-road handling. The new Durango also delivers best-in-class towing capability of 6,200 lbs. with the V-6 engine and 7,400 lbs. with the V-8 engine.

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

The starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, Express model, is $29,195 for the rear-wheel-drive and $31,195 for the all-wheel-drive (excluding an $850 destination charge).

To see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge Durango, click any of the images in this post. Thanks for checking our Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Interior

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Interior

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® Chicago Auto Show World Debut

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® Chicago Auto Show World Debut

The new product onslaught continues for the Dodge brand with the announcement yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show that the Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

“We’re continuing the fast-paced rebuilding of Dodge as our performance brand, and the expansion of our SRT product lineup in 2012 is an important part of our rejuvenation. The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the iconic four-door fastback coupe design of the all-new Charger and adds a much larger power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are passionate about performance driving.”

-Ralph Gilles
President and CEO
Dodge Brand

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and will be in Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership showrooms later this year. For more details on the new SRT8 Charger, check out Dodge’s Press Release.

However, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 wasn’t the only star of the show. From minivans to muscle cars, the Dodge brand introduced an entire lineup of new R/T performance models at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday.

2011 Dodge RT Lineup

2011 Dodge RT Lineup

Whether it’s a Charger, Challenger, Journey, Durango or the Grand Caravan, Dodge now offers R/T models that deliver power, performance and modern technology that combine to create the heart and soul of each vehicle.

2011 Dodge Durango RT

2011 Dodge Durango RT

“We have customers who love cars, who love the thrill of driving, but can only afford one car. Our Dodge R/T models give buyers the chance to stoke their love of driving while still taking care of their families and responsibilities. Driving these R/T models will absolutely leave a smile on their face.”

-Raplh Gilles

2011 Dodge Durango RT Interior

2011 Dodge Durango RT Interior

The Road & Track name has been the performance moniker for Dodge since the muscle car era of the 1960’s, and the brand is delving into its rich heritage to pave the way for the future.

“We’re going back to our roots, when Dodge R/T meant a higher level of dynamic capability,” Gilles added. “In addition to exterior design cues and sporty interiors, every Dodge R/T vehicle will have unique handling characteristics, high-tech, high-performing engines, special exhaust tuning, a sport-tuned suspension and performance tires that grip the road. These Dodge R/Ts have definitely earned their stripes.”

2011 Dodge Journey RT

2011 Dodge Journey RT

To see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge R/T vehicles, or the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, click on any of the images in the post. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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