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Jeep's Facebook Page

Jeep's Facebook Page

February 23, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Jeep® brand is celebrating a major milestone today as its Facebook page has reached over 2 million fans. The brand is the first domestic automotive brand to hit the 2 million mark on Facebook, outpacing the next closest domestic brand by approximately 700,000 fans.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent concept

Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent concept

  • New production-intent vehicle boasts stunning exterior with distinct, aggressive flair
  • Jeep® connects with consumers to name model via online Jeep “Name My Ride” contest
  • Vehicle also on display at Washington (D.C.) Auto Show tomorrow
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee sales reach 127,744 units in the U.S. in 2011, up 51 percent vs. 2010
  • Jeep brand sales increase 153 percent in Texas in 2011; Grand Cherokee up 226 percent in Texas
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“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. In this week’s extended edition we recap the introduction of the 2013 Dodge Dart at the North American International Auto Show, the appearance of a concept minivan and two Mopar-ized vehicles. We also look at Chrysler Group‘s first participation at the Consumer Electronics Show with a Uconnect demonstration trailer. We finish up with wise words from Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.

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Chrysler 700c Concept revealed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show with Bruce Velisek, Head of Chrysler Brand Product Marketing. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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The 2012 SRT8 Family

The 2012 SRT8 Family

July 15, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC has officially elevated its in-house performance division – the Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) team – to a separate company brand that promises to maintain its successful formula to design, engineer and build benchmark American high-performance vehicles for Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge.

The launch of SRT as the company’s performance brand comes as three additional vehicles are set to rejoin the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8® in the expanding SRT lineup. Making their returns to the vehicle lineup are the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

All four new SRT vehicles share a common powerplant – the new 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V-8 engine that features more horsepower and more torque than ever before across a significantly wider rpm range, while intake and exhaust technologies lead to improved fuel efficiency.

The 6.4L HEMI 392

The 6.4L (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V-8 Engine

SRT lives on as the in-house performance team of the Chrysler Group that adheres to our five existing performance hallmarks centered around building the best high-performance vehicles for the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands. Being a separate brand will allow our team to expand the dedicated engineering and marketing resources for specific performance vehicles. We will look to delight SRT customers and evolve our business model with the performance enthusiast in mind. The SRT vehicle lineup will continue to make the latest in contemporary luxury features available to our customers, while carefully integrating active and passive safety features. We strive to never lose focus on driver involvement and vehicle character while maintaining each of the vehicle brand’s key design differentiators.”

-Ralph Gilles
President and CEO, SRT Brand and Motorsports

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Every SRT vehicle is developed using five specific performance hallmarks, including:

Awe-inspiring powertrains

High horsepower and torque ratings are a prerequisite in the high-performance automotive world. SRT engineers work to extract maximum power and fuel efficiency from each engine regardless of displacement, to meet the demands of today’s performance customer. Proven transmissions reliably put the power to the pavement, while at the same time incorporate the latest fuel-saving technology.

Outstanding ride, handling and capability

Every SRT vehicle is built to excel on both road courses and road trips as a result of countless miles of real-world testing to ensure masterful handling on complex circuits and city streets alike. Each tire and wheel package is carefully selected to guarantee any SRT vehicle can hold its own on and off the race track.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Benchmark braking

SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class braking. SRT uses some of the best performing components so drivers never have to worry about having safe and consistent stopping power quickly at hand.

Aggressive and functional exteriors

Auto enthusiasts can spot an SRT vehicle from far away. So designers and engineers work together, whether in the studio or the wind tunnel, to ensure each performance target objective is met, while maintaining specific brand styling cues and character lines. All the design elements on the exterior are functional. Since SRT vehicles are drag limited, they are designed to be stable at very high speeds with a goal to achieve the least amount of lift as possible, while being efficient at touring speeds.

Race-inspired and high-performance interiors

The interiors of SRT vehicles are specifically designed with only high-quality materials, leather and fabrics while promoting passenger comfort with an aggressive feel. Confidence-inspiring steering wheels, stylish ambient lighting along with the latest in intelligent performance hardware and sound systems transform the interior of all SRT vehicles into an upscale space at any speed.

“This is a momentous time in the history of SRT as we expand our vehicle lineup from one vehicle within one brand to four vehicles within three Chrysler Group brands,” Gilles added. “I honestly can’t wait for our performance customers to get behind the wheel of our new lineup of SRT vehicles – they’re going to be impressed.”

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

SRT history

Formed in 2002 as one of the industry’s leading in-house automotive performance groups, SRT’s original premise, which is still followed today, was to create the Chrysler Group‘s boldest, most distinctive vehicles that delivered benchmark performance.

Original team members were recruited from the established Dodge Viper development team that had already been building the ultimate American supercar for more than 10 years, along with Dodge motorsports and the Mopar® engineering teams.

The man at the helm when SRT started in 2002, Dan Knott, credits its early success directly to this “team of die-hard performance enthusiasts leading the engineering efforts.”

The 2003 Dodge Viper SRT10® was a natural fit to carry the flag as the first official SRT vehicle with its all-new, 500 horsepower 8.3-liter V-10 engine.

The next vehicle to wear the SRT treatment was the Dodge Neon and its transformation into the SRT4 was groundbreaking. It instantly became the quickest car under $20,000 and made the import tuning crowd take serious notice.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

In total, there have been 10 Chrysler Group nameplates designed and engineered specifically to wear the SRT badge, including:

• Chrysler 300 and 300C SRT8

• Chrysler Crossfire SRT6®

• Dodge SRT4®

• Dodge Ram SRT10®

• Dodge Viper SRT10, Viper SRT10 ACR and Viper SRT10 ACR-X

• Dodge Magnum SRT8

• Dodge Charger SRT8

• Dodge Caliber SRT4

• Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Challenger SRT8 392

• Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The roots leading up to SRT being established in 2002 can be traced back to the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Dodge amazed crowds with the sleek Viper concept car. The vehicle’s simplistic yet muscular shape paired with an extreme performance 8.0-liter V-10 engine instantly thrust the Viper into the spotlight. The public raved and the Viper was quickly approved for production.

With the dawn of the V-10 powered supercar emerged a group of devoted engineers. Team Viper worked to hone the supercar for the street and racing, which would lead to endurance race victories in the late 1990s.

Meanwhile, a separate, dedicated team completed work on the 1993 Plymouth Prowler concept car. When the first Prowler rolled off the assembly line four years later, Chrysler integrated the two specialty groups into a single entity: Special Vehicle Engineering. At last, Chrysler’s elite teams worked together under a single roof to create eye-catching niche vehicles.

The 6.4L (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V-8 Engine

The 6.4L (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® V-8 Engine

In 2002, Chrysler announced the creation of the Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) group. The newly formed group leveraged existing resources to improve Chrysler’s high-performance vehicle focus.

All PVO creations began to wear the SRT badge with the unveiling of the Viper V-10-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10 concept, flanked on the floor at the 2002 North American International Auto Show in Detroit by the Dodge SRT-4 concept and Viper SRT-10.

In 2004, Chrysler renamed the PVO development team SRT.

Check out the video below that shows the 2012 SRT8 Vehicles in action. The guys in the Dodge‘s even break the tires loose a little bit for you! 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.

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