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2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series

March 1, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Just days after earning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highest 5-star safety rating, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 flagship sedan is chalking up another accolade, Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com “10 Best Family Cars of 2012” award. For the last five years, the expert editors at kbb.com have awarded the 10 Best Family Cars that cater to unique family specifications and situations.

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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

  • Centralizes World-Class Infotainment to Keep Charger Passengers Connected, Comfortable and Secure
  • Dodge Charger’s state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch next-generation mobile infotainment and multimedia system keeps passengers connected with a class-leading 8.4-inch touch screen
  • All four of Charger’s Uconnect Touch models deliver world-class functionality with an intuitive user interface that was benchmarked against the best sedans from Europe, Asia and North America
  • Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Touch, steering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver
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Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

  • Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 cited for exceptional fuel economy, emissions and power
  • Chrysler‘s Pentastar engine once again recognized by the editors of Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines” for 2012
  • Chrysler’s workhorse V-6 now available in many Jeep®, Chrysler, Dodge passenger cars and Sport Utility vehicles for 2012
  • Mated to new eight-speed transmission, 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivers 31 mpg on the highway with Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger
  • New 2012 Jeep Wrangler boasts improved fuel economy with 40 percent increase in power with Pentastar V-6 engine
Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

December 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6 – liter V-6 engine once again has been recognized by the editors of Ward’s Automotive as one of the “10 Best Engines”.

“Every year, Ward’s Auto recognizes the industry leaders in engine technology. Chrysler has successfully demonstrated the breadth of this engine and how it delivers on all fronts including fuel economy, lower emissions and power.”

-Drew Winter
Editor at Ward’s Auto

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Named to the exclusive group of engines last year after its introduction in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, the Pentastar V-6 engine is now standard or available on Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country; Dodge Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Journey and Caravan. For 2012, the Pentastar 3.6-liter engine also is now standard on the new Jeep Wrangler.

Editors tested the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and the Chrysler 300 in this year’s shootout.

Designed to meet a variety of requirements across both front-and rear-drive models, the Pentastar V-6 also is the exclusive engine used with the new eight-speed automatic transmission on Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 models. The engine and transmission combination deliver 31 miles-per-gallon (mpg) on the highway.

On Jeep Wrangler, the 3.6-liter engine improved fuel efficiency to 21 mpg on the highway while delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque, improvement s of 40 and 10 percent, respectively.

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

“We are continuing development of advance technologies, which will be applied to the Pentastar V-6 as they become available, for even more fuel efficiency and performance.

-Bob Lee
Vice President and Head of Engine
and Electrified Propulsion Engineering
Chryler Group LLC.

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Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant

Chrysler See It Through

Chrysler See It Through

  • TV and print campaign showcases Detroit and Chrysler’s resolve to ‘See It Through’ the rough times and celebrate a comeback
  • Award-winning, luxurious new Chrysler 300 embodies the spirit of hard work as the truest path to success
  • TV ad airs nationally Thanksgiving Day during Lions-Packers football game; features metropolitan Detroit neighborhoods and people
  • ‘Imported from Detroit’ message continues to resonate with people nationwide

November 21, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Words written nearly 100 years ago by a Michigan poet laureate about never quitting or running from adversity are just as true today in capturing the resolve of the people of Detroit and Chrysler to overcome obstacles and prove their best days lie ahead.

Edgar A. Guest’s 1917 “See It Through” poem is featured in a new Chrysler 300 television spot and print ads launching Thanksgiving week. The 60-second television spot weaves the luxury, craftsmanship and best-in-class capabilities of the 2012 Chrysler 300 with the hard-working spirit and toughness of the people of Detroit. As the “See It Through” spot proclaims: the new Chrysler 300 is “more than just our flagship” vehicle, it exemplifies the comeback of Detroit and Chrysler.

The spot can be viewed on the Chrysler brand You Tube channel http://www.youtube.com/chrysler and Chrysler brand Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Chrysler.

“This new ad is a humble thanksgiving nod to everyone who has believed in Chrysler’s resurgence. Year-over-year Chrysler brand sales were up 28 percent last month, the best October sales since 2007, and Chrysler 300 retail sales more than doubled. Chrysler has taken Guest’s words to heart, ‘seeing it through’ with sales growth and award-winning products like the best-in-class 31 mpg 2012 Chrysler 300. The 300 represents so much more than just our flagship vehicle.”

-Saad Chehab
President and CEO – Chrysler Brand
Chrysler Group LLC

The latest spot in Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” campaign opens with Muddy Waters singing “Mannish Boy.” As the song continues in the background, a voiceover recites Edgar Guest’s “See It Through” poem as a Chrysler 300 drives through Detroit-area neighborhoods past the people and faces proudly calling Detroit home, including Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh standing in front of his Chrysler 300. It ends with “The New Chrysler 300. More Than Just Our Flagship” and an “Imported from Detroit” title card.

“The ‘Imported from Detroit’ message that hard work pays off has resonated nationwide,” said Chehab. “Ever since the ‘Born of Fire’ spot debuted in the 2011 Super Bowl, people everywhere tell us they are proud of what it represents. The campaign captures the spirit of the country in addition to the comeback of the Chrysler brand and Chrysler Group.”

Chrysler See It Through

Chrysler See It Through

See It Through poem excerpts:

When you’re up against a trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face,

Lift your chin, and set your shoulders,

Plant your feet and take a brace,

When it’s vain to try to dodge it,

Do the best that you can do.

You may fail, but you may conquer –

See It Through!

Even hope may seem but futile,

When with troubles you’re beset,

But remember you are facing

Just what other men have met.

You may fail, but fall still fighting;

Don’t give up, whate’er you do’

Eyes front, head high to the finish.

See It Through!

The “See It Through” spot makes its network television debut Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, during the nationally televised Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers NFL football game on FOX.

The spot makes its digital debut Monday, Nov. 21, embedded in a Chrysler ad on the USAToday.com homepage. Website visitors can watch the commercial and learn more about the Chrysler 300.

Additional elements of the new Chrysler 300 campaign include a Wednesday, Nov. 23, USA Today newspaper cover wrap featuring Suh and his Chrysler 300, and a Friday, Nov. 25, two-page USA Today print spread featuring the “See It Through” poem, the 2012 Chrysler 300, and images of the Detroit neighborhoods and people in the TV spot.

The campaign was created in partnership with Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore.

Chrysler See It Through

Chrysler See It Through

About Edgar A. Guest (1881 – 1959)

Edgar Allen Guest was an English-born American poet popular in the early 20th century and became known as the “People’s Poet.” His family moved to the United States in 1891 and settled in Detroit, Mich. Guest started his career as a copy boy at the Detroit Free Press and became a reporter three years later. He first covered the labor beat, then the waterfront and police beats. The paper published his first poem in 1898. For the next 40 years, Guest’s optimistic poems were syndicated throughout America in nearly 300 newspapers and they have been collected in more than 20 books. He hosted a popular Detroit radio show from 1931 – 1942 and, in 1951, a NBC television series, Guest in Your Home. He was named Poet Laureate of Michigan and remains the only poet to have been awarded this title. Guest died in Detroit in 1959.

About the 2012 Chrysler 300

Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 series sedans offer world-class technological innovation and quality while delivering stylistic distinction, best-in-class fuel efficiency and premium E-segment sedan features at a legendary value.

Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the new segment-exclusive ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel-efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300, 300S (V-6) and 300 Limited models and delivers up to 31 best-in-class highway mpg. And with the most advanced all-wheel-drive system in the E-segment, the all-new Chrysler 300 V-6 AWD models deliver best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (18/27) and even more year-round grand-touring performance.

With more standard equipment than its direct standard full-size segment competitors, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is well-equipped for the individual who is looking for distinctive design, best-in-class seat comfort, 292 horsepower, world-class ride and refinement, and the segment’s largest touchscreen infotainment system — Uconnect® Touch — all at an extraordinary value.

Adding an avant-garde appearance to the letter-series flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models take the American brand in a new direction with world-class ride and handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features –including the studio quality sound experience of Beats by Dr. Dre technology.

Chrysler See It Through

Chrysler See It Through

Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler flagship sedan ever, the all-new Chrysler 300C Luxury Series takes the Chrysler 300C model further, integrating ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars – with world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features and the legendary 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology.

The vehicle is available with more than 70 safety and security features and was named a Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Chrysler brand was named the ‘Most Ideal Popular Brand’ in AutoPacific’s 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners’ ratings of their 2011 cars and trucks.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $27,995 (including $825 destination charge).

You can check out the commercial above. 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!

  • New body shop adds more than one million square-feet to current footprint
  • Facility will build future products, beginning in 2013
  • Body shop to include state-of-the-art technology
  • Company’s total investment in U.S. facilities grows to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009
Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

October 18, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $165 million to add a new one million square-foot body shop to its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. This follows an announcement in December 2010 that the Company would invest nearly $850 million in a new paint shop for the plant and brings Chrysler Group’s total investment in its U.S. facilities to nearly $3.5 billion since June 2009.

“Today marks another milestone in the rags to riches story of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A plant that was slated to close nearly two years ago will now be a state-of-the-art facility that will play an integral role in the success of this company by building the next generation of all-new vehicles.”

-Scott Garberding,
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The investment includes the construction of the new body shop as well as the installation of equipment and conveyors that will be some of the most advanced in the industry.

In December 2010, Chrysler Group announced that it would invest nearly $850 million in the construction of an all-new, state-of-the-art 425,000 square-foot paint shop. In addition, some of the $850 million will be invested in the local stamping facilities in Warren and Sterling Heights.

“Last year, Chrysler made the decision to continue operating the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant indefinitely, maintaining good manufacturing jobs in Michigan and securing the future for more than 1,200 employees. Today, the plant is thriving with 900 new employees and additional investment that recognizes the commitment and dedication of this highly skilled workforce toward building a successful Chrysler Group.”

-General Holiefield,
Vice President, UAW/Chrysler Department

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.5 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

About the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was built in 1953 as a jet engine plant and was operated by the Army as the Michigan Ordinance Missile Plant with Chrysler serving as contractor building Redstone and Jupiter missiles. It was converted to an automobile plant in 1980 by Volkswagen and purchased by Chrysler Corporation in 1983.

Production of Chrysler LeBaron GTS and Dodge Lancer began in September 1984. Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance production began in 1985, and Dodge Daytona production began in 1991. Through the end of the 1991 model year, the facility had produced nearly 1.3 million vehicles. Production of the 2001 Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring sedans began in the fall of 2000, followed by the Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring Sedan launched in August 2006, followed by the all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger and 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. The new 2011 Chrysler 200, featured in the award-winning Super Bowl spot with Eminem, and Dodge Avenger began production in December 2010. The Chrysler 200 Convertible launched in February 2011.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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!

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

September 19, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Chrysler brand is touting its new state-of-the-art eight-speed transmission and fuel-efficiency in its new television commercial for the 2012 Chrysler 300. The new commercial continues the “Imported from Detroit” message and is filmed throughout Detroit and its neighboring cities and is comprised of local residents. The new 60-second commercial titled, “If You’re Gonna,” began airing on Friday, Sept. 16 on national and cable networks. (Scroll down to check out the commercial below.)

“The 2012 Chrysler 300 offers consumers a fuel-efficient and luxurious vehicle at an extraordinary value without compromising size or amenities. The combination of our award-winning V-6 Pentastar engine, the new eight-speed transmission and world-class interior appointments takes the domestic luxury sedan to a new level that only can be found at Chrysler.”

-Saad Chehab
President and CEO – Chrysler Brand
Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the new segment-exclusive ZF eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel-efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300, 300S (V-6) and 300 Limited models and offers class-leading fuel efficiency with respect to:

  • Best-in-class highway fuel economy (31 highway mpg)
  • Best-in-class V-6 AWD fuel economy (18 city and 27 highway mpg)
  • Best-in-class combined fuel economy (23 with RWD, 21 with AWD)
  • Unsurpassed city fuel economy (19 city mpg RWD, 18 mpg AWD)
  • Overall unsurpassed fuel economy in its class (19 city and 31 highway mpg with RWD

Delivering up to a 17 percent fuel economy improvement compared with the previous generation six-cylinder Chrysler 300 AWD models, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited and 300S (V-6) AWD models combine the new eight-speed automatic transmission, fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and the segment’s most advanced all-wheel drive system for maximum all-weather traction and efficiency.

“The new commercial continues our ‘Imported from Detroit’ theme by taking this great city to the rest of the world and captures a day-in-the-life of local citizens in and around Detroit,” said Chehab.

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

The new spot was filmed in Detroit and its neighboring cities including Birmingham, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe Park and West Bloomfield, Mich. The commercial features local attractions including American Coney Island, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Fox Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Affleck House and Lafayette Coney Island.

Chrysler brand’s advertising campaign was created in partnership with Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore. The campaign is supported by broadcast and digital media placement. The 60-second as well as a 30-second version of the commercial can be viewed on the Chrysler brand Facebook page and on the Chrysler brand YouTube channel.

Advertising efforts from the Chrysler brand has resulted in a number of awards this summer. Most recently, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded the Chrysler brand‘s “Born of Fire” commercial with a Creative Arts Emmy award. Born of Fire was also honored with five awards at the Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity held in Cannes, France.

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

About the 2012 Chrysler 300

Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 series sedans offer world-class technological innovation and quality while delivering stylistic distinction, best-in-class fuel efficiency and premium E-segment sedan features at a legendary value.

Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the new segment-exclusive ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel-efficiency of the 2012 Chrysler 300, 300S (V-6) and 300 Limited models and delivers up to 31 best-in-class highway mpg. And with the most advanced all-wheel-drive system in the E-segment, the all-new Chrysler 300 V-6 AWD models deliver best-in-class city and highway fuel economy (18/27) and even more year-round grand-touring performance.

With more standard equipment than its direct standard full-size segment competitors, the 2012 Chrysler 300 is well-equipped for the individual who is looking for distinctive design, best-in-class seat comfort, 292 horsepower, world-class ride and refinement, and the segment’s largest touchscreen infotainment system — Uconnect® Touch — all at an extraordinary value.

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Chrysler 300's "You're Gonna" Commercial

Adding an avant-garde appearance to the letter-series flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models take the American brand in a new direction with world-class ride and handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features –including the studio quality sound experience of Beats by Dr. Dre technology.

Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler flagship sedan ever, the all-new Chrysler 300C Luxury Series takes the Chrysler 300C model further, integrating ultra-premium leather – once limited to some of the most exotic Italian luxury cars – with world-class refinement and handling, state-of-the-art safety and connectivity features and the legendary 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with Fuel Saver Technology.

The Chrysler 300 is available with more than 70 safety and security features and was named a Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Chrysler brand was named the ‘Most Ideal Popular Brand’ in AutoPacific’s 2011 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners’ ratings of their 2011 cars and trucks.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 sedan has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $27,995 (including $825 destination charge).

You can check out the new ‘Imported from Detroit’ TV Spot for the 2012 Chrysler 300 below. 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 above video was posted by YouTube user jckronbauer and can also be seen on ZF’s Website. This IS NOT the 845RE  Transmission that will be found in select Chryslers and Dodges, but from watching the video, it seems to be similar to what is described below. I included it in the post so you can have somewhat of an idea what to expect.

September 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestically produced automobile will mark its debut on both the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger for 2012.

The new eight-speed automatic, introduced and licensed through ZF and often found on high-end luxury cars including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Range Rover and Rolls Royce, will be available on selected models of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Initially, the transmission will be mated exclusively to the award-winning 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine that was introduced last year.

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

The result is a four mile-per-gallon increase that pushes highway fuel economy to an EPA-rated 31 mpg for the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger – up from 27 mpg highway over last year’s model.

The transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread also provide the best possible fuel economy in city traffic. Fuel economy for both models is 19 mpg on the EPA city cycle – an increase of five percent over last year’s five speed automatic. With eight speeds, driving at a lower rpm in both city and highway environments also effectively helps reduce emissions by nearly 11 percent on both vehicles.

For those living in inclement weather climates or wanting the proven traction of four wheels, all-wheel-drive variants of the transmission also will be available on both models for 2012. Designed as a modular transmission, the 845RE allows for the addition of Chrysler’s all-wheel drive system. This all-wheel drive is engaged only when needed, requires no driver input and helps improve fuel economy by only engaging the front-drive wheels when there is excessive wheel spin.

Compact and lightweight, the new transmission required no structural changes to either vehicle and despite the addition of more gears, the transmission actually weighs just 3kg more than the outgoing five speed automatic transmission.

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

Chrysler Group Pentastar V-6 with VVT

Coupled to the new rear-wheel-drive automatic is a differential with final drive ratio of 2.65:1. The transmission efficiency and gear ratio spread enable spending more time at lower engine rpm and the use of numerically low axle ratios further improve highway fuel economy. All-wheel-drive models are equipped with a 3.07;1 final drive ratio.

Fully electronic and aided with software that provides an adaptive shifting strategy, the 845RE has been designed to provide optimal shifting characteristics consistent with the Chrysler and Dodge brands. Adaptive shifting takes into account a number of variables including engine torque gradients, kick down, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, hill detection, friction detection and downshift detection in determining shift patterns. Additional parameters include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control activation and high temperatures that can affect transmission shifting.

The addition of more gear ratios in the transmission helps reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting. Both vehicles benefit from nearly imperceptible gear changes due in part to very evenly spaced gear steps between each gear ratio. The gear steps also are very small providing quicker acceleration and smoother shifts.

High efforts in shifting also have been eliminated with gear selection controlled by a shift-by-wire system. The position selected by the driver (P, R, N, D) is transmitted electronically with no mechanical linkage from the shifter to the outside of the transmission. Elimination of this linkage removes any shift effort from the driver’s gear selection. Shift-by-wire also allows improved calibration and smoothness of garage and parking lot shifts.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

All shifts, whether single, double or multiple are performed as a direct result of the pedal position. Downshifts are made with very short response times and lead directly to the requested gear. Multiple upshifts can be decoupled temporarily if the torque request changes during the upshift. This helps eliminate the shift searching of the transmission.

During more spirited driving conditions, sporty, quick shifts are possible as a result of multiple parameters either through a Sport shift mode that requires simple driver input. At the rear of the shifter is a gate that allows for down- and up-shifting by the driver. Once the vehicle is in the Sport mode, the driver can use either the console-mounted shifter or a pair of paddle controls located on the steering wheel.

Once the Sport mode is selected, shift times are quicker and engine rpm is allowed to increase for a more performance- oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics.

Acceleration times for the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 for 0-to-60 mph are 7.2 seconds.

2011Chrysler 300

2011Chrysler 300

Internally, the 845RE transmission features four gear sets and five shift elements (multi-disc clutches and brakes) inside the transmission. With fewer open shift elements, drag losses due to multiple parts rotating relative to one another, are reduced.

Additionally, lower viscosity transmission fluid is used resulting in improved transmission efficiency and fuel economy improvements especially during cold environments or vehicle start-up. The 845RE also is “fill for life” not requiring oil changes during normal driving conditions.

The all-new automatic transmission will initially be purchased through ZF. Production by Chrysler at its Kokomo transmission facility under license by the German-based company is slated following introduction.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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!

Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Machining Plant in Toledo, Ohio


August 23, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it is prepared to invest $72 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to produce new generation front-wheel and rear-wheel drive torque converters and steering columns, subject to the completion of incentive negotiations and agreements with the State of Ohio. As part of the investment, 640 hourly and salaried jobs will be retained.

The new torque converters will be paired with the next generation eight-speed rear-wheel drive transmission being built at Chrysler’s Kokomo (Ind.) Transmission Plant and the all-new nine-speed front-wheel drive transmission to be produced at the company’s Indiana (Kokomo, Ind.) Transmission Plant I. The new transmissions and torque converters are a critical part of Chrysler’s strategy to meet fuel economy requirements over the next several years.

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

UAW Vice President General Holiefield (left), Ohio Governor John Kasich, Chrysler’s Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, Toledo Machining Committeeman Rodney Ridgway and Chrysler’s Head of Powertrain Operations Brian Harlow

“We welcome this investment in Toledo Machining as it is an acknowledgement of the high quality components that have been produced by our skilled workforce for many years. Being able to bring new technology to this facility secures its long-term future. We are also appreciative of the support we have received from the State of Ohio in providing the incentives necessary to make this investment possible.”

-Scott Garberding
Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing
Chrysler Group LLC

The investment would fund the installation of new equipment and special tooling to modernize and enhance the plant’s capability. Work on the plant is expected to begin late third quarter 2011 and be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

“We’re very pleased that Chrysler is making the decision to invest in the Toledo Machining Plant and the skilled workforce there,” said General Holiefield, Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department. “This will help preserve and enhance jobs in the area and give a greater measure of security to our members and their families well into the future.”

Toledo Machining currently produces steering columns for the following assembly plants: Warren Truck (Mich.), Belvidere (Ill.), Sterling Heights (Mich.), Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio); Windsor (Ont.), Toluca (Mex.), Saltillo (Mex.) and Carabobo (Venezuela).

The plant also produces torque converters, a component that allows the transmission to shift gears in an automatic transmission, for Kokomo Transmission (Ind.), Indiana Transmission I and II (Kokomo, Ind.), Sterling Heights, Toluca and London, England.

Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has invested nearly $3.2 billion in its U.S. facilities and has made significant progress toward building a successful enterprise, including:

  • reporting a net profit of $116 million in the first quarter of 2011;
  • reporting the 16th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in July;
  • confirming a $114 million investment to repurpose about one-fifth or nearly 400,000-square feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant for the production of core components for the Pentastar engine produced at Trenton South;
  • investing nearly $1.3 billion into the Company’s existing transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Ind., to accommodate production of a new advanced front-wheel drive automatic transmission; increase capacity and support production of the World Engine and improve processes for the 62TE transmission program; and accommodate future production of a new highly fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission;
  • announcing a $600 million investment in its Belvidere Assembly Plant;
  • confirming an investment of $850 million in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and surrounding stamping facilities;
  • planning an investment of $150 million in its GEMA (Dundee, Mich.) facility;
  • announcing an investment of $27.2 million USD in its Etobicoke Casting Plant (Toronto) to produce front and rear crossmembers for future Chrysler vehicles starting in the third quarter 2011;
  • announcing in December 2009 that it will invest $179 million to launch production of the 1.4-liter, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine (FIRE) at the company’s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich., creating more than 150 new Chrysler jobs;
  • adding a second shift of production – or nearly 1,100 jobs – at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in May 2010;
  • adding nearly 900 jobs on a second shift at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February 2011;
  • launching the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee in May 2010;
  • beginning production of the all-new Fiat 500, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger in December 2010;
  • starting production of the 2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger in January.
Toledo Machining Plant

Toledo Machining Plant

About Toledo Machining

Construction of the Toledo Machining facility began in 1964 with production starting in 1966. The plant expanded in 1969, adding 226,000 square-feet, increasing its overall footprint to more than 1.2 million square-feet. Because the plant produces several products specified as vehicle safety items, Toledo Machining requires precision machining operations to meet high quality standards.

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Mopar® and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

Check out the video below to see more about the Toledo investment and to hear the thoughts of Ohio Governor John Kasich. 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!

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