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Chrysler Group LLC Launches New Commercial Vehicle Website and Contest for Small Businesses

Chrysler Group LLC Launches New Commercial Vehicle Website and Contest for Small Businesses

  • New Chrysler Commercial Vehicles website debuts for small businesses
  • Contest begins today; two grand prize winners get a Chrysler Group vehicle
  • New commercial blog debuts with small business content
  • New ‘Chrysler For Work’ social media platforms launch on YouTube and Twitter
  • Chrysler Group small business sales up 36 percent this year through April

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2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

  • Best-in-class fuel economy
  • New 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine (Ward’s Automotive 10 Best Engines) features 42 percent more horsepower, 13 percent more torque and at least 20 percent better fuel economy when compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6 powertrain
  • 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology and variable-valve timing provides 395 horsepower, 407 lb.-ft. of torque and best-in-class fuel economy for V-8 trucks (at least 10 percent better fuel economy when compared to 2012 V-8 powertrain)
  • Class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8), standard equipment with 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar, doubles the amount of gears compared to previously available four-speed automatic transmission to greatly improve fuel economy
  • New eight-speed also available with the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI – the Company’s first application with a V-8 (TorqueFlite 8 late availability)
  • New TorqueFlite 8 operated by an innovative dash-mounted, rotary e-shift design
  • First-in-segment Fuel Saving Technology: eight-speed automatic transmission, stop-start, thermal management system, pulse-width modulation and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension
  • Class-exclusive air suspension enhances fuel economy, improves ride control and off-road capability along with improved ingress/egress and loading, and features automatic load leveling
  • New exterior design cues including all-new grille/fascia, improved quad projection headlamps and LED front turn signals and taillamps
  • Best-in-class aerodynamics, coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.363
  • New, upgraded interior features include: standard and premium vehicle information center, passive entry, Keyless Enter ’n Go, steering wheel and controls, wood accents, updated door panels, instrument panel, interior colors and premium materials
2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

2013 Ram 1500 New York Auto Show World Debut

  • All-new, next-generation Uconnect® Access debuts on the 2013 Ram 1500
  • Uconnect Access combines a new lineup of smart Media Centers with a powerful new wireless platform
  • With Uconnect Access, Ram 1500 owners will have alternative ways to access new connected services and applications via the vehicle’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display or the web
  • Next generation Uconnect system is designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the latest features and services
  • Voice-recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touchscreen displays and traditional controls provide Ram 1500 customers with a variety of ways to interact with their mobile phones, music, navigation system and applications
  • Ram 1500 now available with a premium, customizable, full-color 7-inch vehicle information center
  • Addition of Powernet vehicle architecture system allows new content with improved data speeds
  • Chrysler Group offers Ram 1500 customers expanded Sirius XM Radio channel lineup, with exclusive programming including new SiriusXM Latino channels, an automotive industry first
  • Sprint selected as the strategic partner to bring wireless connectivity and service delivery to the vehicle
  • New remote central locking RamBox® cargo management system and tailgate combined with door locks
  • New rain sensing wipers, SmartBeam® headlamps, power folding mirrors and power sliding rear window with defrost
  • Best-in-class powertrain warranty – 5 years/100,000 miles

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2012 Dodge Journey

2012 Dodge Journey

  • Third-Row Seating At No-Charge For March
  • 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine now standard on AVP, SE and SXT models and delivers up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway
  • Third-row seating is available at no extra charge in March – a $995 added value
  • Dodge Journey is the most affordable seven-passenger vehicle in America – starting at a Manufacturer’s Starting Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,995
Brandl Media Minute

Brandl Media Minute

Today we bring you another edition of the Brandl Media Minute. This week we’re working with a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew.  LT the Media Manager gives you the rundown on the the fuel saving Econ Mode found in select Chrysler Group LLC vehicles.

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The New 68RFE Six-Speed Automatic

The New 68RFE Six-Speed Automatic

RamZone.com – Just remember power and torque is nothing if your transmission is not up to the task of delivering it to the wheels. With the new 68RFE six-speed automatic it’s a perfect match of brawn and efficiency!

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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

2013 Dodge Dart Preview

2013 Dodge Dart Preview

  • Dodge Dart Blends Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge’s Passion for Performance, Resulting in a Groundbreaking Car with the Ultimate Blend of Power, Fuel Economy, Handling and Style
  • The Dodge brand is back in the U.S. compact sedan segment – in a big way – as the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will make its world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 9, 2012
  • Built on a world-class architecture, Dodge Dart offers three technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and powerful engines, including the 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo
  • Dodge delivers exceptional craftsmanship with class-leading technology and style

December 6, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge redefines performance in the compact car segment with an all-new, state-of-the-art four-door sedan delivering class-leading aerodynamics – the 2013 Dodge Dart.

With Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge’s passion for performance at its core, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that’s fuel-efficient, beautifully designed and crafted, agile and brings fun back to driving in the segment.

Similar to the Dodge Dart of the late 1960s, the 2013 Dart offers a special blend of style, performance and innovation. The Dodge brand leveraged its nearly 100-year history of passion for building high-quality, innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and style, as well as from its partner Fiat’s global compact car expertise, to develop the all-new Dodge Dart.

ALFA ROMEO DNA

The all-new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture – adapted from the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The Giulietta is renowned for satisfying the most demanding customers in terms of road-holding, agility and safety, with exceptional driving dynamics. The Dart leverages all of these attributes within a lengthened and widened platform delivering segment-leading levels of interior roominess.

The all-new Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW) architecture underpinning the Dart is a state-of-the-art architecture with an industry-leading 68 percent of the body composed of high-strength steel, resulting in a very strong and rigid structure. Combined with responsive steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and available 18-inch wheels, the Dart brings fun back to driving in the compact car segment.

UNMISTAKABLE STYLE

The all-new 2013 Dart marks the Dodge brand’s re-entry into the compact sedan segment, hitting the bulls-eye with a modern, unmistakable Dodge design that builds upon its performance heritage while evoking emotion, efficiency and fluidity of movement.

Eye-catching exterior proportions are set off from every angle by dynamic lines and curves, along with advanced technology, to deliver class-leading aerodynamic performance. The personality-packed front view is instantly recognizable as an all-new Dodge with its tailored split-crosshair grille, projector headlamps and fog lamps and accentuated fenders. Signature Dodge full-width LED ‘racetrack’ tail lamps and class-exclusive integrated dual exhaust – both inspired by Dodge Charger – accentuate the athletic and muscular stance of this dynamic and passionate new design.

2013 Dodge Dart Preview

2013 Dodge Dart Preview

THREE SOPHISTICATED, FUEL-EFFICIENT & POWERFUL ENGINES

The 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines that add to Dart’s fun-to-drive quotient.

Drivers can select from a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine, and a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine. These three engines, combined with three transmission choices, combine to redefine performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.

MultiAir technology delivers optimum combustion at any speed under all driving conditions by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake and combustion. The result is up to a 15 percent increase in low engine rpm torque, a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 10 percent reduction in C02 emissions.

THE ALL-NEW DART – BUILT IN AMERICA

The all-new Dodge Dart will be made in America at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill. The Company is in the process of investing $600 million dollars to support the production of future products, including the 2013 Dodge Dart. The investment includes the construction of a 638,000-square-foot body shop, as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment. Work on the expansion began in the summer of 2010 and will be completed this year.

The all-new Dodge Dart has been engineered with great levels of refinement, craftsmanship and engaging driving dynamics. Consumers can follow www.Dodge.com/Dart for additional photos and more information about the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart.

About Dodge Brand

For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering, Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for top performance – from power off the line and handling in the corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped Grand Caravan – inventor of the minivan – Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest dealer showrooms in the United States.

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PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) will be supplied to City of Auburn Hills as part of a demonstration project by Chrysler Group LLC
  • Real world city miles to be accumulated on demonstration vehicles over the next three years
  • Fleet of vehicles developed in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy
  • Ram 1500 plug-in electric hybrid test trucks will be used to evaluate city drive cycles, charging performance, fuel economy and real-world performance

October 3, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will deliver four demonstration fleet plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) Ram 1500 pickup trucks to the City of Auburn Hills, Mich.

The PHEV Ram 1500 pickups, delivered by Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of the Chrysler Group’s advanced hybrid vehicle project, are part of a national demonstration fleet of 140 vehicles that will be used during the next three years to evaluate customer usage, drive cycles, charging, thermal management, fuel economy, emissions and impact on the region’s electric grid. In addition to Auburn Hills, seven other partners across the United States are slated to receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help Chrysler Group LLC collect a wide range of data. Auburn Hills is in our backyard and offers a combination of suburban and rural driving that is ideal as a test cycle for these vehicles. The constant charging will allow us to measure the impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

-Abdullah Bazzi, Senior Manager
Chrysler’s Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Project

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Chrysler Group LLC has delivered Ram 1500 PHEV trucks to the city of Yuma, Ariz., to take full advantage of hot weather and conduct thermal testing in the desert southwest. Other cities that have received the demonstration PHEV Ram 1500 pickups include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Boston, Mass., and Albany, N.Y.

“Auburn Hills has worked diligently to implement policies and procedures to create a municipal infrastructure that accommodates the growing use of hybrid electric vehicles. We have taken a leading role in smart planning for alternative energy options that will fuel tomorrow’s vehicles.”

-Pete Auger
Auburn Hills City Manager

Auburn Hills currently has seven charging stations. Three EV charging stations are located downtown and two each are located on the municipal campus and at the Department of Public Service.

Strictly a demonstration program, there are no plans for a production version of the PHEV Ram 1500 truck at this time.

Cities and states were selected to evaluate temperature extremes, urban traffic cycles and diverse climates and geographies.

The PHEV Ram 1500 includes a liquid-cooled 12.9kWhr lithium ion battery pack and a 6.6 kilowatt (kW) on-board charger. Additional features include AC power generation of up to 6.6kW, directional charging, reverse power flow and full regenerative braking used to capture more energy. For fuel economy improvements, the front axle of the four-wheel-drive automatic transmission can be disconnected when not needed. The powertrain also includes a 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and a two-mode hybrid transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI is equipped with a Fuel Saver technology that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds by shutting down fuel delivery to up to four cylinders.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The battery pack is located under the second-row seat of the pickup and is liquid cooled to help maintain a consistent battery temperature. For on-the-job electrical power tools, a 240 volt/30 amp four-prong outlet and 120volt/20amp duplex outlet power strip is located in the rear box.

Urban use will be tracked to measure battery performance and overall hybrid efficiency with the demonstration fleet of pickups. Other uses include military bases where vehicles will be able to provide power back to the electric grid in what is termed “reverse power flow” of up to 6.6kW.

Funding for the program in part is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Transportation Electrification Initiative sponsored by the DOE. The grant, totaling $48 million from DOE and $49.4 million from Chrysler Group LLC, was designed to develop vehicles that will be cost efficient for consumers, satisfy safety concerns of daily travel without recharging and help reduce dependence on foreign oil.

The Chrysler Group LLC also is developing a similar fleet of 25 Chrysler Town & Country minivans with plug-in hybrid technology for demonstration and evaluation that will be allocated to select cities later this year.

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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.

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