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2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

In the auto business, you know it’s never too early to roll out the next year’s model — and cool, new features and upgrades — to your vehicle line up. That’s what Dodge is doing this week with the unveiling of the 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T at the New York International Auto Show.

In the video below, Dodge President/CEO Ralph Gilles and Dodge Avenger Brand Manager Pieter Hogeveen give you a peak at what you could call the “greatest American hero,” which will start flying into dealer showrooms during the third quarter.

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

For those of you who also like to read, have a look at what Dodge did to the 2012 Avenger R/T suspension:

  • increased roll stiffness by 18%
  • increased spring rates by 17% in the front and more than 12% in the rear
  • front strut damping rates increased 15%
  • rear strut damping rates are increased almost 20%
  • rear stabilizer bar diameter is 2 mm larger, increased from 19 mm to 21 mm
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

The suspension changes result in a spirited, performance sedan driving experience, with best-in-class 283 horsepower. Manufacturered at our Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant, the 2012 Avenger R/T delivers 29 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6 liter Pentastar V-6 engine (one of Ward’s “10 Best Engines”) mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle
  • unique exterior design elements, including a unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, menacing black headlamp background, the “war paint” R/T decal on the front quarter panel and unique 18-in. painted aluminum wheels.
  • Dodge Avenger is a 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, and includes a varity of high-end standard safety features
2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

2012 Dodge Avenger R/T

For more, catch the video below:

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 Mopar ’11 Charger

Mopar ’11 Charger

April 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Today, Chrysler Group LLC issued a sketch of its new Mopar® ’11 Charger. The company will release details of the vehicle later this month.

“After the success of our Mopar ’10 Challenger, we moved on to the iconic Dodge Charger and added even more performance. As a new company, we will continue to leverage the heritage of the Mopar brand at every turn.”

Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar
Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand

In other news, Dodge continues their onslaught of Fast Five/Dodge Media with two behind the scenes videos discussing both the Dodge Chargers used for the movie and the stunts themselves.  The videos feature Fast and Furious veterans Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, as well as Dodge Tech Supervisor Tom Laymac and a cameo from Ralph Gilles.

You can check out both of the videos below! Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

Multi-tiered Campaign Includes Major Advertising and Brand Promotions for Universal’s Upcoming Action-Thriller

April 1, 2011 , Universal City, Calif. and Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Dodge brand has teamed up with Universal Pictures for a multi-tiered partnership to support Universal’s upcoming action-thriller Fast Five and the 2011 Dodge Charger, it was announced today. The latest installment in Universal’s blockbuster franchise, Fast Five, will be released in theaters April 29. Dodge supplied multiple 2010 and 2011 Dodge Charger vehicles used in chase scenes throughout the movie and is sponsoring a Dodge/Fast Five advertisement that will air for the first time tomorrow during the coveted Final Four advertising space.

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Fast Five Charger Commercial

“The Dodge brand is proud to partner with Universal Pictures on Fast Five. We enjoyed being a part of the production process and working with the cast and crew, and it clearly comes through in the film. The chase scenes in this installment of Fast Five are over-the-top and adrenaline-filled, and Dodge fans will be thrilled by the performance of the Dodge Charger.”

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO
Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

 

“As Dodge cars are the ones driven by our hero, Dom Toretto, Dodge has been a part of The Fast and the Furious franchise from the beginning. We’re happy that Dodge has leveraged this organic integration to become the largest promotional partner the film franchise has ever seen. It is a natural fit between one of the great American car companies and the latest chapter in the best driving/action film series of all time.”

Stephanie Sperber
Universal Partnerships and Licensing President

 

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Elements of the Partnership Include:

Fast Five Charger Commercial – Supporting the theme of “car chases make movies better,” Dodge will unveil a new 30- and 60-second advertisement on national television April 2 during the Final Four basketball tournaments. The ad features an Elizabethan-era mother lecturing her daughter about sullying the family name by carrying on in a relationship with Cornelius, an un-scrubbed son of a blacksmith’s apprentice, all the while driving “fast and furiously” as they are being tailed. The scene ends with the mother outrunning Cornelius, revealing the tagline “Car Chases Make Movies Better.

No. 7 Fast Five Dodge Charger R/T NASCAR Debut – Making its debut at the Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, April 3, will be the No. 7 Fast Five Dodge Charger R/T driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Robby Gordon. The No. 7 Fast Five Dodge Charger R/T Dodge will race throughout the month of April during NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Richmond International Raceway.

As part of the partnership with Robby Gordon Motorsports, the first 200 fans to register at http://www.dodgemotorsports.com or http://www.speedenergy.com will receive a special Fast Five movie viewing with Robby Gordon on Saturday, April 30, in Richmond, VA. Fans will receive a commemorative ticket and photo opportunity with Gordon at a private meet and greet session prior to the movie. All 200 fans also will be automatically registered in a grand prize drawing that includes four VIP credentials to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on April 30 at 7:30 pm, honorary pit crewmember status and a $200 shopping spree to the Robby Gordon Motorsports souvenir trailer.

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Fast Five Global Premiere – Dodge is sponsoring the global premiere of the film, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro (the location where the film is set) on April 15. During that time, Dodge will host a 10-city live simulcast of the red carpet arrivals from Rio de Janeiro followed by a special advance screening of Fast Five. This is the first simulcast for an international premiere.

Fast Five Sweepstakes – Beginning Tuesday, April 5, Dodge fans will have an opportunity to win one of five custom Fast Five 2011 Dodge Charger R/T models by entering the Fast Five Sweepstakes. To enter, consumers may visit www.Dodge.com/FastFive to receive a sweepstakes entry by completing the registration form and answering a Dodge Charger trivia question. Consumers may enter up to one time per day throughout the duration of the sweepstakes. Entrants may earn an additional sweepstakes entry by Tweeting the Dodge brand promotional message and sweepstakes link to their Twitter followers. The sweepstakes runs through Sunday, April 30.

Fast Five Gear – Fans may also sport new Fast Five gear that is available at www.Dodge.com/Life estore including T-shirts, baseball caps and messenger bags in various sizes.

New Dodge.com/FastFive Website – Fans may check out the www.Dodge.com/FastFive website. Visitors will have access to behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast of Fast Five. As well, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Ralph Gilles, discusses the use of the Dodge Charger in Fast Five.

Fast Five Charger Commercial

Fast Five Charger Commercial

To see more pictures of the Iconic 2011 Dodge Charger or Any of the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

If you’re not one of the fortunate few who are able to get a close-up look at the legendary Dodge Challenger when they are being made — don’t worry. National Geographic has you covered.

Earlier this month, National Geographic Channel kicked off its seven-stop Ultimate Factories Tour — with two of its stops taking a look at Dodge vehicles.

On Feb. 3, the series stopped at the Brampton, Ont., plant where the Dodge Challenger is made. The episode has already aired several times. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

In addition, the expanding muscle car market is going to be “Green With Envy” as the Dodge brand announced a first-time, limited production run of the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic and SRT8® 392 models featuring Green With Envy exterior color.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

Both Dodge Challenger models are improved for 2011 and deliver more of what American muscle-car enthusiasts want — unmistakable design, powerful HEMI® V-8 engines with new technologies and world-class handling and braking. Executed with quality and precision, the two new Challenger Green With Envy models provide an extra dose of exclusivity.

“We’re using Green With Envy on the new 2011 Dodge Challengers to pay tribute to some of the coolest paint colors from our past, including the “Sublime” and “Green Go” Dodge Challengers from the 1970’s and more recently, the “Snakeskin Green” Vipers from 2008-2010Not only will this exclusive heritage color remain unique to the Dodge brand, it adds another fresh and exciting element to our modern American muscle coupe.”

-Ralph Gilles
President and CEO
Dodge Brand

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392-Green with Envy

To see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge Challenger or any of the other 2011 Chrysler Group vehicles, click any of the images in the post. Also, check out the preview video below for Discovery Channel’s “Ultimate Factories.”

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

Demonstrating its winter-driving prowess, the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger R/T all-wheel drive (AWD) equipped with its segment-exclusive front-axle disconnect and active transfer case AWD system is the winner of the coveted New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) 2011 Winter Vehicle Award – Sedan/Wagon $25,000 to $35,000.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

Dodge Charger is a great looking car with a high-quality interior. Add in its dedicated all-wheel-drive system, and the Charger feels like it was designed just for New England winters. Oh and by the way, it has a Hemi!”

-John Paul
Winter Vehicle Awards Team Leader—NEMPA

 

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

The New England Motor Press Association is unique among regional motor press groups. Its media members represent all six New England states, reaching one of the largest populations in America. These automotive writers and talk show hosts influence consumers who are in the market to buy cars and trucks to cope with the region’s punishing weather conditions.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

The 2011 Dodge Chargers have already been arriving at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers, with the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T coming soon! The focus these last couple weeks has been on Dodge, but lets not forget about Jeep! The all new 2011  Jeep Grand Cherokee was also named the New England Winter Car of 2011. Just another award to add to the case for Jeep. To read more about the Winter Driving Awards, cehck out NEMPA’s Website.

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

I’ve also added in a short video of  Ralph Gilles introducing the new 2011 Dodge R/T Vehicles. To see more photos of the new Dodge R/T Vehicles, click on any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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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