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Moparized Jeep Wrangler

Moparized Jeep Wrangler

  • Tierra Del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club builds one-of-a-kind ‘Moparized’ Wrangler with donation in honor of the club’s 50th annual Desert Safari Event
  • ‘Moparized’ Wrangler to tour Southern California and educate public about land issues
  • Club to raffle off vehicle with proceeds used to increase awareness of land-use issues in California and the Southwest
  • Winning ticket will be drawn at the 2012 San Diego Auto Show on Dec. 30, 2012

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Under the Pentastar is a quick video recap of significant events at Chrysler Group LLC over the past week. This week, “UTP” is a special 2011 NY Auto Show edition featuring the introduction of the Fiat 500 Cabrio, three special edition Chrysler 300‘s and the Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT 8.

I’ve also included a couple of video clips taken out at the Moab Jeep Easter Safari in Moab Utah, where you can see the Mopar Ram Runner and the Jeep Blue Crush in action! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

 

2011 Chrysler 200 S Convertible and Sedan

2011 Chrysler 200 S Convertible and Sedan

April 19, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. The new Chrysler 200 series vehicles provide customers elegant, well-crafted mid-size vehicles with an extraordinary level of standard content and an exhilarating driving experience. From the ground up, the new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible have been redesigned and upgraded to deliver great American design and engineering, with a value proposition that exceeds expectations.

Now, with the introduction of the S models, Chrysler expands the lineup, offering customers production vehicles with a one-of-a-kind style. The S models have the same DNA as the traditional models, but with an entirely different appearance and attitude. While the traditional Chrysler models make a style and luxury statement, the S models create a different path through the Chrysler brand, taking style in a whole new direction, with a completely different attitude.

“The New York International Auto Show is the perfect place to debut the new 2011 Chrysler 200 S sedan and Chrysler 200 S convertible models,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO, Chrysler Brand – Chrysler Group LLC. “These vehicles are built with an unmistakable attitude and a signature style; and you could say the same of New York itself. The attitude may be ‘Imported from Detroit,’ but it’s definitely at home on Park Avenue.”

"S" Logo on Front Seats

"S" Logo on Front Seats

Chrysler 200 S Sedan

With an elegant style, refined ride and handling characteristics, an exquisitely-crafted interior, a new powertrain and an abundance of standard safety features, the Chrysler 200 sedan is beautifully inspired and a remarkable value. The Chrysler 200 provides drivers a little more style and elegance in segment traditionally known for its “sea of sameness.”

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan S model brings a distinct style with a little bit of attitude for the customer that wants to express their individual style, at a price that makes sense.

Distinctive exterior design elements exclusive to the S model include a unique front grille with an S model-only Chrysler winged badge with a black background, body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps for a little extra attitude, distinctive 18-in. aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and “S” badging.

The interior exclusive design features include a perforated leather steering wheel; leather, heated front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered “S” on the front head rests; suede door trim bolsters; a black headliner and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center with Uconnect® voice command.

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 provides drivers an agile, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it’s commuting to work, a weekend adventure on twisty roads or going out with family and friends. Virtually every part of the suspension has been re-engineered or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings. The suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm and the Chrysler 200 has been lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower, wider, more substantial stance.

2011 Chrysler 200 S

2011 Chrysler 200 S

Customers will drive with confidence in the Chrysler 200 and experience less body roll, reduced vehicle shake on uneven road surfaces, improved isolation on rough roads, better steering precision, response and feel and increased grip with new premium tires.

The 2011 Chrysler S sedan is powered by the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces a best-in-class horsepower rating of 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, but still achieves an exceptional 29 miles per gallon EPA highway fuel economy rating The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine is mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transaxle.

Cabin quietness has been upgraded, resulting in one of the quietest cabins in the segment, and allowing passengers to enjoy their conversations, largely devoid of outside noise. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) were reduced and 45 new sound deadening treatments were added, including an acoustic glass windshield, laminated side glass usually only found in higher priced vehicles and new sound absorption materials throughout the vehicle.

An abundance of standard safety and security features in every 2011 Chrysler 200 model offer consumers peace of mind at a price they can afford. The 200 sedan’s standard safety features include: standard advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control (ESC), front seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic traction control, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat anchor system and available Uconnect® voice command. The 2011 Chrysler 200 is Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick.”

The 2011 Chrysler 200 S has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $26,790 (including $750 destination).

Chrysler 200 S model sedans are available to order now and will begin arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in the second quarter.

2011 Chrysler 200 S

2011 Chrysler 200 S

Chrysler 200 S Convertible

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible offers consumers an open-air driving experience featuring elegant craftsmanship inside and out, a fun, yet refined driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content. The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible is an exciting alternative for customers who want the benefits of a coupe and the true open-air freedom of a convertible, all at a surprising value.

Redesigned and re-engineered for 2011, the Chrysler 200 Convertible is unique in the standard specialty segment as a true mid-sized convertible that comfortably seats 4 adults and has enough room in the trunk, even when the power top is dropped. Consumers can choose from two automatically latching tops, a body-color painted steel, retractable hard top, or a cloth soft top, both of which can drop with the press of a button on the key fob.

The new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan S model brings a distinct style with a little bit of attitude for the customer that wants to express their individual style, at a price that makes sense.

Distinctive exterior design elements exclusive to the S model include a unique front grille with an S model-only Chrysler winged badge with a black background, body color mirrors and door handles, black background headlamps for a little extra attitude, distinctive 18-in. aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets and “S” badging.

The interior exclusive design features include a perforated leather steering wheel; leather, heated front seats with Digital suede inserts and an embroidered “S” on the front head rests; silver accent thread and a standard Boston Acoustic sound system with a 276-watt CD/DVD/MP3/30 gigabyte hard drive media center.

"S" Model Chrysler Winged Badge

"S" Model Chrysler Winged Badge

The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible models provide drivers a fun, confident, handling performance in all driving situations, whether it’s commuting to work or a weekend adventure on scenic roads. Virtually every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 22 of 28 suspension bushings. The suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm and the Chrysler 200 has been lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower, wider, more substantial stance.

Customers will drive with confidence in the Chrysler 200 Convertible and experience less body roll, reduced vehicle shake on uneven road surfaces, improved isolation on rough roads, better steering precision, response and feel and increased grip with new premium tires.

The 2011 Chrysler S Convertible is powered by the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces a 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, but still achieves an exceptional 29 miles per gallon EPA highway fuel economy rating The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine is mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transaxle.

With every available safety and security feature standard in the new 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible, consumers receive peace of mind at a price they can afford. The 200 Convertible’s standard safety features include: advanced multi-stage front passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, electronic stability control (ESC) with brake assist and traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), Brake Override, active front-seat head restraints, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) child seat anchor system, remote keyless illuminated entry, SentryKey engine immobilizer and security alarm.

The 2011 Chrysler 200 S has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $32,490 (including $750 destination). The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and convertible models are built at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible S model will begin arriving in U.S. Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealer showrooms later this spring. To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post! Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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:

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!

It was a good week at Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Dealers and for Chrysler Group.  Ed Garsten wraps up company highlights in this week’s edition of Under the Pentastar:

And just for fun, we’re throwing in some pictures of Jeep Grand Cherokees, Liberty’s, Patriots, Wranglers and Compasses playing in the snow, because really, who doesn’t love to play in the fresh snow? As always, click on any of the images to see more. Thanks for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

2011 Jeep Wrangler

2011 Jeep Wrangler

2011 Jeep Compass

2011 Jeep Compass

2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

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