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Magneti Marelli hits the Shelves

Magneti Marelli hits the Shelves

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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 weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. In this week’s edition, we announce sales figures for February 2012; Mopar® and its expansion in South America; and the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit serving as pace car for this weekend’s NASCAR events in Phoenix.

Mopar opens facilities in Brazil and Argentina

Mopar opens facilities in Brazil and Argentina

  • 3,000 sq. meter facility in Argentina
  • 4,500 sq. meter facility in Brazil
  • More than 30,000 parts
  • Facilities to support Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands
  • More than 50 Mopar® parts distribution centers worldwide

February 27, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – After recently opening Mopar® facilities in China and the United Arab Emirates, Chrysler Group LLC today announced the opening of Mopar parts distribution centers in Argentina and Brazil.

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Mopar Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Mopar Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Mopar Car Care Tips

Mopar Car Care Tips

October 4, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Before winter settles in, fall is the time for owners to get their vehicles into shape.

“Now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter-driving season. Preventative maintenance helps vehicles perform at optimum levels in a variety of conditions. With original-equipment Mopar parts, our factory-trained technicians provide full service to Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT and Fiat vehicles. And with the addition of proven, quality-tested parts from Magneti Marelli, we also service all domestic and most import vehicles as well.”

-Jim Sassorossi,
Head of Sales and Product Development at Mopar®
Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand

Mopar’s Fall Car-Care Checklist

Brakes

Brakes

1: Brakes

Summer travel gives brake pads a heavy workout, resulting in the removal of thin layers. Now is the time to check pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.

Tires

Tires

2: Tires

Closely inspect the tread and sidewall areas of tires for uneven or irregular wear. In addition, excessive edge wear, center wear and shoulder wear can act as an indicator for other trouble spots on your vehicle. It’s also important to ensure correct air pressure at all times in order to prevent premature wear. Be sure to check the spare as well. If replacements are needed, Mopar offers a complete lineup of tires and winter tires from BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Kumho, Michelin, Uniroyal and Yokohama brands.

Battery

Battery

3: Battery

Summer heat does the most damage to battery life and is why they often fail in the winter. Check for corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case. Test and replace battery if necessary.

Wiper Blades

Wiper Blades

4: Wiper Blades

Winter driving conditions challenge your ability to see the road. Mopar’s lineup of wiper blades now includes Beam Blades, which provide superior all-weather performance and aid driving visibility. The wiper blades boast a skin coating that seals the aerodynamic spoiler in order to protect it from winter weather. Mopar Beam Blades also are constructed to eliminate exposed parts and to resist snow- and ice-clogging.

5: Shocks and Struts

For motorists located in cold and snowy climates, fall and winter also usher in a dreaded time of year: pothole season. Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can also affect a number of related parts. Mopar shocks and struts optimize vehicle handling, tire life and keep vehicles riding smoothly.

Engine Oil

Engine Oil

6: Engine Oil

Ensure your engine oil has the correct viscosity in order to endure cold weather. Engine oil should be changed or replenished at recommended intervals. Low or dirty fluids affect how an engine and its components perform and could potentially cause engine damage under extreme conditions.

7: Fluid Levels

All vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals. Key fluids include antifreeze/coolant level and concentration, as well as power steering, brake, transmission and windshield washer fluids.

Engine Belts and Hoses

Engine Belts and Hoses

8: Engine Belts and Hoses

Replace belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.

Air Filter

Air Filter

9: Air Filter

The air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption. A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.

10: Headlamps and Taillamps

Days become shorter in the fall and winter, meaning more nighttime driving and increased usage of headlamps and taillamps. Inspect and test all lamps on your vehicle to ensure proper function and proper alignment.

Mopar Fall Service Specials and Rebates

Mopar has a full slate of fall service specials and mail-in rebates on tap for consumers, including:

  • $70 rebates on select sets of four Goodyear premium tires
  • $20 rebates per set of any other four Goodyear tires
  • $20 rebates per set of two Value Line struts
  • $10 rebates per set of two Value Line shocks
  • $2.50 rebates per each Value Line wiper blade (applicable for all makes and models)

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, one special low price for three services: oil and filter change, Mopar Value Line wiper blades and multipoint vehicle checkup, plus a 10 percent discount on needed repairs

At select Chrysler Group dealerships, customers can take advantage of the Mopar Service Clinic, a program that offers free vehicle inspections in October and November

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

  • Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
  • Vehicle-information smartphone apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to introduce new vehicle tracking system that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on set parameters
  • 2011 Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Brand-specific customer-care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours to customers
  • WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at Mopar.com.

More than 70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Ashley Fournier-August 2, 2011 3:53 PM – How can you improve quality while also cutting costs? One of the ways Chrysler Group is working on that is by launching a pilot program to install World Class Manufacturing principles at plants run by our parts suppliers.

Ashley Fourier caught up with Dan Knott, Senior Vice President Purchasing and Supplier Quality, just before he told auto industry insiders about it at the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI.

Information has been buzzing that a new 8-speed automatic transmission is in the works for Chrysler Group LLC and it is time to get the low down on how this new addition could affect needs from suppliers, availability of parts, and the ability to comply with the new fuel economy rules recently adopted.

We spoke with Dan Knott, Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC to find out his thoughts on the subject matter. When we asked Mr. Knott “What will be the challenges for suppliers to provide the parts and components to comply with the new fuel economy rules and produce the 8 speed automatic transmission?”, here’s what he had to say…

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Jim Sassorossi displays Mopar accessories (Joe Wilssens photo)

Jim Sassorossi displays Mopar accessories (Joe Wilssens photo)

June 1, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The ultimate daddy, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, would like to add even more performance and appearance to every dad’s car this Father’s Day. After perusing the Mopar® catalog, he picked his top 12 gift items.

“’Big Daddy’ Don Garlits is the Babe Ruth of drag racing,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “While not every dad can make sub-five second passes over the quarter mile, we think Don Garlits knows what it takes to get dad’s car looking good and into the fast lane.”

“With more than 280,000 parts and accessories, Mopar has a huge selection of parts and accessories,” said Garlits. “Put a gift under dad’s hood this Father’s Day and make him happy.”

Here are “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ Top 12 Father’s Day Gift Ideas:

Fender Covers

Fender Covers

Fender Covers: Prevent scratches and dings while showing pride at the drag strip or on the street with Mopar logo fender covers. Part Number: P5153623, manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP): $28.

Polished Valve Covers

Polished Valve Covers

Mopar Big-Block Cast Aluminum Polished Valve Covers (Set): These aluminum die-cast polished valve covers will set apart dad’s engine bay while proudly displaying the Mopar logo. For 383 and 440 cubic-inch engines. Part Number: P5007616, MSRP: $168 (small-block engine valve covers also available)

Spark Plug Removal Tool

Spark Plug Removal Tool

Spark Plug Removal Tool: This tool is specifically designed to protect wires from removal damage. Part Number: P5249718, MSRP: $22

Chrome Diff Cover

Chrome Diff Cover

Chrome-plated Differential Cover: For 9-3/4-inch Dana 60 axles. Those left in dad’s rear-view mirror will appreciate his attention to detail. Part Number: P3690755, MSRP: $56

Engine Paint (HEMI® Orange): The difference between “good” and show quality is in the details. For that special restoration project, Mopar offers up to eight correct OEM enamel paint colors, including Turquoise, HEMI Orange, Street HEMI Orange, Black, Silver, Red, Blue and Gold. Part Number: P4120751AB, MSRP: $10

Road Runner Decal

Road Runner Decal

Road Runner Restoration Decal: Mopar offers more than 60 decals and emblems in order to complete a true restoration. From the famous Road Runner to a 440 Six Pack decal, Mopar is the source. A variety of restoration decals is available, including Dodge Dart, Plymouth Duster, Road Runner and HEMI. Part Number: P2842873, MSRP: $30

Purple Small-Block Camshaft

Purple Small-Block Camshaft

Mopar Purple Shaft Small-Block Camshaft Kit: To put muscle in dad’s muscle car, these famous factory-engineered cams add horsepower and torque. Many applications are available for big and small-block engines. Part Number: P4120231AC, MSRP: $215

Pinion Snubber

Pinion Snubber

Mopar Pinion Snubber: A must-have in order to help prevent axle windup under acceleration and improve traction. Part Number: P3690181, MSRP: $67

Mopar Shift Light: Shifting at the correct RPM is critical for a low elapsed time (ET) and win light. Mopar digital rpm display shift lights are programmable for your desired RPM shift point. Part Number: P5155508, MSRP: $175

Front Strut Tower Bar

Front Strut Tower Bar

Mopar Front Strut Tower Bar: For 2005 to 2010 model-year Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, these silver powder-coated strut tower bars with a Mopar plate add handling capability while providing under-hood flair. Part Number: P5155002, MSRP: $359

Mopar Logo Style Hood Pins: For modern-day Dodge Challengers, these genuine, functional hood-pin kits provide nostalgic muscle-car looks with functionality and come with all attaching hardware. Hood pins are available in chrome or black finish. Part Number: P5155755, MSRP: $305

Jeep® Logo Differential Cover: Nothing says off-road more than Jeep. Separate dad’s from others with logo-style front and rear covers. Part Number: P5155445 (Dana 30), Part Number: P5155446 (Dana 44), Part Number: P5155447 (Dana 60), MSRP: $180

 "Big Daddy" Don Garlits

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits

About ‘Big Daddy’ Don Garlits

“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is synonymous with drag racing. In a career that spanned more than five decades, he won three National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) world championships and a total of 144 national events. He was the first drag racer to surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 mile-per-hour marks in the quarter mile. Garlits currently runs the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Fla.

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April 29, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Mopar®, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, today served up 12 gift ideas for mom and mom’s ride.

“From safety kits to our industry-first Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, we have something for every Mopar mother out there. In addition, we offer more than 100,000 parts and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, and Ram vehicles at our Mopar eStore where customers may simply order from their computer and have items shipped to their doorstep.”

Tricia Hecker
Head of Mopar Marketing

Following are Mopar’s 12 gift ideas for Mother’s Day:

For Moms Looking for Safety and Security Features:

Roadside Safety Kit

Roadside Safety Kit

1. Roadside Safety Kit: A valuable asset for any roadside emergency. Kit includes safety flashlight, fleece blanket, six-gauge jumper cables, safety triangle, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, two bungee cords and gloves. (Part No. 82211983, MSRP: $103.00)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)

2. Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): Time is of the essence when it comes to stolen-vehicle recovery. Mopar’s Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) works 24/7 with nationwide coverage to keep track of your vehicle. This GPS-enabled real-time tracking system includes a $1,000 Theft Protection Warranty and is transferable. Optional upgrade plans provide Emergency Service Dispatch and OnCallTM on-board panic button. Features such as setting speed and distance parameters with text alerts, unlimited online tracking, and full concierge service are also offered. (MSRP: $459, Part No. 82212457)

For Moms on the Go:

Mopar Portable Navigation System

Mopar Portable Navigation System

3. Mopar Portable Navigation System: This Garmin nüvi® 3760T is an ultra-thin navigator with üRoute™ technology with trafficTrends™ and myTrends.™ Automatic self-learning, with arrival-time estimate. Features on the multi-touch dual-orientation 4.3-inch wide-screen glass display include lane assist with junction view, Bluetooth® wireless, FM lifetime traffic, pre-loaded street maps for North America, spoken street names, Where am I?, photo navigation, ecoRoute,™ pedestrian navigation options, and hands-free calling capabilities. (Part No. 82212492, MSRP: $399.00)

Uconnect WEB

Uconnect WEB

4. Uconnect™ WEB: Uconnect Web’s in-car router receives 3G broadband Internet, allowing passengers to surf the Web, social-network, look up directions, check e-mail, play online games, or download music. Works with any Wi-Fi-enabled device. No cell cards or software required. Subscription required; sold separately. (Part No. 82211856AB, MSRP: $499.00)

DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones

DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones

5. DVD Rear-Seat Video Headphones: Wireless headphones available for various DVD systems in a variety of makes and models. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $69.00 – $149.00)

Slush Mats

Slush Mats

6. Slush Mats: Heavy-duty mats feature deep grooves that help prevent water, snow, and mud from spilling onto the floor. Available in a variety of vehicle interior colors. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $43.00 – $162.00)

Sport Utility Bars

Sport Utility Bars

7. Sport Utility Bars: These heavy-duty bars increase a vehicle’s cargo capacity and accommodates all of Mopar’s sports and cargo carriers. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $210 – $403)

Roof Box Cargo Carrier

Roof Box Cargo Carrier

8. Roof Box Cargo Carrier: Keeps cargo dry and secure. Tough, locking thermoplastic carrier features quarter turn installation and gas-cylinder opening system. Attaches to Sport Utility Bars. (Part umbers vary, MSRP: $516-532)

For Mom’s Looking for Luxury:

Katzkin Leather Interiors

Katzkin Leather Interiors

9. Katzkin Leather Interiors: Katzkin offers premium leather-trimmed packages with embroideries, piping, two-tones, suede and much more in many different colors. Ask your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram dealership for more information.

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

Premium Carpet Floor Mats

10. Premium Carpet Floor Mats: Plush carpet mats feature rubber-nibbed backing with driver-side retention to help keep them in place. Available in a variety of interior colors with a variety of vehicle or brand logos. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $35.00 – $118.00)

Kicker® Premium Audio Systems

Kicker® Premium Audio Systems

11. Kicker® Premium Audio Systems: Speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers are designed specifically for each vehicle, maximizing the sound experience. KICKER parts install easily; just bolt and plug them in. No cutting or soldering required. See your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram dealership for more information.

Chrome Door Sill Guards

Chrome Door Sill Guards

12. Chrome Door Sill Guards: Add a touch of stainless steel style while protecting a vehicle’s interior door sills from scratches. Chrome Door Sill Guards are available in both non-illuminated and illuminated for a variety of vehicles with a variety of logos. (Part numbers vary, MSRP: $25.00 – $454.00)

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Mopar '11 Charger

Mopar '11 Charger

April 13, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Building on the success of last year’s Mopar® version of the Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Group LLC’s Mopar Division will launch a limited-edition Dodge Charger outfitted with select high-performance parts and appearance items straight from the Mopar parts catalog.

“The Mopar ‘11 Charger takes the ‘head- turning’ factor up a few notches,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “By adding some of the most distinctive accessories to an already strong performer, we’ve created a special-edition car for enthusiasts.”

Powered by the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, the specially equipped Charger includes the “Super Trac Pac” option that pushes the capabilities of the Mopar Charger in acceleration, handling and braking. Already powerful, the 5.7-liter has been tuned to extract the maximum amount of torque from the engine with the inclusion of a specially calibrated engine controller. The controller matches maximum engine power and transmission shifting to the differential for the Mopar ’11 Charger.

Mopar ’11 Charger

Mopar ’11 Charger

Backed with a proven five-speed W5A580 automatic, Mopar aficionados will appreciate the latest generation “Pistol Grip” shifter combined with Auto Stick. With Auto Stick, drivers may select a higher or lower gear while the transmission controller helps prevent the possibility of an over-rev condition. At the rear, the differential has been boosted up with a new 3.91:1 final-drive ratio for enhanced acceleration – unique to the Mopar Charger. Initial testing of the Mopar ’11 Charger has shown 0-to-60 mph blasts in the low five-second range.

Enhancements to the chassis include adding larger front 30mm solid stabilizer bar and rear 20mm solid stabilizer bar, increases from 27mm and 16mm (respectively). Adding to the overall stability and handling of the Mopar Charger are cross-car braces located at both the front and rear shock towers. For increased luggage space, the rear tower-to-tower brace may be easily removed.

Mopar '11 Charger

Mopar '11 Charger

Specific-design, 20-inch x 8-inch Envy wheels are fitted with Goodyear F1 Supercar 245/45ZR20 tires at all four corners. Wheels are a five-spoke design with a 45mm offset, include specific Mopar center caps and are finished in a high-gloss black complementing the overall ”Pitch Black” exterior finish of the Mopar Charger.

Excellent stopping power is provided through vented rotors measuring 345mm x 28mm up front that are fitted with dual-piston, sliding calipers. At the rear, vented rotors measuring 320mm x 22mm, coupled with single-piston calipers are used.

Available only in a “Pitch Black” finish, exterior highlights of the Mopar Charger include a pair of specific Mopar Blue racing stripes running from the front air dam across the hood and over the roof ending at the bottom of the rear fascia. Ornamentation is limited to a front grille and rear-deck Mopar badge. A rear spoiler is standard on the Charger special-edition model.

Mopar '11 Charger

Mopar '11 Charger

Inside, unique Katzkin leather seats are stitched in Mopar Blue thread. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is identically trimmed. Engine-turned instrument bezels and a special identification plaque identifying the vehicle as part of a limited edition of 1,000 are affixed to the instrument panel. Owners also receive a custom Mopar key fob badge.

Bright pedal covers, premium floor mats with the Mopar logo and front-door sill entry guards featuring the Mopar logo also are included with the package.

The Mopar ’11 Charger will be built in Brampton, Ontario, and completed at an upfit center in Windsor, Ontario. The Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the limited-edition Mopar ’11 Charger is $39,750, which includes destination fee.

Mopar ’11 Charger- Original Sketch

Mopar ’11 Charger- Original Sketch

Customers who purchase a Mopar ’11 Charger will receive a personalized owner kit in a customized Mopar ’11 box. The kit will include a certificate with the vehicle identification number (VIN), exact date of manufacture and the number of the vehicle. The kit will also include a brochure that highlights the unique features of the vehicle, exclusive Mopar ’11 merchandise.

Check out the video below to see them smokin’ the tires! Also, Tricia Hecker, Mopar’s Head of Marketing, breaks the car down for you and shows off some of the details. As always, click any of the images in this post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles! Thanks again for checkin’ out Chrysler Catchall!

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