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Jeep Brand Media Program, Colorado 2012

Jeep Brand Media Program, Colorado 2012

Through the month of July, Jeep® Experience – Colorado 2012 allowed journalists from nearly twenty-five countries, including U.S., Canada and Mexico, to experience the trails of one of the most popular Jeep Jamborees programs in the U.S.

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Currently, a Mopar '12 300 greets Chrysler Group employees at one of the entrances to the Auburn Hills, Mich., HQ

Currently, a Mopar ’12 300 greets Chrysler Group employees at one of the entrances to the Auburn Hills, Mich., HQ

Direct from Mopar themselves, here’s the scoop on the Mopar ’12s that will be arriving in showrooms soon!

July 18, 2012 1:20 PM- Mike Driehorst- Since the Mopar brand started making cars — or rather, dramatically moparizingselect models — they’ve been in huge demand by lucky hard-core Moparians in the U.S. and Canada.

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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include: a tour of the Belvidere Assembly Plant by Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne, who met with employees on the one-year anniversary of the Company repaying its U.S. and Canadian government loans, six years early; the Ram Truck brand and The Chrysler Foundation bestowing a $50,000 grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students; and a new incentive program for those in the market for a new car, truck or SUV.

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Ray Durham- Black Engineer of the Year Award Recipient

Ray Durham- Black Engineer of the Year Award Recipient

  • Chrysler Group SUV Vehicle Line Executive honored during 26th annual event
  • Award recognizes “exceptional career gains in government and industry, and in lifetime achievement”
  • Chrysler Group continues its nearly two-decades-long support of the BEYA Global Competitiveness Conference
  • Four other Chrysler Group engineers received “Modern Day Technology Leader” awards at the conference
FIAT Doblo with Ram Trim

FIAT Doblo with Ram Trucks Trim

You knew it had to happen eventually. It was inevitable. And now here it is. The first Fiat to go Chrysler. As of right now it looks like the FIAT Doblo will be coming to US soil wearing the Ram Truck‘s trim. The above picture is not an actual photo of the new van, just what my imagination leads me to believe it may look like, with the headlights possibly being shaped more similar to a Ram 1500‘s. (This is my first attempt at photoshopping a concept vehicle, so go easy on me.)

But then again, that’s just a guess, and your guess is as good as mine! No actual photos have been released yet, but when they are, we’ll bring them your way! Here’s what Chrysler Group LLC had to say about the Fiat Doblo coming to Ram Trucks:

September 9, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich.; Istanbul, Turkey; Turin, Italy – A Letter of Intent has been signed between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA (FGA) and its Turkish joint-venture partner TOFAS for the supply of the Fiat Doblò vehicle to Chrysler Group where it will be sold in the U.S. and Canadian markets under the Ram brand.

Exports of the Doblò, recently voted “International Van of the Year 2011,” will commence in early 2013. The seven-year supply agreement calls for TOFAS to export a total of 190,000 units of the successful Doblò vehicle from its Bursa facility – Turkey’s largest automobile production plant.

TOFAS will invest over $160 million (USD) for the necessary U.S. and Canadian homologation and customer requirement modifications.

Listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange and established 43 years ago in 1968, TOFAS is a joint-venture between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA and the Koc Group.

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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’s edition includes Sterling Heights Assembly Plant paint shop groundbreaking, Fiat 500 called best new car under $18,000 by kbb.com, Mopar tracking system honored and Consumer Reports rates eight Chrysler Group vehicles.

2011 Dodge Challenger

2011 Dodge Challenger

In other news,  the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and the 2011 Dodge Challenger ranked highest in their segments in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The Chrysler Town & Country ranked highest in initial quality in the minivan segment and the Dodge Challenger ranked highest in the mid-size sporty car segment.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

Three other Chrysler Group vehicles were highlighted by J.D. Power and Associates for ranking among the top three vehicles of their competitive class: Dodge Durango in the mid-size crossover/SUV category, Dodge Grand Caravan in the minivan category and Ram Dakota in the mid-size pickup segment.

“Having five vehicles rank at or near the top of their segments is the result of a lot of hard work and long hours dedicated to updating our product line. Most automakers, including Chrysler Group, find it challenging to maintain quality levels when launching vehicles with a significant amount of new content. It’s a big accomplishment for our employees and supplier partners to achieve these initial quality results when so many of our 2011 model year launches coincided with the IQS survey period.”

-Doug Betts
Senior Vice President, Quality
Chrysler Group

2011 Dodge Durango RT

2011 Dodge Durango RT

J.D. Power and Associates surveyed owners of new 2011 model year vehicles that were registered between the months of November 2010 through February 2011. IQS measures new vehicle quality at 90 days of ownership.

In the past year, Chrysler Group has launched 16 new or significantly improved vehicles.

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan RT Man Van

“We’ve made steady gains, improving reliability by 58 percent in the past four years, according to our internal warranty data,” Betts said. “We still have more work to do as we continue to improve the quality of all our products.”

As always, click on any of the pics in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), delivered the first of a demonstration fleet of Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup trucks to municipal officials in Yuma, Ariz., today.

The 10 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 Yuma, 11 other partners across the United States will receive vehicles for demonstration and testing purposes.

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

Abdullah Bazzi‎ (left) and Yuma Mayor Al Krieger

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 from North Dakota, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Arizona. Cities will include San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif.; Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Mo.

PHEV Ram 1500

PHEV Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 PHEV 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 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 Multiple Displacement System (MDS) 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.

“Cities have been carefully selected to help the Chrysler Group collect a wide range of data,” explained Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project. “Temperature extremes found in the cold of North Dakota or the heat of Arizona can have a severe impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”

The choice of a Ram 1500 pickup truck was based upon two-speed transmission technology that was readily available from a previous vehicle electrification project from the Chrysler Group.

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Mayor Al Krieger of Yuma, Arizona

Urban and rural use also 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, 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.

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

PHEV Ram 1500 in front of the Yuma City Hall

The Chrysler Group also is developing a similar fleet of 25 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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May 25, 2011 12:13 AM- Mike Driehorst- It’s a day 23 months in the making, six years ahead of schedule, and a day during which Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke both praise and caution.

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

And, the highlight transpired at 10:13 a.m. when Marchionne received confirmation from Citigroup that company’s wire and bank transfer of payments to the U.S., Canada and Ontario governments were received and Chrysler Group’s $6.7 billion loan was paid in full, with interest.

Marchionne spoke to Chrysler Group employees at the company’s headquarters at noon (above), and then headed to the Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant for the 2 p.m. public portion of what he called the company’s “Independence Day.”

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

He was joined there by Assistant to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom, and Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department General Holiefield. Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding made opening remarks.

During his comments, Marchionne said the “joy” of June 10, 2009, when the loan were made, “was conditioned by the sense of responsibility we all shared.

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

“Not just for the privilege we had been given of helping get an American icon back on its feet, but more importantly for our moral obligation to justify the support that American and Canadian taxpayers had given us.

“We knew we had to live up to the expectations of those who had made sacrifices on our behalf.”

As he has done so in the past, Marchionne cautioned about celebrating too much:

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

“Today is a major milestone for Chrysler Group, but our work is by no means finished….

“Repayment of the government loans closes an important chapter in our history, but we still have a great deal left to accomplish before regaining our rightful place in the automotive landscape.”

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

ChryslerPayback facts

  • Chrysler Group made final payments Tuesday of $7.6 billion for the outstanding loans from U.S. and Canadian taxpayers (via their respective governments).
  • Payments consisted of $5.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury and $1.7 billion to Export Development Canada
  • In total, Chrysler Group paid U.S. Treasury $6.5 billion and the Export Development Canada $2.0 billion, including interest and additional consideration
  • Total loan pay off was $6.7 billion plus $1.8 billion of interest and other considerations. That’s a loan + interest totalling $8.5 billion.
  • U.S. and Canada governments made $1.8 billion on the deal
  • Paid in full more than six years ahead of payment schedule
  • Loans by U.S. and Canadian governments combined with strategic alliance with Fiat leads to:
  • 16 all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles currently in dealerships;
  • more than $3 billion in facility upgrades; and
  • increased employment with the hiring of 6,000 Chrysler Group employees
  • The new financing will save Chrysler Group an estimated $350 million a year in interest expenses.
  • In June 2009, Chrysler Group borrowed $5.1 billion from the U.S. Treasury and $1.6 billion from Export Development Canada.
  • $2.6 billion from the original loan facilities was undrawn and the facilities will be cancelled
Check out the videos below to see some of the speeches from yesterday. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week.

This week’s video leads off with a recap of the announcement that Chrysler Group plans to repay their $7.5 billion dollar debt to the US and Canadian governments next week; followed by the exciting news that Chrysler Brand was named “Top Popular Brand” in the 2011 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, Lenny Kravitz is starring in the all new Jeep Wrangler Broadcast Campaign; and finally, Jamawn (Jay) Woods of Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was honored for his success on the reality show “America’s Next Great Restaurant”.

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Last thursday we finally had a break from the non stop rain we’ve had up here in Little Falls, MN and finally had a chance to get the HD cameras out to film the first segment of the “Brandl Beat” brought to you by Brandl Motors. We’ll be giving you a look inside some of the new vehicles coming in, with some some fun stuff tossed in along the way.

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

First up is the 2011 Chrysler 300c. Gary Posch gives you the rundown on this new ride and goes over some of the new and improved features offered on the new 300. Check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comment box below, or in the comments on YouTube.

2011 Chrysler 300 BM at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 BM at Brandl Motors

Also for today is another serving of Chrysler’s “Under the Pentastar.” In this week’s episode, Betty Newman recaps major developments in Chrysler Group LLC’s efforts to repay the U.S. and Canadian governments, a visit to a Detroit Jeep plant by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the sale of the GEM electric vehicle unit.

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

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