According to the folks at Cars.com, here's how the popular web-based auto shopper's guide determines the awards:
"Millions upon millions of shoppers visit Cars.com every year, searching for cars, making contacts with and sending leads to dealers, and reviewing their own cars as well. From all of that activity (and a little online voting), we determine which car best represents the voice of our shoppers."
In other words, the Shoppers' Choice Award is a genuine honor, because it is in large part determined by the shoppers themselves. Here consumers raised their hands to nominate the exciting Dodge Challenger and the segment-leading Dodge Durango SUV.Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A decade ago, Jeep introduced the first Rubicon version of its iconic Wrangler. The idea then, as now, was to offer a Jeep that came from the factory with upgraded gear to help even the odds against challenging trails like the Rubicon. With the 2013 Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, Jeep continues that tradition. There have been a plethora of Wrangler special editions over the years, but this one is fitted with heavy-duty gear hardcore trailhounds would otherwise have to add as aftermarket equipment. Pull up to the yoga session in one of these babies and no one will be thinking "soccer mom."
so maybe a minivan engine?in this case, Chrysler's new 285-hp Pentastar
3.6-liter V-6?lives under that standard Power Dome hood. But what it's
hooked to nets you serious rock-crawling cred: 4.10:1 Dana 44 axles
working through a Rock-Track part-time transfer case
with a 4:1 low-range ratio and Tru-Lok locking differentials that net a
first-gear ratio reduction of 73:1. The thing might be geared slower
than the Canaveral's space-shuttle trolley.
An added half-inch of ride height helps the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition clear obstacles it might otherwise roll over on its BF Goodrich KM2 265/70-17 on/off-road tires and satin-black painted and polished aluminum wheels. The winch-ready steel bumpers have end caps that can be removed to lessen the chance of snagging obstacles in the wild. Mopar rock rails guard the Jeep's flanks, while meshing stands vigil over the fuel filler door and taillamps.
The Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition is available in both two- and extended-wheelbase four-door configurations, with your choice of a standard Sunrider softtop or optional hardtop. And, yes, you can still take the doors off.
Of course, you don't have to do that to notice the touches inside the new Jeep. Red leather seats with "Rubicon 10th Anniversary" embroidered accents beckon, as do a similarly decorated gauge cluster and door grab handles. There is even a plaque in the dash tray detailing the Jeep's technical details.
Yes, the Dodge Charger Daytona is back, making its debut this week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. But unlike the original, only hardcore Dodge fans will recognize this new kit.
Instead of an outlandish rear wing and imposing snout, the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona gets black hood stripes, a matching black vinyl roof wrap, a small rear wing and 20-inch aluminum wheels with more black highlights. The special package also features a unique color palette of Daytona Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver or Pitch Black, and "Daytona" graphics on the rear quarter panels.
If that's not enough, the package also sports a Daytona Blue engine cover, performance 3.06 rear axle ratio, paddle shifters with manual mode for the five-speed automatic transmission, and sports-tuned steering and suspension. No changes are made to the engine, which means a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 rated at 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque is nestled under the hood.
Inside, there's a custom interior with Daytona Blue stitching and piping, dark brushed aluminum trim, a Mopar pedal kit and a Beats Audio 10-speaker sound system.
Available on the 2013 Dodge Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track, the new Daytona package is priced from $32,990 for the Charger R/T, representing a $2,995 premium, and $36,495 for the Charger R/T Road &Track, which represents a $2,500 premium.
Sales commence in the first quarter of next year, and, given the success of the previous Charger Daytona launched for 2007, we suspect this one will sell out fast.
Keep in mind, too, that the Chrysler Town & Country's Pentastar V-6 delivers 260 pound-feet of torque and 283 horsepower, not to mention an EPA-estimated mpg of 17 city and 25 highway, a combination of power and efficiency you'll be glad to have on any road trip.
Skipping the family Thanksgiving to head to the football game? Chrysler Town & Country has you covered for the tailgate, with enough leather-trimmed seating (standard) to fit seven football fans and also plenty of room to pack your Thanksgiving tailgate feast. A standard DVD player and available Uconnect Web will keep you plugged in and entertained while preparing your parking lot grilling extravaganza. Comfort and style, now that's something to be thankful for.Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In the wake of the super storm that recently rocked the East Coast, leaving many homeless, without food, water, and power, Ram is proud to do its part by donating 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman and $100,000 to the American Red Cross. The donations will be used to aid relief efforts, with the Tradesman trucks helping to transport people and supplies to areas most affected by the storm.
In a statement, Fred Diaz, Ram Truck President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico, had this to say about the American Red Cross: "We are inspired by their unwavering spirit in this time of adversity, and Ram is proud to support relief and recovery efforts by providing the Red Cross with a team of Ram trucks to support this critical mission."We couldn't agree more with Mr. Diaz, and we share his pride in helping out during this crucial time. To that end, we are encouraging you to join us in supporting the American Red Cross with their disaster relief efforts.
In the span of two weeks, the Jeep® Wrangler racked up four count 'em, four awards. The most recent? Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine bestowed upon the 2013 Jeep® Wrangler Moab its coveted "4×4 of the Year" Award, the second consecutive year that the Jeep Wrangler has won.
When the leading off-road-enthusiast publication says something about you, you listen. It doesn't dole out honors and awards to just any vehicle. Its editors drive vehicles hundreds of miles, evaluate suspensions, drivetrains, transfer case functionality, and off-road performance ? on sand, mud, dirt, and rock.
The Jeep Wrangler Moab edition passed those tests, and then some, with its 245/75R17 Goodyear® SilentArmor® off-road tires with Kevlar™ reinforcement and standard Trak-Lok® anti-spin rear differential with an available electronic rear locking differential. When equipped with a manual transmission and a 3.73 rear axle ratio, the Wrangler Moab has a crawl ratio of 45:1.Thursday, November 15, 2012
Engine output figures are competitive. The 1.4-liter MultiAir twin-clutch utilizes savvy gear spacing to keep the engine from falling off its power curve as happens in the manual. Low-speed maneuvering in the twin-clutch evinces none of the shuddering we complained about in early Ford Focus DCTs.
Don't let the class and comfort of the interior fool you ? beneath the hood of Chrysler Town & Country beats the powerful heart of a true workhorse.
We call that heart the Pentastar V-6, and by coupling it with the AutoStick six-speed transmission, we're able to deliver 260 pound-feet torque and a best-in-class 283 horsepower, all while maintaining a very reasonable EPA-estimated mpg of 17 city and 25 highway. What this means, generally speaking, is that the Chrysler Town & Country is versatility exemplified, a vehicle well-appointed for everyday tasks (such as trips to the grocery store) but also one that won't let you down when demands are more significant (think towing a cargo trailer on moving day).
And when we say significant, we mean significant. This vehicle has a towing capacity of 3,600 lbs. Pair that with a 6,050 lb. gross vehicle weight rating,* and it suddenly becomes clear that "mini" is maybe not the most accurate way to describe the Chrysler Town & Country.
Based on the SXT trim level, the Blacktop Edition Avengers come in Black, Redline Red 2, Bright White, Tungsten Metallic, and Billet Silver Metallic exterior finishes. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and the grille get treated to a coat of gloss black, which is accented by dark-tinted headlight bezels and a body-colored rear spoiler. When it's all said and done, the Blacktop Avenger's exterior modifications add $595 to the bill.
Using the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8?powered R/T as a starting point, Challenger Blacktop editions come swathed in Pitch Black, Granite Crystal, or Billet Silver Metallic exterior finishes highlighted by a matte graphite body stripe with red accents running from front to back. The 20-inch aluminum wheels, the grille surround, and the fuel door all get the gloss-black treatment. Unlike the Avenger, Blacktop Challengers come equipped with the Super Track Pak, which includes high-performance-steering gear, brake linings, and monotube-shock absorbers. The performance mods and eye candy of the Challenger's Blacktop package will set you back $1995.
The All-new 2013 Dodge Dart Aero.
Just when you thought the Dodge Dart couldn't get any better, we're proud to introduce the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero Model. With 41 mpg (highway) and the award winning 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo Engine, Aero is the most fuel efficient Dart to date.
Aero uses the sporty, fun-to-drive, and advanced 1.4L MultiAir Intercooled Turbo combined with aerodynamic enhancements, light-weight aluminum chassis components, and low rolling resistance tires, to obtain an impressive 41 mpg highway, with the 6-speed manual, and 40 mpg highway with the 6-speed DDCT ? that's 1 mile per gallon better than Chevy Cruze Eco with an automatic.
"The all-new Dodge Dart is a groundbreaking vehicle, offering features and benefits never before offered in a compact car," said Reid Bigland, President CEO ? Dodge Brand. "The new Dart Aero builds on these attributes by combining a remarkable 41mpg with interior room of a mid-size car and class-leading technology, style and safety, for a MSRP of $19,295 (excluding $795 destination)."
After winning a spot on the IIHS "Top Safety Pick" list, the Dodge Dart continues to break ground in the compact car segment. We look forward to continuing setting the standards for our competitors within the years to come.Friday, November 2, 2012
"The all-new Dodge Dart is the showpiece for Dodge's next generation philosophy of interior design," says Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's Head of Interior Design. "The Dart interior takes the beautiful, precision-crafted interiors we rolled out last year and adds a little bit of fun with surprises of color, eye-catching ambient lighting and some really cool technology."
According to Busse, the Dart's award-winning interior design focused on four primary objectives:
1. Fit and finish and craftsmanship. High-quality, soft-touch materials; low tolerance for gaps in seams and where interior components fit together.
2. In a departure from previous designs, no boxy elements or straight lines. All the elements invite the passengers to touch them, says Busse.
3. No more monochromatic interiors?the design team was more adventuresome in selecting and combining colors. For example, the Dodge Dart Limited employs two-color instrument panel stitching in Gray and Citrus Peel.
4. Leading in technology?user features more commonly found on luxury models, including the available 8.4-inch Uconnect screen for navigation and communication, and the available 7-inch TFT instrument cluster with user customization.
And one more thing: "I don't design cars I don't fit into," says Busse. At 6'7" tall, it was important that the key dimensions of the Dart be roomier than others in its category, including Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Elantra.
The 2012 Dodge Dart is "a C-Segment car designed with some very smart interior solutions that you'd be hard-pressed to find in larger cars," Busse says.Wednesday, October 31, 2012
What is towing capacity, anyway? In basic terms, it's a manufacturer-determined rating that indicates how heavy a trailer you can safely and reliably pull with a given vehicle. This value takes into account everything from engine output to braking reserve, so it can get complicated. However, the part you need to know is simple.
Just remember that the pulling vehicle's towing capacity must be greater than the trailer's weight when it is fully loaded?the value known as gross trailer weight or GTW. And that's all there is to it. But be sure to include all the weight you place in the trailer, such as camping supplies or boat fuel, for example.
There's a separate but associated value you'll often see that's known as tongue weight or tongue rating. In general, tongue weight is the portion of the trailer's weight that bears directly on the hitch ball. It will usually be around 7 to 8 percent of the trailer's GTW but not more than 10 percent when the trailer is properly loaded.Along with its class-leading towing capacity, the Durango offers plenty of other features to make long-distance pulling secure and comfortable, including four-wheel independent suspension, 85 cubic feet of interior cargo volume, and standard trailer sway control on all models
What is towing capacity, anyway? In basic terms, it's a manufacturer-determined rating that indicates how heavy a trailer you can safely and reliably pull with a given vehicle. This value takes into account everything from engine output to braking reserve, so it can get complicated. However, the part you need to know is simple.
Just remember that the pulling vehicle's towing capacity must be
greater than the trailer's weight when it is fully loaded?the value
known as gross trailer weight or GTW. And that's all there is to it. But
be sure to include all the weight you place in the trailer, such as
camping supplies or boat fuel, for example
There's a separate but associated value you'll often see that's known as tongue weight or tongue rating. In general, tongue weight is the portion of the trailer's weight that bears directly on the hitch ball. It will usually be around 7 to 8 percent of the trailer's GTW but not more than 10 percent when the trailer is properly loaded.Along with its class-leading towing capacity, the Durango offers plenty of other features to make long-distance pulling secure and comfortable, including four-wheel independent suspension, 85 cubic feet of interior cargo volume, and standard trailer sway control on all models.
The idea of navigation is a core component of American history. The compass rose displaying the orientation of the four cardinal directions was the original GPS, before our modern-day navigation systems, leading to discovery and expansion of our country from sea to shining sea. But our means of navigating and exploring have changed. The Jeep® brand and its line of capable vehicles have evolved, too. Consider the 2012 Jeep Compass a perfect example of that evolution.
Stylish value and courageous capability aren't often mentioned in the
same sentence, and yet the Jeep Compass encompasses both of those
traits. Taking design cues from its sibling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee,
the Compass has the iconic seven-slot grille with chrome surround.
Elsewhere, a diverse array of standard and available wheels adds to the
look while its steering and suspension system offers exceptional ride ?
even in less-than-ideal weather conditions.
Looks and performance don't matter much if you can't keep driving,
which is why the 2012 Jeep Compass 4×2 offers an EPA estimated 29 MPG
HWY, and the 4×4 version comes in just behind at an EPA estimated 28 MPG
Standard interior refinements like air conditioning, remote keyless and illuminated entry, and power windows, mirrors, and locks ensure that driving in the most challenging conditions can feel comfortable. And how, exactly, does the Jeep Compass take on those rough surfaces and that tough weather? With the available Freedom Drive I™ full-time, active 4WD system with lock mode. And for advanced Go Anywhere, Do Anything® capability, you can equip your 2012 Jeep Compass with the Trail Rated® Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group.
So it's settled, then. Your mind is made up. You want an all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. You just can't decide what model, colors, and features you want. There are so many great choices?they're nearly endless.
Dodge has the solution.
Simply click over to the Dodge Dart Customizer page. There you can custom-build your own virtual 2013 Dart on your own computer screen. You can select models, colors, options and features, mixing and matching as many times as you like. You can choose front or rear quarter views, even select among seven different backgrounds to illustrate your Dart, from blank white wall to curvy canyon road.When you're finished customizing your ultimate Dodge Dart, you can download the completed product to use as a background or wallpaper.
Safety and security are more important to new car buyers than ever before. For today's careful and safety-conscious consumers, the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is a "must" to explore.
With over 60 standard and available safety features, the Dart was engineered for occupant security. High-strength, hot-stamped steels provide a stiff overall structure and a safety cage for impact protection. Ten airbags, unsurpassed in the compact segment, and reactive front head restraints are standard.
The Dart's comprehensive approach to safety includes rain-sensing wipers and available ParkView® Rear Back up Camera. Rear Cross Path Detection and Blind Spot monitoring, are class exclusive features available on the Dart Limited and R/T, using radar to further warn the driver. Another great security feature available on Dodge Dart Limited & R/T is Keyless Enter 'n Go™, which allows you to unlock the door with a touch of the door handle when the key fob is on your person. This feature also includes door controls, illuminated entry, an engine immobilizer and a panic alert.
The 2013 Dart also excels in active safety: it offers four-channel, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with standard traction control on all models. The brakes are disc on all four wheels with integrated electronic brake-force distribution, which helps the driver to optimize stopping distances and maintain control, especially under challenging vehicle and road conditions.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The all-new Dodge Dart topped the list as the coolest car under $18,000.
"The Dodge Dart's enticing combination of style, performance, features and value have earned it the top spot in our 2012 coolest cars list," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. "With exceptional interior space and loads of personalization potential, the all-new Dart will definitely make its presence felt in the ultra-competitive compact sedan segment."
With an available fun-to-drive 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, great ride and handling characteristics compliments of the Alfa Romeo-based chassis, innovative interior style featuring high-quality materials, splashes of color--like Ruby Red and Citrus Peel--and cool technology not found in the segment, like the available class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch Screen and 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge cluster, as well as class-leading safety features, such as 10 standard air bags, and innovative style including available class-exclusive LED "racetrack" taillamps and integrated dual exhaust, the 2013 Dodge Dart sets a new standard in the compact car segment.
"We are extremely proud that the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart was recognized as the coolest car under $18,000," Reid Bigland, President and CEO ? Dodge Brand said. "Kbb.com is one of the leading sites for consumers researching vehicles, so to have the Dart's combination of style, value and the exhilarating driving experience recognized by the editors is a huge honor."
When drivers slip behind the wheel of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, among the first features they'll see is the available 7-inch TFT reconfigurable instrument panel display. TFT stands for thin film transistor, a technology that opens up a new world of possibilities in driver information.
With the push of a button on the steering wheel, the driver can select from two analog or two digital speedometer displays for the virtual instrument dials. From there, the look and feel of the display can be further customized by choosing from several available main screens.
These intuitive, easy-to-follow display pages can be configured to offer as much or as little information as the user desires?from engine performance to audio. Once a screen is configured it is automatically saved as the default setting for the next start-up, while separate configurations can be saved and assigned to each of the Dart's two key fobs.
With its full-color graphics, large characters, and LED (light-emitting diode) backlighting, the TFT display is bright, crisp, and easy to read at any angle. Clear and concise warning messages displayed with both animation and text.
The instrument display is accented with a floating island bezel (FIB). The FIB is a LED light pipe that surrounds the dash cluster, audio, and cabin controls creating a truly driver centric experience. The dramatic Ruby Red lighting (see above) mirrors the racetrack-styled taillamp theme at the rear of the car.
"The all-new Dodge Dart is the showpiece for Dodge's next generation philosophy of interior design," says Chrysler Group's Head of Interior Design, Klaus Busse. "The Dart interior takes the beautiful, precision-crafted interiors we rolled out last year and adds a little bit of fun with surprises of color, eye-catching ambient lighting and some really cool technology."
Not many people gave Chrysler a chance a few years ago. Now? The sales are adding up. Leading the charge is the newest vehicle to the Chrysler lineup. The Chrysler 200 is the fastest growing sedan in its class*.
How did the Chrysler 200 rise from the ashes to become a segment leader, growing faster than competitors like the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry? It has a refined suspension and an elegant design that looks as smooth as it drives. Add an available 3.6L V6 engine that turns out a best-in-class 283 HP and an EPA estimated 29 HWY MPG and it starts making a lot of sense.Our rebirth wasn't destined to happen, so we did it the only way we knew how ? with hard work and an unwavering dedication to making the best vehicles in the world.
KOKOMO, IN ?is taking a holistic approach to ensure the quality of its 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions from production to delivery as it ramps up to the release of the latter next year.
The all-new front-wheel-drive 9-speed transmission is expected to be available in most newmodels, although the auto maker has not disclosed which vehicles.
The only guarantee is the new Dodge Dart sedan, which is due for the 9-speed in 2013, Brian Harlow, Chrysler vice president-NAFTA Powertrain Operations, tells reporters during a plant tour.
The FWD 9-speed, predicted to be a fuel-saver, is a first for Chrysler and the industry.
With guidance from CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler struck an agreement with Germany-based supplierIn order to do this, Chrysler executives have overseen a near-complete overhaul of the 3.1 million-sq.-ft. (287,990-sq.-m) Kokomo Transmission Plant (one of four Chrysler transmission facilities located here), taking input from team leaders and workers about efficiency concerns. Friedrichshafen to build the transmissions here. ZF will hold intellectual property rights as part of the deal.
The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) gathers every spring to test drive cars from various manufactures in order to dole out their prestigious annual awards. This year, the number of awards blossomed to cover 18 categories (everything is bigger in Texas, after all). Chrysler Group was the big winner, nabbing eight awards, including three for Chrysler brand vehicles.
Town & Country is the winner of more major awards than anyone in its class ever, so it should come as no surprise that the 2012 Town & Country took home two awards from TAWA ? the "Family Car of Texas" and the "Minivan of Texas." The 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series, recently recognized for having one of the "10 Best Interiors" for 2012, was named "Full-Size Luxury Car of Texas."
"With 58 vehicle entries competing in 18 different categories, our members were clearly impressed with the Chrysler Group vehicle line-up," said Michael Herzing, President ? TAWA. The Chrysler brand line-up continues to excite consumers and journalists alike. We're honored to win these Texas-sized awards from one of the most respected auto writers associations in the country.Monday, June 4, 2012
Jeep® is proud to announce that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been recognized for having "Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction" by AutoPacific for the second year in a row. AutoPacific, the respected automotive research group, announced the 16th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards based on "the largest single-model-year survey of automotive owners." We like to think of it as an award from you, Jeep brand vehicle owners.
Many automotive awards have to do with initial impressions and short test drives ? important, but they don't tell the whole story. We've received a lot of love this year, but there's something special about winning an award that represents the owners. You know best how a vehicle stands up to the rigors of every day on and off road stress.
Jeep® Patriot represents its namesake to the core. It's
all All-American, rugged, and ready for anything. It's capable on and
off the road. And here's the kicker: it's the Best Priced SUV in America.*
What's in a Patriot that helps it get the most bang for the buck? The aggressive exterior styling stays true to the Jeep brand identity and heritage. There's no mistaking the seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches for anything else but a Jeep brand vehicle. The Patriot 4X2 offers up to an EPA estimated 29 MPG HWY**, meaning you don't have to cut your adventures short.
Of course, every Jeep brand vehicle is about capability and the 2012 Jeep Patriot has available Freedom Drive I™ full-time, active 4WD. For serious adventure, Patriot's Trail Rated® Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group is available.Tuesday, May 29, 2012
"Now we're in full 'oh s?t' mode," Gilles smiled.
I figured Chrysler's chief designer could careen around a racetrack in his own cars any way he liked, and it seemed like a good way to pass time after the 20-year company veteran spoke to journalists at the Midwest Automotive Media Association's Spring Rally last week. Careen we did, nearing 140 mph down the half-mile Kettle Bottoms, between the 11th and 12th of Road America's 14 turns. Gilles is a better track driver than me, but that's not saying much: My apexes are messy, my drifts fleeting. Any weekend enthusiast would show me taillights.
Gilles has also navigated Chrysler's own twists and turns. The
42-year-old designer jokes of still having nightmares of former CEO Bob
Nardelli, whose tenure lasted 21 months,
and he calls his current boss, Sergio Marchionne, a "globally minded"
car guy. Gilles has led the automaker's design for three years,
overseeing cars from the Dodge Dart to the SRT Viper. A year ago, Marchionne appointed Giles the CEO of Chrysler's SRT performance brand.
SRT's zenith was in 2006, when sales peaked on a slew of SRT variants, from the Ram pickup to the Neon compact. Today the automaker offers SRT versions of just four nameplates ? the Chrysler 300 , Dodge Challenger , Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee ? plus the standalone SRT Viper.
SRT is more targeted now, Gilles said. Back then, the division was "driven by a little bit of [sales] volume chasing," so much that it was losing money on a few models. "Now [the SRT cars] have to make a business case," he said, and that will include smaller engines than the brand's current V-8 and V-10 lineup.
SRT will "absolutely" return to V-6 or four-cylinder engines, Giles said. "We're looking at all the new corporate-wide platforms right now."
That could include the Dart , which would all but assuredly improve on the ill-executed Caliber SRT4. "It's all I dream about," Gilles told journalists over lunch. "We're definitely interested in seeing that business case."
I had two choices: Hold my breath and hope no one was charging down
the aisle while I did the blind backup, or rely on the 300's Rear Cross
Path detection system, which I was betting would be more effective at
preventing accidents while in Reverse than simply crossing my fingers.
Rear Cross Path uses two bumper-mounted radar sensors to detect oncoming traffic and prevent a potential collision. If a car approaches from the either side, the driver hears a chime and sees an illuminated icon in the side mirror. Accident avoided.
The system was introduced in Chrysler's minivans in 2009, and then it trickled down to the rest of the lineup. It's even available in the new-for-2013 compact Dodge Dart sedan. Unfortunately, through, Rear Cross Path isn't a stand-alone option on the 300; it's available only in the Safetytec Package and not on base model 300s. The package costs $2,420 and includes other goodies like blind spot alert, a front- and rear-obstacle detection system, adaptive cruise control, adaptive and self-dimming bi-xenon headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
Rear Cross Path automatically engages as soon as the car is in Reverse. It's unnerving to rely solely on technology to be your eyes while backing up, but the rearview camera also helps, providing a view straight back. Luckily, this time no one was coming while I inched out. But if someone had been, I was prepared.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
When the 2013 Dodge Dart arrives in the showrooms this summer, two of its three available engines will feature an important new technology never before offered in an American production car. It's called MultiAir®.
While the science behind MultiAir® is highly sophisticated, the underlying principle is simple: Optimize air flow at all times for maximum efficiency. The MultiAir® system controls engine airflow directly at the intake valve. This allows airflow into the cylinder to be optimized and tailored for each individual combustion.
MultiAir® technology also reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent with a matching increase in fuel economy. Power is increased 10 percent throughout the engine's operating range, while low-speed torque ? the punch the driver feels with the accelerator pedal ? is increased 15 percent.
Both powerplants, the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Intercooled Turbo and the naturally aspirated Tigershark™ 2.4-liter MultiAir®, will be manufactured in a state-of-the-art Chrysler plant in Dundee, Michigan.
The preliminary ratings for the Dart 1.4 MultiAir® Turbo engine are 160 hp (118 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft of torque (249 Nm) at 2,500 rpm. The 2.4-liter Tigershark™ MultiAir® is tentatively rated at 184 hp (137 kW) at 6,250 rpm with 171 lb.-ft. (232 Nm) of torque, and is scheduled for availability in the third quarter of 2012.Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Willys-Overland MB came to fruition in 1941 and it was quickly given the "Jeep " nickname (there are a couple theories as to how the term originated, which we won't get into here). The all-terrain utility vehicle made for American troops in WWII was a major asset to the success of American and Allied troops. The vehicle was versatile and supremely capable in a variety of conditions and terrain ? characteristics that are still at the heart of the Jeep® brand to this day.
As Jeep® brand vehicles continue the legacy that started in the 1940s, so too does the Jeep brand's steadfast support of the brave men and women of the U.S. Military. In addition to the regular bonus cash allowance honoring those who serve, Jeep brand is running a special Military Event for a limited time. Now get $1000. total Military bonus cash on any new 2012 Dodge Chrysler Jeep or Ram ! See our dealership for details, Exclusions apply.
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart continues to hit the mark, garnering accolades from journalists across North America. Automotive writers were recently invited to Austin, Texas to experience and drive the 2013 Dodge Dart , which is scheduled to hit the showrooms soon. We couldn't be more proud of the reception Dart continues to receive.
Car and Driver found the electronic power steering and responsive suspension calibrations worthy of praise, while Edmunds.com liked the roomy cabin and upmarket interior materials. The precise steering was also noted by Road & Track's tester, who also found the 1.4L MultiAIr turbo a kick to drive.
Naturally, the pundits had a lot more to say. Follow the links below to discover what America's top automotive journalists are reporting about the 2013 Dodge Dart .
Car and Driver ? Fiat and Chrysler's first kid is a good one
Road & Track ? First Drive: A domestic with an Italian soul
Motor Trend ? First Drive: Yes, It Hits the Bull's-Eye
The Detroit Bureau ? Shifting the balance of power in the compact class
USAA Preferred is a vehicle rating system that helps you find the vehicle that's right for you. They use a proprietary scoring model to evaluate factors such as:
Cost: Lower purchase price, insurance and fuel costs.
Safety: High safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Reliability: These vehicles cost less to maintain.
The blackout grille highlights an exterior largely devoid of shiny chrome pieces. Flanking the understated body panels are polished alloy wheels with black accents. The wheels are 20 inches in diameter on rear-drive models, 19 with all-wheel drive.The same subdued style continues inside. "Matte-carbon hydrographic" trim lends visual interest to the dashboard. Buyers wanting more than just straight black leather can opt for red upholstery and door panels.
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is the ultimate family vehicle ? and the ultimate value. That's why we've spent the past month delving into how we've engineered the latest iteration of our legendary minivan to satisfy everyone in the family ? mom, dad, the kids, and the checkbook.
Fuel Efficient: Don't worry about rising fuel costs hampering summer vacation plans, because the Town & Country delivers an EPA estimated 25 MPG on the highway. The Town & Country is the best way to travel with your family.
Leader in Segment Firsts: Chrysler never stops innovating and the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country is a product of that unwavering dedication to making the best family vehicle imaginable.
More Features for Less: The 2012 Town & Country Limited is a value that competitors can't match. Premium features come standard: a class-exclusive heated steering wheel, heated 2nd row seats, power 3rd row folding seats and more.
"Most Awarded Minivan Ever": With over 50 accolades since its inception, the Town & Country continues to rack up awards, including the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012.
Now is the time to buy your new minivan, before the summer vacation season really ramps up. So visit us for information about the right Chrysler Town & Country for you and your family.Thursday, May 3, 2012
The first numbers are out, and the 2013 Dodge Dart is already shaping up as world-class contender in fuel economy. Here are the recently announced EPA fuel economy ratings for several of Dart's state-of-the-art powertrain combinations:
The all-new 2.0L Tigershark engine combined with the all-new six-speed manual transmission brings new levels of fuel efficiency and performance to Dart. Recently receiving an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg (miles per gallon) in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway and a combined rating of 29 mpg, the all-new Dodge Dart is capable of offering impressive savings at the pump. And with 160 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, unlike much of its competition, the all-new Dart delivers fuel efficiency without compromising performance.
For added performance and dramatic increase in torque, Dodge has taken fuel efficiency to a whole new level with Fiat's award-winning 1.4-liter MulitAir Turbo Intercooled engine. With an EPA rating at 27 mpg City, 39 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission the all-new Dart provides the ultimate combination of power and fuel efficiency.Dodge will also introduce a Dodge Dart Aero model (available in the third quarter of 2012) that will achieve at least 41 mpg on the highway.
Only vehicles with new or substantially redesigned interiors are eligible for the prize, now in its second year and designed to parallel the prestigious Ward's 10 Best Engines award. Other winners of the Ward's interior honor this year include 2013 Dodge Dart , the Audi A7, and the Infiniti JX35.
"The tan-and-brown color scheme is punctuated by Poltrona Frau leather and deep-grained satin-finish wood on the doors, dash and center console," the WardsAuto editors wrote. "If Bentley sold an affordable family sedan, it would look like the 300 Luxury. It's smart and modern with a generous helping of over-the-top lavishness."
The WardsAuto editors loved the leather and real hand-sanded wood trim, but there's more to the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series' unique interior. With plush heated and ventilated Napa leather seats, the vehicle is the complete comfort package. The driver gets the added bonus of a two-tone leather wrapped heated steering wheel with paddle shifters. Finally, an 8.4" Uconnect® Touch screen entertainment center stores music so that great tunes are just a few touches away.
Just to underline how the Dodge Challenger is loaded with 21st century technology, a new iPad application has been introduced to showcase the car's advanced features.The Challenger iPad app, available for free downloading here at iTunes, allows users to rotate the Challenger 360 degrees in virtual space, creating dramatic interior and exterior views. You can customize colors, wheels, stripe packages, and accessories. With the Challenger anywhere function, place your Challenger in a live background of your choice, capture the virtual image, and share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook . This intuitive app takes you on a drive through Challenger's performance capabilities, tech-savvy features, safety and security offerings, and brilliant interiors.
From a field of 40 vehicles in every price category, the editors of WardsAuto World have selected the cabin of the 2013 Dodge Dart as one of Ward's 10 Best Interiors for 2012.
Only vehicles with new or redesigned interiors are eligible for the award. Other winners of the Ward's interior honor for 2012 include the Audi A7, the Infiniti JX35, and the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series , placing the value-priced Dart in some very impressive company.
"The new 2013 Dodge Dart is the first of our next-generation interiors and we are honored that WardsAuto World has chosen the Dart for their 10 Best Interiors list," said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are able to give Dart customers a well-crafted, high-quality interior similar in its execution to that of the award-winning interior of the Charger and infused with exciting colors, eye-catching ambient lighting, and state-of-the-art technology."
Jeep® brand enthusiasts are in for a special treat. Introducing the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition, a vehicle with a customized look that you can drive straight off the showroom floor.
The limited-production Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition arrives next month. One look at the vehicle and it's pretty clear why it will sell out.The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Altitude edition comes with eighteen-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels with black-painted spokes and polished wheel rings. The body-color hardtop matches the painted center sections on the front and rear bumpers. The striking customized look is completed with a Mopar® black fuel fill door, a matte black "Jeep" grille badge and a black tone-on-tone hood.
The 2013 Dodge Dart is proudly built in America at a state-of-the-art Chrysler facility in Belvedere, Illinois. Leveraging advanced tools and technology, the Belvedere facility is able to assemble the all-new Dodge Dart to world-class quality standards.
"This is a crucial vehicle launch for the company as we re-enter the compact sedan market, and everyone is committed to launching a high-quality product," says Doug Betts, Senior Vice President, Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. "We've invested $20 million in new quality tools and processes at the Belvidere Assembly Plant to achieve the strict quality targets we set for Dodge Dart."
These innovative techniques include the plant's new Center for Technical Vehicle Validation (CTVV) and Materials Laboratory. The intense CTVV process tests vehicles for 437 separate functional characteristics, from emissions to fit-and-finish to air-conditioning output. The CTVV at Belvidere is the first such program at an American Chrysler plant.
The Belvidere facility also gained a dedicated, technologically advanced metrology center, a resource first employed at Chrysler's North Jefferson plant in Detroit. Advanced metrology allows production engineers to detect build variations far smaller than can be detected by the human eye or even by traditional measurement techniques. The objective is an improvement in overall quality and refinement that you can see, touch, and hear.
"We obsessed over the quality and refinement of the Dodge Dart as it was developed, tested and built," Betts says. "As a company, we've really overhauled our processes and expectations for building quality vehicles and doing whatever it takes to satisfy customers."Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Chrysler invented the minivan in 1983, and while the segment has grown since then, our engineers and designers still work tirelessly to keep the Chrysler Town & Country minivan ahead of the competition. Here's a look at some of the features from luxury to safety, utility to versatility that set the 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan apart from competitors.
Safety is of the utmost importance when buying a new vehicle, no matter the size, style, or price. Rest assured that Chrysler is firmly dedicated to creating affordable vehicles that are worth your hard-earned money, vehicles with nothing left to spare. Chrysler is proud to announce that our flagship luxury vehicle, the 2012 Chrysler 300, has received 5-star safety ratings from the Safety National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the highest possible rating given by the administration.
The overall rating, combining frontal, side pole and barrier performance, is one of the most important metrics used to rate the safety of a car. In addition the NHTSA's rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Chrysler 300 a "Top Safety Pick" earlier this year.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 is a symbol of earned luxury with features and options to fulfill almost any need. But safety comes standard.
2012 Jeep® brand vehicles have received acclaim and accolades from all over and the awards keep coming. For the second consecutive year, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association (RMAP) has named Jeep Grand Cherokee "SUV of the Year."
Of this special award, Mike Manley, President and CEO Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC said, "Once again the prominent Rocky Mountain automotive journalists have recognized Grand Cherokee's legendary capability, comfort, and refinement. We're grateful that consumers and opinion leaders continue to appreciate the premium icon of the Jeep Brand."
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee gives consumers premium on-road performance, while maintaining legendary Jeep four-wheel-drive capability. We're honored that RMAP, who understand the true standards of a Rocky Mountain-ready vehicle, has again recognized Jeep Grand Cherokee the most-awarded SUV ever.
The official debut of a new Ram truck probably an updated 2013 Ram 1500, which should adopt the Pentastar V-6 and an eight-speed automatic has been announced for next week's New York Auto Show. To wet appetites, Ram released this image of an extreme close-up of the new truck's chrome-y countenance.
From this photo, it appears that the Ram logo has been slightly
redesigned. Also, if this is a new 1500, it looks like a new grille will
replace the one which dates back to the 2009 model year.
Next is the new Journey SXT four-cylinder model. This edition of the popular Dodge crossover was engineered to combine family-friendly convenience offered in both 5 passenger and 7 passenger configurations, and luxury features including a 4.3-inch Uconnect™ Touch screen, Sirius Satellite Radio and 17" aluminum wheels. All of this is powered by the economical 173hp, 2.4-liter engine.Loaded with remarkable features, the Journey SXT is an IIHS Top Safety Pick including seven airbags, along with dual-zone air conditioning, fog lamps, luggage roof rails, Keyless Enter 'N Go with push button start and much more. This unprecedented value makes Journey the most versatile and affordable crossover in America.
The 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan is already known as a top safety choice with surprising value. It has a look that says "I'm on my way. " But what about the 2012 Chrysler 200S What does that "S" stand for? What does that "S" really mean?
Sophisticated ride and interior
Sculpted exterior lines, reminiscent of a piece of fine art
Steering wheel with perforated leather
Six 276W Boston Acoustics® speakers
Suede inserts in the leather-heated bucket S seats
SiriusXM Satellite Radio™ subscription, no-charge for 1 year
Signature grille with an "S" black finish
As impressive as the list of features already is, the "S" stands for even more. The 2012 Chrysler 200S takes full advantage of its award winning 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine and looks the part with 18-inch aluminum polished/painted "S" wheels and dual-bright exhaust tips. Inside, a 40GB, 6.5-inch touchscreen radio is the window into your own personal multimedia world.The 2012 Chrysler 200S is a combination of design, technology, and safety that is, quite simply, Stunning.
The editors at kbb.com prodded, poked, and scrutinized the 2012 Chrysler 300 to evaluate whether it was fit for family use. Their takeaway, It's a full-size sedan with "outstanding comfort, loads of premium features and a distinctive sense of style." Their selection process includes identifying vehicles with low cost of ownership, something particularly important to families in these times.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 is well equipped for the individual as well as
the family, and comes with more standard equipment than its direct
standard full-size segment competitors. The
300 was recently named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety and earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration for an overall vehicle score.
Spring is in the air, and you know what that means; summer is just around the corner.
Lakes are quickly thawing, trails will be opening up, and race tracks are eager to reopen their gates.
Whether it's a boat, jet skis, dirt bikes, or your prized race car; you are going to need the right vehicle to tow it confidently on your way to having all that summer fun. Not to mention, you'll want to have the capability of bringing the family and friends along too.
Unlike some of our competitors whose SUVs have simply become dressed-up sedans, the Dodge Durango remains a tried and true SUV; combining all the characteristics of both sport and utility.
First of all, with its near 50:50 weight distribution, four-wheel independent suspension, and responsive steering and handling, the Durango possesses driving dynamics that you wouldn't necessarily expect in a vehicle of its size. Plus, with two potent powertrains and available all-wheel drive, the Durango has the grunt and traction to get you where you're going with peace of mind.
Then there's that whole promise of towing your summer toys. Well, the Durango has you covered.
If you stick with the 3.6L Pentastar V-6, then your max tow capacity comes in at 6,200 lbs. certainly more than enough for a lot of buyers. You'll also benefit from an impressively efficient 23 mpg on the highway.
But let's say your toys weigh a bit more and you need some additional
power to tug them around. Then the 5.7L HEMI V-8 will be more your
speed. With its gutsy 360 hp and massive 390 lb.-ft. of torque, tow
capacity swells to a very healthy 7,400 lbs (7,200 lbs. when coupled
What makes the Durango so special is its ability to perform most, if not all of your towing needs, all while carrying an abundance of people and cargo inside. With available three-row, seven-passenger seating, you can comfortably accommodate plenty of people on any length trip. And thanks to 30+ storage areas, 28 seating configurations, and a rear cargo area with nearly 85 cubic feet of capacity, the Durango's interior can be customized just the way you like it.
So, in preparation for your active summer lifestyle, be sure to give the Durango a close look. It may be the perfect SUV to help you have some great fun in the coming months.Source: Official Dodge Blog
Jeep brand sales increased 44 percent in 2011, versus an industry increase of 11 percent with each Jeep model up at least 30 percent for the year. Jeep Wrangler new, more powerful and fuel efficient for 2012 set seven consecutive monthly sales records, and won several awards including two from leading enthusiast publications; the "4×4 Of the Year" from Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off-Road and "Four Wheeler Of The year" from Four Wheeler magazine. Jeep's redesigned Compass enjoyed a 200 percent sales increase, and sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee the most awarded SUV ever, increased 51 percent in 2011.
The Polk awards recognize manufacturers
for superior owner loyalty performance, which is determined when a
household that owns a new vehicle returns to market and purchases or
leases another new vehicle of the same model or make. The 2011 awards
are based on an analysis of 5.5 million return-to-market events during
the 2011 model year.
With that plan now mostly complete, the next stage in development is to down-size that engine, with a new report that the next generation Jeep Liberty will receive a 3.2-liter version of that powerplant. Also expected as a part of the mix is a new 9-speed automatic transmission, which will help maximize the power available by the smaller displacement engine to help deliver performance that is on par with the larger engine, but with improved fuel economy..
Making anywhere from 283 to 305 hp, depending on the application, look for the 3.2-liter unit to deliver around 250 hp. Previously, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne had said the company was planning a smaller displacement version of the Pentastar V6 using Fiat's Multi-Air variable valve timing technology, which uses hydraulic pumps rather than a cam on the intake side. While it isn't yet clear if that technology will be used in this current version, if it is, power output could be closer to the 3.6-liter version, with improved fuel economy.
Look for the new Jeep Liberty to debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next January. Source: AutoNews
Demand for the new American sports car will be significant and so as
to reward loyalty Chrysler has decided to limit the few thousand first
year units to only Viper owners and members of the Viper owner's club.
Modifying the platform to meet Jeep owners' demands will be a crucial test of the Fiat-Chrysler strategy.
"It's gonna be a trail-rated, full-blooded Jeep that has its origins in the architecture of a sports car," Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an interview.
Chrysler is also considering a compact hatchback -- Marchionne calls it the "Chrysler 100." If that car gets the green light, Chrysler will also export it as a Lancia, Fiat's European luxury brand.
He also plans to export sporty Alfa Romeos, probably a midsize sport sedan and wagon. Alfa's return to the U.S. has been frustratingly delayed until 2013, but Marchionne remains adamant it will happen.
"We had to make sure they were lightweight, fast cars with Alfa powertrains," he said, citing an upcoming 1.8-liter engine that produces a mind-boggling 300 horsepower.
"There will be plants making Alfas in the United States and Europe," he said. "I need to export to Europe from the U.S. The volumes I get here are how I reintroduce Alfa to Europe," where it has become a bit player compared with brands such as Audi and BMW.
Marchionne must also solve the riddle of Chrysler and Dodge's minivans in 2013. He hates building nearly identical vehicles for two different brands, but he can't afford to throw away tens of thousands of sales by rashly killing a model.
"Retention and growth of volume is key," he said.
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