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2013 Dodge Viper

Missouri Dodge DealerYour Missouri Dodge Dealer, All Star Dodge is pleased to announce that the new Viper will be based on the Maserati GranTurismo. One idea put forth by 2 Allpar analyst is base the next generation Gran Turismo on the Viper as the Quattroporte is borrowing from the L-cars which would be a joint venture with Mesarati, Chrysler, and Mclaren all working toward the design of the next generation Viper and GranTruismo.

According to design engineer Dan Minick; “the Maserati M139 platform (Quattroporte/GranTurismo) is dimensionally similar to the LX — particularly the base of the windshield versus the front wheels (a telltale sign, the cowl/firewall position related to the front suspension). There were rumblings back then of Daimler talking to Fiat about developing a platform for Maserati. I think there’s something here nobody will ’fess up to. There has been talk of Viper moving to a short M139 platform, which may be correct, but it might just be a full circle — LX > M139 > ZD.”

The next generation Viper may be based on a wide range of influences including the Mercedes E Class which was pegged for the LX (with the LX that was originally developed by Chrysler, and the LH), the LX and Maserati’s interpretation of the LX platform. If the LX platform is use, it is likely that there will not be any public acknowledgement.

No matter which direction the design engineers decide to go, there is no doubt that the new Dodge Viper and GranTurismo will have an entirely new look and feel with many upgrades including new powertrains and tuning.

To test drive a new or used Dodge Viper, visit your local Missouri Dodge Dealer All Star Dodge in St. Louis today.

Dodge Ram Comes with More to Love

New Dodge Ram near EllisvilleThe 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 is quite possibly the best truck available in the market. It has been engineered specifically to provide the top notch handling, dependability, and value. This year’s Ram models stake their claim to become the best selling full-size pickup model in the U.S.

With its standout styling and plenty of muscle, the new Ram comes with plenty of new upgrades and accessories that weren’t available for model year 2010. For example, Ram now is available with an Outdoorsman package that has replaced the previous TRX versions. A 2011 Ram Outdoorsman comes with various off road performance upgrades, such as an enhanced lighting and built-in equipment storage compartments. The new Ram Laramie Longhorn is the epitome of what a full-size luxury truck should be. From the power-folding heated mirrors to the intricately designed interior, this Ram comes fully loaded.

The engine options range from the V-8s which starts with a 4.7 liter V-8 engine that packs a 310 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The top of the line is a 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 engine that comes with 390 horsepower and a torque of 407 lb-ft. the Hemi engine become more fuel efficient by deactivation the four cylinders when in low demand in idling or cruising automatically. Both of these variants use a 5 speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to its winning combination of strong performance, smooth ride and classy cabin the 2011 Dodge Ram is a perennial top pick. With its available powerful V8 engines, clever storage spaces, and spaciousness this truck has been built to over-deliver. Take a closer look at a new or used Dodge Ram at All Star Dodge located in Missouri near Ellisville.

Jeep Sponsors Dave Matthews Band

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Jeep Dealer near Wood River is pleased to announce that the new 2011 Jeep Compass is the automotive sponsor for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan which is on tour starting in Atlantic City for a three day special event.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the “Jeep Journey to Stardom” road tour experience with the new Jeep Compass.  The Jeep brand will partner with emerging artists as they begin to embark on their journey in the music industry.

“By tapping into music partnerships such as the Dave Matthews Band Caravan and emerging artists enables us to introduce the Jeep brand and its product portfolio to a new audience,” said Mike Manley, Jeep’s CEO. “This sponsorship is a unique way to facilitate a widespread conversation and expose consumers to the 2011 Jeep Compass.”

The Jeep Journey to Stardom is a test drive experience set up at the Dave Matthews Band festival, those attending will get to experience first had the steps to becoming a star, including;

Jeep Wall Of Fame –Jeep brand’s history and lyrics from the brand’s emerging artists. Attendees will be able to tag their own messages of what inspires them, thereby inspiring future artists.

Jeep Recording Studio & Jeep Track Bar – Record a song in a custom Jeep recording studio, experience get signed to recording contract and go on tour with a personal tour manager.

Jeep Journey to Stardom “Road” Tour – On-road and Off-road course can be used for test driving the new 2011 Jeep Compass.

Jeep Rock Star Lounge –Jeep-brand merchandise and prizes such as VIP passes and endorsed festival posters signed by the Dave Matthews Band.

Jeep brand will show live updates on the Jeep brand’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/jeep.  Participants can receive opportunities to win a Dave Mathews Band Caravan Festival prize pack.

Unique Features of the 2011 Dodge Charger

New Dodge Charger in St. LouisYour local Missouri Dodge Dealer; All Star Dodge in St Louis MO is pleased to announce that the re-engineered 2011 Dodge Charger has arrived.  The new Dodge car has a new sculpted body, split crosshair grille, and improved aerodynamics that evolved as a result of Chrysler’s wind tunnel testing.  New aerodynamic improvements include; tighter wheel openings, a lower hood line, lower sill, and flat under body.

The new Dodge Charger has duel scallops on the aluminum hood and the double diamond body side styling that forms a tapering silhouette.  Charger has beefy front and rear fenders; and a distinctive profile.  The new tail lamp design has 164 illuminating LEDs that give the new Charger its race-car character.

When it comes to safety; Dodge Charger features over 65 new safety features including; keyless entry, and electronic stability control.  For the first time ever on Dodge Charger new safety features include; adaptive-cruise control with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear back-up camera.

Dodge Charger gets improved sound quality inside the cabin with reduced wind noise from outside and double pane acoustic windshield as well as triple seals and acoustic wheel well liners to dissipate road noise.

The Dodge Charger is available with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and has a revamped stance and 19-inch wheels, with active transfer case that improves fuel economy by 5%. Dodge Charger’s AWD system can switch between RWD and AWD without driver control.

The new Dodge Charger gets an improved interior with high quality materials throughout and a new Dodge steering wheel for enhanced performance feel and grip. Four interior color combinations have soft touch surfaces. Electronic features include;   navigation system, dual-zone climate controls, and SIRIUS Travel Link.

Reviews for The 2011 Dodge Ram

St. Louis Dodge RamAll Star Dodge near St. Louis MO is pleased to announce the 2011
Dodge Ram1500 ranks 1 out of 8 full size trucks based on dozens of reviews and test drives that analyzed safety and reliability factors.

Reviewers found that the 2011 Dodge Ram has a car-like ride with great handling and acceleration power from its V8 engine, as well as an impressive interior cab.  Many reviewers named the new Dodge Ram 1500 as the best in its class.

The interior cab of the 2011 model Dodge Ram received all new styling, with ample cargo space and convenient new storage areas underneath the rear seats on the Crewcab trim.  Options include the RamBox lockable storage container which is built in, a new full sized cab trim, and aluminum wheels, as well as Wi-fi hotspot and a hard drive for music storage built into the dashboard.

According to Edmunds.com; “The Ram 1500’s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.”

The RAM 3500 also gained top reviews for the 2011 year model with best in class 26,000 GCWR.  The 3500 model is the only Ram truck chassis cab with a gasoline engine option instead of the diesel.  The gasoline engine has the most power.  A 6 speed transmission gives the Chassis cab best in class for fuel economy, better than Ford F 550 or the GMC C5500.

Dodge Ram Heavy Duty truck for commercial fleet use has a diesel powered engine, and best in class maintenance fees.  The Ram 4500/5500 with the standard diesel engine gets a 2400 gross combined weight rating and optional 2,600 GCWR package.  With best in class stopping power, the Ram 4500 has front brake rotors that are 390 mm and calipers are 66 mm.

All in all 2011 Dodge Ram chassis cabs have the towing power and engine power of the historic Ram trucks with added comfort and more options, including the crew cab.

Dodge Dealer Offers All New Charger Models

Dodge Cars near St. LouisAll Star Dodge located in Missouri, knows that the new Dodge Charger is an iconic sports car that sparks a lot of interest from car enthusiasts everywhere. 

The base engine in the 2011 model Charger is a V6 that delivers 292 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque.  The good news is that this power horse is able to deliver great fuel economy with an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.  The engine is similar to other new Dodge cars including the Dodge challenger, although the Charger has more power and delivers better gas mileage.  Acceleration is 0-60 in just 6 seconds with the Hemi engine.

Next Year’s model Dodge Charger SRT8, delivers a whopping 465 horsepower, with a new look; and the Dodge Charger Fast Five Edition and Mopar ’11 Charger have both been refreshed as well.

The Hemi engine’s fuel economy is improved  by the “interactive deceleration fuel shutoff” feature which cuts all fuel to the engine around approximately 8% of the Charger’s drive time.

The price of the Dodge charger SE standard V6 starts at $25,995.

Dodge Charger SE Rallye and Rallye Plus models are also available with 18 inch polished wheels, 8.4 inch stereo, 8-way powered driver’s seat, heated front seats, remote start, fog lamps;  Rallye Plus adds leather, power front passenger seat, heated rear seats, and more, the Rallye starts at $28,245 and the Plus model’s starting price is $29,995.

Dodge Charger R/T AWD includes all R/T equipment as well as 19 inch twin-spoke wheels, and  lowered suspension. Active transfer case with front axle disconnect is included for improved fuel economy.

Dodge Charger’s prices compete with the Ford Taurus SE; which would you choose?  Stop by your local Missouri Dodge Dealer,  All Star Dodge located near Florissant today and test drive a new Dodge Charger.

Chrysler Supports Disaster Relief Fund

All Star Dodge new car  Dealer near Jerseyville, is pleased to announce that the Chrysler Foundation which is actually the philanthropic division of Chrysler Group LLC announced a large donation that the company made for $50,000 that went to help victims and their families who were affected by recent natural disasters.  The funds went to assist those who lost their homes as a result of tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters.   The donation goes to support AmeriCares U.S. Disaster Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that donates aid such as medicine, clean water, and hygiene products to survivors of natural disasters.

“The enormity of the devastation to communities throughout the South and America’s heartland is heartbreaking,” said Jody Trapasso, President of The Chrysler Foundation. “AmeriCares is already on the ground helping the many people impacted by the floods and tornadoes and the Foundation donation offers a means to expand their efforts.”

In times of epic disaster, AmeriCares restores health and saves lives by delivering donated medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to people in need around the world and in the U.S.  AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization the profit specializes in providing much needed medication, supplies and aid to those victims around the world who have been affected by some sort of disaster.  For every $100 donated, AmeriCares delivers over $3,500 in emergency relief efforts including nutrition, medication, and other types of humanitarian aid.

The Chrysler Foundation is well known for donating to much needed causes around the world and in the United States.  Since 2012 the Foundation has supported the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, the tornado relief in Dundee Michigan and Perrysburg Ohio, as well as the earthquake relief in Haiti.

If you are interested in test driving a new or used Chrysler, visit your local new car Dodge Dealer, All Star Dodge  located in Bridgeton Missouri today.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Features

All Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer near Wood River is pleased to announce that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is well equipped with the latest available safety technology.  Standard safety features include;  electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock brake system with rough-road detection, four-wheel brake traction control system, remote keyless entry, express up windows for driver and front-seat passenger, trailer-sway control, and remote-start; which is standard on Overland. The brake assist system is a new technology that recognizes emergency situations by estimating how quickly the driver applies the brake pedal.

Other standard safety features include standard full-length side-curtain air bags for front and rear passengers, seat-mounted side air bags, and active head restraints which move forward and up in the event of a rear collision. The exterior body is constructed of all new material designed to achieve high safety performance.  New roof-crush standards, side-impact standards have been implemented.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will feature U-connect Guardian provided by Hughes Telematics which will provide; automatic Crash Notification to a live dispatch assistant, emergency call feature providing customers with the opportunity to simply push an emergency button to be instantly connected with trained emergency responders, roadside assistance services which connects consumers to a U-Connect customer care specialist who provides roadside services such as towing, remote door unlock system which will unlock doors from a remote location, and stolen vehicle location assistance which tracks stolen vehicles to provide location to authorities.

To test drive a new or used Grand Cherokee, and experience the all new safety features for yourself,  see your local Missouri Jeep Dealer, All Star Dodge, located in Bridgeton today.

Chrysler’s Strategy For Upcomming Models

All Star new Dodge Dealer near O’Fallon is pleased to announce Chrysler’s upcoming strategy for changes and upgrades to many of the company’s  2012 models.

For the Avenger, the new Express, Heat, and Mainsteet Avenger models will be replaced by the traditional SE and R/T models.  The R/T will get a refreshed interior with new features such as; a futuristic looking center tachometer and Z stripe seats as well as LED ambient lighting.

The Dodge Journey will continue to offer its Express, R/T, and Lux trims, changing the Mainstreet model to the “Crew,” (which will get new fog lamps) the Lux will have an exterior upgrade of added chrome on the sides of the vehicle.

Dodge Caravan will be given four new model names including; the R/T, Crew Plus, Crew, and Express.  Dodge expects to sell more Caravan Crew models than any other trim in 2012.  The Caravan will offer many new option packages including leather quad seats which are optional on the R/T model.  Chrysler is also adding  new lighting, a  “Sapphire blue” colored interior lighting system to the R/T trim.

Dodge Durango is the only Chrysler brand that will be keeping the “Heat” model name.  Durango’s CrewLux will be discontinued and later in 2011 Dodge will add a 2nd row Captain’s Chairs and a six speed transmission to Durango. A new Chrysler made automatic transmission will replace the Durango’s current five speed V8 models.

The Nitro model will return in 2012, rumored to offer only the Heat model available in a standard 3.7 liter engine and an upgraded 4.0 liter engine.

To test drive a new or pre-owned Dodge Durango, Journey or Avenger, see your local Missouri Dodge Dealer; All Star Dodge located in Bridgeton Missouri today.

Obama Visits Toledo Assembly Complex

All Star Dodge near St. Peters is pleased to announce that President Obama plans to visit the Toledo Assembly Complex where Jeep Wrangler is assembled.  The president is expected to discuss the success of the auto industry after the government bailout.

The Jeep brand has realized increased sales of 55% with sales numbers topped only by Dodge Ram pickup sales in May.  If you are looking for a new or used Jeep, see your local Missouri Jeep Dealer, All Start Dodge today.

Fiat has negotiated a deal to pay $500 million for the remaining 6% of the shares that the U.S. government still controls as a result of the bailout.  The Italian automaker will pay an additional $60 million  for the Treasury’s right to purchase the stake held by the United auto Workers Voluntary Employy Benefits Association, and $15 million more to the Canadian government.

Fiat Chairman John Elkann stated in a recent press release: “On behalf of my family and I, I reiterate our confidence in Sergio Marchionne and his leadership team and our support of all the people at Fiat and Chrysler who are working with dedication and humility and have made it possible to repay the trust that the U.S. government demonstrated towards us a mere 23 months ago. We will continue to support them as they further strengthen this historic alliance and together build an international automotive group capable of competing with the very best in the automotive market.”

The acquisition of government shares by Fiat will give the Italian automaker controlling interest as the company already holds 45% of Chrysler’s shares.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Stamford, Connecticut-based consultant Maryann Keller said, “Why would anyone buy shares in a situation where you are perpetually a minority investor. In that situation, you would buy stock in Fiat, not Chrysler.”

The government has recouped $11.2 billion of the total $12.4 billion that was loaned to Chrysler Group.  The jury is out regarding payment of the remaining $1.3 billion, loaned to the former Chrysler LLC.