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Dodge Journey and Durango considered Most Improved

Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton MOAll Star Dodge and Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton MO is pleased to announce a new award that has been given to both the Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey-MSNBC.com’s list of “Most Improved Cars” of the year.

Website writer Dan Carney wrote; “Mercedes’ ride and HEMI power that’s a tough-to-beat combination,” when referring to the Durango and Journey Carney said that the Durango has “impressive road manners.”  The Durango has the same chassis as the Mercedes Benz M and R Class crossovers.

The Durango is available with the HEMI V8 high powered engine or the much praised Dodge Pentastar V6 with 290 hp and best in class towing, as well as fuel economy of 23 mpg on the highway. 

The Dodge Journey has the same engine as the Durango, and Carney stated that the Journey is; “the company’s most lavish makeover,” which also included a “positively opulent interior that welcomes customers inside.”  Inside the cabin of the Journey you will find a lavishly crafted one piece instrument panel with full color display, an upgraded center stack, climate outlets which are improved in function as well as looks, and an all new steering wheel that is multi functional with integrated vehicle controls.

The honors from MSNBC come at the same time as other key honors for the Journey as well as the Durango including MotorWeek’s 2011 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility, while the Journey was named “Family Car of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

See for yourself why the Dodge Journey and Durango are award winners by  visiting  your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton Missouri and test drive a new or used award winning vehicle today.  You won’t be disappointed!

More Jeep Stores in Europe

Used Jeep Dealer near FlorissantAll Star dodge new and used Jeep dealer near Florissant is pleased to announce that Jeep is boosting its European sales, designing a new small SUV and new Engines for the European market, as well as additional dealerships-according to CEO Mike Manley.

Manley stated that Jeep’s goal is to increase sales from 25,000 units to 125,000 units this year.

“Our plans for Europe are ambitious but doable,” Manley told Automotive News Europe. “Europe for Jeep is an incredibly important market. We had been here for 30 years, and half of our international sales historically were in Europe.”

Jeep plans to launch its first small SUV which is a Fiat based vehicle that resembles the rambler, and two other fuel efficient SUV’s in European countries that have emission based vehicle taxes.

The new Liberty will replace the Jeep Cherokee medium size and it will go into production in the United States in 2013.  The SUV will deliver 170 hp with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder gas engine. The Grand Cherokee large SUV will remain in the lineup with a 241-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine/

According to Manley;  “One SUV to replace the Jeep Compass and Patriot. It will debut in Europe in mid-2013 and will be built for global markets, including North America, at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Turin. The vehicle will share many components and systems with the Alfa Romeo C-SUV that will be built in Mirafiori by the end of 2012. The C-SUV will be offered with all-wheel and front-wheel drive.”

A new fuel saving stop/start system will be added to the European Jeep Wrangler for the first time ever.  The new 200 hp, 2.8 liter, 4 cylinder diesel engine delivers 13% better fuel economy.

Jeep plans to have 650 additional dealers in Europe by the year 2014, while planning to capitalize on the growing European auto market-sales are projected to increase from 800,000 to 1.2 million in 2014.

Ram Goes to the Races

Dodge Ram Truck in MissouriAll Star Missouri Dodge Dealer is pleased to announce that Chrysler Group’s service, parts, and customer care will sponsor 2 teams this year for the Off Road Championship (TORC) Series in Buchanan Michigan

Bob MacCachren and Sam Hubinette will be the driver for the factory backed Dodge Ram truck which will be featured in the 14 race series.

The Ram/Mopar sponsorship  means that Dodge Ram will become the official vehicle of the TORC Series and that a Mopar Ram Runner will serve as the official pace truck. Ram and Mopar offer opportunities for test driving for fans at each race.

 “I couldn’t be more proud to have Ram partnering with these great off-road drivers, championship-caliber teams and the TORC Series itself,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of Ram Truck and the Chrysler Group’s head of U.S. sales. “Off-road racers and fans are extremely passionate about their trucks, just like we are. This partnership is a perfect fit for us to connect and share the passion in a fun and exciting way.”

This is just part of Ram’s racing history which started in the 70’s when Dodge Ram was driven by Walker Evans as the first pickup to win the  Baja 1000, in 1979.  In more recent years, Ram and Kent Kroeker have won some grueling desert races.

“From the drag strip to the circle track, the Mopar brand has a proud heritage in racing,” said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar. “We are excited to extend our presence into off-road racing, where many of our Mopar fanatics reside. In fact, off-road accessories and performance parts make up more than 30 percent of our portfolio, so this is a critical market that we want to reach.”

The UAW Attempts to Keep Chrysler Competitive

new Dodge Dealer near EllisvilleAll Star new Dodge Dealer near Ellisville is pleased to announce that the United Auto Workers and Chrysler Group have started negotiations for new auto workers’ contracts and both parties have agreed to make an attempt to keep Chrysler competitive on labor costs.  The UAW is negotiating new 4 year contracts with Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors because current contracts are due to expire on September 14th 2011.

UAW president, Bob King said he wants to see a raise in compensation without putting Chrysler at a disadvantage with competitors- GM or Ford.

King feels that new concessions are in order due to increased profitability of the Detroit 3.  “Everybody in here, if you asked them if they wanted a raise, they’d say ‘heck yeah,'” King said. “But can you do it and keep the company viable and successful?”

King said today there will be no “target” company for negotiations to set a pattern for the other two. They will all negotiate simultaneously.”  He stated that if all parties involved do their jobs, there won’t be any reason to take disputes to arbitration.  Under concession the UAW accepted in 2009, arbitrators have the final word in labor disputes and GM and Chrysler agreed not to go on strike.  Ford Motor Company is the only Detroit automaker who has the option to strike in the future because the company did not take a government bailout and was therefore exempt from all of the stipulations that followed.

King said that the UAW would attempt to keep all prior agreements that same for all automakers so that one company does not have advantages over the others.

Garberding said that Chrysler was obligated to keep labor costs realistic in order to be respectful of its loyal employees and to the Government for providing the bailout.

According to an unidentified source, Chrysler has no intention of raising its labor costs.”We dramatically raise our fixed costs and we’re shooting ourselves in the foot,” the source said last week.

The average hourly labor costs will remain at $51 per worker-including salaries and benefits.  That’s the same figure that the transplant automakers pay currently and Chrysler is not in a position to be able to raise fixed labor costs above the level that the transplants pay, according to the source.

How Much is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Used Jeep Dealer near JerseyvilleAll Star Super Store new and used Jeep Dealer near Jerseyville knows that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo offers many price options with features such as  a new, luxury interior, four wheel drive system, 290-horsepower Pentastar V6, five-speed automatic, and many other standard features.  The Jeep Laredo has a starting price of $32,995 including delivery.

Without the 4WD option, the Larado’s sticker price is $2,000, the limited edition price drops $2,500, and $3,500 on the Overland model. 

The V8 engine towing package allows the Grand Cherokee to tow from 5,000 up to 7,500 pounds.

Don’t expect much negotiation room with the Grand Cherokee because dealer invoice prices are close to the list price.  A Grand Cherokee Laredo base model, will list for around $32,995 with no options, the dealer cost was $31,402, with a $966 dealer holdback.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 listed at $39,600; the dealer invoice price was $37,402. The Hemi V8 engine added $1,495 list, $1,331 invoice; aluminum painted wheels ran to $1,095 (list), the hard drive/navigation system stereo added $750; and the trailer towing package added $695. Dealer invoice for options varies quite a bit, with a hefty profit on some options but a narrow profit on most.

The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit edition which includes an exclusive paint scheme, a chromed grille, and fog lamp bezels as well as aluminum wheels listed at $42,495 plus $780 delivery fee for the two wheel model, and $45,995 plus $780 delivery fee for 4×4 versions.  Overland Summit interior includes a 2 toned black and new saddle heated leather seats, Berber floor mats, cruise control, front collision warning and Blind Spot Monitoring safety features.

To learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee trim model prices, see your local Jeep Dealer, All Star Dodge and Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton Missouri today.

Ram is Ahead of the Competition

New Dodge Ram near Kirkwood and O'FallonWith it MSRP of $25,265, the new Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 Regular Cab is priced lower than comparable Tundras and F-150s. One would have to pay around $27,825 for the Ford and about $29,630 for the Toyota.

There are a number of other ways that Ram leads the way and provides value to customers. With Ram’s flex fuel capacity drivers have the option to fill up with either regular unleaded gasoline or E-85 fuel. This feature is not available with a Silverado or the Tundra. Furthermore, with an output of 310 horsepower at 5,650 RPM the Ram 1500’s 4.7-liter V8 engine outperforms.

To see how Ram stacks up to competitors in terms of towing capacity consider the Ram 1500 ST 4×4, Silverado Work Truck, and F-150 SL. Towing capacity for this 2011 Ram is 7,400 pounds, as opposed to the Chevy and the Ford which come with 5,100 and 5,700 pounds respectively. This is just one indication that the new Dodge Ram may be the toughest pickup available.

According to reviewers at Edmunds,”The 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 is a top pick in the full-size pickup truck segment thanks to its winning of strong performance, smooth ride and classy cabin.” They go on to point out the new Ram 1500 has “best -in-class ride quality, well-made interior, clever storage spaces, powerful V8, and lots of interior space.”

Take a look at a new or used Ram at All Star Dodge, serving both the Kirkwood and O’Fallon, Missouri automotive markets. Drive a new Ram and experience all that this industry leader has to offer, like the standard stability control, traction control features. Ram has been upgraded both inside and out so that it stands out in the ultra competitive full-size truck segment.

Chrysler Posts $370 Million Net Loss

New Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton Missouri All Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton Missouri is committed to keeping its loyal customers updated regarding the latest in Chrysler automotive news.

After its first post bankruptcy profit was recorded last quarter, Chrysler has posted a net loss of $370 million in the 2n quarter of 2011 as a result of costs related to repayment of government bailout money.

Chrysler was charged $551 million in loans to the U.S. Treasury Department and Canada for bailout money in 2009.

“Modified” operating profit nearly tripled from a year earlier to $507 million, while revenue climbed 30 percent to $13.7 billion, the company said Tuesday.

The good news is that Chrysler’s sales rose 19% worldwide in the 2nd quarter to 486,000 units sold.  Chrysler reports this is a result of new products launched as well as a huge advertising push.

“There is no doubt that Chrysler Group has taken a huge step forward this quarter,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement. “Refinancing our debt and repaying our government loans six years early reinforces our conviction that we are on the right path to rebuilding this company and restoring it to its rightful place on the global automotive landscape.”

Chrysler posted a net profit of $116 million in the first quarter this year, in the 2nd quarter milestones include;

Repayment of $5.9 billion to the U.S. government and $1.7 billion to Canada, six years ahead of the original schedule

Refinancing its debt with a $3.0 billion senior secured loan, $3.2 billion in secured notes and a $1.3 billion revolving line of credit

Worldwide sales increased 19% to 514,000 units, the first time that figure had topped 500,000 units in a quarter since Chrysler exited bankruptcy in June 2009.

As part of the refinancing, Fiat exercised an option to increase its stake in Chrysler from 36% to 40%.

Dodge Challenger Muscle Car Models

Dodge Dealer in St. Louis All Star Dodge Dealer in St. Louis Missouri is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2011 Dodge challenger R/T Classic and the SRT8 392 models featuring the “Green With Envy” exterior color. These are limited production Challenger models which were improved to deliver more power with an all new design, HEMI V-8 engine, and innovative technology to improve performance as well as handling.   

Production of the new muscle car started this year at Brampton assembly plant in Ontario Canada. 

Production of the 2011 Green With Envy Challenger models will start in February 2011 at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Challenger  Green With Envy models are available for ordering now at Dodge dealerships.

Upgrades for the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic includes a new performance-tuned suspension with rail-like handling, more power from the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and more standard equipment.

The limited edition Green With Envy model features; five-spoke, cast-aluminum wheels and dark Slate Nappa leather seats and center console feature Green With Envy accent stitching inside the cabin.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger has a  5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine has a new cold-air induction system, the engine delivers 375 horsepower with standard six-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic transmission. New fuel saving technology on the automatic transmission allows the engine to switch  to high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is necessary, and V-8 mode when increased acceleration power is needed. This new system optimizes fuel economy without sacrificing vehicle performance.

The 2012 edition Dodge Challenger has  a 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V8 engine under the hood, cranking out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

One of the top features of the 2012 model is the fuel saving automatic transmission which allows the new Charger to achieve as much as 23 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is one of the best handling coupes ever built, now all that power and precision handling can be enjoyed while enjoying competitive fuel economy at the same time.

Commercial Ram Options

New Dodge Ram

When it comes time to purchase new fleet vehicles or a new truck for work purposes many folks choose to select the new Dodge Ram or on of Dodge’s commercial Ram derivatives. The toughness, capability, and reliability of the brand are comforting when profitability and one’s income potential is at stake. For more detailed information on the topic, All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri is a good resource to rely on.

Dodge Ram Chassis Cabs are available in a variety of forms. These trucks come in five different versions and can be customized to handle many different tasks. The starting vehicle MSRP is listed on Dodge’s webpage to be $28,160. However, depending on the configuration customers could be looking at up to $52,000 or more to get their hands on one or more of the toughest commercial Ram truck.

The individual models  start out with the base model Ram 3500 Reg ST, then comes the 4500 Reg ST, the upgraded 4500 Crew SLT, the 5500 Reg ST and the top of the line 5500 Crew Laramie. Just because it’s a work truck doesn’t mean that it has to be plain. Any of these trucks can come in any one of 11 different body colors.

There are four available upfits for these 2011 Dodge Ram’s. The 3500 Reg ST trucks can be found with either the stake bed or dump truck capacity. Ram 5500 and 4500 Reg STs come with stake bed, dump truck, aerial, or rollback upfits. Finally, the 4500 Crew SLT and the 5500 Crew Laramie edition offer stake bed, aerial, and dump truck options. Any way you choose to go Dodge has something for just about everyone. These trucks are great-looking and come with a surprising array of interior features as well.

Chrysler’s Super Bowl Commercial is a Big Hit

dodgeDealer near St. PetersChryslers two-minute Super Bowl commercial which was created in partnership with Portland, Oregon-based advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy,  made a huge impression on audiences across the country as well as judges at the Cannes Lions 58th International Festival of Creativity. All Star new Dodge Dealer near St. Peters is happy to announce that the new television advertisement  earned four Gold Lions for Best Direction, Best Use of Music, Best Script and Best Automotive Commercial, and one Bronze Lion for Best Editing.

“The Chrysler Brand is humbled to be awarded with such a prestigious honor at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “The ‘Born of Fire’ commercial and the ‘Imported from Detroit’ campaign describes the comeback of the Chrysler brand and truly defines American luxury.”

Francois expressed his gratitude for “the hard-working and determined employees of Chrysler Group and the people of Detroit who served as the inspiration for this campaign and gave us the backdrop to create something truly amazing.”

Chrysler stated the commercial; “ignited a spark throughout the United States, as many felt a connection to the attitude and work ethic portrayed in the scenes and narration. The spot reflects where the brand is headed and pays tribute to its industrial roots. While the commercial focused on Detroit, in many ways, it encapsulated the spirit of the country and the comeback of the Chrysler brand and Chrysler Group.”

The song “Lose Yourself” by Detroit native Eminem was selected for the commercial, due to its positive theme and lyrics that make a statement about accomplishing- “anything we set our mind to and that failure is not an option.”