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The 2012 Challenger – More Features and Performance

used Dodge Dealer in St. LouisWith plenty of raw power under the hood and retro-styling, the 2012 Dodge Challenger two-door coupe looks and sounds like the classic muscle cars you have come to know and love. Even though you’ll find the 2012 Dodge Challenger at a modern new car dealership, it might look like you walked onto a lot from the several decades ago. The Challenger features a broad grille, standard 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tips, body-colored door handles, front and rear bumpers, and mirrors. Fog lights, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a sunroof, and 20-inch rims are optional.
Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and an 18-speaker Harmon Kardon stereo are two of the newly available features for 2012. Additionally, the 2012 Dodge Challenger has three different engines to choose from and competes directly with the likes of Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang for muscle car consumer attention.

Back to the engines, it all starts with a standard 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 268 pounds-feet of torque, followed by the R/T’s 372-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that cranks-out 400 pounds-feet of torque when paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. When mated to an optional six-speed manual, the R/T produces 375 horsepower and 410 pounds-feet of torque. The R/T’s automatic transmission saves fuel with cylinder deactivation, which operates only four cylinders when less power is needed. EPA Fuel estimates vary between 14-18 mpg in the city and 23-27 mpg on the highway depending on which engine you choose.

For additional power, the SRT8 392 comes with it’s 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 that generates 470 pounds-feet of torque and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph under five seconds. This engine can be paired to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Drive one at All Star new and used Dodge dealer in St Louis.

Production Cuts by Fiat in 2012

new Dodge Dealer near EllisvilleAs the well documented European economic situation continues to erode, analysts are reevaluating their predictions for new vehicle registrations in the coming year. In turn, most manufacturers are trimming their production forecasts and Fiat is no exception. On the bright side, the cuts are not as severe as has been reported.

Actually, the production figures indicate a decrease of around 120,000 vehicles, which equals just about a 10 percent overall cut. Starting from the numbers claimed to be obtained directly from Fiat, the total European factory output will go from about 1.12 million in 2011 to just over a million units that are to be produced in 2012. However, projections started with the 1.3 million figure that was at one time predicted by Fiat the beginning of 2011, when things were looking somewhat brighter than is the case at the present time. Accordingly production has been scaled back since that time. In fact, Automotive News notes Fiat and its dealers have about two months worth of inventory to wade their way through.

Earlier this week, Linkiesta, an Italian online newspaper, said Fiat will cut 300,000 vehicles from its schedule for next year, an item picked up and reported on by Automotive News. That makes for good headlines, but, like JLo’s drive through the Bronx, not everything is as it appears.

Lopez is not the only beautiful and famous celebrity that the marketing gurus at Fiat have turned to help bolster sales. Fiat claims it’s the attraction of the high-performance styling of the new 500 Abarth that has been captivating public opinion but others feel that it’s more likely the high-performance styling of the car’s co-star, 26-year-old Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. Whichever is correct, the new spot drew a million YouTube views in its first week.

All Star Dodge is a reputable new Dodge Dealer near Ellisville. They are glad to pass on various automotive industry related news and information. Auto shoppers can visit this new and used Dodge dealer for assistance in selecting their next vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

Dodge Durango Named A “Top Safety Pick” By IIHS

Dodge Ram Trucks in MissouriAll Star Dodge, home of a great line-up of Dodge Ram trucks in Missouri, is pleased to announce that the Dodge Durango is Chrysler’s latest 2011 model to receive the “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  This indicates that the Durango has earned “good” scores in front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests which were conducted by the IIHS in its Vehicle Research Center in Virginia.

Chrysler’s Senior VP of Engineering, Scott Kunselman said that the award was no surprise to him.  Durango is one of 7 other Chrysler vehicles that have been awarded Top Safety Picks for 2011.

“With the latest addition of Dodge Durango, coupled with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger, Chrysler Group has eight Top Safety Picks for 2011. This recognition by the IIHS underscores our commitment to engineering safety and security technology across all vehicle segments,” said Kunselman. “As we continue with our product transformation, we’ll continue to engineer new technology and more capabilities into all our vehicles.”

The award winning Dodge Durango has 45 safety features including;

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Standard seat-mounted and side-curtain air bags
  • Active head restraints

“The Durango is the eighth vehicle from Chrysler to earn the Institute’s highest safety honor,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “The performance of the Durango means buyers are getting the best protection in the most common kinds of crashes, and electronic stability control for avoiding many crashes altogether.”

To test drive an award winning Dodge Durango, visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton MO today.  You won’t be disappointed.

2012 Dodge Charger Receives Award from Automobile Magazine

new Dodge Dealer in BridgetonAll Star new Dodge Dealer in Bridgeton MO is pleased to announce that as a result of a complete upgrade for the new 2012 Dodge Charger, the new model recently earned Automobile Magazine’s “2012 All-Star” model which is one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards.

“The interior is sophisticated, the exterior design is striking, and it is thrilling to drive,” said Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine. “The Charger definitely earned its place on this very exclusive All-Star list.”

Dodge Dealers across the country agree that the Charger is one of the easiest cars to sell once a buyer takes a test drive-“they’re done, sign them up,” stated Seattle Dodge dealer.

The new Charger offers exclusive features, including an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Charger was the first domestic sports sedan to introduce an 8-gear automatic transmission which when combined with the award-winning standard  Pentastar V6 engine, delivers 292-hp with amazing fuel economy including;  Best-in-class highway fuel economy of 31 mpg highway, best in class V6 AWD fuel economy, 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, best in class combined fuel economy of 23 mpg with RWD, 21 mpg with AWD, Unsurpassed city fuel economy in its class including 19 mpg city RWD, 18 mpg AWD, Unsurpassed overall fuel economy in its class with 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with RWD

As Automobile Magazine’s Ezra Dryer notes: “The new Charger is more polished in style and execution, but … beneath the dapper duds, you know it’s capable of some mayhem.”

In addition to its V6 powerhouse, the new Charger offers 2 enhancers-a pair of HEMI V8s.  The Charger R/T has a 5.7 liter engine which produces 370hp and 395 lb/ft of torque and the flagship Charger SRT8 has the all new 6.4 liter engine with 470 hp and 470 lb/ft of torque.

According to Dryer: “Every now and then—like now—we need to take a step back and celebrate the fact that Dodge still makes a car like this because nobody else does.”

Dodge Ram May Launch new Van with Extra Seats

Dodge Ram Truck Near Florissant All Star Dodge, home of a great line-up of new and used Dodge Ram trucks near Florissant is pleased to announce that Chrysler Group’s Ram brand is deciding whether to offer its upcoming compact van in two options, a cargo and passenger wagon.

Ram plans to offer a front-wheel drive panel van that is built by a Fiat in a joint venture overseas. The vehicle will compete with the Ford Transit Connect.

As far as a new family vehicle; “We are studying that as a possibility,” says Fred Diaz, president of the Ram brand. “It could have passenger car applications.”  Adds Diaz: “If somebody likes everything we deliver with that vehicle, and they want seats in it, why not?”

According to Automotive News; “the Ram Truck brand plans to introduce a pair of vans for commercial use; one based on the Fiat Doblo and the other based either on the Fiat Ducato or Iveco Daily. The Fiat Doblo-based Ram van would compete with the Ford Transit Connect in the compact commercial van segment while the larger vehicle, based on either the Fiat Ducato or Iveco Daily would fill the large commercial van slot formerly occupied by the Dodge Sprinter before the Ram Truck brand split away from the Dodge cars, vans and SUVs.”

The current European model Fiat Doblo is similar to the Ford Transit Connect in the U.S.  Doblo offers several fuel efficient engines but many offer less than 100 hp.  Fiat could rebadge the Doblo for a version to be sold in the U.S. market which could bring a whole new dimension to the Ram brand.

The larger Ram could be based on the Fiat Ducato or Iveco in many different styles from flatbeds to panel vans.

Both of these new Ram brand vans based on current Fiat models could possibly show up in dealer’s showrooms by 2014 which is the same year that the Ram brand is expected to launch its new look for the popular Ram truck.

Jeep Wrangler Wins KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards

new Jeep Dealer near JerseyvilleAll Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer near Jerseyville  is pleased to announce that Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler’s CEO, confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler would never be produced in any area outside of Toledo Ohio, stating; “These are things that are unthinkable — to assemble a Wrangler somewhere else.”

The statement was made in response to Jeep CEO Mike Manley who said that Chrysler was considering the production of the Jeep Patriot, Compass or Wrangler in China.

Jeep has won multiple awards this year, including two “Best Resale Value” awards from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is Number 1 in the Top 10 cars with Best Resale Value. This is the 2nd consecutive year that Jeep has been named Best Resale Value in its class with the Wrangler retaining an estimated 68% of its original price in 3 years and 55% after 5 years.

“Jeep had one of the better year-over-year improvements with a 4.1 percentage point gain in its 60-month residual value for 2012,” said Eric Ibara, director of residual value consulting for Kelley Blue Book. “Particularly the Wrangler, among this year’s top-10 list, has been a steady performer, consistently racking up high values. For example, the 2007 model has yet to dip below 60 percent of MSRP as a 5-year-old vehicle. Each succeeding model year has managed to maintain that same high level of performance.”

The KBB Best Resale Value Awards use the Kelley Book official Residual Value Guide to select winners.  The figures are estimated by automotive analysts who are experts in their field.

“In the last 18 months, we have completely updated the entire Jeep vehicle lineup, highlighted by the introduction of an all-new Grand Cherokee, as well as a new, more fuel-efficient and powerful Jeep Wrangler” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The result has been increased showroom traffic, a 44-percent improvement in sales so far this year, and increased residual values for our vehicles. We are delighted that Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com has recognized the Jeep brand’s improvements and particularly these two awards for the Wrangler.”

2011-2012 Jeep Wrangler

new Jeep Dealer in BridgetonAll Star Dodge new and used Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton MO knows that the Jeep Wrangler continues to offer strong off road capabilities and unique features such as removable doors and cloth or fiberglass removable top, fold down front window, and 4WD system.

The new Jeep has slightly improved aerodynamics and the engine weights 90 less lbs than the 3.8 liter for fuel economy improvement.  In 2011, the Jeep Wrangler’s interior was completely revamped with upgrades throughout such as the new instrument panel and added storage space, heated power mirrors and larger windows.  Arm rests and door pulls are more ergonomic in placement with soft touch upholstery and user friendly locks.  The 2011 Wrangler Sport S model added satellite radio, leather steering wheel, and tinted windows.

The 2012 model Jeep exchanged the 3.8 l engine for a 3.6 Pentastar V6 and changed from a 4 speed automatic to a 5 speed.  With the new NSG-370 manual transmission Jeep Wrangler now has the power to travel from 0 to 60 in under 7 seconds.

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler colors are Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White. Black replaces slate gray, black/dark saddle replaces dark/medium khaki on Sahara and Rubicon, and dark/medium khaki has been dropped from Sport.  Hill Descent Control was added in 2012 as a standard feature on all Wranglers and the electronic stability control has been improved.

Towing of up to 3,500 was possible in 2012 models and maximum trailer weight on all models is 2,000 lbs. Payload is 1,000 lb on Sport, 880 lb on Sahara, and 892 lb on Rubicon.

To test drive a new Jeep Wrangler visit your local All Star Dodge dealer located in Bridgeton Missouri today.

Dundee Lays Off Hourly workers from Fiat Engine Line

Dodge Dealer near O'FallonAll Star Dodge Dealer near O’Fallon is committed to keeping its loyal customers and blog dealers updated regarding the latest in Chrysler automotive news.

At the Michigan based plant, approximately 1/4th of the hourly workers at Chrysler’s Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance Plant in Dundee, have been laid off secondary to slow sales of the Fiat 500 in the U.S., according to Larry Vellequette of Automotive News, citing a local union official.  The plant assembles the 1.4 liter engine that powers the Fiat 500.

Chrysler has a 184 day supply of the Fiat 500 with sales rates varying depending on market area.  California and the Southeast are Fiats largest automotive markets with Midwest sales slumping.

The Fiat 500 is a premium priced small car, but still less expensive than the BMW Mini.  Many Fiat dealerships did not open as early as expected and Chrysler did not start marketing the small car until recently.

While early US-specification Fiat 500s used Fiat-built engines, the Toluca, Mexico plant which produces the Fiat is now relying on engines made in Michigan. The upcoming Abarth model, which is being unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will use a turbocharged version of the same engine, also made by Chrysler.

Chrysler built Fiat 500 models are to be sold in South America and Mexico as well as the U.S.; Fiat is well established in many foreign markets where nearly 50 percent of the units are set to be sold.

According to Tom Zimmerman the plant’s union chairman for UAW Local 723 around 100 of 400 hourly workers were laid off.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said the plant “is moderating its schedule to adjust for the current bank of engines.” She disputed Zimmerman’s numbers, however, saying that about 30 employees at the plant are currently laid off and another 35 are “redeployed” to other parts of the facility.

Tinson said the company is “very pleased with the progress we are making with the North American launch of the Fiat brand.”

Fiat has returned to North America after nearly 30 years and is making a slow but steady comeback.

Three More Dodge Ram Models for 2012

new Dodge Ram near St. LouisAll Star Dodge is pleased to announce that Dodge Ram will add 3 new models with features and options that will exceed customer’s expectations.  Ram sales have already risen 26 percent in the first 3 quarters of 2011, and the forecast for future sales of Dodge Ram continues to look good.

The new models will be called; the Ram Power Wagon Laramie, Power Wagon ST, and the Power Wagon SLT.  The Laramie model will add significant luxury features to its spec sheet including; leather seats, premium audio features, dual-zone air-conditioning, wood-grain-trimmed door panels and dash, body-colored fender flares and other unique exterior accents, chrome mirrors, bumpers and grille.

The Power Wagon ST offers off road performance at an affordable price which makes it the perfect fleet vehicle for companies that need an off road vehicle such as fire and emergency services-or for anyone who wants a great value in a tough truck.

“When it comes to off-road capability, no other pickup truck compares to the Ram Power Wagon,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “Expanding the Power Wagon’s availability to ST and Laramie models is not only what our customers have asked for, but also a true measure of the truck’s success and popularity with truck buyers.”

The Ram Power Wagon ST and Laramie models are expected to show up in dealer’s showrooms in December of 2011 with a price range ranging from $42,620 for the ST and $51,995 for the Laramie; the Power Wagon SLT is on sale now with a sticker price of $46,560.

Another new Ram model is the 2012 Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition which is a limited run truck which features outdoor friendly features such as the RamBox Holster fishing rod and gun rack holder.

“Ram Truck owners are deeply involved with the outdoors and proudly participate in hunting and fishing,” said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand. “In recognition of the millions of American hunters, we’re launching the Ram Mossy Oak Edition, as we did the Ram Outdoorsman, to keep our focus on the needs and wants of our customers so that they can enjoy their enthusiasm for the outdoors and their sport of choice.”

The Ram Mossy Oak Edition will also be launched in December and the price starts at $39,910.

To learn more about the new Dodge Ram near St. Louis MO, contact your local All Star Dodge Dealer located in Bridgeton today.

Chrysler is Recognized for Support of Military Employees

new Dodge Dealer near EllisvilleAll Star new Dodge Dealer near Ellisville is pleased to announce that Chrysler was recognized for its employer support of Active Duty,  National Guard, and Reservist employees.  The employer leadership award from “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve of Southeast Michigan” was presented to Chrysler for its long history of supporting employees and their families on active military duty.

The award was presented by Deborah Schroeder, Michigan Committee for Employer Support Southeast Region Chair, to Chrysler Corporations Senior VP of Human Resources, Nancy Rae.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is an agency with the Department of Defense that promotes the efforts of American employers to support the military service of their employees.

Steve Zaner of Chrysler’s Corporate Security Group nominated the company for the award.  Zaner is also an officer with the United States Air Force who found himself called to active duty in January of 2010.

“My family appreciated all the little things Chrysler Group did for us during my active duty,” Zaner said. “I really wanted to say thank you to the Company and to my supervisors and department leaders for being so sensitive to the needs of employees in the military and their families.”

“The Chrysler Group Management Team is so proud of what these employees do for our country,” Rae said. “We understand how important it is to help maintain continuity providing benefits for our employee and their families when they go on active duty.”

Today there are 24 Chrysler employees who are on active military leave, approximately 195 Chrysler workers are active or inactive Reservists, and close to 4,000 Chrysler employees are military veterans.

The UAW/Chrysler Local 412 Veterans Committee held a commemorative ceremony at Chrysler Group Headquarters to pay tribute to military medical personnel.  General Richard Stone-U.S. Army Acting Deputy Surgeon General was a guest speaker at the ceremony.