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Know Chrysler History

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Oakville

Did you know that Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years. It started as a small company and has grown into one of the most loved auto brands in the country. Today we want to take a brief look back at the history of Chrysler. This impressive legacy is easy to be a part of, you just need to head to All Star Chrysler near Oakville.

1946-1954: The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI® combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

1955-1962: Exner revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power. The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.” (This information was compiled from chrysler.com and nadaguides.com.)

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Charging from the Past

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

The Dodge Charger at All Star near Ballwin is an iconic piece of American history. It was introduced at the beginning of the golden age of muscle cars and was well loved. For a time, the Dodge Charger was not in production, but in the mid-2000’s Dodge brought the Charger out of retirement and back into the spotlight. We want to go back and learn about the start of the Dodge Charger.

“Dodge was in desperate need of a car that appealed to anyone under the age of 80, and the way to do that quickly was to develop a fastback version of its Coronet midsize car. That car appeared in the fall of 1965 as the 1966 Charger.”-edmonds.com

Except for the two-door fastback roof and some unique trim, the Charger was every inch a Coronet. That meant it was a simple unibody structure with an unequal length control arm front suspension that used torsion bars as a springing medium and a solid rear axle on semielliptical leaf springs in the back.

And “every inch a Coronet” also meant that the Charger was pretty big. At 203.6 inches long it was a full 22 inches longer than a ’66 Mustang and 3.5 inches longer than the four-door 2K6 Charger. The first Charger’s 117-inch wheelbase was relatively long for the era in which it was designed, though it seems modest by 21st-century standards when engineers try to shove the wheels out to a car’s corners (the 2K6 Charger’s wheelbase is 120 inches). While the styling of the Charger’s front clip was similar to that of the Coronet’s, there was a full-width convex grille in front with hidden headlights that gave the car a unique look.

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Will We Ever See the New Charger???

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis

We cannot begin to tell you how much we love the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis. It is a great reminder of the golden days of the muscle car and our love of classic American muscle. What we have not loved so much is that we are not going to get to see the new redesign of the Dodge Charger until 2020! Let’s talk about it!

In its five-year strategy announcement for Dodge made in May 2014, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ [NYSE:FCAU] target date for redesigning the Challenger and Charger muscle cars was calendar year 2018. In 2015 we heard that the redesign might be delayed until 2019, and now we’re hearing that the delays might stretch even further.

“Citing one source at FCA and another at a supplier, Automotive News (subscription required) on Monday reported that the redesigned Challenger and Charger will be delayed until calendar year 2020. The sources said the cars are to adopt FCA’s Giorgio platform, which debuted in the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and will likely arrive as 2021 models.”-motorauthority.com

Both the Challenger and Charger are now expected to receive a second significant update to keep them fresh. The first such update was introduced for the 2015 model year.

Updates for the Challenger will be arriving soon. An all-wheel-drive Challenger GT is expected for the 2017 model year and has already shown up on the EPA’s website. A new range-topping model potentially labeled the Challenger ADR is also in the works. This model will get the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 and some much-needed wider tires.

Is it possible the redesigned Dodge Charger will come sooner than expected after the announcement that FCA will put $1 billion into its Michigan plants? We will have to wait and see!

A Charger – Ram Truck Hybrid?

Dodge Charger at All Star near Clayton

The Dodge Charger is a nod to the classic age of muscle cars. It is powerful, it roars when you drive it, and it’s comfortable. The styling of this classic car is classic in a way that never goes out of style. There is just something about the Charger that makes you say, “Wow!” when you look at it. It is this classic styling that have some people saying that other models in the Dodge Ram family are starting to resemble the Charger. We certainly don’t hate the idea of this happening. One such model that this styling is reflected is the new Ram trucks that are set to come out in 2018. Let’s take a look at what we are talking about.

The Ram trucks look a little chunkier than the current trucks, with more shapes going on. That vertical bar dividing the grille got a whole lot fatter, too. And of course, the thing’s wearing requisite LED trim lights. The back actually looks a bit like a GMC, with those bracket taillights, but with the Ram Rebel’s whale shark mouth shape moved from the front to the tailgate.

A refreshed Ram truck, is expected to come out within the next year or so for the 2018 model year. What we don’t know is what, if any, changes will happen beyond the aesthetics teased at in these images. “That gives us a lot of time to have tweaks made to the design, so I guess I wouldn’t count on this as the final look for the next Ram truck. But I’ll take it as at least a strong suggestion.” -truckyeah.com

Since the refresh is still in the early stages, we are not sure exactly what the final model will look like. For more information on the different Ram trucks and on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star near Clayton today!

Viper Coming Back???

DETROIT MI/USA - JANUARY 15: A 2014 SRT (Dodge) Viper car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), on January 15, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan.

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One of the most loved models that Dodge has ever created is the Dodge Viper. It is considered one of the most collectible models ever created. People who loved this model were very sad to see it leave production, but we have some good news. As it turns out, 2017 will be the year that the Dodge Viper comes back! We want to share more about this with you.

“Dodge announced plans to deep-six the Viper nameplate after a 25-year long production run last June. The model was sent off with a batch of limited-edition cars that predictably sold out almost instantly. Demand from enthusiasts was unprecedented, and a dealer in North Carolina succeeded in buying 135 cars — that represents about 99 percent of the final production run.”-digitaltrends.com
The Viper should have joined the pantheon of automotive history after the last car was spoken for, but Motor Authority has learned Dodge is building a few additional cars because executives realized they have more parts left over than they thought they would. Whether a few means two, 20, or 200 remains to be seen, but the Viper has always been a low-volume model so it’s reasonable to assume the final figure will be in the two digits.
The Viper has resisted the sports car market’s shift towards dual-clutch automatic transmissions and smaller, turbocharged engines; it’s the ultimate old-school American muscle car, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s exclusively offered with a naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter V10 engine that pumps out 645 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. All that power is channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

For more information on the Dodge Viper and its return, head to All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles. Their team will tell you all about the return of this amazing piece of machinery!

 

Popularity Overload!!!

Los Angeles CA - November 19 2014: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on display on display at the LA Auto Show

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge in MO

There are some vehicle models that are so popular that the auto makers end up under manufacturing that particular model. The Dodge Charger has been one of those models that people have just really loved. This was not a huge surprise as people loved the original when it debuted during the golden age of the muscle car. We want to talk about how Dodge is planning to meet the demand of the Charger.

According to the charts at Hellcat.org, FCA built 4,025 examples of the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – all of which had the 8-speed automatic transmission. For the 2015 model year, Dodge built just 1,334 Hellcat sedans, so production of the 707 horsepower Dodge with four doors improved by 302% during the 2016 model year.

For the second year in a row, a black exterior color was the most popular among the 2016 Hellcat Charger, but where Phantom Black was the most popular color in 2015, Pitch Black was the most popular option for the blown sedan in 2016. With 1,151 Hellcat Chargers being Pitch Black, that single color accounted for roughly 29% of the 2016 production run of the supercharged sedan.

“As was the case with the Hellcat Challenger production numbers we discussed previously, these Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat production numbers are not official figures from FCA. These numbers come from the website Hellcat.org, which has proven to be a reliable source of inside information in the past, so while these aren’t official numbers – they are likely as close as we are going to get to official. The understanding with this information is that it is acquired from someone inside the company who obviously opts to remain nameless.” -torquenews.com

For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge in MO today!

Charger Daytona is Here!

Woodland Hills CA - Abril 5 2015: Dodge Charger R/T classic car on display at the Supercar Sunday Pre-1973 Muscle car event.

Dodge Charger at All Star near Creve Coeur

We have recently talked about how the Challenger T/A is being re-released and we have also commented on how the Charger Daytona would be coming back soon. We have had some exciting news dropped in our lap today! The Charger Daytona is here! Today we want to talk about the different options on the trims of the Charger Daytona.

First up, we have the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona, which is based on the Charger R/T with the 5.7L Hemi and the 8-speed automatic transmission. The Daytona package adds a 2.75 inch active exhaust system, a Mopar cold air intake package, a 2.62 rear gear ratio, the Super Track Pak (sport tuned suspension, performance brake pads, a unique stability control system with a “full off” setting and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires), the front and rear fascia, side sills rear spoiler and hood of the Charger SRT models, unique black Daytona and Hemi graphics, a blacked out roof and unique 20 inch wheels. Also, the inside of the Charger Daytona benefits from some items from the pricier SRT models, including the heated and cooled Nappa leather seats with the Daytona logo embroidered on the seatback.

These changes give the R/T-level Charger a more aggressive exterior design, improved handling, improved acceleration, more attitude via the exhaust system and a more luxurious cabin – all for just $40,895 with destination.

“The 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 is similar to the Charger Daytona, but this package begins with the 392 cubic inch Hemi, delivering 485 horsepower and 475lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.” – torquenews.com

For more information on the new Charger Daytona, stop by All Star near Creve Coeur and speak with a member of the team. They would love to help you get behind the wheel of a great Charger today!

Time to Say Goodbye to the Dart

Couple saying goodbye before car travel holding hands through the window

Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

Well, it is a sad day for Dodge fans. It has officially been announced that the Dodge Dart will be going away at the end of 2016. Sure, you will still be able to buy the existing Dart models at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville, but you will not be able to order one. Production is ceasing on this revived model.

“It was a vehicle they had high hopes for initially and then when that car went down in flames it was left an orphan,” said Jack R. Nerad, Kelley Blue Book executive editorial director and executive market analyst. “It quickly became a non-player and then it was just playing out the string.” While we do not agree with Mr. Nerad, we are sad that we have to say goodbye and sad that this might be the reason why.

There has been some speculation that this was always slated to be a short life for the Dodge Dart. That it was only getting brought back for a limited engagement. Was the plan all along to make past Dart owners, from the golden age of muscle cars, nostalgic? Was it just a ploy to get them to buy the car that they had in their youth? We do not know for sure. We do know that the Charger and the Challenger were brought back to life and that they have done really well, but how long until they are gone as well? We just have a lot of unanswered questions, and it would appear that that is how they will stay.

For more information on the Dodge Dart, or to get one before it is too late and it is again gone into the annals of history, stop by All Star. Don’t miss out!

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More Colors Coming for the Dodge Charger

Stade, Germany - May 2, 2015: High angle view of vintage Plymouth Roadrunner and Dodge Charger cars exhibited at MOPAR Spring Fling annual meeting for vintage cars built by Chrysler Corp.

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Chesterfield

We love the Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Chesterfield. It is sleek, stylish, and can go fast, which is something that we all look for in a muscle car. We talked the other day about the Challenger and the new wheel base that both the Challenger and the Charger will be getting in the 2017 generation. Today we want to talk about the new colors that the ‘Chager will be available for 2017.

Last week, we detailed the key changes for the 2017 Dodge Challenger and the 2017 Dodge Charger, with the most significant news focusing on the 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat models. While the Challenger lineup benefits from the new T/A package and the Charger gets the new Daytona package, the key “changes” for the two muscle cars are found on the Hellcat models, in the form of the new, lightweight wheels, the new Hellcat head badges and the red-lit steering wheel center.” -torquenews.com

The 2016 Dodge Challenger is currently offered in 10 exterior colors – Billet Silver, Bright White, Go Mango, Granite, Ivory White, Jazz Blue, Maximum Steel, Pitch Black, Redline Red and TorRed. Notice, that list doesn’t include the previously offered colors of B5 Blue or Plum Crazy Purple.

For 2017, Granite, Billet Silver, Pitch Black, Maximum Steel, Go Mango, Redline Red and TorRed return, but they are joined by four new colors with Yellow Jacket, Octane Red, Green Go and Destroyer Grey and two renamed colors, White Knuckle (previously Bright White) and Contusion Blue (previously Jazz Blue). For those wondering about the new Green Go, while it looks similar to Sublime from the 2015 model year, this new color is a little darker and it has less metallic sparkle to it.

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Behold, the Power of the Charger!

DETROIT MI/USA - FEBRUARY 27 2016: "Eleanor Slam" a 1969 Dodge Charger interpretation on display at the Detroit Autorama ,a showcase of custom and restored cars.

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge in MO

Are you considering buying a sports car? If you are, then you need to head to All Star Dodge in MO and check out the Dodge Charger. The Charger is a reincarnation of the original model that was released during the muscle car golden years. The latest release is a stylish and sporty complement to its original release. Today we want to share with you some of the information on the power and agility that is under the hood of newest Charger.

Acceleration and Power
The 2016 Dodge Charger acceleration is literally breathtaking, vertigo-inducing, not even really slowing down for shifts. The 8-speed transmission has drawn praise for its timely and smooth shifting. By the time you are blinking, you’re already into the next gear!

  • According to the test drivers, the base V6 engines deliver adequate power
  • Auto reviewers point out that the available V8 engines are what really stands out in terms of their performance, delivering forceful and fast acceleration
  • The 8-speed engine doesn’t hunt for the gears keeping ride noise at a level that is manageable.

Handling and Braking
The cornering ability and athletic handling of the Charger has been praised by test drivers. As a result of its sloping nose and improved visibility, the Charger is in fact easier to drive than earlier versions.

  • The Hellcat model Brembo brakes are rated as superb
  • The car’s steering feels precise and sporty
  • Provides impressive balance and control around tight turns.

These are just some of the amazing features of the Dodge Charger. (Some of this information was gathered from carbuyingstrategies.com). For more information on the Dodge Charger, stop by All Star today. Their team would love to assist you in selecting the Charger with the right trim to give you a powerful ride.