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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.

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

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!

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!

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.

Check out the new colors on the Dodge Charger at All Star today!

We Challenge You to Find a Better Deal!

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

Dodge Challenger at All Star near St. Peters

Here at the All Star Dodge Ram dealership near St. Peters, we are proud to sell the very best Dodge cars on the market. One of those excellent vehicles is the Dodge Challenger. You may remember the Dodge Challenger from years ago, the muscle car that inspired a generation to get under the hoods of their vehicles supe them up and make them go faster than ever before. Well, this Challenger has all the spirit of those days of yore and all the hearts of those who put so much work into their muscle cars, we combine them all to get the 2016 Dodge Challenger.

At All Star one of the things that we pride ourselves on is being able to offer great vehicles at great prices to our great customers. One way in which we do that is by offering fantastic deals on auto loans. Sometimes you can find loans as low as .09% on a five-year loan, that’s amazing! Sometimes another great offering that All Star has is leasing programs.

What about those of us out there who maybe have less than perfect credit. You know, we made some bad credit choices in our youth and are now having to pay for those bad decisions today. Sure we’ve got our act together, but no banks will treat us as we have. All Star is here again to save the day! All Star offers a guaranteed financing program to all of its customers that go shopping on their lot. The excellent team that works in our finance department at All Star has a network of thousands of lenders and they are sure to find you a great auto loan at a great rate that will help you build your credit. After all, we don’t want you just to have a great new car, we want you to have a great new lifestyle, and great credit is part of that.

For more information on the Dodge Challenger and on the guaranteed financing program, please head by the All Star dealership today.  Our friendly staff would love to see you!

Let Nothing Challenge You!

Hello and a happy February morning to you! We are so glad to have you back with us today! Today we want to talk about something that most of us probably do, but none of us should. We are talking, of course, about road rage. Road rage is that evil little monster that comes out while we are driving and things are not going as we think they should or people are not driving as well as we expect them to. We can feel it well up within us and, if we are not careful, it can overflow and pour out of our mouths. In the worst case scenarios it can lead to accidents and fatalities. We need to find ways to keep this road rage from overpowering our normal calm demeanor.

What can we do to quiet the road rage monster? One thing that we can do is remember that we cannot control how other drivers drive and how they behave. We can only control ourselves and how we respond to the situation at hand. Just keeping this in mind will greatly decrease the amount of rage that you feel.

Another way to keep the road rage monster from welling up is to be driving one of the best cars on the road. You can do this by purchasing a Dodge Challenger from All Star near Arnold. The Dodge Challenger is one of the very best new age muscle cars on the market. You can hear it coming as it is driving down the road. It is a vehicle that cannot be ignored. If you are driving a Challenger, it is likely that no one is going get in your way, just because they are amazed to see one on the road. Stop the road rage monster, get a Dodge Challenger today!

Dodge Dart & Challenger- A Blast from the Past

There have always been those iconic cars that take us back to a different time in history. A time when all you wanted was a muscle car. Really, it was a time when muscle cars ruled the road. There would be races on the weekends to prove that agility of your car that you had spent all week working on. A time when Saturdays were spent under the hood of a car, tweaking it in order to coax every last bit of horsepower from the engine. This time was really the glory years of the muscle car. Two of the most iconic cars from this period were the Dodge Dart and the Dodge Challenger.

The Dart and the Challenger were out of production for a number of years; the only way you could get one was to find someone willing to part with theirs or to re-build one yourself from a base found at the auto grave yard. Not any more. Now you can own a new Dart or Challenger that has the same soul as those from years past but with a reinvigorated body that is sure to drop jaws wherever you go. When Dodge first introduced the new Dart and Challenger, the public was not sure of how it would go. (After all, there have been reintroductions by other manufacturers in the past that were just terrible.) The public was really impressed with the Dart and Challenger that we introduced. They possess a similar body style to those produced in the 1970’s and 1980’s but with a touch of modernity. These remakes of the classics have been incredibly well received!

If you dreamed of owning a muscle car all those years ago or just want to add to your collection, head to the All Star Dealership near St. Louis today and check out the new Dodge Dart and Dodge Challenger. It is time for you to become a part of the American muscle car history.

The Dodge Ram Trucks Brand at the 2015 State Fair of Texas!

State Fair of Texas

On September 21st, FCA US LLC reported on it’s particitpation in the 2015 State Fair of Texas by outlinig just what activities and vehicles will be there for attendees to experience. The year’s fair just started on September 25th and will run through October 18th.  According to Mike Dragojevic, Director of the Southwest Business Center, FCA US, “We will treat State Fair attendees to everything from the world’s fastest muscle cars, to the most fuel-efficient pickup trucks, to seductive American sedans.  The State Fair of Texas gives us a chance to demonstrate how our Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT vehicles uniquely answer the demands of Texans.”

For those looking at Chrysler vehicles, the brand will have a 90th anniversary display with examples of it’s new 2015 Chrysler 300, the Chrysler 200, and Chrysler Town & Country minivan.  All Chrysler offerings are of luxury quality, with a price tag meant to meet the needs of most buyers.

Dodge and SRT will please crowds with a display that includes the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat along with an example of the the R/T Scat Pack model that offers best-in-class 485 naturally aspirated horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Jeep brand decided to include it’s all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade.  This new Jeep offering prides itself on being the the most capable small SUV on the market with  best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, outstanding on-road and off-road driving dynamics, two fuel-efficient engine choices, and innovative safety and technology offerings.

Finally, from the Dodge Ram brand for sale near St. Louis there will be displays including the 2016 Ram Laramie Limited and Rebel.

Additionally, fair goers will get to take part in other FCA activities including Shadow Family Decals, Fun Photo Ops, Dodge Viper Simulator Challenge, Jeep Alley, and the Ram Truck Zone.

To get a closer look at Dodge Ram trucks for sale near St. Louis, simply visit All-Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today!

2016 SRT Hellcat Ordering Details Just Released!

ordering carOn July 27th, Dodge announced that it will soon open ordering for 2016 model year Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models.  The new ordering process will be streamlined to ensure better delivery of the vehicles.  The company also announced that it will more than double it’s production of the SRT Hellcat models for the 2016 model year.  According to Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US, “We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats – it was absolutely unprecedented, but then again, these 707-horsepower muscle cars are unprecedented.  To meet this demand, we are more than doubling our SRT Hellcat production for 2016 and simplifying the process to make it easier for our enthusiasts to get their hands on the hottest muscle cars in history.  In addition, customers with verified sold orders that weren’t built in the 2015 model year will receive special discounted pricing if they re-order in 2016.”

Details released concerning the remaining 2015 models and 2016 models include:

  • The Brampton Ontario Assembly plant will complete all remaining orders for the 2015 SRT Hellcat orders.
  • Any remaining unscheduled 2015 SRT orders that have not been filled will be cancelled.
  • Those who ordered an SRT during 2015, but did not have their order filled will receive a discount on the 2016 model if they choose to place a new order.
  • Potential allocation for 2016 will be given to dealers during August 2015.
  • Dealer allocation totals will be split in two with dealers gaining access to half of their 2016 allocation during August and the second half during February of 2016.
  • Dealers will gain access to the ordering system during the second week of August 2015.
  • The Brampton Ontario Assembly Plant will begin 2016 Challenger and Charger production during September.

For full ordering details, contact your Dodge cars dealer near Arnold today!

The team at All-Star Dodge cars near Arnold is excited to begin offering the 2016 Challenger and Charger models beginning very soon.  Ask your All-Star sales consultant to keep you up-to-date with details today!