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The 2008 Dodge Challenger

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Josh E. Oliver
Cheers & Gears.com Exclusive

C&G has your exclusive information on production plans for the 2008 Dodge Challenger. Sources tell us that the vehicle will begin production NEXT YEAR in 2007 as a 2008 model year vehicle.

The Challenger which made it’s debut at this years NAIAS wowed the crowd and caused for a comparison to the muscle car era of the sixties. Chevrolet also introduced the highly anticipated Chevrolet Camaro concept which is rumored to be slated for production in 2008 as a 2009 model year vehicle.

The Challenger will be produced in Brampton, Ontario along side the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger. Chrysler originally wanted a different plant to produce the Challenger, however that plant could not be ready for the 2007 production timeline, thus Brampton was chosen.

The Challenger will be limited in production numbers. Chrysler expects initial sales of 35,000 units annually eventually tapering off at 18,000. Because of that, the Challenger will only be produced for a maximum of five years. It will be powered by the Hemi engine featured in the concept. Pricing is currently unknown.

Stay tuned for staff members opinions on what we think the General could do to compete with the limited production Challenger, and as always, be sure to check out what we feel could be capable competition, our Chevelle series. The Ultimate Concept. PERIOD.

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dfelt    1,771

SWEET Love this! :P

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99camaroSS    0

if chrysler is really bumping forward the challenger then u can bet that GM will bump forward the Camaro.

im not buyin the 35k units, 5 year run deal

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thegriffon    5

Sounds like they are being realistic about it squaring off against the GTO rather than the Mustang, with the lower sales volume that implies. We'll just have to wait and see if GM fires back with a compelling new model.

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thedriver    39

who will buy it? i would love to, but it just isn't in my means right now. with no base model, look for the mustang to outsell it 2-1...

and i read in motor trend this month the gto is dead anyhow. truth? rumor? ah-ha?

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Variance    0

who will buy it? i would love to, but it just isn't in my means right now. with no base model, look for the mustang to outsell it 2-1...

and i read in motor trend this month the gto is dead anyhow. truth? rumor? ah-ha?

Yeah, well, I'm still a GTO guy. I will own one someday even if I have to settle for the...*sigh*...LS1.

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Charger4U    0

josh what makes you think theyll make only 35k of em a year?

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Northstar    11

How much capacity does Brampton have? It can't be too much unless they reduce production of the other 3 cars built there.

Honestly, there isn't a ton of market for a $30k+ RWD V8 coupe that doesn't carry a premium nameplate. Even if the GTO had the styling that all the diehards wanted, I don't think sales would have been that much better. Maybe it would have sold 18k units instead of 6k units, but either way the market isn't that big.

If the Challenger really comes in at a plump 4100 lbs, I see no reason to buy one over a Mustang or (by that time) used GTO. And I doubt the interior will be better than the GTOs given what DCX has put out lately.

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mrfunji    0

I give it 2nd-3rd quarter 2007. The concept was basically a Chrysler LX chassis with fiberglass body panels, I mean you could see the whole underpinnigs if you peeked under the car. They've probably been working on the tooling and dies for the last year, and pre-production units could start in a few months.

I really don't care for this car. Like all Dodge's, it's looks like a dumb, bulky unaerodynamic pig. I really hope it's a flop. Plus the interior sucked and 3 of the 4 gauge cluster lights were out on the concept when I saw it but the production will probably get the black ugly radio with the stupid "brushed aluminum" plastic....

If this is released it will just motived me more to throw hot cam in my GTO and tune it eventhough I can probably beat it stock.

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Hudson    16

Planning for 35,000 units (which is about right) makes sense. Why plan for 50,000 units and only hit 40,000 or 45,000 units? Why not plan a more reasonable number (which will be capacity constrained in Bramalea) and possibly have a HIT when demand outstrips supply...driving up dealer transaction prices and boosting resale value? Or should they flood the market, forcing dealers to fight for customers, and making residual values fall through the floor?

Yes, 35,000 units sounds good to me.

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BrewSwillis    0

The Challenger will be produced in Brampton, Ontario along side the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger. Chrysler originally wanted a different plant to produce the Challenger, however that plant could not be ready for the 2007 production timeline, thus Brampton was chosen.

Is this saying that the Magnum will no longer be produced??? I doubt that.

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torobud    0

That is old news you have here. Insiders at Allpar.com said production would begin in March 2007 as an 08 Model back in November of last year.

Ditto - welcome to last month :lol:

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nikivee    0

Ditto - welcome to last month  :lol:

Yeah..

From allpar.com back in November of 2005 from a DC insider.

E8502 wrote: “They are definitely going to sell more then 10,000 units. I'd guess at least 25,000 for its first year on the market. Speaking of when this bad boy will be released, I hear early March 2007 production (for Fast Feedback cars), on dealer lots by late April (so in all, similar to the Magnum timetable).

One possibility is that the first-year run will be, as many are saying, limited to 10,000 - 15,000 units, all with the 6.1 liter SRT-8 engine; this might be called Challenger SRT-8, though most enthusiasts would prefer the original R/T designation. If the Challenger sold well, and there appeared to be strong demand, and production was flawless - or rapidly fixed - so that the Challenger, Charger, and 300C were all running nicely on the same assembly line, then the second year could see a "base" model with the 5.7 Hemi, whose cylinder deactivation would increase gas mileage; and perhaps a V6 would eventually be seen.

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You're talking about information from November, how many times does information change in this business? You're looking at information that is set in stone and solidified, no speculation, no guesswork on what "could" happen.

It's 35,000 units. Produced for 5 years and produced by the Hemi. No two ways around it.

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nikivee    0

You're talking about information from November, how many times does information change in this business? You're looking at information that is set in stone and solidified, no speculation, no guesswork on what "could" happen.

It's 35,000 units. Produced for 5 years and produced by the Hemi. No two ways around it.

That's right from November. Same story basically. So to me it's not news. So DC contacted you directly and told you in no uncertain terms 35K units for 5 years and that's it?

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turbo200    6

Let's all just take it for what it is, in a couple of months it'll be confirmed by DCX. Several of the insiders have already chimed in on this and concurred.

I agree that 35k units is a great volume to shoot for, DCX will have demand outstripping supply, and will have yet another success story [by publicly keeping projections low]. I also think this car is kind of dumb too, and the GTO seems to be a better car already. If only GTO looked as cool.

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turbo200    6

Chrysler isn't going to waste it's time on just 35k units, look for about 50-60k a year.  The 2007 start date is correct, I've heard as early as next April.  Don't be quick to write off Camaro so late.  From the word go, Camaro could be here as early as Spring 2008 if GM fast tracks it. :AH-HA_wink:

It is wonderful to hear you say this ah-ha.

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Planning for 35,000 units (which is about right) makes sense. Why plan for 50,000 units and only hit 40,000 or 45,000 units? Why not plan a more reasonable number (which will be capacity constrained in Bramalea) and possibly have a HIT when demand outstrips supply...driving up dealer transaction prices and boosting resale value? Or should they flood the market, forcing dealers to fight for customers, and making residual values fall through the floor?

Yes, 35,000 units sounds good to me.

Exactly. Lowball your initial figures and if you beat them you look great

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