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  1. The Dodge Dart will be going away sometime in the near future and to prepare for this, Dodge has revamped the lineup to help dealers move them out. For the rest of the 2016 model year, the Dart will only be available in the SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport. SXT Sport: This is the new base model in the Dart lineup with a base price of $18,990 with destination. Power comes from a 2.0L Tigershark four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or automatic are available. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels Dart Turbo: Positioned as the sporty version, this Dart comes with the 1.4L turbo-four with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, and six-speed manual. A sport appearance hood, dual exhaust tips, and the Rallye Appearance package are standard. Base price for the turbo starts at $20,490. Dart GT Sport: Sitting as the top model in the Dart lineup, the GT Sport gets a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. It comes with a lot of equipment such as push-button start, digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch UConnect system, and backup camera. “We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference. The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FCA's Passenger Car Brands in a statement. Source: Dodge Press Release is on Page 2 Dodge Simplifies Dart Lineup, Appealing to Both the Value Conscious Consumer and the Driving Enthusiast Dodge simplifies the 2016 Dodge Dart lineup to three models: Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport, delivering small-car consumers the content they desire at a lower starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) Buyer can customize their Dart exterior to stand out in a sea of sameness with the available popular Rallye and Blacktop packages or the all-new Chrome package that offers an upscale look at an affordable price The new Dodge Dart SXT Sport is the new entry-level Dart model with a starting U.S. MSRP of $17,995 (all prices exclude destination) and is powered by the 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine The new 2016 Dart SXT Sport delivers the features small-car customers want as standard equipment, including remote keyless entry Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite radio, air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls and 16-inch aluminum wheels The new Dart Turbo model is powered by the 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission for the customer who wants to ‘save the manuals’ and actively enjoy the drive, all for a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,495. The Dart Turbo model comes standard with a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels The new Dart GT Sport model is reconfigured to offer the features consumers desire at a starting U.S. MSRP of just $20,995 (excluding destination), a price decrease of $1,100. The Dart GT Sport is powered by the 184-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or an available Powertech six-speed automatic transmission. The popular Dart GT Blacktop package continues as an option. April 11, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge is simplifying the 2016 Dart model lineup with three new models packed with the features small-car customers want at a value every consumer will appreciate. The Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport will comprise the Dodge Dart lineup for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year. Available Chrome, Rallye and Blacktop appearance packages give drivers the option to have an exterior style that will stand out from the crowd in the small-car segment. “We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for.” Dealers can begin ordering for the repositioned 2016 Dodge Dart this month. Simplified Dart Lineup continues to deliver small car pricing with mid-size interior space; comfort and unique Dodge design The 2016 Dodge Dart continues to deliver a distinctive appearance with an athletic, stylish exterior design; a modern, sleek interior design that’s well-crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail; class-leading safety and security features, including 10 standard air bags; easy-to-use technology including hands-free calling and dynamics engineered for the driver who loves to drive. The Dart is loaded with more than 60 available safety and security features, which give both drivers and passengers peace of mind. Constructed of 68 percent high-strength steel, among the highest in the industry, the Dodge Dart’s key available safety and security features include 10 standard air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on every model, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, all-speed traction control, ParkView rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense rear park assist with dynamic grid lines, LATCH anchors, which allow a child seat to be placed in any of the three rear seat positions, and much more. 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport The Dart SXT Sport has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,995 (all prices exclude destination), which is $1,400 less than the current SXT model, and is powered by the 2.0L Tigershark MultiAir2 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or available Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway. Standard equipment includes: 10 standard air bags, air conditioning, active grille shutters, Uconnect Bluetooth hands-free calling, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year free subscription, electric power steering, electronic brake assist, electronic stability control, Hill-Start Assist (HSA) all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes, black Sedoso cloth seats with mesh inserts, six-way manual adjust driver and front passenger seat, driver seat height adjuster, front-seat active headrests, three rear-seat head restraints, sun visors with vanity mirrors, floor console with covered storage, Uconnect AM/FM/CD, four speakers, remote USB port, audio input jack for mobile devices, satin silver shift knob, two front cup holders, power windows with driver one-touch, solar control glass, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, standard instrument cluster with tachometer, dual-note electric horns, outside temperature display in odometer, front courtesy map lamps, headlamp off-time delay, bi-function halogen projector head lamp, LED corner tail lamp, body-color crosshair grille with body-color surround, chrome headlamp bezels, tilt and telescopic steering column, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. 2016 Dodge Dart Turbo With a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,495, the new Dodge Dart Turbo model is the vehicle for consumers who are passionate about the driving experience and are proud to “save the manuals.” Powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Dart Turbo model delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, offers an enthusiastic driving experience and exceptional fuel economy with an EPA highway rating of 41 mpg. Standard equipment includes a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and Rallye Appearance, which includes black headlamp bezels, a black grille surround with black crosshair and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. 2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport The Dart GT Sport model sports a new, lower starting U.S. MSRP of $20,995, a price decrease of $1,100 from the Dart GT it replaces. Powered by the 2.4-liter, 184-horsepower Tigershark four-cylinder engine mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, the Dart GT model has EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 27 mpg highway. Standard equipment includes the sport appearance hood, performance gear ratios, unique engine calibration, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, integrated dual exhaust with bright tips, black fascia with Hyper Black grille, dark-tinted automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, power heated exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, 10-way power driver seat, Uconnect 8.4 AM/FM/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch full-color reconfigurable digital gauge cluster display, ParkView rear backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tire-pressure monitoring display and SiriusXM Radio. Customization from the factory Drivers who want a vehicle that doesn’t look like every other small car on the road can choose from three packages that offer a style from stealth to sophisticated. Chrome package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Chrome package offers an upscale look at an affordable price. The package includes a unique bright grille, bright automatic headlamps, bright door handles, fog lamps and 17-inch polished Silver aluminum wheels Rallye package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Rallye package includes a black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, touring suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED racetrack tail lamps, floor mats and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels Blacktop package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Blacktop package includes black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps with black fog lamp spear and bezel, gloss black exterior mirrors, unique frequency-sensing sport suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED Racetrack tail lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, floor mats and 18-inch Gloss Black 10-spoke aluminum wheels Positioned at the heart of the compact car market, the new 2016 Dart models offer something for every consumer looking for a small car, from stylish transportation they are proud to drive, to the driver who loves the art of driving, to the person who wants a unique style that stands out in the compact car segment, the 2016 Dart has a model to fit the bill. The 2016 Dodge Dart is available in the following colors: TorRed Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and Go Mango Pearl Coat. View full article
  2. The Dodge Dart will be going away sometime in the near future and to prepare for this, Dodge has revamped the lineup to help dealers move them out. For the rest of the 2016 model year, the Dart will only be available in the SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport. SXT Sport: This is the new base model in the Dart lineup with a base price of $18,990 with destination. Power comes from a 2.0L Tigershark four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or automatic are available. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels Dart Turbo: Positioned as the sporty version, this Dart comes with the 1.4L turbo-four with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, and six-speed manual. A sport appearance hood, dual exhaust tips, and the Rallye Appearance package are standard. Base price for the turbo starts at $20,490. Dart GT Sport: Sitting as the top model in the Dart lineup, the GT Sport gets a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. It comes with a lot of equipment such as push-button start, digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch UConnect system, and backup camera. “We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference. The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FCA's Passenger Car Brands in a statement. Source: Dodge Press Release is on Page 2 Dodge Simplifies Dart Lineup, Appealing to Both the Value Conscious Consumer and the Driving Enthusiast Dodge simplifies the 2016 Dodge Dart lineup to three models: Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport, delivering small-car consumers the content they desire at a lower starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) Buyer can customize their Dart exterior to stand out in a sea of sameness with the available popular Rallye and Blacktop packages or the all-new Chrome package that offers an upscale look at an affordable price The new Dodge Dart SXT Sport is the new entry-level Dart model with a starting U.S. MSRP of $17,995 (all prices exclude destination) and is powered by the 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine The new 2016 Dart SXT Sport delivers the features small-car customers want as standard equipment, including remote keyless entry Uconnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite radio, air conditioning, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls and 16-inch aluminum wheels The new Dart Turbo model is powered by the 1.4-liter MultiAir2 Turbo engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission for the customer who wants to ‘save the manuals’ and actively enjoy the drive, all for a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,495. The Dart Turbo model comes standard with a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels The new Dart GT Sport model is reconfigured to offer the features consumers desire at a starting U.S. MSRP of just $20,995 (excluding destination), a price decrease of $1,100. The Dart GT Sport is powered by the 184-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or an available Powertech six-speed automatic transmission. The popular Dart GT Blacktop package continues as an option. April 11, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge is simplifying the 2016 Dart model lineup with three new models packed with the features small-car customers want at a value every consumer will appreciate. The Dart SXT Sport, Dart Turbo and Dart GT Sport will comprise the Dodge Dart lineup for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year. Available Chrome, Rallye and Blacktop appearance packages give drivers the option to have an exterior style that will stand out from the crowd in the small-car segment. “We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for.” Dealers can begin ordering for the repositioned 2016 Dodge Dart this month. Simplified Dart Lineup continues to deliver small car pricing with mid-size interior space; comfort and unique Dodge design The 2016 Dodge Dart continues to deliver a distinctive appearance with an athletic, stylish exterior design; a modern, sleek interior design that’s well-crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail; class-leading safety and security features, including 10 standard air bags; easy-to-use technology including hands-free calling and dynamics engineered for the driver who loves to drive. The Dart is loaded with more than 60 available safety and security features, which give both drivers and passengers peace of mind. Constructed of 68 percent high-strength steel, among the highest in the industry, the Dodge Dart’s key available safety and security features include 10 standard air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on every model, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, all-speed traction control, ParkView rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense rear park assist with dynamic grid lines, LATCH anchors, which allow a child seat to be placed in any of the three rear seat positions, and much more. 2016 Dodge Dart SXT Sport The Dart SXT Sport has a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $17,995 (all prices exclude destination), which is $1,400 less than the current SXT model, and is powered by the 2.0L Tigershark MultiAir2 engine that produces 160 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or available Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, with an EPA fuel economy rating of up to 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway. Standard equipment includes: 10 standard air bags, air conditioning, active grille shutters, Uconnect Bluetooth hands-free calling, SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year free subscription, electric power steering, electronic brake assist, electronic stability control, Hill-Start Assist (HSA) all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation, four-wheel anti-lock power disc brakes, black Sedoso cloth seats with mesh inserts, six-way manual adjust driver and front passenger seat, driver seat height adjuster, front-seat active headrests, three rear-seat head restraints, sun visors with vanity mirrors, floor console with covered storage, Uconnect AM/FM/CD, four speakers, remote USB port, audio input jack for mobile devices, satin silver shift knob, two front cup holders, power windows with driver one-touch, solar control glass, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, standard instrument cluster with tachometer, dual-note electric horns, outside temperature display in odometer, front courtesy map lamps, headlamp off-time delay, bi-function halogen projector head lamp, LED corner tail lamp, body-color crosshair grille with body-color surround, chrome headlamp bezels, tilt and telescopic steering column, and 16-inch aluminum wheels. 2016 Dodge Dart Turbo With a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,495, the new Dodge Dart Turbo model is the vehicle for consumers who are passionate about the driving experience and are proud to “save the manuals.” Powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Dart Turbo model delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, offers an enthusiastic driving experience and exceptional fuel economy with an EPA highway rating of 41 mpg. Standard equipment includes a sport appearance hood, integrated dual exhaust and Rallye Appearance, which includes black headlamp bezels, a black grille surround with black crosshair and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels. 2016 Dodge Dart GT Sport The Dart GT Sport model sports a new, lower starting U.S. MSRP of $20,995, a price decrease of $1,100 from the Dart GT it replaces. Powered by the 2.4-liter, 184-horsepower Tigershark four-cylinder engine mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or optional Powertech six-speed automatic transmission, the Dart GT model has EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 27 mpg highway. Standard equipment includes the sport appearance hood, performance gear ratios, unique engine calibration, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels, integrated dual exhaust with bright tips, black fascia with Hyper Black grille, dark-tinted automatic headlamps, projector fog lamps, power heated exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps and supplemental signals, 10-way power driver seat, Uconnect 8.4 AM/FM/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch full-color reconfigurable digital gauge cluster display, ParkView rear backup camera, dual-zone automatic temperature control, tire-pressure monitoring display and SiriusXM Radio. Customization from the factory Drivers who want a vehicle that doesn’t look like every other small car on the road can choose from three packages that offer a style from stealth to sophisticated. Chrome package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Chrome package offers an upscale look at an affordable price. The package includes a unique bright grille, bright automatic headlamps, bright door handles, fog lamps and 17-inch polished Silver aluminum wheels Rallye package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Rallye package includes a black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, touring suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED racetrack tail lamps, floor mats and 17-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels Blacktop package: available on the Dart SXT Sport model, the Blacktop package includes black crosshair grille with black surround, fog lamps with black fog lamp spear and bezel, gloss black exterior mirrors, unique frequency-sensing sport suspension, rear stabilizer bar, LED Racetrack tail lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, floor mats and 18-inch Gloss Black 10-spoke aluminum wheels Positioned at the heart of the compact car market, the new 2016 Dart models offer something for every consumer looking for a small car, from stylish transportation they are proud to drive, to the driver who loves the art of driving, to the person who wants a unique style that stands out in the compact car segment, the 2016 Dart has a model to fit the bill. The 2016 Dodge Dart is available in the following colors: TorRed Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat, Redline 2 Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and Go Mango Pearl Coat.
  3. FCA US LLC Reports March 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 8 Percent; Best March Sales Since 2006 Jeep® brand sales up 15 percent; best March sales ever Jeep Compass sales up 53 percent; best March sales ever Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Renegade and Jeep Cherokee post best March sales ever Dodge brand sales up 11 percent; Dodge Journey logs best March sales ever Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City post best March sales ever April 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 213,187 units, a 8 percent increase compared with sales in March 2015 (197,261 units), and the group’s best March sales in a decade. The Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in March compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 15 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. “Strong Jeep and Ram brand sales gave us a fast start to the important spring selling season and extended our year-over-year monthly sales gains to six full years,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President - Sales, FCA - North America. “As consumers continue to shift their buying preference toward utility vehicles and trucks, they are walking directly into the FCA wheelhouse.” Eight FCA US vehicles set records in the month of March, including the Jeep Compass, which posted its best March sales ever. In addition, Dodge Journey, the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster Van, Ram ProMaster City, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade each posted their best March sales ever. On the brand side, the Jeep brand recorded its best March sales ever. FCA US finished the month of March with an 82-day supply of inventory (644,474 units). U.S. industry sales figures for March are internally projected at an estimated 17.1 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales were up 15 percent in March, the brand’s best March sales ever and its 30th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Sales of the Jeep Compass were up 53 percent, its best March sales ever. In addition, the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Renegade each recorded their best March sales ever. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 10 percent for its best March sales in 11 years. Sales of the Jeep Renegade, the newest entry in the brand’s product lineup, were up 837 percent in its first month of year-over-year comparisons. The Jeep brand expanded its Grand Cherokee lineup with the introduction of a new Trailhawk model – the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever – at last month’s New York International Auto Show. The brand also introduced the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, bringing a new exterior appearance, a plush new interior and even more standard premium features to consumers looking for the ultimate premium full-size SUV. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 11 percent last month, the brand’s best March sales since 2014 and its fourth consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Dodge Journey were up 8 percent, its best March sales ever. In addition, the Dodge Charger, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, Dodge Viper and Dodge Durango each posted year-over-year sales gains in March. The Grand Caravan’s 117 percent increase was the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle in the month and its best March sales since 2014. The Durango’s 25 percent increase was its best March sales performance since 2005. Following an enthusiastic reception from its Hellcat and SRT owners, the Dodge brand is expanding the popular Go Mango heritage exterior paint color to its entire Charger and Challenger lineups. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 11 percent in March, the brand’s best March sales since 2004. Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City each logged its best March sales ever. The Ram Truck brand last month unveiled the 2016 Ram 1500 Yellow Rose of Texas edition, a new, Texas-only addition to its half-ton lineup, at the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show. The Yellow Rose of Texas edition, which is distinguished by its Stinger Yellow paint package, will be offered in half-ton 4x2 and 4x4 crew cab versions of the Ram 1500 Lone Star. Ram Lone Star models are exclusive to the Texas retail sales market. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 148 percent in March, the minivan’s best March sales in nine years. Chrysler 300 sales were up 21 percent, the full-size sedan’s best March sales since 2012. Chrysler brand sales were down 13 percent in March, compared with the same month a year ago. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan will begin arriving in Chrysler dealerships this month, followed by the Pacifica Hybrid in the fall. The Pacifica delivers unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling – all at a price that bests key competitors. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica lineup features five highly equipped models, starting at $28,595 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), not including destination. FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 24 percent in March, compared with the same month a year ago. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is the latest addition to the Fiat 124 Spider lineup, offering added performance features for a sportier, more spirited driving experience. The 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth was revealed last month during the New York International Auto Show. After a thorough, in-depth evaluation by the staff at Autotrader.com, the 2016 Fiat 500X earned a Must Test Drive award in March. Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Compass 8,282 5,420 53% 20,574 14,406 43% Patriot 9,837 11,849 -17% 28,747 29,692 -3% Wrangler 17,710 17,524 1% 41,741 42,118 -1% Cherokee 19,170 19,033 1% 49,534 48,213 3% Grand Cherokee 18,506 16,815 10% 47,050 43,377 8% Renegade 8,832 943 837% 21,951 943 2228% JEEP BRAND 82,337 71,584 15% 209,597 178,749 17% 200 6,176 19,190 -68% 17,973 49,152 -63% 300 6,474 5,359 21% 15,917 12,907 23% Town & Country 13,586 5,489 148% 31,616 19,874 59% CHRYSLER BRAND 26,236 30,038 -13% 65,506 81,933 -20% Dart 5,349 9,572 -44% 16,868 25,115 -33% Avenger 0 186 -100% 0 647 -100% Charger 9,817 8,828 11% 27,746 26,218 6% Challenger 5,369 6,110 -12% 16,039 15,957 1% Viper 52 50 4% 138 175 -21% Journey 9,986 9,222 8% 26,421 23,982 10% Caravan 12,925 5,960 117% 33,712 16,918 99% Durango 7,651 6,121 25% 19,585 14,499 35% DODGE BRAND 51,149 46,049 11% 140,509 123,511 14% Ram P/U 44,874 41,595 8% 113,367 101,511 12% Cargo Van 0 582 -100% 1 2,623 -100% ProMaster Van 3,302 2,342 41% 8,394 5,549 51% ProMaster City 1,814 504 260% 4,551 723 529% RAM BRAND 49,990 45,023 11% 126,313 110,406 14% Alfa 4C 53 73 -27% 169 217 New ALFA ROMEO BRAND 53 73 New 169 217 New 500 1,490 3,276 -55% 3,778 7,995 -53% 500L 533 1,218 -56% 1,267 3,043 -58% 500X 1,399 0 New 3,964 0 New FIAT BRAND 3,422 4,494 -24% 9,009 11,038 -18% TOTAL FCA US LLC 213,187 197,261 8% 551,103 505,854 9% TOTAL CAR 34,780 52,644 -34% 98,628 138,383 -29% TOTAL TRUCK 178,407 144,617 23% 452,475 367,471 23%
  4. FCA US LLC Reports February 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 12 Percent; Best February Sales Since 2006 71st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 23 percent; best February sales ever Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass record their best February sales ever Dodge brand sales up 12 percent; Dodge Journey and Dodge Challenger log their best February sales ever Ram pickup truck posts best February sales ever March 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 182,879 units, a 12 percent increase compared with sales in February 2015 (163,586 units), and the group’s best February sales in 10 years. The Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in February compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand’s 27 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 71 consecutive months. “Continued strong consumer demand for our Jeep vehicles drove the Jeep brand to its best February sales ever, while our Ram pickup truck and Ram vans recorded their best February sales ever,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President - Sales, FCA - North America. “Overall, FCA US realized its best February sales in 10 years and our 71st consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.” Nine FCA US vehicles set records in the month of February, including four Jeep brand vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass each posted their best February sales ever. In addition, the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City vans, Dodge Journey crossover and Dodge Challenger muscle car each posted their best February sales ever. FCA US finished the month of February with an 88-day supply of inventory (673,494 units). U.S. industry sales figures for February are internally projected at an estimated 17.9 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 27 percent in February, the brand’s best February sales since 2002. Ram pickup truck sales were up 23 percent last month, its best February sales ever. U.S. News & World Report last month named the 2016 Ram 1500 the “Best Full-size Truck for the Money.” It was the third year in a row that Ram’s half-ton entry has won the award. Both the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans recorded their best February sales ever. The Ram Truck brand unveiled the 2017 Ram Power Wagon last month at the Chicago Auto Show. The new Power Wagon features a number of off-road-specific enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than two inches of lift, locking differentials and a 12,000-lb. winch, giving it a significant advantage over all production pickups. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales were up 23 percent in February, the brand’s best February sales ever and its 29th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass each recorded their best February sales ever. The Compass’ 54 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand vehicle in the month. The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s 12 percent increase marked its best February sales since 2005. Sales of the Jeep Renegade, the brand’s newest entry in its product lineup, were up 6 percent compared with the previous month of January. For a second-consecutive year, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited earned Kelley Blue Book’s lowest “5-Year Cost to Own Award” in the mid-size SUV/crossover category. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent last month, the brand’s best February sales since 2014 and its third consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Dodge Journey were up 3 percent, the crossover’s best February sales ever. The Dodge Challenger muscle car also turned in its best February sales ever. The Dodge Grand Caravan’s 95 percent increase was the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle in the month and its best February sales since 2012. The 2016 Grand Caravan last month earned the Kelley Blue Book “5-Year Cost to Own Award” in the minivan/van category for the second time in three years. The Dodge Durango’s 22 percent increase was its best February sales performance in 10 years. The 2016 Durango is getting two new appearance packages in time for spring: Brass Monkey and Anodized Platinum. These new appearance packages will start arriving in dealerships in the second quarter of 2016. FIAT Brand Sales of the Fiat 500X – the latest addition to the FIAT lineup in North America – were up 52 percent in February, compared with the previous month of January. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 9 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. The Fiat 500 is the highest-ranking City Car in J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. The FIAT brand has a new addition to its product lineup on the way this summer – the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety, combined with iconic Italian design. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 16 percent in February, the minivan’s best February sales in eight years. Chrysler 300 sales were up 10 percent, the full-size sedan’s best February sales in three years. Chrysler brand sales were down 26 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. Coming this spring is the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, followed by the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the fall of 2016. The Pacifica offers an all-new platform from the ground up, which will provide more than 100 standard and available safety features, making it the most comprehensive suite of safety features in the segment, including Surround View camera, which uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide a bird’s-eye perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings.
  5. Mention Dodge and someone is bound to say or yell HELLCAT! The 707 horsepower supercharged V8 dropped into the Charger and Challenger has been stealing the spotlight from FCA’s other performance cars for almost a year. This is quite a shame because there are some really interesting performance vehicles that deserve some of that light. For example, the 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. Even though it might not be full-blooded SRT, the R/T Scat Pack does a pretty good job of mimicking one. It begins on the exterior as the Scat Pack gets the Charger SRT’s exterior treatment. There is a new front end treatment with a narrow grille, small hood scoop, and LED daytime running lights. Other exterior bits include a set of twenty-inch aluminum wheels and a small rear spoiler finished in black. Finishing off the vehicle is the Plum Crazy Pearl paint. It adds the right amount of lunacy needed for this vehicle. Don’t expect any types of luxuries for the R/T Scat Pack. The money was spent elsewhere and the interior only features the essentials. It begins with all of the seats coming wrapped in black cloth. The front seats featured extra bolstering and the Scat Pack logo. I found the front seats to be comfortable for short distances, but longer trips caused my left leg to start falling asleep. A longer seat cushion could fix this. The Scat Pack also comes with an eight-inch UConnect system without navigation. The system is still quite easy to use and I like that the Scat Pack includes the SRT Apps that allow you to adjust various settings and time various things such as 0-60 and quarter mile. Pop the hood and you’ll see an important message on the valve covers, Powered by SRT. Oh yes, the Scat Pack comes with the 6.4L (or 392 cubic inches) HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque found in most of the SRT lineup. An eight-speed automatic gets all of that muscle to the rear wheels. Start it up and the engine roars into life before settling down and producing one of the sweetest burbles to come out of an exhaust. It gets even better when you hammer the accelerator pedal and engine sings at the top of its lungs with pops and a roar that sounds like a race car. Despite a curb weight of 4,395 pounds, the HEMI shrugs it off like it is nothing. Step on the gas and the engine just gets you moving at a very rapid rate. If you are not careful, you’ll be well above the speed limit. The eight-speed automatic is very fast and smooth. There is a set of steering wheel paddles if you want to do the shifting yourself. Personally, I let the automatic go about its business. The one thing I couldn’t get used to was the sensitive throttle. No matter how gently I put my foot onto the gas pedal, the rear tires would squeal - and this was with the traction control on. The first time, it is kind of cool. The one-hundredth time this happens, it becomes very old. It is worse you are turning and you step just a hair too much, causing the back to step out and you counter steering. I really would hate to drive this in the rain or snow. Now the Charger Scat doesn’t have the adjustable dampers like the SRT, but I found you don’t need them. The suspension is more than capable of keeping body motions in check and corners very well. Steering has a lot of heft and communicates that you are driving a heavy vehicle. When you aren’t trying to terrorize the roads in the Scat Pack, the ride is slightly bouncy over bumps. Wind and road noise are nonexistent, but that is mostly due to the V8 drowning out those noises. But the best part about the Charger R/T Scat Pack is the price. For $40,990 (includes destination), you can take home a 485 horsepower sedan that can comfortably seat four people and their stuff. If this isn’t one of the steals of decade, I don’t know what is. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Charger, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Dodge Model: Charger Trim: R/T Scat Pack Engine: 6.4L HEMI V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 485 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 475 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/25/18 Curb Weight: 4,395 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $39,995 As Tested Price: $40,990 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: N/A
  6. Mention Dodge and someone is bound to say or yell HELLCAT! The 707 horsepower supercharged V8 dropped into the Charger and Challenger has been stealing the spotlight from FCA’s other performance cars for almost a year. This is quite a shame because there are some really interesting performance vehicles that deserve some of that light. For example, the 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. Even though it might not be full-blooded SRT, the R/T Scat Pack does a pretty good job of mimicking one. It begins on the exterior as the Scat Pack gets the Charger SRT’s exterior treatment. There is a new front end treatment with a narrow grille, small hood scoop, and LED daytime running lights. Other exterior bits include a set of twenty-inch aluminum wheels and a small rear spoiler finished in black. Finishing off the vehicle is the Plum Crazy Pearl paint. It adds the right amount of lunacy needed for this vehicle. Don’t expect any types of luxuries for the R/T Scat Pack. The money was spent elsewhere and the interior only features the essentials. It begins with all of the seats coming wrapped in black cloth. The front seats featured extra bolstering and the Scat Pack logo. I found the front seats to be comfortable for short distances, but longer trips caused my left leg to start falling asleep. A longer seat cushion could fix this. The Scat Pack also comes with an eight-inch UConnect system without navigation. The system is still quite easy to use and I like that the Scat Pack includes the SRT Apps that allow you to adjust various settings and time various things such as 0-60 and quarter mile. Pop the hood and you’ll see an important message on the valve covers, Powered by SRT. Oh yes, the Scat Pack comes with the 6.4L (or 392 cubic inches) HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque found in most of the SRT lineup. An eight-speed automatic gets all of that muscle to the rear wheels. Start it up and the engine roars into life before settling down and producing one of the sweetest burbles to come out of an exhaust. It gets even better when you hammer the accelerator pedal and engine sings at the top of its lungs with pops and a roar that sounds like a race car. Despite a curb weight of 4,395 pounds, the HEMI shrugs it off like it is nothing. Step on the gas and the engine just gets you moving at a very rapid rate. If you are not careful, you’ll be well above the speed limit. The eight-speed automatic is very fast and smooth. There is a set of steering wheel paddles if you want to do the shifting yourself. Personally, I let the automatic go about its business. The one thing I couldn’t get used to was the sensitive throttle. No matter how gently I put my foot onto the gas pedal, the rear tires would squeal - and this was with the traction control on. The first time, it is kind of cool. The one-hundredth time this happens, it becomes very old. It is worse you are turning and you step just a hair too much, causing the back to step out and you counter steering. I really would hate to drive this in the rain or snow. Now the Charger Scat doesn’t have the adjustable dampers like the SRT, but I found you don’t need them. The suspension is more than capable of keeping body motions in check and corners very well. Steering has a lot of heft and communicates that you are driving a heavy vehicle. When you aren’t trying to terrorize the roads in the Scat Pack, the ride is slightly bouncy over bumps. Wind and road noise are nonexistent, but that is mostly due to the V8 drowning out those noises. But the best part about the Charger R/T Scat Pack is the price. For $40,990 (includes destination), you can take home a 485 horsepower sedan that can comfortably seat four people and their stuff. If this isn’t one of the steals of decade, I don’t know what is. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Charger, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Dodge Model: Charger Trim: R/T Scat Pack Engine: 6.4L HEMI V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 485 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 475 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 15/25/18 Curb Weight: 4,395 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $39,995 As Tested Price: $40,990 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: N/A View full article
  7. The Dodge Viper's future is uncertain after 2017. Allpar got their hands on the proposed UAW contract for FCA and looked at the production changes. According to the contact, the current Viper will end production in 2017 and leave the Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit without a vehicle to take its place. The current Viper has been languishing since its introduction in 2013 due to a combination of a high pricetag and competitors stepping up. Through September, Dodge only moved 503 Vipers, a decrease of 7.9 percent when compared to the year before. Source: Allpar View full article
  8. The Dodge Viper's future is uncertain after 2017. Allpar got their hands on the proposed UAW contract for FCA and looked at the production changes. According to the contact, the current Viper will end production in 2017 and leave the Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit without a vehicle to take its place. The current Viper has been languishing since its introduction in 2013 due to a combination of a high pricetag and competitors stepping up. Through September, Dodge only moved 503 Vipers, a decrease of 7.9 percent when compared to the year before. Source: Allpar
  9. FCA US LLC Reports January 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 7 Percent; Best January Sales Since 2007 70th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 15 percent; best January sales ever Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass record their best January sales ever Dodge brand sales up 19 percent; Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Journey register their best January sales ever Ram pickup truck posts best January sales ever February 2, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 155,037 units, a 7 percent increase compared with sales in January 2015 (145,007 units), and the group’s best January sales in nine years. The Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in January compared with the same month a year ago. The Dodge brand’s 19 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 70-consecutive months. “Mother Nature was no match for our Jeep brand last month as we recorded our best January Jeep sales ever,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Overall, FCA US achieved its best January sales in nine years and our 70th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.” Nine FCA US vehicles set records in the month of January, including three Jeep brand vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass; the Dodge Journey crossover, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Charger; and the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, and Ram ProMaster City posted their best January sales ever. The Jeep brand continued to set records. Coming off of its best annual sales ever in the U.S. in 2015, the Jeep brand logged its best January sales ever. FCA US finished the month of January with a 103-day supply of inventory (666,652 units). U.S. industry sales figures for January are internally projected at an estimated 17.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 19 percent in January, compared with the same month a year ago. It was the brand’s best January sales in three years. The brand’s 19 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Journey crossover each posted their best January sales ever. The Dodge Grand Caravan’s 83 percent increase was the largest percentage sales gain of any Dodge brand vehicle in the month and its best January since 2007. The Dodge Durango’s 70 percent increase was its best January sales performance in 10 years. Jeep® Brand The Jeep brand continued its record-setting pace in January. Jeep brand sales increased 15 percent, the brand’s best January sales ever and its 28th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass each logged their best January sales ever. The Compass’ 18 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand vehicle in the month. The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s 3 percent increase was its best January sales performance since 2004. The brand last month introduced its new premium Jeep Cherokee Overland model at the New England International Auto Show, and announced distinctive, 75th-Anniversary special-edition models available across the entire Jeep lineup. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster, and Ram ProMaster City, were up 5 percent in January, the brand’s best January sales since 2004. Ram pickup truck sales were up 5 percent in January, its best January sales ever. The pickup is coming off of its best annual U.S. sales ever in 2015 and its sixth-straight year of annual sales growth in the U.S. Just last month, Four Wheeler Magazine, a popular off-road enthusiast publication, named the new 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel its “Pickup Truck of the Year.” The Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans each logged their best January sales ever. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 39 percent in January, the minivan’s best January sales since 2008. Sales of the Chrysler 300, the brand’s flagship sedan, were up 45 percent for its best January sales performance in three years. Chrysler brand sales were down 22 percent in January, compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand last month unveiled the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, reinventing the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility and technology. The Pacifica will be available in dealer showrooms in spring, with the Pacifica Hybrid arriving in the fourth quarter of 2016. FIAT Brand The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, the latest addition to the FIAT brand lineup in the U.S., will arrive in FIAT Studios this summer. A favorite at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, and 500X, were down 20 percent in January, compared with the same month a year ago.
  10. FCA US LLC Reports December 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 13 Percent – Best December in 90 Years; Full-Year Sales Up 7 Percent – Strongest Annual Sales Since 2005 69th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Annual U.S. sales up 7 percent in 2015; sixth-consecutive year of annual sales growth Jeep® brand sales up 42 percent; best monthly sales ever and best annual U.S. sales ever Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade record their best monthly sales ever; Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot each log their best December sales ever Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City post their best monthly sales ever Dodge Journey crossover registers its best December sales ever January 5, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 217,527 units, a 13 percent increase compared with sales in December 2014 (193,261 units), and the group’s best December sales ever. The Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in December compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 42 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 69 consecutive months. “FCA US finished 2015 strong with sales up 13 percent and our best December sales since we started business more than 90 years ago,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “For the second straight year, the company has topped 2 million in U.S. sales. FCA US sales have now grown annually for the past six years.” Eight FCA US vehicles set records in the month of December, including five Jeep brand vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade turned in their best monthly sales ever, while the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot each recorded their best December sales ever. The Compass generated the largest percentage year-over-year increase of any FCA US vehicle in the month. In addition, the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City each recorded their best sales months ever, while the Dodge Journey crossover posted its best December sales ever. FCA US finished the month of December with an 81-day supply of inventory (631,668 units). U.S. industry sales figures for December are internally projected at an estimated 18.3 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 42 percent, the brand’s best monthly U.S. sales ever and its 27th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Five Jeep models set sales records in December. The Cherokee, Compass and Renegade each logged their best monthly sales ever, while the Wrangler and Patriot tallied their best December sales ever. The Compass’ 78 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any FCA US vehicle in the month. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 22 percent for its best December sales in 10 years. Jeep Renegade sales were up 22 percent month-over-month for its best sales month since launch in March. Full-year Jeep brand sales were up 25 percent for its best annual U.S. sales ever. It was the Jeep brand’s sixth-straight year of annual sales growth. In addition, the Wrangler, Cherokee, Compass and Patriot each posted their best annual U.S. sales ever. The Grand Cherokee had its best annual sales in 10 years. Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were up 6 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago. It was the brand’s best December sales in three years. Dodge Journey sales increased 3 percent, the crossover’s best December sales ever. Dodge Durango’s 25 percent sales gain was its best December sales in 11 years. Both the Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Dodge Charger posted year-over-year sales gains in December as well. The Dodge Dart compact car, the Dodge Challenger iconic muscle car, and the Journey each recorded their best annual U.S. sales ever in 2015. The Challenger has posted seven-consecutive years of annual sales growth. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 4 percent in December, the brand’s best December sales since 1999. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were down 2 percent in December, compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram ProMaster recorded its best monthly sales ever, while the Ram ProMaster City posted its best sales month since launch in January. The Ram Truck brand had its best annual sales since 2005. Full-year Ram pickup truck sales were up 3 percent for its best annual U.S. sales ever. It was the pickup truck’s sixth-straight year of annual sales growth in the U.S. FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, and 500X, were up 1 percent in December compared with the same month a year ago. It was the brand’s best December sales ever. Sales of the all-new Fiat 500X small crossover were up 9 percent in December, compared with the previous month of November. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced in December that the 500X merits the Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2016. The 500X first earned that distinction in 2015. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest rating given by the IIHS. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 1 percent in December, the minivan’s second best sales month this year. The Town & Country ended the year on a strong note with its best December sales since 2007. The Chrysler 300, the brand’s flagship sedan, turned in its best December sales in two years. Sales of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan were down in December, but the 200 finished the year with its best annual sales ever. The IIHS announced in December that the 200 retained its Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2016. The 200 earned the distinction in 2015. Top Safety Pick+ is the highest rating given by the IIHS. Chrysler brand sales were down 21 percent in December, but the brand’s full-year sales were its best since 2008.
  11. Last year at the LA Auto Show, Chrysler gave the 300 lineup a modest refresh. A new grille and headlights for the exterior, while interior boasted a new gauge cluster and dial for the gear shifter. Some people thought Chrysler should have gone farther, but we think the right call was made here. Our 300 came in the S trim which brought a blacked-out grille, headlights, wheels, and new lip spoiler. Paired with a coat of red paint, the 300S strikes a nice balance of aggression and handsomeness. Despite the looks, the 300 is still a tricky vehicle when it comes to overall visibility. Due to the limited area of glass, the 300 has large blind spots that make it tricky to park or safely change lanes. We highly recommend optioning the park assist and blind spot systems to make the 300 that much easier to live with. Powertrains haven’t changed much since we last checked out the 300 back in 2013. A 3.6L V6 with 292 horsepower (300 horsepower for the S) comes standard, while a 5.7 HEMI V8 with 364 horsepower is an option. No matter which engine you choose, an eight-speed automatic is standard. We had the V8 in our 300S tester and it fits the vehicle's persona. With a distinctive engine note at idle and plenty of punch throughout the rev range, the V8 is perfect for those who want power. The new eight-speed automatic is very fast with shifts and helps boost fuel economy to 16 City/25 Highway/19 Combined. In terms of handling, the 300S gets a retuned suspension to help reduce body roll and feel more planted. It does make a difference as the S feels slightly more capable around corners than the standard 300. Steering is quite good with the right amount of weight and feel. For day to day driving, the 300S is very comfortable as the suspension is able to glide over bumps. Wind and road noise are kept in check. The Chrysler 300S starts at $34,895 for the V6 and $37,895 for the V8. Our tester came to an as-tester price of $42,865 with a couple of options. So while the Chrysler 300 may not have gone under the dramatic changes many wanted, the changes Chrysler did make keep the 300 as one of the best bang for your buck vehicles. Disclaimer: Chrysler Provided the 300S, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Chrysler Model: 300 Trim: S Engine: 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 363 @ 5,200 Torque @ RPM: 394 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/25/19 Curb Weight: 4,326 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $34,895 As Tested Price: $42,685 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: 300S Premium Group - $3,295 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 - $3,000 Redline 3-Coat Pearl Exterior Paint - $500 Next Page: 2015 Dodge Durango R/T The Dodge Durango is already an imposing looking crossover with its boxy shape, crosshair grille, and a long taillight. But what if you want something more aggressive in a Durango? Dodge has you covered with the R/T trim. The R/T begins with changes to exterior such as a body-colored grille element, twin-exhaust ports, and a set twenty-inch wheels finished in a dark gray. These little changes increase the aggressive look that Dodge is conveying with the Durango. The interior is the same as any other Durango with a clean dash and seating for six or seven people. But the Durango is on the lower end in terms of cargo space. With all three rows up, the Durango offers 17.2 cubic feet. This increases to 47.7 cubic feet with the third row folded and 84.5 with both rear rows folded. Those who want more cargo space should look at GM’s full-size crossovers. The other change for the R/T is the 5.7L HEMI V8 with 360 horsepower becoming standard. This engine fits the attitude that the R/T is presenting. Start the Durango R/T and the V8 comes alive with a burble that is reminiscent of a muscle car. That impression continues when you step on the accelerator and engine roars to life, delivering power at a very quick rate. This is helped by a new eight-speed automatic which provides lightning-fast shifts to keep the V8 in the zone of power. Fuel economy may be the big downside to the V8 as it is rated at 14 City/22 Highway/16 Combined. We got 17.1 MPG during our week. Handling-wise, the Durango is a delight. Body motions are kept in check and the steering provides a nice feel of the road. The ride is very smooth and quiet, making it a perfect long distance cruiser. As for pricing, the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T starts at $42,495. Our tester with a few options climbed to $48,525. Considering the performance and styling tweaks the R/T offers, along with the amities of the standard Durango, the R/T is very much worth a look. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Durango R/T, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Dodge Model: Durango Trim: R/T AWD Engine: 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 360 @ 5,150 Torque @ RPM: 390 @ 4,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 14/22/16 Curb Weight: 5,331 lbs Location of Manufacture: Detroit, MI Base Price: $42,495 As Tested Price: $48,525 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: Rear DVD Entertainment Center - $1,995 Premium Nappa Leather Group - $1,295 Second-Row Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs - $995.00 UConnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SXM/HD/BT/NAV - $750.00 View full article
  12. Last year at the LA Auto Show, Chrysler gave the 300 lineup a modest refresh. A new grille and headlights for the exterior, while interior boasted a new gauge cluster and dial for the gear shifter. Some people thought Chrysler should have gone farther, but we think the right call was made here. Our 300 came in the S trim which brought a blacked-out grille, headlights, wheels, and new lip spoiler. Paired with a coat of red paint, the 300S strikes a nice balance of aggression and handsomeness. Despite the looks, the 300 is still a tricky vehicle when it comes to overall visibility. Due to the limited area of glass, the 300 has large blind spots that make it tricky to park or safely change lanes. We highly recommend optioning the park assist and blind spot systems to make the 300 that much easier to live with. Powertrains haven’t changed much since we last checked out the 300 back in 2013. A 3.6L V6 with 292 horsepower (300 horsepower for the S) comes standard, while a 5.7 HEMI V8 with 364 horsepower is an option. No matter which engine you choose, an eight-speed automatic is standard. We had the V8 in our 300S tester and it fits the vehicle's persona. With a distinctive engine note at idle and plenty of punch throughout the rev range, the V8 is perfect for those who want power. The new eight-speed automatic is very fast with shifts and helps boost fuel economy to 16 City/25 Highway/19 Combined. In terms of handling, the 300S gets a retuned suspension to help reduce body roll and feel more planted. It does make a difference as the S feels slightly more capable around corners than the standard 300. Steering is quite good with the right amount of weight and feel. For day to day driving, the 300S is very comfortable as the suspension is able to glide over bumps. Wind and road noise are kept in check. The Chrysler 300S starts at $34,895 for the V6 and $37,895 for the V8. Our tester came to an as-tester price of $42,865 with a couple of options. So while the Chrysler 300 may not have gone under the dramatic changes many wanted, the changes Chrysler did make keep the 300 as one of the best bang for your buck vehicles. Disclaimer: Chrysler Provided the 300S, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Chrysler Model: 300 Trim: S Engine: 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 363 @ 5,200 Torque @ RPM: 394 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 16/25/19 Curb Weight: 4,326 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $34,895 As Tested Price: $42,685 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: 300S Premium Group - $3,295 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 - $3,000 Redline 3-Coat Pearl Exterior Paint - $500 Next Page: 2015 Dodge Durango R/T The Dodge Durango is already an imposing looking crossover with its boxy shape, crosshair grille, and a long taillight. But what if you want something more aggressive in a Durango? Dodge has you covered with the R/T trim. The R/T begins with changes to exterior such as a body-colored grille element, twin-exhaust ports, and a set twenty-inch wheels finished in a dark gray. These little changes increase the aggressive look that Dodge is conveying with the Durango. The interior is the same as any other Durango with a clean dash and seating for six or seven people. But the Durango is on the lower end in terms of cargo space. With all three rows up, the Durango offers 17.2 cubic feet. This increases to 47.7 cubic feet with the third row folded and 84.5 with both rear rows folded. Those who want more cargo space should look at GM’s full-size crossovers. The other change for the R/T is the 5.7L HEMI V8 with 360 horsepower becoming standard. This engine fits the attitude that the R/T is presenting. Start the Durango R/T and the V8 comes alive with a burble that is reminiscent of a muscle car. That impression continues when you step on the accelerator and engine roars to life, delivering power at a very quick rate. This is helped by a new eight-speed automatic which provides lightning-fast shifts to keep the V8 in the zone of power. Fuel economy may be the big downside to the V8 as it is rated at 14 City/22 Highway/16 Combined. We got 17.1 MPG during our week. Handling-wise, the Durango is a delight. Body motions are kept in check and the steering provides a nice feel of the road. The ride is very smooth and quiet, making it a perfect long distance cruiser. As for pricing, the 2015 Dodge Durango R/T starts at $42,495. Our tester with a few options climbed to $48,525. Considering the performance and styling tweaks the R/T offers, along with the amities of the standard Durango, the R/T is very much worth a look. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Durango R/T, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Dodge Model: Durango Trim: R/T AWD Engine: 5.7L HEMI MDS VVT V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 360 @ 5,150 Torque @ RPM: 390 @ 4,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 14/22/16 Curb Weight: 5,331 lbs Location of Manufacture: Detroit, MI Base Price: $42,495 As Tested Price: $48,525 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: Rear DVD Entertainment Center - $1,995 Premium Nappa Leather Group - $1,295 Second-Row Fold/Tumble Captain Chairs - $995.00 UConnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SXM/HD/BT/NAV - $750.00
  13. FCA US LLC Reports November 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 3 Percent; Best November in 15 Years 68th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 20 percent; best November sales ever Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Wrangler record their best November sales ever Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey log their best November sales ever Ram pickup truck registers its best November sales ever December 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 175,974 units, a 3 percent increase compared with sales in November 2014 (170,839 units), and the group’s best November sales since 2000. The Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in November compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 20 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 68 consecutive months. “Despite having two less selling days this November, FCA US still recorded its best November sales since 2000 and our 68th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “The favorable I.O.U. environment of low interest rates, oil prices, and unemployment, coupled with our strongest product line up ever, continues to be a significant driver of FCA sales.” Seven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of November, including four Jeep brand vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Wrangler each recorded their best November sales ever. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan posted a 20 percent sales gain, the largest percentage year-over-year increase of any FCA US vehicle in the month. The Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey and Ram pickup truck also turned in their best November sales ever. FCA US finished the month of November with an 86-day supply of inventory (659,063 units). U.S. industry sales figures for November are internally projected at an estimated 18.4 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales increased 20 percent, the brand’s best November sales ever and its 26th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. The Compass, Patriot, Wrangler and Cherokee each posted their best November sales ever. The Compass’ 19 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 11 percent for its best November sales since 2003. The Grand Cherokee was named a Consumers Digest Best Buy for the sixth-consecutive year. The Renegade earned a Best Buy designation in November from both Consumer Guide Automotive and Consumers Digest. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 1 percent in November, the brand’s best November sales since 2003. Sales of the Ram pickup truck increased 2 percent, the pickup’s best November sales ever. The pickup was named a 2016 Best Buy last month by the editors at Consumer Guide Automotive. Ram ProMaster City sales were up 158 percent in November, compared with the previous month of October. It was the ProMaster City’s best sales month since it was launched in January. Green Car Journal named the ProMaster City its 2016 Commercial Green Car of the Year during last month’s San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. The ProMaster City is Ram’s newest addition to its commercial vehicle lineup and contributes to the expanding, purpose-built van segment with a number of best-in-class, functional elements tied directly to commercial customer demand. Dodge Brand Five Dodge brand vehicles posted sales gains, including the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey, which had their best November sales ever. It was the Challenger’s 10th sales record this year. The Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango and Dodge Viper all posted year-over-year sales gains in November. The Charger, for the second time in two years, has earned the Residual Value Award in the “Full-size Car” category from ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data. The Durango last month earned a 2016 Best Buy designation in the Large SUV category from editors at Consumer Guide Automotive for the fourth-consecutive year. In addition, the Durango and Challenger each earned a Best Buy last month from Consumers Digest. Also, the Charger and Durango made Strategic Vision’s annual list of “Most Loved Vehicles in America.” Dodge brand sales were down 8 percent in November, compared with the same month a year ago. FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, and 500X, the newest addition to the FIAT brand vehicle lineup, were down 3 percent in November compared with the same month a year ago. The Fiat 500 last month earned a Best Buy designation from Consumers Digest for the fifth time in the Subcompact category. Also last month, the 500 and the fully-electric Fiat 500e both made Strategic Vision’s “Most Loved Vehicles in America” list. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 20 percent, the minivan’s second best sales month this year. The Town & Country’s 20 percent sales gain was the largest percentage year-over-year increase of any FCA US vehicle in the month. Chrysler brand sales were down 12 percent, compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler 300, the brand’s flagship sedan, earned its fourth Best Buy award in the Luxury Cars category from Consumers Digest in November. Consumers Digest selects Best Buys by identifying vehicles that deliver the most value for the money within their segment.
  14. FCA US LLC Reports October 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 15 Percent; Best October Sales Since 2001 67th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands post sales gains Jeep brand sales increase 33 percent Eight FCA US vehicles post sales records in October Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler, Ram ProMaster post best October ever November 3, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 195,545 units last month, a 15 percent increase compared with sales in October 2014 (170,480 units), and the company’s best October sales since 2001. The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in October. The Jeep brand’s 33 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The company extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 67 consecutive months. “October marks our 67th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth and our best October since 2001,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Last month’s sales strength continued to be broad based for the company with eight FCA vehicles setting October sales records across three of our brands.” Of the eight FCA US vehicles setting records in October, the Jeep Patriot’s 56 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US vehicle during the month. In addition, the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best October sales ever. FCA US finished October with a 90-day supply of inventory (625,092 units). U.S. industry sales figures for October are internally projected at an estimated 18.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 33 percent, the brand’s 25th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains – a streak that dates back to November 2013. Four Jeep brand vehicles set records last month. The Patriot’s 56 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. In addition, the Cherokee, Compass and Wrangler each posted their best October sales ever. Dodge Brand The Charger, Challenger and Journey all posted their best October sales ever. Charger sales were up 24 percent. Challenger sales were up 31 percent as the muscle car logged its ninth sales record this year. Journey sales increased 37 percent, the mid-size crossover’s seventh sales record this year. Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck lineup, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 3 percent in October, the brand’s best October sales since 2003. Sales of the pickup truck lineup increased 3 percent. ProMaster sales were up 19 percent, its best October sales ever. FIAT Brand Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X increased 92 percent in October compared with the previous month of September, marking the model’s fourth-consecutive month of sales increase since launch. FIAT dealers sold 2,178 units of the new crossover last month. FIAT brand sales, comprised of the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were up 1 percent in October compared with the same month a year ago. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler brand, which covers the Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 full-size sedan, and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, were up 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Town & Country sales were up 4 percent, its best October since 2007. The Chrysler brand continues to celebrate its 90th year by producing a limited run of 90th Anniversary edition vehicles that offer more standard equipment and value for customers. The anniversary packages are being offered on the volume models, adding value for the customer who will most appreciate it.
  15. FCA US LLC Reports September 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best September Sales Since 2000 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales increase 40 percent Dodge Journey sales up 45 percent; best monthly sales ever Jeep Cherokee sales increase 38 percent; best monthly sales ever Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, Ram ProMaster post best September ever Seven FCA US vehicles post sales records in September October 1, 2015, Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 193,019 units last month, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in September 2014 (169,890 units), and the company’s best September sales since 2000. The Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in September. The Jeep brand’s 40 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The company extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 66 consecutive months. “On the back of a strong sales industry we were able to achieve our best September sales in 15 years and our 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Last month’s sales strength was broad based with five FCA vehicles setting September sales records and two others posting their best monthly sales ever.” Of the seven FCA US vehicles setting records in September, the Dodge Journey and Jeep Cherokee each logged an all-time sales record last month. Sales of the Journey and Cherokee were up 45 and 38 percent, respectively. In addition, the Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best September sales ever. FCA US finished September with a 76-day supply of inventory (590,503 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are internally projected at an estimated 18.4 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales increased 40 percent, the brand’s third best sales month ever and its 24th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The brand’s September sales were its best since August of this year. The Jeep brand continues to roll, having set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records last month. The Compass’ 54 percent increase was the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. In addition, September was the Cherokee’s best monthly sales ever as sales increased 38 percent and Wrangler posted its best September sales ever with a 26 percent increase. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck lineup, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up 4 percent in September, the brand’s best September sales since 1996. ProMaster sales were up 76 percent as the cargo van continues to answer the call of businesses everywhere and solidifies its place in Ram Commercial’s popular truck and van lineup. FIAT Brand Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X increased 10 percent in September compared with the previous month of August, marking the model’s third consecutive month of sales increase since launch. FIAT dealers sold 1,133 units of the new crossover last month as greater numbers reached FIAT studios across the country. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were up 1 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. Dodge Brand Both the Challenger and Journey posted their best September sales ever. Challenger sales were up 26 percent as the muscle car logged its eighth sales record this year. Journey sales increased 45 percent, the mid-size crossover’s sixth sales record this year and the model’s best month ever. Dodge brand sales were up 3 percent in September, compared with the same month a year ago. Chrysler Brand Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 3 percent in September, the mid-size sedan’s best September sales ever. Chrysler 300 sales were up 41 percent last month as the brand’s big, bold American sedan posted its best September sales since 2007. Sales of the Chrysler brand, which includes the 200, Chrysler 300 full-size sedan and the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, were down 5 percent compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand is celebrating its 90th year by producing limited-edition 90th Anniversary editions that offer more standard equipment and value for customers. The anniversary packages are being offered on the volume models, adding value for the customer who will most appreciate it.
  16. Fiat Chrysler Automobile held their annual dealers meeting in Las Vegas and had some surprises in store for the dealers who attended. Automotive News learned from several dealers that FCA would possibly be bringing out up to 30 new or refreshed products within the next two years. Some of the products include the next-generation Dodge Charger which will look more like the 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale, and a Dodge Barracuda convertible. Both models will be underpinned by the Alfa Romeo Giulia's platform. Other models that were shown to dealers include, An Alfa Romeo SUV which is expected to be underpinned by the Giulia's platform The standard and Abarth versions of the Fiat 124 Spyder Next-generation Jeep Wrangler which was described by one dealer as staying "pretty true to its current form' Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with seating for eight people Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  17. Fiat Chrysler Automobile held their annual dealers meeting in Las Vegas and had some surprises in store for the dealers who attended. Automotive News learned from several dealers that FCA would possibly be bringing out up to 30 new or refreshed products within the next two years. Some of the products include the next-generation Dodge Charger which will look more like the 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale, and a Dodge Barracuda convertible. Both models will be underpinned by the Alfa Romeo Giulia's platform. Other models that were shown to dealers include, An Alfa Romeo SUV which is expected to be underpinned by the Giulia's platform The standard and Abarth versions of the Fiat 124 Spyder Next-generation Jeep Wrangler which was described by one dealer as staying "pretty true to its current form' Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with seating for eight people Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  18. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com​ 1970 or 2010 Dodge Challenger, which would you own​? Found this on the MSN auto section, a great story about the 1970 and 2010 Dodge Challenger Convertible and a guy who got to drive both. Blast to read and brings up a great question, Which one would you own? http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/which-would-you-rather-own-1970-dodge-challenger-or-2010-dodge-challenger/ar-BBlP7qF?ocid=spartandhp
  19. The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat has been a large success since going into production for the 2015 model year. The factory hasn't been able to keep up with the demand, so they had to put on hold on orders and increase the production of the Hellcat engines. That wasn't enough, so Dodge has announced they will be doubling production for the 2016 models. There is a downside to this announcement. Anyone who has a 2015 Challenger or Charger Hellcat on order may find out it has been cancelled. Dodge says they will finish building vehicles that are scheduled, while the remaining orders will be cancelled. Now Dodge is offering those whose order has been cancelled the chance to get 2016 models at 2015 prices. Not changing is how many Hellcats every dealer will get. Allocation will be decided by how many Dodge models are sold and how long the Hellcats stay on their lots. Source: Dodge Press Release is on Page 2 Dodge Launches 2016 SRT Hellcat Plan of Attack; Increases Production; Set to Open Orders for the Fastest, Most Powerful Muscle Cars Ever Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 models, Dodge significantly increases production for 2016 model-year Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats Plan includes building the remaining 2015 SRT Hellcat scheduled orders at Brampton (Ont.) Assembly All unscheduled 2015 model year SRT Hellcat sold orders will be cancelled; these customers will receive discounted 2016 model year pricing Dealers will receive details on the full 2016 model year allocation plan in August 2015 Two allocation cycles to occur – August 2015 and February 2016 2016 model year SRT Hellcat allocation eligibility will continue to be based on past Dodge sales performance Allocation will be adjusted based on dealers’ average historical Dodge SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat “days on lot” performance If dealers keep inventory moving, they will qualify for February allocation plan Dealers will only be able to order their given allocation. SRT Hellcat orders open in the second week of August 2015; production starts in September 2015 New for 2016, both Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat now feature standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, HD radio and five years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic July 27, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge will soon be opening the dealer order banks for 2016 model year Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, streamlining the process and significantly increasing production to ensure that the fastest, most powerful muscle cars ever continue to move off dealer lots. “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,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US. “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.” The plan for 2016 model year includes: Remaining 2015 SRT Hellcat scheduled orders will be built at Brampton (Ont.) Assembly All unscheduled 2015 model year SRT Hellcat orders will be cancelled; these customers will receive discounted 2016 model year pricing Dealers will get a 2016 model year potential allocation total for the entire model year in August 2015 2016 model year SRT Hellcat allocation eligibility will continue to be based on past Dodge sales performance Allocation will be adjusted based on dealers’ average historical Dodge SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat “days on lot” performance They will receive half of the 2016 model year allocation (net of adjustments) beginning in August 2015. They will receive the second half of the 2016 model year allocation (net of adjustments) in February 2016 Dealers will only be able to order their given allocation The ordering system will open the second week of August. Production of the 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger is scheduled to start at the Brampton, (Ont.), Assembly plant in September.
  20. The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat has been a large success since going into production for the 2015 model year. The factory hasn't been able to keep up with the demand, so they had to put on hold on orders and increase the production of the Hellcat engines. That wasn't enough, so Dodge has announced they will be doubling production for the 2016 models. There is a downside to this announcement. Anyone who has a 2015 Challenger or Charger Hellcat on order may find out it has been cancelled. Dodge says they will finish building vehicles that are scheduled, while the remaining orders will be cancelled. Now Dodge is offering those whose order has been cancelled the chance to get 2016 models at 2015 prices. Not changing is how many Hellcats every dealer will get. Allocation will be decided by how many Dodge models are sold and how long the Hellcats stay on their lots. Source: Dodge Press Release is on Page 2 Dodge Launches 2016 SRT Hellcat Plan of Attack; Increases Production; Set to Open Orders for the Fastest, Most Powerful Muscle Cars Ever Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 models, Dodge significantly increases production for 2016 model-year Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats Plan includes building the remaining 2015 SRT Hellcat scheduled orders at Brampton (Ont.) Assembly All unscheduled 2015 model year SRT Hellcat sold orders will be cancelled; these customers will receive discounted 2016 model year pricing Dealers will receive details on the full 2016 model year allocation plan in August 2015 Two allocation cycles to occur – August 2015 and February 2016 2016 model year SRT Hellcat allocation eligibility will continue to be based on past Dodge sales performance Allocation will be adjusted based on dealers’ average historical Dodge SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat “days on lot” performance If dealers keep inventory moving, they will qualify for February allocation plan Dealers will only be able to order their given allocation. SRT Hellcat orders open in the second week of August 2015; production starts in September 2015 New for 2016, both Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat now feature standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, HD radio and five years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic July 27, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge will soon be opening the dealer order banks for 2016 model year Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, streamlining the process and significantly increasing production to ensure that the fastest, most powerful muscle cars ever continue to move off dealer lots. “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,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US. “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.” The plan for 2016 model year includes: Remaining 2015 SRT Hellcat scheduled orders will be built at Brampton (Ont.) Assembly All unscheduled 2015 model year SRT Hellcat orders will be cancelled; these customers will receive discounted 2016 model year pricing Dealers will get a 2016 model year potential allocation total for the entire model year in August 2015 2016 model year SRT Hellcat allocation eligibility will continue to be based on past Dodge sales performance Allocation will be adjusted based on dealers’ average historical Dodge SRT Challenger and Charger Hellcat “days on lot” performance They will receive half of the 2016 model year allocation (net of adjustments) beginning in August 2015. They will receive the second half of the 2016 model year allocation (net of adjustments) in February 2016 Dealers will only be able to order their given allocation The ordering system will open the second week of August. Production of the 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger is scheduled to start at the Brampton, (Ont.), Assembly plant in September. View full article
  21. The latter half of the oughts have seen the Detroit automakers come out swinging with their muscle cars. General Motors has gone crazy with the Camaro, while Ford keeps amping up the Mustang. Dodge has been quietly working on improving the Challenger for the most part - and of course introducing the Hellcat V8. But while the Hellcat has taken the spotlight for the Challenger, it has put other Challenger models in the shadow. That’s kind of a shame since Dodge has worked on bettering the Challenger with major improvements and new trims. To find out whether or not other Challenger models deserve a spot in the light, I spent some time in a 2015 Challenger SRT. Looking at the Challenger SRT, you can’t help but think that Dodge issued an edict to its designers saying to keep the basic shape of the original Challenger, but bring it into the 21st century. It seems the edict worked as the current Challenger holds true to the original name-bearer. From the gun-barrel headlights and split grille lines; to the short rear deck and distinctive rear light setup: There is very much a clear lineage to the original Challenger. The SRT tester was draped in a Billet Silver paint color with black strips, and a set of 20-inch forged wheels wearing a coat of black which adds bit of aggression. One of the biggest problems for the pre-refreshed Challenger was its interior. A somewhat plain looking dashboard was mixed with cheap plastics mostly common in compacts from the eighties and a steering wheel that felt more at home in a tractor than a muscle car. But with the refreshed Challenger, Dodge fixed many problems. To start, the dashboard has been completely re-worked with a new design that angles the center stack towards the driver and boasts better materials such as brushed plastic trim, aluminum, and soft-touch materials. Paired with a smaller steering wheel and a set of supportive bucket seats with extra side bolstering to keep you in place, help make the Challenger SRT a very special place indeed. My test Challenger featured the excellent Uconnect infotainment system with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. I have praised the system for being very easy to use and quick to respond. But on the Challenger SRT, Uconnect gets an extra component. Under the screen is a SRT button which brings up a special SRT section. This section allows you to customize settings for the power and adjustable suspension, provide extra gauges such as oil pressure and temperature; and give performance data such 0-60 and quarter-mile times. It's a nice touch for those who go for the SRT model.For Powertrain and Handling Thoughts, See the Next Page Power for the Challenger SRT comes from 6.4L HEMI V8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired up to either a six-speed manual or my tester’s eight-speed automatic. If you ever wondered what a 70’s muscle car was like, just go for a drive or ride in the SRT. The V8 growls when you start it up or sit at a stop. Plant your foot onto the pedal and the V8 roars to life. Thrust from the V8 engine is able to move the 4,251 pound vehicle like it was nothing. The eight-speed automatic is an excellent partner to V8 as it provides rapid-fire up or downshifts and is able to respond to the needs of driver, whether driving like a mad man or normal. Fuel economy is rated at 15 City/25 Highway/18 Combined. I saw an average of 17 MPG for a week. A big complaint of the Challenger is that compared to its contemporaries - Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang - is that it doesn’t have the nimble handling characteristics. I can see that because the Challenger is not only heavier, but also slightly larger that its competitors. Here are the measurements: Overall Length and Wheelbase: Dodge Challenger: 197.9 inches, 116.2 inches Chevrolet Camaro: 190.6 inches, 112.3 inches Ford Mustang: 188.3 inches, 107.1 inches Overall Width: Dodge Challenger: 75.7 inches Chevrolet Camaro: 75.5 to 76.9 (Z/28) inches Ford Mustang: 75.4 inches Curb Weight: Dodge Challenger: 3,834 to 4,449 pounds Chevrolet Camaro: 3,702 to 4,149 pounds* Ford Mustang: 3,526 to 3,729* (*Camaro and Mustang's curb weight are only for coupes) Dodge and SRT has been working on this with an adjustable suspension system. For 2015, the system has been tweaked to provide more settings and more stiffness when you put it into sport mode. Does it make a difference? It does up to a point. The suspension isn’t fully able hide the weight and size, but it does a surprisingly excellent job of reducing it. Also, the suspension deserves a round of applause for making the Challenger feel more nimble than it should. Driving the Challenger on a curvy road, I was surprised by how fast I could go in corners. Some of the credit should also go the steering which has excellent feel and weight.Now the suspension has one other trick up its sleeve. Put it into normal or comfort, and the Challenger becomes an excellent long-distance cruiser. The suspension in either mode is able to soak up bumps with almost no problem. Wind and road noise is kept a decent level, despite the shape of the Challenger. The Challenger SRT has one big problem and that happens to be the Challenger R/T Scat Pack model. For $7,500 less than the base price of the SRT, you pretty much get everything except the adjustable. This begs the question whether the SRT model is worth the extra change? At the moment, I would say yes because the suspension makes a big difference in how the Challenger handles. But the nevertheless, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is huge step in the right direction. It might not have all of the agility or lighter weight that the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, but it definitely has the performance soul to match and/or exceed either one of those. To sum up the Challenger, I liken it to that quiet guy at the bar. You know the one who sitting there quietly, enjoying their drink, and wanting no part in what's taking place. But if provoked, he will smash your head into a door. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Challenger SRT, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Dodge Model: Challenger Trim: SRT 392 Engine: 6.4L HEMI V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 485 @ 6,100 Torque @ RPM: 475 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - Curb Weight: 4,251 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $44,995 As Tested Price: $49,675 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: TorqueFlite Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission - $1,400.00 Technology Group - $995.00 UConnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SXM/HD/BT/NAV - $695.00 Twin Center Black Stripes - $595.00
  22. The latter half of the oughts have seen the Detroit automakers come out swinging with their muscle cars. General Motors has gone crazy with the Camaro, while Ford keeps amping up the Mustang. Dodge has been quietly working on improving the Challenger for the most part - and of course introducing the Hellcat V8. But while the Hellcat has taken the spotlight for the Challenger, it has put other Challenger models in the shadow. That’s kind of a shame since Dodge has worked on bettering the Challenger with major improvements and new trims. To find out whether or not other Challenger models deserve a spot in the light, I spent some time in a 2015 Challenger SRT. Looking at the Challenger SRT, you can’t help but think that Dodge issued an edict to its designers saying to keep the basic shape of the original Challenger, but bring it into the 21st century. It seems the edict worked as the current Challenger holds true to the original name-bearer. From the gun-barrel headlights and split grille lines; to the short rear deck and distinctive rear light setup: There is very much a clear lineage to the original Challenger. The SRT tester was draped in a Billet Silver paint color with black strips, and a set of 20-inch forged wheels wearing a coat of black which adds bit of aggression. One of the biggest problems for the pre-refreshed Challenger was its interior. A somewhat plain looking dashboard was mixed with cheap plastics mostly common in compacts from the eighties and a steering wheel that felt more at home in a tractor than a muscle car. But with the refreshed Challenger, Dodge fixed many problems. To start, the dashboard has been completely re-worked with a new design that angles the center stack towards the driver and boasts better materials such as brushed plastic trim, aluminum, and soft-touch materials. Paired with a smaller steering wheel and a set of supportive bucket seats with extra side bolstering to keep you in place, help make the Challenger SRT a very special place indeed. My test Challenger featured the excellent Uconnect infotainment system with the 8.4-inch touchscreen. I have praised the system for being very easy to use and quick to respond. But on the Challenger SRT, Uconnect gets an extra component. Under the screen is a SRT button which brings up a special SRT section. This section allows you to customize settings for the power and adjustable suspension, provide extra gauges such as oil pressure and temperature; and give performance data such 0-60 and quarter-mile times. It's a nice touch for those who go for the SRT model.For Powertrain and Handling Thoughts, See the Next Page Power for the Challenger SRT comes from 6.4L HEMI V8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. This can be paired up to either a six-speed manual or my tester’s eight-speed automatic. If you ever wondered what a 70’s muscle car was like, just go for a drive or ride in the SRT. The V8 growls when you start it up or sit at a stop. Plant your foot onto the pedal and the V8 roars to life. Thrust from the V8 engine is able to move the 4,251 pound vehicle like it was nothing. The eight-speed automatic is an excellent partner to V8 as it provides rapid-fire up or downshifts and is able to respond to the needs of driver, whether driving like a mad man or normal. Fuel economy is rated at 15 City/25 Highway/18 Combined. I saw an average of 17 MPG for a week. A big complaint of the Challenger is that compared to its contemporaries - Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang - is that it doesn’t have the nimble handling characteristics. I can see that because the Challenger is not only heavier, but also slightly larger that its competitors. Here are the measurements: Overall Length and Wheelbase: Dodge Challenger: 197.9 inches, 116.2 inches Chevrolet Camaro: 190.6 inches, 112.3 inches Ford Mustang: 188.3 inches, 107.1 inches Overall Width: Dodge Challenger: 75.7 inches Chevrolet Camaro: 75.5 to 76.9 (Z/28) inches Ford Mustang: 75.4 inches Curb Weight: Dodge Challenger: 3,834 to 4,449 pounds Chevrolet Camaro: 3,702 to 4,149 pounds* Ford Mustang: 3,526 to 3,729* (*Camaro and Mustang's curb weight are only for coupes) Dodge and SRT has been working on this with an adjustable suspension system. For 2015, the system has been tweaked to provide more settings and more stiffness when you put it into sport mode. Does it make a difference? It does up to a point. The suspension isn’t fully able hide the weight and size, but it does a surprisingly excellent job of reducing it. Also, the suspension deserves a round of applause for making the Challenger feel more nimble than it should. Driving the Challenger on a curvy road, I was surprised by how fast I could go in corners. Some of the credit should also go the steering which has excellent feel and weight.Now the suspension has one other trick up its sleeve. Put it into normal or comfort, and the Challenger becomes an excellent long-distance cruiser. The suspension in either mode is able to soak up bumps with almost no problem. Wind and road noise is kept a decent level, despite the shape of the Challenger. The Challenger SRT has one big problem and that happens to be the Challenger R/T Scat Pack model. For $7,500 less than the base price of the SRT, you pretty much get everything except the adjustable. This begs the question whether the SRT model is worth the extra change? At the moment, I would say yes because the suspension makes a big difference in how the Challenger handles. But the nevertheless, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is huge step in the right direction. It might not have all of the agility or lighter weight that the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, but it definitely has the performance soul to match and/or exceed either one of those. To sum up the Challenger, I liken it to that quiet guy at the bar. You know the one who sitting there quietly, enjoying their drink, and wanting no part in what's taking place. But if provoked, he will smash your head into a door. Disclaimer: Dodge Provided the Challenger SRT, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2015 Make: Dodge Model: Challenger Trim: SRT 392 Engine: 6.4L HEMI V8 Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Rear-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 485 @ 6,100 Torque @ RPM: 475 @ 4,200 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - Curb Weight: 4,251 lbs Location of Manufacture: Brampton, Ontario Base Price: $44,995 As Tested Price: $49,675 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge) Options: TorqueFlite Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission - $1,400.00 Technology Group - $995.00 UConnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SXM/HD/BT/NAV - $695.00 Twin Center Black Stripes - $595.00 View full article
  23. FCA US LLC Reports June 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 8 Percent; Best June Sales Since 2006 63rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains Jeep® brand sales up 25 percent; best June sales ever Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Patriot record their best June sales ever Chrysler 200 sales up 153 percent; best June sales ever Dodge Journey records best monthly sales ever Seven FCA US vehicles post sales records in June July 1, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 185,035 units, an 8 percent increase compared with sales in June 2014 (171,086 units), and the group’s best June sales since 2006. The Chrysler, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand’s 28 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any FCA US brand during the month. The group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 63-consecutive months. “June represented another strong month for our company with sales up 8 percent and our 63rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our all-new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X inventory started to arrive at dealerships in greater volume during June positioning us well for the summer-selling season.” Seven FCA US vehicles set records in the month of June, including the Chrysler 200, which posted the largest percentage increase of any FCA US vehicle in the month. Sales of the 200 were up 153 percent, the mid-size sedan’s best June sales ever. The Dodge Journey crossover recorded its best monthly sales ever, while the Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Patriot, Dodge Challenger and Ram ProMaster each recorded their best June sales ever. FCA US finished the month of June with a 78-day supply of inventory (577,522 units). U.S. industry sales figures for June are internally projected at an estimated 17.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR). Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were up 28 percent, the brand’s best June sales since 2007 and its 12th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 200 were up 153 percent in June, the mid-size sedan’s best June sales ever and the largest year-over-year percentage gain of any FCA US vehicle in the month. It was the 10th-consecutive month that the 200 posted a sales record. Sales of the Chrysler 300 were up 11 percent in June, the flagship sedan’s best June sales since 2013. The 300 ranked the highest in the Large Car segment in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) last month. The study is based on responses from more than 84,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Jeep® Brand Jeep brand sales increased 25 percent, the brand’s best June sales ever and its 21st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Three Jeep brand vehicles set records in June. The Wrangler, Cherokee, and Patriot each posted their best June sales ever. The Wrangler, with its 17 percent increase, recorded its second-best sales month this year. The Patriot’s 41 percent year-over-year increase was the largest sales percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for the month. The all-new Jeep Renegade, the most capable small sport-utility vehicle (SUV), had sales of 4,858 units in its third full month in the market, up 10 percent compared with sales in the previous month of May. The Wrangler was the winner of the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value® Awards in the Midsize Traditional SUV category last month. Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, and Ram Cargo Van, were up 2 percent, the brand’s best June sales since 2007. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 1 percent in June, the pickup’s best June sales in 11 years. Sales of the Ram ProMaster van increased 97 percent, its best June sales since the full-size van was launched in October 2013. The ProMaster was the winner in the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value Awards last month. The ProMaster won in the Large Commercial Van segment. Dodge Brand Both the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Journey posted June sales records. Challenger sales were up 56 percent in June, the muscle car’s fifth sales record this year. The Challenger earned the top spot in the Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value Awards in the Entry Sports Car category last month, and was best in the Midsize Sporty Car segment in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. Journey sales were up 32 percent, the full-size crossover’s best monthly sales ever. Dodge brand sales were down 14 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago. The brand was without minivan production for three months this year during model changeover at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Canada, where the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country are built. The plant resumed production in late May and minivans are now arriving in larger numbers in dealerships across the country. FIAT Brand FIAT studios began taking their first deliveries last month of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X. FIAT dealers sold 324 of the all-new crossover in June and will see greater numbers of the new model arriving this month as production is ramped up. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, 500L, and 500X were down 30 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago.
  24. Talk about WOW, came across this story on a dodge graveyard in the carolina foothills. Amazing what a man can amass. http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enthusiasts/mopar-graveyard-hidden-in-the-carolina-hills/ar-BBkpp39?ocid=UP94DHP#page=1 The pictures show some that are truly scrap and others that could be restored. Wonder how many will get saved?
  25. The Dodge Hellcat models are a huge success with 4,000 Challenger and Charger Hellcat models sold out of a total of 88,000 muscle cars. "It's a small sliver of what we sell, but it really creates a halo for the rest of the lineup," said Dodge and SRT CEO Tim Kuniskis to Automotive News. It has become quite a success for the brand that Dodge is increasing production of the Hellcat engine to help reduce the "huge flood” of orders. This will be the second increase in production of the Hellcat models. "We're going to build more [Hellcats] for 2016. We stopped taking all Hellcat orders months ago so that we could catch up to that demand, and then we will launch the 2016s," said Kuniskis. Kuniskis didn't say how much of a production increase they will do. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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