Dodge Charger Earns Residual Value Award for The Third Year in a Row!

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The 2017 Dodge Charger has earned the Residual Value Award for the third time in three years!

This recognition comes from the ALG, an industry authority on automotive residual value projections in the US.  They analyze nearly 2,500 vehicles every year to provide consumers with the information.  ALG recognizes 26 vehicles with segment awards.  The awards are based on the 2017 model-year vehicles.

“Striking a delicate balance between traditional sedan and muscle car, the Dodge Charger represents the shifting trends in the full-size segment,” said Eric Lyman, VP of industry insights for ALG.  “A wide range of powertrain and comfort features ensure there is a perfect Charger for every personality.  High performance teams up with high value as the Dodge Charger lands back-to-back Residual Value Awards in 2017.”

“ALG recognizes vehicles and brands that stand out from the rest of the market, and that is exactly what the Dodge Charger does,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands at FCA.  “The only-four door muscle car in the market has now won this award from ALG three years in a row, and that is a testament to the fact that there is nothing else like Charger on the road today.”

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Is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overkill?

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The Dodge Charger Hellcat has always been popular with car fans due to its extreme power.  That 707 horsepower was hard not to get excited about.  That makes it hard not to use extreme comparisons and words when used to describe the Charger Hellcat.  As a writer for MSN Autos put it, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is “Nuclear overkill.”

It’s clear from his review of the Charger SRT Hellcat that writer Will Sabel Courtney is overwhelmed by it.  One of those is what to use to describe his time with the Charger.  In his own words “It’s hard to avoid nuclear terminology when trying to describe the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi known as the Hellcat.”  In the end, the word that came out to describe the Charger Hellcat is “overkill.”

Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat too much power for its own good?  It may just be.  The problem with that idea is that I believe the appeal of the Charger Hellcat is the idea of overkill.  It’s a muscle car with as much power poured into it as possible.  That’s what the power of something like this wants.  It’s the fun and the thrill of the drive that is wanted.

Courtney does realize this.  He compares the fun of driving the Charger Hellcat to what it is that makes people wait in line for a ride at a Six Flags.

Check out the review of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and see if you agree that the Hellcat engine is overkill.

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What’s Next for the Dodge Grand Caravan?

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When it comes to talk about larger vehicles in the Fiat-Chrysler line-up lately, that talk is mostly around the new Chrysler Pacifica and what It is doing for the minivan segment.  One of the most popular larger vehicles that remains popular with the buying public but doesn’t generate the press is the Dodge Grand Caravan.  What is next for the Grand Caravan now that the Pacifica seems to be stealing its thunder.

That’s the question The Ellsworth American is pondering.  The Grand Caravan was originally supposed to be ending its production at the end of the year and the Pacifica would be taking over as the one-true minivan for Fiat Chrysler.  It was all part of a plan to try to limit the various brands from undermining themselves in various segments.  That plan has been walked back a bit though.  Now the Grand Caravan will get another year on its life, but once that year is up, no one is certain what will happen next.

The Ellsworth American doesn’t have any major leak or idea of what is to happen next.  What follows the recent history of the Grand Caravan is a love letter to time spent with the Grand Caravan and a reminder of why it may not be time to let go of it.  If there was ever a writer making a case for a vehicle to stay on the market, it is in this lovely tale of a “final ride” with the Grand Caravan.  Check it out and think if it may be a good reason to keep it around.

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No Dodge Dart in 2017

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The Dodge Dart, sadly, struggled.  It was the first real release from a revitalized Chrysler company off of its bankruptcy and wanted to show it was really getting back into the car-making business.  It was a radical new design for a Dodge sedan and it certainly had its early fans.  The bad news for the Dart, however, is that it’ll be taking a break for 2017.

The Dart has been out since 2013 and has never been the big seller it deserved to be.  The biggest struggle it has had of late is the way Fiat-Chrysler is reorganizing the brands after the recent sales.  It’s clear that the biggest business for the company is in the Jeep and Ram markets.  The sedans, both the 200 and Dart, haven’t been succeeding on the same level.  For that reason, Chrysler is putting the Dart away for the time being to focus efforts elsewhere.

While the Dart is a great vehicle, it makes sense why FCA would do this.  The brands are having their belts tightened to focus on what they are best at.  Dodge is aiming to be more of the performance branch of the company.  The recent onslaught of the Challenger and Charger demonstrate that.  The Dart didn’t have that and openly competed with the other major sedans in the line-ups such as the 200.  So Chrysler taking the two of them away to focus on, say, the 300 is not a bad idea at all.

Still, it’ll be sad to lose the Dart.  It was the showing of a new generation and new mind-set.  Hopefully it’ll be back in some way and get the love it always deserved.

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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge Expands in 2016!

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Dodge is going to be helping muscle car and performance car fans get their need for speed fix.  The company will be sponsoring this year’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” on TEN: The Enthusiast Network.

“When more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts flooded the gates at the first ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ event at last year’s Woodward Cruise Week, we promised the event would be back and it is,” said Head of Passenger Car Brands Tim Kuniskis.  “Even more than a pure enthusiast event filled with drag racing, thrill rides and live music, Roadkill Nights gets people off the streets and onto a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

The Roadkill event started last year at Detroit during the Woodward Cruise Week.  It was a major success with the performance enthusiast who attended and Dodge is looking to give that group even more of what they wanted.  First off, the event will be expanding as it heads to two additional stops in Kansas City and Pontiac, Michigan.

The first event will be on Saturday, June 18th and the lineup for the day looks like one that any enthusiast would not want to miss.  It’ll be a day of open-run drag racing, Dodge thrill rides where you get to ride along with a professional driver in the SRT Hellcats and Viper, and live music.  Definitely sounds like an amazing way to spend the day.

To find out more information on the event, visit their website.  For the rest of us who cannot attend, all we can do is dream of the drag races in our fantasies.

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Dodge Journey’s Platform Update Delayed?

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There has been a lot of change lately at Fiat-Chrysler as they’ve been reconsidering much of their five-year plan to compensate for the way the market has changed.  While many of the major milestones they hoped to hit are still in place, little ones have been being made.  Mainly it seems that there was no way to see just how popular Jeep was going to grow; that it would have such an explosion of popularity.  Because of this, many resources have been diverted into keeping the Jeep enthusiasm.  What may have this affected?

Automotive News has put out an article stating the upcoming Dodge Journey will still be keeping its older platform.  It seemed like the Journey was due for something new, but Dodge is keeping things the same for the immediate future.  This decision is set to be till the 2018 model year when the Journey may get that new platform.

This is all according to an un-named source, so take it with the grain of salt that comes with such news.  It is certainly plausible.  Dodge is making a shift to being the place for premium driving experiences, focusing much of their energy on performance, as seen in the Hellcat Charger and Challenger.  It is possible that they have putting off an update to the Journey and other vehicles that use the platform to give them some wiggle room in development.

The future is bright at Fiat-Chrysler, no matter how you look at it.  While it may take some time, I do see the Journey getting some loving attention that it deserve, it just needs time to get the dedicated care.

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Dodge is the Top Ranking Automaker on Social Media!

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Dodge brand is the number one mass-market auto brand on social media according to Shareablee Inc!

Shareablee, a social media analytics company, put out a new blog identifying the 10 ranking brands by looking at their social actions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Amongst the 10 brands, it was Dodge that led in 2015 and continues to do so into 2016.

Looking at January 1st to March 15th 2016, Dodge had over 5.2 million social actions on their social media platforms.  That is more than double the actions of the next ranked automaker.

“It is great to see Dodge recognized as a fast riser on social media,” said Olivier Francois, the Chief Marketing Officer at FCA.  “Having a strong social presence is an important part of our marketing strategy for all our brands.  We strive to deliver content that is true to each individual brand persona, is relevant and evokes a reaction from our followers.”

Dodge is known for their fans and their online persona.  The Dodge brand has centered itself lately on a love for high-octane and performance cars.  Muscle cars such as the Charger and Challenger Hellcat tend to dominate with both Dodge and its fans raving about the raw power and beautiful design.  One of their most popular hashtags is the #ThatsMyDodge and is used by many Dodge owners to show off their performance vehicle.

Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands at FCA, said that Dodge fans are simply car fans, but they love the Dodge brand.  “Dodge and SRT vehicles have passionate fans who are not just customers, but real brand advocates.  The fact that Dodge generated 5.2 million social interactions so far this year, nearly double that of the second-ranked automaker in the study really reinforces our belief that when the information you share is authentic and organic, people engage and share the content.”

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Dodge Challenger and Charger Get New Go Mango Paint Color

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Dodge has been showing a lot of love lately to muscle car enthusiasts.  In recent months, they’ve released a series of nostalgic colors for the Challenger and Charger that appeal to the sense of nostalgia a muscle car driver typically has.  The “Plum Crazy” purple, “B5 Blue” and “Sublime” green colors are all meant to recall a bygone age of the muscle car.  Dodge is looking to expand that by adding additional colors.

Dodge unveiled at the 11th annual Spring Festival in Irvine, California that they’d be expanding the color palette of the Charger and Challenger SRT models with the Go Mango exterior paint.  This is a call-back to the iconic 1970 Challenger.

The new color combines red and orange tones and has a real high-octane look to it.  If you’re looking for a unique color for a Charger or Challenger, this new Go Mango paint really seems to stand out in a crowded field.

“Powerful performance cars like our Dodge Charger and Challenger demand high-impact colors,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Dodge Brand.  “Dodge muscle cars have a long history of unique paint colors with iconic names, and we’ll continue to reach back into our paint code archive to give our enthusiasts customers what they want.”

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2016 Dodge Durango is Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award!

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The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan has been named by Kelley Blue Book as a winner of its 5-Year Cost to Own Award.  This is the second time in three years that the Grand Caravan has been awarded in the minivan/van category.

The awards honor vehicles and brands that have the lowest projected ownership costs based on Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to On data.

“The original minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan, remains the champ in 5-Year Cost to Own by essentially running the table on the key ownership cost attributes,” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst.  “It costs less to buy; it is less costly to maintain, and it depreciates less rapidly than its minivan competitors.  Plus, it offers a variety of creature comforts unmatched by others in its segment.”

The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the best-selling, most awarded minivans ever.  Its affordability and versatility has made it one of the most popular minivans on the market.  It has exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go seating allowing families that need to store additional things or have more seats for passengers in a matter of seconds.

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The Dodge Durango is One of the Best Buys of 2016

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Consumer Guide has handed Fiat-Chrysler some bragging rights for the near future.  On their 2016 Best Busy distinction list, the Dodge Durango earned a place on their ‘Best Buys of 2016’ list.

 

The 2016 Dodge Durango was placed on the ‘Large SUV Best Buy.’  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Consumer Guide has recognized the accomplished Durango.  It’s hard not to see why, the Durango has been widely regarded as one of the best large SUVs on the market.  Sales of the SUV has shown that drivers are still incredibly fond of it.

Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, said about the numerous awards for FCA, “We are pleased to recognize FCA’s enduring success in the Large SUV and Large Pickup classes.  We are equally please to award the newest Jeep crossover Best Buy status for 2016.”

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