Dodge Durango is MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice for Best Large Utility

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Dodge enjoyed a great victory at this year’s Chicago Auto show.  The Dodge Durango was awarded the “Driver’s Choice, Best Large Utility” by the editors of MotorWeek.  The magazine has judged the best cars and trucks for the year for over 31 years.  The Drivers’ Choice Awards is an annual look at the vehicles from the point of view of the prospective buyer.  The process reviews priorities such as value and reliability, and also takes into account the latest trends and innovations into the consideration.

Reid Bigland, the President and CEO of Dodge Brand, was very proud of the award.  “It’s an honor to receive this award from MotorWeek,” he said.  “Even though it’s still early in 2012, Dodge has already received more than a dozen awards across the line-up, demonstrating the strength of our products.”

Add this to the list of great news coming Dodge’s way.  With the recent display and hype building for the Dodge Dart, the numerous awards given to the different vehicles, and seeing a 29 percent sales increase in January makes it a phenomenal start to the year.  Dodge is surely in for one of their best years ever.

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Dodge Charger Given 5-Star Safety Rating

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and the 2012 Dodge Charger a 5-Star Safety Rating. That is the highest rating given for safety and is measured in three categories that include front and side crashes and also rollovers.

Scott Kunselman, the Senior Vice President-Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC said in regards to the news, “We’re very pleased that both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger have achieved the highest overall rating. The results of these tests reflect crash worthiness and performance in different scenarios.”

Both vehicles feature a robust array of safety features that helped lead to the 5-Star rating. One such is the Adaptive Cruise Control which maintains a set distance between cars whenever the cruise control is turned on. Other features that make the 2012 Dodge Charger so safe are available blind-spot monitoring and electronic stability control.

Kunselman continued on about the safety of the car, “These vehicles are comprehensively equipped with advanced safety features Both vehicles are robustly designed with a rigid structure to protect occupants and have numerous advanced safety features including, available Adaptive Cruise Control which NHSTA notes as a technology proven to reduce crashes.”

Dodge Charger had been noted for its safety earlier by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when they awarded the vehicle “Top Safety Pick.” Dodge takes pride in making sure that their vehicles, such as the Charger, are not only of the highest quality but also safe on the road. The 5-Star rating is a reward to this commitment.

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President Obama Gets Behind the Wheel of the Dodge Dart

When the news started coming out about the Dodge Dart, everyone knew it was a big deal. I don’t think, however, that anyone expected it to be so big that even President Obama had to take a closer look.

Chrysler has released pictures and a press release stating that during the President’s trip to the Washington Auto show, he was spotted behind the wheel of the new version of the Dodge Dart. Dodge Brand President and CEO Reid Bigland was on hand to show President Obama the new car and to walk him around the show floor to all the vehicles on display.

The hype behind the Dodge Dart doesn’t seem to be letting up. After such a strong unveiling early in January at the Detroit Auto Show, now the car seems to be getting the President’s seal of approval. The Dart is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2012. Featuring a dynamic designed inspired by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and other great additions such as the premium 7-inch Thin Film Transistor display. Maybe this is why the President got rid of his Chrysler 300 so he could get the new Dart.

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Dodge Nitro

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The Dodge Nitro is a mid size SUV looking to bring some class to the class.

The exterior depends on a distinctive box design that really gives it a one of a kind look. The most apparent is the cross-hair grille with horizontal inserts. Other features on the outside body include fender flares and chrome and brushed silver accents. There’s also the heated door mirrors, a rails only roof rack, and body side moldings. If you’re the kind of person likes to put their own twist on a car, then the Nitro has the options to really do just that. Some of the accessories that Mopar has includes tubular side steps in chrome with a skid resistant surface. The fascia accent also comes in chrome as well and adds some great flair to the front of the vehicle.

This same standard to quality goes right into the interior. Starting with the seating, which can seat up to 5 passengers, which is available in either cloth or leather trimmed. It’s an emphasis on comfort, even having four different lean angles for that passenger who just needs to take a quick nap on the trip to Atlantic City. One of the best reviewed features inside of the Nitro is the multimedia system. The Uconnect system gives access to Sirius Satellite Radio and over 130 channels of news, sports, and music. The Uconnect medic center allows you to store thousands of songs and playlists to keep your ride from getting boring by providing hours of entertainment. The Nitro includes standard six speaker sound system to really help the music ring and has an upgrade for Infinity’s premium sound system with eight speakers and an eight inch sub-woofer.

The Nitro offers a great deal on the engines, with 2 available choices. The first one is the 4.0 liter V6 powerhouse. With a five speed automatic transmission and 260 horsepower, it certainly is a beast. It also includes an electronic rang select shifter to give better balance between the fuel efficiency, torque management, and shift responsiveness. The next engine you could go home with in your Nitro is the 3.7 V6. The V6 has a four speed automatic transmission and a horsepower of 210. It features advanced electronic throttle control that gives more precision driving and efficiency.

The Dodge Nitro has been altered to allow for better performance when driving to take your kids to school in Long Island or taking them out to Hudson Valley for a brief vacation. It features the choice between a standard two wheel drive or a part time four wheel drive system. Both have the electronic stability control that helps the vehicle keep control when a spin happens. This goes along with the anti-lock brakes to make sure that braking happenings even during a severe New York snow storm.

This is all part of Dodge’s safety measures. They want to avoid accidents from even happening. Don’t worry though, if something bad should occur, the Dodge Nitro has what it takes to protect you. It all starts with the Nitro’s frame work. It has energy absorbing crush zones that reduce the risk of injury from impact. The seats have active head restraints to help. The Nitro’s airbags are located in front for the front passenger and the driver. There are supplemental side-curtain airbags to provide even more protection for every passenger.

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