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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Dodge Offers New Contest for Custom Garage

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Would you want to have Dodge build you a garage?  That’s a silly question, who wouldn’t want a Dodge garage?  Think of what a garage door opening with 707 horsepower could do.  It’d send that door straight into orbit.

Dodge is running a contest for them to give one lucky fan a custom garage.  The way to enter is simple, just have a Dodge car and upload a video to their Facebook page showing why you deserve them to come on over and give you a garage makeover.  There is a time limit on that plea, it is 60 seconds.

The contest ends on September 21st and then five finalists will be selected.  On October 7th, those same finalists will be voted on by Dodge fans to see who is worthy of the garage.  The winner of the contest gets a makeover worth of $20,000 and the four not so lucky finalists will get a Contur Cabinet Ltd’s Hi-Kab Kompact storage unit.

So if you want to win, get cracking on getting that video over to Dodge.  Best of luck to all who enter.

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Dodge Releases New Dodge Brothers Ads Directed by Adrien Brody

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Dodge is continuing their ad campaign around celebrating the Dodge Brothers as part of the 100th anniversary of the Dodge brand.  For this second part of the campaign that began in 2014, Dodge has brought on an Academy Award-winning actor to direct the spots.  That actor is Adrien Brody.

The first portion of the campaign focused mainly on the Challenger, showing the progression of the Dodge brand leading up to the modern age.  For this new round of ads Dodge is adding more Dodge vehicles.  The ones now being including are the Dart, Durango, Charger, and the Challenger Scat Packs.

In a statement, Fiat-Chrysler Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois said, “Today’s Dodge vehicle have the same passion for performance as John and Horace Dodge established in the first vehicles they crafted more than one hundred years ago.”

The first two spots are “Discovery” and “Drive By” where a modern Durango rolls up on a country club.  The next videos will be “Morse Code” and “First Dodge.”  View them here:

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2014 Dodge Dart is a Best Bet for The Car Book

2014 Dodge DartFor the second year in a row, The Car Book has named the 2014 Dodge Dart as a “Best Bet,” an enormous honor for the popular compact car.

Out of a possible score of 10, the 2014 Dodge Dart received a 9 from The Car Book. Scoring is based on crash test results, rollover rating, repair costs, and many other studies from government and independent testing. In the categories of warranty coverage, rollover rating, fuel economy, and crash testing, the Dart earned a score of 8, and for having inexpensive repair costs, the Dart earned a 9.

Tim Kuniskis, the President and CEO of Dodge Brand, responded to the honor in a press release from Chrysler, stating, “The Car Book’s recognition of the Dart as a ‘Best Bet’ for two years running confirms what our customers are telling us. The Dodge Dart has unique combination of distinctive styling, fun-to-drive performance, up to 41 mpg, segment-leading safety features, and easy-to-use technology, all combined, making it a tremendous value.”

Other recent awards for the Dodge Dart include the Connected Car of the Year honors from Connected World Magazine, a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Strategic Vision’s “Most Loved Vehicles in America.” Starting price for the 2014 Dodge Dart is $15,995.

To learn more about the Dodge Dart, contact us at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Be sure to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter to see all our monthly parts and service specials as well as deals on new and used vehicles.

2013 Dodge Dart: Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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If safety is a concern, then the Dodge Dart may have just gone to the top of the list for possible purchases.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put the sedan through their tests and gave the Dart their “Top Safety Pick+.”

The 2013 Dodge Dart earned the maximum possible rating in all of the crash tests it underwent.  There are four tests in the whole scheme to see how protected occupants are in the event of an accident.  That includes a recreation of a rollover, rear, side, and moderate-overlap frontal impacts.  The final score for these tests were “good.”  Good enough to earn a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As any company would be, Dodge is proud to see their Dart come home with a good report card to pin to the refrigerator.  Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand, gleamed with pride about the results.  “We are very pleased that the Dart has earned a Top Safe Pick+ designation.  In additional to its solid structure- the Dart’s 68-percent high-strength-steel content ratio is one of the highest in the industry- the Dart boasts more than 60 safety and security features.  They include 10 standard air bags, which is unsurpassed in the compact car segment.”

Like Tim Kuniskis said about, the Dodge Dart is very concerned with the safety of the driver and occupants alike.  With over 60 standard safety features in place on the Dart, it’s one of the safest vehicles in its class.

If you would like a full run down of the safety features the 2013 Dodge Dart has in place, please contact one of the representatives at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  The dealership operates in the Bayside Queens area of New York and provides the surrounding area with top quality customer service to anyone looking for a new or used car.

Dodge’s Future is Bright and Plans for More Focus.

avenger_Blacktop_1Apparently reports of Dodge’s “demise” are greatly exaggerated. Dodge is here to stay!

We may have commented on the future of Dodge a few weeks back, but Ralph Gilles, SRT’s president, wants to put those rumors to bed for good. He took to his twitter account over the weekend to write out those very words, that “…all rumors, Dodge is here to stay! It may get more focused going forward but not killed.”

The keyword in what he posted appears to be “focused.” Just speculating here, but could that mean the more redundant in the Chrysler line-up are going to be discontinued? Will there be a unified focus on certain model types?

Car Advice notes that Dodge has already been making steps towards being more focused. Ram split from Dodge and became it’s own sub-brand back in 2009. SRT took off on its own as well, focusing on performance and taking the Viper from Dodge. The Avenger is planned to be put on a shelf come 2004 and if Durango doesn’t make a come-back, then it leaves Dodge with the Dart, Charger, Challenger, and the Journey.

That means it’s time to simply wait and see what happens next. One thing is certain, while specific models might be blurry when looking at the future, Dodge brand is bright. Gilles isn’t one to mince words. So just what is it that Dodge has up its sleeve?

If you’re looking for something in the Dodge family to drive home in then contact us at Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge.  Visit out website and you can view our online showroom online for more information on the individual vehicles. You can also see our new and pre-owned vehicle line-up as well on the website. Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more monthly deals and service specials.

Dodge Hits 2 Million Likes on Facebook!

2M_cover_photo_851x315It appears that Dodge is quite popular on Facebook. So much so that it just made a rare number with how many people have liked it. Just yesterday, Dodge passed the 2 million likes.

The growth has been fairly rapid too. It’s been over only the past year that the Facebook page of Dodge has doubled. Nearly a million likes in just that time frame.

It’s hard not to see why people are flocking to the Dodge page to express their love for some of the best cars on the market. The Dodge Dart, for example, has really gotten fans and critics alike behind it. While the initial start of its sales may have been rocky, it’s clear that both the hype and word of mouth are starting to take effect with drivers.

Then there was a good boost from its marketing campaigns this year. Dodge jumped into games and TV this year with the popular new sci-fi TV show and game Defiance by providing an awesome post-apocalyptic Charger. Also, having your vehicle line-up so focused upon in one of the biggest movies of the year doesn’t hurt. Fans love Fast and the Furious, and Dodge has always had a great relationship with the filmmakers.

If you haven’t liked Dodge yet, head over to the Facebook page and join the swelling crowds. Don’t forget to like Bayside Chrysler Jeep Dodge’s Facebook page while you’re at it. We operate in the Queens area and offer top-quality customer service for those looking to drive away in a new or pre-owned vehicle. We love to say yes!