Dodge Journey’s Platform Update Delayed?


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 Challenger and Journey Top September Sales

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September was a good month for the Dodge brand.  As a whole, Fiat-Chrysler had an incredibly strong month and kept their sales streak alive.  While Jeep was the biggest winner, Dodge and their vehicle line-up set numerous records for the month.

The Challenger had its best September sales ever.  Sales were up by 26 percent making this its 8th sales record this year.  The muscle car has been one of the biggest hits of the year, aided by an extremely popular Hellcat variant.  The Challenger has always been a mainstay of the muscle car community, but the 2015 model has seemingly re-sparked a love for it amongst new and nostalgic fans.

The other Dodge vehicle that set a record was the Journey. It had its sixth sales record this year with September being the best month it’s ever had.  The Journey remains one of the strongest and more popular mid-size crossovers on the market.

As a whole, Dodge’s sales were up 3 percent in the month of September.

Dodge continues to have a great sales trend.  The new focus on premium performance is paying off for the company.

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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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2014 Dodge Journey Delivers with V-6, All-Wheel Drive

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Dodge is giving car shoppers more reasons to get to their Dodge dealership for a test drive of the new 2014 Dodge Journey.

The new 2014 Dodge Journey SE V-6 AWD, with an MSRP of $24,895, is delivering more in power and capability with a Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine and all-wheel drive. Additionally, the model comes with standard features including four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Stability Control, 17-inch wheels, 4.3-inch touchscreen Uconnect Media Center, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, push-button start, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and more.

Dodge Brand President and CEO Tim Kuniskis recognized the high standards that would be expected from the new Dodge Journey and assured buyers that the 2014 model would offer more. “The Dodge Journey set an all-time sales record in the United State in 2013,” he said in a press release. “We want to build on that sales momentum, offering levels of performance – 283 best-in-class horsepower, 24 miles per gallon, all-weather capability – our competitors can’t touch at this price point.”

Pricing on the standard 2014 Dodge Journey starts at $19,995, and the model is available with AVP, SE, SXT, Crossroad, Limited, and R/T trim levels.

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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?

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New Dodge Journey Coming in 2016?

UntitledThe Dodge Journey first was first launched in 2009. Since then the mid-sized crossover SUV really hasn’t been changed in a major way. The next-generation of the model will be coming in 2016.

Automotive News is reporting that the Dodge Journey will be taking production away from the Chrysler 200 sedan, which is being built in the Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Michigan. Production of the Journey currently is in Toluca, Mexico.

The rumor being reported on is that, like the Chrysler 200, the new Dodge Journey will be using the same Giulieta platform that’s being used for the Dodge Dart and the upcoming Jeep Cherokee.

By moving production up to Michigan may be happening to help reduce costs by making it easier for suppliers to provide common components necessary to build the vehicles. Seems like a smart choice, especially if Dodge plans on really pushing the new generation of the Dodge Journey.

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Dodge Lands 4 in Top Ten of November Sales

November was a blur for me. Didn’t have to work for the first week due to the massive hurricane and following snow storm. This is the case for so many other New Yorkers and they might have even shared the moment when they realized it was already December. For any one in the auto industry, that means it’s time to look back at the numbers for the month. Dodge was the pleasant surprise to see.  They were in front of all the others for sales figures.

The top ten of the best selling vehicles in November contained four Dodge vehicles. The Dodge Grand Caravan, Avenger, Journey, and Charger were the most popular purchases last month. The sales from the same month of last year had a huge increase as well. Dodge sold around 40,000 units which is 32% higher than in the previous year. That’s the 32nd straight month of having sales increase.

The Dodge Dart also helped Dodge enjoy a good month. The popular new car sold 4,489 units in November. The total now comes to 19,198 Darts sold all year.

The desire to drive a Dodge seems to have seen an increase in interest. Maybe it’s the Dart really starting to get noticed or people are just getting wise to the quality of other Dodge products. Either way, I wonder what December is going to be like for the brand.

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Dodge Test-Drives for a Good Cause

As part of Dodge’s community outreach across the country, Dodge will be supporting breast cancer research and education at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas 1/2 Marathon this weekend.

The race benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation, one of the country’s best-known health groups. Nine other charitable organizations have also partnered with the event including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and ASPCA. In addition to the race, there will be concerts and a Health & Fitness Expo. According to event organizers, the free expo will feature “the latest in running technologies, fitness apparel, health and nutrition information and interactive displays.”

Dodge has really made an effort to be a major presence at the race. They will be hosting a recovery tent at the race for runners to stretch, mingle, or rest up, and they will also be part of the Health & Fitness Expo. At the expo, they will be showing off the 2012 Durango, Journey, and Challenger, and Dodge will make a donation to charity for every test drive that happens during the expo.

I would love to be in Dallas for the race this weekend, especially considering that so many great charitable organizations are involved, and it is exciting that Dodge is so involved with the race. Good luck to all the runners, and be sure to stop by the Dodge booth to take a test drive for a good cause!

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