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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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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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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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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Dodge Plans for 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats

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The popularity of the Dodge Hellcats was something that Dodge didn’t expect.  Due to those issues, the brand had to make some tough choices about the 2015 Hellcats and pull the plug on getting more out to customers, instead giving them a refund and first crack at the newly announced 2016 models.  While this certainly is bad news for customers still trying to get a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, the boost in popularity has really helped the brand.

“It’s an absolute milestone of Dodge history,” said Dodge and SRT President and CEO Tim Kuniskis according to Detroit News.  “It’s the ’71 Hemi all over again.”

The cancellation of orders left hundreds without Hellcats and to rectify this, Dodge is putting an increase in effort into their production of the 2016 line.  They will be producing more than double what was in 2015 in hopes of making sure they avoid this problem in the future.  The two Hellcats, the Charger and Challenger, will also be getting an increase in price.  The main reason is that the standard equipment on the 2016 models has been made nicer, including Laguna leather.

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Dodge is Heading to the Woodward Dream Cruise 2015!

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Dodge motor heads, it is time for a glorious celebration.  The Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise is back in 2015 and Dodge is bringing out the big guns to make sure this year’s event is memorable.

“The Woodward Dream Cruise is a celebration of performance car culture, and Dodge is proud to be at the heart of a gathering of like-minded people who have a passion for cars and a passion for performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge, about the event.  “This is the second year in a row Dodge is pulling out all the stops for the Cruise, and if you thought last year was big, this year is going to be absolutely a ‘can’t miss’ event.”

Throughout the four day event, it is expected to draw in racing enthusiasts and those who really want to show off their custom cars.  On the Dodge side of the event, the muscle car maker is bringing some special treats for racing fans.

The popular Hellcats will be making an appearance.  Both the Charger and Challenger will be on hand to be driven through a ‘Drag-n-Drift’ thrill ride alongside a professional driver.  The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, the fastest street-legal Viper, will also be on display.  Dodge will also have a Dodge Challenger simulator at the event for attendees to compete for high test tract times against each other.

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