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 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 Losing Grand Caravan and Avenger

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Change is in the air for Dodge. Chrysler announced that two Dodge mainstays will be getting dropped from the brand due to their direct competition with similar models. Dodge will be saying goodbye to the Grand Caravan and the Avenger. Chrysler believes they are competing too closely with the Town & Country and the 200 sedan.

The company’s reason is to move Chrysler to the forefront. They have chosen for the main brand to be the mainstream brand and want to focus the Dodge vehicle more on sport and high-performance vehicles. Because of this, SRT will be consolidated with Dodge and their powerful creations will sport the familiar Dodge halo.

Dodge is planning on giving their current vehicles a revamp to match the new image for Dodge. While the Charger and Challenger are already going to be getting one with their upcoming new versions, the Dart and the Journey will be getting a revamp further down the line.

While it is said to see some popular models go, it does make sense for Chrysler. For a long while now, they’ve been directly competing with themselves with minivans and sedans. If this allows them to focus on one superior product, both the company and the consumer will be the better for it. Still, sad to see them go.

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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 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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