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In recent times Chrysler hasn’t been doing so well in the eyes of the mainstream market, with Fiat’s plans taking things slow for the Pentastar brand. In the eyes of the enthusiasts at this year’s traditional Easter Jeep Safari, the company is still doing fine.

That’s why Chrysler, together with its performance division, Mopar, has revealed eight new concepts, built off of Jeep Wranglers, Patriots as well as Dodge Ram trucks. We previewed some of them a few weeks ago, but now they’re here in the living body work, and we have to say that the results are extremely impressive.

Hit the jump to see all of the Chrysler Mopar concepts revealed at the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari.

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After going through a very rough patch, Chrysler is slowly on the road to recovery, largely with the help of its new owner, the Fiat group. But while we’ve talked about how Fiat will be helping the US carmaker, now Chrysler has revealed how it will be aiding Fiat in the development of an all-electric Fiat 500EV.

We’ve already seen the 500EV displayed at the Chrysler booth at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), but the first concrete details have been revealed by the Auburn Hills manufacturer. The model is set to be released onto the market in 2012, and will provide the best zero-emission city car money can buy, according to the company.

The electric setup will be comprised of a lithium-ion battery, which powers an electric powertrain of undisclosed capacity (“high power”), and an EV control unit, which will regulate the flow of power sent to the front wheels. All of the research will be made by Chrisler, with more details set to be revealed as we get closer to the release date.

Until then, the carmaker also received a $48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, in order to create a test fleet of Ram plug-in electric vehicle pick-up trucks. The models will be showcased around the country so that people can see the application of the powertrain technology in everyday life. No word on if it will make it to production, so it all depends on customer reaction to the electric trucks.


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In an attempt to sway muscle car fans into its direction, Dodge has just revealed that customers who buy its retro-looking Challenger will receive $2,000 worth of accessories from its performance division, Mopar.

The so-called Mopar Bucks can be spent on anything the customers wants, from performance parts, to visual accessories or even extended maintenance and things like that. We already revealed to you a few months ago many of the Mopar accessories , but a refresher is in order.

The exterior appearance package will cost you $1,995 (what a “coincidence”) and include a body color hood scoop and a rear GO-Wing spoiler plus stripe graphics. For those who want a bit more power, you can opt for the $1,190 cat-back exhaust system, and throw in the $790 interior accessories package, which includes a T-handle shifter and lots of chrome finishes. Classic Mopar T/A hood is also available, for $1,275, while you can also add a rear decklid spoiler, for $316.

Overall, this is a great offer from Dodge, and Challenger fans should hurry up, as it last until April 30th.


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Even though Chrysler’s revival process has already begun, there are many things which need to be accomplished before we see Fiat’s influence in the US carmaker. Until then, the company is betting big on special editions of its best selling models.

As such, it has just released teaser images of four new models which, according to Chrysler, were “Moparized” in order to reflect their special nature. They will be unveilled on March 27, at the 44th Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. These are: Jeep Wrangler J7, Jeep Wrangler Trail Boss, Jeep Patriot Extreme and Ram Power Wagon.

First off, let’s start with the Wranglers. The J7, which you can see in the first image, started life as a four-door Unlimited Rubicon model, and will evoke the military heritage of the iconic Willys Jeeps. The second Wrangler is the aptly named Trail Boss, and will be based on a two-door Rubicon Wrangler. It was designed and fitted with accessories capable of extreme offroading.

Sticking with the Jeep brand, the Patriot Extreme is certain to blind many pedestrians with its bright orange paint scheme, coupled with the black grille, hood and other accessories. A 2-inch Rocky Road outfitters suspension lift was implemented, and TJ “Moab” 16-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich KM2 tires were also added. In order to tackle the trails while listening to your favorite tunes, Chrysler also fitted a Kicker stereo and roof-mounted snowboard rack, just what you want for the upcoming summer.

Last but not least, as you can see above is the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, which aims at taking on competitors like the Ford SVT Raptor. It going to boast two-doors and a pretty interesting paint scheme, combining black and white with fluorescent green inserts. A customized bed is in the back with a fullsize spare tire rack.

Overall, these are some pretty interesting offers from Chrysler. Hopefully the new paint and accessories are enough to get off road enthusiasts attracted.

Source: Chrysler

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Chrysler is definitely learning a few things from Toyota, and in order to play it safe, has just issued a “safety improvement campaign”, or in simpler terms, a recall without being forced by the NHTSA.

The source of this recall is an airbag sensor in the front of the 2005-2006 Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan models, or around 312,000 vehicles. It seems water can leak in the sensor, given certain “environmental conditions”, most likely melting snow. This water will cause the airbag sensor to glitch, which in turn will make the airbag fault warning light appear on the dash. If left unattended, the sensor can fail altogether, effectively disabling the airbag system completely, which, needless to say, is quite severe.

Customers are advised to take their vans to an authorized service to have the sensor swapped out with a better one. The recall campaign is scheduled to start in June, but you can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 for more details.

Source: NHTSA via Autoblog

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The Dodge Challenger is one of the most retro-looking muscle cars of this current generation of fast American sports models. That is why it’s pretty popular with drag drivers who want to look good while racing on the quarter mile track.

Last year the company, together with its performance division, Mopar, revealed the Challenger Drag Pak special edition (pictured above), built specifically with drag racing in mind. Only 100 models were made in 2009 and they sold like proverbial hot cakes, even though they weren’t even street legal.

Now, Dodge and Mopar have just announced that they will begin taking orders for 100 more Dodge Challenger Drag Pak models, with the price of just $39,999. For all that money you’ll be getting a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 under the hood, which can be coupled with a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox.

All of the cars will get specific racing accessories, from revised hoods with functional scoops, to performance seats taken from the Dodge Viper, and a variety of other weight saving measures which manage to shave up to 1,000 pounds from the pretty fat Challenger SRT8. All of the cars can be built to specifications for competitions like NHRA Stock, Super Stock or Comp Eliminator.

Anyone interested in owning such a special drag racer can visit the website and place their order. Act fast though, as just 100 models will be made this year and they will certainly be in great demand.


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Chrysler hasn’t been doing so well in recent times, but with Fiat recently partnering up with the American company, things might turn around soon enough. The new leader of the two companies, Sergio Marchionne, has some big plans for the Pentastar manufacturer, which includes a plethora of facelifts made to its main models, until it can get some completely new cars onto the market, presumably using more Fiat technology.

Among the models due for a facelift are the mid-size sedans: the Chrysler Sebring and the Dodge Avenger, which haven’t really gathered a huge amount of fans. Among them, the Sebring is rather worse for wear, with sales plummeting and public appreciation being extremely low.

That’s why a rumor started a few months ago that with the new facelift, the Sebring name will disappear, in order to help erase the bad feelings customers get when they see it. Now, according to Marchionne, it seems that such a thing is a certainty, as he recently talked about how the mechanical underpinnings of the two sedans have been refreshed.

“We’ve rolled up our sleeves and have torn apart that architecture. You’ll see a completely different animal,” revealed the Fiat/Chrysler CEO. “We’re having a discussion about what name this animal should have. The jury is still out.”

It is expected that just the Chrysler model will be renamed, as the Dodge Avenger is still doing pretty well in sales and public appreciation. Don’t expect the upcoming facelifts (early 2011 most probably) to break the mold, but enhancements in handling, comfort and perhaps a few new engines from Fiat, might be included.


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Even though Chrysler isn’t doing so well in the auto market, as many of its models are long due for an overhaul, at least one segment is still doing pretty good: the minivan one, where the Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country are shifting units left and right.

Seeing more potential in that segment, the Pentastar carmaker has announced a special offer, valid through March 31, entitled the Minivan Pledge. Current owners of competitive makes can opt to try out the two minivans for 60 days, and if you’re not satisfied, you can return it to the company.

“Roughly 67 percent of our minivan buyers are previous owners, and the Chrysler Town & Country has won the R.L. Polk Owner Loyalty award in the minivan category nine years in a row. That’s a testimonial that is earned by building the best minivan year in and year out,” revealed the company in a statement.

GM also held such a promotion at the end of last year, and from what it revealed, it was pretty successful. Bear in mind though, that the guarantee the company offered spanned its whole lineup, not just minivans like Chrysler.


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The Dodge Charger is one impressive American muscle car, but with some major modifications from the tuners at SpeedFactory, the model went from potent sportscar to track-ready rocket.

The company’s engineers took a standard 2006 Dodge Charger and threw in just a “few” things, like a GEN III Hemi connected to a Vortech supercharger, good for around 900 HP, changed up the suspension and shock absorber setup and added 1,000 HP half-shafts. These modifications, together with the factory transmission and independent rear suspension, translate into a very fast car.

But how fast? Well SpeedFactory took it out on the drag track and the result of a quarter-mile run was a stunning 9.453 seconds, which is actually a record for the Chrysler LX/LC platform, on which the Charger is based on.

Hit the jump to see the quarter mile run of the SpeedFactory 426 Dodge Charger.

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In an effort to spice things up even more for its retro-looking Dodge Challenger, the company has presented a special edition of the two available models, the R/T and the SRT8, entitled Furious Fuchsia and sporting a stunning paint scheme.

“Commemorating four decades of Challenger performance, the new R/T Classic and SRT8 Furious Fuchsia editions modernize one of the most memorable hues from 1970 to create a modern muscle-car that exudes more performance, passion and even more nostalgia,” said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Starting at $35,140 for the R/T, which sports a 372HP 5.7-liter V8, and $45,150 for the SRT8, which has a 425HP 6.2-liter V8, the Furious Fuchsia Challengers hark back to a very successful paint scheme from the 1970s, called Panther Pink.

No performance enhancements will be added to this special edition, which will consist of a limited run for the R/T Classic and just 400 models for the STR8, but there are a few other cosmetic enhancements included. For starters, the R/T will sport a set “A-line” side stripes in Bright White or Matte Black, as well as 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, body-color rear spoiler and functional hood scoop. On the inside, Dark Slate Grey leather racing seats with Furious Fuchsia stitching are available as standard, while you can choose Pearl White performance seats accented with Dark Slate Gray and Furious Fuchsia French-seamed stitching.

The more exclusive SRT8 Furious Fuchsia Challenger will get Satin Black wheels, special stitching on the Pearl White SRT performance seats, a commemorative plaque on the dash as well as a chromed quad exhaust tips.


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The Super Bowl took place yesterday, but besides seeing a great game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, we were also treated to quite a few great ads.

This one, dedicated to the Dodge Charger and titled: Man’s Last Stand, is a very interesting one, showing that even though men aren’t what they used to be (something along the lines of Neanderthals, at least according to Dodge), they can still escape thanks to the Dodge Charger.

Hit the jump to see this ad, narrated by Michael C. Hall from the Dexter TV series on Showtime.

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The National Highway and Traffic Safety Association has just announced a new recall for 24,177 new Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models due to a potential brake failure.

It seems that a part of the brake hydraulics system, a retaining clip, might be deformed or even missing entirely out of these 2010 models, meaning that after some time the brakes will begin to be less responsive and eventually fail altogether.

The NHTSA advises anyone with such 2010 models from the three brands to call his local dealer in order to have the car checked out as soon as possible.


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While all of the current “new age” muscle cars try to evoke the appearance of the iconic models, none of them achieve it quite like the Dodge Challenger, which keeps a wide stance, huge size and aggressive design, just like its granddaddy.

But in order to make the muscle car look even more the part, the guys at Mopar have just revealed the special accessories from their 2010 Performance Appearance Package. Bear in mind, these things won’t make it go any faster, but will certainly make the Challenger look like it can.

The exterior kit includes a body color hood scoop, but no word on its functionality, and a body color Go-Wing rear spoiler complete with strobe stripe. The interior package will include a special T-shaped shifter, a “bright” (chrome-finished presumably) pedal kit, just for the automatic version, new door sill guards, premium carpets and a car cover.

The exterior package will cost $1,995 while the interior one will be $945 for the automatic and $780 for the manual one.


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It really seems like Dodge is pulling out all the stops to make sure that its performance model, the Viper, will get a proper good bye once its lifecycle ends in 2010. Besides the revamped 2010 stock model, and the two special editions of the track-oriented ACR edition, the ACR 1:33 and the Voodoo ACR, the company will also launch a special turn-key racer, the ACR-X.

The new model is especially made for the track, and is powered by a 8.4-liter V10, which was heavily modified and produces 640 HP, 40 horses more than the standard ACR. Multiple modifications like a roll cage, improved aerodynamics and track suspension have been added, not to mention its weight, which was cut by 160 pounds.

The model will cost $110,000, and will be showcased in the Dodge Viper spec racing series, which will debut in July, 2010. Check out a video of the ACR-X’s after the jump.

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In a big win for Chrysler, Consumer Reports has just published its newest customer appreciation survey, in which over 380,000 people participated. In it, they were asked, in hindsight, if they would’ve bought the same car they did in the last year.

The champ was the Dodge Challenger, with over 92% of its customers saying that they would gladly buy the car once more. Perennial favorite the Toyota Prius has recorded a fall in popularity, and ranked in at number five, behind runners up Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911.

Chrysler also has the “privilege” of being responsible for the least popular car, the four-cylinder Chrysler Sebring. Detroit rival GM also has the “honor” of selling seven of the bottom ten least popular cars, while the Pentastar has the remaining three.

In case you want to see the complete list, you can head over to the Consumer Reports website.


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