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2009 Dodge Charger police car ready to patrol

Dodge to Arm Police Officers with Best-in-Class Power and Even Better Fuel Economy

Auburn Hills, Mich., Oct 9, 2008  -  Bad guys beware.

The new 2009 Dodge Charger police car is ready to patrol the streets with the ultimate in pursuit power – the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine. The new engine will give the good guys more horses under the hood and even better fuel economy.

“With rear-wheel drive and HEMI power at the pavement, our new 2009 Dodge Charger provides optimum police car pursuit performance,” said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand Marketing. “Dodge has a strong police car heritage, and we are proud to offer a vehicle armed with modern muscle and cutting-edge technology to help law enforcement agencies perform their duties.”

With the new 5.7-liter HEMI, the 2009 Dodge Charger is the most powerful production police vehicle on the road, producing 368 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2009 Dodge Charger is the only police vehicle that offers best-in-class performance in four key pursuit categories: available power, acceleration, top speed and vehicle dynamics.

With a fuel economy rating of 16 city/25 highway, the new HEMI engine also gets up to 20 percent better fuel economy with the addition of fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology, which deactivates four of the eight cylinders when less power is needed while cruising.

“Our fuel-saving MDS technology functions so smoothly that officers won’t notice when four of the eight cylinders are deactivated, but they’ll always have the power of the V8 when they need it,” said Roxie Thomas, Senior Manager -- Government Sales.

The 2009 Dodge Charger police car comes standard with a five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick® mated to a powerful, 3.5-liter High-Output V-6 engine that provides 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, offering an outstanding blend of performance and fuel economy (16 city/25 highway).

The Dodge Charger police vehicle was designed from the ground up in order to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. Police-specific features include greater stability and improved handling achieved through a “wheels-to-the-corners” design; performance-tuned steering and suspension; convenient shifter mounted on the instrument panel to make room for police equipment in the center console area; police interior lighting shines white to illuminate the interior and red for use with night vision equipment; heavy-duty seats accommodate fully equipped officers; and a spacious trunk.

The Dodge Charger police vehicle comes equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), a segment exclusive that includes Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), All-speed traction control, Yaw Sensor and Steering Angle Sensor. ESP electronically detects and automatically assists drivers in critical driving situations, including adverse conditions. ESP works by constantly comparing the driver’s intended course with the vehicle’s actual course, detecting differences, applying the brakes to individual wheels and controlling engine power in order to help keep the vehicle on its intended path. Dodge Charger is also equipped with Brake Assist, which helps apply maximum braking power in emergency situations.

Both passive and active safety features are incorporated into the 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicle. These features include unibody steel construction; standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags; available supplemental side-curtain airbags and seat-mounted air bags; best-in-class braking from 60 mph to zero in 135 feet*; and mid-vehicle-mounted saddlebag gas tank.

Additional standard features and optional equipment are available on the 2009 Dodge Charger police vehicle in order to provide law enforcement customers an affordable vehicle with industry-leading innovations that make upfitting the vehicle faster and safer.

Police Car Heritage
The former Chrysler Corporation dominated the police car business throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and early ‘80s, with U.S. market shares ranging from 45-60 percent. Police vehicles manufactured by the former Chrysler Corporation included the Dodge Monaco, Dodge Royal Monaco, Dodge Coronet, Dodge Diplomat, Dodge Dart, Dodge St. Regis, Plymouth Fury, Plymouth Gran Fury, Plymouth Volare and Chrysler Newport.

After a 12-year hiatus, Dodge returned to the police car market with the 2002 Dodge Intrepid. The front-wheel-drive Dodge Intrepid earned a 4 percent share of the approximately 70,000 unit U.S. market. That vehicle was phased out of production in 2003.

In the fall of 2004, Dodge previewed the 2006 Dodge Magnum as a police vehicle, offering enhanced rear-wheel-drive performance and handling with a spacious, flexible interior for police special service uses. In 2005, the Dodge Charger joined the ranks, offering law enforcement agencies a four-door sedan option.

The Dodge Charger continues to gain momentum in the marketplace as the preferred vehicle for law enforcement.  Sales of the Dodge Charger police car have increased 17 percent over 2007.

About Dodge Brand
With a U.S. market share of 6.2 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC’s best-selling brand and the sixth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market.
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GM's 'Boost' In Efficient Four-Cylinders Includes More Turbos

Strategy Highlighted by the 2011 Chevy Cruze's new 1.4L Turbo that is Expected to Be a Fuel Economy Leader

FLINT, Mich. – GM will double its global production of small four-cylinder engines (1.0L to 1.4L) by 2011, with more than half of the increase coming in North America. The strategy is highlighted by an all-new, 1.4L Turbo engine that will power the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.

The 1.4L Turbo enables great vehicle performance and fuel economy. In fact, the Cruze is expected to be a fuel economy leader in its segment when it launches in mid-2010, and its new engine reinforces GM’s commitment to replacing larger-displacement engines with more compact, advanced four-cylinder engines that optimize performance and fuel savings.

One-third of GM’s North American engine volume will be four-cylinders by 2011, and 21 percent of the four-cylinder volume will be turbocharged – a seven-fold increase over today’s volume of turbo engines.

“Power-dense four-cylinders such as the 1.4L Turbo are an integral part of GM’s portfolio of advanced propulsion technologies, including cam phasing, direct injection, Active Fuel Management, clean diesels, hybrids, flex-fuel vehicles, six-speed transmissions and electric propulsion,” said Tom Stephens, executive vice president, GM Global Powertrain and Global Quality. “GM is focused on delivering vehicles that look great, are fuel efficient and fun to drive.”

The Chevy Cruze is such a vehicle. It is an all-new, global compact car that will be built for worldwide distribution at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio facility. It will be offered with the 1.4L Turbo in North America, along with additional small-displacement engines for models sold outside of North America.

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Jeep® Patriot Back Country Concept Debut

Jeep® Patriot Back Country Concept – Designed to Stand Out in the Great Outdoors

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 25, 2008  -  Making its debut at the 2008 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, the Jeep® Patriot Back Country concept vehicle combines the fun, freedom and fuel efficiency of the Jeep Patriot with the active lifestyle of the Jeep customer to create a vehicle that exudes a fresh, youthful appeal.

Created from the newest Jeep Patriot Limited model, the Jeep Patriot Back Country concept features a redesigned interior, authentic Jeep accessories by Mopar® and a blend of unique materials.

“The Jeep Patriot Back Country concept was inspired by the outdoor enthusiast seeking adventure, fun and freedom,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “Using a variety of materials typically associated with active lifestyles and a distinct color combination, the ultimate Jeep Patriot stands out in the great outdoors.”

The compact SUV is outfitted with a variety of Mopar accessories, including a Roof Top Cargo Basket ideal for hauling camping equipment or outdoor gear. Off-road Lights accent the front of the cargo basket and are perfect for nighttime excursions or setting up camp. Mopar Deluxe Splash Guards complement the vehicle’s off-road capability.

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Nation's Largest Off-Road Expo Rolls Into Pomona

Come Check Out The Off-Road Expo This October 3-5!
The Off-Road Expo offers a ton of entertainment and interactive features for those in attendance including exhibitions, demonstrations, hands-on activities like the Toyota Ride-N-Drive, the Off-Road.com girls and more.

Pomona, CA (PRWEB) September 26, 2008 -- The 2008 Off-Road Expo sponsored by Toyota, the nation's largest off-road consumer products show series, will roll into the Pomona Fairplex Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5. The show features everything off-road including new vehicles and parts, on-site show deals, freestyle motocross action and more. New activities this year include photo shoot opportunities with the Off-Road.com Girls, live music and an enhanced Kids Zone, providing jam-packed entertainment for the entire family. Also new this year, the Expo will open a day early on Friday, October 3, to allow more time for off-road fans to enjoy all the fun and action!

Come Check Out The Off-Road Expo This October 3-5!

"This year's Expo covers more than 20 acres with all the latest off-road vehicles, parts, accessories and more, making it the place to come talk to industry experts, check out new vehicles and demonstrations and take advantage of special on-site show discounts on thousands of parts and accessories," said Show Director Tom Gattuso. "The Expo is the best place for off-road lovers to share their passion with other enthusiasts, enjoy live entertainment and have fun."

This year's Off-Road Expo showcases all the latest toys, parts and accessories from more than 300 of the industry's leading manufacturers and distributors. Other entertainment features at the Expo include:

  • World Debut of Side X Side Super Jam Drifting Exhibition - From the founders of CalROCS and W.E. ROCK comes a competition featuring Side X Side drifting demonstrations on a figure-8 track!
  • Dirt Alliance Dirt Lifestyle Showcase - A brand-new outdoor zone has been created that will feature live music from bands such as the Pricks, Divide the Day, Inhale and Seenless.
  • W.E.ROCK Rock Crawling Demonstrations - Come and watch an exhibition of professional rock crawlers, including world-renowned Tracy Jordan and Dean Bulloch, compete in head-to-head trials in four-wheel drive rock vehicles.
  • Toyota Off-Road Ride-N- Drive - Off-Road fans will be able to test brand new Toyota vehicles, including the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra where it counts - on the dirt!
  • Off-Road.com Girls - You've seen them online - now see them in person at the Off-Road.com Girls Photo Studio. Have the girls sign your poster, take pictures and share them with your friends on Off-Road.com.
  • Special Appearance by Racer Ricky James - See 20-year-old paraplegic racer Ricky James in the SoCal Super Trucks booth all weekend sharing his story, greeting fans and signing autographs.
The Off-Road Expo presented by Toyota will take place Friday, October 3, from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday, October 4, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Held at the Pomona Fairplex, located at 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona, Calif., admission to the event is $12 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at offroadexpo.com.

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Chrysler goes Electric

Looking beyond hybrids...Chrysler goes Electric

Chrysler Corporation has revealed three electric-drive vehicles, one of which will go on sale in 2010. Unlike hybrids, these three vehicles can drive without using any gasoline. Lou Rhodes, Vice President - Advance Vehicle Engineering and President of ENVI, explains more about the Dodge EV, the Jeep EV and the Chrysler EV in the video above.

The prototypes give a glimpse of the very near future. Chrysler intends to bring advanced, electric-drive vehicles to market quickly, and in a broad range of choices for consumers – from front-wheel drive platforms, to rear-wheel drive, to body-on-frame four-wheel drive.

A fleet of more than 100 Chrysler electric vehicles will be on the road in government, business and Chrysler development fleets next year. Then, in 2010, at least one of the electric-drive vehicles will go on sale to consumers in North America, and later in Europe.

The Dodge EV is a two-passenger rear-wheel drive sports car that offers high performance and zero emissions. The Dodge EV has three primary components: a 200 kW (268 horsepower) electric motor, an advanced lithium-ion battery and an integrated power controller.

The 200 kW electric-drive motor produces 480 lb.-ft. of torque, accelerating the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds, with a top speed of more than 120 mph.

The Dodge EV has a range of 150 miles between recharges – more than tripe the average daily commute. To recharge the vehicle, simply plug it into a standard 110-volt household outlet. Or the recharge time can be cut in half by using a typical 220-volt household appliance power outlet.

The Jeep EV is an off-roader that adds new meaning to the term “Tread Lightly”. The Jeep EV is a range-extended electric vehicle that couples the electric motor and the lithium-ion battery system with a small gasoline engine and an integrated electric generator to produce added energy. The Jeep EV has a range of 40 miles of zero-emissions, all-electric operation – no gas necessary. But for longer trips of up to 400 miles, the small gasoline engine produces energy to power the electric-drive system.

Since nearly 80 percent of Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, or 14,000 miles per year, the technology in the Jeep EV would allow most drivers to drive using no gasoline and emitting no tailpipe emissions.

The 268 hp electric motor generates 296 lb.-ft. of torque in the Jeep EV. The instant high torque and the ability to control each wheel independently results in the off-road capability consumers expect from Jeep.

Finally, there’s the Chrysler EV, a fuel-efficient minivan for families on the go. The seven-passenger Chrysler EV is, like the Jeep EV, a range-extended electric vehicle that puts electric-drive technology in the segment-leading Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

The Chrysler EV can drive 40 miles on all-electric power, or 400 miles with the help of an integrated small displacement engine and generator. The Chrysler EV uses a 255 horsepower motor, producing 258 lb.-ft. of torque, providing zero to 60 mph acceleration in about nine seconds.

To find out more about the trio of EV vehicles, go to http://www.ChryslerGoesElectric.com.

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