Monday, August 27, 2007

Dodge to present new Journey crossover

Dodge Journey will be unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA in September.

Mark Stevens
Automotive News Europe
August 27, 2007 -- 06:01 CET Dodge says it will unveil a new SUV-minivan crossover called Journey at the Frankfurt IAA in September.

The front-wheel-drive Journey is built on a platform jointly developed by Mitsubishi and Chrysler to cover the lower-medium and upper-medium segments.

In Europe, Dodge Journey will offer a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, available with a six-speed manual transmission. The engine provides an expected fuel economy of 7 liters per 100km on the European combined cycle.

By adding the Dodge brand to its international portfolio, Chrysler aims to achieve 1.4 percent market share in western Europe by 2009 – twice its 2005 market share. By the end of 2009, Dodge aims to account for 30 percent of Chrysler's sales outside North America.

The Journey is designed to appeal both to SUV seekers and those who want the functionality and utility of a minivan, the company said in a statement. Dodge cites storage space, seating flexibility, safety features and all-weather driving capability as product features.

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