Saturday, August 25, 2007

2009 Dodge Journey: Minivan For The Worldwide Masses


2009_Dodge_Journey.jpgThe mystery crossover ute we've been seeing spy shots of for the better part of a year is now ready to join Dodge's "Crew" as the Dodge Journey. Set to be unveiled at next month's Frankfurt Auto Show, the Dodge Journey represents the newest assault by the Dodge brand on the global sensibilities MPV market. The Avenger's a crossover that "evokes the capable look associated with SUVs" yet still manages to be built on the Dodge Avenger platform, albeit lengthened by 4.9 inches. Designed for sale as a 2009 model-year vehicle in both the US market as well as worldwide, the Journey will hit our highways in both a five-passenger and 5+2 seating in the first quarter of 2008, and hit cobblestone streets across the pond in both left-hand and right-hand drive starting in mid-2008. Check out the full press release and a short video on the Journey below the jump to find out exactly how this egg-mobile's going to change your life by letting you "Grab Life" -- and then Flip 'N Stow™ it. We couldn't stop believing the utility of it either. Sorry, had to drop the "Journey" reference in there. Look on the bright side -- at least we didn't just cut to black like at the end of...



All-new Dodge Journey Crossover Provides Room to Grow

• All-new Dodge Journey revealed at 2007 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt
• Something for any journey: segment-defining crossover delivers versatility, safety, child friendliness, loads of storage, cargo and seating flexibility, as well as all-weather driving capability
• With a bold, sporty design, new fun-to-drive Journey continues Dodge brand's global expansion

Dodge designers and engineers have answered the needs of the global passenger car market, as well as the needs of individual drivers, and delivered the all-new Dodge Journey: a global vehicle that meets life's changing demands by offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility in a sporty, sexy package. This all-new vehicle takes the practicality of a minivan, the capability of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the overall efficiency of a passenger car and blends all the best attributes of each into an all-new "right-sized" crossover for the Dodge brand.

"The all-new Dodge Journey gives our customers the entire package," said Michael Manley, Executive Vice President - International Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Chrysler. "With its unique combination of purposeful versatility and bold, youthful styling, this new vehicle from Dodge delivers safety, quality and reliability at a great value. Journey also blends innovative technology, entertainment features and useful storage, all wrapped together with an attitude that can only be Dodge."

The Dodge Journey is built on the company's global D-segment platform and is designed to meet the needs of customers ranging from young singles, couples and families with small children to mature families who want the flexibility to do more in terms of seating people or storing gear. Clever, flexible seating and storage combinations include standard five-passenger seating with spacious cargo room and available 5+2 seating, for times when additional passengers are along on the journey. Spacious storage bins, hidden in the floor and under the front passenger seat cushion, combined with a variety of fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, make Dodge Journey flexible, functional and fun-to-drive.

Safety also is at the top of mind for customers, and the Dodge Journey delivers with standard multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), standard Electronic Roll Mitigation, an available back-up camera and available all-wheel drive (AWD) in the United States and Canada.

The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey will be available in U.S. dealerships with both five-passenger and available 5+2 seating in SE, SXT and R/T models in the first quarter of 2008 and in global volume markets outside North America in both left-hand and right-hand drive, starting in mid-2008.

Bold, Powerful Proportions with Edgy Lines Evoke SUV Capability

Journey is unmistakably Dodge, with powerful, muscular exterior styling cues that evoke the capable look associated with SUVs.

"The Journey combines the bold attitude of Dodge with excellent interior versatility designed to satisfy buyers' rapidly changing demands," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design. "Journey is the perfect right-sized vehicle for people who want the prestige of an SUV, but need the functionality and utility of a minivan."

From the front, the signature Dodge crosshair chrome grille with the Dodge Ram's head stamped in the center hammers home the Dodge brand message that Journey is bold, powerful and capable. Modern-looking quad halogen headlamps provide excellent road lighting. Available fascia-mounted fog lamps strengthen the contemporary look and help boost visibility during bad weather. Body-color fascias provide a monochromatic look that neatly frames the chrome crosshair grille and headlamps.

Dodge Journey boasts available 19-inch wheels and tires, which set it apart from the rest of the crossover pack. From the side view, Dodge Journey's horizontal aluminum hood, long daylight opening and low-gloss black appliqu├ęs on the B- and C-pillars give the appearance of a long greenhouse. Sculpted wheel arches emphasize Journey's sporty, athletic appearance. Dodge Journey's beltline is more angled in front, but less so toward the rear, mimicking the top of the tail lamp shape, which makes it easier for rear-seat passengers to see out the windows -- a bonus for pint-sized passengers. An available high-contrast black roof rack with buffed stainless steel roof rails adds capability and completes Journey's side view.

The Dodge Journey's rear view elicits as much excitement as the front. The Journey's single piece, lightweight liftgate includes an integrated spoiler that delivers improved aerodynamics. An LED center high mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) is mounted in the liftgate header above the glass. Like the integrated spoiler above it, the outer surface of the CHMSL is styled for aerodynamics. Four-piece jeweled red tail lamps span the width of both the liftgate and the body and feature unique curves that give the Journey added style and sportiness. The rear glass on the liftgate's lower edge follows the curvature of the tail lamps to improve visibility through the rear window. Extra shimmer that adds gleam to the Journey's performance capability comes from the chrome-tipped dual exhausts, which are standard with the available 3.5-liter V-6 engine in North America.

The Dodge Journey adapts the company's D-segment architecture also used on the 2008 model-year Dodge Avenger. However, Journey's 113.8-inch (2890 mm) wheelbase is 4.9 in. (124 mm) longer than Avenger's to accommodate its available 5+2 seating and additional cargo space.

Dodge Journey will be available in Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat, Melbourne Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Spacious Interior Room for the Entire Journey

A key target for the Dodge Journey's design team was delivering a practical, flexible interior, with seating and innovative storage features typically only found in a minivan, and the final product delivers.

Dodge Journey's two-box exterior design means more room for seating people and storing gear on the interior. Journey offers a choice of two seating configurations to balance buyers' needs for passenger seating and cargo room. Five-passenger seating is standard on all models, while 5+2-passenger seating is available on all models. The Journey's available third row gives passengers 2 inches (51 mm) more head room than leading North American competitors.

Storing things "under the front seat" takes on an entirely new meaning, thanks to Journey's available Flip 'N Stow™ in-seat storage. The Journey's front passenger seat cushion flips forward to reveal a large 10.75 x 8.75-inch (273 x 222 mm) bin under the seat cushion. The bin is large enough to store a purse, umbrella, planner or headphones with the seat down. The seat cushion is hinged, and when flipped forward, provides access to the storage bin.

Dodge Journey's rear doors open 90 degrees, making it easier for people to get in and out of the second row and gain access to the available third-row seat.

In the second row, the all-new Dodge Journey features theater seating, which gives passengers in the second and third row the ability to see outside the vehicle, which is especially helpful for keeping kids entertained on long drives. The second row H-point is 1.6 inches (40 mm) higher than the first row. The available third row sits another .6 inches (17 mm) higher than the second row and 2.2 inches (57 mm) higher than the first-row seats.

Located in the floor behind the front-row seats are two standard in-floor storage bins that are designed to hold 12, 12-oz. (330 ml) cans plus ice or other items conveniently out of sight. For added convenience, the bins feature latching lids and removable, washable liners, so they're a snap to clean.

Additional thoughtful features that make Dodge Journey more flexible for families include a child presenter seat on all models that makes it easy for the driver to attend to a small child seated in the second row when the vehicle is stationary. The child presenter seat works by allowing the 60 percent portion of the 60/40 fold-flat second row seat to travel 2 inches (51 mm) forward. With the front passenger seat folded flat, the driver can easily reach to the back to assist a child in the second row.

Dodge Journey is the first vehicle in the mid-size crossover segment to offer available integrated child booster seats. These available seats boost a child seated in the second row 4 inches (102 mm) so they're seated in the adult belted zone. This makes it easier for the child seated in the booster seat to see outside the vehicle. The booster seat is designed for children who are as much as 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39 kg).

The second-row seats also move forward and rearward a total of 4.7 inches (120 mm) to give adults more leg room, bring children closer to the front seats and provide more cargo room behind the seats. Folding the second row and the available fold-flat front passenger seat flat creates plenty of room for hauling home lumber needed to assemble a playscape or skis from the slopes.

On five-passenger models, a tri-fold load floor is located behind the second-row seat and provides a hidden storage compartment for added utility. The load floor is reversible and configures into a "grocery bag" position. The primary side of the folding panel is carpeted for durability.

The available third-row seat is easy to operate and get into, thanks to Journey's stadium Tip 'N Slide™ second-row seats. With the turn of a single lever on the side of the seat back, the seat cushions easily fold upward and the seat slides forward. Journey's available 50/50-split-folding third-row seat provides enough room for two passengers on an as needed basis. The seatback reclines 6 degrees to make the ride even more comfortable. A rear in-floor hidden storage bin located behind the available third-row seat is standard on 5+2-passenger vehicles.

In addition to seating and storage features, Dodge Journey's versatile and functional interior features a two-tone color scheme with high-contrast dark and light colors. A combination of Dark Slate Gray and Medium Slate Gray is available on SE models. A two-tone combination of Dark Slate Gray and Light Graystone or Dark Pebble Beige and Light Pebble Beige is available on SXT and R/T models. A premium soft-skin instrument panel provides a sense of quality and craftsmanship. Chrome accents the upper center bin latch, door handle, shifter bezel and door lock knobs and instrument cluster bezel. Journey R/T models add chrome touches on radio and climate control knobs.

The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey also features three types of seat upholstery: cloth is standard on the SE model, YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static seat fabric is available on the SE model and standard on the SXT model and leather is standard on the R/T model.

Innovative, Clever Features Deliver Flexibility

Many of Dodge Journey's innovative and clever features are designed to be easily operated. Journey's many user-friendly features include:

Technologies

• MyGIG™ cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system
• Available ParkView™ Rear Backup Camera displays the view behind the vehicle in the navigation display when backing up or parking
• Available Full-color, GPS Map Navigation System with 7-inch (17.8 cm) display provides convenient directions and traffic alerts
• Chill Zone™ cooled beverage storage bin located in the glove box helps keep two cooled 12-oz. (330 ml) cans cool through the air conditioning system or fresh air inlet
• YES Essentials Premium Cloth Seats are stain resistant, odor resistant and anti static for easy cleaning and a long-lasting appearance
• Available Aimable LED Map/Reading Lamps provide focused light without distracting the driver
• Available Removable, Rechargeable LED Flashlight is stored in the rear cargo area for convenient light when needed
• Illuminated Cup Holders glow blue green for easy nighttime access
• Available Rear-seat Entertainment System includes an 8-inch (20.3 cm) color monitor that works with the radio DVD player. The display conveniently folds down from the headliner to entertain rear seat passengers
• Available 115-volt, 150-watt Power Inverter on the rear of the console powers small household appliances (available in North America)
• Available SIRIUS™ Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of subscription-based radio programs and music for enhanced listening enjoyment (available in North America)
• Available UConnect™ provides convenient, hands-free communication with BlueTooth™ cellular phones
• Four 12-volt Power Points for powering small electronics. Two are in the front, one is in the second row and one is in the cargo area
• Available Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the key fob for added convenience (available in North America)

Seating and Storage

• Standard Five-passenger Seating with Available 5+2 Seating provides flexible seating and cargo capability
• Available Occasional Use, 5+2, 50/50-split Third-row Seat with Recline feature folds flat for added cargo space when not in use
• 90-degree Rear Door Openings make it easier to load and install child safety seats and provides access the available 5+2 seating
• Fold-flat Front Seat with Flip 'N Stow provides storage under the seat cushion and a table-like surface when folded flat for added cargo flexibility. The seat cushion flips forward to reveal a 10.75 x 8.75-inch (273 x 222 mm) bin. The cushion can remain in the forward position to prevent items from sliding onto the floor
• Two Second-row In-floor Storage Bins located in the floor behind the front row seats are designed to hold 12, 12-oz. (330 ml) cans plus ice or other items conveniently out of sight. The bins feature latching lids and removable, washable liners for added convenience
• Stadium Tip 'N Slide Seat provides easy entry to the third row with one-hand, one-motion operation
• Tri-fold Load Floor located behind the second-row seats provides a hidden storage compartment for added utility. The load floor is reversible and configures into a "grocery bag" position. The primary side of the folding panel is carpeted for durability
• Rear In-floor Storage Bin for 5+2 Passenger Vehicles includes a hidden storage bin behind the third-row seat. For added utility, a door in the bottom of the bin provides access to the tool and jack storage compartment
• Child Presentation Feature allows the driver to attend to a small child in the second-row seat when the vehicle is stationary
• Available Child Booster Seats for children 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39 kg), raises the child into the adult belted zone
• Activity Center in second row seatback folds forward to provide two cup holders and a bin for storage of small electronics, snacks, crayons or other small items
• Sunglass Bin with Child Observation Mirror features convex glass for a wide field of view that allows the driver and front passenger to conveniently view the rear occupants
• Sliding Center Arm Rest moves forward 3 inches (76 mm) for driver comfort
• Available Heated Front Seats with Leather or Premium Cloth enhance the comfort of the driver and front passenger (segment exclusive in North America)
• Molded Map Pockets with Bottle Holders in all four doors enhance storage and convenience

Powertrains Provide Efficiency, Flexibility, Fun-to-drive Factor

The front-wheel-drive Dodge Journey features a four-wheel independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear suspension. Front and rear suspension crossmembers are isolated to the body to create a quiet ride, with less road noise, vibration and harshness. AWD is available on Dodge Journey models sold in the United States and Canada on vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard.

Dodge Journey features several different engine/transaxle combinations designed to meet the needs of the diverse mid-size crossover buyer. These include a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine, a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) 2.7-liter V-6 engine that can run on E-85, an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick for the United States and Canada and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transaxle for markets outside North America.

Dodge Journey's standard 2.4-liter World Engine provides an estimated fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (approximately 9 liters per 100 km on the European combined cycle), as well as solid, quiet performance. Journey's 2.4-liter World Engine is coupled with a standard four-speed automatic transaxle in the United States and Canada, as well as a five-speed manual transaxle in most markets outside North America. It features dual variable valve timing, intake manifold flow control valves, acoustic cylinder head covers, dual counter-rotating balance shafts and an acoustic oil pan. Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, this engine produces 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) of torque.

Dodge Journey also features an available 2.7-liter V-6 engine, coupled with a four-speed automatic transaxle that is offered as an FFV in North America. The flex-fuel engine produces 186 horsepower (138 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. (259 N•m) of torque and delivers an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (approximately 10 liters per 100 km on the European combined cycle). The Journey's 2.7-liter engine with flexible fuel capability has the ability to operate effectively on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E-85. Outside North America, this 2.7-liter V-6 engine is coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle.

Dodge Journey R/T and R/T AWD vehicles available in the United States and Canada feature a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 232 lb.-ft. (315 N•m) of torque coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle that comes standard with Auto Stick. This engine delivers an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This 3.5-liter V-6 engine also is available on SXT models sold in the United States and Canada. The combination of the 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with the six-speed automatic transaxle delivers excellent performance and fuel efficiency, as well as quiet operation.

In markets outside North America, Dodge Journey offers a modern 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transaxle. This 16-valve diesel engine is a state-of-the-art direct-injection power plant with high-pressure fuel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder. The injectors are electronically controlled for high power and torque output and optimal fuel efficiency. Maximum power is 140 horsepower DIN (103 kW), and peak torque is 229 lb.-ft. (310 N•m). The engine is expected to deliver excellent overall performance and fuel economy of under 7 liters per 100 km (European combined cycle). A diesel particulate filter is standard from the factory.

Six-speed Transaxle Provides Quick Acceleration, Quiet Ride

The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey R/T and R/T AWD models available in the United States and Canada, as well as 2.7-liter models sold outside North America, feature a standard six-speed automatic transaxle, which provides quicker standing-start acceleration than a four- or five-speed transaxle because of a numerically higher first-gear ratio. A more robust differential with increased torque capacity enhances launch performance by requiring less torque management, electronically limiting the torque that is available during the initial stages of standing-start acceleration. Smaller steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed doesn't change as much with each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio provide a quiet ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds.

Dual-clutch Transaxle Technology Delivers Quick Acceleration, Refined Shift Quality and Improved Fuel Economy

The all-new Dodge Journey will be available with a new dual-clutch transaxle in markets outside of North America. This is the first application of this six-speed automatic transaxle, and it will be available with the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. It is expected to deliver a fuel economy improvement of as much as six percent compared with a conventional four-speed automatic transaxle.

Developed in partnership with Getrag, the new transaxle is equipped with two independent lay-shaft style gear sets with separate clutches, that use manual transaxle-based components. During shifts, the next gear is anticipated and pre-selected. One clutch is then opened while the other is closed, allowing shifting without torque interruption. The result is quicker acceleration, refined shift quality and improved fuel economy.

AWD Keeps All Four Wheels Planted

Dodge Journey SXT and R/T models sold in the United States and Canada equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine also offer AWD capability. Journey's all-wheel-drive system works on demand, driving only the front wheels until power to the rear wheels is needed. AWD also is used on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph (40-105 km/h) to enhance handling during performance driving. This system provides added traction on snow, ice and other low-traction surfaces without having to be switched on and off.

Engineered to a High Safety Standard

From its high-strength structure to its active safety systems, Dodge Journey is designed and engineered to keep its occupants safe and secure. Standard safety equipment includes:

• Advanced Multi-stage Front Air Bags provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching air bag output to crash severity
• Low-risk Deployment Air Bags are included for smaller and out-of-position occupants
• Front Seat-mounted Side Air Bags deploy for enhanced thorax protection during a side impact
• Supplemental Side Air Bag Inflatable Curtains with Extended Up Time deploy down to provide all three rows vehicle occupant head protection during side impact
• Structural Driver and Front Passenger Knee Bolsters control occupant kinematics and reduce leg loads
• Available Child Booster Seats for children 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39kg) raise the child into the adult belted zone
• Anti-lock brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide steering control while braking
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer
• Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops
• Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration
• Electronic Roll Mitigation determines when the vehicle is in a potential roll over condition and applies appropriate braking force to reduce the likelihood that such an event will occur
• Rollover Sensing deploys seat-mounted side air bags, side-curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners
• Trailer Sway Control helps maintain vehicle and trailer system stability by applying selective braking
• Event Data Recorder records the nature of a malfunction or impact event for retrieval using a service diagnostic tool
• Available ParkView™ Rear Backup Camera displays the view behind the vehicle in the navigation display when backing up or parking
• Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts drivers to low tire pressure(s) to facilitate safe handling
• Brake-park Interlock prevents automatic transaxle from being shifted out of Park or Neutral without first applying brakes
• Side Guard Door Beams in front and rear doors provide occupant protection in the event of a side impact

Dodge Brand

With a U.S. market share of 6 percent, Dodge is the best-selling brand for Chrysler and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market with a 20 percent market share in the U.S. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share.

Caliber spearheaded the Dodge brand's expansion to Europe and other international volume markets in 2006, followed by the Nitro and Avenger in 2007. By adding the Dodge brand to its international portfolio, Chrysler aims to achieve 1.4 percent market share in Western Europe by 2009 -- more than doubling the company's share compared with 2005. With continued strong sales, Dodge could account for approximately 30 percent of sales for Chrysler outside North America by the end of 2009.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Daimler Chrysler 2007-Model Year Vehicles (Program 37A7F)

Body Model Program
Fleet Purchase Program Allowance*
PT Cruiser
$2,000
PT Convertible
$ 1,000
Caliber (*excl. SRT models)
$ 500
Sebring Sedan
$ 1,000
Sebring Convertible
$ 1,000
Avenger Sedan
$ 1,000
Magnum (including AWD) (*excl. SRT models)
$ 1,500
Charger (including AWD) (*excl. SRT models)
$ 1,500
Chrysler 300 (including AWD) (*excl. SRT models)
$ 1,000
Pacifica
$ 2,500
Crossfire
$ 1,000
Caravan SWB (including CV)
$ 2,500
Grand Caravan (including CV)
$ 2,500
Town & Country (SWB)
$ 2,500
Town & Country (LWB)
$ 2,500
Dakota
$ 2,500
Durango
$ 3,000
Ram 1500 Regular Cab
$ 3,000
Ram 1500 Quad
$ 3,000
Ram 2500/3500 Regular Cab
$ 3,000
Ram 2500/3500 Quad Cab
$ 3,000
Ram Mega Cab
$ 500
Ram 3500 Chassis Cab
$ 500
Compass
$ 500
Grand Cherokee 4x2, 4x4 (*excl. SRT models)
$ 3,000
Commander
$ 1,000
Wrangler
$ 1,000
Wrangler Unlimited
$ 1,000
Liberty 2x2, 4x4
$ 2,500
Sprinter
2007-Model Year vehicles will receive no Fleet Purchase Program amounts. Contact your local DaimlerChrysler regional account executive to discuss consideration for fleet concessions based upon Sprinter volume purchase commitment.


* SRT version of all passenger car models are ineligible for fleet incentives.

Production Plant Update - 24 Aug

2008 CHRYSLER

Model Est. Lead Time in Weeks Key Production Holds or Lead Times
300 Series 8 Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat (PKG) is on hold until 09/17/07.
Sirius(R) BackSeat TV (RSV) is on hold until 10/08/07.
AM/FM Radio with CD/MP3/DVD/HDD and GPS (RER) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (NHP) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Clearwater Blue Pearl Coat (PBG) is on hold until 10/08/07.
6.1-Liter SRT HEMI(R) SMPI V8 Engine (ESF) is on hold until 10/05/07.
AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 Radio (REN) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Sirius(R) BackSeat TV (RSV) is on hold until 10/08/07.
Dark Titanium Metallic Clear Coat (PDT) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Aspen 6 - 8 4.7-Liter V8 Engine (EVE) with 5-Speed Automatic 545RFE Transmission (DGQ) and California/Northeast Emission (NAE) is on hold until 08/30/07.
Pacifica 10 Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat (PKG) is on hold until 09/05/07.
Deep Crimson Crystal Pearl Coat (PHF) is on hold until 10/22/07.
PT Cruiser 8 - 10 Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat (PBS) is on hold until 09/24/07.
Melbourne Green Pearl Coat (PPL) is on hold until 02/04/08.
Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat (PA4) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Sebring 6 - 8 2.4-Liter 4-Cylinder PZEV 16-Valve Dual (EDG) is on hold until 09/04/07.
2.7-Liter V6 DOHC 24-Valve MPI Engine (EER) with 6-Speed Automatic 62TE Transmission (DG2) is on hold until 08/29/07.
Town & Country 10 AM/FM CD MP3 Nav Radio (RER) is on hold until further notice.
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat (PXR) is on hold until 12/03/07.
2nd Row Swiveling Bkts w/Boosters (CY4) is on hold until 10/15/07.
2008 DODGE
Model Est. Lead Time in Weeks Key Production Holds or Lead Times
Avenger 6 - 8 None.
Caliber 6 - 8 Seats w/Color-Keyed Insert (V8) with Blue Seat Insert (CXP) is on hold until 09/28/07.
Sport Appearance Interior Group (AJU) with Blue Seat Insert (CXP) is on hold until 09/28/07.
Sport Appearance Interior Group (AJU) with Blue Seat Insert (CXP) is on hold until 09/28/07.
Charger 6 - 8 Light Sandstone Met. Clear Coat (PKG) is on hold until 09/17/07.
Sirius(R) BackSeat TV (RSV) is on hold until 10/08/07.
AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD MP3 Nav Radio (RER) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Police Group (AHB) is on hold until 09/10/07.
High Intensity Discharge Headlamps (LMP) on the RT LXDP48 are on hold until 11/01/07.
High Intensity Discharge Headlamps (LMP) on the SRT-8 LXDX48 are on hold until 11/01/07.
6.1-Liter SRT HEMI(R) SMPI V8 Engine (ESF) is on hold until 10/05/07.
Rear Body-Color Spoiler (MXX) on the LXDH48 are on hold until 08/27/07.
Rear Body-Color Spoiler (MXX) on the SXT LXDM48 are on hold until 08/27/07.
Rear Body-Color Spoiler (MXX) on the RT LXDP48 are on hold until 08/27/07.
Rear Body-Color Spoiler (MXX) on the SRT-8 LXDX48 are on hold until 08/27/07.
AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 Radio (REN) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Dark Titanium Met. Clear Coat (PDT) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Police Group (AHB) is on hold until 10/10/07.
Dakota 6 - 8 AM/FM CD/DVD Full Scrn Nav Radio w/20GB (RER) is on hold until 09/01/07.
4.7-Liter V8 Engine (EVE) with 5-Spd Automatic 545RFE Transmission (DGQ) and California/Northeast Emission Order Code (NAE) is on hold until 08/30/07.
Soundbox Group (ATR) is on hold until further notice.
Durango 6 - 8 4.7-Liter V8 Engine (EVE) with 5-Spd Automatic 545RFE Transmission (DGQ) and California/Northeast Emission Order Code (NAE) is on hold until 08/30/07.
Grand Caravan 10 Cargo Van Group (AVM) is on hold until 10/22/07.
Marathon Blue Pearl Coat (PBD) is on hold until 09/24/07.
AM/FM CD/DVD Full Scrn Nav Radio w/20GB (RER) is on hold until further notice.
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat (PXR) is on hold until 12/03/07.
Cargo Compartment Floor Mat (CKL) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Exterior Vinyl Window Shading (XGL) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Full Width Cargo Divider (CWC) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Half Width Cargo Divider (CWG) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Solid Window Inserts (XGC) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Wall Liner - Carpeted (CMP) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Wall Liner - Molded (CMF) is on hold until 11/19/07.
Wire Mesh Window Inserts (XGE) is on hold until 11/19/07.
17.0 x 6.5 Aluminum Wheels (WFX) is on hold until further notice.
Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat (PV6) is on hold until 11/19/07.
2nd-Row Swiveling Bucket Seats with Chil (CY4) is on hold until 10/15/07.
Grand Caravan 8 Light Sandstone Met. Clear Coat (PKG) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Magnum 8 Light Sandstone Met. Clear Coat (PKG) is on hold until 09/17/07.
Sirius(R) BackSeat TV (RSV) is on hold until 10/08/07.
AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD MP3 Nav Radio (RER) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Police Group (AHB) is on hold until 09/10/07.
6.1-Liter SRT HEMI(R) SMPI V8 Engine (ESF) is on hold until 10/05/07.
AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 Radio (REN) is on hold until 09/03/07.
Sirius Satellite Streaming Video (RSV) is on hold until 10/08/07.
Dark Titanium Met. Clear Coat (PDT) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Police Group (AHB) is on hold until 10/10/07.
Nitro 6 - 8 AM/FM CD/DVD Full Scrn Nav Radio w/20GB (RER) is on hold until 08/27/07.
Ram 1500 8 - 10 3.42 Axle Ratio (DMR) is on hold until 08/31/07.
Dual Rear Wheels (WLA) with Light Khaki Metallic Clear Coat (PJC) on the 160.5 WB DR1H42 are on hold until 08/30/07.
Dual Rear Wheels (WLA) with Light Khaki Metallic Clear Coat (PJC) on the 160.5 WB DR6H42 are on hold until 08/30/07.
4.7-Liter V8 Engine (EVE) with 5-Spd Automatic 545RFE Transmission (DGQ) and California/Northeast Emission Order Code (NAE) is on hold until 08/30/07.
4.7-Liter V8 Engine (EVE) with 6-Speed Manual Getrag 238 Trans (DEJ) and 50 State Emissions (NAS) is on hold until 08/30/07.
Ram 2500 8 - 10 3.42 Axle Ratio (DMR) is on hold until 08/31/07.
Sprinter 2500 16 None.
Lead time is for passener vans..
Sprinter 3500 20 None.

Full Test: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe


2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

A new 8.4-liter V10 engine brings the already beastly Viper SRT-10 Coupe up to 600 horsepower, and its 17% more fuel efficient too.

I'll take mine in red, although it looks pretty hot in this blue, too.

Read the Viper Full Test on Inside Line.

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

More photos after the jump...

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

Supplier Roundup . . .

Ward's Auto - Southfield,MI,USA
Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions LLC is supplying Chrysler LLC with advanced lithium-ion battery packs for use in test fleets of Dodge Hybrid vehicles...

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2008*
DaimlerChrysler Cars

RED Indicates changed or new information

The lead time represents the estimated order to delivery period under normal conditions and does not take into consideration holds or delays. Extended lead times (when available) are noted under the Key Production Hold or Delay column.

*All models and constraints are for the 2008 MY unless noted otherwise.

** Orders should be placed at least 30 days prior to the option’s final build date for all DaimlerChrysler vehicles.

Due to various assembly plant assignments for specific model lines or ordered options; the DaimlerChrysler constraints listed below may or may not apply at the time an order is placed.

MODEL

ESTIMATED LEAD
TIME IN WEEKS

KEY PRODUCTION

HOLD OR DELAY

Chrysler 300/300C,

Dodge Magnum,

Dodge Charger

TBD

  • (RER) AM/FM CD MP3 w/o (4DS) navigation radio has a Job #1 of 9/3/07
  • (REN) AM/FM CD/DVD w/o (4DS) navigation radio has a Job #1 of 9/3/07
  • (29S) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 9/4/07 (LXCS48)
  • (AHB) Police Group has a Job #1 of 9/10/07
  • (PKG) Light Sandstone has a Job #1 of 9/17/07
  • (29R) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 9/10/07 (LXDP48), 9/17/07 (LXDP49) and 9/25/07 (LXCS48)
  • (ESF) 6.1L SRT Hemi V8 engine has a Job #1 of 9/28/07
  • (26P) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 10/1/07 (LXCP48)
  • (PBG) Clearwater Blue Paint has a Job #1 of 10/8/07
  • (RSV) Satellite video has a Job #1 of 10/8/07
  • (LMP) HID headlamps have a Job #1 of 11/1/07
  • (29V) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 12/3/07 (LXDP48)

Chrysler Pacifica

TBD

  • (29W) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 9/3/07
  • (PKG) Light Sandstone paint has a Job #1 of 9/5/07
  • (PHF) Deep Crimson Crystal paint has a Job #1 of 10/22/07

Chrysler PT Cruiser

TBD

  • (PA4) Silver Steel paint has a Job #1 of 9/3/07
  • (PBS) Borden Blue paint has a Job #1 of 9/24/07
  • (2DP) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 10/1/07 (PTCP44)
  • (PPL) Melbourne Green paint has a Job #1 of 2/4/08

Chrysler Sebring Sedan, Dodge Avenger

TBD

  • (EDG) 2.4L 4-cyl PZEV engine has a Job #1 of 9/4/07
  • (24P/28P) Packages have a Job #1 of 10/1/07





Dodge Caliber

TBD

  • (*V8) Cloth seats w/ color-keyed insert and (CXP) blue seat insert has a Job #1 of 9/28/07
  • (AJU) Sport Appearance Group w/ (CXP) blue seat insert has a Job #1 of 9/28/07
  • (*Z5) Yes Essentials cloth seats have a Job #1 of 11/26/07

Jeep Compass

TBD

None

2008*
DaimlerChrysler Trucks

RED Indicates changed or new information

The lead time represents the estimated order to delivery period under normal conditions and does not take into consideration holds or delays. Extended lead times (when available) are noted under the Key Production Hold or Delay column.

*All models and constraints are for the 2008 MY unless noted otherwise.

** Orders should be placed at least 30 days prior to the option’s final build date for all DaimlerChrysler vehicles.

Due to various assembly plant assignments for specific model lines or ordered options; the DaimlerChrysler constraints listed below may or may not apply at the time an order is placed.

MODEL

ESTIMATED LEAD
TIME IN
WEEKS

KEY PRODUCTION

HOLD OR DELAY

Chrysler Town & Country

Dodge Grand
Caravan

TBD

  • (PBD) Marathon Blue paint has a Job #1 of 9/24/07
  • (PBG) Clearwater Blue has a Job #1 of 10/1/07
  • (PHF) Deep Crimson Crystal has a Job #1 of 10/1/07
  • (CY4) 2nd row swiveling bucket seats has a Job #1 of 10/15/07
  • (AVM) Cargo Van Group has a Job #1 of 10/22/07
  • (CKL) Cargo compartment floor mat has a Job #1 of 11/19/07
  • (PXR) Brilliant Black paint has a Job #1 of 12/3/07
  • (RER) AM/FM CD MP3 navigation radio Job #1 is TBD
  • (WFX) Aluminum wheels have a Job #1 of TBD

Dodge Dakota

TBD

None

Dodge Durango

TBD

None

Chrysler Aspen

TBD

  • (2TG) Pkg. has a Job #1 of 9/4/07

Dodge Nitro

TBD

None

Dodge Ram Pickup DR 1500, 2500, 3500 and Mega Cab

TBD

  • (AR9) Single Rear Wheel Group w/ (DG3) 6-speed auto transmission has a Job #1 of 9/10/07 (DC8L63)

Jeep Grand Cherokee

TBD

  • (ESF) 6.1L SRT Hemi engine with (PS2) Bright Silver paint has a Job #1 of 9/4/07
  • (RSV) Sirius satellite streaming video has a Job #1 of 10/1/07
  • (26Y) and (28Y) Packages have a Job #1 of 2/1/08

Jeep Commander

TBD

  • (26R) and (28R) Packages have a Job #1 of 9/17/07
  • (RSV) Sirius satellite streaming video has a Job #1 of 10/1/07
  • (26Y) and (28Y) Packages have a Job #1 of 2/1/08

Jeep Liberty

TBD

  • (JHC) Rain sensitive wipers have a Job #1 of 1/14/08

Jeep Wrangler

TBD

None

Jeep Patriot

TBD

None

Chrysler Sebring To Be Launched In China (The Auto Channel)



Sebring, the second model produced by Chrysler in Beijing will be launched in the Chinese market late this October, the company announced this week. Chinese buyers of this car model will have an option to choose from vehicles equipped with 2.0L, 2.4L and 2.7L engines.

Chrysler AG's Twenty Years of "Concept to Reality"



For years the concept to reality?has been the theme that embodies the Chrysler Group design philosophy and many are hoping that the company will apply this theme on their concept vehicles for this year, 2007.

The ability of Chrysler to create a design that is not only compelling but at the same time relevant and innovative has helped it to come up with concept vehicles that are truly worth waiting for. The latest concept vehicles from Chrysler the producer of high quality Dodge seat clearly show a design tradition that has become the strength of the company.

Chrysler has started creating remarkable concept vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show where it revealed a Lamborghini engined, cab-forward style, four door Chrysler Portifino concept sedan in the year 1987. And after almost 20 years of more than 100 concept vehicles produced by Chrysler has helped it to reinvent and maintain its image as a car company that is driven by design and engineering.

There are two major roles that concept vehicles play in the Chrysler Group. First they showcase future design direction for Chryslers cars and trucks. Secondly, they help to attract the best young designers in the world to join the designing studios of the Chrysler Group.

Chryslers concept vehicle program is an opportunity given to designers for them to experiment on new color combination, features, vehicle size and segments. Moreover these concept vehicles displayed new design cues that the automaker may used for its future vehicles even if the whole concept vehicle will not reach production.

Generally, most of the concept vehicles revealed at auto shows around the world each year are not just built to look good but used more as a specimen to see how potential buyers would react to the design cues presented. And usually only those features and design that get the highest approval or praise are considered for production.

One of the edges of Chrysler over other automaker is that it produces concept vehicles that can actually be driven and usually the automaker allows journalists to test drive their concept cars to obtain feedbacks and of course publicity. Most of the concept vehicles that Chrysler has presented at auto shows have made it to production. An example of which is its Dodge Challenger which was first unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It was later on announced that the Challenger will go into production in 2008.

Trevor Creed, Senior Vice president of the Product Design Office, Chrysler Group said, Weve always said at Chrysler that we dont just produce concepts for fun. We have proved year after year that our concepts are innovative and relevant. Our track record shows that many Chrysler Group concepts, and several of the design features showcased on our concept vehicles, have gone into production. While we cant say yet if any of our 2007 concepts will eventually be seen in our showrooms, they clearly hint at exciting and innovative future design directions that could find their way into our companys products.?br />
Concept vehicles for 2007
For this year Chryslers group of concept vehicles will include one for each of the companys brands. The Chrysler Nassau Concept which combines refinement, style, and function showcases a new image of the Chrysler brand. The Nassau Concept was first unveiled at the 2007 NAIAS. Its a four-door, four passenger luxury coupe that is made more emotional and at the same artistically sends the message of what it means to be a Chrysler.

The Jeep Trailhawk which was also presented at the 2007 NAIAS combines all the spectrum of the Jeep brand. The Trailhawk possesses the core off-road features of the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and combines it with refined sophistication of an all-new on-road, open air concept vehicle. The Trailhawk provides a unique and fresh image for the Jeep brand.

Another concept vehicle introduced this year is the Dodge Demon which is a compact, agile roadster with an attitude? The Demon exudes a perfect balance of classic sports car proportion and simplicity mixed with modern design and performance. The vehicle is designed as an affordable Dodge sports car that combines brand cues of bold design and powerful performance made even more compelling with its open-air fun to drive?attitude. The Dodge Demon has made its debut at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show.

Chrysler 20 years of concept vehicles?br />The Chrysler Group from its first 1924 Chrysler sedan has been developing innovative designs and been improving the engineering of their vehicles. And even today in the modern era, starting 1998, the company has already produced more that 100 concept vehicles in various shapes, configurations, sizes, and materials.

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This Day in Auto History:

8.24.1881
Vincenzo Lancia is born in Fobello di Valsesia, Italy
8.24.1916
John Herbert Gerstenmaier of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is born in Saint Paul, MN
8.24.1931
Eugene John McMullen of Oldsmobile dies at age 44 from injuries resulting from an automobile accident
8.24.1946
Charles H. McCrea, President of the National Malleable & Steel Castings Company since September 1942, dies in Cleveland, OH at age 56
8.24.1957
Daniel S. Eddins, President of Oldsmobile 1925-1933 and President of Plymouth 1934-1952, dies at age 70

Source: Automobile History Day By Day, by Douglas A. Wick

Tech Watch: Chrysler Turns to High-Strength Steel Technologies To Improve Fuel Economy



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Chrysler is touting the advantages of a new steel technology (pictured) that lets it build vehicles that are safe, light, and fuel efficient. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC)





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Chrysler's new lighter-weight steel is used in the 2008 Chrysler Sebring, which is 13 percent lighter overall. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC)

INSIDELINE.COM - - | DETROIT — Chrysler said this week that it is managing to squeeze the best of both worlds out of new high-strength steel technologies: vehicles that are lighter and more fuel-efficient, but able to meet tough safety standards.

Chrysler, Daimler and the American Iron and Steel Institute made the joint announcement touting the success of a new project that uses "the latest advanced high-strength steels." Overall vehicle weight was cut by up to 13 percent compared to vehicles using conventional high-strength steels and design methods, Chrysler said. New engineering computer-modeling technology helps the companies determine where the material "best serves the structure." Resulting fuel savings are expected to be about 1 percent.

"Chrysler is continually developing improvements in safety and fuel economy, which are usually competing objectives," said Bill Grabowski, Chrysler director of body core engineering.

What this means to you: Your future Chrysler is likely to be more fuel-efficient, thanks to a combination of new materials and advanced design methods

Local assembly workers watching new Chrysler minivan closely




ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
08/24/2007
New Chrysler minivan
Jose Farah checks out a display model of the new 2008 Dodge Caravan at Glendale Chrysler Jeep. The new minivans which will be made at the Chrysler plant in Fenton, Mo. will hit showrooms this month.

Good minivans are more about function than fashion. So rather than impress consumers with a radical new look, Chrysler's 2008 Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan will try to turn heads in its new vehicle. Or, rather, swivel heads.

The minivans, which began trickling into local showrooms this month, feature a new grille reminiscent of the aggressive design from Dodge's Ram pickup and Nitro cross-over. Meanwhile, the interior has a 360-degree swivel to its second row of seats, while the third row folds and flips to face either the inside or out the minivan's rear hatch.

New features or not, the vans have a special interest locally. Chrysler's south plant in Fenton will begin assembling them in early September. The first models rolled off an assembly line Tuesday in Windsor, Ontario.

The Fenton minivan plant has been shut since mid-May to retool for the new model. Chrysler has said more than 80 percent of the equipment in the area of trim and chassis assembly will be replaced. Additionally, the paint and body shops will be overhauled.

he Fenton line also will be capable of assembling up to four different vehicle styles on the same frame without shutting for major retooling.

Only the Town & Country and Grand Caravan are slated for production at the plant, but that includes a right-hand drive version of the minivans to be sold in Japan.

For consumers, the renovated Chrysler minivan not only has a new style, but a lower price. The base model of the Dodge Grand Caravan will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $22,470, down $1,950 from the 2007 model. Meanwhile, the Chrysler Town & Country's base model will carry a suggested price of $23,190, or $3,585 less than the current model.

But for the 2,847 employees at the Fenton plant, the new van symbolizes hope that Chrysler can recapture the strength in minivans that some analysts say is fading. Uncertainty about the plant's employees rose when Chrysler's former parent company, DaimlerChrysler AG, announced in February that it would lay off 1,935 workers in coming years at the South and adjacent North plant, where Chrysler assembles the Dodge Ram. The company's new owner, Cerberus Capital Management, has said it will not change that plan.

So far, analysts haven't been blown away by the new minivan, but then, that's not necessary, said Michelle Krebs, senior editor of Edmunds AutoObserver.com, a site that publishes commentary and analyses of the industry.

"They're being criticized by some for not stretching very far in the design," said Krebs, who added that she thought the van was attractive. "But most minivan buyers don't care about the design. They care about the function."

Chrysler Brand Director David Rooney said minivan buyers look for the difference between style and design.

"They're a little different," Rooney said. "Design works. Great design has function."

Great function, Rooney said, is what has helped Chrysler capture 38 percent of the minivan market. Chrysler's next closest competitor is Honda's Odyssey, which grabs 16 percent of the market.

Consumers have consistently bought about 1.1 million minivans annually since 1993. But minivans missed that mark in 2006, and it appears the class won't recover this year, Krebs said. She added, though, that as a market leader, Chrysler's redesigned vans could boost attention for all minivan models.

That market is increasingly dominated by imports. In 2008, Chrysler will be the only domestic maker of minivans. Ford cut its Freestar model last year and turned to Freestyle, a cross-utility vehicle that many see as a minivan sans sliding doors. Meanwhile, the 2007 model year will be the last gasp for GM's Chevy Uplander, Pontiac Montana and Buick Terraza.

Foreign makers are showing no signs of retreat, a fact that Chrysler has accepted. In fact, the automaker helped Volkswagen design a minivan that will enter showrooms in August 2008.

Volkswagen's vans will be made at Chrysler's Windsor plant, according to industry analysts. Manufacturing efficiency and cost reductions have been key drivers in the Chrysler's minivan efforts. In Fenton, newly installed robots have replaced some assembly workers, driving down production costs per vehicle. Chrysler has reduced the number of minivan option packages it offers to about 1,300 from more than 11,000. At the same time, the automaker offers more standard features in its base model, such as its new Swivel-'n-Go 360-degree seats.

In turn, the company has lowered prices not only on base models, but on more well-equipped models that include such options as Sirius satellite radio and television.

The latter options may prove important for sales. Only a quarter of consumers purchase the base model of any vehicle, said Catherine Madden, senior automotive analyst for market research firm Global Insight.

Madden said manufacturers get more attention from consumers for dropping prices among models with more features.

Chrysler managed to cut prices there, too, dropping its top tier Grand Caravan to $27,535 from $28,505 and the Town & Country to $36,400 from $37,335.