Saturday, September 6, 2008


Here is your chance to own a 600 HP brand new Challenger SRT-8 right from the dealer. Have one of the only supercharged challengers in the midwest. This Vortech supercharger kit isn't even out yet to the public from vortech!!! And its even got a limited 3/36 warranty on supercharger and drivetrain. This Challenger is scary fast and is 100% street legal and drives like a stock challenger untill you smash the throttle down and this thing goes. We have also installed staggered 22x11 and 22x9.5 black with chrome lip Avarus wheels with Nitto tires. Stock SRT-8 wheels and tires also come with purchase of vehicle. This car whistles and exhaust sounds deep with Magnaflow Cat-back stainless exhaust system. We have also installed all 1970 Challenger emblems on front grill and fenders. Now you can have the look of the Challenger with power of a new ZO6 vette. This is the complete package!!!!!!!

  • Vortech V3 Supercharger Kit
  • K&N air filter and breather
  • MSD fuel voltage booster
  • Water intercooler
  • Mopar performance injectors
  • Diablo Predator and Vortech custom tune
  • MagnaFlow stainless steel high-flow cat-back exhaust
  • 22x11 rear & 22x9.5 front black w/chrome lip wheels
  • Nitto Extreme performance tires
  • 6.1L HEMI V8
  • Huge BREMBO performance disc brakes
  • 1970 Challenger emblems (grill,fenders)
  • power sunroof
  • MyGig infotainment system w/ Navigation
  • Kicker sound system w/subwoofer
  • HID headlights
  • Numbered 6004 of 6400
  • 2 of 3 supercharged
  • and much much more

For more info or questions call "ED NAPLETON DODGE" ask for PETE (815)793-1246

Extended warrantys and financing available.

Vehicle will be ready for delivery within 12 days after auction ending!!!

$4000 deposit within 12 hrs after auction ending

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Friday, September 5, 2008


Automobile Quarterly
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This Day in Auto History:

Ira Vail makes his major racing debut driving an Otto at Brighton Beach, NY
Fay Leone Faurote, an official with Oldsmobile and Thomas before starting his own automobile advertising business in 1921, dies at age 57
Jean Herbert driving the Renault Etoile Filante (Shooting Star) at the Bonneville Salt Flats, UT sets a land speed record for turbine-powered cars of 195 mph
The 1974 AMC models are introduced

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

Thursday, September 4, 2008

BY THE NUMBERS - August 2008
Brand Vol. Total Vol. 8/08 Total Vol. 8/07 DSR Daily avg 8/08 Daily avg 8/07
-8.2% 15,089 16,436 -8.2% 559 609
Audi -15.9% 6,406 7,620 -15.9% 237 282
BMW -4.1% 25,462 26,562 -4.1% 943 984
Buick -7.7% 17,833 19,324 -7.7% 660 716
Cadillac -20.9% 15,405 19,481 -20.9% 571 722
Chevrolet -19.2% 185,080 229,012 -19.2% 6,855 8,482
Chrysler -44.2% 24,337 43,650 -44.2% 901 1,617
Dodge -24.6% 62,422 82,841 -24.6% 2,312 3,068
Ford -26.2% 133,088 180,282 -26.1% 4,929 6,677
GMC -17.6% 42,194 51,222 -17.6% 1,563 1,897
Honda -7.2% 131,766 141,906 -7.2% 4,880 5,256
HUMMER -62% 2,160 5,677 -62% 80 210
Hyundai -8.8% 41,130 45,087 -8.8% 1,523 1,670
Infiniti 8.0% 11,076 10,252 8.0% 410 378
Jeep -43.7% 23,476 41,712 -43.7% 869 1,545
Kia -6.7% 25,065 26,874 -6.7% 928 995
Lexus -9.1% 29,281 32,199 -9.1% 1,084 1,193
Lincoln -8.5% 9,540 10,423 -8.5% 353 386
Mazda -4.4% 23,680 24,762 -4.4% 877 917
Mercedes-Benz -11.8% 18,507 20,980 -11.8% 685 777
Mercury -31.7% 8,393 12,296 -31.7% 311 455
MINI 34.1% 5,469 4,077 34.1% 203 151
Mitsubishi -29.3% 9,200 13,020 -29.3% 341 482
Nissan 14.2% 97,417 85,275 14.2% 3,608 3,158
Pontiac -38.3% 24,257 39,324 -38.3% 898 1,456
Porsche -44.9% 1,404 2,548 -44.9% 52 94
Saab -50.1% 1,503 3,011 -50.1% 56 112
Saturn -3.5% 20,385 21,117 -3.5% 755 782
Subaru 14.2% 18,932 16,573 14.2% 701 614
Suzuki -31.7% 6,083 8,916 -31.7% 225 330
Toyota -9.4% 182,252 201,272 -9.4% 6,750 7,455
Volkswagen 2.9% 22,292 21,655 2.9% 826 802
Volvo -48.8% 4,669 9,119 -48.8% 173 338

BMW Group 1% 30,931 30,639 1% 1,146 1,135
Chrysler LLC -34.5% 110,235 168,203 -34.5% 4,083 6,230
FoMoCo -25.6% 151,021 203,001 -25.6% 5,593 7,519
General Motors -20.4% 308,817 388,168 -20.4% 11,438 14,377
Honda America -7.3% 146,855 158,342 -7.3% 5,439 5,864
Nissan NA 13.6% 108,493 95,527 13.6% 4,018 3,538
Toyota Mo Co -9.4% 211,533 233,471 -9.4% 7,835 8,647
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Chrysler Financial Partners with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to Construct First Affordable 'Green' Home in Southeast Michigan

Home will be Certified by U.S. Green Building Council for Meeting Environmental Benchmarks in Design, Construction and Operation

Last update: 12:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 4, 2008
PONTIAC, Mich., Sept 04, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, with the support of Chrysler Financial and Gontina Building and Design, will raise the walls in Pontiac, Mich., this week on the first affordable "green" home in Southeast Michigan. The home, being built at 457 Ferry Street will meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.
"Chrysler Financial is committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work," said Darryl Jackson, Chief Operating Officer - Chrysler Financial. "We are extremely excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity to not only benefit the Pontiac area, but the environment as well. It is remarkable to see what can be accomplished by bringing together local businesses and community members committed to the same goal."
Chrysler Financial employees will join volunteers from Habitat, in association with Gontina Building and Design who donated project planning, home design and LEED consulting services, to construct an environmentally- friendly, one-story home using building materials from Michigan-based companies. The completed home will use 30 to 50 percent less energy than other homes of similar size, saving the homeowner up to $1,000 per year in utility bills. In addition, the home will feature sustainable materials including bamboo and cork flooring and structural insulated panels, and accommodate the potential for solar technologies in a variety of areas. Other features such as low volatile, organic compound paint and paperless drywall in the bathrooms will provide a healthier indoor environment.
"We are thrilled to have Chrysler Financial as a partner in this historic building project for Habitat," said Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity International. "Green homes are not only good for our environment, but the substantial energy savings they foster also increase their affordability for families with modest incomes. And that's a win-win for everyone."
In 2007, the U.S. Green Building Council extended its LEED certification process to include homes in its nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED-certified homes give owners an immediate and measurable effect on their home's performance, measured in eight categories including innovation, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The project strives to become the standard in build and design for future Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County projects. The home will be sold to a qualified low-income family for a price that equals the Habitat cost of construction, which will be approximately $97,000. The completion of the project will be celebrated during a formal ceremony on Oct. 11, when the new owners will be presented with the keys to their green home.
About Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
Millard Fuller established Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, in 1976. A Christian ministry, Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people of all ethnicities, faiths and nations to make "a world where everyone has a decent place to live." Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 250,000 homes for over 1 million people in 100 nations. Habitat for Humanity built its first home in Oakland County in 1994. Since then, its Oakland County affiliate has built almost 100 homes locally and in places such as Central America and the Gulf Coast of the United States. Habitat for Humanity is presently developing the Ferry-Central neighborhood in the city of Pontiac. For more information, visit .
About Chrysler Financial
Chrysler Financial offers automotive financial products and services to both dealers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. In addition it offers vehicle wholesale and retail financing to more than 3,600 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers. Currently, nearly three million drivers in the United States enjoy the benefits of financing with Chrysler Financial. Chrysler Financial has an employee base of 4,000 and supports a global portfolio of $70 billion. For more information, visit .

First Test: 2009 Dodge Ram Sport R/T

First Test: 2009 Dodge Ram Sport R/T

By Mark Williams
Photography by Julia LaPalme

Nobody knows better than the engineers and designers at Dodge that its 2009 Ram needs to break the mold. It's not helping that huge hurdles are in the way-oil breaching $120 a barrel, economy cars flying of dealer lots, and that Ford's about to unleash an all-new F-150 (check out our next issue). It's also no secret that Chrysler is suffering from the backlash of foisting too many mediocre products onto the public.

Will the new Ram make a difference?

To begin, much of the Ram is not modified (the frame is largely carryover, there are three cab configurations, three engine choices-auto and manual gearboxes are the same-and three box lengths). Still there is plenty here to separate the new Dodge Ram from its other half-ton competitors, especially the two recently revamped trucks (from GM and Toyota).

Most notable, all new Rams now use a rear coil-spring suspension with trailing arms to locate the live axle, la Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. This change saves about 40 pounds in weight and allows frame engineers to better control many of the typical harsh ride frequencies and vague handling issues endemic to leaf-sprung pickup trucks. The front end remains similar in architecture, but does use a liberal amount of high-strength steel and aluminum to save another 10 pounds at each corner. All that weight saving came in handy as Dodge has finally created a true Crew Cab model for its Ram. This new cab length, which also requires a smaller bed box, allowed Dodge to incorporate two weatherproof, lockable storage bins into the bed's fender sides. The storage areas are easily accessed from either side of the truck and offer enough room for tools, sports gear, or camping supplies.

All three engines (3.7-liter V-6, 4.7-liter V-8, and 5.7-liter V-8) remain the same and oddly offer similar fuel-economy numbers. The V-6 is rated at 215 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque, is standard on two-wheel-drive Regular and Quad Cab models, and is rated at 15/20 mpg for the manual and 14/20 mpg for the automatic, with a flex-fuel version available for fleet sales. The 4.7-liter V-8 has 310 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, is standard on all 4WD models and the Crew Cabs, and is rated at 13/19 mpg for 2WD and 13/18 for 4WD. All 4.7-liter V-8s are flex-fuel capable. The new-generation 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 has smarter variable valve timing, a two-stage intake, and a more aggressive MDS (multiple displacement system) calibration, all of which offers 13-percent-more power with four-percent-more fuel efficiency. The big V-8 is rated at 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, is standard on all Sport and Laramie models (an option on all others), and is EPA-rated at 13/19 for 2WD, and 13/18 for 4WD models. It's worth noting 89-octane fuel is recommended.

2009 Dodge Ram Sport RT Front Three Quarter View

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Trump Plaza Jeep Giveaway

Jeep Liberty Sweepstakes
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Check-in by inserting your Trump One Card at Any Rewards Center Kiosk receive your ticket and then deposit it in the entry drum. The sweepstakes and the drum will be located at the 5th Avenue Slot Area. There will also be $5,000 cash prizes for others who don’t win the Jeep. Winners will be announced throughout the Casino floor and displayed on screens.

Muscle car raffled for charity

Proceeds to aid four non-profit agencies

Special to The Times-Tribune

It’s like turning back the hands of time — back to 1970 and the days of high school street parties and souped-up muscle cars that roared down the road.

Pickard Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Corbin currently has on display a rare version of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, reminiscent of the muscle car era. The most exciting feature of this recreated legend from nearly 40 years ago is that one lucky person will win it, thanks to a special raffle for charity.

The Challenger SRT8 is HEMI Orange Pearl with black stripes and is powered by a beastly 425 horsepower 6.1 liter HEMI V8. It also features a canted center console, navigation system, and 13-speaker KICKER SRT audio system with AM/FM, six-disc DVD, MP3, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was engineered with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain, and benchmark braking.

Dodge launched the idea of the rebirth of the Challenger during the 2006 Detroit Auto Show as a concept car. Dodge has built just 6,400 units for sale in the United States for the 2008 model year, and each will have a limited-edition numbered plaque on the dashboard to warrant its authenticity as a rare vehicle. All 6,400 units have been pre-sold by dealers across the country.

Retail value of the raffle car for charity is just under $42,000. Due to limited initial production numbers, many Challengers across the United States have sold for considerably more than their sticker prices.

Raffle tickets for the car are on sale now at all participating Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky Dodge dealers. Raffle tickets are priced at $5 each or six for $25.

Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to The Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. The raffle drawing will take place in November 2008.

For more information contact Pickard Chrysler at 528-6681 or to get a closer look at the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, visit the showroom on Cumberland Gap Parkway in Corbin.

Ram, Nitro, Wrangler pace Chrysler Canada sales

calendar (1K) Posted Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008 at 5:01 pm in Company News, Competitive Landscape

Chrysler Canada today reported sales of 15,548 for the month of August, with a positive showing by several key vehicles (August 2007: 20,503). The company’s results calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) remained stable, with sales of 162,299 for the period January through August, compared to 162,862 in 2007.

“August sales reflect the shift Canadian buyers are making from a lease focus to a purchase-oriented automotive market,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. “In spite of the softening, unprecedented pricing on many of our Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge products resonated with shoppers and generated solid sales.”

August Highlights

The Dodge Ram light-duty pickup truck posted another very successful month, achieving sales of 3,131, compared to 2,752 in 2007, an increase of 14 percent.

“Our Dodge Ram light-duty pickup truck has experienced phenomenal success in 2008, with sales up 25 percent CYTD over the same period last year,” said Dave Buckingham, Vice President of Sales. “This is great news considering that we are bringing an all-new, completely redesigned light duty Dodge Ram to market later this fall. With 35 new or improved features, our 2009 Ram is clearly a game-changer that raises the bar for the competition.”

Demand for the Dodge Nitro rose significantly in August, with sales of 1,047, an increase of 31 percent compared to the same month in 2007. Sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country more than doubled over the August 2007 level, with combined sales of 2,890 (2007: 1,388).

The iconic Jeep Wrangler posted strong sales for the month, achieving 949 units sold, an increase of 18 percent over 2007. The Dodge Challenger SRT8® has been building momentum and driving showroom traffic in spite of limited availability. The 2009 Dodge Challenger is launching in September with an increased range of models and powertrains, reaching a broader spectrum of driving enthusiasts.

Production began in August of the all-new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). The Chrysler Aspen HEV will be available for sale beginning this fall, and offers seven-passenger seating combined with a blend of performance, utility, functionality and significantly improved fuel economy. Combined with fuel-saving MDS technology, the advanced, two-mode hybrid technology delivers an overall improvement of more than 25 percent in fuel economy and up to a 40 percent improvement in the city.

September Sales Promotions

For the month of September, Chrysler Canada’s incentive program will focus on aggressive cash positions with competitive monthly payment options and total discounts up to $13,500. For example, the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab® SXT 4 X 4 featuring a HEMI® V8 with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS), chrome wheels, and power equipment package is available for $23,898, or $165 bi-weekly. The Dodge Ram pickup is Chrysler Canada’s highest-selling vehicle.

Total discounts on the 2008 Jeep Wrangler and 4-door Wrangler Unlimited now equal up to $5,000. A well-equipped Jeep Wrangler Sahara with modular hard top, air conditioning, aluminum wheels, power equipment package and legendary 4 X 4 capability can be purchased for as little as $155 bi-weekly.

In addition to exceptional pricing, Chrysler Canada is launching the all-new “We’ll Pay Your Way Till 2009″ initiative. Under this program, Chrysler Canada will cover all monthly purchase or lease payments up to $1,500 through the end of 2008. Customers also have the option of selecting a cash rebate of $1,250. “We’ll pay your way” is not a payment deferral, but an innovative incentive plan that covers nearly all 2008 model vehicles (excluding Dodge Sprinter and Challenger), as well as the 2009 Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot.

Chrysler circulating plug-in hybrids to dealers

NEW YORK - Chrysler LLC has been demonstrating plug-in hybrid prototypes to some dealers that are further developed than those previously shown by the automaker, the company's president said.

In comments Tuesday at the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles, Chrysler Vice Chairman and President Jim Press said the vehicles are being developed by Chrysler's Envi unit, which the automaker created last year to create electric vehicles and other advanced propulsion technologies.

Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau confirmed the comments and said the prototypes are further along than the concepts the company unveiled in January.

"We are excited about the Envi organization, and we continue to work toward electric vehicles," Deneau said in an interview Wednesday.

Press said the vehicles can reach 60 mph in less than four seconds and have a range of at least 300 miles, The Los Angeles Times reported. He said the technology would be useful in off-road vehicles and might be used in the Jeep brand, the Times reported.

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler, along with General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., have been working frantically to develop new hybrid electric powertrains as consumers shun the automakers' traditionally popular large vehicles.

In January, Chrysler showed three concept cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit featuring pure electric and hybrid electric powertrains. The company has not provided a timeframe for development of the Chrysler ecoVoyager, the Dodge Zeo and the Jeep Renegade, but spokesman Nick Capa said Wednesday the company would have Envi products on the road within three to five years.

Chrysler also is working to develop hybrid and diesel versions of its top-selling Dodge Ram truck. It has also invested more than $3 billion in investing in new powertrains, including a fuel-saving engine called the Phoenix that it expects to arrive in the 2010 model year.

Cummins Announces Recent Technology Development Achieves Significant Fuel Economy Benefits

COLUMBUS, IN – Cummins Inc. will add Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) aftertreatment to its Heavy-Duty products for 2010 to deliver the best fuel efficiency for its customers. It will combine recent advancements in catalyst technology with its engine systems, allowing for fuel economy improvements and the ability to meet the near-zero emissions levels required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2010 regulations.

Cummins Emission Solutions, a provider of SCR systems, will supply integrated exhaust aftertreatment systems for Cummins Heavy-Duty and MidRange engines.

Cummins Heavy-Duty ISX engine family will incorporate the XPI fuel system, proven cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation, the Cummins VGT turbocharger, Cummins Particulate Filter, and advanced electronic controls for the best performance, fuel economy, and reliability.

“Cummins expertise in engine system integration means that we have the capability to make the engine systems and aftertreatment technologies work together seamlessly,” said Steve Charlton, vice president, Heavy-Duty Engineering. “The addition of the new SCR catalyst technology ensures that Cummins will deliver the best fuel economy in the industry and total operating cost benefits to our customers.”

This Day in Auto History:


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Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, is born in Blackpool, England
James Otis Wright of the Ford Motor Company is born in Norfolk, VA
Racer Clemar Bucci is born in Santa Fe, Argentina
Willard C. Lipe, Vice President of the Brown-Lipe Gear Company of Syracuse, NY, dies at age 62
The 1937 Studebakers are introduced

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