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Chrysler makes $1.9B payment to the Treasury Department


Chrysler has made another payment to the U.S. government towards the $14.3 billion in loans received from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The payment exceeded the expected amount, and brings Chrysler’s total amount repaid to $3.9 billion.

The Associated Press is reporting that Chrysler has made a payment of $1.9 billion to the Treasury Department, and the agency said that the payment has already exceeded what they anticipated recovering.

The loan payment made by Chrysler was for a loan issued on January 2, 2009, while President Bush was still in office. The loan was part of a temporary solution to allow both Chrysler and General Motors to remain in business until the next president could spend the necessary time to determine a permanent solution.

To date, Chrysler and GM have received $85 billion in aid from the federal government, and as of March, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the government would likely fail to recover approximately $34 billion of that amount.

The U.S. government currently owns just over 60 percent of GM, and 10 percent of Chrysler. The Treasury Department hopes to recover the majority of the aid it has provided the automakers through their future initial public stock offerings, which may come as soon as late 2010 for GM, and 2011 for Chrysler.
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Marchionne says Chrysler may be able to sell shares in 2011

Chrysler Group LLC, which exited bankruptcy in June 2009 with government aid, plans to make an initial public offering next year, said CEO Sergio Marchionne.

“Probably 2011,” Marchionne told reporters in Toronto yesterday. May is “turning out to be a good month” for sales and the U.S. market is “on the mend,” he said.

Marchionne’s goal for Chrysler
is to get the automaker to post a modest operating profit in 2012. However, he previously said that based on the company’s Q1 performance, it may exceed expectations for the year.

Marchionne told reporters that there will be enough demand from investors for both Chrysler and GM to sell shares to the public next year.

“I think there is enough appetite, and I am always respectful of the bigger guy,” he said, referring to GM’s CEO Ed Whitacre. “Let him go, he’s been itching to go. I spoke to Ed a while back, he wants to go public.”
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2011 Dodge Charger will be first to get brand’s new sporty logo



New Dodge Logo

As Ram and Dodge travel down a different road, the Ram brand will move forward keeping the old ram’s horn logo while Dodge vehicles will simply get a logo saying “Dodge.”
Hoping to keep its sporty/youth oriented niche without the Ram pickups, Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles adopted the two red slashes of Chrysler’s SRT performance brand.
“It signifies our sporty character,” Gilles said. Most SRTs are Dodges.”

While the red slashes will appear on signs, advertising materials and owner’s manuals, the Dodge name will stand by itself in the new script without the two red slashes.
The first vehicle to sport the new Dodge logo will be the 2011 Charger and an upcoming 7-seat crossover that will replace the Dodge Durango
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Is Chris Bangle headed back to Fiat?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on May 27th, 2010 at 2:32PM


Now here's a juicy rumor. Word on the web is that Chris Bangle may be looking to step back into the auto-design mainstream by revisiting one of his former employers. Don't expect new BMW models to be wearing any of the guy's influences though. From what we understand from our Google Translator, Caradisiac believes that Bangle would be the perfect choice for Fiat to give its products an extra level of pizzazz as the company wades even deeper into international waters.

On one level, the move makes sense. After all, Bangle called Fiat home before he moved to BMW in 1991, and the designer cut his teeth and made a name for himself while working on the likes of the Fiat Coupe way back when. But we haven't heard word one from the designer about making a return to the mainstream auto world.

For now, we'll simply file this one under rampant rumor and wishful thinking. Fiat isn't having any trouble cranking out stylish products, and one would think the company has its hands too full dealing with bringing Chrysler back to life to bring on a big name like Bangle. Doesn't hurt to ponder "what if?" though, especially since the guy's non-compete dried up in March.
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2011 Dodge Charger: Car Information, Rumors, and Spy Shots


The 2011 Dodge Charger [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]four [COLOR=blue ! important]door [/COLOR][COLOR=blue ! important]sedan[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] will be made in Brampton alongside the 300C, Alfa Romeo 169, the Challenger, and a Lancia 4-door sedan which is likely to be identical to the 300C except for badging and grille. Daimler has apparently been holding back needed components as a negotiating chip, and plans to change the automatic transmissions for the Charger may be voided to keep other parts — which we suspect will be “designed out” over time — flowing. It does appear that the Mercedes automatic will be upgraded to seven speeds — after the cars launch (maybe a year or two after).
Glenn Paulina wrote: “We just got our first clear look at the face of the redesigned Dodge Charger, caught uncovered, undisguised, and in vivid bright red. The current Charger's DNA is still intact, but a number of changes make the [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]new [COLOR=blue ! important]car's[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] mug more aggressive. The Dodge crosshair grille remains, though it juts outward more aggressively, and is framed in by more prominent surface development (not unlike the snout treatment of the current Lancer Evolution from Mitsubishi). The center of the hood is more chiseled, with some new sculpting to add visual interest. The headlights scowl a bit more, with more angular lighting elements within. The front air-intakes are also reshaped, with a bit more edgy definition.”
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2011 Dodge Charger spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen plenty of spy shots showing heavily cloaked prototypes of the 2011 Dodge Charger before, but our spy photographers just found the holy grail. Who knows how it happened, but the cover on this Charger prototype (we're guessing it's an R/T model) got flipped back to reveal the redesigned sedan's new snout for the first time and our spies snapped the hell out of it.

The Charger's new look will apparently be an evolution more than a revolution, with the current sedan's squared off front end and angry expression receiving several tweaks. The grille, for instance, appears slightly taller and juts out farther creating a schnoz not unlike what you'll find on the front end of a Mitsubishi Lancer (not a fan of the faux chrome, though). The Charger's headlights always made the car look pissed off, but the new model appears to be in an even worse mood with a more aggressive scowl. The hood is definitely more chiseled as well, with what appears to be two recesses stamped in on either side of a center spine. Finally, the lower bumper receives new fog lamps and a larger lower air intake.

There were rumors that Dodge passenger vehicles would soon be sporting new badges that ditched the horned ram, in light of Ram trucks being spun off as its own brand. This prototype, however, is wearing a traditional Dodge badge with the hooved mammal's head in relief like always. That doesn't mean the brand couldn't swap out badges at the last minute, but if that's their plan, there's no evidence here.
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Very aggressive, I like it.
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Fiat Axes Chrysler Brand In Europe, Rebrands As Lancia




June 4th, 2010 Just as promised late last year, Fiat has announced it will end sales of Chrysler-branded cars in Europe, instead selling them as Lancias through Lancia dealerships. Cuts and transformations in the distribution pipeline are also planned. Here in the U.S., we expect to see a number of Lancia models sold as Chryslers--just the inverse of what's happening in Europe. But there have been rumblings and speculation in back channels that Fiat may be preparing to leverage the Chrysler distribution network for a return of Fiat and its sub-brands to the U.S., eventually doing away with Chrysler altogether. In Europe, the re-shuffling will mean some 350 of the existing 1,200 Chrysler and Lancia dealerships in continental Europe will be closed, with the remainder required to expand to accommodate the new models coming their way. Currently Lancia has just four models, but with the influx of Chrysler cars, that will expand to eight. The cuts will begin taking place just under a year from now, with all dealer contracts to expire on May 31, 2011. Those that will be retained will get new contracts to sell the combined brand. Fiat hopes the changes will help boost total sales to nearly double their current level. Back here in the U.S., we've seen the "design study" Chrysler-grilled Lancia Delta from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show (pictured), but beyond that, there have been no solid announcements on Chrysler-badged Lancia products. [Auto News -- sub. req.]

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Just as promised late last year, Fiat has announced it will end sales of Chrysler-branded cars in Europe, instead selling them as Lancias through Lancia dealerships. Cuts and transformations in the distribution pipeline are also planned.
Here in the U.S., we expect to see a number of Lancia models sold as Chryslers--just the inverse of what's happening in Europe. But there have been rumblings and speculation in back channels that Fiat may be preparing to leverage the Chrysler distribution network for a return of Fiat and its sub-brands to the U.S., eventually doing away with Chrysler altogether.
In Europe, the re-shuffling will mean some 350 of the existing 1,200 Chrysler and Lancia dealerships in continental Europe will be closed, with the remainder required to expand to accommodate the new models coming their way. Currently Lancia has just four models, but with the influx of Chrysler cars, that will expand to eight.
The cuts will begin taking place just under a year from now, with all dealer contracts to expire on May 31, 2011. Those that will be retained will get new contracts to sell the combined brand. Fiat hopes the changes will help boost total sales to nearly double their current level.
Back here in the U.S., we've seen the "design study" Chrysler-grilled Lancia Delta from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show (pictured), but beyond that, there have been no solid announcements on Chrysler-badged Lancia products.
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Spy Shots: 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum caught testing near Chrysler HQ

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Jun 9th 2010 at 7:58PM
2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just as Chrysler puts the finishing touches on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, our spies have captured its platform mate, the 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum (we still aren't sure what the final name will be), out testing near the company's Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters. Not much has changed since the last time the new Dodge crossover was spied, but seeing the prototype running around near Chrysler HQ means that more of the swirly camouflage could be coming off in the next few months.

When the new Durango/Magnum officially launches next year, expect it to be available with Chrysler's new 3.6-liter V6 and possibly a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (much like the new Jeep). The front end looks similar to that of the Ram pickup, and since the Ram brand has been spun off to house Dodge's truck offerings, don't be shocked if the new Durango falls under that umbrella. If development and testing continue at a steady pace, we'll likely get to see the finished product at either the 2010 Los Angeles or 2011 Detroit Auto Show.


Gallery: Spy Shots: 2012 Dodge Durango/Magnum



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Chrysler to build ZF's 8-speed transmission in Indiana



Chrysler Group plans to spend $300 million to build a new eight-speed automatic transmission licensed from ZF Group, a transmission maker headquartered in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The investment will pay for installation of special tooling and equipment at Chrysler's Transmission Plant 1 and Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana and help retain 1,200 jobs there, Chrysler said today. Production will start in 2013.

Meanwhile, Chrysler said it plans to import the transmissions from Germany before production ramps up in Kokomo. Spokesman Nick Cappa said he could not say when the imports would begin.

Paolo Ferrero, Chrysler senior vice president of powertrain, said in a statement that the transmission would contribute to a 25 percent reduction in fuel economy by 2014.

The company did not say which vehicles the transmission would be used in, but it is already being used in rear-drive vehicles made by BMW. Chrysler could use it in the
Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee along with Ram pickups.

Indiana Transmission Plant 1 currently makes the 45 RFE rear-drive transmission for the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Dodge Dakota and Ram Trucks and the 68 RFE for the Cummins Diesel engine used in Ram Heavy Duty trucks. Both transmissions are six-speed.

The ZF eight-speed was a 2010 Automotive News PACE Award finalist. The transmission made its debut on the BMW 5-series Gran Turismo and 760Li. The transmission achieves a 6 percent improvement in fuel economy over ZF's current six-speed automatic. It is the same size and lower weight than the six-speed.

The transmission has a modular design that can be adapted to hybrid and all-wheel-drive variants.

“The new eight-speed transmission that we'll be producing in Kokomo will transform our future product line,” Scott Garberding, senior vice president and head of manufacturing for Chrysler, said in the company statement.



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First/New 2011 Jeep GC Commercial.

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First Drive: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee redefines the Tipping Point




2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – click above for high-res image gallery

In the span of three years, Chrysler has been bought and sold more times than Duke Cunningham. Its warped "merger of equals" with Daimler ended in 2007 and the disastrous reign of incompetence extended into its relationship with Cerberus Capital Management – now a "bad word" within the hallowed halls of Chrysler, according to one exec.

After filing for bankruptcy in April of 2009, the reformed Chrysler Group partnered with the Italian automaking juggernauts at Fiat and have since rolled out a five-year business plan that's nothing if not ambitious.

But you didn't come here for an abbreviated history lesson on Chrysler and its failed suitors. You want to find out how your $6.6 billion in federal funding is being spent and if the company's products are finally up to snuff. Well, here's the short version: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first Chrysler product since the 300 that deserves your attention. Follow the jump to find out why.


Unlike the scads of products being teased by the Big Three for the past few years, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee has struck the perfect balance of exposure in the run-up to its on-sale date later this year. And if you're fond of the ZJ and WJ models of yore, then there's a lot to like about the new WK2's exterior.




The Grand Cherokee's design is the epitome of evolution, retaining the short overhangs, trapezoidal wheel openings, fast windshield and backlight, and of course, the iconic seven-slat front grille. Mark Allan, Jeep's head of design, was committed to retaining the overall shape of past GCs, saying, "You should be able to tell its a Jeep from far away, but we wanted it to be more serious; more stern."



Allan and his team have succeeded – not just with the overall design, but in the details. The deeply recessed creases in the doors, the blacked-out B- and C-pillars, furrowed brow, standard fog lamps, color-matched spoiler and the tasteful use of chrome – something most domestic automakers still haven't mastered – all blend into a cohesive whole that's at once masculine and refined. And they've even fitted a set of front tow-hooks, something the designers and engineers fought hard to include.

The whole package has grown by three inches in width, but only 1.8 inches in overall length, with a 114.8-inch wheelbase – over five inches longer than before. With the rear wheels shoved so far back, it pays dividends for rear-seat passengers, with an additional four inches of rear leg room. But that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wholesale changes inside.

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The pitiful excuse for interiors that Chrysler, and by extension Jeep, have foisted on consumers for the past 20 years has finally been addressed, and if the GC's insides are any indication, journalists will need a new horse to flog if these kind of appointments disseminate throughout the Pentastar's offerings.

Behold: textured plastics that don't make you wretch. Faux aluminum trim that doesn't feel like it's been liberated from a Ukrainian toy factory. Switchgear – in particular, the window controls and climate knobs – that are (shocker!) pleasing to thumb and won't detach in your palm. Granted, it's not exactly Audi-grade stuff, but it's easily on par with some of the best from the domestic luxury set, and in many cases, even better. And it's not just limited to the high-end Overland model.



The Laredo and Limited variants get a soft-touch dash, chrome-trimmed instrument panel and LED lighting. The leather on the seats and console hasn't been sourced from a Burger King-grade bovine, and when you open up the hinged console to reveal the illuminated cup holders, they gracefully recess into the side with decidedly Germanic damping. It's all in the details. And the list is long.

In the Overland, real wood flanks the dash and doors, including the top of the leather-wrapped, tilt and telescope steering wheel. The cowhide goes up a grade and comes complete with contrast stitching that extends to the dash – close your eyes and run your hand over the top and you'd be convinced you're sitting in something from Cadillac. Or better.

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A touchscreen sat-nav is optional, along with Jeep's massive "CommandView" dual-pane sunroof, but the niceties aren't just limited to the big-budget options. Heated and ventilated front seats, warmed rear thrones, four-way power lumbar controls, rain sensing wipers and "Keyless Enter-N-Go" are all for the taking, along with a rearview backup camera, memory seating and heated steering wheel. A FloTV system for rear seat passengers and Chrysler's UConnect WiFi setup are also options, and yes, a power liftgate complete with a "flipper" rear window is still available.

Underneath that highly revised interior is a platform based largely on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, with a fully independent suspension equipped with variable rate springs in the rear. More importantly, Jeep has introduced a duo of new suspension technologies to blend on-road refinement with off-road capabilities.



First, we have Quadra-Lift, an air suspension system that can raise or lower the GC to five different heights depending on the task at hand. The Normal Ride Height offers 8.1 inches of ground clearance to boost fuel economy and aerodynamics. Hit the highway and the system automatically adjusts to Aero Mode by lowering the Jeep by 0.6 inches, further improving consumption and reducing drag from the GC's low .37 Cd. Those settings, along with the Park Mode, which drops the ride height by 1.5 inches to make entrance and exit slightly more graceful, is the staid stuff. Here's where it gets interesting and where Jeep's off-road heritage shines through: All the settings are controlled through Jeep's Selec-Terrain knob on the center console. The two that matter: Off-Road 1 and Off-Road 2. The first raises things 1.3-inches (for a total of 9.4 inches of ground clearance), while the latter boosts ride height to 10.7 inches. Partnered with the stability control and traction electronics, 12 different settings for power, throttle, braking and transmission adapt to the terrain by selecting one of the five settings, all of which are self-explanatory.

Sand/Mud, Snow and Auto are exactly what you'd expect, dialing in the proper amount of torque and wheelspin to suit the surrounds. Sport brings things down a notch and focuses on on-road performance, while Rock raises the ride height to its maximum setting and partnered with the transfer case, differentials and throttle, delivers maximum low-speed control. But when it comes to how that power gets to the wheels, things get slightly more complex.



Forget about the 4x2 versions of the Laredo, Limited and Overland. If you're buying a Jeep for more than kiddie schlepping, you're after the 4x4 variants. And with that selection comes choice. In Quadra-Trac 1 guise, you've got a full-time four-wheel-drive system that performs the majority of the duties for you, but swaps the sophistication and customization for a single-speed transfer case and boosted fuel economy. What you're really interested in comes in the form of the upgraded Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II systems, both of which come standard with the Selec-Terrain system.

With Quadra-Trac II, you've got a two-speed transfer case with highly adaptive electronics that can quickly shuffle as much as 100 percent of the torque to the axle with the most traction. Good, but it gets better. Select the Quadra-Drive II system and the rear diff is swapped out with an electronic limited-slip differential with higher sensitivity and the ability to immediately and seamlessly transfer power to the appropriate rear wheel. How good is it? Jeep set us out on a few trails at the Hollister Hills SVRA to find out.



Now, we've done these kind of staged off-road expeditions before. And generally, the courses have been carefully selected and perfectly prepped (and in some cases, explicitly designed) for the vehicle in question. So it speaks volumes that Jeep's team chose a section of the park largely unexplored by the PR team to let the new Grand Cherokee loose in the hands of hamfisted journos. One Jeep official confided in us that they hadn't scouted out the location until a few days before our arrival, so if the GC couldn't handle it, serious embarrassment would be the order du jour.

Not likely.

Jeep says this is the most capable off-road vehicle it's ever produced, and in the midst of a steep upward ascent followed by a treacherous trek down, we're keen to agree. With the transfer case set to 4WD Low, steady-state throttle and a few steering corrections allowed us to skirt up the side of a hill without a bead of sweat on our brow. At the top, we stood by for a few seconds as our Wrangler lead vehicle slowly made its way overtop a rock outcropping and down a severely steep bank. Easy for him. But in a leather-lined luxo-'ute? No problem, apparently.



We came up to the same crest, set the system into its fully automated mode and crawled over the uneven boulder at the top of the hill. Our Jeep exec co-driver hopped out for an impromptu photo-op just as the GC was doing its best downward-facing dog followed by a three-wheeled lifted leg. He hopped back in and with a touch of the throttle we were on our way down.

What impressed the most was the complete lack of skill necessary to navigate down the sandy, rock-strewn descent. We simply kept our foot off the pedals, turned the wheel a few degrees when necessary and then got back on the throttle when things evened out. This could've been a lazy Sunday drive if it weren't for the lower air dam being removed and the clunking and clattering of the transfer case as it shuffled power fore and aft.
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So, the Grand Cherokee is obviously a capable off-roader. But we all know that most owners won't be tackling Moab, so its on-road demeanor is arguably more important – and here's where the real revelations comes in.


The GC's Benz architecture makes for a seriously pleasing ride on the open road, and with a triple-sealing strategy to separate engine and wind noise from the cabin, NVH levels are vastly improved. We're talking Lexus quiet. Thicker carpet lines the transmission tunnel, so much of the noise that emanated from the center of the last-gen GC has been completely removed, along with that vehicle's galling amount of tire roar thanks to acoustical wheel liners. Steering and brake feel is more direct and supple then we remember, albeit slightly detached, and outward visibility is particularly pleasant. You know where the corners are, and even without the backup cam, you've got a keen sense of what's going on in the rear.

On the powertrain front, it's a bit more of a mixed bag. We enjoyed a brief stint in the variable valve timing-equipped 5.7-liter V8, and with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, it does a more than an adequate job of motivating this massive slab of SUV. The Multi-Displacement System, which shuts down four of the eight cylinders while cruising, was seamless in its activation, and if there's anything missing from the V8 model, it's a HEMI badge on the boot. Apparently, that's another four-letter word in this increasingly fuel-conscious climate.



So instead, the real focus is the first application of Chrysler's new "Phoenix" V6 – an engine that's set to proliferate through the automaker's lineup over the course of the next year. With 3.6-liters of displacement, an aluminum block, dual-overhead cams and variable valve timing, it makes the old 3.7-liter mill look positively archaic, particularly when scanning the stats. The laughably low 210 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque of the outgoing engine has been increased to 290 hp and 260 lb-ft, with peak twist arriving at 4,800 rpm. Fuel economy has improved as well, with a maximum of 23 mpg when cruising on the highway, 16 in the city and a claimed 500 miles of range on a single (24.6-gallon) tank. Naturally, you sacrifice a bit of towing capacity in the process – 5,000 pounds with the V6 or 7,400 pounds with the big boy V8.

But does it matter on the road? The new six is certainly more refined, spinning smoothly towards the far side of the tach, but failing to provide sufficient passing power on occasion. Blame the GC's nearly 5,000-pound curb weight if you must, but despite the V6's "all-new" designation, it still feels about a half-generation behind the competition. Thankfully, that's where Fiat's tech-infusion will come into play. The Italian automaker's much-hyped MultiAir valve-actuation system is netting significant increases when fitted to existing engines. A Chrysler engineer we spoke with expects a 10-to-15 percent boost in output when it's fitted to the Phoenix, so power is set to increase to compete with the newest sixes from Ford, GM and others. When it's finally going to arrive, though, remains to be seen.



By the same token, we'd be remiss not to point out that Jeep's decision to stick with a five-speed automatic seems decidedly boorish considering the plethora of transmission options available from the competition. It's not a bad 'box by any means, shifting smoothly and thrusting itself into the meat of the engine's powerband when mashing the throttle, but there's always an overarching sense that a few more MPGs could've be squeezed out with an additional gear up top and a bit more grunt could be delivered down low in second and third. The only reason it stands out is the level of detail that's gone into everything else, but considering Chrysler's recent financial situation, sacrifices had to be made and developing a new gearbox was likely among them. Not to mention its effect on the bottom line.

To that end, the 2011 Grand Cherokee's pricing is very competitive given the equipment levels and its overall capabilities. Jeep is keen to point out that not only has it reduced the price of nearly every trim (we're talking hundreds, not thousands here), but it's increased the amount of features on each model to net anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 in additional kit.



You can scan the model mix and pricing in our previous post, but on the low end, the Laredo 4x2 comes in at just over $30k, while the top-spec Overland 4x4 with all the trimmings maxes out at $42,995. The bulk of Grand Cherokee sales are likely to be in the middle, but even then, you've got a range of options to choose from whether you're a serious off-roader with visions of rock-crawling or a mild-mannered mom with a gaggle of soon-to-be soccer stars.

No matter your destination or proclivities, there's a Grand Cherokee to suit your needs on road, and the competition doesn't even come close to matching its abilities off road. For that, you'd need to look at something hailing from Solihull, which makes the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee more of a budget-minded Range Rover than a Lexus RX or Ford Explorer competitor. If this is the shape of things to come from Chrysler, there might just be a little life yet in the halls of Auburn Hills.
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Brand Spankin’ New Images: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee



2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Chrysler has just dropped a bunch of new images of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee so we’ve updated our high-res galley for you to drool over – of course, if the whole SUV, Grand Cherokee thing is your scene.
Click here to get prices on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Refresher: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will go on sale next month and will be available 3 models: Laredo, Limited and Overland. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×2 model starts at $30,995, while the 4×4 Grand Cherokee Laredo model starts at $32,995. Prices for the 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 start at $39,995, while the Overland 4×4 model start at $42,995. All models will be powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 unit making 290-hp delivering up to 23 mpg and over 500 miles on one tank of gas. Optional features include a 360-hp 5.7L V8 and a Trailer Tow Group.
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The 2011 Dodge Challenger has reached S1 status, according to insiders. There is reportedly an electric power steering pump, a feature which has grown increasingly common in new cars. Recent rumors claim that the floor pan of the Challenger is being altered, possibly to make it eaiser to make Challengers alongside Chargers and 300s.

JackRatchett wrote that the styling remains almost identical, except the lower opening was flipped upside down and made taller; the Ram emblem has been removed; the door handles will be the same as those on the Charger; and there will be a wagon-style Dodge Magnum switch to pop the trunk open.

The interior is expected to undergo major upgrades, and the usual electronics updates are expected: moving to Garmin navigation, adding whatever safety and A/V options are de rigeur, etc. Mainly, the dashboard should be dramatically upgraded and materials may be improved.

The 2011 Dodge Challenger SE’s mileage and power will rise with the upcoming Pentastar V6 engines, generating an estimated 290 horsepower (it might go down to 280, due to space constraints, or up to 300 with direct injection).

When the new, bigger 6.4 liter SRT8 engine debuts on the Dodge Challenger SRT8, in late 2011 according to sources, it will have cylinder deactivation, helping real world gas mileage. Rumor has the Challenger SRT8 being the first car to get the new engine, which has been in the works for years now, following the successful debut of an all-out race version.

The standard Hemi is not expected to get a substantial power boost, though, later in the model run (2012?), seven speed automatics will help acceleration or economy. The 6.4 liter SRT8 engine may be hooked up to the five speed Mercedes automatic at first, but an eight speed ZF/Chrysler-collaboration automatic transmission is in the works.
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Dodge planning Sienna-fighting ‘man van’



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As the minivan market heats up with new models from both Toyota and Honda, Dodge is now working on adding some mojo to its Grand Caravan lineup, dubbing the upcoming edition the “man van.”
Several Dodge dealers have been briefed on the upcoming man van, and in speaking with the Wall Street Journal, they discussed the automaker’s intentions with the new special edition people hauler, “A man van won’t generate huge sales, but it’s one of those vehicles that gets people talking and heads turning, ” said one dealer representative. “We need that [talking and head turning] now. I mean if it gets one guy to give the minivan a second look, its worth it.”
Toyota has recently launched an advertising blitz centered around the all-new Sienna minivan, equipped with 19-inch wheels and a 266 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Dodge has apparently taken notice of the buzz generated around the Sienna, including talk of its sport appeal, and now the automaker will add bits and pieces, such as a body kit, larger wheels and high-contrast stitching on interior seats and the steering wheel, suggested Accelerate Mpls.
Dodge has yet to officially confirm its intentions for a sport model, but expect details to follow soon now that the word is out. Expect the “man van” to gain a more official moniker, likely the R/T designation.
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Wow I absolutely love that Grand Cherokee. That is easily my top pick for an SUV under 40k dollars.
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Same here. While not too keen on the exterior looks (far cry from a decade ago), the steps that Fiat and Marchionne are taking to bring this company back to legitimacy should certainly be noted. I've always hated any Chrysler interior but this one is awesome!

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so the "new" charger has a different bumper cool any interior/rear shots thats where the car need the most help.
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not at this moment *go back <<< a few dozen pages there are "spy shots" from a show/announcement
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Same here. While not too keen on the exterior looks (far cry from a decade ago), the steps that Fiat and Marchionne are taking to bring this company back to legitimacy should certainly be noted. I've always hated any Chrysler interior but this one is awesome!

Edit: Are you shocked you would actually consider a Chrysler product? (GASP)

Lol I've always liked Jeep's and have wanted a Wrangler forever! And I almost thought about buying a Ram in high school instead of a car.
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Spy Photos: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8

By Erin Riches | June 28, 2010


It's badged as a 4x4 Limited model, but there's little doubt that this is a prototype for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8. Note for instance the enormous front fascia that hangs low just like the original Grand Cherokee SRT8's did. Note further the pooched-out fenders, big black wheels, massive tires and conspicuously lowered ride height.
Around back, you'll see there's no central-exit dual-exhaust, but as with the badging and extraneous chrome trim, that's easily changed on a production version. Nothing's a done deal in the current era of Fiat-Chrysler, but assuming Sergio Marchionne likes what he sees, we'd guess this will be a 2012 model.
The most likely engine for the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 is the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 in development for Chrysler's next generation of high-performance (SRT- models. The folks at Allpar, who have their ears to the ground for all things Mopar, predict that this engine will make about 480 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger SRT-8, so look for similar numbers in the Jeep. This would be a pretty significant increase over the original SRT8 Jeep (420 hp, 420 lb-ft). And with the 6.4-liter matched to the ZF-designed 8-speed automatic transmission in the works for all Grand Cherokees, this should be a very quick SUV.

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