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Dodge will drop Avenger, Grand Caravan as part of Fiat’s new 5-year business plan

In order to follow Fiat’s new five-year business plan, Dodge is preparing to drop some models from its lineup. As a result, Dodge will end the production of the Avenger in 2014 and it will not build a new model because the Chrysler 200 will address this portion of the market.

Moreover, the production of the Grand Caravan will end in 2016 as the Chrysler Town & Country will address this portion of the market. The next-generation Dodge Dart will arrive in 2016, followed by the Dart SRT few months later.

The Journey / D CUV will debut in 2016, while the D CUV SRT will be introduced in 2017. In 2018, the new subcompact hatch from Dodge will be introduced, followed by a SRT version in early 2017. The next-generation Dodge Challenger will be unveiled in 2018, while by the end of the year the Challenger SRT will arrive. In the same period, Dodge will present the Charger and the Charger SRT versions.

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Chrysler extends lives of Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan and Jeep Wrangler

Chrysler Group has extended the lives of the Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Wrangler, according to a report by The Detroit News, citing supplier sources. The paper said that Chrysler’s product plan entails production of the current Avenger until 2015, an extension of one year; the Grand Caravan until 2017, an extension of 2 years; and the current Wrangler to 2018.

If the report is true, the product extensions might indicate that Chrysler and parent Fiat are trying to save money as they try to struggle with the continuing economic crisis in Europe as well as to prepare for Fiat’s planned acquisition of the remaining Chrysler shares it does not own.

The Avenger sedan had been expected to be terminated late this year or in the first quarter of 2014, as Chrysler prepares its Sterling Heights site to build the next generation Chrysler 200 sedan, which will be underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee.

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Mopar Express Lane to debut on Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson’s Dodge Avenger

Allen Johnson, the defending 2012 Pro Stock Champion, will be behind the wheel of the Dodge Avenger for what remains of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. The car gets a new appearance with Mopar’s “Express Lane Fast Oil Changes & More” message. On the first weekend of April, the new Mopar Express Lane paint scheme was set to be introduced at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas just in time for the designated National Car Care month.

This is considered to be a good way to urge drivers to have their vehicles inspected and be correctly maintained. Presently, over 800 Chrysler Group dealerships offer dedicated Express Lane service for light maintenance procedures such as fast oil changes for all make and model cars, together with a first-class inspection, conducted by very well trained Chrysler Group dealership technicians.

There’s no need to make an appointment to get fast and convenient service on Express Lane. The Available Express Lane services are inclusive of oil and filter changes, multipoint vehicle checkup, tire rotation with brake inspection, air and cabin filter replacement, wiper blade replacement, headlight and light bulb replacement and battery testing. It’s not only Chrysler Group vehicles that the Mopar Express Lane Service attends to. That’s because with the Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar program, all other makes and models can also take advantage of its fast service.

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Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger continue to pick up new customers

Chrysler Group's twin mid-sized sedans – the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger – prove that it isn’t just the new models that still have game. In fact, these models continue to pick up new customers. Last April, 13,343 units of the Chrysler 200 (the renamed and significantly upgraded Chrysler Sebring) were sold, making it Chrysler’s No. 2 top-selling vehicle.

It was higher than 61% from the past year. It trailed just the compendium of models collectively reported monthly as the Ram pickup at 21,126 units. Sales of the Dodge Avenger in April grew by 47% to 11,147 units.

When combined, the two mid-sized sedans’ sales climbed 55% compared to the previous year – the highest monthly sales total in this segment for Chrysler since June 2004, when the SAAR amounted to 15.8 million, and the Sebring came with the Dodge Stratus.

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Affordability and power is what the new 2012 Avenger SE V6 package recently launched by Dodge offers. This mid-size car is priced from $21,495 (MSRP, excluding destination charges) and is equipped with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, one of Ward's "10 Best Engines," that’s coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine offers a best-in-class 283hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque while attaining an EPA estimated 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway – which leads its class for a V-6-powered mid-size sedan. Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Dodge Brand, described the Dodge Avenger as one of the quickest-growing mid-size cars in America, with sales higher by 112% this year.

Dodge hopes to build on this momentum with the presentation of the new SE V6 package to deliver 283hp (best-in-class), 29 mpg highway, a set of 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust with bright tips, and a rear decklid spoiler. All of these features are offered as standard at a cost of only $21,495 MSRP. What this Dodge model has in terms of power, efficiency, appearance, and value is not like any other in the segment. The new 2012 Dodge Avenger SE V6 gives customers the best features at a great price.

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Chrysler Group LLC may dismiss the Dodge Avenger in the next three years while it readies a refurbishment of the better-selling Chrysler 200 sedan, which is built on the same platform, Reid Bigland, head of the Dodge brand, said in an interview with Reuters at the Detroit Auto Show. He further stated that the Chrysler Group will "likely" merge around one midsize vehicle in the future.

By working on a single model, Chrysler can lower development and marketing costs. This also takes out the risk that one model might scrape sales from the other in the same showroom. The Chrysler 200, known before as the Sebring, and the Dodge Avenger are manufactured at the automaker's Sterling Heights, Mich., facility. They were overhauled in 2010. Bigland shared that if they have two vehicles that are "very similar," dealer focus is split.

Bigland also stated that consolidating around one "very competitive" entry has its advantages. Avenger sales in the U.S. increased 26 percent in 2011 to 64,023. Meanwhile, sales of the 200 hit 87,033 units. However, both models are positioned behind the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Nissan Altima in sales.

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Mopar unveiled today at the 2011 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show that the four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will join the Team Mopar roster in 2012. Moreover, Mopar also revealed the new Mopar/ Dodge Avenger in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock class. This announcement also marks the return to the Pro Stock class by Jeg Jr. after a one-year hiatus, but also a return to the Mopar fold for the 40-year-old Delaware, Ohio native, who has a long history with the brand.

For those who don’t know, Jeg Jr. was the man who won the 2004 U.S. Nationals Mopar HEMI Challenge when driving a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda and raced a Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Pro Stock car during the 2005 NHRA season. Jeg Jr. currently owns and occasionally competes in Sportsman events in a Mopar Challenger Drag Pak.

“Jeg Jr. is a proven winner, with four Pro Stock championships on his résumé,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We are thrilled to add an elite driver to Team Mopar, and we look forward to sharing in his great success at the drag strip next season.”

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Chrysler unveiled today the all-new 2012 Dodge Avenger R/T, its latest addition set to make its official debut on April 20 at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. As expected, the 2012 Avenger R/T is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, delivering 283 hp, mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle.

According to the manufacturer, the car has an EPA fuel economy rating of 19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Moreover, the car also comes with unique exterior design elements such as unique body-color grille with the Dodge badge, menacing black headlamp background, the “war paint” R/T decal on the front quarter panel as well as 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.

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Chrysler’s Mopar service wanted to create the ultimate racer to commemorate its new partnership with aftermarket supplier Magneti Marelli and that’s how it came to build the Dodge Avenger Rally Car. Technically, it’s a concept but since nearly all parts used in its modification will be available at Mopar service centers months from now, it could very easily become the real deal.

The performance parts added include Mopar accessories and equipment from Magneti Marelli. Weeks ago, the team took a 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat that features the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and then it installed a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust, adding 17hp to its power to achieve 300hp.

It has also been equipped with four-piston calipers that latch onto drilled and vented discs, specifically 14.25-inches in front and 13.5 in the rear. It was also given a one-of-a-kind, single-lever, dual-control handbrake that gives it the capability of individually braking either rear wheel to pull out of mid-corner slides. Power is sent via a paddle-shifted variant of Dodge’s six-speed autostick automatic transmission, and is distributed to all four wheels through the Avenger’s stock all-wheel-drive system.

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At the last minute, the Chrysler Sebring and the Dodge Avenger were saved from being discontinued. Last Friday, Chrysler discussed its five-year business plan, which effectively takes back a decision to halt production of these two models. Insiders say that the company changed its mind because proper Fiat replacements for the two sedans are still two years away.

It appears Chrysler is considering keeping the two models in production until 2012. It becomes highly likely then that the Sterling Heights facility, also set for shutdown by late 2010, may operate until 2012.

It's definitely good news for the Sterling workers, who were protesting the planned closure over the weekend. It shouldn't come as a surprise that these two models have had disappointing sales.

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