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Mere months after workers at Chrysler’s Jefferson North factory were caught drinking and smoking marijuana on their lunch breaks, three employees were arrested by law enforcement agencies after Chrysler tipped off police regarding workers who continued to abuse substances while on the job.
The workers were arrested on January 24th, but have yet to be formally charged, according to a spokesman for the Michigan State Police. Chrysler confirmed that they were co-operating with police on the matter. The company released a statement to the media, remarking “In this instance, Chrysler Group cooperated with the County of Macomb Enforcement Team in the arrest of suspected employees at Jefferson North who were allegedly in violation of state law.”
A local Fox affiliate caught workers on video engaging in similar behavior last fall. The Jefferson North plant builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, two vehicles that have won widespread acclaim from consumers and the media.
[Source: The Detroit News]
Show of hands: who has actually read the owner’s manual that came with their car? Yep, that’s what we thought… not that many of you. Because so few of us actually get around to reading it, Dodge has come up with an app for that.
Dodge and Mopar make it easier for owners by offering a free, new smartphone application that puts the information at your fingertips. You can bring up vehicle operation, maintenance and warranty information, product feature video demonstrations, connections with fellow owners via the company’s brands on social media sites and access to customer care and 24-hour road-side assistance. This is one owner’s manual you won’t shove in the glove box.
Another bonus: since it’s a digital system, any changes Dodge makes to the manual are made in real time, so you’ll get them the moment they are updated.
In the US, owners of the new Dodge Durango and Charger can download vehicle information applications to select personal smartphones. The app will be available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices on major mobile carriers.
Finalists for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced, with Chrysler dominating the truck field, and electric vehicles comprising 2/3rds of the car category.
The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee, both built on the same platform, were nominated in the truck category, as well as the re-designed Ford Explorer.
In the car segment, both the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are nominated, with the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T as the lone traditional car.
The jury deciding on the awards is made up for 49 journalists from the United States and Canada. 50 vehicles are sampled, while only 14 make it to the second round.
The outgoing Chrysler 300 was a great value thanks to a number of cost cutting initiatives, like sharing a platform with Mercedes-Benz’s old E-Class and using interior materials made out of melted down children’s toys. That might have been passable five years ago, but with even small cars boasting high quality interiors, the awful tortoise shell trim and cheesy analog clock isn’t going to cut it anymore.
With most of Chrysler’s new offerings getting substantially upgraded interiors, the 300 range wasn’t going to miss out, and the first officially released photo looks pretty good, echoing products like the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and the upcoming Dodge Charger and Dodge Durango. We’ll likely get our first look at the car during the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, and you can check back starting January 10th for live shots.
[Source: Automotive News]
The 2011 Durango had yet another “official” debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, with Dodge front man Ralph Gilles telling the assembled journalists how proud he is to show off his portfolio now, with six new or newish models in the lineup – including the all-new Durango.
While Gilles talked at length about how each and every model in this new lineup will surpass any expectation you may have of a new Dodge lately, he admitted that he is most proud of the Durango. He said the handling, overall performance, and materials are particularly praiseworthy, and then he announced the pricing, which make it seem quite the bargain. Available in three trim levels, (well four if you count an optional package thrown in on the mid-line Crew model), base pricing of the new Durango will range from $29,195 / $31,195 for the 2WD/4WD entry level Express models, up to $41,795 / $43,795 for the range-topping Citadel.
The new base engine is a 290-hp 3.6L V6 and with a 6,200 lb tow rating, while the top-level 5.7-liter Hemi V8 can pull 7,400 lbs.
Optional equipment on the new Durango includes items like Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Keyless Enter-n’ Go.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Durango Debut in LA
Official release after the jump:
Dodge‘s new Durango is a pretty nice looking truck, and its shared components with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially the interior, should finally take it from its current status as a warmed over Dodge truck to a contender in the upscale SUV segment.
The Durango Citadel Black & Tan is a special edition of the upcoming Durango Citadel, the top of the line 2011 Durango. The interior is supposedly “inspired by supercars” but to us, it just looks nice. See for yourself in the gallery below or watch the video of the SUV’s reveal after the jump.
GALLERY: Dodge Durango Citadel Black & Tan
Aside from the Challenger 392, Chrysler has a whole other lineup, including special editions of the 2011 Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Fiat 500 and and special, competition only Dodge Challenger V10.
Here’s a breakdown of Mopar’s big releases at the 2010 SEMA Show
2011 Dodge Charger Red Line: The Charger Red Line will be the first glimpse that the public will get of the 2011 Dodge Charger. The Red Line will get a 20″ wheel package, a blacked out roof, a unique red leather interior and a Mopar intake, exhaust and header kit.
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel “Black and Tan”: The Durango Citadel is basically the same car as the 2011 Dodge Durango, but with 22″ wheels and a Black and Tan exterior/interior color scheme inspired by “some of the finest super cars in the world”.
2010 Fiat 500: A concept version of the Fiat 500 that will be sold here, this car gets 18″ wheels, fender flares reminiscent of a widebody kit, red interior accents for the driver’s side and a special “liquid grey” paint scheme.’
Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pack: Dodge touts this car as the world’s first V10 factory drag car. No, it’s not street legal (with Mopar stating it’s for “competition use only) but comes with a V10, a 2-speed transmission, roll cage, fuel cell and a striped out interior with a full racing gauge package.
Hit the jump to read the official press release and Mopar video
Gallery: Chrysler SEMA Cars
New images of the 2011 Dodge Durango have been released, showing the new SUV in a fetching shade of red.
Along with the firetruck hue, there’s shots of the new model’s interior in Citadel trim, and like the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it looks better than anything that’s come out of the Chrysler stable in some time.
Notice the “Citadel” motif on the seats? That signifies the car in question is the new Citadel trim level, expected to be the priciest and best equipped new Durango.
Gallery: 2011 Dodge Durango
We’ll admit it: We like when cops get a taste of their own medicine. 90% of the time, Cops are there to protect us, whether it’s on the highway or in a local area, but we all know that sometimes power can get to their heads, and they think they are above the law.
One Louisiana State Trooper learned he’s not above the law the hard way, by picking up not one, but two boots on his Dodge Durango after parking in a Fire Zone. For the record, cops can only park their squad cars illegally when responding to an emergency. If not, they have to feed the meter just like the rest of us.
Dodge launched a teaser site for their 2011 Durango SUV, and a series of pictures that show some styling elements of the car. Autoguide brought you a leaked camera phone picture of the Durango earlier this summer, and these are the first shots from Dodge, and they essentially confirm the styling cues seen in the grainy snapshot.
The Durango will share underpinnings with the much lauded 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, so expect the 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L Hemi V8. No word on whether the upcoming 6.4L SRT V8 will make an appearance, but with the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 established as a much-loved performance car already, a Durango SRT-8 may not make much sense for Chrysler.
Gallery: 2011 Dodge Durango
Chrysler finally brings two Hybrids to market, but with 5.7-liter Hemi engines…
For 2009, Chrysler has announced it will offer it’s first production Hybrids, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen Hemi Hybrids. As the name would suggest, both are powered by environmentally-friendly gasoline-electric hybrid engines. Ironically, however, the gasoline engine is a 385hp 5.7-liter V-8.
40 PERCENT BETTER FUEL ECONOMY IN THE CITY
Chrysler doesn’t seem to see the irony, however, and is more interested in promoting the idea that it is possible to have a fully-functional SUV with a 6,000 lb towing capacity that is not AS bad for the Earth. And they do have a point, as the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen Hemi Hybrids are designed more for reduced fuel economy in the city. The Hybrid models are expected to have a 25 percent increase in fuel economy overall with a 40 percent increase in the city.
Of note, the two SUVs use a new two-mode full hybrid system, which was developed in partnership with General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
In the first mode, the engine can operate in any of three different ways: electric power only, engine power only, or a combination of both. In the second mode, used for highway speeds, passing or towing, the full engine power is enabled as well as an electric assist.
Both the Aspen and Durango Hemi Hybrids will use a variable automatic transmission that automatically switches between the two modes.
One innovation that Chrysler has added to the two-mode system is that it can function with the company’s MDS system, which allows the engine to operate using all eight or just four cylinders.
Chrysler Aspen Hemi Hybrid
Official release after the jump: