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Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne is auctioning off his customized 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8, with the proceeds benefiting the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
The first-ever online version of the Mopar ‘Top Eliminator’ program has revealed its 10 finalists, after having gone through nearly 80 entries. Fans can now vote for their favorite in crowning one lucky winner.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is the latest addition to the Altitude special edition family from Jeep, and the full details on the new Wrangler are out.
The Altitude package adds some paint and plastic to give the Wrangler unique style. A body color hardtop, paint matched center bumper sections, 18-inch alloy wheels painted black with a matte Jeep badge make up the Altitude edition package along with a Mopar black fuel door and a black tone on tone hood graphic. Deep cherry red, black, bright white and bright silver metallic are the four paint colors offered with the special edition package.
It looks like the days of plugging in your mobile device to a 12-volt power outlet might soon be over, at least if you drive a Chrysler product. Beginning with the 2013 Dodge Dart, the company has announced it will be introducing a wireless in-car charging system.
The system uses a storage bin that measures 8.27 x 9.5 x 3.25 inches. Mounted below the center stack and in front of the console, it features an integrated charging grid that allows a smart phone or other portable device to be charged when placed on top of it (a special device casing with pins on it is required for your phone or other devices to be charged).
The wireless charging device, which will be offered through Chrysler’s Mopar Parts and Accessories division, will retail for $199.99 plus installation by your local dealer. It will be available starting this summer, timed for introduction alongside the new Dodge Dart.
The concepts heading to Moab, Utah this year are the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept, Wrangler Apache concept, Mighty FC concept, J-12 Conversion concept, Mopar Accessorized Wrangler, and the Wrangler Traildozer concept.
The video includes soundbites from President and CEO of Jeep Brand, Mike Manley and Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care. Along with the feedback from them, we get a better look at all six concepts inside and out.
Watch the video of the 2012 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Concepts after the break.
This year the team stepped it up a notch, announcing six new Jeep concepts. Mopar has also announced an off-road division that will create authentic Jeep parts and accessories.
“The Jeep Safari has long been a great way for Jeep to connect with its core audience. We look forward to spending the week demonstrating our latest potential production and customization ideas and gathering instant feedback from the most knowledgable 4×4 enthusiasts in the world,” Jeep president and CEO Mike Manley said.
Mopar president and CEO Pietro Gorlier addded that “Mopar is tapping into a growing trend among extreme Jeep enthusiasts who want even more power and capability on the trail. This year, Mopar is pushing the envelope in this arena by offering our customers new Pro 60 portal axles and a new HEMI conversion kit, which we will showcase in those new vehicles. In addition, to further maximize our presence in the off-road market, we are creating a Mopar Off-Road division to develop Jeep Authentic Parts and Accessories.”
The supercharged 6.2L Hemi is currently still under development, but is estimated to have 490- to 540-hp on tap. The motor will make its debut in the new Barracuda before moving on to other SRT models.
Insiders are also reporting that the new Barracuda won’t be as “true to the original” as the current Dodge Challenger was to its heritage. It is even believed that the Barracuda could be built on a shortened large-car platform, while other rumors say it will be built on the new Alfa Romeo D-size platform that is still being developed.
One way or another, you’re probably going to be looking at a smaller muscle car from the SRT family.
The modifications gave a bit of practical improvement while leaving the SUV’s off-road ability untouched. Among those changes, front and rear brush bars offer the Compass’ underside some protection. Beyond that, the Mopar treatment is strictly cosmetic. A two-tone burnt orange and matte black finish make it look more aggressive, as do the larger fenders.
Inside, the car gets neoprene seats, which is a cool touch for a vehicle aimed at outdoorsy types. The dashboard also gets tilt and pitch gauges, which would be a cool edition for a trail rated vehicle if we hadn’t touched them and the carbon fiber shifter knob was also a cool touch. Unfortunately, the unit felt like flimsy and poorly attached. Finally The car also got an improved sound system which we could see working well during beach nights or camping trips where the flip-down rear speakers get their best use.
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GALLERY: Mopar Jeep Compass “True North”
It’s also the most radically different looking of the four vehicles we had a chance to see today thanks to the sweeping carbon fiber hood with an aggressive-looking hood scoop that looks down towards a black grille. Those colors work well against the car’s red paint, especially with the 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels which set this special dart aflight.
Mopar also graced the car with a better air intake and exhaust and retuned engine computer to make an extra 30 horsepower, bringing this version up to 210 total.
Inside, the car gets similar treatment as the exterior. A matching color scheme and piano black trim set the Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute well apart from the stock model — if you’re into the racer boy look.
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