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 |  Jul 24 2014, 8:45 AM

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Don’t worry about trading in your Challenger if you’ve got a little bit of buyer’s remorse after seeing the new Shaker model because the retro style is only an upgrade away.

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 |  Jan 12 2012, 6:45 PM

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The Dodge Dart is being billed as Chrysler-Fiat‘s foray into the increased efficiency market that is growing quickly in the U.S. Now, Dodge customers who are already planning on buying one when they become available in 2013 have a little more to look forward to.

Mopar is offering a list of accessories and a few performance parts to spiff up the little sedan, though nothing in the go-faster department. So far, we’re aware of the following: a brake upgrade including new calipers, rotors and pads and an 18-inch wheel upgrade are the only available mechanical improvements.

Beyond that, you can opt for a hood scoop, carbon fiber grille insert, a matte black chin spoiler, oodles of chrome pieces, rocker panel extensions and much much more. In fact, there are 150 total accessories. That should be enough to make sure that your Dart will be different than any other on the road, if you want to spend the money to make it that way.

Aside from that, Dart owners can take advantage of options like a smart phone app to do everything from remote start to checking tire pressure. Remote 3G wifi will also make it a potential mobile hotspot and wireless charging for cell phones and mp3 players adds some tech flair. All of these goodies will be available from the get go when the car launches.

If it wasn’t abundantly clear before, it is now: the Dart is aimed squarely at a young, plugged in and constantly connected crowd of consumers.

GALLERY: 2013 Dodge Dart

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See AutoGuide’s First Look Video of the new Dodge Dart below:

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 |  Jan 06 2011, 8:41 PM

It seems that the desert racing  look is the next big thing when it comes to enthusiast trucks. Ford’s got the Raptor, now, Chrysler’s Ram truck brand is getting in the action with the Ram Runner package, which will become available from March on the brand’s 1500 1/2 ton pickups via Mopar (a display vehicle will be on hand at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit from January 15-23).

The package includes both exterior, suspension and driveline upgrades and comprises of the following hardware

Exterior

  • Front Ram Runner bumper, Part# P5155663, $1,250
  • Tubular tire carrier, Part# P5155664, $1,010
  • Front Ram Runner fenders, Part# P5155665, $1,020
  • Rear Ram Runner fenders, Part# P5155666, $1,350
  • Sport performance hood, Part# 82211065AD, $978

Suspension

  • Stage 1 Pre-Runner Suspension Kit, Part# P5155258, $3,129
  • Stage 2 Ram Runner Suspension Kit, Part# P5155662, $13,270

Driveline

  • Cold-air intake system, Part# 77070023, $466
  • Cat-back exhaust system, Part# P5155280, $1,135

With the buyer opting for every single feature, the complete Ram Runner package will set you back $20,659, plus the donor vehicle, taxes and labor fees if a shop will be handling the work. However, unlike the Raptor which is a factory built vehicle, the Ram Runner will remain strictly a Mopar option package on a standard Ram pickup, at least for the foreseeable future.