2013 Challenger R/T Redline revealed

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline

The 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline will debut at the Chicago Auto Show this month. It expands on the 2012 V6 Challenger Rallye Redline. The special-edition Challenger has a one-of-a-kind appearance, 375-horsepower Hemi V8, and performance-tuned suspension.

Redline Red and Graphite stripes run from behind the front wheel arches to the rear end, with “Redline” in red on the rear-quarter portion of the stripe. The four available body colors include Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Bright White, and Pitch Black. Black chrome 20-inch wheels with a Redline Red lip are standard.

Challenger Redline boasts the 375-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 paired with a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is also available with the 372-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8; this version has economy mode and paddle shifters with “sport mode.”

An available Super Track Pak adds Goodyear Eagle F1 P245/45R20 three-season performance tires, lowered ride height, and high-performance brake linings.

Challenger Redline includes all the standard features of the 2013 Challenger R/T, including Uconnect, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, R/T grille and Hemi hood badges, and rear body-color deck-lid spoiler.

The Redline Group is already available for ordering and arrives at dealerships in April. Challenger R/Ts equipped with the package have an MSRP of $31,990; R/T Plus models are $33,990 (both excluding $995 destination charge).

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What do you think of the “Chief” blue?

Jeep is set to launch a new color, “Chief,” according to James Mooney — who backed up his assertion with an image from the Jeep brochure available on-line.

The color hasn’t hit the Build & Price system yet. It seems to hearken back to the popular bright blues of the 1990s, but without the metallic glitter; similar colors were also available in the 1970s, and we have seen a 1920s Chrysler in a slightly more aquamarine,

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Mopar pushes for authentic parts


Mopar has started a campaign to inform owners of their right to request authentic Mopar collision parts.  The “Right to Request” ad is on Mopar’s YouTube page and at www.mopar.com/collision.

Dealers and body shops are being sent guidebooks that show the superior fit, finish, performance, safety, and warranty coverage of OEM Mopar products.

Ross McGinnis, Vice President of Parts Sales and Field Operations,

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FCA inventory under control


FCA has gotten inventory levels under control in the US, according to Automotive News.  The company has 73 days of stock, versus GM’s 79 days and Ford’s 80 days. It’s above any major import’s inventory, but the wide range of pickups tends to swell American lots.

As the car market drops, dealers have 19,900 Chrysler 200s and 16,500 Darts on their lots;

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Rendering the Grand Cherokee

DarkSky envisioned a somewhat Range Rover-influenced 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, keeping roughly the same body shape but altering the front. This design makes the front end both more conventional and more aggressive, while separating it from the Cherokee and Compass alike.

This goes along, somewhat, with the photos recently seen on a Jeep display, assumed by many to be a Wagoneer. Once the size is corrected for,

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Where are Wranglers sold?

2015 Jeep Wrangler Altitude

The Jeep Wrangler is an American staple, but it’s sold around the world. Recently, as part of a recall, FCA revealed the sales distribution of the 2016-17 Wrangler.

The great bulk of vehicles — 182,743 — were sold or distributed to the United States. Around 10% of those, 18,011, were in Canada. Accounting for around 20% of the Canadian number were 3,087 in Mexico. Finally, 20,948 were sold outside North America — a bit over 10%.

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