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Gilles: Charger has pricey shoes

by David Zatz on

Ralph Gilles

Ray Alexander’s interview of Ralph Gilles at the L.A. Auto Show yielded an interesting change in the Dodge Charger: its tires have been switched from Goodyears to Generals costing around twice as much.

In its 1990s turnaround, Chrysler also switched to more expensive tires, replacing, for example, the low-line Eagle GA tires on the Sundance Duster and Shadow ES with pricier Eagle RS-A tires on the Neon Sport. The more expensive tires can dramatically improve ride, wet and dry handling, stopping distances, and, in some cases, treadwear as well. As a result, the 2011 Charger has an immediate advantage over the 2010 models in testing and in owners’ experiences.

The interview also uncovered more specific information on which bushings were changed and why.

Details are in our extensive coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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