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Charger, Grand Cherokee win Best Interior awards

by Bill Cawthon on

Two of Chrysler Group’s all-new vehicles, the 2011 Dodge Charger Rallye Plus and 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, have been named winners of Ward’s prestigious “10 Best Interiors” award.

“The progress Chrysler Group has made in all its new vehicle interiors is breathtaking,” said Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief – Ward’s AutoWorld. “The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Charger are especially striking because of their craftsmanship, high-quality surfaces and bold use of color.”

Working over a two-month period, Ward’s editors made their selections from a record 51 all-new or significantly upgraded vehicles. Chrysler was the only automaker with two winners.

“I’m happy that the team’s hard work is recognized, and to have the honor of winning two of Ward’s ‘10 Best Interiors’ illustrates how our cross-functional product teams are working together to deliver our customers the execution of the world’s best – at an attainable value,” said Klaus Busse, Chrysler’s Head of Interior Design. “And with their expressive cabins crafted in premium materials and world-class precision, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Charger highlight just the beginning of where we are taking our interior designs.”

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and Dodge Charger Rallye Plus will join the eight other “10 Best Interiors” award winners and will be recognized in a special ceremony at this year’s Ward’s Auto Interiors Conference. The annual conference will held May 17 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn, Mich., where Chrysler Group’s Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, and Senior Vice President – Product Design, will be the keynote speaker.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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