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Police like Charger AWD

by Bill Cawthon on


Chrysler Group has been hosting special events for law enforcement agencies at public and private tracks across the U.S. For its sixth stop, the road show went to Florida and the Daytona International Speedway where Chrysler’s government and fleet operations team hosted 50 law enforcement agencies with a show starring the 2014 Charger Pursuit AWD, the car that recorded the fastest-ever lap time for an AWD car in the history of the influential Michigan State Police tests.

“To understand how capable the new Dodge Charger Pursuit AWD is at the limit, we’re touring around the country and providing law enforcement agencies a first-hand experience at some of America’s best raceways,” said Brad Davis, Head of Government Sales & Operations. “Not only does this provide a testing opportunity, but these events continue to build our relationships with some of our largest municipalities who currently have Dodge Charger Pursuits in their fleets.”

Based on driver feedback following test track drives, the Charger Pursuit AWD’s braking, handling, and acceleration generate a real “wow factor,” Davis said.

Law enforcement agencies began ordering the Charger Pursuit AWD earlier this year and the first cars were delivered in April. Since the AWD became available, about 20% of new Charger Pursuit orders have specified the all-wheel-drive version.

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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