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FCA announces UAW deal while Dodge launches Charger GT AWD

by David Zatz on

NEW DODGE GT AWD

You can now buy the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD, which combines the company’s clever all wheel drive setup with appearance and features of the Charger GT. Last year, only the SXT was available with all wheel drive; the GT is attractive partly because it includes the Dodge Performance Pages on its 8.4-inch screen, along with paddle shifters and various appearance and convenience items.

Dodge Charger GT AWD

The setup is V6-only, but the V6 produces 300 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. Police departments can still get V8 Chargers with all wheel drive, but they have to use the five-speed automatic, while civilians get an eight-speed.

The Dodge Charger is current striving to hit #1 in large-car sales for the third year in a row; sales have been rising, with a wide range of model (V6 SXT, 5.7 Hemi GT, 6.4 Hemi Scat Pack and Scat Pack Widebody, and SRT Hellcat Widebody). The new GT AWD will be ready for ordering in January, with cars arriving in the first quarter.

The GT AWD starts at $34,995 plus a shipping fee of $1,495; fuel economy is estimated at 18 city, 27 highway. 90% of peak torque is on tap from 1,800 to 6,400 rpm. The front axle disconnects when all wheel drive isn’t needed. The GT includes Sport Mode, which engages AWD all the time, makes quicker gear changes, and holds gears longer when accelerating; it also includes Launch Control and performance data. The three-mode stability control includes a full-off mode.

NEW UAW CONTRACT

Over 70% of union members voted to ratify a new four-year contract with FCA. The company agreed to invest $9 billion in various projects and create or secure 7,900 jobs (see details from our earlier story).


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