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Jeep starts building Jeep J8s in Egypt

Chrysler LLC and the Arab American Vehicles Company today announced the launch of the Jeep J8 military, commercial, and agency utility vehicle.

Unveiled at the 2007 Defence Systems and Equipment International military trade show in London, the Jeep J8 is available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed, or as a four-door. It will be produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right- or left-hand drive.

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Hall-of-Famer Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s Vice President—Design and lead exterior designer for the 300C, will be inducted into the Macomb Hall of Fame tonight for his design contributions to the Dodge Ram, which is built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Macomb County.

The Macomb Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward building Macomb County’s communities through charitable acts, good works,

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Sterling to cease operations; Bullet dropped

Sterling to cease operations; Bullet dropped

Sterling, which was purchased by Daimler-Benz eleven years ago, is ceasing production of its L-line, A-line, and Acterra trucks as of March 27, 2009. New orders for these vehicles will be accepted through mid-January, 2009. However, orders for the Sterling Bullet, Sterling’s version of the Dodge Ram 4500 / 5500 chassis cab – built in Mexico by Chrysler – are no longer accepted. 

Sterling had negative earnings in eight out of the eleven years it was owned by Daimler.

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Trio of Wranglers tackle transcontinental trek

Trio of Wranglers tackle transcontinental trek

German adventurer Matthias Jeschke is leading a team of intrepid explorers in three specially-equipped Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons on a drive from Paris to New York. Since the North Atlantic is a bit deeper than even the Wrangler can ford, they are going the long way: east, spanning the Eurasian continent, making a midwinter crossing of the Bering Strait and traversing the North American continent from Alaska to the Big Apple.

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All Belvidere employees offered buyouts; plant to stay open

All Belvidere employees offered buyouts; plant to stay open

Detroit News just broke the story: Chrysler is offering buyouts to all 2,600 employees at the Belvidere assembly plant in Illinois, along Route 80. Chrysler’s Ed Saenz said all 2,400 union and 200 administrative employees would be offered voluntary separation packages. The plant, which makes the closely related Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Compass and had previously built the Neon, employed over 3,700 people as the year dawned,

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Dodge Challenger crash test: five stars, video

Carscoop noted that the NHTSA has crash-tested the Dodge Challenger, with five-star ratings for both driver and passenger, front and side impact; five stars for the rear passenger in a side impact; and four stars in rollover rating. Their Challenger had side curtain airbags and weighed 3,728 pounds. The dynamic test result, not surprisingly, was “no tip.” More data, video, and photos are at http://www.safercar.gov/portal/site/safercar/menuitem.db847bd57e3dc1f885dfc38c35a67789/?vgnextoid=c95df2905bf54110VgnVCM1000002fd17898RCRD

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Chrysler celebrates 25 years of minivans

Employees, union officials, and city representatives joined reporters this morning at the Windsor Assembly Plant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chrysler minivans. Manufacturing chief Frank Ewasyshyn unveiled 25th anniversary editions of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, to be made available later in the model year.

Over 12 million Chrysler minivans have been sold worldwide, and, if Chrysler and Dodge models are combined,

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Chrysler reports 35% decline in sales, in line with industry

Chrysler announced that its October 2008 sales in the United States were 94,530 units, a 35% drop from October 2007. By comparison, GM sales dropped 45%, Toyota 23%, and Ford 32%.

Jim Press, Chrysler LLC Vice Chairman and President, commented that, “…despite this marketplace downturn, our critically important Dodge Ram launch is on schedule and our overall pickup truck share is on target. We look forward to rolling out the rest of our 2009 model year vehicles with improved quality and fuel economy and fighting for those customers who are in the market.”

The Dodge Ram remained the top seller,

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