Gone in a Flash: Mopar ’14 Dodge Challenger is Sold Out

From Chrysler:

If you blinked, you missed it. The limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger, the latest Chrysler Group LLC vehicle to come straight from the factory already upgraded with Mopar products, has sold out in just the first day after being made available to dealers.

The Mopar ’14 Challenger is the most recent limited-edition vehicle offered by the brand, continuing the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300 and Mopar ’13 Dart in demonstrating how owners can personalize their rides with Mopar products — even before driving away from the dealership. With only 100 built, the Mopar ’14 Challenger is the rarest limited-production Dodge Challenger offered to date.

“The very high demand for the Mopar ’14 Challenger spotlights the success of our limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicles, and also clearly demonstrates the passion our customers have for personalizing their rides,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “Whether during or after the ordering process, Mopar is there to help put a personal touch on customers’ rides.”

“The Mopar ’14 Challenger shows that when combining a legendary car like the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker and making it even more exclusive, we create collectible performance machines unlike anything else on the road,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand. “From the Mopar ’14 Challenger to the new Scat Pack performance stage kits available on Challenger, Charger and Dart, you can continue to expect great things when Dodge and Mopar team up.”

Many unique features contributed to the Mopar ’14 Challenger’s quick sellout, including two exterior color options and three Mopar Blue stripe options. A 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine also rumbles beneath the Satin Black Shaker hood scoop, while exterior design elements include 20 x 8-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with Mopar center caps, a unique Black Vapor grille surround, a black fuel-filler door, a Satin Black deck-lid spoiler with Gloss Black “Mopar Design” badge and “Mopar” quarter-glass decals.

The interior is upgraded with premium leather seats featuring Mopar Blue accent thread and Mopar Omega M logos embroidered on the seat backs. Other unique touches for the limited-edition ride include a serialized instrument panel plaque, “Mopar” branded key fobs, a custom-crafted personalized owner’s kit with a Mopar ’14 brochure and much, much more.

Customers ordering the Mopar ’14 showed they still wanted the rarest limited production Dodge Challenger offered to date with additional customization.  Of the 100 orders placed on the first day, 52 customers chose the Pitch Black exterior paint version, while 48 opted for the newly offered Bright White option. The traditional Shaker stripe proved to be the most popular graphic chosen for their ride, followed by the bodyside decal and then the rocker stripe. Top Custom Shop options chosen were hood pins, Mopar Performance badges, quad exhaust tips and the Challenger monogrammed car cover. The top-ordered Mopar Performance part was the Cat-back exhaust to complement the Shaker intake. Although all 100 Mopar ’14 Challenger vehicles have been spoken for, enthusiasts can still build their own similarly personalized and unique, one-of-one Dodge Challenger.

Customers taking delivery of a new Dodge Challenger can have their ride personalized in a similar way to the sold out version right at their local dealership. Existing owners who have their own Challenger pride and joy at home also can have their vehicle updated with Mopar parts and accessories to make it similar to the sold out version.
Many of the up-fitted items for the Dodge Challenger are offered through Mopar’s vast catalog of parts and accessories available at Mopar.com or an authorized dealership. Among the products found on the Mopar ’14 that are available for customization are:

• Mopar short-throw shifter
• Mopar cat-back exhaust
• Mopar performance suspension
• Mopar lowering springs
• Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS)
• Mopar performance badges
• Mopar hood pin kit
• Mopar car cover
• Mopar door-sill guards
• Mopar sequential taillight kit
• Mopar premium floor mats or slush mats
• Mopar chrome exhaust tip
• Mopar fuel-filler door
• Mopar wheel locks
• Mopar interior trim bezel kit
• Mopar Shaker hood

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Chrysler recalls 25,000 units over brake issues

From Chrylser:

Chrysler Group is recalling approximately 25,250 SUVs to improve pedal feel during certain aggressive braking maneuvers.

A supplier raised with the Company a concern about the performance of a component that accommodates Ready Alert Braking, a Chrysler Group safety system that primes brakes for optimal response when making a sudden stop. Brake function was neither lost nor out of compliance with regulation, but pedal feel was not consistent with customer expectations.

Chrysler Group is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.

An investigation discovered brake-fluid flow was being restricted too much. A software update optimizes flow and restores appropriate pedal feel.

Affected are certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs from model years 2012 and 2013 – approximately 18,700 in the U.S., 825 in Canada, 530 in Mexico and 5,200 outside the NAFTA region.

Chrysler Group will notify affected customers when to schedule service. Repair costs will be borne by the Company.

Customers who remain concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

You would think this 1963 Chrysler Turbine was a jet!

When Chrysler started working on its Turbine Car more than 50 years ago, only 55 of them were built – five prototypes and 50 “production” cars; however, the idea really didn’t go anywhere.

You may find one in a museum, but it’s more rare to see one on the street.

The one seen here ran at almost 45,000 RPMs, and according to the YouTube description, it could run on just about any type of fuel.

Check it out, and tell us what you think! Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

Also, make sure you check out this week’s PowerNation TV schedule so you don’t miss out on any of the shows! Click here: www.powernationtv.com/schedule

Chrysler issues recall affecting 1.2 million trucks

Chrysler issues recall affecting 1.2 million trucks

From Chrysler:

Chrysler Group LLC will conduct three recalls affecting approximately 1.2 million trucks, though as many as 726,000 may not need repair.

The campaigns target an estimated 453,000 vehicles with steering-system tie rods that may have been misaligned during assembly or steering-system service.

Chrysler Group is casting the net wider than necessary to identify those vehicles that require repair. Any found to have suspect tie-rod assemblies will have those components replaced at no cost to customers.

One recall will inspect an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks to find approximately 116,000 repaired with tie-rod assemblies that could become misaligned. This condition could lead to component fracture and steering loss.

Two additional campaigns are being conducted to capture those vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They comprise 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs.

Chrysler Group is aware of six accidents and two injuries involving model-year 2008-2012 2500 and 3500 trucks and one additional accident with no injuries involving the remaining models.

Affected customers will be notified by mail next month with instructions for making service appointments.

Work could begin as early as January. Customers who own affected 4500 and 5500 models may bring their vehicles to Chrysler Group dealers for interim service because replacement parts may not be available until late 2014.

Interim service would involve component inspections and, if necessary, realignment.

Approximately 968,000 vehicles of the total number affected are in the U.S.; 157,000 are in Canada; 37,100 in Mexico and 18,000 are outside the NAFTA region.

Customers who are concerned may call 1-800-853-1403.

Chrysler Group LLC Releases Sketches of Mopar-modified Vehicles Headed for SEMA

Today Chrysler Group LLC released sketches of select Mopar-modified vehicles that are headed for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The show takes place Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We developed these Mopar-modified vehicles to inspire ultimate customization,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With catalogs full of proven, quality-tested performance parts and accessories, Mopar is a one-stop shop for factory-engineered personalization.”

The company will display 20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the show in a 15,300 square-foot exhibit. In addition to custom vehicles, the company will highlight Jeep Performance Parts developed by its newly created Mopar Off-Road Division.

Mopar Brand

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. With the creation of the industrial alliance between Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A., Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 markets. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as Fiat brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
-Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
-Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
-Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
-Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
-Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
-wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
-wiTech: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
-2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car

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How the next-gen GTO almost came to be

How the next-gen GTO almost came to be

Street Legal TV reports that a column from Bob Lutz on Road and Track’s website says that the next-gen Pontiac GTO almost came to be.

Bob was asked, “If you could do the GTO program all over again, what would you change?”

Bob said that Pontiac actually had a full-size model of what would have been the next GTO that was a two-door, four-passenger coupe that used the same architecture as the G8 sedan.

You can thank the recession for the axe on that project.

Chrysler Group LLC Brings Classic Cool and Modern Buzz to 19th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Chrysler Group LLC Brings Classic Cool and Modern Buzz to 19th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise

Chrysler Group LLC will bring more than 70 vehicles to this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise where each brand-Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, FIAT, SRT and Mopar-will wheel in some of their latest production and buzz models, along with a collection of iconic, classic cars from America’s past.

In addition to vehicles on display, each of the Chrysler Group brands will offer a variety of events to this year’s Dream Cruise. All of the Chrysler Group brands’ vehicles and activities will be located on the corner of Woodward Ave. and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak, Mich. Hours are 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Be sure to catch a Ram Truck unveiling at noon on Saturday, Aug. 17, where Bob Hegbloom, Director of Ram Truck Brand and Joe Dehner, Head of Ram Truck Design, will unveil an all-new concept vehicle.

The Chrysler brand will host Ryan Friedlinghaus, owner and host of the world-famous, “West Coast Customs.” Friedlinghaus will showcase two personally customized Chrysler brand vehicles. Also joining the Chrysler brand will be customizer and influencer, John Fortuno and his Chrysler 300 “Fatchance 2.0.” All content will be captured on Chrysler brand’s social media platforms, including Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Chrysler), Twitter (@ChryslerAutos), Instagram (@ChryslerAutos) and the Chrysler Blog “Forward Look” (http://blog.chrysler.com/).

On Friday, Aug. 16 through Sept. 20, Chrysler brand fans can enter “Design to Drive,” a contest through Chrysler brand’s Facebook page where fans choose a Chrysler brand vehicle of their choice to personalize using an inspiration board. The winner of the contest will have their dream Chrysler brand vehicle built specially for them.

Jeep fans can visit the brand display to check out the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models.

Stop by the Mopar exhibit to see some the brand’s hottest customized vehicles, including the new Mopar ’13 Dart, SRT Viper and image vehicles, like the Dodge Charger Juiced unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Jeep Wrangler Recon debuted at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. To celebrate its proud heritage, Mopar will highlight its two Top Eliminator winners – a 1964 Plymouth Savoy and a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.

Dream cruisers have the opportunity to play the Mopar brand’s new “Drag N Brag” video game, take the “Pit Crew Challenge” and enter for a chance to win $45,000 toward the purchase of any Chrysler Group vehicle, coupons for three oil changes and two tire rotations worth $75.

Watch as Mopar and Dodge join together to host Speed TV’s Steve Magnante on Saturday, Aug. 17 as he installs Mopar performance components on a customized Dodge Dart GT (11 a.m.) and Dodge Challenger R/T (2 p.m.).

Four days of exclusive video coverage will be hosted on the Dodge brand blog, www.RedlineDodge.com, beginning Thursday, Aug. 15, bringing the Woodward Dream Cruise to Dodge fans around the globe. Fans can also follow the action on Dodge’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Dodge), Twitter (@Dodge) and Instagram (@DodgeOfficial) pages.

In addition, the Dodge brand will host a “Tweet to Win” promotion each day of the Dream Cruise where followers will be asked simple questions about the brand using the hashtag #DartRoadTrip. Dodge will randomly select 30 winners at the end of the promotion.

Check out some of Chrysler Group’s latest and all-new products, including:

– 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
– 2014 Dodge Durango R/T
– 2014 Fiat 500L Lounge
– 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition
– 2013 Viper SRT
– Mopar ’13 Dart
– Ram Power Ram

Relive automotive history with a variety of classic vehicles on display, including:

– 1995 Chrysler 300
– 1993 Viper Coupe
– 1969 Dodge Daytona

Events:

– Aug. 15-17: Speed TV and Barrett Jackson Host, Steve Magnante cruises Woodward in 2013 Dodge Dart GT interviewing Dodge vehicle owners
– Aug. 15: Viper Club Car Show (6-9 p.m.)
– Aug. 17: Ram Truck concept vehicle reveal (10 a.m.)
– Aug. 17: Speed TV’s Steve Magnante demonstrates how the average customer can install Mopar performance components on a customized Dodge Dart GT (11 a.m.)
– Aug. 17: Speed TV’s Steve Magnante demonstrates how the average customer can install Mopar performance components on a customized Dodge Challenger R/T (2 p.m.)