New Chrysler 300C Motown Edition spot features music mogul Berry Gordy Jr.

December 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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Chrysler 300 Motown Edition - commercial screencap

We’re not sure if you heard, but Chrysler likes to celebrate the fact that it’s from Detroit. You know, with the whole “Imported from Detroit” campaign featuring Eminem? It seems brand synergy may have reached its peak in the form of the Chrysler 300 Motown. According to Chrysler, this special edition sedan sedan “pays tribute to the Motor City’s resurgence and determination through Detroit-born style and world class ingenuity.” In real terms, that means extra chrome bits here and there, including a chrome grill and 20-inch polished “heritage” style aluminum wheels, all accented with black Chrysler and “Motown” badges.

Inside, the 300 Motown gets unique Pearl White Nappa leather seating, while the rest of the interior fittings are black. In a nice nod, the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system’s SD card reader has been pre-loaded with 100 tracks from original Motown artists. That collection of music pumps though the 10-speaker Beats Audio system, complete with 12-channel amplifier. The 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown is set to arrive this spring, with an MSRP of $32,995, which does not include a $995 destination charge.

This special edition is no random celebration of Detroit’s music, as “Motown: The Musical” is arriving to the Lunt Fontanne Theater in New York City today. To that end, Chrysler has a new television spot, featuring Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records. Check out the video and learn more about the new 300 Motown by scrolling below.

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New Chrysler 300C Motown Edition spot features music mogul Berry Gordy Jr.

December 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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Chrysler 300 Motown Edition - commercial screencap

We’re not sure if you heard, but Chrysler likes to celebrate the fact that it’s from Detroit. You know, with the whole “Imported from Detroit” campaign featuring Eminem? It seems brand synergy may have reached its peak in the form of the Chrysler 300 Motown. According to Chrysler, this special edition sedan sedan “pays tribute to the Motor City’s resurgence and determination through Detroit-born style and world class ingenuity.” In real terms, that means extra chrome bits here and there, including a chrome grill and 20-inch polished “heritage” style aluminum wheels, all accented with black Chrysler and “Motown” badges.

Inside, the 300 Motown gets unique Pearl White Nappa leather seating, while the rest of the interior fittings are black. In a nice nod, the Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system’s SD card reader has been pre-loaded with 100 tracks from original Motown artists. That collection of music pumps though the 10-speaker Beats Audio system, complete with 12-channel amplifier. The 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown is set to arrive this spring, with an MSRP of $32,995, which does not include a $995 destination charge.

This special edition is no random celebration of Detroit’s music, as “Motown: The Musical” is arriving to the Lunt Fontanne Theater in New York City today. To that end, Chrysler has a new television spot, featuring Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records. Check out the video and learn more about the new 300 Motown by scrolling below.

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Chrysler to challenge locals with less-costly 300 SRT8 in Australia

December 21, 2012 at 8:51 am

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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 - front three-quarter view

Chrysler Australia is preparing to launch a new, slightly de-contented version of its 300 SRT8 performance sedan for the Australian market. The planned SRT8 model comes in response to feedback from Aussie buyers, many of whom have expressed interest in a car with the 300 SRT8′s performance, but without all of the high-end features and the big sticker price.

The Chrysler 300 STR8 currently sells for around $66,000 Australian; the intended price for the new, stripped down version of the car is reported to be under $60k Australian. That would make the car an even stronger competitor for rear-drive, V8 powerhouses like the HSV Clubsport, which was recently reintroduced at $64,990 AU.

Russ Ruedisueli of Chrysler Australia tells the Brisbane Times that the lower-spec 300 will do away with things like adjustable suspension, adaptive cruise control and forged alloy wheels, while still offering the massively strong 6.4-liter Hemi V8. In fact, this “core” model SRT8 figures to be a bit quicker than the loaded version, thanks to a lighter curb weight.

SRT’s Ralph Gilles has indicated that the core 300 SRT8 is being produced now, indicating that the models should be ready for Australian consumption by the middle part of 2013.

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SRT belatedly claims Plymouth Prowler as one of its own

December 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

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Plymouth Prowler - front three-quarter view

Before Chrysler had Street and Racing Technology, it had Performance Vehicle Operations. What the two entities have in common, before SRT became its own brand, of course, is that each was created to take Chrysler and Dodge (and Plymouth, before it was unceremoniously killed off) vehicles to the next level of style and performance.

We’ll leave the question of whether or not the old Plymouth (and later Chrysler) Prowler was ultimately a stylish, performance-oriented car to you, but the boys and girls currently leading the SRT charge at the Pentastar headquarters are keen to accept the retro-rod into the fold.

According to the automaker, all of SRT’s current high-performance models owe a debt of gratitude to the old Prowler, due mostly to that car’s use of lightweight bits and pieces and innovative construction techniques. If nothing else, the fact that the Prowler’s frame is “the largest machined automotive part in history” is pretty cool. Read all the details here.

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Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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Last week, we reported that production of the Chrysler-based Volkswagen Routan minivan had been halted since July, and its future seemed grim. It appears now that the Volkswagen minivan will live on, with production resuming in 2013. According to an Automotive News report, the Routan will be unchanged for the 2013 model year (surprise!) and continue to be produced at the Windsor, Ontario facility, where Chrysler assembles the Town and Country.

Questions over the future of the Routan have stemmed from its poor sales performance. Just 8,882 Routans were built through December 15 of this year – a drop of 38 percent over the same time period last year – and 9,923 Routans were sold in the US through the end of November, which is down 17 percent compared to that same stretch of time in 2011. The contract that VW has with Chrysler is set to end with the conclusion of the 2014 model year. Nether company has announced intentions to extend that contract.

As part of Volkswagen’s plan to sell 800,000 vehicles by 2018, the minivan seems less and less a part of that strategy. Far more effective, would be a large, three-row crossover, to compete with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, and we’ll be seeing such a vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show next mont. So while the Routan may live on in the immediate future, its long-term hopes are certainly in question.

Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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Last week, we reported that production of the Chrysler-based Volkswagen Routan minivan had been halted since July, and its future seemed grim. It appears now that the Volkswagen minivan will live on, with production resuming in 2013. According to an Automotive News report, the Routan will be unchanged for the 2013 model year (surprise!) and continue to be produced at the Windsor, Ontario facility, where Chrysler assembles the Town and Country.

Questions over the future of the Routan have stemmed from its poor sales performance. Just 8,882 Routans were built through December 15 of this year – a drop of 38 percent over the same time period last year – and 9,923 Routans were sold in the US through the end of November, which is down 17 percent compared to that same stretch of time in 2011. The contract that VW has with Chrysler is set to end with the conclusion of the 2014 model year. Nether company has announced intentions to extend that contract.

As part of Volkswagen’s plan to sell 800,000 vehicles by 2018, the minivan seems less and less a part of that strategy. Far more effective, would be a large, three-row crossover, to compete with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, and we’ll be seeing such a vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show next mont. So while the Routan may live on in the immediate future, its long-term hopes are certainly in question.

Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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Last week, we reported that production of the Chrysler-based Volkswagen Routan minivan had been halted since July, and its future seemed grim. It appears now that the Volkswagen minivan will live on, with production resuming in 2013. According to an Automotive News report, the Routan will be unchanged for the 2013 model year (surprise!) and continue to be produced at the Windsor, Ontario facility, where Chrysler assembles the Town and Country.

Questions over the future of the Routan have stemmed from its poor sales performance. Just 8,882 Routans were built through December 15 of this year – a drop of 38 percent over the same time period last year – and 9,923 Routans were sold in the US through the end of November, which is down 17 percent compared to that same stretch of time in 2011. The contract that VW has with Chrysler is set to end with the conclusion of the 2014 model year. Nether company has announced intentions to extend that contract.

As part of Volkswagen’s plan to sell 800,000 vehicles by 2018, the minivan seems less and less a part of that strategy. Far more effective, would be a large, three-row crossover, to compete with the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot, and we’ll be seeing such a vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show next mont. So while the Routan may live on in the immediate future, its long-term hopes are certainly in question.

Volkswagen to resume Routan minivan production in 2013 after all originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dodge recalls 2013 Durango over "incorrect seating capacity information labels"

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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A bad labeling job is at the root of Dodge recalling 734 units of the its 2013 Durango. The SUVs in question, built from April 27 to September 14 of this year, could have been affixed with labels that overstate the seating capacity. That contravenes federal regulations, and could lead to an accident due to owners putting too many people in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a the recall should begin in February, 2013. Dodge will “provide replacement labels” to owners who can apply them on their own or have their dealers apply the correct labels free of charge. There’s more information in the NHTSA bulletin below.

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Dodge recalls 2013 Durango over "incorrect seating capacity information labels"

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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A bad labeling job is at the root of Dodge recalling 734 units of the its 2013 Durango. The SUVs in question, built from April 27 to September 14 of this year, could have been affixed with labels that overstate the seating capacity. That contravenes federal regulations, and could lead to an accident due to owners putting too many people in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a the recall should begin in February, 2013. Dodge will “provide replacement labels” to owners who can apply them on their own or have their dealers apply the correct labels free of charge. There’s more information in the NHTSA bulletin below.

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Dodge recalls 2013 Durango over "incorrect seating capacity information labels"

December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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A bad labeling job is at the root of Dodge recalling 734 units of the its 2013 Durango. The SUVs in question, built from April 27 to September 14 of this year, could have been affixed with labels that overstate the seating capacity. That contravenes federal regulations, and could lead to an accident due to owners putting too many people in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a the recall should begin in February, 2013. Dodge will “provide replacement labels” to owners who can apply them on their own or have their dealers apply the correct labels free of charge. There’s more information in the NHTSA bulletin below.

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