Chrysler fends off a Charger coup

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  1. TriShield

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    Dodge dealers hoping Hemis aplenty for new Charger; sedan generating 'hate mail'

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    The 2006 Dodge Charger will have Hemi power as an option.

    MARY CONNELLY | Automotive News
    Posted Date: 12/1/04

    Dodge dealers want to launch the 2006 Dodge Charger with a heavy mix of Hemi engines.

    Dealers had too few Hemis to meet demand during the 2005 Dodge Magnum launch, says Jon Myers, vice chairman of the Dodge National Dealer Council and owner of Naples Dodge in Naples, Fla.

    At launch, about 35 percent of Magnum wagons were equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi, says Kevin McCormick, Chrysler group spokesman. Today's running rate is about 45 percent, he says.

    Dodge begins building the sporty Charger sedan in January. McCormick would not comment on launch plans, but he says the Hemi installation rate will mirror that of other Hemi-equipped vehicles.

    The combined Hemi mix on the Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Ram pickup averages about 50 percent, McCormick says. The company's Saltillo, Mexico, engine plant can meet anticipated Hemi demand, he says.

    Chrysler will not provide details, but the Charger is expected to be available with at least one of the six-cylinder engines that power its platform mates, the 300 and Magnum. Those vehicles are offered with 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V6 engines. However, given the Charger's performance reputation, the smaller 2.7-liter V6 is unlikely.

    The Chrysler group's revival of the Charger name for the new sedan is also generating "hate mail," says a senior executive. Correspondence is voluminous opposing the name on a four-door, says Trevor Creed, Chrysler senior vice president of design.

    The naysayers, writing primarily via e-mail, champion various Charger coupes that ran from 1966 through 1978 and from 1982 through 1987, Creed says. "They all think their Charger is the real thing."


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    concept >>>> that
     
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    yea that concept from a while ago looked much better.
     
  4. theoriginal_og

    theoriginal_og 6-9 mobsta, still servin' imposters

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    it will flop, looks too much like the 300.
     
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    gimmie charger now
     
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    I've liked Dodge lately, but that's fugly.
     
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    dank fuck yeah

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    hemi = weaksauce
     
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    I dont like that car.
     
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    Why do car companies like to cannibalize their own sales by releasing similar cars under different names???

    There is already the Magnum and 300 which is quite affordable in the lower models.

    You think people would learn from GM's mistakes of offereing the same car 19 different ways and then having to kill off entire brands/dealership chains when they fail.
     
  10. dmora

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    God the retro names need to die a horrible death.

    Ford is the only company who has pulled it off successfully with the "GT"40.
     
  11. Tony Stark

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    too competitive with a 300C
     
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    good idea, I'm gonna send em some hate mail.

    I think a 300c without the ugly front end is a good idea.
    I think calling it a charger is a retarded idea.
     
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    4 doors = lose
     
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    BLoG Scented Meat

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    I wonder how much cheaper than the 300c it will be when hemi-equipped. It would be neat if it was as cheap as a crown vic :o
     
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    Pretty much everything is worse than the c6 and 05 mustang :mamoru:
     
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    it looks just like the magnum
     
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    I agree... you would think with all the flack Pontiac has received over using the GTO in a non-pony car, they would have been better off going with Magnum Coupe or something like that.
     
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    no they don't
     
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    pics of concept?
     
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    Insanely hot. It's really a shame, it could have been one of the sexiest sedans on the market.
     
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    reminds me of a trans am or something from back in the day
     
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    Chrysler was backed into a corner by NASCAR


    • Chrysler no longer has a car suitable for NASCAR
    • Chrysler has long held plans to produce a coupe, performance version of their sedan and call it "Charger"
    • This "Charger" will be their NASCAR vehicle
    • Due to "common templates" recently adopted by NASCAR, the original sexy concept Chargers simply will not be approved by NASCAR
    • For the time being, NASCAR has too much power and influence so Chrysler relents and merely adapts a 300c with a Magnum nose and alters the tail a bit so the production car will at least "appear similar" to the bastardized thing that will be the NASCAR racecar.
    • Chrysler isn't happy about it, but they cannot comment. The are stuck by their blind allegance and cooperation with the monster that is NASCAR.
    • Watch for this cooperation with NASCAR to end soon.
     
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    It will probably be $3,000 or so less than the 300C just like the Magnum RT.
     
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    Yes it is, I saw the concept in person once and if I remember correctly it was a suicide rear door...but still a badass car nonetheless
     
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