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Old 12-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #31 (permalink)
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screw the challenger RT...more on the Viper SRT10 v2.0
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Come on Hemi. As much info on the SRT6. Hopefully they change their minds and make it AWD.
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HEMISPHERICAL BLOG | BRAMPTON - - It's on! According to our valuable source within the walls of the Chrysler Group, the Brampton Plant will shutdown in latter part of March 2007 for two-weeks in preparation to revamp and test the flexibility of the plant assembly line to introduce the 2008 Dodge Challenger R/T model.

Starting in the first week of April 2007, the Brampton plant robotics and workers will start assembling 50,000 Challenger units.

We did noticed also within the Airfleet webpage, who monitors the different auto manufactures, a place holders was palced underneath the 300-Charger-Magnum without any name. As a last minute thought? Perhaps but according to our corporate source, the placeholder is the LY version of the Challenger and was withdrawn to give Chrysler the edge over General Motors in bringing the car to the market earlier than predicated [Calander year 2008].

As told earlier within Allpar and our valuable source PVOMan, the Challenger will be offered as a two optioned power train for the R/T model within the first year of production. The first option will be the standard Hemi 5.7 Liter engine packed with a Mercedes Benz 5-speed Auto stick transmission. The second option will be offered as a Hemi 6.1 Liter engine with a 6-speed Tremac manual transmission that was borrowed from the Dodge Viper.

Expect a serious dealership markup or just get in line for a model. As told already, the larger dealership on both coastlines will get first dub on the Challenger before others.

any new rumors regarding MSRP for the 6.1 challenger the year the new hemi is going to be released and bumping it down one? and the 31k thats being thrown around, is that for the 5.7 or the 6.1?
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Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen and Jeep® launch BLUETEC Diesel Initiative



Los Angeles, November 29, 2006

On the eve of the Los Angeles Motor Show DaimlerChrysler, AUDI and Volkswagen announced that they intend to establish the BLUETEC brand name as the designation for particularly clean, highly fuel-efficient passenger cars and SUVs with diesel engines. Under the shared concept of BLUETEC, each of the manufacturers involved will be working on their own technical systems for meeting the world’s most stringent emission regulations.

The latest J.D. Power study, “Global Outlook For Diesel”, predicts that the share of diesels among first-time registrations in North America will rise to over 15 percent by 2015. It is in the light of this development that Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volkswagen will be systematically expanding their ranges of diesel vehicles.

All three companies are convinced that up-to-date diesel propulsion systems play a major part in efficient and clean mobility. With their high torque, agility, economy and robustness they display all the qualities which American customers, especially, appreciate.

With their outstandingly efficient fuel consumption, which lies some 20 to 40 percent lower than that of comparable petrol engines, these particularly clean diesel engines now have the potential to comply with the toughest emission limits in the world. They combine ecology and economy with driving pleasure for the customer.

What is BLUETEC?
The name BLUETEC covers diesel engines with exhaust emission treatment systems which meet even the strictest emission regulations on the US market. The systems employed by BLUETEC serve in particular to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) the only constituent part of the exhaust gases which, due to the design of the diesel, inherently lies above the value for petrol engines. In this way it will in future also be possible to meet the strict limits imposed by the State of California.

Depending on the vehicle class concerned, various NOx treatment systems can be used. In one version, for instance, an oxidising catalytic converter and a particulate filter are combined with a further improved, particularly long-life NOx storage converter. Another way of cutting NOx emissions is even more effective. In this case for example AdBlue, a water-based additive, is injected into the exhaust gas. This causes ammonia to be released, which in turn reduces the nitrogen oxides almost completely to harmless nitrogen and water in a downstream SCR catalytic converter.
BLUETEC is a brand of DaimlerChrysler which is already being used by the corporation’s Mercedes-Benz cars and commercial vehicles.

In future the name BLUETEC will also stand for clean diesel engines from Audi, Volkswagen and Jeep® in the United States.

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Quote: Originally Posted by NeonDan
screw the challenger RT...more on the Viper SRT10 v2.0

The 8.X Viper will only become a reality if things turn around with the 8.4 Viper. If supply meets demand then they will turn to the next gen.

However because the 8.4 is on a predicted 18 month production run as of right now it leaves the all new Viper on the back burner for a little while.

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Quote: Originally Posted by AllForSRT
[ ...I intend on maintaining this thread for Steve...

Under 2008 model year, "engines" you can add:

4.7L DOHC 3-valve (Grand Cherokee, Commander, Ram and Dakota confirmed so far). This new engine will be offered in both standard fuel and flex fuel versions.
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Any possibilities that a Dodge car will get a diesel option any time soon?
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Ford stumbles to 4th place in sales
DCX leapfrogs Dearborn automaker; GM still No. 1




Christine Tierney / The Detroit News


Ford Motor Co. tumbled to fourth place in the U.S. auto market last month, trailing Toyota Motor Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG for the first time, after sales of its F-Series trucks fell sharply.

General Motors Corp. extended its lead as No. 1 after increasing sales 6 percent in a tough auto market characterized by flagging consumer demand.

Despite rising interest rates, falling home prices and volatile gas prices, "we've been able to execute the turnaround plan," said Paul Ballew, GM's executive director for industry analysis.

GM benefited from solid demand for its new, large sport utility vehicles, particularly high-trim and luxury versions. Sales of the Cadillac Escalade more than doubled in November. GM is now rolling out its new large pickups.

While GM's results reassured industry analysts, Ford's slide heightened concerns about the Dearborn automaker's future.

"Ford, no matter how you look at it, was an amazing disappointment," said George Magliano, a New York-based analyst with forecasting firm Global Insight.

Ford also announced fresh cuts in fourth-quarter vehicle production Friday and predicted a tough 2007.

Both GM and Ford announced production cutbacks for the first quarter of 2007, a 9 percent reduction at GM from prior year levels and 14 percent at Ford.

Ford's domestic brand sales fell 10.6 percent in November, partly due to a planned drop in Taurus sales to rental car companies as the automaker ended production of its one-time best-seller.

Ford's share of the market fell to 13.9 percent, two percentage points below year-earlier levels.

Its sales decline helped push the combined market share of Detroit's automakers to a historic low of 51.9 percent, according to Autodata Corp.'s measure of domestic brands, which excludes foreign-based subsidiaries.

While U.S. car and truck sales rose 2.9 percent from year-earlier levels, the seasonally-adjusted selling rate -- a better gauge -- slipped to a weak pace of 16.04 million vehicles from 16.06 million a year ago.

Toyota's sales jumped 15.9 percent, expanding its share of the U.S. market by nearly two points to 16.4 percent.

"We're pleased in that the results signal that we're satisfying today's buyers," said Toyota spokesman Xavier Dominicis.

Last month marked the second time Toyota overtook Ford in the U.S. market. Already ahead of Ford globally, Toyota first outsold Ford in the United States in July.

Auto analyst Magliano said Toyota keeps advancing "across the board, with small cars, midsize cars, light trucks."

Sales of DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group rose 2.9 percent, helped by demand for new vehicles including the Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro, a compact SUV.

Its German sister brand Mercedes-Benz reported a 20.7 percent sales surge, reflecting strong demand for the redesigned S-Class and E-Class sedans.

According to Autodata, DaimlerChrysler's total U.S. sales exceeded those of Ford and its European brands, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin. (Aston Martin is up for sale.)

Industry analyst George Pipas of Ford said 2007 would be difficult. Monthly sales increases "will be rare" next year, he predicted.

Ford revealed weaknesses across its range. Poor performers included the Ford Freestyle crossover, with sales down 40 percent, and the Mercury Montego sedan. Its sales fell 42 percent.

Ford is under mounting pressure as GM and Toyota roll out new pickups, taking aim at one of Ford's most lucrative products.

GM has already launched some of its new trucks, such as the Chevy Silverado, and Toyota's new full-size Tundra is scheduled to go on sale in February.

Sales of Ford's F-Series pickups fell 16 percent in November, a drop analysts attribute to the Chrysler Group's aggressive discounting of the Dodge Ram truck.

Dodge offered incentives averaging $5,741 per truck last month -- more than $1,000 above Ford's $4,467 F-Series discounts, according to Edmunds.com, a Web-based industry research firm.

Edmunds analyst Alex Rosten said Ford's truck sales suffered because it lagged Chrysler in bringing out incentives.

Pipas said Ford initially focused on clearing out inventories of 2006 F-Series trucks. "We didn't pull the trigger on 2007 model advertising or our year-end sales event until very late in the month," he said. "We probably paid the price for that."

Overall, however, Ford doled out higher incentives than its Detroit rivals, with discounts averaging $4,231 per vehicle in November, up $1,402 from year-earlier levels, according to Autodata.

Chrysler increased its incentives by $209 to $3,735 per vehicle, while GM -- formerly the big spender -- reined in discounts by $306 to an average of $3,011.

After losing $10.6 billion in 2005, GM is trying to improve its profitability by reducing discounts and scaling back sales to fleet customers. They tend to be less lucrative than retail sales, which are sales to car dealers.

GM's retail sales rose 11 percent in November, while fleet sales fell 7 percent, Ballew said. He attributed the 7.9 percent drop in GM car sales to a decline in sales to car rental companies.

"We've seen pricing and mix improve," he added. GM's average transaction price -- an important gauge of profitability -- had risen 6 percent from year-earlier levels, Ballew said. "We have stabilized our market share. We're getting some lift from our new products. It was a solid month for us."

You can reach Christine Tierney at (313) 222-1463 or ctierney@detnews.com
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no suyrprise about Ford...
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How the hell does Isuzu stay in business?
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How the hell does Isuzu stay in business?

how GM stays in business.....badge engineering and platform sharing

all the vehicles isuzu sells are rebadged chevy products with a better warranty. understand?
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thank God for this threads return....
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Quote: Originally Posted by NeonDan
screw the challenger RT...more on the Viper SRT10 v2.0

The 8.X Viper will only become a reality if things turn around with the 8.4 Viper. If supply meets demand then they will turn to the next gen.

However because the 8.4 is on a predicted 18 month production run as of right now it leaves the all new Viper on the back burner for a little while.

y would they get rid of the viper for low sales?? it's a LOW production car to begin with!


P.S.- THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK THE THREAD!!!!
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Quote: Originally Posted by StndIbnz
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Quote: Originally Posted by NeonDan
screw the challenger RT...more on the Viper SRT10 v2.0

The 8.X Viper will only become a reality if things turn around with the 8.4 Viper. If supply meets demand then they will turn to the next gen.

However because the 8.4 is on a predicted 18 month production run as of right now it leaves the all new Viper on the back burner for a little while.

y would they get rid of the viper for low sales?? it's a LOW production car to begin with!


P.S.- THANK YOU FOR BRINGING BACK THE THREAD!!!!

It is a low production car, and doesnt turn a profit for DCX. However with the insane amount of left over 06 SRT10's sitting on dealer lots Chrysler is weighing their option on if its worth it to build a halo car no one is going to buy.

It is there 100 percent for image, but if the public is no longer buying into the image it will be discontinued. With the Z06 out and an onslaught of almost every other major manufacture pushing into the 75-100k dollar sports car market its going to be tough in the years ahead.

which is why all the attention has to be focused on the 2008 Viper. If this thing flops its a sure fire sign the Viper has more than a foot in the grave. However if the 08 can sling shot past the Z06 and devolp a serious stir again, then the future will be bright for the Viper.

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with the z06 at the pricerange that it is, and out-doing the higher-priced viper.. there's no suprise that the viper isnt selling as well.. problem is every time we make it better/add a new generation with more hp, chevy out-does us 3-5 years later with the z06/corvette
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