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Chrysler Sales Up Five Percent In March 2013

2013 Jeep Compass
From automobilemag.com:
Following in the footsteps of February’s four-percent sales increase, Chrysler announced today that its U.S. volumes in March 2013 increased five percent year-over-year, totaling 171,606 units. Chrysler’s happy to boast about March being its 36th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains, but more importantly, its first-quarter sales in 2013 are up eight percent compared to the same period in 2012.

What model lines saw the biggest swings in March?

Dodge Challenger:
People are apparently still clamoring for Mopar muscle, as Challenger sales increased a whopping 42 percent year-to-year, totaling 6132 units. This is the fourth consecutive month where Challenger volumes grew by 20 percent or more, and the best monthly sales figure for the model since its re-introduction in 2008. Perhaps the $2000 cash incentive on 2013 Challengers offered in March helped spur this growth.

Jeep Compass: Jeep purists may loathe the thing, but it seems small crossover shoppers actually like the C-segment Compass. Sales grew 28 percent in March, amounting to 5111 units. Jeep says that volume was constrained by the switch over to the 2014 Compass, which boasts a number of small refinements and the adoption of a proper six-speed automatic transaxle.

Ram Pickups: Chrysler also says the launch of the updated 2013 Ram 1500 and 2013 Ram Heavy Duty models negatively impacted volumes in the first quarter, but it didn’t seem to affect Ram pickup sales in March. 33,831 units were sold last month, marking a 25 percent year-to-year increase, and an increase of 10,542 trucks over February 2013.

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Students Receive A-plus from Chrysler Brand Thanks to Strong Community Support

Thanks to a great turnout from community members, the Chrysler brand will award five schools $5,000 in additional funding through the Drive for the Kidsprogram for their achievement of an excessively high number of test drives at their location. The five schools are:

  • Central Region: Eagle Heights Elementary School of Harrison, AR
  • Midwest Region: St. Paul’s Catholic School of Bloomer, WI
  • Northeast Region: The Bishop’s Academy of Most Holy Rosary of Syracuse, NY
  • Southeast Region: Four Oaks Elementary of Four Oaks, NC
  • Western Region: Wrightwood Elementary of Wrightwood, CA

“The Chrysler brand is committed to enriching the lives of youth across America,” said Saad Chehab , President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Awarding $5,000 to each of the five schools that exceeded expectations for community participation at their local Drive for the Kids event is our way of rewarding sincere efforts made by the community to show support for further educating local students and raising funds that will help to sustain important educational programs.”

Through Drive for the Kids, participating schools received a $10 contribution from Chrysler brand on behalf of everyone who took a brief test drive in a Town & Country minivan—highest ranked in loyalty 11 years in a row—or another Chrysler brand vehicle that was available for test drive on the day of the test drive event.

Since 1993, when Drive for the Kids was first introduced, the Chrysler brand and its dealers have worked with parents and educators in communities across the nation contributing more than $4 million directly to local schools for student needs. From playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and new computers, the Chrysler brand is proud of this tradition of community involvement.

For the latest product and brand news from Chrysler brand, visit www.chrysler.com.

About the Chrysler Town & Country
The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan builds upon the dramatic, well-received changes made in the previous model year. Already imbued with innovative technology, unparalleled functionality, classic design, and a long list of standard convenience and safety features, enhancements in refinement make the 2012 Town & Country a true stand-out in the minivan segment. All 2012 Chrysler Town & Country models offer over 40 available safety, security, and technology features, providing customers the safety they expect to ensure peace of mind when traveling. Standard safety features include ParkView® rear backup camera, front seat-mounted air bags, a driver-side inflatable knee blocker, advanced multistage driver and front passenger air bags, side-curtain air bags for all three rows, and electronic stability control, including Brake Assist and all-speed traction control. New standard features for 2012 include standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all models, new Sapphire Blue interior lighting scheme and a class-exclusive leather and wood heated steering wheel for Limited models.

About Chrysler Brand
The spirit of hard work. Earning your place without forgetting where you’re from. That’s what the Chrysler brand and its vehicles are all about. Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestic luxury sedan, the 2012 Chrysler 300 sedans offer world-class innovation and quality while delivering stylistic distinction and premium features with legendary value. Chrysler’s 200 sedan inspired the brand’s identity: “Imported from Detroit.” The 2012 Chrysler 200 sedan delivers exceptional value without compromise with sophisticated design, high-quality craftsmanship, and technology. The Chrysler 200 Convertible—with a power soft or hardtop—offers an open-air experience featuring elegant craftsmanship. The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan is beautifully crafted with high-quality, soft-touch materials and tech-savvy entertainment features and smart storage. Standard leather Stow ‘n Go® seating, overhead DVD, and more than 40 safety and security features are some of the Town & Country’s innovative offerings.

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Chrysler Group Named “Corporation of the Year” by the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Award recognizes Company’s outstanding commitment to supplier diversity and the inclusion of Hispanic-owned businesses in the Company’s supply base
  • Since 1983, the Chrysler Group has purchased more than $47 billion from minority-owned suppliers

The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) has named Chrysler Group LLC “Corporation of the Year” for 2012, citing the Company’s outstanding commitment to supplier diversity and, particularly, the inclusion of Hispanic-owned businesses in its supply base.

The award was announced at the MHCC’s 23rd Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala held the evening of December 7 in Dearborn, Mich.

Chrysler Group’s supplier diversity goals require that 10 percent of a Tier 1 supplier’s procurement buy is sourced to certified minority suppliers. Chrysler Group announced early this year that it spent $2.1 billion with approximately 200 minority suppliers in 2011, representing 8.5 percent of its total annual purchasing. Women-owned businesses, which are tracked separately, accounted for $301 million of the Company’s spending. Overall, the Company purchased $31 billion in direct and indirect parts, materials and services in 2011. Since 1983, the Company has purchased more than $47 billion from minority-owned suppliers.

“Chrysler Group remains as committed as ever to creating a diverse and sustainable supply base that directly reflects our customer base,” said Kevin L. Bell, Senior Manager, Diversity Supplier Development, Chrysler Group LLC, who accepted the award on behalf of the Company. “Chrysler Group will continue to create opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses because diversity is in the DNA of our Company. Our goal is a well-developed, diverse supply chain that is inclusive to all.”

In October, Bell received the Minority Supplier Development Leader of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) “in recognition of his exceptional leadership in improving the overall participation of Asian, African American, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in the Company’s global corporate supply chain.” In the same month, Bell also was named the 2012 “National Advocate of the Year” by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council for his leadership in promoting the growth of minority supplier spending and business development at Chrysler Group.

Chrysler Group supports several organizations that assist Tier 1 suppliers with achieving their minority-owned and women-owned sourcing goals. These organizations also include the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. In addition, Chrysler Group supports veteran-business ownership through membership with the National Veteran-Owned Business Association.

“Chrysler Group’s commitment to supplier diversity and inclusion is a source of meaningful, sustainable value for the Hispanic community,” said Armando Ojeda, Executive Director, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Receiving the MHCC’s ‘Corporation of the Year’ award was a well-deserved recognition of Chrysler Group’s commitment to all the communities it serves.”

During his keynote address at the 2011 MHCC Fiesta Hispana, Fred Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ram Truck Brand and President and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler de Mexico, Chrysler Group LLC, announced a $50,000 grant from The Chrysler Foundation to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students. Diaz announced a second $50,000 grant to the HSF, from the Ram Truck brand and The Chrysler Foundation, later in the year during the International Hispanic Network’s gala and awards ceremony in San Antonio, TX.

About Chrysler Group’s Leadership Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Chrysler Group has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine 13 times, and has been recognized six times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country’s leading corporations supporting diversity and inclusion. Chrysler Group also has been named to HispanicBusiness magazine’s annual Diversity Elite 60 list for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.

In 2012, the editors of LatinaStyle magazine selected Chrysler Group for inclusion on magazine’s 2012 list of the 50 best companies for Hispanic women to work in the U.S., which is considered the most important recognition of efforts by corporate America to promote diversity and provide career advancement opportunities for Hispanic women.

In 2011 and 2012, the editors of DiversityInc magazine named Chrysler Group to the magazine’s list of “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” This coveted annual benchmark is comprised of companies the magazine’s editors believe are diversity-management leaders.

Over the years, a long line of Chrysler Group employees have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company’s strong commitment to attracting and developing a diverse workforce.

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Grand Cherokee Earned Consumer Reports’ Top Rating Based on Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted their annual owner-satisfaction survey asking subscribers a single, revealing question:

Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would they get the same vehicle if they had it to do all over again?

Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 earned the Midsize SUV top position and Consumer Reports’ top rating with 81% of owners answering “definitely yes.”

“This year, we received responses on about 350,000 vehicles and more than 240 models, spanning the 2010 through 2013 model years. A model’s score is based on the percentage of respondents who answered “definitely yes.” And to earn our top rating, a model needs to have at least 80% of owners say they would definitely get it again.” – Consumer Reports

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Five Chrysler Group LLC Models Receive 2013 Consumer Guide Automotive ‘Best Buy’ Award

The 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, Ram 1500, Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey all recognized as Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buys”

Consumer Guide Automotive has released its annual list of “Best Buys” for 2013 and five Chrysler Group vehicles earned spots on this year’s prestigious list, including:
Chrysler Town & Country (Minivan)
Ram 1500 (Large Pickup Truck)
Dodge Durango (Large Crossover)
Dodge Grand Caravan (Minivan)
Dodge Journey (Midsize Crossover)

Each year, Consumer Guide® Automotive editors analyze, compare and evaluate numerous vehicles by driving and extensively testing all major models in 19 vehicle categories. Those models that best fit the needs of the consumer are recognized with a “Best Buy” accolade.

“We are honored to have five of our vehicles, including three Dodge vehicles, recognized by Consumer Guide® Automotive as Best Buys for 2013,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President — Quality, Chrysler Group. “These awards are proof that Chrysler Group creates cars, trucks, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that both customers and critics appreciate.”

A Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly endorsed by the editors.

“The Chrysler Group turnaround has been a treat to watch. In a few short years the company has made revolutionary gains in terms of drivetrain sophistication and materials, and assembly quality. Chrysler really feels like an all new entity.” – Tom Appel, Publisher

Consumer Guide® Automotive is the leading consumer-focused trusted resource for authoritative and objective reports on new and used vehicles. Consumers turn to Consumer Guide® Automotive for extensive evaluations, reliable facts and expert opinions.

About the Chrysler Town & Country
The inventor of the segment, and America’s most trusted minivan, Chrysler Town & Country has features like one-touch Super Stow ‘n Go to go from carrying passengers to hauling cargo in a matter of seconds. The only minivan to offer standard leather & DVD player on all models, Town & Country offers features the competition can’t match. Features like the all-new segment-exclusive Blu-Ray dual DVD system with a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input for video game systems, a 115-volt power outlet HDMI input for gaming systems and two USB ports for phone or MP3 player charging.

With more than 40 available safety and technology features, such as SafetyTec„¢, which provides industry-leading features including ParkView® rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, Chrysler Town & Country was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety pick. The standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 FFV engine with a six-speed automatic delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 hp) and towing (3,600 lbs.) with 25 mpg highway and is a Ward’s Automotive “10 Best Engines” winner. Pair all of this with best-in-class cargo capacity, available power-folding third-row Stow n’ Go seats, second-row luxury captain’s chairs and numerous other luxury features, Town & Country proudly takes its place atop the minivan crowd.

About the Ram 1500
The 2013 Ram 1500 marks a milestone for Ram as this truck delivers best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with a truckload of pioneering, fuel-saving systems including a more fuel efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine and first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 transmission, stop-start and active aerodynamics, including grille shutters and air suspension. Ram engineers changed every area of the truck — from a newly designed frame to new engines and transmissions to a new interior with the next-generation Uconnect® system. With best-in-class ride and handling and best-in-class aerodynamics, the 2013 Ram 1500 delivers unmatched content, performance and capability to truck buyers. The 2013 Ram 1500 is available in nine trim levels and starts at $23,585 including $995 destination charge.

About the Dodge Durango
The 2013 Dodge Durango is the best-equipped seven-passenger SUV with a starting U.S. Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) less than $30,000. With class-leading towing, 85 cu.ft. cargo space with seats folded, 50 possible seating configurations — including available second-row captain’s chairs, more than 550-mile driving range, unsurpassed V-6 power and available 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Durango defines “utility.” Not only does Durango have 45 safety and security features, it’s also an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety pick.

2013 models have a host of updates to give customers more choice than ever. An optional Rallye Appearance Group for SXT models includes R/T exterior cues, dual exhaust with 295 hp, polished 20-inch R/T wheels with Mineral Grey pockets, Uconnect/Bluetooth Streaming Audio, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and illuminated sun visors. Premium Nappa leather with ventilated front seats is available on R/T models, and blindspot/Rear Cross path detection is available on R/T and Citadel models. Forward collision warning and adaptive cruise is now optional on Citadel models.

About the Dodge Grand Caravan
America’s best-selling and most awarded minivan ever is also the most affordable seven-passenger minivan in America, with a starting U.S. MSRP of $19,995. The Inventor of the Minivan — the original and still the best — also is the most versatile vehicle in its class with 81 different seating configurations and second-row one-touch Super Stow ‘n Go seating. The standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 FFV engine with a six-speed automatic delivers best-in-class horsepower (283 hp) and towing (3,600 lbs.) with 25 mpg highway and is a Ward’s Automotive “10 Best Engines” winner.

For 2013, a new segment-exclusive Blu-Ray dual DVD/video system is available and features a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input for video game systems, a 115-volt power outlet and two USB ports so customers can charge their cell phones, laptops, tablet PCs or MP3 players. The Blu-Ray player can play both standard DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs. Also new for 2013 is integrated Trailer Sway Damping that automatically helps keep a trailer in line and towed safely down the road. Dodge Grand Caravan is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. With class-leading cargo capacity, best-in-class power, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and segment-exclusive Super Stow ‘n Go, the 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan truly is the industry’s most affordable and versatile cargo and passenger vehicle.

About the Dodge Journey
Dodge Journey is the fastest growing, most versatile and most affordable seven-passenger crossover in its class, and is the only vehicle in its class to offer four or six cylinder engines, front or all-wheel drive and five or seven passenger seating. With a starting U.S. Manufacturers’ Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $18,995 (excluding $995 destination), the Dodge Journey is the most affordable vehicle in the United States with available seven passenger seating. New for 2013, Dodge Journey R/T has a new high-performance suspension, dimpled leather seats and heated steering wheel with red accent stitching. Crew models now receive a no-charge leather interior with heated front seats and steering wheel, giving customers even more value.

The available Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engine has a best-in-class 283 horsepower, and the standard four cylinder engine delivers 26 miles per gallon on the highway. The Dodge Journey has been named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety pick for four consecutive years and carries a 5-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. With 67.6 cu.ft. of cargo space with all seats folded and in-floor storage bins in front of second-row seats, Dodge Journey packs a lot of utility in a mid-size crossover package.

Article Source: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2012/12/04/058908-five-chrysler-group-llc-models-receive-2013-consumer-guide-automotive.html

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