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Dodge Charger Sales Climb as Other Large Cars Slump

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:06 PM - by armtorque
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Dodge Charger sales are up 9% during the first half of 2019 while the key competitors from Ford and Chevy are selling at a much lower rate than last year. Torque News Dodge reporter Patrick Rall reports.

The odds are good that if you pay much attention to the American automotive industry, you have heard all of the talk about the growing popularity of sport utility vehicles leading to the demise of cars in general, but the Dodge Charger continues to buck those trends. Through the first half of 2019, the full-sized, rear-drive sedan is up 9% while the key competitors in the large sedan segment are down compared to a year ago. In fact, if you look at the sales figures of all three American automakers, there are a few cars that have shown positive growth through 2019, but when it comes to larger cars, only the Dodge Charger is having a good year.

Dodge Charger Sales in June
June 2019 was the final month where FCA will report monthly sales, as starting in July, they are switching to the same quarterly reporting system that General Motors began using last year and that Ford started using at the beginning of 2019. In June 2019, Dodge sold 9,034 examples of the Charger, making it the bestselling large sedan in the US market, but more importantly, the four-door muscle car posted growth of 36% compared to June 2018. Mind you, this comes at a time when consumers are being told that no one wants cars – especially big cars – rather than an SUV.

Critics might question whether this sales growth by the Charger comes due to a lack of a popular, large SUV in the Dodge showroom, but that isn’t the case. In June, FCA sold 5,538 examples of the Dodge Durango, which is a 4% improvement over the same month last year.
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Dodge Charger Hellcat Octane Edition Arrives for 2019

Jun 10, 2019 - 5:51 PM - by armtorque
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Octane Edition adds unique wheels, stripes, badges and interior bits, giving the Hellcat Charger Octane Edition a modified appearance inside and out. Patrick Rall reports for Torque News.

Dodge has announced the newest package for the SRT Hellcat Charger and we are sorry to report to fans of the world’s fastest sedan that the Octane Edition doesn’t add any extra power. The wheels included in the package arguably improve performance, but all-in-all, this is an appearance package, so the Charger fans who are eagerly awaiting similar power to the Challenger will have to keep on waiting. However, any Hellcat Charger fans who want to buy a 707-horsepower super sedan with a menacing, aftermarket look – the new Octane Edition might be perfect.

“In the world of muscle cars, limited editions are valued by enthusiasts for their uniqueness and collectability, both today and in the future,” said Tom Sacoman, Director of Product, Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA US LLC. “The 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition is the newest factory-custom model designed for our performance customers who want to stand apart from the pack.”

Hellcat Charger Octane Edition

The 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition begins on the outside, where buyers can pick either Pitch Black or White Knuckle. The package then adds full-length satin black center stripe with Octane Red accents, black exterior badges from front to rear, a satin black rear spoiler, Octane Red Brembo brake calipers and 20x9.5-inch “cross brace” wheels, similar to those offered on the Challenger 1320. These wheels have knurled beads to help prevent the tires from slipping on the rim under hard acceleration, leading to better launches at the track.

On the inside, the Octane Edition Charger Hellcat features SRT Performance seats with a Houndstooth insert that has never been offered for the supercharged sedan, along with a Hellcat logo embroidered on the seat back and red accent stitching on the body of the seats. That red stitching is continued throughout the cabin while a black-on-black instrument panel badge, gloss black interior accents and red seat belts finish out the package.

Of course, those package features are in addition to all of the key aspects of the Hellcat Charger, such as the 6.2-liter Hemi with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, adaptive suspension and a premium UConnect infotainment system.
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Dodge isn't Hiding the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:19 PM - by MagnumClub

Dodge isn't Hiding the Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody | Torque News

Over the past year or so, our insiders within FCA have been telling us about the pending arrival of a DodgeCharger SRT Hellcat and it appears as though that arrival could be very soon. Pictures, a video and an informational graphic have surfaced online over the course of the past week, leading us to believe that it won’t be long before the wider Hellcat sedan makes its official debut.

The First Look

According to our friends at Allpar, pictures of what appear to be Hellcat Charger Widebody test cars clad in unique SRT camouflage turned up online over the weekend, along with what appears to be an FCA graphic detailing the features of the widened muscle sedan. Those pictures were followed by video of one of these carscruising through traffic in Metro Detroit and that video has been met with messages from a handful of other people who have seen these cars (it could be the same car, but we know that there is more than one that looks exactly like this).

Click here for a look at the Instagram video of the Charger Widebody on the move.
In other words, Dodge is seemingly putting the widebody Charger out there for the world to see, although the flashy SRT camo does a good job of hiding the lines a bit. That being said, there is no question that this is the body of a Hellcat Charger with unique wheels and an unmistakable widened body.
I reached out to FCA to see if they had any input on this mysterious machine. They didn’t offer any specific details on the cars shown in these pictures and videos, but they did state that something special is coming to this weekend’s Spring Festival of LXs in Southern California.

“We are taking a Charger design concept to Spring Fest to gauge feedback from the huge Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 enthusiast base that attends the California event each year," said a Dodge representative.

So, we don’t know for sure that this Charger design concept will be a widebody car, but with pictures of multiple examples of the widebody cars shown here coupled with video and eyewitness accounts of seeing these cars on the street, it seems like the odds are good that the Spring Festival concept will be a widebody Charger.

Widebody Details
Based on the information graphic that turned up online, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody will have the same basic attributes as the widebody Challenger. This includes the electronic power steering system, a uniquely-tuned suspension setup, 20x11-inch wheels wrapped in 305-wide rubber and, of course, the widebody package. That includes the flares over all four wheels, along with a widened front and rear fascia.

As an interesting note, the wheels on the Charger in the Instagram video do not appear to be the same wheels as the rollers on the Challenger Hellcat Widebody, so perhaps the 2020 widebody cars will get new wheels.

Of course, we should point out that the original source of this graphic is unknown, so for all we know, it could have been made up by a bored kid, but it certainly looks like the kind of graphic that would be used by FCA or a supplier in a... [Read More]
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