The Chrysler brand is the luxury arm of the Chrysler Group and even with just three models in the current lineup, the Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country offer impressive levels of luxury, performance and affordability.
The 2013 Dodge Dart Police Car

Chrysler builds a 2013 Dodge Dart police car for Belvidere Illinois

The 2013 Dodge Dart is built in Belvidere Illinois and while the local police currently use Dodge Charger Pursuit models, they were unable to have a police car built by the production facility in their own town – until now – as the Chrysler Group produced one special new Dart clad in police livery for the Belvidere police department.

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Brad Keselowski with the NASCAR championship check

Keselowski wins 2012 NASCAR championship in perfect Dodge swan song

Here at TorqueNews, we don’t closely follow the ranks of NASCAR but after reporting in mid August that Dodge would be pulling their factory backing from the series after 2012, it would only seem fitting that we also report that the brand went out with a bang thanks to Brad Keselowski claiming the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup title last night in his Dodge Charger.

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The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio to debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show (Video)

Earlier today, the Fiat USA YouTube account posted a new video showing the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio (convertible) being put to the test by a pair of Ferrari racers while also confirming that this open air high performance 500 will make its debut later this month at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Chrysler stays strong in October 2012, posts 31st straight month of growth

The sales numbers are in for October 2012 and once again, the Chrysler Group is the strongest of the American automakers and third from the top among major auto groups – trailing only Toyota Motor Company and the BMW Group.

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BOLT receiver locks

A review of the BOLT receiver lock featuring one key technology

I recently found that the receiver lock on my Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab was getting harder and harder to deal with when I was changing my hitch receiver so I began shopping around for a new lock. I was first introduced to the BOLT products at the SEMA Show with their “one key lock technology” and considering how handy their product appears – I picked one up for my own truck.

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The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Ford Mustang bests Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger in October 2012 sales

Just when it looked like the Chevrolet Camaro would cruise to the end of the year to win the sales title among the American muscle cars for 2012, the Ford Mustang battled back in October 2012 to lead the segment and close the gap a bit between the Ford and Chevy muscle cars.

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2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop

2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Blacktop packs sinister look, improved performance

The Chrysler Group has announced that for the 2013 model year, the Dodge Challenger R/T will be available with the optional Blacktop package that provides a dark, sinister look and while the Blacktop edition is available for other Dodge brand models, the Challenger R/T Blacktop is far more than just an appearance package.

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The 2013 Ram 1500 Little Red Express

The Ram 1500 Little Red Express packs turbo Hemi power at SEMA

Among the many vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show was the bright red 2013 Ram 1500 regular cab short bed model that sported the vintage “Little Red Express” name and design scheme complete with exhaust stacks but unlike the 1978 red-and-gold sport pickup – the truck at the 2012 SEMA Show packed a turbocharged 5.7L Hemi engine.

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The Dodge Dart Carbon Fire by Mopar

The 2013 Dodge Dart races into the 2012 SEMA Show

Among the massive indoor Mopar display at this week’s 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was a trio of 2013 Dodge Dart sedans modified with items from the Mopar Accessories catalog that not only give current Dart owners a chance to see how much they can customize their compact sedan with company help but these sporty show cars could also give us a glimpse of what to expect from the Dart SRT.

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Jeff Dunham’s Project UltraViolet Dodge Challenger SRT8

Jeff Dunham’s Project UltraViolet Dodge Challenger SRT8 debuts at SEMA 2012

A couple weeks ago we brought you a preview video discussing the joint project between ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and Chrysler’s Mopar division but at this week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas – show goers got a chance to check out the heavily modified Dodge Challenger dubbed Project UltraViolet in person.

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The Fiat 500 Electric at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

The all electric Fiat 500E to debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

The organizers for the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show have announced that among the new model debuts at the LA show this year will be the all electric Fiat 500E – giving the Chrysler Group their first electric vehicle and helping them show some support for the EV movement even though Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne seems less than enthusiastic about the project.

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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham working on a SEMA project with Mopar

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is currently working on a project with the folks from Chrysler’s Mopar division to customize a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a series of YouTube videos chronicling the build – and the debut of this unique Challenger named Project Ultraviolet is set for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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The 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8

A review of the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8: the ultimate businessman's muscle car

When the Chrysler 300 was first introduced in the 1950s, the high performance sedan was informally referred to as the “businessman’s muscle car” and with the introduction of the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 – the 300 moniker is as much of a muscle car as it has ever been with more power and luxury than has ever been offered by the Chrysler brand in the past 50 years.

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The Urban Ram

The Mopar Urban Ram could be a SEMA preview of the Ram SRT8

Among the Mopar artwork released last week was a shot of a 2013 Ram with a blue driver’s stripe that I speculated could be a hint as to the next Mopar branded vehicle but after seeing this sporty truck in person at the Mopar headquarters today – the black and blue ‘Urban Ram’ is more likely to be a hint to a future SRT pickup.

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The Chrysler brand logo at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

New Chrysler trimlines coming including 200 8 Mile, 300 Motown, 300 Glacier

We brought you the news a few weeks ago that the Chrysler Group had trademarked the interesting name “8 Mile” and now we know that it will be used as a special Detroit-themed trimline for the Chrysler 200 midsized sedan with the 200 8 Mile being joined by the new Chrysler 300 Motown and Glacier packages.

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The custom "Gold Rush" 2013 SRT Viper GTS from Forza Horizon

Free Forza Horizon demo goes live with the 2013 Viper, Evo X

Early this morning, the first playable demo for the new (highly anticipated) racing simulator Forza Horizon arrived in the Xbox Live Marketplace, offering gamers their first experience racing in the open world, at night and on dirt in a Forza series game with the first drivable cars being the 2013 SRT Viper GTS and the Mitsubishi Evolution X.

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2010 Dodge Ram 1500 TRX4

Chrysler recalls Ram 1500, Dodge Dakota over rearend lockup risk

The Chrysler Group has issued a recall for select Dodge Ram 1500/Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota models from the 2009 and 2010 model years over a concern that a fastener in the rear differential could work itself loose – possibly leading to the rear differential locking up.

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The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

Chrysler posts 30th straight month of growth in September 2012, leads the Detroit 3

The Chrysler Group continued its incredible climb from the grip of bankruptcy in September 2012, posting the 30th straight month where they have posted a year over year improvement in sales figures thanks to a combination of continued improvement in the American auto industry and a lineup that keeps adding popular new models.

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The 2013 Dodge Dart

Chrysler announces full details on 41mpg Dodge Dart Aero including price

Thanks to the EPA website and the Mopar lovers at, we knew in the middle of September that the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero would offer 41 miles per gallon but the Chrysler Group has now made a formal announcement on this new super-efficient compact sedan including the special features and a price hundreds below the Chevy Cruze Eco.

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The Chevrolet Camaro SS

Camaro beats Mustang, Challenger in September 2012 sales race

Sales numbers in the American muscle car class dipped in September 2012 from the month before but that didn’t stop General Motors from selling more Chevrolet Camaro coupes and convertibles than their competitors’ muscle cars from Ford and Dodge.

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The 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X

Forza Horizon demo to arrive on October 9th - early car list within

The debut of the long awaited open road driving simulator Forza Horizon is still three weeks away but the folks at Turn 10 announced today that the first playable demo of Forza Horizon will be available in the Xbox Live Marketplace next Tuesday (October 9th) – offering gamers their first chance to experience the game that is expected to set the new standard for driving simulators.

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The Maserati Levante

Jeep-based Maserati SUV introduced as the Levante in Paris

The 2012 Paris Motor Show has introduced the European auto show crowd to the Maserati sport utility vehicle based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee that made its “production form” debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show but the ute on display right now has shed the awkward Kubang name used in Detroit – instead turning to the new name of the Maserati Levante.

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The 2013 Dodge Dart modded up by Mopar for SEMA

Chrysler teases a handful of their 2012 SEMA Show vehicles

The Chrysler Group routinely has one of the largest and most engaging displays at the SEMA Show each year and with under a month left until the huge automotive convention begins at the Las Vegas Convention Center – the folks from the Mopar division have offered up a very brief glimpse at five of the vehicles that will be in the massive Mopar display.

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