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Dodge Charger Daytona Returns For 2020 With 717HP

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2020 Dodge Charger Daytona, front side

Like the 1969 original, only 501 examples of this high-powered, no-nonsense bad boy will be built.

When Dodge built the massive-winged, wedged-nosed Dodge Charger Daytona in 1969 for NASCAR, it probably never imagined the car becoming the automotive icon it is today. Well, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the company resurrected the nameplate for a limited-run Charger Daytona for the 2020 model year.

The so-called 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition (such a mouthful) is powered by the same supercharged 6.2L V8 as the standard Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody but ups the performance by increasing the shift points to 6,100 rpm in automatic mode to yield a 10-horsepower boost from 707 to 717.

To help it stand out, designers gave it a unique “Daytona” decklid and rear-quarter decal with a matching spoiler, 20- by 11-inch “Warp Speed” wheels with a unique Satin Carbon finish, and the choice of four colors: B5 Blue, Pitch Black, Triple Nickel and White Knuckle.

Inside, driver and passengers are treated to unique black heated and ventilated Nappa leather and Alcantara suede performance seats with blue accent stitching and “Daytona” embroidered seat backs. The Charger Daytona also features a suede flat-bottom steering wheel, a Dynamica Suede headliner, a carbon fiber instrument panel and console bezels, and Light Black Chrome interior accents.

Just like it did in 1969, Dodge will limit production to just 501 cars.

Car Trivia: The original Dodge Daytona prototype was the first car to break 200 mph, set a record in the process that stood for 17 years.

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Fiat Chrysler Unconnect Now Lets You Order Pizza Using Your Car

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Chrysler Jeep Ram UConnect market

Uconnect has consistently been one of the best infotainment system on the market, and Uconnect Market will make it even better.

Not to be outdone by General Motors, which has been a dominant force when it comes to offering in-car commerce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has has given its Unconnect infotainment system a new Market platform that treats Jeep, RAM, Chrysler, and Dodge owners to most of the same convenience features enjoyed by owners of GM vehicles.

Unconnect Market allows a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. With it, you will be able to order and pay for food, reserve a table at a restaurant, fill your tank at pump-and-pay gas locations, locate and pay for nearby parking, and even schedule service appointments.

Adding a credit card when setting up a Uconnect Market account gives you authorized card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations.

The Unconnect Market platform rolls out via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the second half of 2019 for current 2019 model year or newer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.

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Chrysler Celebrates 35 Years Of The Minivan With Special Edition Pacifica, Caravan

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Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition, front

It’s been over three decades, since the American automaker gave birth to the minivan segment.

Chrysler introduced the first minivan — Dodge Caravan / Plymouth Voyager — in 1984, and has sold more than 14.6 million minivans over the proceeding 35 years, twice as many as any other automaker. It chose to celebrate the milestone with 35th Anniversary Edition versions of the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.

All three feature an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and special 35th anniversary badging.

Available on the Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited models, the Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition has Cranberry Wine accent stitching on its McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, instrument panel and door handles. Designers the 35th Anniversary logo has on the front floor mats.

Touring L trim models come standard with memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels. Going for the Touring L Plus adds a dual-pane sunroof and the Limited further adds 20-inch wheels.

The Hybrid Touring L comes equipped with the premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display and 17-inch wheels, while the Hybrid Limited tosses in 18-inch wheels.

Only the Grand Caravan SE and SXT models get the 35th Anniversary treatment, boasting 17-inch tech silver aluminum wheels, 35th Anniversary fender badge and a Bright grille.

Inside, they features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the steering wheel, seats and door trim; a Piano Black console and IP accent; and a 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the front floor mats.

The 35th Anniversary edition Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan go on sale in Summer 2019.

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Dodge Makes Charger And Challenger Sublime

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2019 Dodge Challenger Charger Sublime Green

The company wants you to make your friends green with envy.

Dodge has brought back ‘Sublime’, an eye-catching shade of green first introduced in 1970 on a number of its models.

The heritage-laced color made a returned on a limited run of Charger R/T Daytonas in 2007, as well as for the Challenger’s 2015 model year. It will once again be offered on the Charger and Challenger starting in February 2019, specifically on the Charger Scat Pack, the Charter SRT Hellcat, the Challenger Widebody, and the Challenger T/A.

“By bringing back a high-impact color like Sublime across the 2019 Challenger and Charger lineups, we’re continuing to give our enthusiast customers another way to make their muscle cars even more unique when they showcase the legendary Dodge performance attitude,” said Steve Beahm, the head of passenger car brands for Dodge, Chrysler, and Fiat.

Don’t like the green but still want to stand out from the crowd? Fortunately, Dodge offers a wide selection of other special colors that should strike your fancy, including B5 Blue, Go Mango, F8 Green, Plum Crazy, and TorRed.

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