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Manufacturing footage of the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300. Includes manufacturing footage of the Dodge Hellcat vehicles from the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Brampton Assembly Plant and Brampton Satellite Stamping Plant
2000 Williams Parkway East , Brampton , Ontario , Canada
Brampton Assembly Plant
Floor Space: 2.95 million square feet

Acreage: 269 acres

Products: Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger

Employment: 3,556 (3,337 hourly, 219 salaried) on two shifts

Conveyors: 20.4 miles

Robotics: 581

Union Local: Unifor Local 1285

Plant History: Facility was built in 1986 and acquired by Chrysler Corporation with purchase of American Motors Corporation (AMC) in August 1987. The facility began production of LH vehicles (Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision) in June 1992. Production of the next generation Chrysler Concorde and Dodge Intrepid began in September 1997, followed by the Chrysler LHS and 300M in April 1998. Production of rear-wheel-drive vehicles started at the beginning of 2004 with the launch of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum. Production of the Dodge Charger was launched in early 2005. Dodge Magnum production was discontinued in late 2007. The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 launched production in May 2008, with the Dodge Challenger following in August 2008. An all-new 2011 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT with a new 392 cubic-inch engine began production in December 2010. The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 rolled off the line in January 2011. The Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 engine that produces 707-horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, began rolling off the line in October 2014.

Brampton Assembly was awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) on Dec. 18, 2015. The Ontario, Canada, plant was the 13th North American facility to receive this designation. WCM is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.

Brampton Satellite Stamping Plant
Floor Space: 230,000 square feet

Products: 96 inner and outer body stampings: doors, hoods, decklids, fenders and roofs

Equipment: 5 automatic transfer presses, 1 blanking line, 90 die sets (4-minute die changes)

Employment: Included in assembly plant total listed above

Material Handling: Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) deliver blanks to press lines

Storage: Automatic sheet metal storage and retrieval system. 3,600 storage containers

Plant History: Satellite stamping facility was completed and production started in December 1991.

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Manufacturing footage of the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300. Includes manufacturing footage of the Dodge Hellcat vehicles from the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. There are four outstanding engines: a 3.6-liter, 305-horsepower V6 and three Hemi V8s; a 5.7-liter with 372 horsepower, a 6.4-liter of 485 horsepower and a 6.2-liter supercharged version in the SRT Hellcat that makes a staggering 707 horsepower. Competitors to the #Dodge Hellcat are the #Corvette Z06, #Jaguar F-Type R, #Porsche Boxster, #Ford #Mustang GT, #Chevy Corvette Stingray, Boxster S, Porsche #Cayman, Cayman S, Porsche 911, 911 cabriolet, #Audi TT, #AlfaRomeo 4C, Audi A5, #BMW Z4, BMW 4 Series, BMW 6 Series, BMW 2 Series, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevy Corvette, Corvette Z06, Ford Mustang GT, #Lamborghini Huracan, #Lexus, #Mazda MX-5 #Miata, #Mclaren 650s, #Mercedes CLK, Mercedes SL550, Mercedes E-Class and #Dodge Hellcat. The 2017 Dodge Challenger blends classic muscle-car flavor with computer-age technology and performance. The take-no-prisoners styling is clearly linked to a glorious past of American big-engine performance, yet inside and under the hood are technological benefits and performance levels that were only wild dreams in the best days of the muscle-car era. No Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro has ever matched that lofty peak, and this much is undisputed: There has never been a muscle car like this. With styling linked directly to the 1970s' muscle cars and performance availability that will shred asphalt, you're either a potential Dodge Challenger owner or you are not. If this is what you want, nothing else will do. Where else can you make monthly payments on 707 horsepower? If you're not interested in this sort of performance, go someplace else; there are choices. For a performance enthusiast, the only reason you're not interested is if someplace you wear a Ford oval or Chevrolet bowtie tattoo. But the strongest Mustang or Camaro won't crank out 707 horsepower. The Challenger was revised last year and changes are minimal for 2016. There are some additional trim choices, new 20-inch 5-spoke Gloss Black wheels with the Blacktop Appearance Package and the return of a heritage color: Plum Crazy, to go with B5 Blue and TorRed. Check the color charts. The attention-grabber of the 2016 Challenger line is the SRT Hellcat and its 707-horsepower supercharged V8 engine, but all versions are good-driving cars. The two non-supercharged Hemi V8s are as strong as anyone could reasonably want, but the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat is beyond verbal description, with acceleration that is essentially impossible to experience on a public road. To cope with the Hellcat's power the suspension has been firmed up, but it's no stiffer than, say, a Corvette. At steady cruising speeds engine noise is subdued, with the supercharger whine noticeable only as revs rise. Put the Hellcat and non-supercharged SRT Challengers into Track mode, and you get sharper throttle response, harder upshifts from the automatic transmission and a firming up of the shock absorbers. Standard on 2016 Challenger SXT models is the 3.6-liter V6, making 305 horsepower. Next up is the 5.7-liter Hemi in R/T models, which makes 375 horsepower with a 6-speed manual transmission or 372 with the 8-speed automatic. The 392 Hemi Scat Pack and Challenger SRT 392 share the same 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V8.
 

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Advance With 4G LTE Network

FCA US Vehicles Advance With 4G LTE Network Capability for Connected Services

FCA US connected vehicle platform now based on 4G LTE technology

All-new fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 and 8.4 NAV systems will feature 4G LTE network connectivity

New systems will debut in properly equipped 2017 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger

4G LTE network capability enhances customer experience to maximize coverage, increase responsiveness and offer higher-speed connectivity

Builds upon existing portfolio of award-winning Uconnect systems and connected services first introduced in FCA vehicles in 2012


September 9, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

FCA US vehicles continue to accelerate forward with in-vehicle technology with the debut of 4G LTE network connectivity in the all-new fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 and 8.4 NAV systems.

4G LTE network capability for connected services will begin with model year 2017 Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300 vehicles equipped with the fourth-generation Uconnect 8.4 or 8.4 NAV system. This enhancement will provide U.S. customers with expanded and more reliable network coverage, increased in-vehicle application responsiveness, plus faster network speeds for the connected services that Uconnect has to offer.


“The advancement from 3G Network to 4G LTE network capability gives our customers a great opportunity to expand upon and explore the efficiency and convenience that our built-in connected services have to offer,” said Tricia Hecker, Global Head of Connected Services. “As our Uconnect systems continue to develop new services and features, this increase of network connectivity allows our systems to evolve and progress as technology changes.”

The enhancement of 4G LTE network capability builds upon the existing portfolio of award-winning Uconnect systems and built-in vehicle services. FCA first introduced Uconnect Access connected services in 2012, now with 4G LTE those same great connected services will be faster than ever.

About Uconnect
Launched in 2003, Uconnect systems are FCA’s in-vehicle connectivity centers, designed to keep consumers connected, entertained and, most importantly, focused on the road.

Each FCA vehicle comes equipped with a Uconnect system that provides drivers with a range of available communication, navigation, entertainment features and connected services, including:

Handsfree calling or texting solutions that keep drivers productive, talking and connected
Entertainment and audio options that include AM, FM, HD radio or satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, CD Player, USB and AUX Port
Navigation options that help provide a stress-free commute with easy access to points of interest, well-designed maps and turn-by-turn directions that are broadcast over the vehicle’s audio system


An included trial of connected services also is available on properly equipped vehicles. These real-time services include a monthly vehicle health report, vehicle health alert, a smartphone app that enables owners to remotely lock, unlock or start their vehicle, locate their vehicle and more; 9-1-1 call and Assist Buttons on the rearview mirror that will connect vehicle owners to help at the push of a button.

Vehicle owners can access and control their Uconnect system’s features and services by using voice recognition technology, steering wheel controls, touchscreens or traditional knobs and buttons.
 

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Dodge: What’s new for 2017

Dodge: What’s new for 2017

Jan 18, 2017


Dodge in recent years has transformed from a mainstream brand into a performance-oriented one specializing in muscle cars. The transformation really kicked into high gear in 2014 when parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] announced that Dodge was to reabsorb the SRT division, along with the Viper supercar.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much in the way of new product since then. We have, however, been treated to some impressive updates to core models like the Challenger and Charger—and there are more updates to come.


Here’s a look at what Dodge has in store for 2017:

2017 Dodge Journey:

GT replaces R/T as top trim level.
Crossroad receives Satin Carbon wheel finish.
Color palette expanded with two new colors.

2017 Dodge Grand Caravan:

Trim levels pruned from six options to four.
GT replaces R/T as top trim level.
All versions get 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rearview camera.
Entry-level SE gets $1,100 discount compared to 2016 model’s pricing.

2017 Dodge Durango:

GT replaces Limited as volume trim level.
Trailered items can be viewed through rear-mounted camera in models equipped with the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system.
Blacktop package returns on GT and R/T trim levels and adds 20-inch wheels as well as black exterior accents.
Brass Monkey package returns on GT and R/T trim levels and adds 20-inch wheels as well as black exterior accents.
Anodized Platinum available on Citadel trim level and offers interior upgrades.
Updated Durango including new SRT model expected to be introduced for 2018.

2017 Dodge Challenger:


GT trim level offering all-wheel drive and V-6 added.
T/A trim levels with retro cues, minor performance mods and V-8s added.
Active exhaust standard on all V-8 models.
Uconnect infotainment system updated and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
New wheel pattern and illuminated steering wheel logo for SRT models.
New badges for SRT Hellcat.
SRT Demon to be introduced for 2018.

2017 Dodge Charger:

Daytona trim levels with retro cues, minor performance mods and V-8s added.
Active exhaust standard on all V-8 models.
Uconnect infotainment system updated and now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
New wheel pattern and illuminated steering wheel logo for SRT models.
New badges for SRT Hellcat.
Blind spot and rear cross traffic warning standard on SRT 392 model.
Color palette expanded with four new colors.

2017 Dodge Viper:


Car to be discontinued after 2017.
Multiple special edition models introduced.
Regular model lineup includes Viper, Viper GTC, Viper GTS and Viper ACR.


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