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Chrysler introducing industry’s first* wireless charging mat in Dodge Dart [w/video]

Filed under: Sedan , Technology , Videos , Dodge , Infotainment Chrysler has announced it will offer wireless charging in its new 2013 Dodge Dart . The charging bin will work with MP3 players and iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile phones, provided those devices are fitted with a special case. The Pentastar says that this $199.99 Mopar accessory is an “industry first,” but we’ll take the liberty of assigning an asterisk * to that claim, as wireless charging has been offered as a third-party solution for some time now (even at new car dealers). This is just the first such offering from an official branch of an OEM. The wireless charging hardware isn’t a factory option, it’s actually a dealer-installed accessory, which means that buyers will have to pay for installation or do it themselves. Either way, wireless charging is a very cool piece of technology, and Chrysler does deserve credit for being the first automaker to officially offer it throughout its dealers nationwide – asterisk or otherwise. Scroll down to watch a Mopar video of the technology in action. Continue reading Chrysler introducing industry’s first* wireless charging mat in Dodge Dart [w/video] Chrysler introducing industry’s first* wireless charging mat in Dodge Dart [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

SRT Motorsports – Dodge NSCS Race Advance – Texas Motor Speedway

SRT Motorsports – Dodge NSCS Race Advance – Texas Motor Speedway

SRT Motorsports – Dodge NNS Race Advance – Texas Motor Speedway

For Immediate Release SRT Motorsports – Dodge NNS Race Advance O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Texas Motor Speedway Friday, April 13, 2012 www.media.chrysler.com www.drivesrt.com www.twitter.com/teamdodge (additional statistics attached) SAM HORNISH JR. – No. 12 Wurth Dodge Challenger Crew Chief: Chad Walter Career Stats:

Team Mopar® Driver Johnson Riding High Heading into NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

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Watch the Jeep Mighty FC concept crawl all over Moab

Filed under: Concept Cars , SUV , Truck , Videos , Jeep , Specialty , Off-Road Jeep has a knack for creating some of the concept world’s most lustworthy creations, and they are made all the more desirable by their functionality. This year, the star of the Easter Jeep Safari was the company’s Mighty FC Concept . Penned as tribute to the old Willys Forward Controls of yore, the Mighty FC boasts high-dollar portal axles and a cab-forward design. Motor Trend caught up with the big blue machine as it lumbered around the desert this year with Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, behind the wheel. Allen took the time to explain some of the challenges behind bringing the Mighty FC to life as well as the origins of some of the components on board. As it turns out, Jeep used a snowboard bag for the seat inserts and arm rests. With a cab lifted straight from a standard Wrangler, engineers had to come up with some steering trickery to make sure the vehicle drove like a standard SUV instead of a school bus. MT even found an old-school Forward Control to bomb around in for a spell as well. Very cool. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself. Continue reading Watch the Jeep Mighty FC concept crawl all over Moab Watch the Jeep Mighty FC concept crawl all over Moab originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

SRT Motorsports – RAM NCWTS Race Advance – Rockingham Speedway

For Immediate Release SRT Motorsports – RAM NCWTS Race Advance Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200 Rockingham Speedway Sunday, April 15, 2012 www.media.chrysler.com www.drivesrt.com www.twitter.com/teamdodge (additional statistics attached)

SRT Motorsports – Dodge AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series Race Advance – New Orleans 

SRT Motorsports – Dodge AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series – New Orleans 

Watch this mini-documentary about Viper’s domination of early ALMS

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Dodge If you were confused when we chose the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R ALMS race car as the second-best debut (behind the 2013 SRT Viper production car itself) at the 2012 New York Auto Show , then maybe you’re not familiar with the Viper’s racing pedigree. Fortunately, the American Le Mans Series has produced this excellent mini documentary that helps explain why the Viper’s return to racing is a very big deal. While the Viper had been racing in various series both domestic and international before entering the inaugural season of ALMS in 1999, it began a streak in this fledgeling North American motorsport that was, in a word, dominant. During the 1999 season, Team Oreca won six ALMS races in a row in the GTS class with their Viper GTS-R racecar. The only reason the team didn’t sweep the eight-race season is because they missed the first two races. Team Oreca and the original Viper GTS-R came close to sweeping the 2000 season, though, winning eight of ten races, only falling twice to their arch rivals from Corvette Racing. Their winning streak spanned two seasons and 12 consecutive races. They also won their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Unfortunately, factory support for the program ended in 2001 and the Viper’s dominance quickly evaporated as private teams could not match Team Oreca’s OEM-backed success. Still, under the wing of Team Oreca and backed by Dodge, the Viper GTS-R amassed an impressive record of 16 race wins in 18 starts. And that’s why the car’s return to ALMS’ GT class is a very big deal. Check out the video after the jump . Continue reading Watch this mini-documentary about Viper’s domination of early ALMS Watch this mini-documentary about Viper’s domination of early ALMS originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Gov’t. documents suggest Fiat readying 500T turbo and Abarth convertible

Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Fiat According to a report from Car and Driver, documents submitted to the California Air Resources Board and to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration both point to a new arrival in the Fiat 500 line: a turbocharged hatch called the 500T Sport. The NHTSA document was a key for decoding a car’s VIN, the “500T Sport” moniker appearing in the Series classification. The CARB paperwork approved California’s certification of a boosted 1.4-liter engine for an unnamed Fiat product, along with the the Dodge Dart and 500 Abarth , which use the same engine. There is currently a 59-horsepower spread between the 500 and the 500 Abarth, as well as a $6,500 difference in MSRP, which is a chasm offering plenty of space to mine a middle model. C/D figures the 500T Sport will put out something around 130 hp and debut sometime over the next year, and a fan site, Fiat500USA, has found pics of what might be the car we’ll get. Gov’t. documents suggest Fiat readying 500T turbo and Abarth convertible originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink