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  • robintrobint Posts: 8
    Hello cfazzari. It's RobinT. It's unfortunate that the previous email that you received lacked the information that you were expecting. Let me assure you however that the feedback and communication that we receive is a valued part of how DaimlerChrysler creates products for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately however we cannot discuss future product plans or projects. However, any interest in our product whether it's negative or positive, encourages us to keep listening. We appreciate the time you took to communicate your thoughts.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    How about a 2 door version? Wouldn't that have a chance to pull in new buyers instead of just competing against the 300 and Magnum? They say that 2 doors don't sell, but I certainly see enough 2 door Accords, Solaras, Gran Prixs and Monte Carlos.
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,675
    Robin: Welcome aboard, assuming you are who you say you are...

    We have every reason to believe that Robin is who she says she is :)
    Robin, thanks for sharing your information.

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Kirstie: Web logs shouldn't be given too much credence. That being said...Great!! Glad to hear that Robin is who she says she is.

    There are times when car companies have listened to their customers in the past (the most obvious example is the fourth door on Minivans). I speak for many in the Northeast when I say an AWD or FWD Charger will make the deal do-able. I will even put up with the cheap and poorly manufactured interior, although I hope DCX addresses this too.

    My dad used to say you should buy a car when you DON'T need one. This is a perfect example of why...I can wait, or I can switch to something more suitable.
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Report: Dodge Charger looking like a hit

    Chrysler execs point to early interest in the car even stronger than that for the Chrysler 300C.
    April 18, 2005: 10:05 AM EDT


    NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The Dodge Charger, entering production this week, could be another hit for DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group, according to a report in the Detroit News citing the company's counts of those interested in buying the car.

    The company has already gotten 20,000 orders for the Charger. So far 85,000 people have requested information on the car. Those numbers are higher than those for the Chrysler 300 sedan, which had the strongest first-year sales for any Chrysler Group vehicle in years, according to the newspaper.

    Global Insight, an auto industry forecaster, predicted annual sales of 70,000 units for the Charger, which, while outstanding, would not make it a "home run," the newspaper said.

    The Charger is based on the same engineering platform as the Chrysler 300 sedan and Dodge Magnum wagon. Like those cars, the Charger will also be available with the Chrysler Group's powerful "Hemi" V-8 engine.

    GSEMIKE - You'll Love This...


    DaimlerChrysler executives have said recently that American car buyers are no longer interested in two-door designs.
  • gsemikegsemike Long Island, NYPosts: 1,743
    Since the Charger is just a differnet spin on the 300/Magnum platform, doesn't it make those cars is toughest competition? They're all the same car so the decision is pimp version (300), NASCAR dad (Charger) or slightly different (Magnum). Maybe of there was a 2 door, the decision would become Gran Prix or Monte Carlo or Solara or Charger?
  • 2000rt12000rt1 Posts: 8
    I ordered a Charger R/T on April 14th with Navigation System,Rear Seat Video, Convenience Group II, Electronics Convenience Group and Power Sunroof with a MSRP of $35,575 for $34,575. Should be in sometime in May or early June
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Congrratulations!

    But I wasn't aware any Chargers were in the showrooms...
    Did you test drive the car?
    Which sound system are you getting?
    Which engine comes with the R/T?
    Who is your Dodge Dealer? Which City?

    Regardless, best of luck with it...Definately the hottest car for 2006!
  • robintrobint Posts: 8
    Hi again cfazzari and gsemike. I’m ecstatic about the communication that’s going on here. I’m so glad to see there’s so much interest. I wish I could tell you that your requests will all come to fruition, but as I mentioned in my previous post, unfortunately, I cannot discuss future plans or projects. I can however clarify DCX’s thinking behind creating the 2006 Dodge Charger.

    First off, let me say that the evolution of the Charger was a well thought out plan. The research that was conducted proved that today’s Dodge customers want the thrilling ride and handling of a sports vehicle, but with convenience and functionality. You get that with the new Charger.
    Yes, it does share the classic proportions of the popular 300C, but these proportions are handled very differently. Essentially, it is a 4 door sedan, but when you look at this vehicle you undoubtedly notice that the door handles are made flush and color keyed to be inconspicuous in order to play down the 4 doors. It also has a coupe-inspired roofline and a beltline that kicks up over the rear wheel arches all complimented by a bold and confident stance. It’s an open minded approach to today’s muscle cars.

    That being said, it’s important to note that the idea of a Dodge sedan was in mind even before the name Charger was chosen. We know that the Charger name has some huge expectations tied to it. The affection for these cars and the memories they still bring to mind are not lost to us. It’s a celebration of great American cars.

    2000rt1, let me extend as well my congratulations on your Charger purchase! I’m certain it will bring you years of fun and functionality. Hopefully, you will be posting some pic’s for all of us….
  • hardhawkhardhawk Posts: 702
    Robin, is there any chance of you or a counterpart joining in on the Dodge Magnum board? It would be great to have you or someone like you on that board as well. The Charger is great but some of us actually need the additional room the Magnum offers us. Thanks for your consideration of this request. ">
  • I've been trying to find out more about how the V8 works regarding shutting down the 4 cylinders when you aren't using them. It makes sense to me that if you aren't using them, the 4 cylinders in use would be more fuel efficient than the V6, however the estimated MPG shows the V8 has poorer fuel efficiency than the V6. Normally, of course a V8 would be more of a gas hog, but I'm wondering why a part-time 4-cylinder car wouldn't at least be comparable to a V6. I'm assuming the car is always firing 8 and later shuts down 4 if not needed, meaning you're mostly driving 8. Is that the case?
  • heinzh2heinzh2 Posts: 49
    Hey Robin! First I would like to thank you for joining in on this discussion. It's always a privilege to have someone from the company itself in on the discussions. I have a couple of questions that I think are safe to answer. First question is when are the Chargers are suppose to hit showroom floors? It was great seeing the Charger at the autoshow here in Atlanta, but of course we weren't allowed to go near it. Funny, now that I just typed that, that I was allowed to "crawl" all over the inside of a $100,000+ Mercedes, but yet had to stand at a distance for the Charger. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that the Charger looked much better in person than in the photos. The front end looks as if it has a serious attitude problem ... and I love it! My second question concerns the Daytona model. I noticed that the center stack color matches the Go Man Go color of the car. Is this center stack color a "snap" on feature with a black color underneath, or is the material used for the stack truly that color?

    Speaking of the Go Man Go color and the Top banana color ... any chance of getting the Dodge website updated with some nice photos of the Charger in these colors? It's a shame that the Dodge website is kind of the last place to find great pics of the cars they sell ... just an FYI.

    Thanks again!!! Heinz
  • jimhemijimhemi Posts: 223
    Hi Robin T.
    I hope you can scroll through the pages and take note of some of the more critical opinioned fans such as myself and maybe rework things for future Charger versions. Hope you will be able to avoid the GTO pitfall.
    I have to know why Dodge was not able to make the Charger look more like this one?
    http://www.popularhotrodding.com/features/0404phr_dodge/
    Please, read the article and don't just look at the pictures. The car was built on the current LX platform given the specs of the 300C/Magnum. It was done with C.A.D software similar to what most car manufacturers have. I'm still no fan of the name of a beloved classic on a 4 Door boxy car, after all, You will never see a 4 door Mustang or Corvette. Just wish you all would have carefully thought that through instead of trying to capitalize with a marketing idea with NASCAR and bringing back a Classic name to an unclassy looking car.
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Jim: I'm not sure a Charger was ever meant to complete with Mustangs and Corvettes anyway. Dodge had Challengers and Plymouth had the Hemi-Cudas that competed more directly with the Stangs and Vettes. I remember my friend Danny's 1973 Charger and although it was a 2-Door it was big enough for a family, and it had the classic 318 V8 in it for power. When you look at things in that light, I feel the new Charger fits it's past quite well - The new Charger will have more than adequate power and will fit more than 2 people comfortably. My guess is that the Hot Rodding article you point to would have been a much more expensive remake that what Dodge actually ended up producing. Taking the 300 and adding a Dodge skin makes more sense (dollar-wise) than building something from the ground-up.

    Now if Dodge wants to come out with a new Challenger or a new Barricuda, one would HOPE they take a long hard look at what the originals meant to us and try and stay true to the originals. Regards...CFF
  • robintrobint Posts: 8
    hardhawk - Is there any chance of you or a counterpart joining in on the Dodge Magnum board?
    Hardhawk…. Thanks for the invitation….. Yes there is a chance that the Dodge Information Center will join discussions within the Dodge Magnum board. But that decision has not yet been made… Just to let you know this is an entirely new venture for us. We chose the Dodge Charger as our “launch” vehicle because it’s brand new for 2006 – we knew there would be tons of questions and we felt that it presented the best opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to the online community.

    Chargergirl13 - I'm wondering why a part-time 4-cylinder car wouldn't at least be comparable to a V6.
    Chargergirl13 - Fair warning, Remember I’m a marketing representative not an engineer, so my mechanical acumen leaves something to be desired….
    • 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine offers 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque and an estimated fuel economy of19/27
    • 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine offers 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque and an estimated fuel economy of 17/25
    There’s roughly a 2 mile EPA difference city vs. hwy, many would say that’s pretty comparable when you consider the trade off that you get when you “upgrade” to the HEMI (increase in HP and torque). DaimlerChrysler has considered a wide range of technologies for increased fuel economy. All 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engines come with the Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement System, which (as you described) seamlessly turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed. The Multi-Displacement System, as designed, has cost and reliability advantages compared to competitive systems and minimizes the engine design impact, providing relatively low cost for the fuel economy benefit obtained. I hope this adequately addresses your question.

    Heinzh2 – Heinzh2, I’m glad to read that you too were impressed with the autoshow reveal… You’re not the 1st person to say that the 2006 Dodge Charger seems to “look better in person”. Just to let you know, my current information says that the 2006 Dodge Charger is supposed to hit dealer showrooms this summer… At this time the word on which month has not been announced. This essentially means it could happen as early as June or as late as the end of August…. Re: the interior center stack color… Are you talking about the center “console”? I’ve referenced everything I have, and there’s nothing explaining whether or not the color is “snap” on or a part of the material… I can check around, but I’m thinking the dealer would be better informed, and will probably be the best source to verify… Lastly pictures and the Dodge brand website…. There are ALWAYS pending changes…. Keep checking the site…

    Jimhemi – First let me start by saying you are not alone…. I’ve read many comments from consumers who feel similarly…. As mentioned in my prior statement, we know that today’s Dodge Charger customers want the thrilling ride and handling characteristics of a sports car, but with the added convenience of a functional vehicle. The 2006 Dodge Charger is a four door modern take on a 2 door classic. There’ve been so many automotive improvements/changes that were either obscure or unheard of that are now considered to be relative standards within the automotive world. Some were based on genuine need like improvements in safety such as airbags, ABS systems; even seat belts are relatively new additions when you consider how long cars have been around. Then you have those items that seemed like luxuries before they were introduced and now we can’t understand why they weren’t offered to begin with like convenience features ex. dual doors on minivans…. As always, I can’t speak to future design changes but the public demand often influences what turns up on showroom floors. We encourage all input (critically opposing as well as concurring), and appreciate your passionate defense of how you think the Dodge Charger should look. Thanks

    Cfazzari - My hero…
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    hanks for including me in the discussion…. Sorry for the delayed response… You guys have been awesome.
  • jimhemijimhemi Posts: 223
    I'm well aware of the history of the Challengers and the pony cars that they competed with. The point being, you wouldn't see a Corvette or Mustang with 4 doors was the same as why the Charger shouldn't be called a Charger. The 2006 Charger should have been called a Monaco or something more in line with Chrysler's rich history. This was a marketing ploy. I also don't need to be reminded of the Chargers/Daytonas of the 80's and 90's. Wish there was a way to erase them from car history.
    I just don't see how a little more R&D on the Charger, couldn't have brought upon a car more like the PHR one previously mentioned. I know the concept from 99 was from some old school Chrysler employees and ol' Dieter didn't want any part of the old school Dodge thinking in this new Charger. With regards to the answer of the new Charger and the modern day equipment we need in a car, please give me a better excuse then side curtain air bags and front and rear crumple zones causing the chape of the Charger to need a truck grill and bland styling. Your Benz cousins turn out some pretty nice looking cars that have great lines as well as functionality, not to mention the great handling of a sports car and the room to carry 5 people. They also have the best cup holders in the industry.
    I wish the 2006 Charger looked more like the NASCAR version, at least the NASCAR version is sleek, love them common templates.
    Robin T, let me know when you all attempt to remake the Challenger, I'll be more then happy to relocate and work for you to avoid another debauchery of a classic.(Can get you my resume if you want) I do suppose that even if the Challenger came out, and I'm thinking a Dodge Firepower version if one is on the horizon , won't be so high on the HP and Torque numbers so as to not compete with the Viper. From a marketing standpoint the Challenger would be a better car on the NHRA drag racing circut then then current Stratus in Pro Stock and Funny Car. It would be good seeing the Mopar banner on an actual rear drive car with a HEMI then what your racing effort currently shows. Is Lou Pattain still head of MOPAR racing and development?
  • owens2owens2 Posts: 21
    will 2006 charger have a awd option?
  • 2000rt12000rt1 Posts: 8
    Probably not in model year 2006...sorry
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Read some of the thread above. For 2006 the short answer is "No AWD for 2006". But DCX will probably have to offer AWD as an option in 2007, just like they had to cave on the Chrysler 300. I can't buy a RWD car and live with myself the first time I get stuck in a snowbank. So I can wait them out, or buy a FWD Impala SS, Grand Prix GXP or even a Hybrid Toyota Highlander...The Highlander especially if our hand-holding President and his beloved Saudi Prince manage to drive the price of gasoline up over $3.00 a gallon next year.

    Hey Robin - We'll probably have to wait until our next life before we see a hybrid out of Germany, huh?
  • robintrobint Posts: 8
    Hi everyone! I’ve been away for a couple of days but I’m glad I sparked so much feedback!
    First off, I’d like to thank jimhemi for his offer…you have some great ideas. Secondly, your request for AWD is widespread, but don’t get discouraged. At this point it’s still very early to predict any changes to the Dodge Charger. The vehicle hasn’t even hit the dealer lots yet…
    Besides, I thought our previous conversation on RWD was pretty encouraging. You guys are a tough crowd… ;)
    Your enthusiasm for this vehicle, however speaks volumes. As I stated before, keep checking the site often and thanks again for your communications!
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