Dodge Challenger News


In May of 2006 I attended the West Coast Spring Fling Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, and the 300's Car Show located at the Daimler Chrysler building. I had a great thing happen to me there, I got an official confirmation from Ralph Gilles (head designer of DaimlerChrysler) in person that the Dodge Challenger concept vehicle is going into production. This was great new for myself and all the Dodge Challenger fans at the show.

Listed below you will find recent news about the concept Dodge Challenger:

Ralph Gilles, the designer for Chrysler, and myself at the West Coast Spring
Fling Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, and 300's Car Show.
This is when Ralph informed me that the Dodge Challenger is
going to actually be put through production.

Dodge Challenger Video from

I found this video on and got pretty stoked on it. This video features the 2006 Dodge Challenger concepts vehicle during a test drive through a couple auto show. They wanted to get the publics input on what they thought of the new Dodge Challenger concept. My favorite line in the video is from the guy who said "dodge nailed the design on this Challenger, it actually looks like a Challenger. I hate when other car manufacturers like, Pontiac, that slaps their GTO emblem on their new GTO concept, and it actually looks nothing like a GTO."

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Dodge Challenger Concept at the 2006 SEMA Show
November 15th, 2006

I just got back from the 2006 Las Vegas SEMA show and got to witness the Dodge Challenger concept in person. All I have to say is, oh damn! Ralph Gilles and partners nailed the design 100%. I really could not point out what needed to be changed. I liked the fact that it really resembled the original Callenger in size and overall design. I am definently going to trade my Dodge Charger Daytona Edition in for this one... we'll maybe if I'm lucky I'll keep the Charger and get the Challenger. We will see. As for my first impression of the Dodge Challenger in person, I have to say that you will not be dissappointed whatsoever.
- Aaron

Aaron with the new Dodge Challenger Concept at the SEMA show 2006, Las Vegas.

Here is the original Dodge Challenger pictured here at the Mopar Alley in the Las Vegas SEMA Show 2006.
Dodge Challenger front view at the SEMA Show 2006, Las Vegas.

DaimlerChrysler Makes Dreams Come True and Awards Nine New Vehicles to Consumers in 'Ask Dr. Z' Dream Car Sweepstakes.

( October 24, 2006 Latest Dodge Challenger News)

* More than 24,000 consumers "Ask Dr. Z" to turn their new car dreams into reality
* Nine lucky winners awarded all-new Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Sebring or Jeep(R) Wrangler Unlimited.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than 24,000 consumers wished upon a car in the "Ask Dr. Z" Dream Car Sweepstakes, but only nine lucky winners are actually driving home in a brand new car, courtesy of DaimlerChrysler. An extension of the "Ask Dr. Z" campaign that launched in June, the Dream Car Sweepstakes gave consumers a chance to be one of nine lucky winners who could drive home in a Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Sebring or Jeep(R) Wrangler Unlimited.

Contestants entered the sweepstakes online at after visiting a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge showroom between Aug. 15 and Sept. 4.

"The 'Ask Dr. Z' Dream Car Sweepstakes leveraged the momentum created by the 'Ask Dr. Z' campaign and generated additional Web site and showroom traffic," said George Murphy, Senior Vice President - Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler Group. "Consumers across the country have expressed their excitement about our new product line, and we're thrilled to award nine consumers with the vehicles of their dreams."

The winners of an all-new Dodge Challenger are Brenda Freeman of Jasper, Ga.; Evelyn Puett of Plainfield, Ill.; and Phil Sholtes of Grosse Ile, Mich.

Those who will soon be driving an all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring are Henry Bounds of Laurel, Del.; Roy Nicholas of Clinton, Mass.; and Enrique Turegano of Orange, Calif.

The people that will be able to go anywhere and do anything as winners of an all-new four-door 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited are Gail Baxter of Norwood, N.C.; Raydene Garrison of Juneau, Ala.; and David Stedman of Orlando, Fla.

Of the more than 24,000 entries received, over 55 percent of the entrants registered to win the all-new Dodge Challenger, followed by the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at over 24 percent and the Chrysler Sebring at about 20 percent. In addition, more than half of the entries requested additional information on Chrysler Group products.

Ask. Dr. Z Campaign

The Dream Car Sweepstakes was the second phase of Chrysler Group's "Ask Dr. Z" ad campaign that focused on consumer benefits of the best of American and German Engineering and Design -- and specifically on the innovative design, quality, reliability, performance and fuel economy of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. The campaign's spokesperson was DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche.

In the first six weeks of the campaign, there were more than 600,000 visitors to the Web site and more than 4.2 million questions were answered.

Dodge Challenger

Unprecedented public response to the Dodge Challenger Concept resulted in Chrysler Group announcing in July that after nearly 35 years, the Dodge Challenger will return as the ultimate modern American muscle coupe.

Set to debut as a 2008 model in calendar-year 2008, the Challenger will feature the long hood, short deck, wide stance and two-door coupe body style that distinguished the iconic Challengers of the 1970s.

Chrysler Sebring

With the all-new 2007 Sebring, Chrysler is creating inspiration in the common car. An all-new mid-size sedan, Chrysler Sebring combines stunning design with interior craftsmanship, high levels of safety and reliability, exhilarating performance and excellent fuel efficiency -- all at the surprisingly affordable starting price of $18,995 (including a $675 destination charge). Sebring also features many class-leading technologies not available in the mid-size segment.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Featuring a one-of-a-kind, four-door open-air design, the all-new 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited expands the Jeep experience to new dimensions. With room for five adult passengers -- a Wrangler first -- and the most cargo space ever offered in a Wrangler, the Unlimited offers even more comfort and space, even more versatility, even more open-air options, even more off-road capability, even more on-road refinement, even more power and fuel efficiency, and even more convenience and safety features. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is $20,410 (two-wheel drive) and $22,410 (four-wheel drive), including $660 for destination.

Source: Chrysler Group


Chrysler Group President Tom LaSorda Says
Dodge Challenger is a "Go"

Press Release:

July 1, 2006
Nearly 35 years later, Dodge Challenger returns as the ultimate modern American muscle coupe

* Unprecedented public response to Challenger concept leads to "green light" decision for production
* Another chapter in Chrysler Group's concept-to-production success story

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda today announced that Dodge Challenger will return to production after a nearly 35-year hiatus. The all-new Dodge Challenger will debut as a 2008 model in calendar-year 2008.

The announcement was made shortly before the Pepsi 400 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Driving out with the Dodge Challenger was Chrysler Group Chief Operating Officer Eric Ridenour.

"We haven't seen this kind of spontaneous, passionate response to a car since we unveiled the Dodge Viper concept in 1989," said LaSorda. "But it's easy to see what people like about the Dodge Challenger. It's bold, powerful and capable. It's a modern take on one of the most iconic muscle cars, and sets a new standard for pure ‘pony car' performance."

The Dodge Challenger will feature the long hood, short deck, wide stance and two-door coupe body style that distinguished the iconic Challengers of the 1970s.

"We drew on the rich heritage of the Dodge Challenger, but with contemporary forms and technologies," said LaSorda. "It's not just a re-creation; it's a reinterpretation."

Dodge's "Pony Car" in the 1970s

The Dodge Challenger made its debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. While it shared the "E-body" platform with the Plymouth Barracuda, Dodge Challenger's wheelbase was two inches longer, creating more interior space.

The Dodge Challenger was originally offered as either a two-door hardtop or convertible. And, befitting the brand's performance heritage, the Dodge Challenger also went racing in its first year, competing most notably in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans-Am series and National Hot Rod Association's Pro Stock class.

Although it was produced only from 1970 to 1974, the Dodge Challenger earned a reputation as one of the most desirable of the original "pony cars," with meticulously restored or rare examples today selling for six-figure prices.

In its first year, Dodge Challenger was offered in a limited-edition T/A (for Trans-Am) model to meet homologation requirements for SCCA Trans-Am racing. In 1971, a Dodge Challenger paced the Indianapolis 500 race. New front-end styling in 1972 featured a larger, "egg-crate" grille. In April 1974, Challenger production ceased. Over a five-year span, approximately 188,600 Dodge Challengers were sold.

The Dodge Challenger is another chapter in Chrysler Group's long history of bringing concepts to production, with vehicles such as the Dodge Viper, Plymouth Prowler, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Jeep® Compass.

"Our product development system allows us to quickly turn concepts into high-quality production vehicles," said Eric Ridenour. "We're justifiably proud of our speed to market, and Dodge Challenger is the latest example of our focus on getting gotta-have-it vehicles to our customers."

Dodge Brand

With 1.4 million vehicles sold globally in 2005, Dodge is the No. 5 nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. Overall, Dodge has a 7 percent market share in the United States. In the minivan market, Dodge has a 22 percent market share; in the truck market, 16 percent; and 5 percent of the car market.

This year, Dodge Caliber paved the way for international expansion of the brand. Hot on the heels of Caliber are the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro, Caliber SRT4 and a D-segment vehicle.


Additional information and news from DaimlerChrysler is available on the Internet at:
Source: DaimlerChrysler MediaServices



Following coverage of last week's Camaro convertible, the spy shot for this week is actually another rendering provided by Brenda Priddy and Company (BP&C).

In addition to the rendering, BP&C offers the following information:

Stated BP&C: "With the recent announcement from Dodge regarding production of the much anticipated Challenger, we expect a convertible version to also be in the works. This photo-illustration should give a good idea as to what the convertible would look like—now we're just waiting for confirmation from Dodge. But ... it might be another year or so before they mention that 'C' word."

Interest in the Challenger is sure to grow as the industry gears up for the celebration of American Muscle at the 40th Annual SEMA Show. Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler will share in an unprecedented collaboration as Vehicle Manufacturers of the 2006 event. The three American automotive industry giants will shine at the 2006 SEMA Show, simultaneously celebrating the continuation of their musclecar heritage and the SEMA Show’s 40th anniversary.

The automakers represent not only a storied performance legacy but also the very roots of the specialty-equipment industry. “The Mustang, Camaro and Challenger helped bring many of our industry’s earliest businesses into being,” said SEMA President and CEO Christopher J. Kersting. “The current production and concept versions of those fabled cars are now kindling similar passion in a new generation of auto enthusiasts and are once again providing opportunities for our member companies.” For more information on the 2006 SEMA Show please visit:


AUGUST 2, 2006

Driving the New Dodge Challenger
Although it won’t be in showrooms before 2008, the retro Challenger is sure to be a hit for Dodge.

As the light turns green, I gently let out the clutch and give the throttle a tap. What I'd really like to do is slam the pedal to the floor to see how long I could keep the tires spinning. But the cop parked up the block probably wouldn't like that idea - any more than my co-pilot, a Chrysler engineer assigned to make sure I don't trash this one-of-a-kind, hand-built prototype.

It'll be nearly two more years before anyone in the media get to push the limits of a production Dodge Challenger, but there's still something exciting about driving the concept car that first drew so much attention during its debut at the Detroit auto show last January.

The unabashedly retro prototype recently got the go-ahead for production, and will debut sometime during 2008. Precise details are being kept a closely guarded secret, though has picked up a few intriguing tidbits.

After taking a lot of heat for converting the original Dodge Charger into a modern-day coupe, the automaker will keep things honest this time around, the Challenger coming out only in two-door form. Though you can see significant similarities between the original muscle car and the modern version, the new concept is a wee bit larger, points out Tom Tremont, Chrysler's chief of advanced design.

With subtle tweaks, look for the '08 production version to closely resemble the concept. It will share platforms with the Charger which, in turn, is based of the same "architecture" as the popular Chrysler 300C.

Expect Hemi power, says Chrysler's number-two executive, Eric Ridenour, starting with the standard, 5.7-liter version of the V-8. During a recent interview, Ridenour demurred when asked whether there'll also be a high-performance SRT version. The answer, we are told, is a tire-spinning yes, with horsepower likely to reach well above 400. Considering the competition, such as Ford's 500-hp Mustang Shelby GT500, that would seem an obvious necessity.

There's a beautifully dressed, 6.1-liter version of the Hemi under the hood of the show car, but while this is a "runner," it's not designed for burnouts. Even if I took advantage of the massive V-8, I'd wind up leaving the low-slung, cobbled-together rear suspension on the first pothole.

So I gingerly steer it down Main Street, in Royal Oak, Michigan, a trendy community that attracts precisely the sort of gearheads who'd be the prime market for Challenger in '08.

Even on this blustery hot mid-week morning, there are plenty of folks wandering around, and the show car is drawing lots of attention. A kid in a Mustang drives by, toots his horn and gives the thumbs-up. A young woman on the sidewalk nudges her boyfriend, who turns and stares at the bright orange coupe.

The strongly retro look of the Challenger concept proved controversial when it was unveiled last January. It's Chrysler's style to go for the polarizing exterior design; you love it or leave. But the striking interior gets kudos across the board. Let's be honest, current Dodge products are pretty basic, with far too much Kmart-class plastic. The prototype Challenger is richly appointed with just the right amount of chrome and a set of eye-pleasing gauges.

According to Tremont, the production car will be "very close" in appearance. We just hope that is true both inside and out.

It's hard to say what the U.S. new-car market will look like by 2008. Some "experts" are predicting oil prices of $100 a barrel and $4 or more a gallon. Whether there'll be any market left for muscle cars is far from certain, but barring that sort of fuel crisis, the initial reaction to driving the iconic Challenger concept can only be described as positive. It's the sort of design you want to see and be seen in.



Chrysler will give away Challengers among nine vehicles

August 15, 2006

The Chrysler Group announced plans Tuesday morning to give away nine vehicles nationally as part of a campaign to get more people into dealer showrooms and drive traffic to its new Web site,

The contest involves three Wrangler Unlimiteds, three Chrysler Sebrings and three Dodge Challengers. The Challenger, a two-door muscle car that wont be made until 2008, likely will be the most coveted prize in the contest.

To register for the contest, people must visit a Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealer between today and Sept. 4. The dealer will provide a special entry code that can entered under the sweepstakes section at the Ask Dr. Z Web site, part of a marketing campaign built around DaimlerChrysler AG Chairman Dieter Zetsche.



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