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New Car Launches by Dodge in USA 2014

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Dodge Motors in USA makes minivans and sports utility vehicles. In this article, we list a couple of new cars that Dodge Motors is launching this year (with specifications and their performance features).

The newly launching/launched cars by Dodge Motors we are discussing in this article are:

  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Dodge Challenger

Dodge Grand Caravan 2014
Dodge Grand Caravan is a Small Station Wagon manufactured by Dodge motors. The Grand Caravan may be one of the longest-running names in the minivan business.

Specifications of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/25 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 20 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Front Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1960 KG
Passenger Capacity 7
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 39.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 283 @ 6400
EPA Class 2WD Minivans
Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Mini-van, Passenger
Fuel Tank capacity 75.70Liters (20 Gallons)
Transmission system 6-Speed Automatic 62TE

Features of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • Power mirrows, locks and windows
  • A removable second-row bench seat
  • Fold-away third-row seating
  • Cruise control system
  • Key less entry system.
  • A power liftgate,
  • Power sliding doors
  • Power driver seat,
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Satellite radio system.
    • Safety Features
  • Parking sensors,
  • A rear view camera system.
  • blind-spot monitors system
  • Automatic headlights.
  • Dual front airbags
  • Stability control system
  • Curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats.

Performance of Dodge Grand Caravan 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 283-horsepower 3.6-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 17 city/25 hwy
  • The combine rating of this car is 20 mpg.

Dodge Challenger 2014
Dodge Challenger is a Mid-Size Cars manufactured by Dodge motors. Dodge Challenger is the most faithful to its original pony-car roots and the design formula that made it a classic.

Specifications of Dodge Challenger 2014

Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
Fuel Economy combined 21 mpg
Engine Regular Unleaded V-6, 3.6 L
Driving Type Rear Wheel Drive
Base Curb Weight 1740KG
Passenger Capacity 5
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) 38.1
Net Horse Power @ RPM 305 @ 6350
EPA Class Mid-Size Cars
Net Torque @ RPM 268 @ 4800
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Displacement 3.6 L/220
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
Fuel Tank capacity 73.81Liters (19.5 Gallons)
Transmission system 5-Speed Automatic (W5A580)

Features of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • Power mirrors, locks and windows.
  • Automatic climate control.
  • Key less entry and start system.
  • Cruise control system.
  • A power driver’s seat.
  • Fog lamps.
  • Park assist.
  • A lower axle ratio.
  • Larger disc brakes.
  • Sportier suspension and steering tuning.
  • Premium sound system.
  • HID headlamps.
    • Safety Features
  • Electronic stability control system.
  • Front, side, and side-curtain airbags.
  • Anti-lock brakes system.
  • Hill Start Assist system.
  • A driver’s knee bag.
  • A rearview camera system.
  • Blind-spot monitors.

Performance of Dodge Challenger 2014

  • A V6-Cylinder engine 305-horsepower 3.3-liter engine, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission system.
  • Fuel Efficiency of 18 city/27 hwy.
  • The combine rating of Dodge Challenger to get 60 mph in just 6.3 second.

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Sep 5, 2014

Auto Insurers Offers Pay-Per-Mile Car Insurance

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Nowadays insurance companies throughout the United States are adapting new technology to accommodate consumer needs. Many insurers are using electronic system that allows them to monitor their customers and measure the number of miles they have driven. This insurance policy gained more popularity and which is so called ‘pay-as-you-drive’ or ‘pay-per-mile’ car insurance coverage.

Insurers are offering competitive car insurance rates based on the electronic verification of miles driven that is tracked through the GPS system in the car. This is being provided by the trackers to the insurance companies who simply plug into the diagnostic port required on cars. This technology provides fast and reliable tool for customers to compare quotes. The same technology is being used on taxi vehicles that allow insurers to create premiums based on the actual distance traveled.

This type of vehicle insurance coverage is more beneficial to those who don’t use their vehicle often or those who own multiple vehicles. The major benefit is that this plan charges you only for how much you drive. For instance, if you are keeping your driving to a minimum or drive less than 500 miles per month, then you can consider buying ‘pay-per-mile’ plan. But if you drive more than 1,000 miles per month, then you should go for longer period policy.

Thus, a driver who drives less miles a year can get high discount premium rates. However, discounts can vary widely depending on a wide range of driving habits such as

  • If you drive 10,000 or fewer miles a year
  • If you take corners and curves slowly
  • If you drive without exceeding 80 mph
  • If you drive some old model vehicle

So, before going for buying through ‘pay-as-you-drive’ plan, compare the rates and see, if it actually saves your money in the long run. Also, keep in mind, not all states are adapting this technology and for now there are only few insurance companies in some states offering this insurance coverage. As the popularity grows, more auto insurance companies are likely to adapt it. Read the rest of this post

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Nov 26, 2012

Sales of Mercedes-Benz in US in 2011

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The sales for the month and year-to-date ended on June 2011 was announced by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. The company reported sales of 22,563 vehicles, which is a growth of 18.8% over June 2010. It is also the company’s highest volume of sales in month of June and first half of the year till date. On a year-to-date basis, the 118,021 vehicles sold represent a 10.4% increase.

In U.S, the sales rose by 8.9% in April, due to the increase in sales of the new 5-series and X3, when compared to the 71,417 units, last year. Mercedes and Lexus delivered 71,388 and 64,932 units respectively.

Mercedes has said that it does not want to be known as number one luxury brand in U.S. But, with the sales of January, February and March combined, it seems to be the leader for 2011. It has 729 sales more than BMW and 5990 sales more than Lexus. It has sold 53,346 vehicles. BMW sold 52,617 and Lexus 47,356.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. sales were boosted by the 2011 E-Class and C-Class sedans. Sales increased by 9.4 percent to 21,484 units when compared to the same month in 2010. Read the rest of this post

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Feb 13, 2012

Auto Sales of US in June 2011

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Auto sales in June 2011 remained positive. This month has seen strong growth in the two-wheeler segment. However, the impact of higher interest rates and fuel prices has been evident in the passenger car segment, which has seen a significant decline in its growth rate.

Light vehicle sales in the U.S. rose a by 2.4% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 11.41 million vehicles in June when compared to 11.14 million vehicles in the same month last year. It came down from the seasonally adjusted annual rate of 11.8 million in May, the slowest since June 2010. Total sales inched up 7.1% to 1.05 million vehicles during the month.

US automakers sales:

  • Sales of GM & Co. grew by 10.2% to 215,358 vehicles. Retail sales contributed 16% to the overall sales growth.
  • Sales of the Ford Motors Co. increased 13.6% to 194,144 vehicles. The sales grow was mainly due to the cars and utilities, whose sales rose 17% and 15% respectively during the month.
  • Sales at Chrysler Group LLC, rose 30%to 120,394 vehicles. It was the best sales of the Chrysler in the month. The company retail sales improved 46% during the month.

Together, GM, Ford and Chrysler achieved a market share of 50.1% last month. Read the rest of this post

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Feb 13, 2012

Volkswagen Group Rocks with Record Sales

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Volkswagen Group’s global deliveries for first – half of 2011 (July,13) has surpassed 4 million cars and SUVs for the first time, due to demand in all the markets, the German automaker said. Company sales of the Volkswagen increased 12 percent in the first six months resulting in the sale of more than 2.5 million vehicles.

Volkswagen sold 1.97 million cars globally in the first three months of 2011, compared to 1.73 million vehicles in the same period last year. It has shown a growth of 13.7 percent.

Irrespective of Volkswagen having not so good perception in America, this positive results are encouraging. However, the world’s third largest automaker (after Toyota and GM) has made it up elsewhere. Its group market share in Europe stands at an unbeatable 22 percent.

As per these figures, 27% of the 2011 Volkswagen Jettas sold are diesels. Volkswagen has announced plans to quadruple its overall sales in the U.S. over the next eight years to 800,000. Currently 37% of Volkswagen sold in the U.S. are diesel based. Read the rest of this post

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Feb 13, 2012