Dodge Challenger Shakedown Miami Lakes Automall

The Electric Future of Dodge Muscle

Dodge Challenger Shakedown Miami Lakes Automall

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Dodge knows the world is changing little by little and the future of their muscle cars is set to change, too. The next change to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will come with their Dodge brand’s view on electric power. Specifically, Dodge is aiming to change the way their muscle cars are powered. Mike Manley, CEO of FCA, has an internal determination to reshape their Dodge Challenger and Charger, different than what they had showcased before. What exactly will that look like? The man to ask would be the Manley himself. He had this to say in regards to the future of Dodge and their outlook regarding their muscle cars going forward.

“What it isn’t going to be is a V8 supercharged, 700-horsepower engine.  The reality is those platforms and the technology we use does need to move on. What’s important is what does the concept of American muscle look like in 2024? Does American muscle look like a big V8, supercharged, 700-horsepower, fire-breathing machine, or really is it for Dodge that combination of that incredible power-to-weight ratio, but now because new technology’s going to drive a load of weight out, we can think about the powertrains in a different way and we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles going forward?” Manley admitted.

Electric Power Forges Ahead

FCA’s Dodge brand muscle cars aim to increase their thunder with a shot of electric power going forward. Just last year, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye was released with its 797 horsepower supercharged V8 engine that helps it go from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. What that unique vehicle doesn’t have is any additional power by way of electric help to raise its acceleration. Imagine how much faster Dodge could make their vehicles with that influence. After all, the Tesla Model S reaches 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, so adding some electric power might be hugely beneficial. Adding some electric energy could help the SRT Hellcat Redeye or muscle cars like it, as the Redeye doesn’t have the best highway mpg with its 22 mpg rating.

Where The Dodge Muscle Car Is Headed

The current body of the Dodge Charger was introduced 2006 and the Challenger SRT version first began in 2009. Though they have come to define the reintroduction of what muscle cars are known today; loud, boisterous, powerful, wide, large tires and strong. There are new changes coming that will improve their design under the hood and overall. What exactly it will it become is yet to be seen, but with clarity from CEO Mike Manley, we can expect the future to be quite electric.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we always take care of our customers. Check out our entire lineup of new Dodge Challengers, like the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. From sales to repairs, we’re here to help! If you’re wondering if you should buy or lease, let us help you make the right decision. From trade-ins to selling, we’re ready to provide a solution for all our customers.

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Dodge Challenger Looking To Add Electric Technology?

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Plum Miami Lakes Automall

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Dodge has decided to do things differently lately and they have enjoyed more success as a result. Comparing 2017 and 2018 sales, Dodge sold 12,000 more vehicles in 2018. In addition, Dodge introduced new SRT vehicles including the fastest SRT in production today, the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and a new Scat Pack 1320 trims. Dodge added more value for less cost in 2018 for their customers and have goals to make 2019 as special as any year prior. How will the future be different for their loyal fan base? Let’s explore some of the changes that Dodge has taken a look to make their Dodge vehicles better.

The Electric Dodge Challenger

Dodge has revealed plans to introduce an electric Challenger, gaining extra horsepower through use of more modern technology. While the technology has caught up to the automotive industry, Dodge is has been known for having high performance, gas-powered engines. We’re not certain about which powertrains will gain an electric influence. Perhaps the long-running Pentastar 3.6-Liter V6 engine is a candidate. Dodge has been able to enhance their current vehicles with new technology to increase their MPG. Even the wicked fast SRT Hellcat has increased to an impressive 30 highway MPG, but there is always room to improve and ways to get better.

Recently speaking on the subject, Mike Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Dodge, mentioned their upcoming ideas for how to add new ways to achieve better results going forward to the next decade.

“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on. They can’t exist as you get into the middle-2020s. New technology is going to drive a load of weight out, so we can think of the powertrains in a different way. And we can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.” said FCA CEO Mike Manley at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Need For Innovation

Manley has stated that adding the electric-powered influence in Dodge vehicles won’t take away from the remarkable high-performance pedigree. Manley said they won’t have the electric-capabilities star as the focal point of any vehicle, but rather just increase performance. As fuel efficiency and hybrids have grown and taken hold of the industry, Dodge is just hoping to stay current. Fans of Dodge and their immense horsepower (797 horsepower is found in the Hellcat Redeye, for example) will be happy to know Dodge is adding more ways to increase the strength and vigor of their vehicles. For those that want to experience the latest Dodge vehicles, look no further than Miami Lakes Automall.

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Miami Lakes Automall has exactly what our customers are hoping to find, including all-new 2019 Dodge Challenger  available today at Miami Lakes Automall. Curious about our pricing options to allow you to buy what you want? Reach out to our financing team, we can support you for your buying or leasing needs. Let our professional sales team guide you through our entire line-up.

Come view our latest new vehicles with over 400 pre-owned vehicles that you might not believe are actually pre-owned. Miami Lakes Automall has everything you’d hope for in a dealership. We look forward to providing you that incredible car buying experience!

 

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Dodge Charger Inspired Crossover Coming To Chrysler

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How does Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) keep one of their main brands alive in the ever growing crossover market? Chrysler is taking a page out of another one of FCA’s brands, the success Dodge vehicle lineup and will be producing a new crossover based off the Dodge Charger, according to Allpar.com. Chrysler currently only has a single vehicle in any car segment, the full-size sedan Chrysler 300. Their successful minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models, represent their only other models. Now, a crossover will be planned to attract drivers to the nearly century-old brand.

A Glance At Chrysler’s Crossover and SUV History

Chrysler first debuted in 1925 and has headquarters in Michigan. This new vehicle will be only their second SUV ever and second crossover. The first crossover was actually the Pacifica, back when it was a mid-size crossover with model years ranging from 2004 till 2008. The first SUV was the short-lived Aspen that ran from 2007-2009 over a decade ago. The Pacifica was rebranded when it took over for the Town & Country in 2016. The Aspen was a luxury, three-row SUV based off the Dodge Durango (Dodge is another brand under the FCA umbrella) and while the Aspen was capable of seating up to eight and looked quite nice, it only had one trim, the Limited and ended after three years due to slow sales.

Today, the crossover SUV market is different and holds the market place ransom with the largest segment of vehicle sales in the United States. According to Quartz, it’s expected to grow to half of the market by 2020. SUVs have averaged a 12 percent compound annual growth rate over the 12 years from 2005 to 2017. Cars only grew two percent over that same span. Chrysler wisely needs a vehicle in that growing segment and with the success of their 300 and Pacifica models, they can make it happen easily. With the success of the crossover vehicles today, matching high technology with better fuel economy ratings, there’s no doubt Chrysler will aim to find the sweet spot customers are looking for today. So, what can Chrysler fans expect this vehicle to resemble?

What Will This Crossover Look Like?

Taking a page from the Dodge Charger, a sharp and bold front is expected. The Charger has kept it’s look and has not changed much over the 13 years of production. There’s a belief of  Allpar that the vehicle might gain the 300 nameplate, since the 300 is expected to end, but they could also bring the Town & Country name back. Whether or not the vehicle will have all-wheel-drive or go with the current Chrysler vehicles theme of front-wheel-drive is also yet to be known. FCA has found success in their Jeep®, Ram, and Dodge brands in recent years and will look to bring back attention to their longest-tenured brand in Chrysler.

In 2018, the Chrysler Pacifica accounted for 70 percent of their sales versus the Chrysler 300, so the market for larger vehicles is certainly there. Consumers want a larger vehicle with more versatility and pairing those needs of a larger vehicle with the high-performance abilities and look of something like the Charger makes sense. The Chrysler crossover is expected sometime next decade will be a surefire hit if it embraces the best parts of the Charger, it’s FCA brand cousin. There’s one place to check out to drive new Chrysler and new Dodge vehicles.

Come For A Test Drive At Miami Lakes Automall

Miami Lakes Automall has the new 2019 Chrysler 300 and 2019 Chrysler Pacifica available for a test-drive. We’re thrilled to help our customers find the vehicle they are hoping to drive home. We will assist with any buying, leasing, selling or trade-in offers. Our inventory of new vehicles and the line-up of over 400 pre-owned vehicles is second-to-none!

Experiencing any current of on-going issues with your current vehicle lately? Let us help. Our service team will make sure you’re back on the road quickly with a simple appointment. Allow our friendly service techs to resolve any vehicle problems in a timely fashion. We look forward to being your center for all things automotive!

 

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Why Muscle Cars Will Outlive the Average Sedan

2019 Dodge SRT Miami Lakes

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Everyone knows a muscle car when they see them, and especially when they hear them. There’s a loud sound that erupts from a muscle car when the driver puts the pedal to the metal, as they say. As the number of passenger cars is disappearing in record numbers, one thing is certain, that won’t be the case for muscle cars; at least not any time soon and at least not with Dodge. Dodge has stated that they will produce their long-standing muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger for another half-decade.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is responsible for the Dodge brand and they did announce the end for the Dodge Dart and the Chrysler 200 passenger car. Ford has done the same with their Ford Fusion and Ford Fiesta soon to be extinct. Across the automotive industry, there have been companies pulling back on once popular car entries like the Buick LaCrosse, which General Motors Co. has discontinued. Chevrolet also has revealed the end of the Impala as sales for these vehicles have dwindled.

Why the Muscle Car Will Survive

There’s no way to know for sure, but Dodge is committed to making their muscle cars stand out and stay relevant as they have for many decades. In fact, the Dodge Challenger rose up three percent in 2018 sales over 2017 numbers. That is good news for fans of the remarkably fast muscle car produced by Dodge. Dodge knows from the top down the fascination with their high-performance vehicles.

“What’s dying is the commoditized, four-door nothingburger, no-personality cars. Muscle cars have a really well-defined personality and positioning, ” said Tim Kuniskis, who ran the Dodge brand at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV from 2013 to early 2018, before taking over Jeep North America.

The Beginning of the Sedan’s End

What has helped FCA move from the sedan market is the average price for the muscle cars they sell. At around $36,000, it helps to offset the money made by sedan cars, as of 2016 Dodge truly began to move from the sedan market. While the profit from trucks and SUVs, which are growing in popularity, the muscle car market remains steady. Another reason that Dodge and FCA have had success with their muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger has not changed its platform model since 2011 and even longer for the Dodge Charger, not since 2008. Rather than having to entirely redesign their vehicles for newer more electric-based designs, they have been able to see profits for a long time without having to redesign the wheel.

Retail sales for large passenger cars is down 21 percent across the board, according to sales set in 2018, but that hasn’t affected the large muscle cars of Dodge. Thanks to their latest series of SRT (street and racing technology vehicles) like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which carry incredible horsepower and speed, they are beautiful, powerful and have gained the following of fans around the world for their exceptional high-performance and craftsmanship. The same can not be said about a Nissan Maxima, for example.

“There’s almost been a resurgence with some of the younger (people), even kids that aren’t of driving age that are interested in those products. Those kind of special additions and add-ons have really put some life into the vehicles,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for LMC Automotive.

Find Your New Muscle At Miami Lakes Automall

Miami Lakes Automall makes it so easy and fun for customers to find what they want and our friendly team is happy to show off our entire lineup. From our new vehicles to our pre-owned vehicles, there’s a large selection. We have the newest Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger vehicles available now. Looking for pricing options to allow you to buy what you want? Let our financing team support you for any buying or leasing needs. If you need to sell or trade-in your current vehicle, that’s all possible at Miami Lakes Automall, too.

Just visit us for a test-drive to see what you can end up with today! From our professional sales team to our entire staff at Miami Lakes Automall, we welcome you to our business with pleasure. Located at 16600 NW 57th Ave in Miami Lakes, Florida. Our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram sales and service departments are open seven days a week to better serve you.

 

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Dodge Challenger Has Its Best Year Ever In 2018

2019 Dodge Miami Lakes Automall

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The latest craze in the automotive industry has been a change in the landscape of popularity. More evidence has grown and shown that cars are just not as popular as before. Someone tell Dodge that. The latest evidence of this is the Dodge Challenger raised its sales in 2018. With 66,716 vehicles sold was up three percent and a record for the Dodge Challenger. Of course, the Dodge brand has been able to create fast, luxurious and fun to drive SUVs as well and they were their biggest hit in 2018 for Dodge. Let’s share all the fantastic perks customers can find in the 2019 Dodge vehicle lineup and how well they did over the course of 2018.

Dodge Has Great Variety In The SUV Market

Truth be told, Dodge had their biggest sales with their Dodge Grand Caravan. The Dodge Grand Caravan sold 151,927 vehicles in 2018, followed in popularity by the Dodge Journey and Dodge Durango, selling 94,096 and 65,947 vehicles respectively. Crossovers and SUVs accounted for 47.1% of new-vehicle registrations in the third quarter of 2018, up four percent the same quarter in 2017.

Their SUV catalog is popular and commands a presence with the mid-size SUV 2019 Dodge Caravan allowing for drivers to embrace its strength of up to 3,600 pounds of towing capacity and respectable 25 highway mpg. One trait that has attracted buyers is the low starting price of the base model, SE, at only $26,650 MSRP (plus destination fee).  

The slightly smaller Dodge Journey also carries the same highway MPG, while the largest SUV among the Dodge vehicles, the Durango, provides owners with 26 highway MPG and the highest towing capacity at an available 8,700 pounds thanks to the strong SRT 6.2-Liter V8 engine. The 2019 Dodge Durango begins at $29,995 MSRP (plus destination fee) for the base SXT model. The 2019 Dodge Journey, the smallest SUV of the Dodge lineup begins at $23,495 MSRP (plus destination fee) for the base model, SE trim.

How Dodge Muscle Cars Faired In 2018

Sedans accounted for 23.8% of new-vehicle registrations in the third quarter, down from 27% in 2017. In the third quarter of 2014, just four years prior, sedans accounted for 35.1% of registrations.The Dodge Charger, their flagship muscle car and also a sedan, sold 80,226 vehicles.The 2019 Dodge Charger boasts up to 30 highway MPG and sustains its popularity thanks to its wonderful high-performance drive that customers enjoy, quality and embedded power in the American fabric of great muscle cars. The 2019 Dodge Challenger, which is popular, but not as popular as the Charger, still increased in sales over 2017 and exceeded expectations by many in the industry thanks to the impressive top-tier models selling well. In fact, the Dodge Challenger was the only muscle car of the major muscle car brands (including the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro) to post year-over-year growth.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and other Hellcat models were quite stunning in terms of high-performance abilities on the road, but also for their performance in terms of sales. Drivers must have fallen for the remarkable speed provided by the powertrain that cranks out 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will continue to make these fine muscle vehicles into the future. A major refresh will mean at least around five more years of producing these popular muscle cars. We can’t blame them!

Drive New Dodge With Us Today

Come in for a test-drive on our latest Dodge vehicles. We welcome you Miami Lakes Automall. We will help with all purchases, including buying, leasing, and selling. We also do trade-in offers. Even if you didn’t buy with us, we can assist if there are current repair or maintenance needs on your vehicle. Just make a simple appointment and let us handle the rest when you drop off your vehicle. We look forward to making your automotive dreams come true in 2019.