Dodge Challenger Wins Automobile Loyalty Award

 
We take pride in doing our best to be loyal to our equally loyal fans, and we’re thankful that you guys have always stuck by us. We’re also proud that Polk has honored the Dodge Challenger with their “Automotive Loyalty Award,” but we shouldn’t really be too surprised.

 

It’s been three years since the Challenger came screaming into the market, and it’s been drawing customers since the beginning. The sports car segment is known for its rabid loyalty, and it says a lot that muscle-car lovers, both new and old, are choosing the Challenger.

 
And why not? Even the base Challenger is delivering on its bold visual muscle-car styling with a new lighter aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that cranks out 305 horsepower. That’s 55 more horsepower than last year’s model. We’ve also improved the braking and suspension changes for even greater handling.

 
With the great styling, upgraded powertrain and improved handling, the 2011 Dodge Challenger also has some great performance-driven exterior enhancements. Larger 18-inch aluminum wheels which now come standard on the Challenger and give it a more athletic stance with wider tires. The Dodge Challenger SE with the new Rallye package offers the all-new Super Sport Group, which provides new five-spoke 20 x 8-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and even wider low-profile tires. And for those of you who’ve been bitten by the nostalgia bug, Challenger’s iconic bright racing-style fuel-filler door and dual chromed exhaust tips are now standard on all models.

 
We’ve also hit the Challenger with an awesome interior upgrade. We’ve added new precision steering, a new steering wheel with a fistful of great features and redesigned the seats to be more comfortable with a great premium feel.

 
So you see, it isn’t by chance that this happened. We care about the product we put out there.


  • http://www.westcoastchallengers.com West Coast Challengers

    Congrats on the award. Well deserved. The new changes to the 2011 Challenger are evidence that Chrysler is actively listening to owners. Keep up the good work.

  • SUBLIME

    Speaking of improving the Challenger to retain customer loyalty, fix the automatic windows that have to go up and down everytime you close the door. It was 12 degrees this morning in the Dallas area and when I went to close my doors the windows wouldn’t go down so they bounced off the rubber window moulding on the roof and side of the car. The door wouldn’t close unless I really slammed it but the window was bent. Finally, after the heater was on for 20 minutes the electric motors warmed up enough to where they started to work again. You may have to insulate these motors. This must happen to people all the time who live up north. Isn’t there a way to angle the slot of the window moulding so the windows don’t have to go up and down? That is just another thing waiting to break and upset customers.

  • SoCal Challengers

    Congratulations Dodge and keep up the great work! You got our vote!

  • CJ

    Congratulations Dodge!

  • SUBLIME

    RLD, I see you finally have the downloadable brochure for the 2011 cars on your Dodge website working. I like the picture of the Green With Envy R/T Classic Challenger. Interesting new wheels as well. Thanks!

  • http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3089456 Paladin06

    Congrats Dodge on an award well deserved. Keep them coming.

  • PokerMunkee

    Sweet! Now just give us a convertible option!

  • 440

    @Sublime,
    Thats the reason I did not buy a new Challenger…Cant stand when you open the doors the window goes down a bit,very odd I think ! Cant wait too see these Challenger’s off warranty and the window regulator fails,as they do on 300′s and Charger’s ! And you cant shut the doors ,because the windows dont go down…I love my classic Mopar’s more everyday,and I will only buy Ram trucks for newer vehicles from now on,until they have weird options as they window crap the Chally has,because where I live it rains alot and when I owned my 06 Charger ,the window got stuck all the way down,my dads Charger did same thing as did my sisters 300C !! So no faith in the lx cars especially with smart windows !! My old classic E-body 440 Challenger’s windows go up and down with no issues,no leaks,no rattles..why did they do this with the new ones,that just really turned me off of the Challenger,too bad !

    Bet this really slows the sales down,It did for me !

  • 440

    Yes,I know BMW,Chevy ect have the window that goes down to open the door,but I am sorry,that is one option i know will fail and rain water will soak my car !!!

    My old C-body,B-body and E-body Mopars never leaked ,quiet,no seal leakage ect..and I didnt have to worry about the windows not going up after I shut the door !

    I really hate the technology on new cars,they are not more reliable but trouble prone,keep them until the warranty is up then junk them !

    Too bad about this option on these cars,wanted a 392 SRT,but noticed that odd new car crap and no way,not for me !

    Make a frameless window like the old days,the windows didnt leak,not noisey…How do you enter the Challenger with a dead battery ?

    Very nice car,but I am sorry stupid options like that turn me way off !! I am better off I guess I spent the money fixing up another 68 Charger,that will destroy a 392 Challenger,gets more looks and is more reliable !! Though wanted a new Challenger grocery beater,unless they can warranty the windows for the lifetime of the car,no thanks..we get tons of Rain…frost ect..

  • keith kelskey

    the window are like that in my cadillac V All the new cars are going that way.Live in new york and the same problem could not close the door.They have to come up with something .Also I own a challenger srt8 2008 but only drive it in the spring and summer

  • SUBLIME

    440, did you see that Dynacorn makes a reproduction 1970 Challenger. Yes, the entire new sheet metal for the car all welded together for about $18,000. There is an article in the new Mopar Muscle magazine. It was also at the SEMA show. Thicker sheet metal than the original, better welds and door hinges and yes no rust. They are also talking about making a ‘cuda. Why they didn’t do that first I do not know. We can purchase a Challenger now, not a ‘cuda. That is what I am waiting for. Ralph and Sergio will not make a ‘cuda which all of us want, so we will buy our cars from someone else. They will NEVER be able to replicate the old lines of a ‘cuda. I will tell you this much, although the new Charger looks better than anything else currently available, the old 1969 version beats it hands down. Why they can’t puff out the wheel wells and make them look streamlined, I do not know. http://www.streetlegaltv.com/features/interviews/the-muscle-car-place-podcast-get-a-new-classic-from-dynacorn/

  • http://www.franyo.dk LarsHerlev

    Hallo Gentlemen

    I think I will emty my little pig… especialy now when the Challengers has had that upgrad it should have from the first day.

    My next car could very well be a Dodge Challenger SE Rally – but why don’t you deliver in Hemi Orange or Yellow…??? It the right colors to at car like that…!!!

    When will you offer Xenon/HID-light as an option to the 3,6SE – this is very impotent for the safty nightdriving?

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    I don’t know why everybody is complaining about the Challenger’s side window regulators. Mine is a year old, has 22K on it, I’m in an out of mine all day long and never a problem. Mustang has it, Camaro has it and it’s the way it’s done. It’s technology. It seals out wind noise better than more expensive cars I have owned. It’s not a deal breaker.
    It’s a retro car, but it’s NOT 1970 anymore! Would we all love to have a ’70 parked in our garage? Sure! But, you can’t tell me it’s more reliable than a 2010. And for the question, “How do you enter the Challenger when the battery is dead?” The answer is, “With the key!”
    If any of you guys don’t or won’t buy this car because of the side windows, you need a therapist!

  • SUBLIME

    2010CHALLENGER, just because the other sheep are falling off the cliff doesn’t mean we have to follow.

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    Has nothing to do with sheep falling off the cliff. Maybe Dodge should go back to a solid axle? Maybe an AM Radio because that awesome 368 watt touch screen stereo in my car is gonna be a $1000 to replace when it breaks. Oh, how I yearn for some crackly Mopar AM radio with the rotating dials on one side. How about some 14″ wheels and bias ply tires?
    And OF COURSE, CRANK WINDOWS!
    Gimme a break.

  • SUBLIME

    2010CHALLENGER, we like Dodge more than you, we are just trying to tell them a few things they need to work on. They do not need to copy the faults of others, they need to design products that are better than the competition. When I was growing up, everyone knew Chrysler for their engineering and new ideas. At any rate, my AM/FM radio still works in my 1971 road runner when the one in my 2004 truck started to crackle and the CD would not eject. I will be honest with you, the ride in my road runner with the 15″ rallye wheels is much smoother than in my 2010 Challenger. in fact, you can steer it with your pinky when the Challenger’s steering doesn’t come back. You have to turn the wheel back to straighten out the car. That is probably why they have this new electric assist power steering. I will be honest with you, I love my Challenger and think it is the greatest car on the market, however, everything can always be improved so don’t take these comments personally. The Dodge boys have been listening to us on this blog and have been doing a fairly good job of making the improvements. Sometimes we sound harsh just because we wish they could change things a lot faster. We all know it takes time to make design, engineering, etc. changes and rescheduling, retooling, etc. takes a lot of time but they are getting there. Their cars and trucks are looking a lot better and that 392 HEMI is a monster. Keep the good things coming Dodge.

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    @SUBLIME, I have loved the Challenger since my friend bought a brand new 1973 Challenger Rallye in Top Banana Yellow, 340 w/TorqueFlite. Which he still has in his garage with about 27K on the odometer. It and many other Mopars are awesome.
    And no, I didn’t take yours or anybody else’s comments personally. I love cars and so does everybody on here. Especially Mopars. Who doesn’t like a good car debate?
    My beef is that, I don’t understand why the window issue would keep anybody from buying this awesome car. It’s not a deal breaker. I looked up the price for the window motor and it’s $40. I spent more at lunch with my girlfriend today for her birthday! And I’m not rich.
    I don’t think the power window issue will be solved anytime soon. My 1982 Trans Am windows wouldn’t go down until the car was hot either. That was almost 30 years ago, so I can sympathize with you. So, we’re cool.

  • SUBLIME

    2010CHALLENGER, its the safety issue. The doors would not close, they popped open when you tried to slam them. We finally had to open them all the way and with both hands slam the door. In the process the window bent in the tracks and I was afraid it was going to fall out. It is a really bad design, but as you said all the carmakers are doing it now which really puzzles me. Then when you replace the window motors you have to take the door panels off which will then squeek and rattle later as all the plastic fasteners get bent. All I am saying is that there has to be a remedy for this. I have had both my road runners over 150 mph many a times and the windows do not whistle.

  • R/TBlues

    All ya’ll are nuts…… how do you think they (Dodge) can get the windows to stay sealed at 140 miles an hour????? And dont give me this horseshit about the old cars…. I’ve owned more old iron then most men could dream about, and the old school stuff sucked ……. period. My T/A Challenger wants to suck the windows right out of the gasket around 110, and it’s a 52K one owner. My two 340 Dusters and 1967 charger aren’t any better. New gaskets, seals, no matter…. wash that old junk and I will bet you somewhere there’s a few drips of water. My big bitch with the new stuff is the sheetmetal thickness. Save me on your sales pitch “its high strength” …….if you breath on this stuff it dents…. the hood on my R/T flutters over 80….

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    I’ll agree with you on the sheetmetal thickness. All I did was lean on the top of my fender while pouring new oil in during an oil change (Mobil 1, of course) and I noticed slight ripples in the sheetmetal! I couldn’t believe it! It’s not big time noticable, but I picked up on it right away when I was getting in the car. It caught me eye. Just from my elbows leaning on it. But , I do understand about energy absorption in an accident, so I guess we’re gonna have to live with tin foil sheetmetal.

  • The fuzz

    Looks nice. However, let me know when a convertible comes out. Then we’ll talk…..

  • HEMIhead

    Agree on the sheetmetal being as thin as possible. I mentioned this in other posts here. Wait until you get little dents everywhere, it will drive you nuts. You can’t lean on any of that sheetmetal, it will buckle and bend. There’s been problems with these cars with sunroofs. The
    roof will buckle around the sunroof opening. Looks like dents where the corners of the sunroof is. Remember in the old days, when you would see a girl sitting on the hood. Don’t try that these days! I guess it’s a sign of the times. The hood on my charger is aluminum, and that = dent city! I also mentioned about how thin the paint is. It chips like crazy. Was at the dealer looking at new vehicles, and several had the paint chipped off the edges of the doors, in spots, down to the primer. Those cars were right from the factory and had not been driven for miles on the road yet! Was also looking at a new 2010 Challenger R/T in the showroom with the hood up. The paint was gone to bare metal where the hood stops contact it. Crazy, it was a brand new vehicle. I guess time and technology in sheetmetal and paint have really changed over the years.

  • SUBLIME

    Hey guys it wasn’t the window motors after all. The rubber seal on the door edge allows alot of water to get in there and then it freezes so tight that the cheap little window motors can’t move the windows when they are iced over. I bought a can of the spray de-icer and sprayed that the other day and the windows went right down. Just keep a can of de-icer in your trunk and you are good to go. It works great on your windows as well. I forgot all about that until I was looking for something in the autoparts store.

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    SUBLIME, I meant to tell you to use window de-icer but I forgot, LOL! Glad you figured out a solution. I will buy a can for myself to keep in the garage tomorrow.

  • 2010CHALLENGER

    As far as the tin foil sheet metal goes. Why is my car 4000 pounds with this sheet metal??? You would think it would lighten this car up a bit, no?

  • The very next time

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesn’t fail me just as much as this one. After all, I know it was my choice to read, nonetheless I truly believed you would have something useful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy looking for attention.