Dodge to Rock NAIAS 2011

Get ready, Dodge fans. We’re polishing our sheet metal for the biggest auto show on this continent – the 2011 North American International Auto Show. We’ve been itching for a chance to show America just what the new Dodge is all about, and NAIAS 2011 in Detroit is the perfect venue. We’ll have all of our 2011 models on hand, and visitors to the show will be able to get up close and personal with their favorite Dodge models. The public can get in on the action starting January 15th, and the show runs all the way through the 23rd.

If you can’t find your way up to Detroit for the big event, be sure to stay tuned to the blog. We’ll be uploading photos and big stories from the show to keep you up to date. If you’ve been holding onto any specific questions about the new Dodge vehicles or NAIAS itself, don’t be shy. Drop your questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them here. See you in Detroit!



    Posted January 11, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Good stuff, any new stuff in the Mopar Accessories display? No Green with Envy R/T Classic Challengers on display? Any Challengers painted in the toxic orange on display? The red accent interior is a nice touch on the Charger, can you do it for the Challenger? You need to spruce up the Challenger and not just the limited inaugural 392 editions. They get the white accent interior, but how about red interior accents for the other SRT8s? When do the 2011 online brochures for the Challenger and Charger come out? It seems like the trucks are the first one’s out every year. I know, you sell more trucks than cars combined. You need to blacken out around the headlights on the Avenger like you do on the Charger. It would make it look ten times better and your sales would greatly improve. It would tie in better with the black grille. You cleaned up the Chrysler 200s exterior, but the Avenger still needs a few minor touches so it can compete with the mid size car segment. How about a turbo for the R/T Avenger V6 motor and a hood scoop. It needs some stripes as well. I can never tell an R/T Avenger from a 4-banger. I like the idea of promoting your online store because you have a lot of neat stuff that ships out the same day. I received my order within three days, standard UPS.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Nice interior on the 392 Challenger. Still waiting for the Grand Caravan to show up at the dealership. If I drop by the dealer they still try to sell me the 2010 – Yeeech!
    How about a Mopar online Canadian storefront, so I can
    order right at my computer, instead of having to hassle with dealers that such Mopar parts/items do exsist and can be ordered through them?

  • moparman
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    If someone wanted to order a 2011 charger, how would they go about “deleting” that fugly spoiler on an R/T road and track package? (’cause I didn’t see that option on the web site)

    How do you order one with the smallest wheels and the biggest package, IE so an R/T doesn’t look like a tuner?

    Is it mechanically possible to put some 16 inch Craigers on the car without changing the brakes? If so, will that require a different speedo gear, or do they even use a gear anymore?

  • moparman
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    After re-reading my first post, it probably sounded more negative than I intended it too. I am just not a fan of the huge wheel, itty bitty tire look.

    I am just thinking if I was gonna order one of these cars (and they are growing on me…….) I would want an option for more “classic charger” wheels and tires, as well as no spoiler.

    I can live without the performance the tiny tires supposedly provide. That’s a fair trade for making it look better in my opinion.

    Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Yes, moparman I am with you. I think my Challenger looks stupid with the big wheels and little tires. I just can’t get over that bicycle tire look. I like the compromise of the 18″ rim, however, the wheels Dodge offers in that size are butt ugly. In addition, the tires are the same width as the wheel so when you hit a curb you scrape up the wheel instead of just rubbing the tire which a little Armor All could fix. Instead I have to take an orbital sander with 80 grit, then 120 grit, then 220 grit and then 800 grit and finally 2000 grit paper and a buffer with compound to get the deep scrapes out. Luckily it all buffed out and looks new. I had to put p255/45/20s in the front and p275/45/20s in the rear. Now the tire rubs the curb and not the $600 wheel. It raises the car up a little in the rear and looks a lot better. I buy a new car and I have to purchase wheels with less than 1000 miles on them. The designers of these cars are just flat out stupid sometimes. Then the check engine light comes on every time the car gets hot and idles at a traffic light. The idle drops below 500 rpms and the guys checked it at Autozone and said it was a P0072 Ambient Air Temperature sensor problem. Too many senors that screw up the car. Then ever time it gets cold the tire engine light comes on because the air has condensed and the tire pressure is a few pounds too low. It wouldn’t be bad, however, it has to ding every time so when I am driving with someone to show off my car they look over and say what’s wrong with your car. It is embarrassing. Then they tell me that is why they don’t buy Chrysler products. What can you say. Then the trim pieces on top of the door by the window crack on both sides. New cars are suppose to last and not have problems. I just turned over 5,000 miles. I am ready to sell it and buy an old ‘cuda. Maybe there is a way to turn off the idiot lights. You can’t take it to the dealer because they need 3-6 hours to look at it and they always scratch it or dent it. I just wished Chrysler would police their dealers better so you can have feel safe about purchasing a new car. I really don’t think anybody tests these cars.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Sublime, that’s really sad. I hear you. Don’t make sense why they can’t check these things out
    or use their head when designing some things on these cars. It’s the little things that drive you crazy. Last year I looked at a new Journey, as I was considering buying a new vehicle. Then as the salesman was talking to me, I found myself thinking about what I could do myself, at home, to make the horrendously cheap looking interior more appealing. And I had to stop myself and wonder what I was thinking. I was going to buy a new vehicle, and then spend more money on it to “fix” it. I had to pass on it. Crazy.
    I am now looking at the new 2011 Grand Caravan, and while trying to get the options I want on it, discovered that I can’t order the power second row windows and rear power vents unless I buy those stupid aluminum rims? I hate those things and just want the steel wheels and plastic wheel covers. What does wheels have to do with windows? Who put those option packages together? Aluminum rims are fine on a car such as yours, etc.. but for an A to B, everyday vehicle, winter driven, tire jockeys tearing them apart changing from summer/winter tires, after about two years of that they look like chit! Clear coat comes right off of them.
    As for your ambient air temperature sensor, it should be located inside the grill right behind the challenger badge. It’s a little plastic black sensor, with one wire, it has a little black tip that sticks up/out with a rounded end. I think they go for about $25 bucks at the dealer, are easy to replace, and are known to go bad early. It’s easy to replace yourself, or tell the dealer to replace it for you. This will cause your P0072 code, and will cause your car to idle low. The engine controller uses this ambient temp value to calculate idle speed, as well as other factors. The computer is thinking the ambient air is hot and reduces your idle speed to try and keep engine temps low. False reading from the sensor.
    If you have it available in your area, refill your tires with Nitrogen. This will fix your high/low tire pressure problem. Nitrogen contains no moisture, and thus will maintain pressure. It’s the moisture in the air that is the problem. All the SRT8’s I’ve seen come with Nitrogen already in the tires. You can tell because they have green valve stem caps on the wheels. And don’t ever use that spray in puncture sealant in your tires, or say goodbye to your tire pressure sensors.
    I hope this helps, man.

    Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    I purchased the new sensor for 30 bucks and it was behind the grille on the passenger side. You have to take off a few panels but you can bend most of the ones around the radiator out of the way and replace it. I had to take my diagonal pliers and cut off the back of the plastic fastener so I could remove it. I then had a large 1/4″ diameter flat black philips head screw that I could slip through the grille mesh and screw it in with. I couldn’t use another plastic fastener without removing all the junk around the grill which would have taken me another hour. The head of the plastic fastener is too large to get thru the grille mesh. It took about 30 minutes and now the car actually runs cooler (the needle doesn’t stay in the middle or past the middle of the guage). The idle does not go under 500 rpms and the engine light does not come on. The car doesn’t bog now when it gets hot. It is amazing what that little sensor can do. The supplier who makes the sensor must not care because my replacement sensor was bent when I took it out of the packaging. I had to bend the connection opening until it was square again so it would fit with the other connector. I almost thought it was the wrong part, however, it had the same part number so I gave it a try and it fit fine after the modification. I think Chrysler needs to investigate that supplier for quality. I amost bought another car from another manufacturer because of it. I bumped my tire pressure up to 40 psi and now the car rolls without even pressing the gas pedal. My mpg is showing improvement and no more idiot lights. I will let the air out when it gets hot again which may be awhile. I like the nitrogen idea. By the way, just tell your dealer to take the price off for the wheels and few extra thousand and they will sell you the car. When I bought my car I told them I didn’t want an option and they took the cost off or I told them I wouldn’t buy it. They did it. In addition, wait until the end of the month when they need to make their quota. It is amazing how far they will mark them down when they wouldn’t even dicker with me at the beginning of the month. I still think Dodge should pull out of the Sprint cup because there are too many Chevys and Toyotas that can “accidentally” crash into them just as they are about to win the race. I can’t wait to see Jimmy Johnson win another championship. The suspense is killing me.

  • HEMIhead
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Sublime, glad you got that resolved. Thanks for the dealer tip.
    Ya, I am sure it will be a great Nascar season for Dodge’s two cup cars. I’ll have another summer
    of free weekends I guess. Like I said before, either they’re all in or all out! I am sure the fan(s) will
    love it.

  • James
    Posted January 22, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    Is the picture of the 2011 Charger on “The Dodge To Rock NAIAS 2011” page in the tungsten or billet metallic color?

  • Dan
    Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Still no manual transmisions other than the Challenger Hemi only!

  • moparman
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’ll be….. There’s an option to remove that spoiler now on the web site.

    Thanks Dodge.

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