Four Chrysler Group LLC Models Receive MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award

    Four Chrysler Group LLC Models Receive MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 8, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe 2013 Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Fiat 500 Abarth and SRT Viper all earn
    MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award

MotorWeek, television's original automotive magazine, has released its annual
list of Drivers' Choice Awards and four Chrysler Group vehicles have earned
top honors, including:

  oDodge Dart: Best Compact Car
  oRam 1500: Best Pickup Truck
  oFiat 500 Abarth: Best Sport Coupe
  oSRT Viper: Best Dream Machine

"We are honored to have MotorWeek recognize the Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Fiat 500
Abarth and SRT Viper as winners of its Drivers' Choice Awards," said Reid
Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales, Chrysler Group LLC. "These awards from
influential third-party reviewers recognize the time and resources we've
invested in revamping our product lineup to deliver high-quality vehicles that
offer a solid balance of both power and fuel-efficiency and are fun to drive."

MotorWeek has judged the best new cars and trucks of the year for the past 32
years. Its annual Drivers' Choice Awards looks at vehicles from a buyer's
point of view, judging on value and reliability, while also taking the latest
trends and innovation into consideration.

"The Dodge Dart is the perfect mix of Italian flair and American ingenuity,
while the very European Fiat 500 Abarth transforms to American taste with its
mean look, great sounds and exceptional handling," said John Davis, host and
creator of MotorWeek. "The Ram 1500 made us all believers that a V-6
enginecan be a standard bearer in the full-size truck ranks, and the SRT
Viper returned beautifully with all of its V-10 fury intact."

An episode of MotorWeek featuring all of its Drivers' Choice Awards winners is
currently scheduled to air beginning Feb. 9 on PBS and Feb. 19 on Discovery's
Velocity Network.

About the Dodge Dart

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart leverages the world-class architecture and DNA of
Alfa Romeo and then infuses it with Dodge passion and design, creating an
agile, fun-to-drive compact car with mid-size levels of interior roominess and
unmatched style, technology, safety and customization. The Dodge Dart brings
features and content never before seen in the compact car segment. With a U.S.
manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of just $15,995 (excluding
destination), the new Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that's
beautifully designed and crafted with high-quality materials, attention to
detail and precision craftsmanship.

With an available fun-to-drive 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine offering up to
41 mpg highway, great ride and handling characteristics compliments of the
Alfa Romeo-based chassis, innovative interior style featuring high-quality
materials, splashes of color – like Ruby Red and Citrus Peel – and cool
technology not found in the segment, like the available class-exclusive
8.4-inch Uconnect Touch Screen and 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT)
customizable gauge cluster, as well as class-leading safety features, such as
10 standard air bags, and innovative style including available class-exclusive
LED "racetrack" taillamps and integrated dual exhaust, the 2013 Dodge Dart
sets a new standard in the compact car segment.

About the Ram 1500

The 2013 Ram 1500 marks a milestone for Ram as this truck delivers
best-in-class fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway with a truckload
of pioneering, fuel-saving systems including a more fuel efficient and more
powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine and first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed
TorqueFlite 8 transmission, stop-start and active aerodynamics, including
grille shutters and air suspension. Ram engineers changed every area of the
truck – from a newly designed frame to new engines and transmissions to a new
interior with the next-generation Uconnect® system. With best-in-class ride
and handling and best-in-class aerodynamics, the 2013 Ram 1500 delivers
unmatched content, performance and capability to truck buyers. The 2013 Ram
1500 is available in nine trim levels and starts at $23,585 including $995
destination charge.

About the Fiat 500 Abarth

Faithful to the "small but wicked" saying coined for Karl Abarth's cars in the
1960s, the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth embodies the racing traditions that have made
it a success on European roadways and racetracks — world-class performance and
precision, purposeful and aggressive styling, high power-to-weight ratio and
limited-production volume.

Building on the excitement of the 2013 Fiat 500 (Cinquecento), the Fiat 500
Abarth is designed for track-day enthusiasts and driving purists who want the
ultimate high-performance small car with the pedigree of an exclusive Italian
exotic.

With its 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, Abarth-tuned suspension and brake
systems, race-inspired design, and technology features not traditionally
included on a small car, the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth unleashes legendary Italian
performance heritage to American streets.

About the SRT Viper

The fifth generation of iconic American-built supercar returns in 2013 as the
SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand's flagship performance machine with
more power and performance, superior craftsmanship, new technologies and
creature comforts. Power from the all-aluminum, 8.4-liter mid-front V-10
engine delivering 640 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque – the most torque
of any naturally aspirated sports-car engine in the world, combines with
triple-digit weight reduction to produce the best power-to-weight ratio of any
Viper ever. Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability
control, traction control and new 4-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS)

Two new models of the iconic supercar will be hand-built at the Conner Avenue
Assembly Plant in Detroit – the Viper's home since 1995. Both SRT Viper and
SRT Viper GTS models offer new interior and exterior designs incorporating
premium materials and new exterior surfaces with aerodynamically functional
details that are beautifully integrated into the high-tech carbon fiber and
aluminum skin. On the inside, designers and engineers strived to rethink all
its touch points and upgrade all its material appointments and technologies.
The Viper GTS model adds a driver-selectable, two-mode suspension system for
street or track use.



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