Seven vehicles from the Chrysler Group captured segment victories at the recent 2013 Texas Auto Roundup, including entries from four different brands. The annual event is presented each spring by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). Chrysler had more winners than any other automaker, including:
Chrysler Town & Country: Minivan of Texas
Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition: Best Interior
Dodge Journey Crew: Activity Vehicle of Texas
Fiat 500 Turbo: Subcompact Car of Texas
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392: Performance Coupe of Texas
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (2014 model): Performance SUV of Texas
Created to honor the values of hard work, perseverance and determination, the Chrysler 200 S Special Edition will debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show with unique appointments from a partner that knows something about all three: Carhartt. The Detroit-based work-apparel company has been outfitting the American workforce for more than 120 years with 100 percent made-in-the-USA gear — and also makes the “Imported from Detroit” line of apparel for Chrysler.
With vehicles specifically designed for those who love activities like hunting, hiking, and fishing—see the 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman, for example—it’s obvious that the Ram Truck team has a deep and abiding commitment to this country’s nature lovers. But now the brand is angling to expand its support even further as an official sponsor of two major competitive fishing programs.
For a record-setting 12th consecutive year, the Chrysler Town & Country has earned the Polk Loyalty Award for the minivan segment, once again earning acclaim for its customer-satisfying package of benefits.
”No other model has had a run of success like the Town & Country,” said Brad Smith, director of Polk’s Loyalty Management Practice. “With 12 consecutive years of best-in-class owner loyalty, Chrysler has had to adapt to evolving customer expectations and increased competition, yet through it all has continually developed a Town & Country that delights customers and drives high rates of repurchase loyalty.”
When we last checked in with the new 2013 Ram 1500 pickup at the end of December, it was adding the Detroit Free Press’ Truck of the Year honor to its trophy case, where it fit right in next to prizes like the Motor TrendTruck of the Year award—which the Ram had won earlier in 2012. Well, it’s a new year but the same old story for the fastest-growing full-size pickup brand in America: The Ram kicked off 2013 by capturing the Truck of the Year recognition from AOL Autos as well as the Pickup Truck of the Year honor from Four Wheeler Magazine.
When it launches in the second quarter of the year, the Fiat 500e will bring both some new style and some new efficiency benchmarks to the EV marketplace. As regards the former, drivers will notice a more aero-friendly exterior, with a more technology-oriented cabin, but what’s more important is that the 500e now has been certified by the EPA to achieve 122 MPGe city/108 MPGe highway/116 MPGe combined.
After a dominating performance at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo—where it won three prizes, including the event’s top honor as the “Truck of Texas”—the 2013 Ram pickup has now scored another major recognition. The redesigned Ram was recently named the Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
For such a small car, the Fiat 500 certainly seems to be making some big news. Even as its current lineup has now posted eight straight monthly sales records, the brand introduced three new members of the family during the current press week for the Los Angeles Auto Show.