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Dodge Joined the Most Innovative Companies List

Dodge Joined the Most Innovative Companies ListRecently Fast Company announced that Dodge joined the most innovative companies list accompanied by such brand monsters like Google and Amazon.

Fast Company’s 2014 ‘World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies’ list acknowledges those who brilliantly advertise and market for their company. It also names these companies for their sales increases throughout the year because of these innovations.

“Dodge’s late-2013 spokesman was all bluster: It was Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s prancing idiot from Anchorman 2, whose TV ads lifted Durango sales 59% last October.” (Fast Company’s 50 List)

One part that really stood out to Fast Company was that on Conan one night, Ron Burgundy appeared and as a joke said that he didn’t know what the big deal was and that the Dodge Durango wasn’t all that great. So, what did Dodge do? They thought it was hilarious and stuck by it! It was well-played and innovatively successful.

During 2013 Dodge also hopped on the Fast & Furious vibe with their newest movie as well Defiance on the SyFy channel. With all their innovative ideas, it is easy to see what got them to the number 11 spot on the list.

Stop by Corwin Dodge today to witness just what helped when Dodge joined the Most Innovative Companies List.

Chicago Auto Show Dodge Lineup Impresses

Chicago Auto Show Dodge Lineup
Chicago Auto Show Dodge Lineup
Photo Contributed by The News Wheel

The who’s who of automotive companies come to the nation’s largest auto show with lots of preparation and anxiousness to show off the latest models they have. The Chicago Auto Show Dodge lineup was one such example, and it really impressed the public.

Among the multiple vehicles featured in the Chicago Auto Show Dodge lineup there were some that, like always, stuck out. The Dodge Challenger, our modern-day flashback of muscle machinery, showed up in a deep two-tone deep red and black paint job showing off ifs power and style.

Dodge Viper SRT - Chicago Auto Show Dodge Lineup
Dodge Viper SRT
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Dodge also featured the Charger that can now get up to an EPA estimated 31 mpg*. Its bright orange paint job mixed with sleek lines and a rounded body really displayed its beautiful features.

Then, there was the 2014 Dodge Viper SRT which was a really eye catcher with its lime green paint job and, well, you know how good looking a Viper is.

Overall the Chicago Auto Show Dodge Lineup was impressive and well-received. They even debuted the new Dodge Journey Crossroad, which is a more SUV-like Journey.

Knowing now what kind of a punch Dodge packs in its lineup, come see them for yourself. Check out a Dodge Challenger, Charger or Viper SRT at Corwin Dodge.

*EPA estimated mpg. Actual mileage will vary based on driving conditions and habits.

Black Pickup Trucks Make Men More Appealing, Survey Says

Just imagine your favorite Family Feud host, whether it is Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson, Steve Harvey, or someone else, and have him saying this, “We surveyed 100 people and put the top five answers on the board. The question is: Tell me the kind of car that makes men more attractive.” Would you be surprised that the number one answer is black pickup trucks? It certainly makes sense to us!

According to Insure.com 32% of women find black pickup trucks as the “sexiest” car a man can drive, with sports cars behind it at 27%. So, we want to help you attract that lovely woman you notice in your office, or the attractive mom you pull up next to at a stop light, with a Ram truck from Corwin Dodge in Springfield, MO.

Ram 1500 - Black Pickup Trucks
Ram 1500

We get it. Black paint jobs make a car look clean and sleek, and there is nothing better than a big ole manly truck. Just speculating here, but it seems like women want to see the rugged, country guy more than the stock broker from New York. Sorry guys.

They want black pickup trucks? We’ve got ‘em! Come check out a Ram 1500 Laramie or a Ram 1500 Tradesman/Express at Corwin Dodge Ram today!

So what should you do right now? “Survey Says…get a black pickup truck!”

Dodge Avenger Discontinued after 2014 Model Year

With automakers constantly updating their lineups and rebuilding vehicles, there is a time when a vehicle is no longer made, and that time has come for a great Dodge vehicle. It is announced that after 2014 we can see the Dodge Avenger discontinued.

Chrysler, as a whole, has decided that they want to start straying away from having “sister” vehicles within different, but connecting, brands. (i.e. Dodge and Chrysler) Now, after having the Dodge Avenger discontinued, the Chrysler 200 will be able to take over as the only midsize sedan.

Dodge Avenger Discontinued
2014 Dodge Avenger

“There is not an Avenger version of the new 200 planned, “ confirms Kathy Graham, product PR manager for the Chrysler Group. “The 2014 MY (model year) Dodge Avenger started production in July, 2013 and is scheduled to end in Q1 2014,” she stated. (article by Stephen Elmer of AutoGuide.com)

Now that the Dodge Avenger will be out of the picture, we can expect to see a rise in other vehicles from the Dodge family, such as the Dodge Dart and Dodge Durango.

Since you are going to be running out of time to get the Dodge Avenger, make sure you stop by Corwin Dodge in Springfield, MO and take one for a test drive. You may just want to go home with the future Dodge Avenger discontinued vehicle.

The Dodge Challenger SRT at the Detroit Auto Show

Dodge Challenger SRT
Dodge Challenger SRT

We love to see the new vehicles that show up at auto shows and events, especially when they are flaunting a bright, suave, attractive color, and that is exactly what the new Dodge Challenger SRT showed up in.

Sporting a beautiful bright purple paint job, the Challenger was featured among Dodge’s other top models at the North American International Auto Show, aka the Detroit Auto Show.

To go with that awesome paint job, the Challenger SRT has a lot of features that are going to blow you away.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT Features

Dodge Challenger SRT
Dodge Challenger SRT
  • 3.6-Liter five- engine with a five-speed automatic transmission and 27 mpg highway*
  • Available 5.7-Liter V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and up to 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque
  • Uconnect® touchscreen with navigation
  • Available Uconnect® Web hotspot
  • Keyless Enter ‘N Go™
  • Best-in-Class cargo capacity
  • Cloth, premium cloth, or leather-trimmed bucket seats

So, as you can plainly see, the new Challenger has a lot more than just a pretty face, but a body and brains to go with it!

This ultimate muscle car is already available at Corwin Dodge in Springfield, MO. So come for a test drive as soon as possible, and see what this vehicle is all about!

*EPA estimated mpg with 3.6L engine and five-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought OfWe all know what owning a car really feels like, “Oh man I have to stop for gas again?!” (Unless of course you have decided to purchase to a hybrid or all-electric vehicle) But this isn’t the way it should have to be. There are many gas saving tips that you know the trick to, but what about some gas saving tips you might not have thought of?

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

Lose Some Weight – No, we don’t mean yourself, we mean in your vehicle! When you leave excess weight in your car it makes the engine work hard to move and, in turn, use more gas. Extra weight can be anything such as clothes, sports equipment, or bodies (just kidding!!).

Be Efficient! B-E Efficient! – While that is lame as a cheer, it makes a lot of sense! According to FuelEconomy.Gov, “Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.”

Racks on Racks on Racks – Making your vehicle aerodynamic will help to use less gas. So, on your SUV remove those roof racks and rails in order to help prevent wind resistance.

Catch a Cold – it is known fact that most liquids expand in heat, and the same goes for gasoline. Try to put gas in your car in the morning. That way as the temperature rises throughout the day the gas will expand and then you will save some gas!

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way – There are always other options than driving (depending on how far away you are). Catch a bus, ride a bike, or even walk if you want.

While you may or may not want to take our advice, Corwin Dodge just wants to remind you that gas prices are continuously on the rise, and it is going to become more and more expensive to fill up your tank.

Corwin 100 Years Sales Event at Corwin Dodge

Corwin 100 Years Sales Event

This year marks the 100th anniversary for the Corwin Automotive Group, and they want to share their excitement with everyone. If you come in to one of the dealerships, such as Corwin Dodge, and receive great discounts on new vehicles. Some of our dealerships are even giving away 100 Gallons of Gas and 100 Car Washes.*

Have you been thinking about getting a new car, but didn’t know if you would be getting any deals on one? Well, the deals that are going on now through the end of January will surely help to make your decision!

Corwin 100 Years Sales Event

100 Gallons of Gas – What else can you say except, “WOW! 100 gallons of gas is a lot of gas!” Let’s assume you are getting a vehicle with a 10 gallon tank. That would be 10 free fill-ups! If that vehicle gets, for instance, about an average of 25 mpg, you would get 2,500 miles for free! What a deal!

100 Car Washes – Some people may think: When will I need 100 car washes? Well, car washes aren’t just to make your car shiny and nice looking. They also help to prevent rust, gunk build up, and decay. So you can get a car wash once a month and have a clean, protected car for years!

Discounted APR rates and Leasing – on lots of models you will find discounted leasing rates and APR financing! This will help you to find the right vehicle for the right price and payments!

Don’t miss out on the Corwin 100 Years Sales Event! Stop in at Corwin Dodge today to check out our newest vehicles including the 2014 Dodge Avenger, 2014 Dodge Charger, and the 2014 Ram 1500.

*See dealer for details. Restrictions may apply.

Corwin Dodge Used Car of the Week: 2006 Dodge Charger Sedan

A lot of people hear car dealers and automatically think ‘New Cars,’ but we also carry an extensive lineup of used vehicles as well. The Corwin Dodge Used Car of the Week will highlight one model that we have on our lot as of today, and that is the 2006 Dodge Charger Sedan.

This cherry-red four-door sedan currently has an internet price of $10,987* and that’s a deal for what all comes with it!

Corwin Dodge Used Car of the Week

2006 Dodge Charger Sedan

Corwin Dodge Used Car of the Week: 2006 Dodge Charger Sedan
2006 Dodge Charger Sedan
  • 3.5-Liter V-6 engine with automatic transmission
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Electronic stability control, traction control
  • 60/40 folding rear seats, 9-way power adjustable driver seat
  • Super-clean interior
  • 115,082 miles

Plus, there is so much that you can see when you come for a test drive. Now that you know what all entails with the Corwin Dodge Used Car of the Week, it is time to come see it in person! Stop by our conveniently located dealership on West Sunshine Street in Springfield, MO to go for a test drive. Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what you think!

*Based on current internet price. Actual price may vary. Contact our dealership for the most up-to-date quote.

Ram 1500 Truck Named Back-to-Back Truck of the Year

Motor Trend magazine is a highly reliable source to find great information on vehicles you are interested in, and advice on which vehicles they like the best. Each year they hold the “of the Year” event that names a vehicle in each segment as the vehicle of the year. This time, there was a first for Motor Trend. They named the Ram 1500 truck as the Truck of the Year for a second year in a row, which is a first for any truck.

A lot of factors go in to considering what vehicle will be placed in the number one spot of the year. First of all a vehicle must be new or significantly changed since the previous model, and it has to rank well in all categories of a truck.

The Ram 1500 added a new EcoDiesel engine to it that provides more energy and more power. This V6 engine provided lots of torque while still keeping great fuel economy. “Not only did [the Ram 1500] withstand our rigorous testing, it thoroughly impressed our judges with its vast array of standard and optional equipment, and most notable, its fuel-efficient, segment-exclusive EcoDiesel V-6. With 420 pound-feet of torque and up to 28 ‘Real MPG’ highway, the EcoDiesel is a true game-changer,” said Motor Trend’s Editor-In-Chief.

Engine features aren’t the only great aspects of the Ram 1500 truck though. Motor Trend also enjoyed its style and towing capability, giving top remarks for these categories.

Getting this ground-breaking truck will really make you appreciate its top-notch EcoDiesel engine and beautiful look. Come see the Ram 1500 trucks on our lot to go for a test drive and see exactly what reviewers are ranting and raving about.

2014 Dodge Dart and Avenger Earn Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safe (IIHS) runs a series of tests on vehicles across the market in order to determine how safe they are. This year the 2014 Dodge Dart and Avenger have earned a Top Safety Pick thanks to their advanced safety technology and build.

Top Safety Pick Plus ratings are not easy to receive. Each vehicle must earn a rating of “good” in four different areas: moderate-overlap frontal crash, side impact, roof strength, and whiplash. “In addition, a 2014 Top Safety Pick must rate ‘acceptable’ or bet in the IIHS’ new small-overlap front crashworthiness evaluation,” says Chrysler Media.

Dodge has been making safe vehicles for a long time, and it shows with its reputation. This marks the sixth time that the Dodge Avenger has been awarded the Top Safety Pick in the mid-size sedan category, and the Dodge Dart has been on the list for compact sedans since it came out in 2012.

Available in the Dodge Dart for safety is a lot of helpful assets including: advanced-airbag technology, ParkView back-up camera, Rear Cross Path detection, and Blind-Spot Monitoring.

2014 Dodge Dart and Avenger vehicles help to provide the kind of safety you are looking for in your next sedan. So, don’t miss out on getting an award-winning car and stop by Corwin Dodge today to go for a test drive. Let us know what you think of them in our comments box!