Western Leader : January 20th 2012
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NOW $10995! $12995! $14995! NOW JUST $8995! NOW $13995! $13995! $10995! $13995! NOW $11995 NOW ONLY $16995 $13995 $11995 $10995 $13995 $17995 Journey to boost Chrysler's rise The improved Dodge people mover is set to increase the Italian/Amer- ican company's sales writes PAUL OWEN. What car company enjoyed one of the biggest increases in new vehicle sales on the New Zealand market during 2011? Almost unbelievably, it was Chrysler, which has now hit the comeback trail with a vengeance since the Obama administrations corporate welfare prevented it from going under in 2009. Chrysler, which sells most of its vehicles under Dodge and Jeep brands in this mar- ket, experienced a 40 percent increase in sales during 2011, the success driven by favour- able currency exchange, aggressive marketing, and the increased quality of the cars it produces. The first step in Chrysler s Lazarus-like comeback was the much improved new- generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, however this month sees the arrival on our shores of a more affordable new vehicle that could drive the Dodge brand right into the heart of the suburban mainstream -- the revised seven-seat Journey. The new Journey is out- wardly recognisable as the previous model, circa 2008, from every angle except the front view where the new cross-haired grille distin- guishes it. It s only when you step inside that you witness the huge steps forward that the model has taken since Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, took over the leadership of Chrysler. Dull grey Fisher Price- mimicking hard plastics have been mostly replaced with soft-touch materials of more inspiring hues, and a Mercedes-Benz S-class design theme determines the pleas- ing shapes of air vents, instrument pods, and control panels. Meanwhile the previous Journey s interior highlights remain -- the deep storage bins located under the sliding/folding second-row seats, the self-draining stow- age for wetsuits and fishing gear, and the occasional third-row seats that have the potential to serve any car- pool well. Like the original Journey, the wagon body s high waist- line and chunky window pillars restrict the driver s sightlines, and this makes it almost mandatory to spend another $1500 on one of the few options available for the model -- a combined reversing camera/DVD entertainment system. The limited list of options on offer is simply because the new Journey is absolutely loaded with stuff as it comes from the box, and the equip- ment inventory can with- stand comparison with that of luxury-brand wagons. Even the entry-level $39,990 SXT Journey comes with a touch-screen control interface, exceptionally clear Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and three-zone cli- mate control. Step up to the $45,990 R/T version, and all seven seats will be leather-clad, the front row pews now contain heaters, the 17 inch alloys grow to size 19s, and a sub- woofer will be added to the six-speaker Alpine audio. Its clear from the quality of the interior of the Dodge, its raft of standard equipment, and its value price positi- oning, that Chrysler s New Zealand distributor is pass- ing on the favourable cur- rency exchange it enjoys when purchasing the two new Journey models. The Journey R/T has the potential to ask the hardest question of alternate buying choices like Fords $54,990 2wd Territory TS. Why spend the extra $9000 to sit on cloth instead of leather? Performance-wise, the new Journey has the firepower to more than match other petrol six-cylinder seven-seat family vehicles. Chrysler s 206kW, 3.6 litre vvt-equipped V6 first made its debut here in the Grand Cherokee. In a substantially lighter vehicle like the Journey, the new V6 is even feistier drive when driving the front wheels via a six- speed automatic gearbox. Expect to reach 100kph from rest in around eight seconds, and to top out at a claimed maximum of 208kph if the highway patrol will let you. The Journey s vehicle dynamics are also on the money, provided you like a lot of power assistance at the wheel. For me, this proved dead handy round town but not so welcome when driving at higher speeds on the open road. Italladdsuptoalotofcar for the money.
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