Friday, December 16, 2011

Best of 2011 from GRAutoBlog: Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Edition

2011 was quite a year for Chrysler. Thanks in part to its "Imported from Detroit" campaign, award-winning Chrysler 300, and more, the automaker started to revive itself and infuse some much-needed hometown-pride back into the Motor City.

As this year is coming to a close, we wanted to compile a short-list of our favorite auto stories from 2011. The articles range from the new Call of Duty Jeep, which was a big hit with our readers and Facebook fans alike, to a look at Chrysler's popular "Imported from Detroit" campaign that spurred renewed interest in the brand and acted as a catalyst for reigniting a sense of hope and appreciation for Detroit.

We hope you enjoy our selection! Tell us your favorite part of 2011 in the comment section.

Chrysler Highlights:










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Chrysler’s New “Imported from Detroit” Project to Raise Funds for Detroit Charities

Chrysler and Eminem are teaming up once again to not only incite passion for Detroit, but actually raise money for local Detroit charities in order to have a positive impact in the Motor City community.

Chrysler’s commitment to the revitalization of Detroit has evolved from its pro-Detroit advertising campaign, to its “Imported from Detroit” merchandise and is now revving up once more with its new “Imported from Detroit” project. Read more ...

Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” Helps Re-brand Motor City

Detroit, poised to be the new comeback kid of American cities, goes by many names: Motown, Motor City, Hockeytown. And now, the city that represents the heart-and-soul of the American Auto Industry is embarking on a new era of civic pride and positive public relations, mostly thanks to the Chrysler brand.

Chrysler’s “Imported From Detroit” campaign was pushed into national consciousness with its Eminem-embellished Super Bowl commercial and has maintained momentum with a series of YouTube videos featuring local heros that represent the dedication and spirit of the city. Read more...

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Jeep Highlights:









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2012 Call of Duty Jeep: Modern Warfare 3 Special Edition

Gamers, step away from your controllers: Jeep and Activision are joining forces once more for a second Call of Duty Jeep.

In 2011, the Call of Duty franchise teamed up with Jeep for a game-inspired Black Ops Wrangler. Now Jeep has a new special edition just in time for the release of the much-anticipated Modern Warfare 3. Read more...

JK-8 Jeep Wrangler Pickup by Mopar

Jeep has yet to provide us with a pickup version since the Comanche truck that ended its solo reign in 1992. However, thanks to the conversion-geniuses over at Chrysler and Mopar, the dry spell is finally over!

The JK-8 Jeep Wrangler Pickup conversion kit by Mopar is the perfect combination of a Jeep’s classicly rugged style with the extra advantage of a truck’s practical versatility. The JK-8 kit transforms any 2007-2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup with a 50 by 44 inch pickup bed. The conversion kit’s suggested retail price stands at $5,499, a decent price to pay for a unique Jeep-truck hybrid. Read more...

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Dodge Highlights:





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2012 Special Editions: Dodge Charger Super Bee, Yellow Jacket Dodge Challenger

We’re buzzing with excitement over the special edition 2012 Dodge Charger Super Bee and Dodge Challenger Yellow Jacket!

The stunning Stinger Yellow paired with Pitch Black paint-job is not a subtle statement, so if you’re looking for a car that will blend in at a Grand Rapids stop-light: These are not the cars for you. Read more ...

Dodge Ram’s Letters for Lyrics

Here are two great things we here at GRAutoBlog can get behind: supporting our troops and listening to great music. You can do both thanks to Dodge Ram’s “Letters for Lyrics” program.

It’s a simple enough idea: Write a supportive letter to the troops, (thank you for your service, come home soon, etc.) and in return you receive an exclusive compilation album featuring Southern Ground artists: Zac Brown Band, Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan, Levi Lowrey. Read more...

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Ram Highlights:

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Detroit Red Wings Limited Edition Ram 1500 Express

Want to be the ultimate Detroit Red Wings fan on your block? Having the new Red Wings Edition Ram 1500 Express in your driveway might help!

Ram known for its "Guts. Glory. Ram." tagline, was a perfect fit for a team who can bring a new meaning to "HEMI-Powered Hockey!" Now Ram is amping up their partnership with the Detroit Red Wings by releasing a limited edition Ram Express 1500 model. Read more ...

Mopar Introduces Ram Runner Off-Road Kit

Think off-roading is just for the Jeep crowd? Think again. Mopar has introduced a Ram Runner kit that can turn your truck into a full-throttle off-roading machine!

Say goodbye to the road and hello to the sand dunes with this land-hungry conversion that was designed in part by Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker. Read more...

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We hope you enjoyed our favorites for 2011, and we look forward to a new year of sharing interesting insights into the automotive world with you!

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