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Cozz
02-11-2005, 09:07 PM
Source: DCX Media<p><B> Dodge Will Expand in Europe and Other Important Markets Beginning in 2006 <p>Stuttgart, Germany / Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, February 10, 2005</B><p>Dodge announces today the worldwide expansion of the brand enhancing its activities in Europe. Additionally the presence in markets like Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa will be extended.<p>Beginning in 2006 the Dodge product portfolio for markets outside of North America will consist mainly of C and D segment vehicles, both left and right hand drive, offering powerful yet fuel-efficient petrol engines and state-of-the-art diesel engines. The Chrysler Group has said that, between 2003 and 2007, with the expansion of the Dodge brand, the company will more than double the number of Chrysler Group models available outside of North America. The number of right-hand drive and diesel-equipped models will also more than double during this same time period.<p>"Today is a great day for Dodge," said Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler Group President and CEO. "These two new concepts suggest the global potential of the brand as it prepares to expand into the key volume markets outside the U.S. It allows us to increase volume while contributing to our sustainable, profitable growth. "<p>Consumer research among several thousand participants in Germany, France, Italy and the UK identified a segment of potential buyers that align themselves with the core values of Dodge. He said that research also showed that there is not a single brand that leads this segment, creating opportunity for the Dodge brand to grow the Chrysler Group business internationally, while maintaining its unique brand identity.<p>"We have a clear brand identity for Dodge. The brand is all about attitude  its bold, confident and assertive, said Joe Eberhardt, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Service. "And we have established a strong and distinct identity for our new Dodge products. Thats what allowed us to tease international markets with the introduction of the Dodge Viper SRT-10 roadster last year and hint at where we can go in the years to come."<p>The company plans to sell the portfolio of Dodge cars alongside Chrysler and Jeep products in most of the existing Chrysler Group dealer outlets. A new corporate identity program for international Chrysler and Jeep dealers has been implemented with the arrival of Dodge in mind.<br>-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<p>Good news! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>What are the C and D classes? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>

scorpio14
02-11-2005, 09:26 PM
I bet Australia aint gettin Dodge here

SV
02-11-2005, 09:52 PM
a c-segment car is a focus, astra, corolla-size car, and a d-segment car is midsized, like a vectra, mondeo, camry, accord, etc.

Cozz
02-11-2005, 09:55 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV100</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">a c-segment car is a focus, astra, corolla-size car, and a d-segment car is midsized, like a vectra, mondeo, camry, accord, etc.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>But doesn't Europe have the Neon already?

SV
02-11-2005, 09:58 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>But doesn't Europe have the Neon already?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>as a chrysler; actually i'm not sure they still sell it. if they do, the neon replacement will be sold in europe as a dodge, and the chrysler neon will be dropped.

Cozz
02-12-2005, 06:20 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV100</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>as a chrysler; actually i'm not sure they still sell it. if they do, the neon replacement will be sold in europe as a dodge, and the chrysler neon will be dropped.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>aaahhhhhhh, I see. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cool.gif" BORDER="0">

KebabGud
02-12-2005, 03:06 PM
somthing tells me that the "state-of-the-art diesel engines" will have the MB logo somwhere on them :P

Cozz
02-12-2005, 03:18 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KebabGud</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">somthing tells me that the "state-of-the-art diesel engines" will have the MB logo somwhere on them :P</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeh, which makes me think (yes, it's possible), most Dodges will be built in the US because it will help big time because of the Euro trade. But how about the engines? Will the engines be shipped to the US or will the car be shipped from then the engine installed?(which I doubt).

TeeDi
02-12-2005, 05:02 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scorpio14</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I bet Australia aint gettin Dodge here</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, Dodge will be here in 2006. Dodge has been on the card's for Australia since 2003, but kept getting pushed back, because of lack of RHD product coming out of North America.<p>As you would know, you can get Dodge Ute's (Pickup's) and SUV's here in Australia, through private import's only, but that's as far as it goes.<p>Also as you would know, the Chrysler Neon was axed from the Australian lineup in 2002/03, but will re-appare here as a Dodge in 2006.

Roadster44
02-17-2005, 06:56 PM
Interesting thing is European Dodges will have better built quality interiors as opposed to their domestic counterparts. i.e. Focus

taskbearer
02-18-2005, 10:03 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KebabGud</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">somthing tells me that the "state-of-the-art diesel engines" will have the MB logo somwhere on them :P</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I read in autocar that the diesels would not be from MB, but rather outsourced from somewhere else. I think what autocar says would apply to the SUV which would most likely be sharing the VM motori engine with Jeep Liberty, but the small cars would be better-off using A-class diesels than outsourcing.

KebabGud
02-18-2005, 11:12 AM
hope there going for a Ford style strategy in europe.. make the cars here.. and develop the cars here..<br> carls like the Neon have been here for a while.. and i know Korean cars that are more popular..<p>you cant sell US fords i europe.. but the Euro ford sell like.. ... fors<br>and i hope that the bosses at DCX can see my point there.. US dodges will not sell i Europe..<br>