|PRESS RELEASE - March 14, 2006
AAA and Parents Magazine Names Dodge Charger, Chrysler Town &
Country and Jeep® Commander to "Best Cars for Families" List
- Safety, Performance, Value Deciding Factors
Three Chrysler Group vehicles have made AAA and Parents magazine's list of
"Best Cars for Families" for 2006. The Dodge Charger, Chrysler Town &
Country, and Jeep® Commander were chosen based upon their safety,
performance and value to consumers.
"We are delighted that AAA and Parents magazine has recognized three of
our vehicles to this important list," said George Murphy, Senior Vice
President – Global Marketing. "Chrysler Group is committed to providing
vehicles to our customers that are safe, innovative, fun-to-drive and
deliver superior value."
AAA's 100 years of auto safety expertise, combined with Parents'
insight into family needs and wants, led to a lengthy list of criteria for
2006 models. A team of reviewers from both AAA and Parents considered
everything from air bags and fuel economy to cup holders and cargo space
when voting. They installed child safety and booster seats and chose
vehicles that are among the top crash-test performers.
The annual list appears in the April issue of Parents magazine, which
hits newsstands Tuesday, March 14.
2006 Dodge Charger
Named in the sedan category, the 2006 Dodge Charger is a fresh,
contemporary execution of modern muscle with the convenience and interior
capacity of a full-size passenger car. Offered at a U.S. Manufacturer's
Retail Price (MSRP) starting under $23,000, the Charger is an affordable
family car that delivers fun-to-drive performance at a great value. The
car is equipped with a 250 horsepower V-6 engine, five-speed automatic
transmission with Auto Stick and includes standard features such as
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), all-speed traction control and
four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). The available 340 hp, 5.7-liter HEMI®
engine delivers 0-60 mph time of about six seconds and is equipped with a
Multi-Displacement System (MDS) that shuts down from eight to four
cylinders as needed, improving fuel economy by as much as 20 percent
without sacrificing vehicle performance. The Charger is equipped with
integrated safety and security features providing occupant protection,
safety and security on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Dodge Charger five stars for driver and
front passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating in the
U.S. Government's safety crash test program.
2006 Chrysler Town & Country
Named in the minivan category, the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, the
first and best-selling luxury minivan, stays true to the original minivan
formula by offering innovative features in an elegant package without
sacrificing value. Chrysler Group is the only manufacturer with
fold-in-the-floor second and third row seats, the Stow 'n Go TM seating
and storage system. The system features second row bucket seats that can
be folded into the floor and a third row 60/40 split bench seat that can
fold into the floor or fold rearward to face out the tailgate when the
minivan is parked. When the seats are in the upright position, there are
six cubic feet of covered storage space available in the second row, and
six cubic feet of storage space available in the third row. The headrests
do not need to be removed when the seats are stowed, and the seats can be
stowed individually or together. With a base U.S. MSRP of $21,885
(including $715 destination), the Chrysler Town & Country delivers
families to their destination in a classy, useful and safe minivan.
2006 Jeep Commander
Named in the sport-utility vehicle (SUV) category, the Jeep Commander
is the most capable seven-passenger vehicle in the market, offering more
power, control, flexibility, advanced safety technology and premium
amenities than any of its three-row SUV competitors. The Jeep Commander
includes the highest level of standard safety and security technology and
features ever offered on a Chrysler Group vehicle. And, Commander offers
more Jeep at an incredible value - with a U. S. base price starting at
$28,135 and with legendary Jeep 4x4 capability for $30,135. Because
Commander is the first Jeep vehicle with three rows of seats, more
passengers - seven - can visit more places to enjoy its go-anywhere,
do-anything capability. And, of course, it's Jeep Trail Rated®.
Source: DaimlerChrysler Media Services.