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2012 Dodge Avenger
2012 Dodge Avenger
The Dodge Avenger made its first appearance in the mid-size-sedan category back in December 2008, but it never caught on. This was probably due to the fact that the Avenger was little more than average in looks, dynamics, and build quality. Dodge delivered a much-needed refresh last year, but the mild exterior face-lift, sleeker bumpers, and new grille weren’t able to save the Avenger from its dated look. The 2012 Avenger comes with a standard 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a standard four-speed automatic, although a six-speed auto is optional. Buyers can shell out a little more cash to get the more powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 puts out 283 hp and returns a very respectable 29 mpg on the highway. Where the Avenger has seen the greatest improvement is in its interior. Good materials and stylish trim enhance the car’s feel, but the cabin’s key features are supportive seats and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. The Avenger’s biggest obstacle is the wealth of competition in the mid-size-sedan segment. It’s clear that Chrysler is moving in the right direction by giving the Avenger so much attention, but this car is going to need further improvement before it can compete with the likes of the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
2012 Chrysler 300C Front View
Chrysler’s long string of monthly sales gains continues to grow even longer. The company announced June U.S. sales across its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat brands amounted to 144,811 vehicles. For those keeping score, that makes last month Chrysler’s best June in nearly five years. “June was another solid month for the Chrysler Group, with U.S. sales up 20 percent and second-quarter sales increasing 24 percent compared to 2011,” said Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland in a prepared statement. “June also marked our 27th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth. Continuous improvement remains a key focus at Chrysler as we have steadily increased sales, improved quality, added production, and created jobs.” According to Chrysler, each of its five core brands saw sales increase last month. Fiat led the way by jumping 122 percent, followed by Chrysler sales rising 63 percent, and Jeep volumes improving by 23 percent year-to-year. Ram saw sales of its truck range increase 11 percent in June, but Dodge only mustered a two-percent uptick – perhaps that may soon be bolstered by the 2013 Dart, which is still trickling into dealers nationwide. What Was Hot? Chrysler 300: Chrysler’s big sedan continues to post some big growth. 6971 cars were sold last month, which is a 179-percent jump over the 2500 sold in June of 2011. This isn’t a new trend, as 300 sales for the first half of 2012 – some 40,801 vehicles -- are up an equally amazing 198 percent over the same period last year. Incentives may have a hand in this growth, but so could a full-fledged 300 portfolio, which now includes 300S, 300C, 300 Luxury Series, and 300 SRT8 variants. Fiat 500: The second largest jump on Chrysler’s spreadsheet appears to be the cheeky little 500; as June 2012 volumes totaled 4004 units while June 2011 sales amounted to only 1803 cars, it appears to be a 122 percent jump. That said, the figure is a bit tricky: in June 2011, the 500 had only been on sale in the U.S. for all of two months, and volumes were still ramping up. Further complicating the matter is the June 2012 figure also accounts for two variants – the 500C and 500 Abarth – that were unavailable last year. Dodge Avenger: Who says milquetoast midsize sedans don’t sell? Volumes of the aging Avenger jumped 68% last month to 9404 vehicles. Avenger sales have risen nearly 73 percent in the first half of the year, totaling a commendable 52,862 units. We wouldn’t be too surprised if June incentives – which placed nearly $3000 on the hood of every Avenger – helped spur last month’s sales. Chrysler 200: The Avenger’s mechanical twin also saw sizable growth last month, as 200 sales increased 51 percent to 10,871 deliveries. Year-to-date volumes have more than doubled, amounting to 69,102 cars thus far in 2012. Could incentives – which match the $3000 offered on the Avenger – be playing a part, or are consumers still resonating with the “Imported from Detroit” campaign? Jeep Liberty: The Liberty isn’t Jeep’s volume leader –that honor still falls to the Wrangler – but the Liberty, which is due to be replaced by a Fiat-derived vehicle early next year, did see an uptick in sales in June. Sales totaled 7892, which represents a 50% increase over the same timeframe last year. Year-to-date totals are on the rise, but a bit more modestly: that figure, some 42,339 deliveries, is up 35 percent over last year’s 31,300. What May Soon Be Hot? Dodge Dart: Production of Dodge’s latest-and-greatest small car only began in May, but some cars began trickling to dealers in select regions last month. Lo and behold, 202 cars slid off the lot. Expect this number to grow considerably over the next six months. What Wasn’t So Hot? Dodge Grand Caravan: Chrysler’s Town & Country people mover saw its sales rise 32 percent in June, but its Dodge sibling wasn’t so lucky. Grand Caravan volumes rose ever-so-slightly from 10,822 units in June 2011 to 10,901 last month. Year-to-date, however, the Grand Caravan has witnessed a 21-percent growth in sales, ringing in at 68,964 vehicles. Dodge Durango: one of the only Dodge models to post a double-digit drop in sales that isn’t discontinued, or slated to die in coming months. Sales slid 43 percent to 3295 units this past month, down from 5827 last June. Year-to-date totals are also sliding, albeit not quite as much: in the first six months, Dodge has sold 21,446 Durangos, down 9 percent from the 23,571 units it sold in the same time span last year. Jeep Compass/ Patriot: These two won’t be replaced until the summer of 2014, but sales did slide last month. Patriot sales fell four percent to 5590 vehicles last month, but Compass volumes tumbled 15 percent from 4763 to 4070 vehicles. Year-to-date volume changes don't exactly mirror June's result: Compass sales in 2012 have thus far amounted to 20,513 (down 1 percent from last year's 20,761), while Patriot sales are up 12 percent to 32,707 units. What’s Dead Yet Still Selling? Dodge Caliber: Production ended in December 2011, but dealers are still clearing out Calibers to make way for the 2013 Dart. 18 Calibers were sold in June 2012, which is a fraction of the 1185 sold in June 2011. Only 104 examples were sold in the first six months of this year. Dodge Nitro: Production ceased in late 2011, yet 81 Nitro SUVs found new homes in June 2012. Amazingly, 3137 have been sold in 2012, which is a quarter of the volume sold in the first six months of 2011. Ram Dakota: Dodge’s midsize pickup seems to never die – it keeps popping up in sales results despite the fact production ended in August 2011 -- but it may finally be close to its deathbed. 18 units were sold last month, and only 459 have found new homes in the first half of 2012. Source: Chrysler
2012 Dodge Avenger SXT Front View In Motion
Dodge seems to be playing mad scientist with its engine lineup. Just last week Dodge decided to make its 2.4-liter I-4 and four-speed automatic transmission combo available in the mid-level Journey SXT. This week Dodge has announced that the base 2012 Avenger SE will now have Chrysler’s new 283-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 as an available option, bringing bargain horsepower to the masses.
2012 Audi A7 Rear Three Quarter
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2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible Front Three Quarter
Remember Chrysler’s plans to put a dual-clutch transmission in the 200 and Dodge Avenger? According to The Car Connection, those plans have been put on hold indefinitely. Chrysler won’t introduce a dual-clutch in our market because the company doesn’t think American customers will like the transmission’s driving feel.
2012 Honda Accord SE Sedan Front Three Quarter
The mix-up in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment seems to be over as Japanese manufacturers recover volume. The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, which had been in short supply in the wake of the March 11th earthquake in Japan, have regained the foothold as the leaders of the segment. They are, however, being closely chased by the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and Nissan Altima. The Perennial Leaders Sales of the Toyota Camry were 22,043 in October, representing a decline of 8.5 percent year-over-year. That brings the car’s year-to-date sales to 251,564, which is similarly 8.8 percent below the pace set last year. However, the Camry is on track for sales to recover as inventory increases. Moreover, the launch of the 2012 model is expected to draw more customers to dealerships. “The all-new 2012 Camry launch is off to a great start,” said Toyota Motor Sales vice president Bob Carter. The company has 35,000 units of the 2012 Camry en route to dealerships as of writing. The Honda Accord had been hit much harder by the Japanese supply crisis: at the end of September, its annual sales total was down 16.1 percent compared to the first nine months of 2010. In October, however, a greater supply of vehicles meant monthly Accord sales jumped to 22,589 -- up 9.4 percent versus a year prior. That brings the car’s cumulative sales tally to 203,603 so far this year, down only 13.8 percent from the first ten months of 2010. “As dealer inventories continued to replenish in October, we saw increased momentum over last month’s sales,” said Honda vice president of sales John Mendel. The Challengers Hot on the heels of the Japanese champions are the Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima. Last month, sales of the Fusion and Altima outpaced that of the struggling Accord. This month, the traditional order of midsize sales volume has been resumed as Accord volume recovered. The Nissan Altima took third place in the midsize wars, with 21,838 monthly sales representing a 15.1 percent year-over-year gain. The Hyundai Sonata followed with 18,192 monthly sales, a gain of about 4 percent over October 2010. The Sonata has experienced year-over-year sales growth of nearly 16 percent, with 192,953 cars sold through the first ten months of 2011. Finally, the Ford Fusion saw sales climb 4.2 percent to 18,094 units. While that’s far below the competition for October, year-to-date sales of 206,533 are up 15.4 percent versus a year prior, which puts the Fusion on track for record-setting sales this year. The Lower Rungs Even though they can’t keep up with the heady numbers of competitors, midsize sedans from Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Volkswagen are still enjoying sales gains this year. Although sales slipped slightly last month, dropping 17.1 percent to just 10,239 cars, the Malibu is still on track for a strong sales year. So far this year it has sold 181,505 units, up 3.4 percent over the same period in 2010. That makes the Malibu the third best-selling Chevrolet of the year, after the Silverado pickup and Cruze sedan. A new version of the Malibu is set to debut in early 2012, but the car’s imminent arrival doesn’t appear to be hurting sales of the current car. “We’re on track to beating our [Malibu] sales figures for last year,” Chevrolet spokesman Dave Darovitz told us last month. Chrysler Group’s mechanical twins, the 200 and Avenger, also are enjoying healthy sales this year, even if their overall volumes lag behind segment leaders. The Chrysler 200 sold 11,205 cars last month, up 405 percent over the car’s predecessor a year prior, and bringing the 200’s yearly total to 69,755 cars. Last year, the car’s predecessor -- the Chrysler Sebring -- sold just 35,827 units through October 2010. The Dodge Avenger has likewise seen an explosive growth over last year, with October sales of 7136 cars bringing it to 52,164 total units this year -- up 17 percent over the same period in 2010. Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham said the sales gain can primarily be attributed to the fact that the two sedans were redesigned in late 2010. She said customers are now more impressed with the cars’ levels of interior quality, and with the improved ride and handling. On top of that, Chrysler cut the prices of both cars for 2011, making the sedans a better deal for customers. “For the value and what you’re getting, these vehicles are really attractive,” Graham said. Finally, the new Volkswagen Passat, designed specifically for the U.S. market and built in Tennessee, helped the nameplate record 5040 sales last month -- a gain of 986 percent year-over-year and bringing total sales this year to 9877, up 2.1 percent versus the same period in 2010. Sources: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen

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2012 Dodge Avenger Specifications

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2.4L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
173 hp @ 6000rpm
166 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
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