Friday, 22 July 2016
Jeep and Dodge both take Autopacific awards for consecutive years, 65000 people can't all be wrong can they !
FCA US LLC announced today that the automotive research group AutoPacific has named Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – and Dodge Challenger "Most Ideal Mid-Size SUV" and "Most Ideal Sporty Car" in their respective segments.
Owners of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2016 Dodge Challenger indicated they are driving a vehicle that meets or exceeds their expectations.
This is the sixth consecutive year the Jeep Grand Cherokee has won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award for the Mid-Size SUV segment and the fourth year the Dodge Challenger has won the award in the Sporty Car segment.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a consistent winner in AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award research. For the last six years, Grand Cherokee owners have rated the vehicle as the SUV best targeted to its owners’ wants and needs,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, Inc. “Grand Cherokee owners want very little changed.
This is a testament to the excellence Jeep planners, designers and engineers have in understanding exactly what their customers want.”
Surveyed owners placed the 2016 Dodge Challenger at the top of the Sporty Car segment for its best-in-class ideal vehicle.
The Dodge and SRT brands offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars in the market, including the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT with its standard powerful and fuel-efficient Pentastar V-6 engine combined with the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission that delivers 305 horsepower and an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway; the 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T with the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI® paired with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual transmission; and the 6.4-liter HEMI Challenger R/T Scat Pack that delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque (the most horsepower and torque available for less than $40,000) with the TorqueFlite eight-speed or six-speed manual.
The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 adds six-piston Brembo® front brakes, adaptive damping suspension and SRT Drive Modes to the same 6.4-liter naturally aspirated HEMI powerplant, while the Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine is the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever.
“The Dodge Challenger has a wide product range that provides what Sporty Car drivers want. Challenger has hit its target out-pointing Sporty Car competitors in Ideal Vehicle attributes,” said Peterson.
The 2016 awards are based on responses from over 65,000 owners of new model year 2015 and 2016 vehicles across all major manufacturers. Surveyed after 90 days of ownership, respondents were asked what changes they would make to their car or truck in 15 key categories, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, power and acceleration and technology.