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Dodge Announces Lucky Valentine’s Day Lovebirds to be Hitched at 2008 Chicago Auto Show

Blake Humphrey and Jackie Rohner of Rock Island, Ill. have been chosen as the winners of the Dodge “Journey of a Lifetime” contest Humphrey and Rohner will tie the knot in a Valentine’s Day ceremony at the 100th Chicago Auto Show and win an all-new 2009 Dodge Journey Popular Journey cover band “Infinity” will rock the auto show floor during the reception which opens to the public at 10 a.m.Auburn Hills, Mich. — There is no question that Blake Humphrey and his future bride Jackie Rohner, from Rock Island, Ill. are lucky in love. Humphrey and Rohner were chosen as the winners of the Dodge “Journey of a Lifetime” contest, winning an all-new 2009 Dodge Journey and an all-expense paid wedding.The couple will tie the knot in a Valentine’s Day ceremony at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in front of 100 of their closest family and friends. The all-new Dodge Journey and wedding ceremony — complete with a live Journey cover band — will be awarded to make sure this couple’s journey begins on the right road.”We are so excited to get married at the auto show!” said Rohner. “Just like Dodge, Blake and I are an adventurous couple who ‘grab life,’ so this is an awesome opportunity that fits perfectly with how we live our lives. We are equally as excited about the all-new Dodge Journey, which will help us start our journey together.”Humphrey, a fireman, and Rohner, an educator, were selected from 63 entries. The duo met on St. Patrick’s Day and were engaged on December 8, 2007. They describe themselves as a fun-loving, free-spirited couple who love new challenges and tackling new adventures. They are always looking for a new experience to add to their list of adventures, which includes running road races, competing in triathlons, and raccoon hunting in the middle of the woods, to name a few.”Since the 2009 Dodge Journey is the perfect vehicle to help newlyweds crossover from single life to married life, Dodge is offering Blake and Jackie the chance to start their journey together at the auto show,” said Mike Accavitti, Director — Dodge Brand and SRT Marketing and Communication. “Dodge wanted to help this couple start their journey on the right road with a bold wedding ceremony and a new set of wheels that will help them meet life’s changing demands — the all-new Dodge Journey.”These Newlyweds Can Say “I Did!” Couples were invited to register online at http://www.DodgeJourneyOfALifetime.com for the chance to be married at the Chicago Auto Show. Residents from Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky were allowed to register online, from Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12:01 a.m. (ET) until Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). To enter, potential contestants were asked to answer the question, “Why should Dodge select you to start your ‘Journey’ of a lifetime together at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008?” and submit a photo of themselves as a couple.Blake Humphrey & Jackie Rohner’s Winning Essay “My fiancé and I are always looking for a new experience to add to the list of adventures we have started in the 10 months we have been together. Starting our journey at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentine’s Day would be a great addition.Blake and I met on St. Patrick’s Day last year. We immediately fell in love with each other and each others crazy love for trying new things. Blake and I compliment each other and support each other in all of life’s adventures. Being a fireman Blake loves a new challenge, a new adventure, and just being active. Being an educator, the kids I work with fill me with the passion for new experiences, and the silliness and free spirit to try and enjoy every new adventure. In 10 months we have introduced each other to things we never dreamed of doing, and have shared some common interests.Our most favorite experiences include Raccoon Hunting late at night in the middle of the dark woods, running road races, competing in triathlons, tent camping, fishing, hiking, building snow forts, supporting both our baseball teams the Cardinals and the White Sox at the ballpark, and tackling every water slide and coaster we can get to. If we have experienced and accomplished so many great things in less than a year of dating, we can’t wait to see what, together as a married couple, we can accomplish in a lifetime. If only we could get married in the next month, and had a reliable vehicle we could use for our next great adventure. Just think how many triathlons we could compete in around the country if we had a vehicle to get us there with our bikes and all our gear. Or how many raccoons we could take home after a hard night in the woods.We got engaged December 8, 2007, but have been ready to marry each other nearly since the day we met. We would love to be granted the opportunity to begin our journey on Valentines Day this year. We should be selected to start our journey of a lifetime together at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentines Day because we our madly in love and want to begin our journey with the greatest adventure we could think of; winning this contest and getting married at the Chicago Auto Show.” — Jackie RohnerAbout the Dodge Journey The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey is the Dodge brand’s newest crossover vehicle, offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility in a sporty, sexy package. The all-new vehicle takes the practicality of a minivan, the capability of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the overall efficiency of a passenger car and blends all the best attributes of each into an all-new “right-sized” crossover for the Dodge brand. Clever, flexible seating and storage combinations include standard five-passenger seating with spacious cargo room and available third-row seating for carrying up to seven passengers. Spacious storage bins, hidden in the floor and available under the front passenger seat cushion, combined with the standard Chill Zone for beverage storage, make Dodge Journey incredibly flexible and functional. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the 2009 Dodge Journey is $19,985 (including $625 destination).About the Dodge Brand With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC’s best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share. Recently, Dodge introduced the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel ‘n Go™ seating system. Dodge is entering key European volume segments with Nitro, Caliber and Avenger. The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey will debut in 2008 calendar year, and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Also in 2008, Dodge will introduce its modern muscle car the all-new Dodge Challenger.

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No. 43 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® Up for Bid on eBay!

Auction of No. 43 production 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 to benefit Victory Junction Gang CampThe 43rd 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® will sport a one-of-a-kind B5 Blue paint scheme to honor Petty Enterprises and the legendary racing familyLimited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features a 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine, one-of-a-kind B5 blue paint scheme, carbon-fiber-like hood stripes, a chrome fuel filler cap and a no. 43 of 6,400 dash plaqueA VIP race package to the Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race at the historic Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. is also includedNo. 1 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 sold for $400,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on Jan. 19Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge and the Victory Junction Gang Camp have partnered to auction the 43rd 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8® on eBay beginning Feb. 12, 2008. The auction timing coincides with Petty Enterprises celebrating 50 years of racing at Daytona International Speedway.”As a long-time friend of the Pettys, Dodge is delighted to be able to auction the No. 43 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with all the proceeds going to Victory Junction Gang Camp (VJGC),” said Mike Accavitti, Director — Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “The No. 43 Challenger will be the only 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 to be painted B5 Blue, this certainly will be an added draw for potential bidders and help out VJGC.””Dodge has been a staple in the Petty Family and we are thrilled to know that they are partnering with Victory Junction and helping send more kids to camp,” said Pattie Petty, VJGC Founder.The all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features the proven 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, a race-inspired interior and an exterior design stays true to Challenger heritage while delivering host of modern features and technologies and “race inspired, street legal” SRT DNA.Developed by Chrysler’s in-house performance engineering organization, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was engineered with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.”The original Dodge Challenger was such an awesome car. I’m happy to see Dodge bringing back such a classic. There is only one way to make the release of the new Challenger better,” said Kyle Petty. “That is to paint one similar to The King’s famous No. 43 and auction it off for the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The Petty’s and Dodge have enjoyed a great relationship. It’s an honor to work with them on such a worthwhile program because it will give more kids a chance to go to camp.”The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will make its worldwide debut on Feb. 6, at the Chicago Auto Show.Interested bidders are required to register with eBay prior to bidding. Registration information can be found at http://www.ebay.com/challenger43.Victory Junction Gang CampVictory Junction Gang Camp enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. Victory Junction Gang Camp was founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam.Victory Junction is a year-round camp that serves children, ages 7 to 15, with a variety of health issues. During the summer they offer week long disease specific sessions with up to 125 kids per session. During the Fall, Winter and Spring they offer family weekends with up to 32 families per weekend. Victory Junction Gang Camp has a racing theme with the sights, sounds, look and feel of a race track! The Camp is comprised of 44 buildings, including the Goody’s Body Shop medical center, the Hendrick Motorsports Fuel Stop dining hall, the Silver Theater, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America water park, Adam’s Race Shop, the Michael Waltrip Operation Marathon Sportscenter, Jimmie Johnson’s Victory Lanes bowling alley, the Kurt Busch Superdome, Jessie’s Horse Power Garage and much more! Victory Junction Gang check out their website at http://www.victoryjunction.org.Dodge BrandWith a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC’s best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share. Recently, Dodge introduced the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel ‘n Go™ seating system. Dodge is entering key European volume segments with Nitro, Caliber and Avenger. The all-new 2009 Dodge Journey will debut in 2008 calendar year, and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Also in 2008, Dodge will introduce its modern muscle car the all-new Dodge Challenger.

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The Ultimate Modern American Muscle Coupe

All-New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8®Iconic Dodge muscle car returns after a 35-year absenceDesign stays true to Challenger heritage while delivering a host of modern amenities and “race inspired, street legal” SRT DNAPowered by a 6.1-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that produces 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torqueEach 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features limited-edition, numbered dash plaqueThe return of the iconic Dodge Challenger brings what pony car fanatics crave: ground shaking performance, unmistakable design cues reminiscent of the original Challenger, world-class ride and handling characteristics and benchmark braking. On top of that it features a wide variety of modern amenities and technology designed to delight a new generation of driving enthusiasts.”The all-new Dodge Challenger SRT8 is engineered to give customers everything they want in a modern muscle machine,” said Mike Accavitti, Director — Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “The new version of Dodge’s American classic boasts tire-smoking performance and head-turning design while offering a wide array of state-of-the-art technology, such as GPS navigation, ‘Keyless Go’ entry, a MyGIG® infotainment system and UConnect hands-free communication.”Developed by Chrysler’s in-house performance engineering organization, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was engineered with a focus on the five pillars of every SRT vehicle: bold exterior design that resonates with the brand image, a race-inspired interior, world-class ride and handling across a dynamic range, a standout powertrain and benchmark braking.Dodge will offer the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 in three colors: HEMI® Orange, Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat. Each two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe will be produced with a numbered dash plaque, carbon fiberlike hood stripes and will be powered by SRT’s 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.With a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995 (including $675 destination), the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 arrives in Dodge showrooms this spring.The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 vehicles will be manufactured at Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario, Canada assembly plant.Performance targets for the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 include a 0-60 mph time in the low 5-second range, 0—100—0 mph in less than 17 seconds, a 1/4-mile elapsed time of less than 14 seconds, 60—0 mph braking distance of approximately 100 feet, and a skid pad performance of 0.88 g.

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Grand Caravan was named a 2008 Best New Family Vehicle by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com

It is no small feat to redefine the whole concept of entertainment on the road. But Grand Caravan has done just that. With great conveniences and things like the available Swivel ‘n Go™ seating system[1] for rolling fun around the table, its no wonder Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com gave Grand Caravan the nod. Grab your family, take a drive. And discover for yourself why Grand Caravan is the place to be between Point A and Point B.For more information about the 2008 Best New Family Vehicles from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, visit http://www.kbb.com/family08.%5B1%5D Seat must be locked in forward or rearward mode while vehicle is in motion. Child restraints must only be used when seats are forward facing mode. Table top must be installed to base at all times when in use. When not in use, table and base must be properly stowed. Never drive with table installed without properly using your seat belt.Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.Swivel ‘n Go is a trademark of Chrysler LLC.

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Couple Begins “Journey of a Lifetime” at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show

Blake Humphrey and Jackie Rohner of Rock Island, Ill., won the Dodge “Journey of a Lifetime” contest and were married on Valentine’s Day at the 100th Chicago Auto Show surrounded by thousands of vehicles Humphrey and Rohner will “start their journey” as husband and wife in an all-new 2009 Dodge JourneyThe couple walked down the aisle to the Journey song “Open Arms” and danced their first dance to “When You Love a Woman”Chicago – Winners of the Dodge “Journey of a Lifetime” contest, Blake Humphrey and Jackie Rohner from Rock Island, Ill., are now husband and wife. The couple was married in a Valentine’s Day ceremony right on the floor of the 100th Chicago Auto Show.By marrying wedding vows with motor oil, Dodge helped the couple bypass traditional wedding planning as they put the pedal to the metal to bring the couple’s dream wedding to life. With the nuptials behind them, they can begin their journey together behind the wheel of an all-new 2009 Dodge Journey.”Crossing over from single to married life is a big step for many couples, so Dodge is happy to give Blake and Jackie an all-new 2009 Dodge Journey, a vehicle that blends the practicality of a minivan, the capability of an SUV and the overall efficiency of a passenger car,” said Mike Accavitti, Director — Dodge Brand Marketing. “Dodge is thrilled to offer this one-of-a-kind wedding and ‘right-sized’ crossover for such a bold, fun-loving couple who live the ‘Grab Life’ motto.”Dodge threw the newlyweds — Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey — an all-expenses paid wedding with all the bells and whistles. The winter wedding was complete with a ceremony in front of 100 of their closest family and friends, the bride’s dream wedding dress, floral bouquets, wedding cake and more. A live Journey cover band rocked the reception, crooning to tunes like “Open Arms” and the couple’s favorite, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”Humphrey, a fireman, and Rohner, a parent educator, were selected from 63 entries. The couple met in 2007 on St. Patrick’s Day and were engaged nine months later on Dec. 8. They describe themselves as a fun-loving, free-spirited couple who love new challenges and tackling new adventures. They are always looking for a new experience to add to their list of adventures, which includes running road races, competing in triathlons and raccoon hunting, to name a few.”We thank Dodge for making our special day so memorable. From walking down the aisle to the tune of a classic Journey song to being surrounded by thousands of cars and our family and friends, it was the perfect way for us to start our journey together,” said Humphrey. “And winning the ‘Journey of a Lifetime’ contest allowed us to dodge shopping for the dreaded floral arrangements and china patterns and head straight to the altar in our new Dodge Journey.”Blake Humphrey and Jackie Rohner’s Winning Essay”My fiancé and I are always looking for a new experience to add to the list of adventures we have started in the 10 months we have been together. Starting our journey at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentine’s Day would be a great addition.Blake and I met on St. Patrick’s Day last year. We immediately fell in love with each other and each other’s crazy love for trying new things. Blake and I complement each other and support each other in all of life’s adventures. Being a fireman, Blake loves a new challenge, a new adventure, and just being active. Being an educator, the kids I work with fill me with the passion for new experiences, and the silliness and free spirit to try and enjoy every new adventure. In 10 months, we have introduced each other to things we never dreamed of doing and have shared some common interests.Our most favorite experiences include raccoon hunting late at night in the middle of the dark woods, running road races, competing in triathlons, tent camping, fishing, hiking, building snow forts, supporting both our baseball teams (the Cardinals and the White Sox) at the ballpark, and tackling every water slide and coaster we can get to. If we have experienced and accomplished so many great things in less than a year of dating, we can’t wait to see what—together as a married couple—we can accomplish in a lifetime. If only we could get married in the next month and have a reliable vehicle we could use for our next great adventure. Just think how many triathlons we could compete in around the country if we had a vehicle to get us there with our bikes and all our gear. Or how many raccoons we could take home after a hard night in the woods.We got engaged December 8, 2007, but have been ready to marry each other since the day we met. We would love to be granted the opportunity to begin our journey on Valentine’s Day this year. We should be selected to start our journey of a lifetime together at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentine’s Day because we are madly in love and want to begin our journey with the greatest adventure we could think of — winning this contest and getting married at the Chicago Auto Show.” — Jackie RohnerEngaged Couples Say “I Do!”Couples were invited to register online at http://www.DodgeJourneyOfALifetime.com for the chance to be married at the Chicago Auto Show. Residents from Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky were allowed to register online, from Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 12:01 a.m. (ET) until Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). Potential contestants answered the question, “Why should Dodge select you to start your ‘Journey’ of a lifetime together at the Chicago Auto Show on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008?” and submit a photo of themselves as a couple.About the Dodge JourneyThe all-new 2009 Dodge Journey is the Dodge brand’s newest crossover vehicle, offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility in a sporty, sexy package. The all-new vehicle takes the practicality of a minivan, the capability of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the overall efficiency of a passenger car and blends all the best attributes of each into an all-new “right-sized” crossover for the Dodge brand. Clever, flexible seating and storage combinations include standard five-passenger seating with spacious cargo room and available third-row seating for carrying up to seven passengers. Spacious storage bins, hidden in the floor and available under the front passenger seat cushion, combined with the standard Chill Zone for beverage storage, make Dodge Journey incredibly flexible and functional. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the 2009 Dodge Journey is $19,985 (including $625 destination).About the Dodge BrandWith a U.S. market share of 6.6 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC’s best-selling brand and the fifth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market.The Dodge brand’s first crossover vehicle—the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey—is available in the first quarter of 2008, and will be available outside North America in both left- and right-hand drive in mid-2008. Arriving in the spring will be the limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram with game-changing exterior and interior design, innovations, best-in-class features and craftsmanship will arrive in the fall. Also arriving this year will be the 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid. Recently the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan arrived in dealerships with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel ‘n Go™ seating system. In 2007, Dodge Avenger and Nitro entered key volume segments outside North America, joining the Dodge Caliber, which launched in those markets in 2006.

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Grand Caravan Snags 2008 Editors’ Choice Award

The editors of MyRide.com, the consumer-driven flagship of Autobytel Inc., voted for the vehicles they’d most often recommend and Dodge Grand Caravan won by a simple majority. They based their votes on factors such as performance, quality and style, to start.Considered to be the best of the best, Grand Caravan was named Best New Minivan for 2008 in the fifth annual Editors’ Choice Awards. They liked the stow and swivel convenience features. And from a power perspective, stated the “engine matches up nicely with the best of the import competition.” Overall, it offers a “smooth driving experience.”MyRide.com has everything automotive from parts and accessories to vehicle photos and videos, local dealership details, articles from the best automotive publishing brands and writers and online forums.MyRide.com has everything automotive from parts and accessories to vehicle photos and videos, local dealership details, articles from the best automotive publishing brands and writers and online forums.For more information, visit the My Ride site.

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