Dodge Sprinter Leads Commercial Vehicle Market

Today, worldwide almost one in five new vehicles sold is a commercial vehicle and Dodge has done an excellent job of providing buyers with plenty of options. Their commercial vehicles are now among the best selling in the world, and a great deal of that success has been due to their Sprinter model.

– Dodge Is an Industry Leader in Commercial Vehicle Sales
During the first half of 2008, the company experienced a 123 percent increase from the first six months of 2007 in commercial sales with 20,177 units sold. That allowed Dodge’s share of the total retail market for Class 3-5 vehicles to grow to 21 percent, with sales of its Sprinter also jumping up 21 percent last year. This boost in sales has made them the fourth largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles worldwide.

“While continuing to conquer new territory and set new commercial standards, the commercial car market remains a white-space opportunity for the Dodge brand,” said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand Marketing in an interview. “Dodge has introduced six all-new cars since 2003 and we will continue to fill this space with bold, powerful and capable commercial-grade vehicles.”

– Dodge Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy and Price
Since returning to the commercial vehicle market in 2004, they have created several trucks and vans that have earned “best-in-class” awards for fuel economy, including the Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models. Their cars also boast of low maintenance costs, which have resulted in a 16 percent market share of the Class 4-5 segments.

“Delivering maximum uptime, dependability, capability, safety and increased savings, Dodge is continuing its commercial market onslaught with a barrage of product enhancements and upgrades intended to further improve an already great commercial line-up while better serving our business customers’ specialized needs,” Accavitti added.

– The Dodge Sprinter Provides Exceptional Value
And of course, the Sprinter, introduced in 2003, is one of their crown jewels in its commercial fleet. It has the lowest ownership costs of any van in its class and leads its segment in fuel economy, getting about 25 freeway miles to the gallon. In terms of its specifications, the Sprinter cargo van offers two wheelbases of 144 and 170 inches, as well as three body lengths of 233, 273, or 289 inches.

Consumers may choose from standard, high, or Mega Roof heights. While many features like antilock brakes and automatic climate control come standard, there are lots of great things like rear parking assist, heated front seats, and integrated phone connectivity that can be added as options. The Sprinter has a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, with 154 horsepower, but buyers can opt for more horsepower by choosing the 3.5-liter V6 engine instead.

The full-size van continues to be a major hit with consumers. During the first seven months of 2008, the company sold more than 9,500 Sprinters, a 21 percent increase from the previous year. One of the reasons for its long-lived success is that at least three of the world’s most recognizable courier services chosen to invest heavily in Sprinter fleets. Its fuel efficiency and practical design make it a great buy as both a passenger and cargo vehicle.

5 Ways Dodge Diesel Trucks Inspire Loyalty

Whether it’s a Ram 2500 or 3500 in the driveway, if it runs on diesel you already know you’re in it for the long haul. There’s no doubt that Dodge fans are loyal and take their relationship with their truck, and their brand, seriously. But what is it about a Dodge diesel that makes you tie that proverbial knot without a second thought?

It’s kind of like finding “the one”-actually, it’s exactly like that. When you know, you just know. Maybe you haven’t taken the time to write a love letter to your rig detailing what makes it so special, but there are a few things Dodge trucks have (or do) that have a knack for inspiring so much loyalty. How do you love thee? Start counting the many ways.

1. More power

You’re not the type to buy a truck to keep it parked in the suburbs, only taking it to the mall and the grocery store. Dodge diesel trucks have more power than other trucks, making those big hauls with no struggle at all. It doesn’t just matter how much you can haul, but how easily the job is done. From lumber to snowmobiles, these truck owners never have to worry about pathetic noises coming from under the hood.

2. They last forever

Sure, Dodges have great re-sell value, but that doesn’t really matter to you since you know it’ll last forever and you’ve become a little attached. These trucks are notoriously easy when it comes to upkeep and maintenance. In turn, you might rebuff your go-to mechanic a bit, but he’ll get over it. After all, he’ll be kept busy with all those other trucks in need of constant TLC.

3. Built to withstand just about anything

Dodge diesel trucks are incredibly strong, and some owners report accidentally hitting fully grown deer with nothing more than minor dings to show for it. This is another must for those who count on their trucks daily, or even the weekend warrior crowd. Dodges are a lot more than a pretty frame.

4. That fully boxed frame

Not all trucks come with a fully boxed frame, and that’s kind of like buying a house with only part of the foundation completed. You can carry more, and your rig is sturdier. Unlike some other trucks that are better left unmentioned, you don’t have to choose between hauling the jet skis or the kayaks. You can easily do both.

5. They’re show stoppers

Yes, Dodge trucks are built to last and they’re tougher than anything else on the road, but there’s still something to be said for looking good. Maybe you’ve already become used to those appreciative glances on the road-and those envious stares from drivers in other trucks.

It’s no wonder a piece of your heart will always belong to your Dodge. They’ll never lose their looks, they’re always there for you and they’re up for anything you have planned. Now if only finding the perfect match were as easy in all aspects of life.

Dodge City Kansas and a Little Bit of History For the US Traveler

Dodge City Kansas is a famous old western town. Dodge City is located in Ford County, KS. The down town area is totally revitalized. There are a couple of large industries there and a huge Stock Yard, and Auction. There in town are the HQ’s for Excel Corporation (processed beef) and National Beef, Inc employing about 5000 and more in peak season. Cattle are brought in from the entire Midwest and as far as Canada to be sold and go to market, except during the Mad Cow, BSE cattle were discovered in Canada.

Dodge City also has Oil under it, that is right “Black Gold” and lots of it. It also is one of the fastest growing populations of Hispanic People in all of the Midwest as a percentage of population. Many have set up small businesses using SBA loans and are proving their intense drive and industriousness. Also driving the economy there is the automotive dealerships selling cars to people as far away as Colorado, and Oklahoma. Nearly number one in per capita car sales beating out it’s nearby big city neighbor of Wichita KS. We visited the Chamber of Commerce and learned of the new tourist revitalization of the down town area, Carnegie Library, Boot Hill Museum, and even it’s own professional basketball team. Recently they have built a 1/5 mile race track for many national race car events from the 1% sales tax recently instated. Many of you have heard of the Dodge City Days a 10 day event and official PRCA Rodeo.

Dodge City seems to be just right for any small service business, we knew it when we drove into town to park the big horse, and were pleasantly surprised to find inexpensive labor, 24 trucking companies, Santa Fe Rail yard, regional airport, and tour bus companies. Even more interesting is the 256 plus sunny days a year with decent weather year round and still with adequate water supply during this continuing drought.

Dodge City one of the oldest Midwest towns still carries on the tradition, and it is growing steady with good folks. It is definitely worth a look see if you are thinking of moving to a Midwestern town.