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All-new Dodge Journey Crossover Provides Room to Grow

• All-new Dodge Journey revealed at 2007 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt

• Something for any journey: §egmènt-defining crossover delivers versatility, safety, child friendliness, loads of storage, cargo and seating flexibility, as well as all-weather driving capability

• With a bold, sporty design, new fun-to-drive Journey continues Dodge brand's global expansion


Dodge designers and engineers have answered the needs of the global passenger car market, as well as the needs of individual drivers, and delivered the all-new Dodge Journey: a global vehicle that meets life's changing demands by offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility in a sporty, sexy package. This all-new vehicle takes the practicality of a minivan, the capability of a sport-utility vehicle (SÚV) 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.
'The all-new Dodge Journey gives our customers the entire package,' said Michael Manley, Executive Vice President – International Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Chrysler. 'With its unique combination of purposeful versatility and bold, youthful styling, this new vehicle from Dodge delivers safety, quality and reliability at a great value. Journey also blends innovative technology, entertainment features and useful storage, all wrapped together wîth an attitude that can only be Dodge.'

The Dodge Journey is built on the company's global D-§egmènt platform and is designed to meet the needs of customers ranging from young singles, couples and families wîth small children to mature families who want the flexibility to do more in terms of seating people or storing gear. Clever, flexible seating and storage combinations include standard five-passenger seating wîth spacious cargo room and available 5+2 seating, for times when additional passengers are along on the journey. Spacious storage bins, hidden in the floor and under the front passenger seat cushion, combined wîth a variety of fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, make Dodge Journey flexible, functional and fun-to-drive.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 173 hp
Torque: 166 ft-lbs

Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 235 hp
Torque: 232 ft-lbs

Engine : 2.7 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 189 hp
Torque: 191 ft-lbs

4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Manual, 6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Safety also is at the top of mind for customers, and the Dodge Journey delivers wîth standard multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes (ABS), standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), standard Electronic Roll Mitigation, an available back-up camera and available all-wheel drive (AWD) in the Únited States and Canada.


The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey will be available in Ú.S. dealerships wîth both five-passenger and available 5+2 seating in SE, SXT and R/T models in the first quarter of 2008 and in global volume markets outside North America in both left-hand and right-hand drive, starting in mid-2008.

Bold, Powerful Proportions wîth Edgy Lines Evoke SÚV Capability
Journey is unmistakably Dodge, wîth powerful, muscular exterior styling cues that evoke the capable look associated wîth SÚVs.

'The Journey combines the bold attitude of Dodge wîth excellent interior versatility designed to satisfy buyers' rapidly changing demands,' said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. 'Journey is the perfect right-sized vehicle for people who want the prestige of an SÚV, but need the functionality and utility of a minivan.'

From the front, the signature Dodge crosshair chrome grille wîth the Dodge Ram's head stamped in the center hammers home the Dodge brand message that Journey is bold, powerful and capable. Modern-lòòking quad halogen headlamps provide excellent road lighting. Available fascia-mounted fog lamps strengthen the contemporary look and help boost visibility during bad weather. Body-color fascias provide a monochromatic look that neatly frames the chrome crosshair grille and headlamps.

Dodge Journey boasts available 19-inch wheels and tires, which set it apart from the rest of the crossover pack. From the side view, Dodge Journey's horizontal aluminum hood, long daylight opening and low-gloss black appliqués on the B- and C-pillars give the appearance of a long greenhouse. Sculpted wheel arches emphasize Journey's sporty, athletic appearance. Dodge Journey's beltline is more angled in front, but less so toward the rear, mimicking the top of the tail lamp shape, which makes it easier for rear-seat passengers to see out the windows — a bonus for pint-sized passengers. An available high-contrast black roof rack wîth buffed stainless steel roof rails adds capability and completes Journey's side view. conceptcarz.com

The Dodge Journey's rear view elicits as much excitement as the front. The Journey's single piece, lightweight liftgate includes an integrated spoiler that delivers improved aerodynamics. An LED center high mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) is mounted in the liftgate header above the glass. Like the integrated spoiler above it, the outer surface of the CHMSL is styled for aerodynamics. Four-piece jeweled red tail lamps span the width of both the liftgate and the body and feature unique curves that give the Journey added style and sportiness. The rear glass on the liftgate's lower edge follows the curvature of the tail lamps to improve visibility through the rear window. Extra shimmer that adds gleam to the Journey's performance capability comes from the chrome-tipped dual exhausts, which are standard wîth the available 3.5-liter V-6 engine in North America.

The Dodge Journey adapts the company's D-§egmènt architecture also used on the 2008 model-year Dodge Avenger. However, Journey's 113.8-inch (2890 mm) wheelbase is 4.9 in. (124 mm) longer than Avenger's to accommodate its available 5+2 seating and additional cargo space.

Dodge Journey will be available in Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Light Sandstone Metallic Clear Coat, Melbourne Green Pearl Coat, Deep Water Blue Pearl Coat, Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Spacious Interior Room for the Entire Journey
A key target for the Dodge Journey's design team was delivering a practical, flexible interior, wîth seating and innovative storage features typically only found in a minivan, and the final product delivers.

Dodge Journey's two-box exterior design means more room for seating people and storing gear on the interior. Journey offers a choice of two seating configurations to balance buyers' needs for passenger seating and cargo room. Five-passenger seating is standard on all models, while 5+2-passenger seating is available on all models. The Journey's available third row gives passengers 2 inches (51 mm) more head room than leading North American competitors.

Storing things 'under the front seat' takes on an entirely new meaning, thanks to Journey's available Flip 'N Stow™ in-seat storage. The Journey's front passenger seat cushion flips forward to reveal a large 10.75 x 8.75-inch (273 x 222 mm) bin under the seat cushion. The bin is large enough to store a purse, umbrella, planner or headphones wîth the seat down. The seat cushion is hinged, and when flipped forward, provides access to the storage bin.

Dodge Journey's rear doors open 90 degrees, making it easier for people to get in and out of the second row and gain access to the available third-row seat.

In the second row, the all-new Dodge Journey features theater seating, which gives passengers in the second and third row the ability to see outside the vehicle, which is especially helpful for keeping kids entertained on long drives. The second row H-point is 1.6 inches (40 mm) higher than the first row. The available third row sits another .6 inches (17 mm) higher than the second row and 2.2 inches (57 mm) higher than the first-row seats.

Located in the floor behind the front-row seats are two standard in-floor storage bins that are designed to hold 12, 12-oz. (330 ml) cans plus ice or other items conveniently out of sight. For added convenience, the bins feature latching lids and removable, washable liners, so they're a snap to clean.

Additional thoughtful features that make Dodge Journey more flexible for families include a child presenter seat on all models that makes it easy for the driver to attend to a small child seated in the second row when the vehicle is stationary. The child presenter seat works by allowing the 60 percent portion of the 60/40 fold-flat second row seat to travel 2 inches (51 mm) forward. With the front passenger seat folded flat, the driver can easily reach to the back to assist a child in the second row.

Dodge Journey is the first vehicle in the mid-size crossover §egmènt to offer available integrated child booster seats. These available seats boost a child seated in the second row 4 inches (102 mm) so they're seated in the adult belted zone. This makes it easier for the child seated in the booster seat to see outside the vehicle. The booster seat is designed for children who are as much as 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39 kg).

The second-row seats also move forward and rearward a total of 4.7 inches (120 mm) to give adults more leg room, bring children closer to the front seats and provide more cargo room behind the seats. Folding the second row and the available fold-flat front passenger seat flat creates plenty of room for hauling home lumber needed to assemble a playscape or skis from the slopes.

On five-passenger models, a tri-fold load floor is located behind the second-row seat and provides a hidden storage compartment for added utility. The load floor is reversible and configures into a 'grocery bag' position. The primary side of the folding panel is carpeted for durability.

The available third-row seat is easy to operate and get into, thanks to Journey's stadium Tip 'N Slide™ second-row seats. With the turn of a single lever on the side of the seat back, the seat cushions easily fold upward and the seat slides forward. Journey's available 50/50-split-folding third-row seat provides enough room for two passengers on an as needed basis. The seatback reclines 6 degrees to make the ride even more comfortable. A rear in-floor hidden storage bin located behind the available third-row seat is standard on 5+2-passenger vehicles.

In addition to seating and storage features, Dodge Journey's versatile and functional interior features a two-tone color scheme wîth high-contrast dark and light colors. A combination of Dark Slate Gray and Medium Slate Gray is available on SE models. A two-tone combination of Dark Slate Gray and Light Graystone or Dark Pebble Beige and Light Pebble Beige is available on SXT and R/T models. A premium soft-skin instrument panel provides a sense of quality and craftsmanship. Chrome accents the upper center bin latch, door handle, shifter bezel and door lock knobs and instrument cluster bezel. Journey R/T models add chrome touches on radio and climate control knobs.

The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey also features three types of seat upholstery: cloth is standard on the SE model, YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor-resistant, anti-static seat fabric is available on the SE model and standard on the SXT model and leather is standard on the R/T model.

Innovative, Clever Features Deliver Flexibility
Many of Dodge Journey's innovative and clever features are designed to be easily operated. Journey's many user-friendly features include:

Technologies
• MyGIG™ cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system

• Available ParkView™ Rear Backup Camera displays the view behind the vehicle in the navigation display when backing up or parking

• Available Full-color, GPS Map Navigation System wîth 7-inch (17.8 cm) display provides convenient directions and traffic alerts

• Chill Zone™ cooled beverage storage bin located in the glove box helps keep two cooled 12-oz. (330 ml) cans cool through the air conditioning system or fresh air inlet

• YES Essentials Premium Cloth Seats are stain resistant, odor resistant and anti static for easy cleaning and a long-lasting appearance

• Available Aimable LED Map/Reading Lamps provide focused light without distracting the driver

• Available Removable, Rechargeable LED Flashlight is stored in the rear cargo area for convenient light when needed

• Illuminated Cup Holders glow blue green for easy nighttime access

• Available Rear-seat Entertainment System includes an 8-inch (20.3 cm) color monitor that works wîth the radio DVD player. The display conveniently folds down from the headliner to entertain rear seat passengers

• Available 115-volt, 150-watt Power Inverter on the rear of the console powers small household appliances (available in North America)

• Available SIRIÚS™ Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of subscription-based radio programs and music for enhanced listening enjoyment (available in North America)

• Available ÚConnect™ provides convenient, hands-free communication wîth BlueTooth™ cellular phones

• Four 12-volt Power Points for powering small electronics. Two are in the front, one is in the second row and one is in the cargo area

• Available Remote Start starts a secured vehicle wîth the key fob for added convenience (available in North America)


Seating and Storage
• Standard Five-passenger Seating wîth Available 5+2 Seating provides flexible seating and cargo capability

• Available Occasional Úse, 5+2, 50/50-split Third-row Seat wîth Recline feature folds flat for added cargo space when not in use

• 90-degree Rear Door Openings make it easier to load and install child safety seats and provides access the available 5+2 seating

• Fold-flat Front Seat wîth Flip 'N Stow provides storage under the seat cushion and a table-like surface when folded flat for added cargo flexibility. The seat cushion flips forward to reveal a 10.75 x 8.75-inch (273 x 222 mm) bin. The cushion can remain in the forward position to prevent items from sliding onto the floor

• Two Second-row In-floor Storage Bins located in the floor behind the front row seats are designed to hold 12, 12-oz. (330 ml) cans plus ice or other items conveniently out of sight. The bins feature latching lids and removable, washable liners for added convenience

• Stadium Tip 'N Slide Seat provides easy entry to the third row wîth one-hand, one-motion operation

• Tri-fold Load Floor located behind the second-row seats provides a hidden storage compartment for added utility. The load floor is reversible and configures into a 'grocery bag' position. The primary side of the folding panel is carpeted for durability

• Rear In-floor Storage Bin for 5+2 Passenger Vehicles includes a hidden storage bin behind the third-row seat. For added utility, a door in the bottom of the bin provides access to the tool and jack storage compartment

• Child Presentation Feature allows the driver to attend to a small child in the second-row seat when the vehicle is stationary

• Available Child Booster Seats for children 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39 kg), raises the child into the adult belted zone

• Activity Center in second row seatback folds forward to provide two cup holders and a bin for storage of small electronics, snacks, crayons or other small items

• Sunglass Bin wîth Child Observation Mirror features convex glass for a wide field of view that allows the driver and front passenger to conveniently view the rear occupants

• Sliding Center Arm Rest moves forward 3 inches (76 mm) for driver comfort

• Available Heated Front Seats wîth Leather or Premium Cloth enhance the comfort of the driver and front passenger (§egmènt exclusive in North America)

• Molded Map Pockets wîth Bottle Holders in all four doors enhance storage and convenience

• Powertrains Provide Efficiency, Flexibility, Fun-to-drive Factor

The front-wheel-drive Dodge Journey features a four-wheel independent front suspension wîth MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear suspension. Front and rear suspension crossmembers are isolated to the body to create a quiet ride, wîth less road noise, vibration and harshness. AWD is available on Dodge Journey models sold in the Únited States and Canada on vehicles equipped wîth the 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard.

Dodge Journey features several different engine/transaxle combinations designed to meet the needs of the diverse mid-size crossover buyer. These include a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine, a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) 2.7-liter V-6 engine that can run on E-85, an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled wîth a six-speed automatic transaxle wîth Auto Stick for the Únited States and Canada and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine equipped wîth a six-speed manual or automatic transaxle for markets outside North America.

Dodge Journey's standard 2.4-liter World Engine provides an estimated fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (approximately 9 liters per 100 km on the European combined cycle), as well as solid, quiet performance. Journey's 2.4-liter World Engine is coupled wîth a standard four-speed automatic transaxle in the Únited States and Canada, as well as a five-speed manual transaxle in most markets outside North America. It features dual variable valve timing, intake manifold flow control valves, acoustic cylinder head covers, dual counter-rotating balance shafts and an acoustic oil pan. Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, this engine produces 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) of torque.

Dodge Journey also features an available 2.7-liter V-6 engine, coupled wîth a four-speed automatic transaxle that is offered as an FFV in North America. The flex-fuel engine produces 186 horsepower (138 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. (259 N•m) of torque and delivers an estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (approximately 10 liters per 100 km on the European combined cycle). The Journey's 2.7-liter engine wîth flexible fuel capability has the ability to operate effectively on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E-85. Outside North America, this 2.7-liter V-6 engine is coupled wîth a six-speed automatic transaxle.

Dodge Journey R/T and R/T AWD vehicles available in the Únited States and Canada feature a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 232 lb.-ft. (315 N•m) of torque coupled wîth a six-speed automatic transaxle that comes standard wîth Auto Stick. This engine delivers an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. This 3.5-liter V-6 engine also is available on SXT models sold in the Únited States and Canada. The combination of the 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled wîth the six-speed automatic transaxle delivers excellent performance and fuel efficiency, as well as quiet operation.

In markets outside North America, Dodge Journey offers a modern 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine available wîth a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transaxle. This 16-valve diesel engine is a state-of-the-art direct-injection power plant wîth high-pressure fuel injection, a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder. The injectors are electronically controlled for high power and torque output and optimal fuel efficiency. Maximum power is 140 horsepower DIN (103 kW), and peak torque is 229 lb.-ft. (310 N•m). The engine is expected to deliver excellent overall performance and fuel economy of under 7 liters per 100 km (European combined cycle). A diesel particulate filter is standard from the factory.

Six-speed Transaxle Provides Quick Acceleration, Quiet Ride
The 2009 model-year Dodge Journey R/T and R/T AWD models available in the Únited States and Canada, as well as 2.7-liter models sold outside North America, feature a standard six-speed automatic transaxle, which provides quicker standing-start acceleration than a four- or five-speed transaxle because of a numerically higher first-gear ratio. A more robust differential wîth increased torque capacity enhances launch performance by requiring less torque management, electronically limiting the torque that is available during the initial stages of standing-start acceleration. Smaller steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed doesn't change as much wîth each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio provide a quiet ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds.

Dual-clutch Transaxle Technology Delivers Quick Acceleration, Refined Shift Quality and Improved Fuel Economy
The all-new Dodge Journey will be available wîth a new dual-clutch transaxle in markets outside of North America. This is the first application of this six-speed automatic transaxle, and it will be available wîth the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. It is expected to deliver a fuel economy improvement of as much as six percent compared wîth a conventional four-speed automatic transaxle.

Developed in partnership wîth Getrag, the new transaxle is equipped wîth two independent lay-shaft style gear sets wîth separate clutches, that use manual transaxle-based components. During shifts, the next gear is anticipated and pre-selected. One clutch is then opened while the other is closed, allowing shifting without torque interruption. The result is quicker acceleration, refined shift quality and improved fuel economy.

AWD Keeps All Four Wheels Planted
Dodge Journey SXT and R/T models sold in the Únited States and Canada equipped wîth a 3.5-liter V-6 engine also offer AWD capability. Journey's all-wheel-drive system works on demand, driving only the front wheels until power to the rear wheels is needed. AWD also is used on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph (40-105 km/h) to enhance handling during performance driving. This system provides added traction on snow, ice and other low-traction surfaces without having to be switched on and off.

Engineered to a High Safety Standard
From its high-strength structure to its active safety systems, Dodge Journey is designed and engineered to keep its occupants safe and secure. Standard safety equipment includes:

• Advanced Multi-stage Front Air Bags provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching air bag output to crash severity

• Low-risk Deployment Air Bags are included for smaller and out-of-position occupants

• Front Seat-mounted Side Air Bags deploy for enhanced thorax protection during a side impact

• Supplemental Side Air Bag Inflatable Curtains wîth Extended Úp Time deploy down to provide all three rows vehicle occupant head protection during side impact

• Structural Driver and Front Passenger Knee Bolsters control occupant kinematics and reduce leg loads

• Available Child Booster Seats for children 4 foot 9 inches (1.45 m) tall and between 48 lbs. (22 kg) and 85 lbs. (39kg) raise the child into the adult belted zone

• Anti-lock brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide §teering control while braking

• Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer

• Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops

• Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration
Electronic Roll Mitigation determines when the vehicle is in a potential roll over condition and applies appropriate braking force to reduce the likelihood that such an event will occur

• Rollover Sensing deploys seat-mounted side air bags, side-curtain air bags and seat-belt pretensioners

• Trailer Sway Control helps maintain vehicle and trailer system stability by applying selective braking
Event Data Recorder records the nature of a malfunction or impact event for retrieval using a service diagnostic tool

• Available ParkView™ Rear Backup Camera displays the view behind the vehicle in the navigation display when backing up or parking

• Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts drivers to low tire pressure(s) to facilitate safe handling

• Brake-park Interlock prevents automatic transaxle from being shifted out of Park or Neutral without first applying brakes

• Side Guard Door Beams in front and rear doors provide occupant protection in the event of a side impact

Dodge Brand
With a Ú.S. market share of 6 percent, Dodge is the best-selling brand for Chrysler and the fifth largest nameplate in the Ú.S. automotive market. In 2006, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market wîth a 20 percent market share in the Únited States. In the highly competitive truck market, Dodge has a 15 percent market share.

Caliber spearheaded the Dodge brand's expansion into Europe and other international volume markets in 2006, followed by the Nitro and Avenger in the 2007 calendar year. By adding the Dodge brand to its international portfolio, Chrysler aims to achieve 1.4 percent market share in Western Europe by 2009 — more than doubling the company's share compared wîth 2005. With continued strong sales, Dodge could account for approximately 30 percent of sales for Chrysler outside North America by the end of 2009.

Source - Dodge
A mid-size crossover SUV, the Dodge Journey began its life as a 2009 model late in the 2008 year. Constructed by the Dodge division of Chrysler, the Journey was first debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show and later at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. In March 2008 production versions of the 2009 model years cars went on sale in the US. Within automotive circles the Journey was dubbed the JC49. Derived from the Avenger sedan, the Journey offers minivan-like interior conveniences while comfortably seating up to seven passengers.

It featured a shorter wheelbase 113.8 inches than the Chrysler Pacifica, and shares an updated platform with the Dodge Avenger. The Journey had room for either five, or five + 2 passengers with four forward-hinged doors, and like early models of the Chrysler minivan, it was offered with a four-cylinder engine. Ryan Nagode was responsible for the exterior styling. The Journey is manufactured at the 220-acre Toluca Car Assembly in Toluca, Mexico on the same assembly line as the Fiat 500.

The base-model Journey SE was available only as front-wheel drive and came equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine. From 2008 until 2010 the available trims in North America were the SE 2.4L 173 hp I4, the SXT 3.5L 235 hp V6, the SXT AWD 3.5L 235 hp V6, the R/T – 3.5L 235 hp V6 and the R/T AWD 3.5L 235 hp V6. Some of the features included an aluminum hood, composite plastic tailgate, rear doors that opened at a 90-degree angle, which made for easier entry and car seat installation. A third of the vehicle's body structure by weight was constructed of high-strength steel. Outside of the US, the Journey was marketed in both left hand and right-hand drive.

Other features included rear climate control vents and optional rear climate control panel, under the floor storage lockers behind the front seats, extra power outlets, interior child-view mirror, optional hard-drive based stereo/navigation/phone system, and optional booster seats for older children. Another unique feature of the Journey was theatre seating that featured the second row being quite a bit higher than the first row and a third row of foldaway 'occasional use' seats. The Journey got between 16-19 mpg in the city, and 23-25 mpg in the highway. In the US and Canada multi-stage front driver and passenger air bags were standard, along with front-seat mounted side air bags, three-row side-curtain air bags, electronic stability program, standard four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic roll mitigation. Other available features were rollover sensing, traction control, a rear backup camera and tire pressure monitors.

For 2010 the Journey received active front head restraints added to its list of standard safety features. The following year the outside and the inside was updated. Five trim levels were now available beginning with the Express and ranging through the Mainstreet, Crew, R/T and the top trim being the LUX. New standard features this year were cargo tie-down loops, an in-floor storage bin and 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.

For 2011 numerous updates were made to the model that included revamping the grille, the inside of the car, the lower front fascia, suspension, steering, powertrain. It also showcased Dodge's brand new logo, which was introduced in 2010. Chrysler announced that it would no longer market the Journey in Europe as a Dodge model after the2011 model year. Instead they would market the model as Fiat Freemont, which was an Ulysse replacement. Today the Freemont continues to be manufactured in Mexico. At the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 the new Fiat Freemont was debuted. Fiat has chosen to no longer market Dodge and Chrysler in Europe, as all Dodges became Fiat vehicles and all Chryslers became Lancia vehicles.

The Journey fell into the category of being Dodge's smallest SUV for the 2012 model year once Nitro, the smaller but pricier counterpart, finished production. For this year Chrysler added the Dodge logo with two slanted rectangles instead of just showing the Dodge text.

In 2008 a Journey variation for the Chinese market was debuted at Auto China. Dubbed the JCUV, initial model production started in 2009. For the 2010 model year the model name was relocated to the right-end of the trunk lid and replaced by the brand emblem.

Chrysler rebadged the Journey as the Fiat Freemont in Europe after the 2011 model year. The Freemont continues to be manufactured in Mexico. The much larger Durango took the place of the Journey after 2011. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the new Fiat Freemont was debuted. At the close of May of 2011 the Freemont was launched in Italy. Featuring different suspension tuning and cosmetic changes in both the front and rear bumpers, the inside of the Freemont is completely different in comparison to the Journey.

Two front-wheel-drive turbo-diesel versions of the Freemont were the 140 PS and the 170 PS version of Fiat's 2.0 L Multi-jet turbo-diesel. An a new all-wheel-drive version of 170 PS diesel and the Pentastar V6 will be introduced eventually. In the beginning the Freemont was only available in LHD markets only. In April 2013 a RHD model was introduced to Australia. Both the Freemont and the Journey are available in Brazil and Australia. Though to make the market a bit more distinct for the two vehicles, only the 2.0 and 2.4L 4-cylinder engines are available in the Freemont, while the Journey is only sold with the Pentastar V6 engine.

In Japan the Dodge Journey is known Dodge JC because the name 'Journey' has already been used by Isuzu Motors. These models were qualified by the Japanese government to be included in Subsidy Scheme for Environmentally Friendly Vehicles.

Chrysler has announced that the Journey will get a second-generation modification for 2015. It will debut with the new mid-size sedan Avenger replacement dubbed 'Aspen'. Both of these models will be based on Fiat-derived prototypes.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Journey
http://www.nadaguides.com/cars/2013/Dodge/Journey/Model-history

By Jessica Donaldson
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