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The Dodge M80 is a small, affordable truck wîth a design loaded wîth character and intrinsic value. Minimalist, new, neat design details are abundant as stand-out design elements include the satin-stainless steel-look signature Dodge-crosshair grille and headlamp surrounds, classic round lamps and the metallic slate-gray, molded-in-color PET-plastic fenders and bumpers wîth integrated tow-hooks. With its 'just-right' size, 'surf-to-snow' capability and authentic 'job-rated' Dodge Truck power, the Dodge M80 will exceed the needs of tomorrow's compact pick-up truck customer.

In profile, M80 offers simple, chiseled lines enhanced by the fender vent vanes, push-button door handles, integrated PET-plastic side-storage lockers, dual spin-off fuel-filler caps in satin-stainless steel-look and stamped-steel 20" wheels. The useful five-foot bed is protected by a durable PET-plastic liner and bulkhead and incorporates myriad tie-down cleats compatible wîth MOPAR bike-, ski- and surfboard racks. The tailgate features 'stamped-through' lettering for the Dodge and 4x4 emblems. Oversized, performance-tuned dual exhaust pipes and jewel-like round tail lamps complete the exterior highlights.

The back of the cab features a full-width flipper-glass. According to Chrysler Group designer John Opfer: "It not only has a clean, modern design, but it is truly functional. You can easily get to your gear in the back, and if the bed is not long enough, you can open the flipper-glass and add the cabin to your load-length."

Dodge M80's interior was designed by Jeff Gale, who expanded upon Opfer's mission of finding practical solutions for difficult design dilemmas. "This concept asked for a no-frills, rugged and durable interior," said Gale. "And, it should offer unexpected and youthful features."

Gale said that is why there is an abundance of Detonator Yellow body-color sheet-metal panels on the inside of M80, enhanced by satin-silver hard-plastic covers and water-repelling Neoprene-look seat-trim. The center console doubles as a portable cooler while the lightweight seats can be removed and used outdoors. Behind the fold-flat seats is a vehicle-wide bin for wet-goods such as shoes, umbrella or a snowboard. The instrument panel features a large storage drawer.

Growing up in California, Opfer used to live just one hour from the beach and one hour from the snowy mountains. Vehicles of choice included a '70s Jeep® Wagoneer and a Dodge Raider. "We were always lòòking for stylish, low-cost four-wheel-drive vehicles to accommodate our ever-changing activities," said Opfer. "That is exactly what I had in mind while sketching the Dodge M80. I also looked at the 1939 Dodge TC and 1941 WC for inspiration, creating a modernist interpretation of these classic Dodge trucks."

Source - Dodge Media
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MONTEBELLO, Calif., October 30, 2013 – For Katzkin, the global leader in automotive interior transformation, the key to the company's more than 25 years of leadership success is its belief that empowering consumers with excellent design choices will provide the best interior solutions possible. Katzkin will be showcasing that philosophy during the 2013 SEMA Show at its booth (#12139) in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 5-8, 2013. More than 90 additional Katzkin ...[Read more...]
TITLE WIN IN ALL-MOPAR FINAL AT READING GIVES COUGHLIN NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
 ◾Coughlin wins Pro Stock title at 29th annual Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals to give Mopar the lead in NHRA 'Countdown to the Championship' ◾Coughlin beats Mopar teammate Johnson on a holeshot by one-thousandths of a second ◾Johnson's runner-up finish puts him fourth in the championship standings, 73 points behind the new points leader ◾Hagan leaves Maple Grove Raceway with the 'Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar' Dodge Charger R/T second in Funny Car points October 6, 2013 , Reading, Pa - A dr...[Read more...]
SHORTENED NHRA QUALIFYING PRODUCES MIXED RESULTS FOR MOPAR IN SEATTLE; BECKMAN EARNS NO.1 QUALIFIER
 ◾Friday qualifying sessions were rained out at the 26th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, the 15th of 24 NHRA events ◾Beckman is No.1 qualifier in Funny Car by setting a new track record ◾Last week's Sonoma winner Capps was unable to qualify for Funny Car elimination rounds ◾This weekend marks Johnson's participation in his 400th career NHRA national event ◾Johnson is top Mopar qualifier in third ; Gaines, Coughlin, Nobile all in top half...[Read more...]
MOPAR READY FOR RESCHEDULED NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS MAY 10-11 IN ATLANTA
 - Rescheduled due to rain, Mopar ready to get back on track Friday and Saturday at NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta - Allen Johnson accepted awards from the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement for his on and off-track accomplishments - Mopar is second in NHRA points standings in both Pro Stock and Funny Car categories - Capps is defending Funny Car title holder at Atlanta Dragway May 10, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - After inclement weather forced the postponement ...[Read more...]
'GOING ROUNDS' THE GOAL FOR TEAM MOPAR DRIVER JOHNSON AS NHRA PRO STOCK TITLE FIGHT HITS VEGAS
 •Allen Johnson in position to claim back-to-back wins in Vegas in his Mopar Dodge Avenger •Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Ron Capps continue championship battle in Las Vegas •Jeg Coughlin, Jr. primed to continue success at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway •Mopar-powered Matt Hagan closing in on first Funny Car win of 2012 October 23, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - All season long, Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Joh...[Read more...]

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