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2011 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Brand Races to the Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, Reveals the All-new 2011 Dodge Durango

The Dodge brand team laces up their running shoes to compete in the 'Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon presented by SunTrust' in Virginia Beach, Va., over the Labor Day weekend. In addition to being title sponsor of the Sunday, Sept. 5, race, the Dodge brand will proudly show off its all-new 2011 Dodge Durango as the official pace vehicle of the race.

The Dodge brand team will make their way to the race in a caravan of more than a dozen Dodge brand vehicles, including three all-new 2011 Dodge Durango SÚVs. The caravan will leave the company's headquarters in Auburn Hills on Thursday, Sept. 2, and travel to the Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon. Dodge brand fans and marathon supporters can go along for the ride via the Dodge brand Facebook page at and the Dodge brand Twitter handle (@dodge).

The Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon is part of the Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, where bands stationed at every mile of the race keep runners and walkers energized, engaged and entertained. Approximately 20,000 marathon runners and walkers are expected to participate.

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Approximately 30 employee runners, including Ralph Gilles, Dodge Car Brand President and CEO, will compete in the half marathon.

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2011 Dodge Durango Paces Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

September 5, 2010 , Virginia Beach, VA - The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango leads the way as it paces the race at the Dodge Rock ‘n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon presented by SunTrust' for thousands of runners in Virginia Beach, Va., over the Labor Day weekend on Sunday, Sept. 5. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango grips the pavement as it takes off from the starting line. The all-new sport-utility vehicle made its official public debut guiding thousands of marathon runners, including Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Dodge Car Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, and 30 corporate volunteer members of the Dodge brand running team.

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The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango is a driver's SÚV that delivers on-road performance and capability by combining handling characteristics with the flexibility of a three-row SÚV. An independent suspension on all four corners combined with nearly 50/50 weight distribution and 25 percent stiffer platform transmits a solid driving feel that is usually found in much more expensive SÚVs. Taking it to another level, Dodge is also offering a Durango R/T model for 2011 that is ready to be winded through the turns with unexpected driving dynamics.

This performance version features a unique suspension tuning, load-leveling rear shocks, performance steering for improved response, a tuned exhaust system, 20-inch wheels with all-season performance tires (also available are three-season high-performance tires for even greater grip and response), 20 mm lower ride height and a modern sports interior that holds you in your seat, all of which add another level of dynamic capability.

The legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saver mode and variable-valve timing sits under the Durango R/T's hood. It delivers 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (520 N•m) at 4,250 rpm. The HEMI assists in a best-in-class 7,400 lb. towing capability. The EPA fuel economy mpg (city/hwy) is 14/20 for the rear-wheel-drive model and 13/20 for the all-wheel-drive model, which includes a two-speed transfer case.

2011 Dodge DurangoThe Dodge Durango R/T's exterior features a unique fascia with fog lamps, a body-color grille surround with black texture and xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. For a more monochromatic appearance, the R/T model also is equipped with a color-matched body kit, wheel lips, light bar and rear fascia with integrated dual chrome exhaust outlets. Additionally, the Durango R/T offers an exclusive 'Redline Red' exterior paint color.

Durango R/T's modern interior includes digital suede seats for seven passengers and 'R/T' embroidered sport front seats with red stitching accents on seats; console lid and door trim armrests. The power driver seat features four-way lumbar adjustment. Owners will grip a leather wrap steering wheel and shift knob. Also, R/T owners will enjoy a 506-watt Alpine audio system with 10 speakers, including a subwoofer. Additional electronics include a 30 GB hard drive radio, remote start, power lift gate, Úconnect® with Voice Command and passive entry with push button start. Available features include leather seats, Blind-spot Monitoring, adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and navigation. (posted on

Although the R/T package entices with performance bias styling and handling, the newest Durango maintains SÚV capability with room for seven passengers and 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

Arriving in Ú.S. dealer showrooms in Spring 2011, the R/T model will appeal mainly to customers who have driven a performance sedan, but need the flexibility and functionality of a minivan and are looking for a vehicle with superior handling and agility. The R/T is where extreme versatility meets performance and attitude.

The 2011 Dodge Durango R/T model has a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $35,465 (excluding $850 destination).
The R/T model is available in seven paint colors: Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat, Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat, Mineral Gray Metallic Clear Coat, Redline Red Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 283 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.7 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 368 hp
Torque: 395 ft-lbs

5-speed Automatic
The 2011 Dodge Durango is built at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit.

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All-new 2011 Dodge Durango 'Well Worth the Wait,' Earns 'Car of the Month' Award from NADAguides for November

• All-new 2011 Dodge Durango named 'Car of the Month' for November by NADAguides

• Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 'Top Safety Pick' for 2012

• Standard seven-passenger seating on all models

• Class-leading driving range of more than 550 miles on a single tank of fuel

• Class-leading towing with both engines: up to 7,400 lbs. with HEMI V-8 and 6,200 lbs. with V-6

2011 Dodge DurangoNovember 2, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The new Dodge Durango continues to garner awards and high praise from experts impressed with its best-in-class capability, style, spaciousness, interior craftsmanship and driving dynamics. With its four-wheel independent suspension, near 50:50 weight distribution, responsive steering and handling and best-in-class driving range, combined with its standard seven-passenger functional, flexible and premium interior and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick status, the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango is NADAguides' 'Car of the Month' for November.

'The craftsmanship found in this vehicle demonstrates why it took Dodge three years to overhaul this vehicle – it was well worth the wait,' said Troy Snyder —Director of Product Development, NADAguides. 'Every line of the 2011 Dodge Durango has become fluid and smooth, the driving performance enhanced, the interior upgraded to luxury standards and a safety system that surpasses its closest competitors. Our team of analysts really enjoyed driving this vehicle and feels it will give the competition a run for its money.'

The NADAguides' (National Automobile Dealers Association) 'Car of the Month' award gives consumers practical information on new cars, trucks and SÚVs chosen by the analysts at NADAguides for exceptional performance, efficiency, features, options and appeal.

'We're extremely pleased NADAguides has recognized the Dodge Durango as the ‘Car of the Month' for November,' said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge brand. 'It's always an honor when automotive experts recognize the style, capability and value we're offering with our all-new lineup of vehicles. With Durango's class-leading towing capacity, best-in-class driving range and premium interior, it truly is one of the best choices in the seven-passenger SÚV segment.'

The 'Car of the Month' award from NADAguides follows one week after the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) named the Dodge Durango 'Full-Size SÚV of Texas.'

Criteria used to determine NADAguides 'Car of the Month' includes: quality of engineering, fuel efficiency, safety equipment and ratings, pricing and overall value, sales trends, consumer market interest on, and test drives performed by NADAguides market analysts. Car of the Month vehicles are eligible for the NADAguides Car of the Year award.

NADAguides said the first complete overhaul inside and out since 2008 helped the 2011 Dodge Durango catch the attention of its analysts. The fresh look of the exterior, quality upgrade in the interior, a safety system that surpasses the competition, ample space, comfort, technology and performance make the Dodge Durango impressive all around. Best-in-class power, best-in-class towing and best-in-class driving range coupled with an IIHS Top Safety Pick further cement the 2011 Dodge Durango as an industry leader and the NADAguides 'Car of the Month' for November.

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Related Reading : Dodge Durango History

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