AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Chrysler Group has launched production of the all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger at its Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. The Dodge Avenger was recently unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The manufacturing launch of the Dodge Avenger represents the next stage of Chrysler Group’s expanding Flexible Manufacturing Strategy (FMS), which allows the company to bring new vehicles to market more quickly and gives assembly plants the ability to manufacture multiple products on one assembly line. The all-new 2008 Dodge Avenger will be built alongside the Chrysler Sebring Sedan, which began production in September 2006. The all-new Dodge Avenger features muscular rear shoulders, sleek rear spoiler, and modern quad headlamps. The Avenger offers an available 3.5L engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic. It will produce approximately 235 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.4L all-aluminum four-cylinder World Engine provides a 15-percent increase in horsepower (173-horsepower vs. 150 horsepower) and 8-percent improvement in fuel economy over the 2.4L engine it replaces. An enhanced flexible-fuel 2.7L V-6 produces 189 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, providing more low-end torque (at 850 rpm lower) compared with the 2.7L engine it replaces. The 2008 Dodge Avenger will be available in U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2007 and in global volume markets later in the year.

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