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Makers Hit Dream Cruise for Performance Parts Sales

Mopar crashes party with hot products.

by on Aug.14, 2015

Mopar is connecting with fans at the Woodward Dream Cruise. The cruise provides the performance parts unit with a chance to connect with buyers.

The Woodward Dream Cruise has always been a grassroots event inspired by car enthusiasts of every stripe and over the past two decades carmakers have worked to be respectful of the event’s traditions.

But for the people selling performance parts – the parts dedicated automotive enthusiasts need – the Dream Cruise has become an event they don’t want to miss. In fact, the performance parts business, once considered a necessary evil, has grown into a serious business of its own.

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Thus FCA’s Mopar unit – and the performance units from General Motors and Ford – will be out in force for the Cruise this year looking to connect with the mad modders running up and down Woodward Avenue. (more…)

Mopar Muscles Up

Expanded line of Mopar parts – and Mopar-badged vehicles – on the way.

by on Aug.15, 2011

For the first time in its history, Dodge bolts the Mopar badge onto one of its production models.

Walking into his new office, shortly after Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy two years ago, was “like walking onto the Titanic,” recalls Pietro Gorlier.  Though the automaker had survived its financial collapse, Chrysler’s parts and service division had been so badly stripped down, “We barely had the bodies to answer the phone.”

Things have changed in a hurry at Mopar, says Gorlier, who now heads the combined sales and service operations for Chrysler and its Italian partner, Fiat.  If anything, the subsidiary is rapidly rebuilding its global presence, entering new markets, adding new parts, offering new services – and, for the first time in its more than seven-decade history, planting a Mopar badge on the back of a Chrysler product.

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The first of these was the 2010 Dodge Challenger Mopar ‘10, a limited edition of the Dodge muscle car outfitted with unique stripes, black 20-inch wheels, black grille, a functional hood scoop, upgraded Super Track Pac suspension and hood pins.  A second Mopar model, the Dodge Charger Mopar ’11 was recently introduced.  As with the Mopar ’10, demand has well exceeded expectations and 1,500 will be built, a 50% bump from the originally-planned 1,000.

Yet another Mopar-badged performance car, likely to be dubbed the Mopar ’12, is under development for next year, Gorlier promises, though he’s keeping details under wraps for the time being.  And the range of offerings could grow even larger in the years ahead, he hints.