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Chrysler announced last week that the new 2012 Dodge Durango Special Service model is now available to order for law enforcement and other fleet customers alike.

Chrysler announced last week that the new 2012 Dodge Durango Special Service model is now available to order for law enforcement and other fleet customers alike.

Dodge Unveils Durango Special Service Police & Fire Dept. SUV

Following the successful debut of the Dodge Charger Pursuit, Dodge will begin offering a Durango Special Service model for fleet use. The Dodge Durango Special Service SUV is specially designed to handle the rigors of everyday use by police and fire departments and fleet customers. Chrysler Group fleet operations will start taking orders now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter of 2012.

“We’re incredibly excited to add the Dodge Durango Special Service to our line-up of law enforcement vehicles,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet Operations. “Adding Durango to our current Dodge Charger Pursuit and Ram 1500 Special Service vehicles allows us to offer a full range of fleet sedan, SUV, and truck options to law enforcement and government agencies.”

The Dodge Durango Special Service carries all of the SUV’s class-leading utility, such as available 7,400-pound towing capacity, more than 550-mile driving range with the Pentastar 3.6- liter V-6 engine, and available 360 horse- power 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

Partial exterior view of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a car that will fully debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show in April.

Partial exterior view of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a car that will fully debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show in April.

Available in rear- or all- wheel drive, the Dodge Durango Special Service model comes with the following additional components designed for the rigors of daily fleet use: A heavyduty brake package, heavy-duty battery, larger-output 220-amp alternator and heavy-duty water pump and engine oil cooler.

A 5-year/100,000-mile fully transferrable powertrain warranty helps eliminate worry of any repair costs to the covered components.

The Dodge Durango Special Service also has a customizable rear cargo area with under-floor storage compartments and additional storage in the side compartments.

Chevy Will Introduce 2014 Impala, 2013 Traverse at New York Auto Show

The 2014 Impala full-size sedan will debut at the New York International Auto Show next month. Chevrolet also will showcase a more refined version of the family-friendly Traverse crossover utility vehicle for 2013.

“The momentum at Chevrolet continues to build with the debut of the 10th generation of the Impala, one of the brand’s most enduring and cherished nameplates,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing.

“The new Impala further strengthens Chevrolet’s passenger car lineup by giving consumers a full-size sedan that balances the desire for distinction with engaging driving dynamics.”

The Impala nameplate was introduced in 1958 and has been one of Chevrolet’s best- selling passenger cars for decades.

With the introduction of the new Impala, Chevrolet has revamped nearly every passenger car in the lineup in the past 24 months. The new cars helped Chevrolet become the top-selling passenger car brand in the United States in 2011.

The 2013 Chevrolet Traverse is among the safest vehicles on the road today, previously earning top marks from leading third-party organizations and in government crash testing. For the 2013 model, the Traverse adds the industry’s first front center air bag. It is engineered to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes.

The air bag deploys in milliseconds and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.

“The new Traverse builds on the success of the current model, offering a wide variety of improvements to ride and handling, interior materials and exterior styling without compromising the functionality and capability families need to support their busy lives,” said Perry.

In addition to the new Impala and Traverse, other Chevrolet vehicles on display at New York include the new Malibu Eco, Spark mini car, Tru 140S and Code 130R concept vehicles and Corvette 427 Convertible with 60th Anniversary package.

MDOT Seeking Public Input on 2035 Tran Plan

The Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking comments by April 30 on a public involvement plan for revising the states long range transportation plan.

The public involvement plan describes various opportunities the public will have over the next six months to help shape the revisions; it is available to view online at the state of Michigans Web site or in printed form, by request.

MDOT is revising the states long range transportation plan, MI Transportation Plan: Moving Michigan Forward, in order to maintain the 20 year planning horizon required by federal transportation planning regulations.

Comments or requests for printed copies of the plan may be submitted to Bob Parsons, MDOT hearings officer, at parsonsb@michigan.gov.

Content provided courtesy of Detroit Auto Scene. For more automotive news visit detroitautoscene.com.


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