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Dodge Journey Wins Ward's "Clever Utility" Award - (Australia)

August 13th, 2008

* 2009 Dodge Journey takes a top award at the annual Ward’s Auto Interiors Show
* Award reinforces Dodge Journey’s design, family-friendly features and innovative technology

Ward’s judges presented the all-new Dodge Journey crossover a special achievement award, “Clever Utility,” for its well-thought-out and neatly integrated interior features at the 2008 Ward’s Auto Interiors Show — the publication’s annual auto interior event.

“‘Extreme functionality’ sums up one Ward’s judge of the Dodge’s flexible interior,” said David E. Zoia, Editorial Director - WardsAuto.com. “Flip forward the front passenger-seat cushion to reveal a nicely sized compartment for keeping valuables out of sight. There are also concealed compartments under the floor in the rear cargo bay and ahead of the second-row seats — the latter specially lined for potential use as an ice chest.”

A key target for the Dodge Journey’s design team was delivering a crossover with a practical, flexible interior, and seating and innovative storage features typically found in people movers.

“The all-new Dodge Journey right-size crossover is designed to satisfy buyers’ rapidly changing demands by offering a unique combination of versatility and flexibility,” said Joe Dehner, Vice President – Small, Family and Premium Vehicle Design, Chrysler LLC. “The 'Clever Utility' special achievement award validates what our designers and engineers sought to accomplish, and we are honoured by Ward’s' judges for this recognition.”

The all-new Dodge Journey redefines the expanding mid-size crossover segment, offering seating and cargo versatility, safety and security, child friendliness and an optional turbo diesel engine linked to a six speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) automatic.

Utilising the Dodge brand’s successful family vehicle formula, Dodge Journey incorporates unique seating and a best-in-class storage system, creating a spacious and flexible interior ready to handle life’s ever-changing challenges.

With the simple turn of a single lever, the Tilt ‘n Slide™ seven-passenger seating system quickly folds the second-row seat cushion upward and slides the entire seat forward, allowing third-row passengers easy in-and-out access. Spacious storage bins, including Flip ‘n Stow™ front-passenger concealed storage, Chill Zone™ glove box beverage cooler and dual in-floor bins with washable liners in the second row, offer quick storage and increased passenger comfort.

With standard advanced multi-stage driver and front-passenger air bags, standard front-seat-mounted (thorax) side air bags, standard three-row side-curtain air bags, tyre pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Roll Mitigation, Brake Assist, Trailer Sway Control, structural safety cage with side-door impact beams and an available back-up camera, Dodge Journey features the latest safety and security features.

The all-new Dodge Journey will be available in Australian Chrysler Jeep Dodge showrooms in late September 2008.

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