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2005 Dodge Dakota Bigger, Tougher, More Powerful 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 4/ -- The 2005 model Dodge Dakota is bigger, tougher and more powerful than ever before. 

With an all-new frame, designed for strength and durability, a standard V-6 that can be upgraded to a Magnum V-8 and a greater attention to driver and passenger comfort, Dakota has it all. The redesigned Dakota  retains its best-in-class steering feel, and handling precision while achieving a more comfortable ride, and choice of either power plants is guaranteed to come with an improved gas mileage rating.


Now You See Them, Now You Don't Chrysler Mini-Van Seats Steals the Show 

NEWMARKET, Ontario, Feb. 4/ -- Chrysler and Dodge minivans will have a little magic in the 2005 models: now-you-see them, now-you-dont second and third row seats that fold completely into the floor and disappear with a virtually effortless one-handed operation. Developed by Intier Automotive Inc. in conjunction with DaimlerChrysler, Intier won the contract for its innovative seating solution, called Stow n Go, following a design competition amongst major Tier I suppliers.   


Auto Theft Declining Steadily in Michigan; Detroit Auto Thefts Fall For Sixth Year in a Row 

LIVONIA, Mich., Feb. 4/ -- A coalition of insurance companies, law enforcement and residents known a HEAT (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts)is having a dramatic impact on car thefts in the state. The HEAT program encourages action through a confidential, toll-free auto theft tip line (1-800-242-HEAT) that provides financial rewards for people who provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals for auto theft, carjacking and chop shops. 

From 2001 to 2002, auto thefts in Michigan declined 5.85 percent, compared with a nationwide increase of 1.60 percent. The City of Detroit saw auto thefts decline from about 2 percent for the same period.




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