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2005 Dodge Dakota Bigger, Tougher,
HILLS, Mich., Feb. 4/ -- The 2005 model Dodge Dakota is bigger,
tougher and more powerful than ever before.
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
Now You See Them, Now You Don't
Chrysler Mini-Van Seats Steals the Show
Ontario, Feb. 4/ -- Chrysler and Dodge minivans will have a little
magic in the 2005 models: now-you-see them, now-you-don’t 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
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.