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CATS Motors launches the 2008 Dodge Caliber

CATS Motors launches the 2008 Dodge Caliber image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 07, 2007 00:00

It's anything but cute

Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge (CJD) local distributor CATS Motors recently introduced the new Dodge Caliber which will represent the car brand's entry-level premium compact car segment entry. The Caliber is touted as a vehicle of high value with bold styling, five-star safety ratings and many clever interior innovations. The 2008 Dodge Caliber appeals to up-and-coming buyers who want an entry-level premium compact car that stands out from the crowd and gives them the flexibility to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear. The 2008 Dodge Caliber gives them Dodge attitude packaged with the capability and versatility of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the affordability and fuel-efficiency of an entry-level premium compact car.

Powering the Caliber is a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter dual VVT 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed CVT 2 transmission with Autostick in a front-wheel-drive configuration on the SXT model.

The 2008 Dodge Caliber earned the U.S. government's highest five-star frontal crash test rating for both the driver and front passenger, thanks to the vehicle's solid, high-strength steel structure and more than 25 advanced safety and security features, including standard advanced multistage driver and front passenger air bags and standard side-curtain air bags. In addition, 40 percent of the Dodge Caliber's body structure by mass is constructed of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and hot-stamped steel, which reduce weight and provide excellent impact performance.

'Pure Dodge' Design

"The Dodge Caliber has a bold, aggressive presence," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President Design, Chrysler Group. "Caliber's crosshair grille, highly sculpted fender forms and sporty, coupe-like profile, combined with clever interior packaging, makes it stand out as a clear and unique choice in the crowded compact car segment."

The 2008 Dodge Caliber is a five-door vehicle that combines a sporty coupe-like profile with the strength, stance and functionality of an SUV. Caliber's sheer surface treatment commands attention and evokes attributes that define the Dodge brand: bold, powerful, capable and street smart.

The 2008 Dodge Caliber has Dodge's imprint stamped into its DNA from the grille to the tailpipe. The signature crosshair grille gives the 2008 Dodge Caliber the distinct face of Dodge and defines its strong, muscular front view.

World-Class Engineering

"Our engineers worked to find ways to make a compact car fuel efficient, functional and fun to drive, and they hit the mark on all counts with the Dodge Caliber," said Larry Lyons, Vice President-Front-wheel-drive Product Team.

The 2008 Dodge Caliber's powertrain and drive systems offer many Chrysler Group firsts in the compact car market. The Dodge Caliber is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to offer the World Engine and a second-generation Continuously Variable Transaxle (CVT2).

The 2.0-liter provides a class-leading 158 horsepower. Chrysler Group engineers met aggressive performance and fuel-economy targets through advanced cylinder-head port and intake manifold design. Technologies in the Chrysler Group World Engine include dual variable valve timing (VVT) and an intake manifold design with flow control valves, both firsts for a Chrysler Group compact car and features typically found only on more expensive vehicles. Combined, these features produce more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without them.

The 2008 Dodge Caliber's CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler Group engineers have calibrated for pleasing engine response, precise ratio control and an Auto Stick feature that allows for manual control with the simulation of six stepped gears. CVT2 contributes to a fuel economy improvement of 6 percent to 8 percent compared with a traditional four-speed automatic.

Innovative features at an affordable price

Innovative Caliber features not typically found on a compact car include: available Chill Zone cooled-beverage storage bin, 60/40 split fold-flat, available reclining rear seats, available fold-flat front passenger seat, illuminated cupholder rings, durable vinyl load floor, center armrest with hidden cell phone/MP3 player holder, removable and rechargeable cargo light, and MusicGate Power, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics premium sound system with rear articulating speakers.

Color choices for the Caliber are Light Khaki Metallic, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl, Sunburst Orange Pearl, Marine Blue Pearl, Steel Blue Metallic, Bright Silver Metallic, and Black. The pricetag for the 2008 Dodge Caliber is set at Php1,575,000.