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Dodge Caliber

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A compact wagon produced by Dodge from 2007-2012.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Dodge Caliber page on 9 August 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Dodge Caliber is a front-engine, front-wheel drive five-door compact hatchback manufactured and marketed by Dodge from model years 2007 to 2012, replacing the Neon and Chrysler PT Cruiser. The Caliber went on sale in March 2006 as a station wagon / crossover.

Overview

The Caliber concept debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. FThe pre-production version showed some changes compared to the concept model, and debuted on January 10, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show, with dealership availability starting in April.

The Caliber was manufactured at the Belvidere Assembly (Illinois) plant, where its predecessor was produced.

The Caliber was one of Dodge's first modern offerings in Europe and in Asian markets such as Japan and Singapore, as it established new distribution channels there. It was also introduced in China in 2008 as Dodge's second modern vehicle offering in that market. Dodge vehicles were last officially sold in China during the World War II era. The introduction of the Caliber had marked the return of the Dodge brand to Australia since the early 1970s.

The Caliber in Japan joined the Chrysler PT Cruiser in 2007, as the PT Cruiser was offered since 2001, but as with previous Chrysler products sold in Japan, the width dimension exceeded Japanese Government dimension regulations, and Japanese consumers were liable for annual taxes for driving a larger car which affected sales. As Chrysler products were considered large to the Japanese market, Chrysler offered products that offered spacious interiors with four doors and one piece liftgates to broaden their appeal to the Japanese as a compromise for paying the annual tax for large vehicles.

The marketing plan for the first year of the Caliber's production included 20% of the budget going towards online marketing, a blitz of print ads, and TV commercials. The Caliber was a reasonable sales success despite various criticisms" as Dodge's entry-level model.


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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
29 June 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2007 Dodge Caliber Five Door Hatch Back
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 15.5MB - 121 pages
30 August 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2007 Dodge Caliber SXT, 4-Door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 16.4MB - 177 pages
30 August 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2007 Dodge Caliber
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.7MB - 84 pages
March 2008Calspan On-Site Office of Defects Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Caliber
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 554KB - 16 pages
14 November 2008Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2008 Dodge Caliber Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 91.1MB - 429 pages
October 2009Calspan On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2008 Dodge Caliber SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 741KB - 28 pages
7 June 2011NHTSA Recall 11V315000
2011 Chrysler 200, 2011 Chrysler Town & Country, 2011 Dodge Avenger, 2011 Dodge Caliber, 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2011 Dodge Journey, 2011 Dodge Nitro, 2011 Jeep Compass, 2011 Jeep Liberty, 2011 Jeep Patriot, 2011 Jeep Wrangler
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
7 June 2011Updated Defect Information Report for Chrysler Group LLC
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 340KB - 4 pages
14 June 2011Steering Column
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: David Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 26KB - 3 pages
28 June 2011NHTSA Identification Number 11V-315
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 26KB - 1 page
28 June 2011Safety Recall L23: Steering Column Pivot Rivets
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 234KB - 2 pages
July 2011Safety Recall L23: Steering Column Pivot Rivets
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 3.7MB - 11 pages
7 October 2011RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 56KB - 3 pages
6 January 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 85KB - 2 pages
2 April 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/12
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 38KB - 2 pages
6 July 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 6/30/12
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 104KB - 2 pages
5 October 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 39KB - 2 pages
7 January 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 1.1MB - 2 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
5 May 2006High Caliber Challenge Awaiting Boston College StudentsJoe Thompson
4 August 2006Dodge Caliber, Made Especially For Road TripsJoe Ratzkin
21 August 2006Dodge delivers a Raging Hatchback with a Big AttitudeJenny McLane


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