US-based Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. has named the Dodge Challenger as Best-in-Class Ideal Sporty Car in its annual Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) for the second time in three years.
The 2018 Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on scores developed using results from AutoPacific’s national New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey in the US. Respondents to this survey are owners of new model-year cars and trucks purchased from September through December 2017. The questionnaire was administered from January through April 2018. Respondents rate 14 vehicle attributes concerning their desire for change. Those vehicles wanting the least change win the IVA for their class.
Based on responses from more than 58,000 US-based owners of new vehicles across all major manufacturers, the survey indicates that the Dodge Challenger meets or exceeds their expectations.
“IVAs speak to a vehicle’s layout and design,” said AutoPacific President George Peterson. “Giving owners a chance to tell us what they would change and how they would change it reveals which vehicles are designed to meet their needs and expectations. In other words, having owners who are happy with things the way they are says the manufacturer did their upfront research and designed the vehicle with their target buyer in mind.”
The Dodge Charger (Large Car segment) and Challenger (Midsize Sporty Car segment) have also received 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Awards which recognise the best resale value across 24 model-level vehicle segments in the US.
For the 2018 awards, 244 vehicle models were evaluated using a sample of over 650,000 transactions with an average of 3,500 data points assessed on each vehicle. The award selection process utilizes used vehicle wholesale prices, which represent how much a dealer buys a used vehicle for. These prices are then divided by the vehicle’s original purchase price. These calculations are based on wholesale records from January through June 2018 for vehicles that are three years old. For the 2018 calculation, 2015 is the applicable model year.
Dodge Charger: from the 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful four-door sedan in the world to 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 efficiency, the Dodge Charger lineup is designed and engineered to provide the ultimate in high-performance comfort and road-ready confidence as the world’s only four-door muscle car.
Dodge Challenger: with a line-up that offers classic American muscle car styling and a full range of engine options, including the award-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, legendary 5.7-litre HEMI® V8, naturally aspirated 392 HEMI V8 and supercharged 6.2-litre HEMI V8, the Challenger continues to be a firm favourite with drivers across the Middle East.
Both vehicles feature the latest technology under the hood and behind the wheel – further building on the Dodge brand’s promise to deliver American performance machines with world-class power, efficiency, technology, authentic materials and standout styling.