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On The Cover Review: 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T
The Dodge Challenger hasn’t been around all that long, but in the world of Pony Cars, it’s the old kid on the block. The Camaro is brand new in 2010, and the Mustang received a major refresh. So to combat all this newness, Dodge updated the Challenger by adding a very old color. Huh? Well, look at the picture, and you’ll see the vibrant Plum Crazy Pearl Coat hue, inspired by the popular Challengers and Plymouth ’Cudas of the early ’70s. The R/T is the mid-level of the Challenger line, and comes equipped with a 370-hp, 5.7-liter “Hemi” V8, and it’s good for zero-to-60 times in the sub-six-second range. Plum Crazy R/Ts are available with special white or black stripes down the side that really give the car a retro vibe. The Challenger is often criticized for its size and weight, and since it is based off of the same platform as a Chrysler 300, there is some validity to that. On the other hand, the Challenger feels strong, and it really is pretty fast. Plus, all that weight makes it a nice highway cruiser. And anyway, how fast do you need to go? With that bright Plum Crazy paint job, you’ll have a hard enough time avoiding tickets!
One of Penton’s strongest titles is also one of the least known throughout the company. The Automobile Red Book, a production of Penton Business Media, has been a class-leader in automotive pricing guides since 1911.
Used primarily by government agencies and insurance companies, the Red Book staff takes pride in providing the most accurate, comprehensive car and light truck VIN-decipherable pricing data in the industry.
“We have several State governments, insurance companies, and lenders that exclusively use the Red Book for their valuation and identification needs,” said Tom Fournier, Red Book Product Manager and 29-year Penton Media veteran, “so data accuracy is critical.”
One of the strengths of the Red Book is that is has been in business for 99 years. It is the oldest value guide in existence, and puts that background and experience behind every valuation.
The Red Book doesn’t remain one of the most respected valuation guides in the industry by just looking to the past. Even though the basic premise has never changed—accurate data with accurate pricing—the product has always kept up with the times. In addition to the traditional printed version, Red Book data can also be accessed through a secure Internet site. Some customers also require electronic data extracts in order to mate Red Book research to their computer systems.
The Red Book also includes vehicle evaluations to the printed version and the Price Digests website.
“Automobile manufacturers and consumers respect our opinions,” stated Craig Hover, Red Book editor. “We are frequently invited by the manufacturers to test and evaluate new vehicles. We wanted a way to pass our opinions and experiences along to our customers, which is why we created our write-up section.”
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On The Cover Review: 2011 Ford Super Duty
If Ford knows how to do anything really well, it is build pickup trucks. F-250, F-350, and F-450 trucks, also known as “Super Duties”, are used and abused by happy owners every day. And even though the idea of a pickup truck-type vehicle goes back to when people pulled wagons with horses, Ford continues to update, upgrade, and modernize their trucks with each passing year. The 2011 truck is a good case in point. Some of the changes are cosmetic, as it takes several design cues from the Super Chief concept that was shown at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. But under the hood, there will be a new 6.7-liter Scorpion Power Stroke diesel V8 available. Ford promises more power, better fuel economy, and the ability to run the new engine on B20 biodiesel. As time goes on, Red Book hopes to put the 2011 Super Duty to the test. As we get more information, we’ll pass it along to our readers.