“End of an era”: The company that helped give rise to a generation of cars with powerful engines and muscular styling is moving to cleaner-powered vehicles.
As it and other automakers move toward more environmentally friendly options,
Dodge will discontinue producing gas-powered Chargers and Challengers in 2019. This marks the end of an era for a brand that helped define the muscle car.
The seven "legacy" cars, each with a plaque reading "last call," will be released in 2023 by Stellantis,
the Amsterdam-based company that owns Dodge, according to a statement released on Monday.
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said in Stellantis's release, "We are celebrating the end of an age —
and the start of a bright new electrified future — while keeping loyal to our brand."
The Charger and Challenger are examples of a previous generation of muscle vehicles that were popularised more than 50 years ago and had strong engines.
They have continued to have a huge effect on automotive culture and design, along with the Ford Mustang, Pontiac GTO, and similar vehicles.
The muscle automobile, which capitalises on notions of toughness, creativity, and luxury, is linked to notions of American independence and freedom.
The vehicles of this genre are distinguished by their size and robust engines,
which have a natural ability to accelerate in striking contrast to the four-cylinder sedans ...
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