Monday, June 11, 2012

Father's Day !!!

Father’s Day… Where did it come from? How did it come to be? Who came up with the idea of Father’s Day? What is Father’s Day?

To find the answer to these questions you must first start at the beginning. Father’s Day is a celebration that celebrates paternal bonds, fatherhood & the influence of father’s in society. In most cases & countries Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. There are many places that celebrate on other days.

Anna Jarvis Brought Mother’s Day to light in 1908 as a way to honor her own mother. Along with John Wanamaker, Anna Jarvis kept promoting the idea of honoring one’s mother, until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday in 1914.

Father’s Day is a celebration to complement Mother’s Day. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. The first celebration of Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Her Father, a Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children.

Father’s Day did not have much success at first. Mother’s Day had become extremely commercialized by major manufacturers. Americans resisted the holiday, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. By the mid 1980’s the Father’s Day Council (founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers) had used their influence and the Presidential Proclamation Richard Nixon Finally Signed into Law in 1972 to make Father’s Day a recognized Holiday.

Father’s day is simply put, A way to honor the father’s that raise children in our societies.

With that being said, remember that this year Father’s Day is on June 17, 2012. As soon as you wake on the 17th take the time to call your Father and simply say “Happy Father’s Day” this specific holiday had a difficult road to travel in order for the father’s in this world to get recognized for rearing their children…

Happy Father’s Day… to all that read this…

Friday, June 1, 2012

The New 2013 Dodge Dart...

via- Larry P. Vellequette, Automotive News -

The Dodge Dart has returned better than ever. According to the research, the 2013 Dodge Dart is the first Chrysler to be built using the platform technologies from fiat. which gives gives the Dart many more options.

In 1960, the First Generation of the Dodge Dart was introduced to the public. It was designed to be a low-priced, more compact sedan. Itr had 3 different styles : the basic Seneca, the mid-range Pioneer and the Premium Pheonix. This new version of Dodge/Plymouth was instantly a popular vehicle. They even became the popular choice for the Taxi-Cab drivers.

1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer

In 1962, the Second Generation of the Dodge Dart was introduced to the market. This version of the Dart was even more compact and they lightwened the Dart by using a new Unibody Platform. The previous trim levels were dropped and the new Daodge Dart now came as the Dodge Dart 330, Dodge Dart 440 & the Dodge Polara 500. They also made the Dart available in wogon Series & Convertible Series.

The Dart's newly designed B-body chassis design would continue on for quite some time. The Dart would only use this design in 1962, but the B-body Chassis design would stick around almost unchanged, all the way throuogh till the 1974 E-bodies Challenger & Barracuda.

1962 Dodge Dart 413

In 1963 what was being called the Third Generation of the Dodge Dart was born. This was the year of the new "Senior Compact", the length of the Dart's wheel base went from 106.5 to 111 in. other than the suspension & the engine sizes. there did not seem to be too many changes to the Third Generation...

1963 Dodge Dart GT

In 1967 the Fourth Generation of the Dodge Dart was introduced. This Dodge platform went from the B-body to the A-body platform. Modifications such as more Horsepower & more Torque were given to the existing engine types due to the larger carburetors & revised crankshafts. Also new engine types became available to the new Dart body & frame.

In addition to the new body styling, new steering systems & front track and frame rail spacing, the restyled Dart in 1967 featured a rear window with compound inverse curves. These minor modifications brought about a nice change to the Dodge Dart. This would be the final design & changes to the Dart until the end of the A-body in 1976.

1967 Dodge Dart GT (maroon)    1967 Dodge Dart 270 (blue)

1976 was the Dart's Final year in the North American market. Front disc brakes became standard equipment on January 1st in accordance to new U.S. Federal brake performance requirements, and a foot-operated parking brake replaced the under-dash T-handle used since the Dart's 1960 introduction as a compact vehicle.

1976 Dodge Dart GT

Now the Dodge Dart is Back... yes the rumors are True, they have designed, built & will be introducing the New 2013 Dodge Dart to the public on or around the end of the Second Quarter of 2012 (June).

 The New 2013 Dodge Dart has turbo charged engines, new european driving dynamics from fiat's platform, it's estimated to get 41 mpg on the highway. It is also stated that aside from the 14 interior combinations, 12 exterior colors, 6 wheel choices and the ability to add over 150 Mopar accessories is that these are only a few of the newly designed features that trully diferentiates the Dodge Dart from other vehicles in it's class. The new design includes unique grilles, hoods, tailpipes, shifters, steering wheels and hundreds of other available options that can easily turn your Dart into a one-of-a-kind Dodge Dart.   Would you like to see it ?

To the New 2013 Dodge Dart...We Issue a Very Warm Welcome...and can't wait until your Birthday...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Thanks...

This was an Amazing Memorial Day Weekend. that was largely due to the Service Men & Women who helped by providing us their private Memrobelia for display... we would like to personally give thanks to :

Glenn Smith & his father R.L. Smith, Ken Perkins & his father CPL. Paul Perkins, Msgt. Richard L. Wamsley, Cpl. Benjamin J. Taylor, SSG James S. Taylor, Sgt. Manny Tellez, Msgt. Edward A. Stohl, Nicholas & Jake Neven, Gail Taylor, Paul D. Brown, SSG. Robert D. Freyer, Booby Schulze, Ed Ross & his daughter Mjr. Traci Prayner, VFW Rangers

Thank You from all of us at Tucson Dodge to all the Men & Women who have served this Great Nation...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Viper's 5th Generation Has Been Born...

Introducing “The 2013 SRT Viper from Dodge”

          In 1989 Dodge came out with a Concept Car that they called the Dodge Viper.  It wasn’t until January of 1991 that the world got its first glimpse of the New Dodge Viper. Even then the Viper was not available for sale. It was used for the replacement Pace Car in the Indy 500. When seen by the public for the first time everyone was amazed how different the car looked. With the Publics reaction to seeing the Viper for the First time Dodge knew they had something in the Viper design.

           In January of 1992 The Dodge Viper First Generation (Dodge Viper SRT 10) was sold to the public for the first time. Only 285 were produced & The MSRP was $50,700 and up. All the Viper sold in 1992 were Viper Red, and came with the 488 cubic inch aluminum V10 & a 6 speed manual transmission, and a soft vinyl top w/sliding plastic window. The 1992 Viper was one of the fastest production cars in the world topping out at an impressive 165 mph. the 1992 Viper is still a rare collection piece.

           In 1996 the second generation of the Dodge Viper came to be. This generation looked very similar to the previous generation; the biggest change was the addition of a coupe called the “Viper GTS. This meant new colors & stripe & lots of wheel packages. The second generation Viper had a gain in both Horsepower & Torque.  It had 415 Horsepower & 488 lb-ft of Torque in the RT 10 with 450 horsepower coming out of the GTS. The RT 10 could reach speeds of 170 mph reaching the speed of 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The GTS featured the new addition of the “double bump” roof lines. The 1996 Dodge Viper rolled off the showroom floor at a cool $58,500. The production of this Viper continued for 7 years.

           In January of 2002 the Viper underwent a complete redesign from its previous years. The release of the New Dodge Viper was long awaited by the public. The looks of the New 2003 Viper SRT-10 made it obvious that you were looking at The Dodge Viper, but the design had changed a great deal. The previously rounded edges now had a sharp muscular angle & curve to them. The hood opening was no longer a flip forward hood; instead it was now a more conventional hood opening. A newly remodeled engine was introduced in this Viper, an all-aluminum 8.3L with 504 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque brought the New Viper once again into the realm of Reigning American Performance cars. What was called the Third Generation of Dodge Vipers was now priced at $85,000. Even with the new pricing it still became instantly popular.

           2008 was the year of the Fourth Generation of the Dodge Viper. There were very few changes made to this production of the Viper, just enough to call it the Fourth Generation. The previous 504 horsepower Engine was now a 510 cu in (8.4L) V-10 that produced 600 horsepower and 560 lb ft of torque. Along with the engine came the new VENOM engine management system. This new generation would go 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, 0-100 in 7.6 seconds and could do the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds. The body design had very little changes except for the introduction of the coupe body style.

           2010 was said to be the year of the Final Edition model for the Gen 4 Viper. Only 50 of these units were to be produced (12 ACR’s, 18 roadsters and 20 coupes. They were to be the very last of the Viper cars. 2010 was the end of production for the Gen 4 Viper. At an event by Dodge and the Viper club of America, the final Gen 4 Viper was given a Golden Paint finish with Orange Stripes.

          Of course we all know the Viper has not seen the end as of yet. The New 2013 Viper has been unwrapped. 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque makes this Viper officially the new 5th generation of the Viper thanks to SRT. The front/mid mounted 8.4L V-10 makes this a power house Viper compared to other generations built. The newly redesigned body lines were a mixture of first and second Gen Viper styles. The underneath has changed very little. The same steel structure as the 4th gen except that the front track gets wider and the rear suspension has a few upgrades. Under the hood however has changed drastically with the introduction of the X-braceV-10.

The additions to the Interior have the Viper going through a dramatic change. The new Viper has the thin shell seats from Sabelt and is covered in cloth w/leather options. It does however seem that there is to be more room in the cabin of the New Viper.

The exterior of the body has had a redesign as well. The fenders are more trim line. The coupe availability is more plentiful than in the past years, and the options available with both the SRT and the GTS have more variety and additional options than available in the past generations.

Needless to say, “The Viper Is Back!!” and shall be available by the end of 2012 as long as all goes well. We can’t wait to meet you Mr. Viper…

Friday, May 4, 2012

Vacation Give Away for a Facebook "LIKE"

Monday May 7th is the Big Day here at Tucson Dodge… We are giving away a Free Cruise to ALL of our followers… Anyone can earn the FREE Cruise…just LIKE us on Facebook…

An Ocean Adventure Cruise aboard Carnival Cruise lines for you and one companion on a 4 day - 3 night exciting vacation. Includes Double occupancy Cabin, meals & snacks, Great Entertainment such as ( games, parties, talent shows, fun food events, arts, crafts, contests, movies, dazzling night life, lounges, bars & clubs to suit every taste) and a whole lot more.

The Cruise Packages will be given away Starting Tuesday May 8th at Tucson Dodge on 22nd & Columbus. Your presence is required to receive the Cruise Vacation Package…the recipients will have until Saturday May 12th to claim the Cruise Packages…

Once again to get the Cruise, all it takes is go to our Facebook page and LIKE us… it’s as easy as that…

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rockin Event

Retro Rockin Family Day at Tucson Dodge ...

Kids enjoy Jumping Castles, Train Rides, Face Painting and Balloons ... All FREE ...
Parents enjoy Live Music, Free Hot Dogs for everyone and lots of give aways and raffles.
Raffle for a Free CAR... will begin Friday, April 20th from 4-7 p.m. in the main lobby. MUST be present on Saturday, April 21st to Win and Claim Prizes. (Doc., Title & License fees are the responsibility of the raffle winner...) Must be 18 to win.

Live Music... Lots of Fun...

Free Hot Dogs for everyone all day and lots of free Raffle Prizes by local businesses.
Classic Rods on display along with Tucson's Rockin' Pin Up Girls which make for great photo opportunities.

Come on down to Tucson Dodge Saturday, April 21st for a Great Day of Family Fun...

We are Located at 4220 E. 22nd St. on the S.W. corner of 22nd & Columbus...

All the Fun begins at 1:00 p.m.