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2011 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger production starts in Ontario

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Chrysler Group LLC today celebrated the launch of production of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger at its Brampton Assembly Plant, in Ontario. The vehicles are part of the 16 new or significantly refreshed products the company debuted last year.

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"The launch of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger demonstrates how far this company has come in 18 months," said Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne. "The assistance of the governments of Canada and the Province of Ontario gave us the opportunity to create a future. Chrysler Group owes a deep debt of gratitude to taxpayers in Canada and the U.S. for the loans that enabled a vibrant, restructured company to emerge in June 2009.''

The next-generation Charger comes standard with Chrysler's new 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine producing 292 horsepower and allowing 0-100 km/h accelerations in 6.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.9 L/100 km in the city and 7.6 L/100 km on the highway. The legendary 5.7-litre HEMI V8 is also available and now generates 372 horsepower.

In similar fashion, the completely-redesigned 300 offers both engine options, although its HEMI proves slightly less powerful than the Charger's at 363 ponies. It promises superior luxury, new lines, and a whole new cabin crowned by a dual-panel panoramic sunroof.

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