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Under the Pentastar: Aug. 22, 2014

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Mark Trostle: Fueling future car designers

by Dale Jewett

Mark Trostle's award-winning car sketch from the 1987 Autorama competition.
Mark Trostle's award-winning car sketch from the 1988 Autorama competition.

Mark Trostle has the career of his dreams, guiding the design of high-performance SRT vehicles, Mopar accessories and Motorsports for the Chrysler Group. His job takes him around the world, from glamorous auto shows to legendary races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

But the most important car Trostle ever sketched was started and finished in one day, while he was a high school senior in suburban Detroit. That car, a wedge-shaped sports car...
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Jeep® Community Unites in Rebuilding of 'Stomper'

by Mike Driehorst

UPDATED 10/30/203: Bryan Hutton's Jeep Wrangler -- Stomper -- is done and ready for SEMA 2013

There’s something special about the communities that develop around our brands. There’s a strong sense of unity and of looking out for each other.

So, it’s no surprise that when the Jeep® Wrangler owned by Bryan Hutton was damaged during the May 20, 2013, EF-5 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., the Jeep community came through after learning about Hutton’s selfless acts that day.

'It's just what Oklahomans do'
Hutton and his 2½-year-old son were visiting family in Moore, Okla., when the tornado hit. (Hutton’s...
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Chrysler Group Supports Detroit Design Festival

by Dale Jewett

A white SRT Viper served as a multimedia canvas during the Detroit Design Festival kick-off party.

Detroit's design community is vibrant, ground-breaking and growing beyond its traditional automotive roots. Helping drive that growth and generate greater exposure for new designers is the mission of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.

The Chrysler Group joined that effort with a prime sponsorship role for the 2013 Detroit Design Festival, five days of gallery shows, seminars, walking tours and demonstrations in central Detroit that ran from Sept. 17-22.


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Fighting Hunger One Can at a Time

by Catherine Gasior

Chrysler Group employees walked door-to-door in local neighborhoods. No, they weren’t selling vehicles; they were instead collecting food to help fight hunger in Metro Detroit.

“One in five people in Metro Detroit faces hunger on a daily basis. Even more startling is the fact that one in four of our children simply doesn’t know where their next meal will come from,” said Jody Trapasso, Vice President External Affairs – Chrysler Group LLC and President of The Chrysler Foundation. “It is our hope that by partnering with Gleaners, we can help eliminate this uncertainty for thousands of children and their families.”

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Furniture Windfall For Charity From Future FIAT Studio

by Ralph Kisiel

Tony Blake’s new FIAT dealership in Naperville, Ill., isn’t scheduled to open until early next year, but the dealer already is having an impact on this community in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Dealer Tony Blake (r) says Habitat for Humanity nearly filled its truck with donated office furniture

The building that will house the future FIAT dealership at 1540 West Ogden Ave., requires extensive renovations. Before launching into that work, Blake and Chrysler Group LLC invited Habitat for Humanity of DuPage County to come in last week and take whatever furniture they could use.

"They were...
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