September 14, 2012 9:27 AM
For the second year in a row, Special Olympics Michigan athletes battled it out at Chrysler Group’s Chelsea Proving Grounds in the coveted State Cycling Finals on Saturday, Sept. 8. A crisp, colorful fall day set the scene for more than 170 athletes and a solid support system of coaches, family, friends and Chrysler Group volunteers.
“As always we’re excited and happy to give back to the community,” said Bob Jordan, Head of the Chelsea and Arizona Proving Grounds. “We find it really satisfying to be able to take a facility we normally use for product development and use...
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'Local Heroes' Contest Winner Receives Keys to New Wheelchair-accessible 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan
by Ralph Kisiel
August 29, 2012 8:13 PM
Alberto Cruz and his family can once again drive together as a family.
Such a simple act – piling into the family vehicle to go to the mall, a picnic or out to eat – wasn’t possible after Alberto’s life-changing accident last summer. Alberto, an energetic 15-year-old from Willimantic, Conn., was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a freak surfing accident at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island.
The Cruz family didn’t have a vehicle that would accommodate Alberto’s specialized wheelchair. For a time after the accident, the family would transport their son the short distance to...
Jay Leno and His Fiat 500 Help Raise $600,000 for Charity
August 22, 2012 3:51 PM
Popular car guy Jay Leno, host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, helped auction off his own Fiat 500 Prima Edizione (first image below) this past weekend for a record-setting $350,000 to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. An additional $250,000 was raised during the event from the inspired crowd and Gooding & Co., the auction house.
Through Leno’s efforts, and from the generosity of many in attendance, $600,000 was raised for the Fisher House Foundation during Monterey weekend, with 100% of it going to the foundation. The winning bid is probably the most ever paid for a Fiat 500,...
First 2013 SRT Viper to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer Patients
by Pete Misiak
June 21, 2012 2:47 PM
A sunny day is in store this weekend for the 2013 SRT Viper, no matter what the actual weather is like. That’s because the iconic, hand-made supercar is helping to raise money (and awareness) for a most worthy cause even before it returns to the street.
On Saturday, June 23 at 6 p.m. ET at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Orange County, Calif., the very first production 2013 SRT Viper GTS model to come off the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant line in Detroit is being auctioned off with all proceeds from the sale going directly to the Austin...
Under the Pentastar: April 13, 2012
by Ed Garsten
April 13, 2012 8:05 PM
Fresh off the excitement of the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the momentum at Chrysler Group isn't slowing down. From continued strides in World Class Manufacturing and more Mopar® industry-firsts, to expansion to China and Viper owner charity, you can gather up all the week's highlights Under the Pentastar.