Dodge dealers want to launch the 2006 Dodge Charger with a heavy mix of Hemi engines.
Dealers had too few Hemis to meet demand during the 2005 Dodge Magnum launch, says Jon Myers, vice chairman of the Dodge National Dealer Council and owner of Naples Dodge in Naples, Fla.
At launch, about 35 percent of Magnum wagons were equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi, says Kevin McCormick, Chrysler group spokesman.
Today's running rate is about 45 percent, he says.
Dodge begins building the sporty Charger sedan in January.
McCormick would not comment on launch plans, but he says the Hemi installation rate will mirror that of other Hemi-equipped vehicles.
The combined Hemi mix on the Chrysler 300, Magnum, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Ram pickup averages about 50 percent, McCormick says.
The company's Saltillo, Mexico, engine plant can meet anticipated Hemi demand, he says.
Chrysler will not provide details, but the Charger is expected to be avail-able with at least one of the six-cylinder engines that power its platform mates, the 300 and Magnum.
Those vehicles are offered with 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines. However, given the Charger's performance reputation, the smaller 2.7-liter V-6 is unlikely.
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