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Dodge Magnum and Stow 'n Go™ Minivan Technology Awarded Popular Science Magazine's "Best of What's New" for 2005

  • 2005 Dodge Magnum named Popular Science Grand Award Winner
  • Stow 'n Go seating and storage system in Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans named "Best of What's New" in Auto Technology Category

Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country 

New York - Dodge Magnum, the new shape of American muscle, continues to turn heads, this time at Popular Science. The magazine's editors chose the Dodge Magnum as the Grand Award winner in the Cars Category for their annual "Best of What's New" competition. In addition, the Stow 'n Go™ seating and storage system that is featured in the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans was named "Best of What's New" in the Auto Tech Category for the innovative technology that allows both the second- and third-row seats to be easily folded flat into the floor.


To win a Popular Science "Best of What's New" award, a product or technology must represent a significant leap in its category.

"Best of What's New" is the ultimate Popular Science accolade, representing a year's worth of work evaluating thousands of products," said Editor Mark Jannot. "These awards honor innovations that not only impact the way we live today, but change the way we think about the future."

Dodge Magnum RT

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"We are delighted that the editors of Popular Science chose the Dodge Magnum as the Grand Award winner for 2005," said Darryl Jackson, Vice President - Dodge Marketing. "The Dodge Magnum is hot because it offers the right formula of proportion, packaging and performance in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that sets it far apart from the competition. This award confirms that."

The Dodge Magnum is available with a wide range of engines, including a HEMI® V-8 powerplant. The legendary engine that powered Dodge's muscle cars of the 1960s has been reengineered and reborn as a modern, high-performance engine that also gets better fuel efficiency by employing a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) for cylinder deactivation. MDS allows the 5.7-liter V-8 engine to seamlessly alternate between eight-cylinder mode when power is in demand, and high fuel economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed.

The Dodge Magnum is the first rear-wheel-drive vehicle for the Dodge brand in nearly 20 years, and is available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Prices start at $22,495.

Stow 'n Go Seating and Storage System Stow 'n Go seating and storage system is the latest of more than 50 minivan and industry firsts that Chrysler Group has developed for its market-leading minivans. The 2005 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan long-wheelbase minivans feature Stow 'n Go as standard equipment.

"Stow 'n Go has helped Chrysler leapfrog the competition once again in the minivan segment, and we are proud to be recognized by the editors of Popular Science," said Larry Lyons, Vice President - Front-Wheel Drive Product Team. "Our engineers did a great job designing a system where both the second- and third-row seats easily fold into the floor. When not folded, the storage space is the best ever in a minivan."

(Nov 10, 2004)

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