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Charger - Redesign
An all-new version of the Dodge Charger will be introduced around the same time next year as the new Chrysler 300.

When the Charger was reintroduced in 2004 it met with resounding sighs of disappointment from classic car fans who objected to the "Charger" name on a four-door. The car they yearned for, a two-door retro-styled muscle car, would come later under the Challenger badge.

Despite complaints that it was too "practical," the introduction of the new Charger spelled doom for the Dodge Magnum, the cartoonish Wagon that had debuted a year earlier.

By introducing the Magnum, Chrysler bucked conventional wisdom, which held that Americans hate station wagons. Even though the Magnum did have its ardent vans, it turned out to be true. Americans still prefer a car with a trunk, and Chrysler said in 2007 it would kill the model.

The Charger shares its basic engineering with the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Challenger and the Magnum. The image shown here is a current version of the Charger.

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Last updated February 18 2009: 11:42 AM ET
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