February 5, 2004

Chicago auto show

New 2005 Dodge Dakota has the only V8 in its class

Chicago, Illinois – DaimlerChrysler unveiled a new larger, more powerful Dakota
pickup in Chicago yesterday. The 2005 Dodge Dakota features a stronger and more
durable fully-boxed frame and new front and rear suspensions. The Dakota has a
best-in-class 7,000 lbs. plus of towing capability and a gross combined weight (GCW)
of 11,500 lbs.

2005 Dodge Dakota
Joe Eberhardt, DaimlerChrysler executive vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, introduces the all-new 2005 Dodge Dakota, the largest and most powerful truck in the market.

2005 Dodge Dakota
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The new Dakota is 3.7 inches longer than its predecessor, primarily ahead of the
front axle, to provide added crush space for improved impact performance. The
bumpers are also extended slightly farther fore and aft to increase their protective
capabilities in low-speed impacts. The body has been widened 2.7 inches.

The 2005 Dakota is now available with two V8s and a standard V6 engine. A standard
3.7 litre Magnum V6 is rated at 210 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft. of torque, and offers
a six-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and improved power over the 3.9 litre
Magnum V6. The 4.7 litre V8 Magnum is rated at 230 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 290
lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm, while the new 4.7 litre High Output Magnum V8 has
250-plus horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. plus of torque. Both V-8 engines are rated
between three and four-percent more fuel efficient than the previous Dodge Dakota
V-8 engines.

New interiors on both Dakota Club Cab and Dakota Quad Cab models offer more interior
room than other mid-size pickups. The Dodge Dakota Quad Cab offers the most overall
interior space in its class with available six-passenger seating. The 2005 Dodge
Dakota also becomes the first mid-size pickup to offer heated cloth seats.

The Dakota Club Cab becomes the standard cab offering. With forward facing rear
seats and new standard rear-hinged access doors, the Club Cab’s individual rear
seats provide seating for two adults with more comfort than the previous
three-passenger seat. For added versatility, folding rear seat cushions provide 30.0
cu. ft. of storage behind the front seats, an increase of 4.0 cu. ft.

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