• Feb 1, 2008
click above to watch the first commercial from Chrysler's new campaign

Chrysler wants to get the message out that its listening to customers and responding quickly to improve its products. To that end, the privately-owned automaker is kicking off a new ad blitz this weekend with three commercials set to air in conjunction with the Super Bowl. The three ads you'll see this weekend are product specific and focus on the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander (the Jeep spot can be watched after the jump), though there are a total of eight product specific ads that will eventually be aired during Super Tuesday programming, the Indy 500 and the Oscars. In addition, Chrysler's also got an animated cross-brand ad titled "Listen to You" (screen shot above and more in the gallery below) that shows a kid creating his own car company by, what else, listening to what people want. The whole campaign is called "It's A New Day", and you'll likely be seeing it everywhere soon.

Of course, for all that listening Chrysler is doing, there ought to be something to show for it, and there is. While better interiors won't happen overnight, Chrysler has developed 12 new vehicle packages for its models that bundle previously pricey options together at a lower cost. All 12 of the packages can be seen after the jump, but most include upgrades like the best available wheel package, chrome trim, premium leather, heated seats and the automaker's MyGig entertainment system with in-dash hard drive and navigation system where applicable. In each case, the cost of the package is far below the sum of the individual options. Check out the first Jeep ad after the jump, along with Chrysler's official press release.

[Source: Chrysler]





PRESS RELEASE:

Chrysler LLC Kicks Off New Day Celebration Campaign and Sets a New Tone for the Company Beginning on Feb. 3

  • Chrysler LLC sets a new tone for the company in New Day Celebration campaign with animated cross brand spot and eight product specific spots
  • Listening to dealer and customer feedback, Chrysler LLC debuts 12 Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicle value packages
  • New advertising airs Feb. 3 in 55 Markets around the Super Bowl

Setting a new tone for the company, Chrysler LLC launches the New Day Celebration campaign that includes a new animated cross brand spot, titled "Listen to You," eight product-specific dealer spots that highlight 12 vehicles. The advertising breaks regionally in 55 markets as part of Dealer Advertising Association (DAA) local buys around the Super Bowl on Sun., Feb. 3.

Overall, the campaign theme is based on the new Chrysler LLC direction as a company that listens to its customers and is committed to moving fast and responding to customer and dealer feedback. The eight retail-oriented product specific spots will highlight 12 specific vehicle value packages that are available starting in February for the New Day Celebration promotion.

The animated "Listen to You" cross brand spot features a young boy creating his own automotive company by listening to what people want. The spot closes with "It's A New Day" and www.ChryslerListens.com. The overall theme of listening and giving customers more value is seen in the eight vehicle spots including the three spots (Chrysler 300 spot titled "Post It," Dodge Charger spot title "Engine" and the Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Commander spot called "Blindfold") which air Feb. 3.

"We're moving fast to earn the trust of dealers and customers and prove that we are listening," said Deborah Meyer, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "In the first 60 days after Chrysler became private, we approved 260 line item improvements to our products."

The overall media strategy for New Day Celebration focuses on four "breakthrough" February events including the Super Bowl, Daytona 500, Super Tuesday and the Academy Awards with national or locally purchased media either prior to the event, event programming or post event, as well as online advertising on AOL, Yahoo!, MSN & Google.

"Our intent is to be very strategic with media and online initiatives by being where high volumes of people will go prior to, during or after major events to create a dialogue," said Meyer. "We have a great story to tell, about a company that is dedicated to putting the customer first and to improving the quality of everything we touch."

Examples of Super Tuesday media include NBC's Meet the Press hosted by Tim Russert, Nightly News special half-hour program, exclusive sponsorship of new Nightly News Online for the entire month of February and MSNBC's "Morning Joe on the Road" featuring Joe Scarborough, former Florida congressman, and local news programming emphasizing the 22 states that contain February primaries.

The New Day Celebration is the first initiative to show Chrysler LLC is listening and placing customers first with new product features and the industry's first online Customer Advisory Board, which will launch within the next couple of months. Details about the New Day Celebration product features can be found on ChryslerListens.com, Chrysler.com, Jeep.com and Dodge.com home and vehicle pages.

"With all of the changes, we have the opportunity to really get back in step with the American public," said Meyer. "Our task is to challenge old perceptions and build a new image that is strong and relevant to today's consumers – and prove that it really is a New Day for Chrysler."

The following New Day Celebration vehicle packages give customers more content at a tremendous value on 12 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles starting February 1.

Chrysler Aspen Limited package features no charge sun roof, no charge MyGig™ with ParkView rear camera, 18-inch chrome clad wheels, heated leather seats (first row), two-tone leather seats with embossed logo, two-tone leather wrapped steering wheel, premium floor mats and Signature Series badge. The Chrysler Aspen Limited G 4x4 includes $3,355 in value for a price of $1,855.

Chrysler PT Cruiser LX Street Cruiser package includes deep tint sunscreen glass, 16" aluminum chrome clad wheels and tires, chrome bodyside moldings and lock knobs, bright front door sills and accent ring cup holders, front and rear floor mats, "Street Cruiser Series" liftgate badge. The PT Cruiser LX Street Cruiser package includes $1,770 in value for $775.

Chrysler 300 Signature Series will now include no-charge MyGig multi-media entertainment system with navigation and no charge two-tone trim seat. It also includes 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels, 18-inch all-season tires, all chrome grille, heated front seats, side curtain/side mounted air bags, power adjustable pedals, express up/down windows and rear view auto dim mirror. The 300 Signature Series feature package has a value of $4,330 for $2,580.

Sebring sedan features no charge MyGig entertainment system on the Sebring sedan Touring and Limited models which is a $650 or $300 value respectively.

Sebring Convertible buyers also receive the no charge MyGig entertainment system on the Touring and Limited models, which is a $300 value.

Chrysler Town & Country Touring Signature Series model features no charge dual DVD rear entertainment system, premium center stack bezel, remote start, electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) and Signature Series badge. The Signature Series package offers $2,200 of value for $695.

Dodge Charger SE Plus features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, electronic stability program (ESP), traction control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, SIRIUS satellite radio, eight-way power driver seat, SXT interior upgrades (satin silver bezels, spears, etc.) premium floor mats and body side stripe. The Charger SE Plus package is $3,195 in content value for $1,400.

Dodge Grand Caravan SE will feature Stow n' Go® standard at no charge on the base SE for the first time. This is a $945 MSRP value.

Dodge Caliber SE Plus package features air conditioning, Chill Zone™, air filtration and 17-inch aluminum wheels, which is a package value of $1,695 for $795.

Dodge Avenger features the no charge MyGig entertainment system as standard equipment on the SXT and R/T models for a value of $650 or $300 respectively.

Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander features the no charge MyGig entertainment system with navigation on the Limited or Overland models which is a $900 value.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't see what is so dificult about this. Go buy an Accord sit in it and touch everything. Then make some improvements on the design while maintaining the same quality of fit and plastics.

      Really how hard is to benchmark your competition and then improve upon it.

      Or better yet benchmark Audi and see if you can get close while not over pricing yourself. Works for Hyundai.
      • 7 Years Ago
      New interiors in only a couple months! I am pumped. Good luck Chrysler!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will this be a case of the candle burning brightest before it goes out?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really don't see what is so dificult about this. Go buy an Accord sit in it and touch everything. Then make some improvements on the design while maintaining the same quality of fit and plastics.

      Really how hard is to benchmark your competition and then improve upon it.

      Or better yet benchmark Audi and see if you can get close while not over pricing yourself. Works for Hyundai.
      • 7 Years Ago
      come on chrysler baby we got this, it aint no thang
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just like with General Motors .. it will take a bit before the "real" new look and feel comes into play.

      The new packaging is a smart move to boost the value on what they currently have. Buy now and you will get a LOT of content for your dollar.

      The new interiors and product redo will come out over the next few years -- but they will also be able to reduce the content (or raise the price) accordingly -- which is exactly what GM has done (and has Toyota and Honda for the past couple decades).

      Good proven move.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should have incentive packages that actually fit the vehicles. How about....

      A FREE Toaster with every Grand Caravan purchase.

      A $50 Rubbermaid Gift certificate with every Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger.

      A FREE periscope with every Chrysler 300.

      Come on Chrysler. We know you can get creative.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I also applaud this move. Having also been around with the previous management, they absolutely did not want to hear about making any changes. If they did it would take forever. I like what I'm hearing from the new management about wanting to change things quickly.

      It will still take some time to shape the company the way they want.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You all dog this company for trying to dig themselves oout of a huge hole they were left in by the great German company. Let's all wait a year or so and see what the American Chrysler can do. Seems to me like they're trying to make some progress with what they've been left with, and actually doing so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love Chrysler, but I had to laugh (and then try to stop laughing) when I heard ''Alright, so uh... we have no idea where we're going''
      • 7 Years Ago
      12 packages, interesting idea. I'll have to see how it plays out. But does that mean that each Chrysler dealer will have to keep examples of all 12 packages for people to test drive? That could get complicated for small town dealers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> Wow!