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Ralph Gilles and D'Ann Rauh with the final Dodge Viper – Click above for high-res gallery


Ralph Gilles reports that the halls of Dodge are abuzz with enthusiasm since Fiat rescued Chrysler. In an interview with The Detroit News, Gilles conveys his enthusiasm for the Dodge brand and the new direction it's headed. Among the most significant changes? 100,000-plus fans on Facebook for Dodge. To many, that figure may be nowhere near as important as the divorcing of Ram into its own sub-brand, but Gilles notes there was virtually no social media presence for Dodge just months ago. Brash mo


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We first wrote about Dodge's new logo way back in January, when the Dexter-voiced commercials were coming out and a Dodge logo was showing up at auto shows with two stripes at the end. According to Automotive News, that graphic has been officially discussed and endorsed by Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles for a new logo, and we even have the reason: "it signifies our sporty character." How is that, you ask? Because "Most SRTs are Dodges," and those two red "slashes" are the sign of the SRT.


The ink isn't even dry yet on the deal between Chrysler and Fiat, but design executives from both automakers are slated to begin meeting next week to discuss collaboration on future products and how Fiat's current offerings can be adapted for Chrysler's needs.


Chrysler made quite a splash with its surprise unveiling last Sunday of their classy-looking 200C EV. The range-extended electric drive vehicle is capable of 40 gas-free miles and seemed a cut or two above most of their current line up - it also revealed that Chrysler still has some talented designers hidden away somewhere. In footage that the company has released onto the internets, we now have a chance to hear from some of those designers speak about their vision and the goals they tried to ac


Trevor Creed resigned from the position of Chrysler's head of design, and as of today is succeeded by Ralph Gilles, the man who designed the 300C. Since every change at the top comes with a "new sheriff in town" speech -- or at least one-liner -- this is what Gilles had to say: "It's definitely time for a new aesthetic at Chrysler. ... We're done with the 'edge' look."


We're already encouraged by the fact that Ralph Gilles has ascended to the top of Chrysler's design department, as the past vehicles penned under his supervision have all been some of Chrysler's best. Say what you want about the reborn 300 now, but when it was first introduced, it's styling set in motion a major tidal wave of accolades and was a fresh direction for Detroit's number 3. The 'Edge' look, as Gilles calls it, though, is getting a bit stale these days and Chrysler needs a new directio


Thank goodness! That was our first response, and we bet it might have been yours as well. Ralph Gilles, vice president of Advance Interior and Design for Chrysler tells Automotive News that his company will begin designing new interiors as much as a year sooner than in the past.


Inside Line brings us news of a designer's panel that took place in Detroit on Wednesday, featuring notables like Chrysler Group vice president of Jeep, truck and component design Ralph Gilles. Mr. 300 and others lamented about the horrors of going retro, while Ford North American Car director of design Pat Schiavone remarked upon the idea that "heritage," not necessarily retro, is of importance to American car manufacturers.


Ralph Gilles, best known for penning the blockbuster 300 sedan, is getting a new office and ordering new business cards. Effective April 1, the designer will be kicked upstairs, promoted to the role of Vice President – Jeep/Truck and Component Design for the Chrysler Group. Gilles, who had been serving as director of the truck studio since last year, will be replacing a retiring Ricardo Aneiros.

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