March 3, 2007
BY TIM HIGGINS
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Chrysler Group hopes its marketing campaign for the 2008 Dodge Avenger
appeals to younger consumers who are rational yet wanting emotional
satisfaction, company officials said Friday.
New TV ads featuring the Avenger, which has replaced the Dodge
Stratus, will begin airing Sunday during NHL hockey on NBC.
The company plans four television spots, including one targeted at
African Americans and one aimed at Hispanics.
In addition, the Auburn Hills-based unit of DaimlerChrysler AG is
rolling out a print and Internet campaign emphasizing the midsize
sedan's technologies, performance and styling.
Chrysler officials plan to have events around the country, such as at
the Taste of Chicago, and promotional sweepstakes. They noted that the
Avenger will be featured in the Tom Clancy "Ghost Recon Advanced
Warfighter" video game produced by Ubisoft.
One ad the company touted focuses on the Avenger's heated and cooled
cupholders; another ad calls the car "a natural performer."
"We are going to focus on the more youthful energy," said Mark
Spencer, senior manager of Dodge brand communications.
The company estimates that nearly 2 million midsize cars are sold each
year and that the average customer for that type of car is in his or
her 50s, is married, well educated and earns about $60,000 a year.
The company plans to target people in their 30s making $60,000 to
$65,000 a year. It hopes to take customers away from the Nissan
Altima, Pontiac G6 and Ford Fusion.
The Avenger should show up on dealer lots this spring with a suggested
starting price of $18,895.
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