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The new 2007 Dodge Caliber, which will be launched with a large marketing campaign starting this Sunday, features a built-in cradle and auxiliary stereo input jack designed for the iPod and other devices. While Dodge describes the cradle as an “MP3/Cell Phone Holder,” the company clearly shows it being used with a fourth-generation iPod. The rubber-lined holder flips open from the top of the center console armrest to face the driver.

“With bold styling, five-door functionality, space-efficient packaging and clever innovations, the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber is designed to appeal to global consumers looking for value in a vehicle that stands out from the crowd,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President - Global Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Starting at $13,985, Dodge Caliber is not your typical small car, and our target market is not your typical consumer.

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Comments

1

I already wanted this car…. now it is just the icing on the cake…....

Posted by Whitney Sterk on March 24, 2006 at 4:35 PM (PDT)

2

D’oh!  I saw a dozen of these at the Minneapolis Auto Show, and I forgot to check out the iPod cradle.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on March 24, 2006 at 5:23 PM (PDT)

3

Too bad it’s not more electronically integrated to the car.

Posted by bamiller3 on March 24, 2006 at 5:57 PM (PDT)

4

*into* the car

Posted by bamiller3 on March 24, 2006 at 5:58 PM (PDT)

5

TOO BAD its a dodge

Posted by blah on March 24, 2006 at 6:21 PM (PDT)

6

Good idea but extremely poorly executed.

Posted by Ericc B on March 25, 2006 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

7

I just got a Caliber last Wednesday and i love it, The ipod integration is good but not great.  My only real problem is that when the ipod holder is flipped out it maks it a little difficult to shift when parallel parking or making u-turns on tight streets.  Other than that I can’t complain about it, It has a great engine, with plenty of power, There’s enough room to fit 4 adults, 5 would be stretch.  There are a lot of nice little features that make the car worth it in my book.

Posted by Walnuts on March 25, 2006 at 3:26 PM (PDT)

8

so is it nano-compatable??
Remember that the nano plugs in from the bottom, and it would probably be better to just set the nano in the dash, instead of plugging it in, then shoving it in the cradle, so it wouldn’t be hard on the wires… that sucks… not that i was going to buy that car anyways…
I would rather have a scion…
oh, and kinda off topic, but do scions have ipod docks, or just to where you can plug it in?

Posted by Dtran on March 26, 2006 at 5:36 PM (PDT)

9

I guess I give them credit for trying but this is a poor design, in my opinion. The Aux-in should be located in the center console since thatr’s where the holder is. That way, no unsitely wires going into the head unit. Toyota did this type of thing with the most recent Rav4, to include a power source and aux-in.

Posted by JWj on March 27, 2006 at 7:27 AM (PDT)

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