The Chrysler Group recently provided the Belvidere, Ill. Police with a 2013 Dodge Dart for a long-term evaluation. The fully marked, fully upfit Dart Rallye will be used as the flagship for a variety of civic events, ceremonies, parades, city gatherings, county fair and other public festivals…any opportunity to show the pride of the area’s largest employer. The Dart is assembled at the Belvidere Assembly Plant.
“The Belvidere Police Department wanted to drive what’s built in their town by their own citizens,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “This was a terrific opportunity to support the Belvidere police and continue to foster our longtime partnership with this city and region.”
The Dart was upfitted with the newest Whelen lightbar, the all-LED Legacy. The Dart also got enough Whelen ION™ and Vertex™ LEDs to completely light up the grille, outside mirrors and headlight – taillight bezels. The upfit was performed by technicians at the Chicago-based Beverly Hills Garage. Jack Wolf Chrysler Jeep Dodge, the local Dodge dealer, is on-board to provide no charge, lifetime maintenance for the police Dart.
The Belvidere Police Department will provide Chrysler Group with feedback on the uses for this test vehicle. That feedback will be used to determine whether a non-patrol Dodge Dart police vehicle could be marketed to other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Typically, 20 percent of the police fleet is made up of admin vehicles that may not need to be pursuit-rated.
In its first ceremonial function, the Belvidere Police Dart was used to escort a procession from the Belvidere Assembly Plant to the Belvidere – Boone County Food Pantry. Chrysler Group employees across the Midwest took time out from building cars and trucks to make sure their neighbors had the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner. Everything from canned fruit and vegetables to cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie filling and stuffing mix was loaded into five RAM pickups for delivery to the food pantry.
The annual Chrysler Group Thanksgiving Food Drive helps local food pantries restock their shelves in time for Thanksgiving. To complete the menu, The Chrysler Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Chrysler Group, purchased more than 1,500 frozen turkeys, which were also distributed by the food pantries.