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Crown North America and Mopar: Making Upfitting More Manageable

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929. This eventually became Motor Parts, shortened to Mopar.

Today, Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered and tested with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles—a direct connection that makes things a lot simpler.

Mopar teamed up with industry-equipment leader Crown North America to develop six all-new quality-tested and factory-installed police-equipment packages for the high-performance 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit. These packages are designed to provide law-enforcement officers with the best combination of tactical equipment and performance. These police-equipment packages feature emergency lighting, audible warning, communications and safety equipment. Upfit packages for the Special Service package Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 are in-process.

Industry-leading suppliers involved in the development include Whelen Engineering, Setina Manufacturing and Havis Inc. Vehicles will be ready-for-duty right from the manufacturer and there is a standard 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty along with a standard 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on Mopar equipment.

“We are adding proven, quality-tested tactical equipment to this pursuit vehicle and creating a one-stop shop for police customers,” said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand, said in a statement. “With six quick-order packages, police departments have the ability to customize their vehicles to exact specifications.”

The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s available police-equipment packages include six quick-order package options. The base police prep package for the 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit includes a lot. First, an Emergency Equipment Electrical System Wire Harness, which is capable of providing the appropriate power, ground, and fusing for a variety LED, lighting, siren, computer, modem, radar or camera systems. The wire harness integrates with both the Vehicle Systems Interference Module (VSIM) 24-way connector and the 12-pin connector that Chrysler Group provides at the console.

Second, a Power Distribution Center (PDC), which contains the fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two 100-amp main fuses. These fuses are separated in order to accommodate departments that wish to control some circuits with a timing device. For installers who want to use timer systems to prevent power drains on the battery, the PDC will accept the device’s output and channel it to the usual elements controlled by timers, including camera, computer, modem and printer systems.

Third, a Slide-out Trunk Tray, which provides a stable, easily accessible platform from which the installer can position and install electrical equipment. The trunk tray provides a 37.5-inch by 19-inch mounting surface for electrical and communications gear. Locking slides provide the movement, allowing a technician easier access to equipment mounted to the tray. An industry-first integral ground buss bar helps eliminate poor grounding, the most common equipment issue. The tray is adjustable and allows for a variety of equipment heights and needs.

Fourth, a Trunk Air-circulation Fan stabilizes trunk temperature in a relatively short period, helping all trunk-mounted electronic equipment to function properly by circulating heated or cooled air from the driver’s compartment into the trunk area. Fifth, a Siren Speaker provides a 100-watt siren driver that is certified to meet SAE Class A and California Title XIII requirements when matched with an appropriate siren amplifier. Given that the system is mounted behind the grille, the look of the vehicle remains clean, while the siren location does not impact engine cooling.

The other five packages are: 1) Patrol Package 1 (AYF), which includes police floor console, front-corner LED lamps, rear-corner LED lamps, front and rear wire harness, power-distribution center, siren speaker with bracket, trunk tray and trunk cooling fan; 2) Patrol Package 2 (AYH), which includes police floor console, push bumper, front and rear wire harness, power-distribution center, siren speaker and bracket, trunk tray and trunk cooling fan; and 3) Patrol Package 3 (AYM), which includes push bumper, police floor console, front corner LED lamps, rear corner LED lamps, front and rear wire harness, power distribution center, siren speaker with bracket, trunk tray and trunk accessory cooling fan.

The other two packages are designed for unmarked or partially marked cars. So, 4) Slick Top Police Package 1 (AYN), which includes police floor console, front and rear wire harness, power-distribution center, siren speaker with bracket, trunk tray and trunk cooling fan; and 5) Slick Top Police Package 2 (AYP), which includes front-corner LED lamps, rear-corner LED lamps, front and rear wire harness, power distribution center, siren speaker with bracket, trunk tray and trunk cooling fan.

The new 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit equipped with Mopar’s police equipment packages is now available for ordering through Chrysler Group LLC’s fleet operations. The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit is manufactured at Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario. Police equipment installation is completed at the Crown North American upfit center in St. Thomas, Ontario.

In addition to the six packages, 24 Mopar parts may be ordered separately. Available parts include push bumpers, siren speakers and brackets, grille lights, front corner LED lights, rear corner LED lights, side lights, visor lights, overhead light bar (full feature), overhead light bar (limited feature), rear deck lights (full width), rear deck lights, police floor console, Can-Com Siren System, trunk tray, trunk cooling fan, spare-tire relocation bracket, power distribution center, hitch receiver, and a 7-way Trailer-Tow Harness with 4-pin adapter.

Mopar conducted extensive testing to ensure that its police upfit equipment met and exceeded the heavy-duty durability-cycle tests requirements of the new 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

“Our new packages simplify the police-vehicle order and upfit process,” said Peter Grady, Chrysler Group LLC’s Vice President of Network Development and Fleet. “With Mopar police equipment, we can deliver quality turn-key police vehicles in a predictable order-to-delivery time.”

Yesenia Salcedo is the Managing Editor of Law and Order magazine. She may be reached at

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Nov/Dec 2011

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