Dodge Promises First-ever Muscle EV, Dusts Off Retro Logo

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
dodge promises first ever muscle ev dusts off retro logo

Stellantis made many announcements yesterday at its “EV Day 2021” event, first and foremost a big commitment to EVs going forward. The second most important thing involved the super cringe slogans for each brand.

But there was also a Dodge-specific announcement, which promised the first-ever EV muscle car, and the resurrection of a long-dead logo.

Fitting the brand’s new, awful slogan “Tear Up the Streets… Not the Planet,” Dodge plans to introduce a new muscle EV in 2024. Making the announcement in a video just slightly less cringe than its new slogan, brand lead Tim Kuniskis gives some vague details about the future of the muscle EV that will become the brand’s direction. The video is presented on-location at the Dodge estate with a bunch of historic Dodge vehicles, some of which are still in production.

“Embracing the brand’s history while looking to the future,” Dodge knows muscle cars. A food pyramid made of Dodge-type things really reflects something or other about American flags and tattooed fingers? “Excess drives success,” it says, which seems the thing that caused us to need EVs in the first place, but maybe that’s just me.

Dodge will not sell electric cars, but it will sell American eMuscle. The “eMuscle” is written but not spoken when Tim reads the slide. Dodge customers are buying an experience, not technology – though it would seem the latter begets the former, lest there be no former. With this new branding and eMuscle, Dodge is going after the Millennials, who are either the poorest and least-motivated consumer group, or the group that’s the most motivated with the highest spending power, depending upon who you ask.

With the new EV muscle direction, the Dodge brand seeks to provide more horsepower than ever before, as its customers want. The video states electric motivation has now eclipsed the internal combustion engine, as that technology has reached its peak. For its all-new eMuscle car direction, Dodge is dusting off an old logo: the Fratzog. Dodge used the rocket-esque three-spoke design from 1962 to 1976. Its name was a made-up word by Fratzog’s designer, as Dodge forced him to name the creation. It was the last logo before Dodge went logo-free for a while, and then adopted the Chrysler Pentastar logo in 1982. Notably, the Fratzog was out of use a good five to seven years before the earliest Millennials were ever born.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 09, 2021

    The logo says three-phase power to me. Is "The Power of Dreams" a good slogan? F-Series is number three (3 - III - third place - second loser) in the U.S. market in second quarter of 2021; Ram is in first place. Is this because Stellantis has strong leadership now? [Or did Ford proactively execute a strategic pullback for 3D-chess-related reasons?] (Say we are picking teams - you choose Jim Farley and I'll take Carlos Tavares. Deal?)

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    • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Jul 11, 2021

      For YTD Ford is still in the lead. With the parts now in-stock they should have a stellar 3rd quarter as those people who have ordered those trucks finally get to take delivery.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jul 10, 2021

    Is this the video which is supposed to be linked above? https://youtu.be/zXOtCcWjmKI If so, the Dodge Family Home reminds me of one of my family's summer homes (the smaller and more modest one). Also, moobs.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 10, 2021

      The video was linked above, and Stellantis removed the initial version from their account. They reposted this one which is slightly edited at the beginning and the end. Overall most of its content is the same. I was however called out on Twitter for posting a "fake" screen capture (the pyramid) from this video, by a Stellantis comms employee.

  • Wjtinfwb How does the ICE mid-engine C8 platform work for... anything else? A sedan? SUV? With a mid engine configuration? A mid-engine SUV will have to be Suburban sized to offer the utility of a CRV. GM should dust off the Omega platform designed for the Cadillac CT6 for an SUV/Sedan offering with exceptional handling, Rear or AWD capability and acceptable space utilization. They also need to focus on interior fit & finish, trim choices and high quality final engineering and assembly. What GM doesn't need is another half-baked product with a storied and prestigious badge on the decklid and a premium price on the Monroney. No more Cimarron's, Allante's or X-cars needed to tarnish the reputation of Corvette.
  • InCogKneeToe BUILD It and they will come.By Build It, I mean a Vehicle that the Customer Wants and it works for them. It could be called Chevette for all that that matters. The Mach E's success isn't because it totes the Mustang on it.Just build what people want, the next Caravan/Taurus/Beetle/Maverick (truck).
  • YellowDuck Wait...how do you make a mid-engine crossover? Or even a 4-door coupe? Me not get.
  • 28-Cars-Later Thanks Corey. The head stud job on NOrthSTAR-T was $3K *years ago* as it involves an engine pull so rear wheel arch rust in and of itself isn't a show stopper. I'll be sure to check out the trunk as it may start to add up on deferred maintenance. Supposedly this was garaged so the underneath the rockers etc. should be decent but if those are shot its not gonna work.
  • Mark 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, G4NG engine with connecting rod bearing issues. Engine needs to be replaced, but Hyundai is denying warranty claim. I have all maintenance records from mile zero. It has been in Hyundai Service department 5 time in 4 months. They added the knock sensor and software update to let you know the engine is about to blow up. They kicked the can down the road doing patch work until the car was past the 120k extended extended warranty. I have that documentation too. So how can I join the class action law suit or find a Lawyer that handles these types of issues?
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