Dodge To End Production of Charger and Challenger At the End of July

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

dodge to end production of charger and challenger at the end of july

It’s no secret that the Dodge Challenger and Charger as we know them are going away, but learning that production is ending at the end of July really brings the point home. So, if you’re on the hunt for a new Dodge muscle car, you’ve only got ten days left to act. 

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told Road and Track, “As we transition to an exciting, electrified muscle car future, we’re making the end of an unforgettable era for Dodge, and time is running out for those who want to own a piece of it.” The automaker released a limited-run series of “Last Call” models, celebrating the Charger and Challenger, but buyers can still (for now) order from its regular catalog. 

Orders may be closing, but production will run through the end of the year. Though it hasn’t given a direct indication of the direction it’s headed with muscle cars, Dodge has shown its electric Charger concept several times, indicating that the next powerhouse car from the company will retain vintage-inspired looks. 

Dodge’s discontinuation of the Charger and Challenger is not surprising, given its intentions to electrify. The automaker is not alone in axing its muscle cars, as Chevy will soon cut the Camaro loose. That will leave the Ford Mustang as the lone American muscle car, though that could quickly change.

[Image: Dodge]

Become a TTAC insider. Get the latest news, features, TTAC takes, and everything else that gets to the truth about cars first by  subscribing to our newsletter.

Join the conversation
13 of 167 comments
  • Kwik_Shift Kwik_Shift on Jul 21, 2023

    I like how you said "... with Dodge styling attitude and medium-spicy performance cred." I only like Dodge from a distance, but won't commit to them, now even less. I was excited about the Hornet at first, but when I saw it in person, was about "meh" and didn't bother to take it for a spin. The salesman was hoping for my excitement. But I also said for $50,000 CDN all in, there are other choices.

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Jul 21, 2023

      That kind of stuff may not appeal to you or me, but people buy scads of crossovers. Much as I'd love to see an all-muscle car brand, I don't think the numbers support it - you have to have other things to sell.

  • Ajla Ajla on Jul 21, 2023

    I'm still convinced that never updating these cars was the right move. I don't think the FCA could have afforded another 200/Dart disaster and there's no guarantee a revision would have been successful (See Impala and LaCrosse). The strategy was to minimize debt, maximize cash-on-hand and make yourself attractive to a buyout or merger. Chrysler and Dodge were strategic sacrifices.

    And it was successful, they got PSA to bite and they got Italian job guarantees.

    Where I'm in disagreement with is Stellantis's current strategy. They need to either just cut these brands loose or make one of them a dumping ground for parts of their international portfolio. Money should go elsewhere.

    • See 5 previous
    • Ajla Ajla on Jul 23, 2023

      They sunk the profits into paying off corporate debt, which made them attractive to the French. They paid off $13B in debt in about 5 years time. Sergio was pretty open that FCA's goal was to get hoard cash and get bought.

  • Dave Dave on Jul 21, 2023

    You are correct ghost. I didn’t. Different times. I live in the northeast. Paying taxes is what I live for. Just peeved at the intentional murder of the internal combustion engine. They did pay the govt back tho…. Not like these battery car subsidies. But that argument is for another day.

  • Randy in rocklin Randy in rocklin on Jul 23, 2023

    Ford destroyed the "Mustang" brand when they came out with the 4 Dr. Mach e EV. Dumb move.