Wednesday, February 13, 2013


          Sawasdee kaa!!! (hello in Thai)
          Just Imagine!
You’ve heard stories about its beauty and its mysteries. You’ve researched its culture. You’ve salivated over tasty authentic Thai cuisine. You’ve dreamed of getting an authentic Thai massage.
Thailand has a charm and allure that sets it apart from anywhere else in the world with its unique cultural identity and natural bounty.
It’s a must visit!!!!
You don’t have to merely imagine Thailand!  Experience Thailand and all its wonderment for yourself! 
Whether you want to spend your days lying on the beach, watching the sun kiss the ocean, or you want to explore the culture and history, you’ll find that Thailand’s slogan, ‘Amazing Thailand….Amazing Value,’ is, well, amazingly accurate!
Here’s why.
Even as you arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in BANGKOK, you’ll feel something special is about to happen.
From there, make your way to the BAAN AMPHAWA RESORT & SPA
The resort, located on the bank of the Maeklong river (only 65 kilometers south of Bangkok) has comfortable and relaxing privacy in its home-like traditional Thai and 12 contemporary Rattanakosin style houses. 
There are 42 guest rooms and suites.
The Suphannika Spa will leave you in a pool of joy. There is a range of mind and body treatments including Thai aromatherapy, massages and facials.
When you’re done, enjoy a great meal at Saba-Nga restaurant and Lotus bar.

Places To Stay

The SUKHOTHAI (A Beaufort Hotel), a luxury 5-star retreat in the center of Bangkok, is a stunningly beautiful hotel. 
This hotel is a maze of low pavilions, pools, and courtyards, deftly combining crisp, contemporary lines with Thai silks, and rich tones. Colonnaded corridors surround lotus pools adorned with close together brick chedis; the terra-cotta bands along the wall and the celadon ceramics are all motifs borrowed from its namesake city.

The large guest rooms are decked out with silk walls, teak furniture and rustic floor tiles; all have double bathrooms with oversize bathtubs, a separate shower, and toilet.
Suites have private balconies or sun terraces overlooking the lotus ponds, courtyard garden and pools. They range in size from 66 square metres to 198 square metres.
The executive suite is 76 sq. metres and has an open-plan bedroom and living room combination.
Most rooms have personal fax machines and Internet connections. 

       Business can take place in secluded Garden Villas with boardrooms overlooking tranquil gardens. There are venues to accommodate any meeting size. 
      The two-story Garden Villa includes four dedicated meeting spaces. The garden space is ideal for cocktail parties, weddings and other special events of up to 500 guests, as well as coffee and lunch breaks.
       The newest garden venue, The Lawn, provides outdoor space suitable for the needs of a diverse clientele. It’s ideal for events such as automobile launches, team-building activities, luxury product displays and promotions. It’s suitable for
open-air cocktail parties for up to 300 guests.

       Located on the 6th & 7th floor of the Terrace Wing, the Executive Floor meeting rooms are spacious, filled with natural light and command panoramic views of Bangkok’s city skyline. The facilities comprise Sila and Chulalux meeting rooms, each 119 sqm and able to accommodate up to 100 people; as well as The Mahamek, Kireemas and Nalinee meeting rooms, each able to accommodate up to 80, 80 and 48 persons, respectively. 
       The Bussabong Business Centre offers six fully furnished meeting rooms along with a full suite of business services that includes
printing, photocopying, internet access and secretarial services. Internet access is available.
       The Ballroom, adjacent to the Chedi pond, is the ideal venue for sit-down dinner banquets for up to 200 guests and cocktail parties, lectures or launch events for up to 400 guests. The space can also be separated into two smaller ballrooms.
            Ideal for special occasions, the Private Dining Room enjoys a relaxing garden view and has its own discreet entrance and bathroom facilities.
       The room is perfect for intimate banquets, cocktail parties and special product launches for A-list clients.
When it’s time to eat, just know the food is absolutely exquisite.
Of course, catering is available, but there are also two main restaurants, Celadon and La Scala. In the Celadon Restaurant you can dine on prawn spring rolls, fried minced port wrapped with egg net, spicy live black garoupa soup, sautéed Phuket lobster with young pepper corns, onion and red chilies and/or dried red curry of slow duck, stuffed rambutan with pineapple. Yum!!!  (

The ANANTARA HUA HIN ( has lots to offer. Besides the 187 rooms and suites, there is the Anantara Spa, tennis courts, Bill Bensley designed landscape gardens, private lagoon pool for Lagoon Room and Suite guests, cooking school, Baan Thalia (Italian cuisine), Sai Thong (fresh seafood, barbeque, Thai favorites), Rim Nam (traditional Thai and Thai fusion cuisine), golf at a choice of world-class courses, elephant trekking and mountain biking.
Luxury lives at Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa (

As one of the leading Hua Hin resorts, Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s rooms come decorated with Thai silks combined with exotic views of the beach. The Thai inspired interiors are designed with both style and comfort in mind, equipped with terrazzo tubs in the bathrooms and large private terraces outdoors. Whether looking out on the garden or with stunning sea views, all imbue a sense of laid-back luxury.
Take your pick from any number of views including: deluxe garden view, premium garden  view, premium sea view, superior lagoon, deluxe lagoon and the Anantara Suites.
The resort boasts its commitment to protecting the environment and preserving local culture through education, innovation and empowerment in the resort’s adherence to the requirements of Green Globe standards.
Whether you are planning an executive meeting, beachside company retreat, gala dinner, or an inspiring themed event, the Anantara Hotels & Resorts can accommodate.
When it’s time to get down to business, the resort is only three hours from Bangkok’s central business district by car (or a 45-minute flight). Hua Hin meeting venues have easy access to the city’s commercial hub.
The Ruen Anantara is a spacious room large enough to host a small office retreat, conference, banquet, seminar or other event and can seat up to 90.
The Ruen Nok is the newest conference venue with projection and audio capabilities including a separate sound booth. It can seat up to 54 people classroom-style.
The stylish Ruen Thon seminar room can seat up to 50 people theatre-style or 36 classroom-style.
       The smallest meeting room with a capacity of 30, is the Ruen Thai.

LET’S SEA HUA HIN AL FRESCO RESORT is a place unlike any other. It’s a hotel that literally goes beyond design. You can actually swim up to your home. It’s brilliant!

 All intuitively-designed rooms feature a  'laZzzzz' bed, mood lighting in the expansive terrazzo bathroom and an oversized tub and separate rain shower for two. In-room technology includes hi-speed broadband internet access, a DVD/ VCD player and a big screen LCD TV.

From the Moon Deck Suite guests can enjoy a private rooftop retreat, which includes easy access to the swimming lagoon.
From the Studio Pier guests can enjoy direct access to the swimming lagoon from their own personal piers.
Z-Luxe Club guests will enjoy:
    * gourmet breakfasts served in-room or at our beachfront restaurant.
    * 24-hour complimentary tea, coffee, soft drink refreshments at the Breeze Bar.
    * Complimentary cocktail hour daily from 5-7 p.m. at the lobby bar called Breeze.
    * Free hi-speed internet throughout the resort.
    * Free scheduled shuttle transfer to Hua Hin town centre (subject to availability)
    * 15% discount on all Gaia Spa treatments; all food and beverages at resort outlets and in-room dining; all laundry, dry cleaning, and pressing; and all al fresco activities including cooking classes, cocktail classes at the pool bar? and Thai massage lessons.
Other resort highlights include: airport transfers, Broadband internet access throughout the hotel, car rental, fitness garden, foreign currency exchange, laundry/ valet service, sightseeing tours on request, spa, steam room, swimming pool (L.W.D: 120 x 10.2 x 1.2m), Thai cooking classes on request.

The 193 room HUA HIM MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA is located on the beach side of Hua Hin. It is within easy access on foot or by car to the local market, shops and restaurants and is only about a four-hour drive from Bangkok.

Rooms are large and have private balconies facing the ocean, pool or gardens.
There are four several types of restaurants in the resort, including Italian delicacies, coffee shops and The Grill Room.

Resort offers a giant swimming pool, children's pool with plenty of chairs and sundecks. It is voted as one of the resorts with the most beautiful white sand beach area and magnificent garden. 

Another hotel to consider in Bangkok is the  EVASON HUA HIN. 

      Evason Hua Hin is located in the quiet area of Pranburi to the south of Hua Hin and provides calming views of the Gulf of Siam. It is set amongst 20-acres of landscaped lush tropical gardens with lotus ponds. King Rama VII built a palace in Hua Hin in 1926 and it remains the Thai Royal family Summer Palace to this day. 
      The Bangkok Convention Centre and the Centara Grand, both state of the art facilities, are integrated with a Five Star Hotel and world-class shopping and entertainment facilities.  There are a number of attractions within walking distance, as well as the BTS (Skytrain).
       The Convention Hall has 6,000 seats (theatre style), the World Ballroom has 800 seats (banquet style), the Boardroom has 19 seats (boardroom style), while the Lotus Suites have 10-400 seats (theatre style). 
    There are any number of rooms and configurations available. For more information:

          The Floating Market - “Talat Nam Yam Yen” is an afternoon floating market where vendors gather every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boats are packed with food and drinks, fried sea mussels, noodles, coffee, Thai sweets and more.  Here you can experience true “Thainess” while enjoying a cruising tour on a long-tail boat.
Another must see is the Royal Initiative Project at Maruekhathaiyawan Palace in Cha Am (Phetchaburi).  Built by King Rama VI as his summer palace by the seaside resort of Cha-Am, this wooden palace with a panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand was recently restored and opened to the public as a museum and more.
You can explore and do some sightseeing at Khoa Chong Krachok / Ao Manao /
Sam Roi Yot National Park, or “the mountain of 300 peaks”, a coastal national park of limestone mountains, mangrove swamps and beaches which stands as a landmark for seaman. 

Take it E-Z at Hat Ban Krut – a quiet beach area situated mid-way between Amphoe Thap Sakae and Bang Saphan. A good view of the beach can be seen from the top of Thong Chai Mountain where a huge sitting Buddha image is situated. Accommodations are available along the beach.



What an enchanting city! There is lots to see and do in Chiang Mai. Visit Wat Phra Sing famous for its Lanna-style, or Northern Thai style, architecture, beautiful wood carvings and superb murals.  Also call on Wat Chedi Luang, which lost the top of its massive Chedi, or pagoda, to an earthquake, reportedly, more than 400 years ago. Don’t forget Doi Suthep, considered one of the most important and famous Chiang Mai landmarks. Built in 1383, this mountaintop temple has a Chedi that houses holy Buddha relics.
If you’re into arts and crafts, make your way to the handicraft village at San Kampeng District.
You can stay anywhere in Chiang Mai, called the Rose of the North, but why not stay at the best? For an exceptional place to stay, make reservations at SHANGRI-LA HOTEL CHIANG MAI ( It’s first class all the way.

This is, without exception, one of the best hotels on the planet.  First and foremost is because of the staff. It’s as if they know what I want before I do.  They were professional, attentive, accommodating and friendly.
The 281 room hotel with 35,000 meeting space, is located within the bustling center of the city and is close to numerous temples, shops and art galleries.
The rooms reflect contemporary Northern Thai design and décor. The bedrooms have plenty of throw pillows, comfortable Shangri-La beds and mood lighting. Premier guestrooms also feature daybeds. Special touches include local celadon tea sets with Thai silk pillows, bed runners and artwork.
Meeting at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai is no problem. The hotel offers a wide range of venues suitable for an event.
Venues include: 
  • The Grand Lanna Ballroom (Chiang Mai’s largest at 1,515 sqm, max 2,000 guests)
  • Sukothai Room (425 sqm)
  • Phayao Room (155 sqm)
  • 99-seat state-of the art auditorium with a stage and audiovisual equipment for seminars, lectures, theatrical and musical performances.
The Group Check-in Lounge and VIP Lounges are all conveniently located near the function rooms.
Dhala is a halal certified dining venue, the only one of its kind within a five-star hotel in Chiang Mai. It offers certified halal meals for meetings and special occasions.
All of the conference and function rooms feature state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment including:
  • Complimentary wireless broadband Internet access
  • Direct projector
  • LCD, overhead and slide projectors
  • Satellite and teleconferencing available upon request
  • Simultaneous translation system available upon request
After a long day of meetings, guests can rejuvenate their senses at CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La. Indulge in a traditional Thai massage. The combination of gentle rocking, deep stretching movements and compression of the spine energizes yet relaxes you.
Another hotel to consider in Chiang Mai is the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi and the Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Resort (

About 20 minutes east of central Chiang Mai, the RARINJINDA WELLNESS SPA RESORT is designed like an enclosed Lanna city, complete with a small moat, grand city gate, lush gardens and flowering trees. Horse-drawn carts or modern golf carts bring guests to a palatial lobby. The resort comprises immaculate suites and a bevy of rustic, free-standing villas, all sumptuously decorated. Standard perks in the villas include a sauna, piano, sun deck, and Jacuzzi. Around a working rice paddy lie delightful pool villas with outdoor pavilions, and even hill-tribe-style stilt cottages next to a working vegetable patch. All units have large balconies, but the rice barns offer two stories of teak-lined luxury. Colonial suites are nearer the main lobby and have Persian rugs, pretty fretwork, high ceilings, and delightful pastel hues.
Lets Eat
Time for dinner? Enjoy international cuisine at Kad Kafe named after the local word for “market”. There you find a delicious international spread that includes Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, European and Mediterranean specialties.
     Highlights of the hotel include the pool bar, where you can have a quiet drink. Start the day by taking a rickshaw ride down the small quiet lanes within the old town to explore the many curio and antique shops nestled in teakwood houses. Wander around shady tree-lined lanes that lead to numerous Thai Buddhist temples.
What a way to start the day.
If you’re an early riser, experience “Thainess” by visiting the fresh market. Also visit Wat Phra Sing famous for its Lanna-style, or Northern Thai style, architecture, beautiful wood carvings and superb murals. Go to Wat Chedi Luang, which lost the top of its massive Chedi, or pagoda, to an earthquake more than 400 years ago.  Doi Suthep, the most important and famous Chiang Mai landmark should also be on the itinerary. Built in 1383, this mountaintop temple has a chedi that houses holy Buddha relics.
       There is a handicraft village in the San Kampeng District. 
A true highlight is visiting the Elephant Camp and enjoying Elephant Trekking. 
Words can’t really begin to communicate such an awesome place. You can’t read about the many things Thailand has to offer. It’s an experience like no other.
For more information on Thailand: 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Royal Caribbean Announces New Summer 2014 Cruise Vacations

Vacationers enjoy award-winning dining, entertainment and onboard amenities
found only on Royal Caribbean ships that are
“Designed for WOW!”

MIAMI, Feb. 07, 2013 – Royal Caribbean International today announced new summer 2014 cruise vacations, sailing from the New York metropolitan area, Baltimore, and Port Canaveral and Port Everglades in Florida. Known for the most exciting itineraries to compelling destinations and friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service, the cruise line will offer unforgettable vacations geared to families on five- to nine-night itineraries to Bermuda, The Bahamas and the Caribbean, aboard five of the industry’s most innovative ships, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has opened 67 sailings through August 2014 for bookings aboard these five industry-leading ships.
            “Summertime is the best season for the entire family to share in a vacation that combines the award-winning entertainment and innovative amenities that can only be found on Royal Caribbean,” said Lisa Bauer, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Royal Caribbean International. “These new summer 2014 cruises continue our year-round commitment to Northeast and mid-Atlantic vacationers, as well as to vacationers from the U.S., Canada and around the world. Guests will enjoy an incomparable experience aboard these industry-acclaimed ships that are designed for WOW.”
            In the Northeast U.S., vacationers can choose seven-night Bermuda or Bahamas itineraries aboard the newly revitalized Grandeur of the Seas, departing every Friday from Baltimore. For those who don’t want to wait and wish to experience Grandeur of the Seas during its inaugural year serving Baltimore, Royal Caribbean is offering up to $200 onboard credit for all May through December 2013 sailings. The onboard credit offer applies to all new individual bookings made between February 1 through 28, 2013. Guests can enjoy $50 onboard credit per Oceanview or Inside stateroom (Option Code: SLY1); $100 per Stateroom with Balcony (Option Code: SLY2); and $200 per Suite-category stateroom (Option Code: SLY3.) Offers are not combinable with any other promotion and additional restrictions may apply.
            Explorer of the Seas also will offer convenient cruise getaways for New York metropolitan area vacationers. The ship will alternate five-night Bermuda itineraries and nine-night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries on Saturdays and Thursday, respectively, departing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J.
            Freedom of the Seas also will alternate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, departing every Sunday from Port Canaveral along Florida’s Space Coast. Vacationers also can combine the best of land and sea into one amazing vacation with a three- or four-night pre- or post-cruise stay at Universal Orlando Resorts and enjoying unparalleled savings. Guests booking the package will experience award-winning attractions at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, spectacularly themed on-site hotels and a nighttime entertainment complex. Guests choosing to stay at one of Universal’s three on-site hotels also will enjoy included Universal Express ride access to skip the regular lines at both theme parks.
            From Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the world’s largest and most innovative ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will respectively sail Saturdays and Sundays and alternate seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Freedom of the Seas are among six Royal Caribbean ships that exclusively offer the DreamWorks Experience, featuring parades, themed activities and events based on DreamWorks Animation’s popular feature-film characters, including Po of “Kung Fu Panda;” Shrek, Fiona and Puss In Boots of “Shrek;” and Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, and the Penguins from “Madagascar.” Each ship also is equipped with a 3-D movie theater playing the latest DreamWorks Animation films.
Guests aboard Grandeur of the Seas enjoy more of Royal Caribbean’s acclaimed entertainment, dining and onboard amenities that debuted aboard the Oasis-class ships. The ship’s recent bow-to-stern revitalization includes the Royal Babies and Tots Nursery, technological upgrades, an outdoor movie screen overlooking the pool deck, refreshed furniture, carpet, upholstery and staterooms, as well as new spectacular aerial entertainment in its six-deck Centrum. The cruise line’s suite guests and valued Crown & Anchor Society members also can enjoy Grandeur of the Seas’ new Concierge Lounge and Diamond Lounge. Furthermore, guests can savor new onboard dining choices, including Giovanni’s Table family-style Italian restaurant, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Park Café, Chops Grille steakhouse, an exclusive and intimate Chef’s Table co-hosted by the Executive Chef and Sommelier for a five-course, wine-pairing experience, and a transformed Viking Crown Lounge that features a new menu of bite-size delectables, as well as a stunning new design.
            Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand with 22 innovative ships, calling on more than 270 destinations in 72 countries across six continents. The line also offers unique cruise tour land packages in Alaska, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Royal Caribbean provides a world-class vacation experience with a wide range of signature onboard amenities, entertainment, and award-winning family programming.
            The cruise line has a 40-year history of delivery to guests the Royal Advantage – the most innovative cruise ships, exciting itineraries to popular destinations, and world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 10 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards. For additional information or to make reservations, call your travel agent, visit or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN. Follow Royal Caribbean on Facebook at or on Twitter, @RoyalCaribbean. Travel professionals should visit
            Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises and CDF Croisières de France, as well as TUI Cruises through a 50 percent joint venture. Together, these six brands operate a combined total of 41 ships with four under construction. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 460 destinations on all seven continents.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Ernest Wooden, Jr. Named President and CEO of the LA Tourism & Convention Bd

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Ernest (Ernie) Wooden, Jr., a long-time senior hospitality industry executive and Los Angeles-area resident since 1999, has been named President and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (LA Tourism), it was announced today by Tom Mullen, LA Tourism’s Chairman of the Board.  He succeeds Mark Liberman who served in the role since 2003 and announced his retirement this past May.

Wooden has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, including more than a decade in senior leadership positions in both global brand management and operations with Hilton Hotels Corporation.  As Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management for Hilton, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., he led all worldwide branding initiatives for the well-known hotel corporation, working with 3,000 properties in 80 countries.  His operations roles at Hilton included overseeing territories in Mexico, the Caribbean and across the U.S.  In addition, Wooden has also worked with such top hospitality brands as Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree by Hilton and Promus Hotel Corporation.  Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Creative Consulting, a hotel consulting practice providing hotel operation, valuation and brand selection and analysis services.  Prior to forming the consulting practice, he was Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Alagem Capital Group, a privately owned, diversified investment group which owns the Beverly Hilton Hotel, amongst other high-profile properties, where he was responsible for identifying and exploring potential international hospitality investments.

“Tourism is a cornerstone of the City’s bright future given the many exciting developments on the horizon," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Ernie has the industry experience and knowledge to help us grow our convention and tourism business -- ensuring Los Angeles is a leading destination of choice for visitors from around the world for years to come.”

"At the helm of our tourism engine, Mark successfully steered our industry through and out of the recession to enjoy record highs, including record-breaking hotel occupancy this year on our way to another projected record-high visitation year.  I have enjoyed working closely with Mark and congratulate him on his successes over the years,” said Mullen. "Moving forward, we are very pleased to welcome someone with Ernie’s depth of global hospitality branding and operations experience.   He is known in the industry for building relationships and driving business results, and we look forward to working with him to capitalize on the momentum our tourism industry is enjoying.”

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Wooden holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management science from Thomas Edison State College and is currently pursuing a doctorate from the International School of Management, Paris, France.  He will officially join LA Tourism in January, 2013.

Last year, Los Angeles welcomed a record 40.4 million visitors from around the globe, making it one of the most visited destinations in the U.S. and with the second highest share of overseas visitors to the U.S. (13.1 percent).  LA Tourism expects to set another visitation record in 2012, with projected visitation exceeding 41.3 million. Tourism is a leading industry in Los Angeles, supporting 372,000 jobs and contributing more than $15 billion in economic impact.

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board was created in 1977 as a private, not-for-profit business association.  It is recognized as the official branding, sales and marketing organization for Los Angeles, responsible for developing leisure and meetings business for the economic benefit of the community.

Chrysler Group Introduces '13 Dodge Dart


  • Select Mopar parts and accessories outfit new Mopar ’13 Dart
  • Performance upgrades include lowered sport suspension, revised steering calibration, sport-tuned exhaust, ground-effects kit, and premium brake kit with slotted rotors
  • Custom leather Mopar driver’s seat
  • Industry-first wireless charging for smartphones
  • 500 numbered units to be built at company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.
  • Limited-edition vehicle to be displayed at Chicago Auto Show
  • Mopar ’13 information to go live at tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1
January 31, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today introduced the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart, marking the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A in 2009. The car will be shown at next week’s Chicago Auto Show.

Building on the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger and the Mopar ’12 300, the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

“Our new Mopar ’13 Dart will turn heads and stand out from the crowd,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “For this special, limited-edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories.”

Inspired by the tuner scene, the Mopar ’13 Dart is designed for driving enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission, the Mopar ’13 sports a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar-themed models.

For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimeter-lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tires (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimize aerodynamics and increase downforce, the custom Dart features Mopar’s ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a unique and aggressively styled rear diffuser.

Unique exterior elements include a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel center caps. The vehicle’s unique interior, featuring a serialized plate, gives the driver a custom Mopar Blue leather seat with black accents. To keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching. The centerpiece of the interior is a floating island bezel that is accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. The interior is further enhanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light-black chrome and gloss-black elements.

Along with a Mopar serialized badge on the dash, the special-edition Mopar ’13 includes industry-first wireless charging for smartphones, a blue-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel with an identically garnished shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit, premium Mopar carpet floor mats, door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navigation screen.

The limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered to each customer with a personalized owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and the unique identification number (of 500) of the vehicle. Along with a Mopar ’13 brochure and other memorabilia, the kit will include a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.

Information on the Mopar ’13 will be go live at tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1

Mopar-first Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
  • Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
  • Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format and first to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
  • Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
  • Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
  • Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
  • 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
  • Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
  • WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat S.p.A, Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA brands.
Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA vehicles — a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at
More than 75 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s — the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.