Information on Dodge Dakota
Dodge Dakota is a pick up truck manufactured by automobile major Chrysler Corporation. The production of Dodge Dakota
started in 1987. It is a “midsize pick up truck” probably the only one in the mid size category. The rack and pinion steering makes it different from other trucks, and it was first seen in this vehicle in the trucks category. The company used many parts from its other models so as to reduce production cost. “Dakota”
stands for “Friend” in Sioux Indian Language.
The first generation of the Dodge Dakota lasted for about 9 years starting from 1987 right up to 1996. The vehicle has an optional V8 engine which is unique in the midsize pick up truck category. The Dakota
was fuel efficient like the small pickup trucks but at the same time could handle large cargo like the big size trucks and this made the vehicle a huge success. In 1988, the Dodge Company introduced a sports model in 3 colors. The sports model had some added features to its interiors like the radio and cassette player, fold down arm rest, floor carpet and also a few to the exterior like the 15 inches aluminum wheels, remote control mirrors and the like. The Dodge Dakota Company
introduced a Dakota convertible in 1989 and in 1990 one saw a “Club Cab” model of the vehicle. This new Dodge model
was a six-seater vehicle.
The Dodge Company
remodeled the Dakota and came up with the new version in 1997. It looked like the larger version of the Ram model but more or less the same otherwise. In 2000 the model came out with a version, which had 4 doors. The year 2001 saw a few major changes in the look of the Dodge Dakota
with changes in its dash, seats and also the doors of the vehicle. Chrysler stopped production of the four cylinder Dakota in 2002.
The third generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2005, with a whole new look and both front as well as rear suspension and also maintaining its rack and pinion steering. The Dodge Dakota is manufactured at the Dodge Company’s Warren Truck Assembly in Michigan. As compared to the previous Dakota models
the more powerful versions of the vehicle has only automatic transmission. The Car Company
had stopped production of Dakota R/T in 2004 but the year 2006 saw its comeback with a few changes to its looks but the added advantage is that the new version is a four-wheel drive.
The world saw the very latest Dodge Dakota
on 04 February 2007. The new model was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. Production of this vehicle began in August 2007. The new car model
Dakota has a lot to offer in terms of interiors like the heated bench seats, built –in cargo box utility rails. The vehicle also has other features such as a 210 horsepower engine.
The success of the new Dakota is yet to be seen but considering its past record the vehicle is bound to do well. The Dodge Dakota Car
was a nominee for the North American Truck of the Year Award in the year 2000.