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Rumors: Dodge Loads Its Magnum: Viper SRT?

Chrysler has been talking about bringing back the Magnum and it is confirmed, yet again, that the Viper will for sure be back in 2012.

To sum up Chrysler's feelings toward the recently departed Magnum, one quote from Chrysler Design Chief Ralph Gilles says it all: "That vehicle was single-handedly killed by one executive who is no longer with the company. He's retired. A lot of people in the company still like that vehicle - a lot. A lot of things that weren't possible back then now are." The Dodge Magnum, as you recall, got the chop during Chrysler's bankruptcy and reorganization in 2008-2009.

The popular station wagon, according to Wheels, could return sooner rather than later. Gilles, being interviewed at Willow Springs Raceway during a Chrysler event introducing high performance SRT versions of several Chrysler vehicles including the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee, commented that "The Dodge Viper, certainly, is a likely choice for an SRT version," he said. "Also, we know we need an entry-level vehicle of some kind." He confirmed that the Dodge Viper indeed be making its return as a 2012 model.

The Dodge Magnum was also a big hit in Europe and Australia as well. The wagon was dubbed the Chrysler 300 Touring and used a front end taken straight from the 300C.

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