When the 1966 Dodge Charger model was introduced by Chrysler, it was not a smashing hit with car muscle car enthusiast consumers. However, it’s second generation of the 1968 – 1970 models was a whole different story striking a very sweet spot with consumers who were seeking a muscular performer all wrapped up in a striking and fresh exterior.

Who can forget ‘Bullitt’ the big-screen 1968’s police drama? Its captivating car chase involved Steve McQueen in his 1968 GT Ford Mustang through the Asphalt Mountains of San Francisco on the tail of mobster hit men driving the 1968 black Dodge Charger R/T.

In a report through the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) showed that the clear favorite among car thieves was the Charger.

This study focuses on the Dodge Charger as well as its history of theft for over the previous 3 1/2 decades. Based on the ‘Hot Wheels Classics’ periodic report, since 1981, over 44,000 iconic sport sedans have been stolen. That averages over 1,300 a year and continues to climb since the return of the 2006 model year Charger.

In fact, the amount stolen in the year 1981, a year when auto theft was far more common, has nearly doubled with nearly 3,500 chargers stolen in 2014. The leading years that showed more

Charger thefts happen in 2009 or later. These years were 2014 with 3,495 thefts, 2011 with 2,967 thefts, 2010 with 2,950 thefts, 2009 with 2,946 thefts, and 2013 with 2,931 thefts.

The fewest thefts happened in the following five years: 2004 with 55 thefts, 2003 with 56 thefts, 2002 with 71 thefts, 2001 with 77 thefts and 2000 with 101 thefts.

The 2006 Dodge Charger, at over 7300 reported thefts, was the Charger with the most thefts. The second and third models with the most thefts were the 2007 with 6,059 thefts and 2,008 with 3526 thefts.

There were five design generations for Chargers from 1968 through 1987 before the halt of production. The Charger then re-appeared after a 19-year lapse for the 2006 model year. The Dodge Charger Pursuit for law enforcement applications was included in this sixth generation.

Now with the upcoming 2016 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat that’s in high-demand and restless buyers are waiting for, it’s said by the FCA that customers’ orders can be placed within the second week of this month. Production will start in September and deliveries will be made in the fourth quarter.

Keep in mind, however, that in 2014, almost a third more Chargers were stolen than say the Chevrolet Camaros, for example and with the Hellcat being an even absurdly faster car, the faster the thieves can get away in it.

What does this mean for you? If you own a Dodge charger, get yourself a GPS tracking device for it. That way, if thieves decide to steal it, you’ll be able to track it down.

GPS fleet tracking is a powerful tool that helps businesses to manage their fleet more effectively. With it, you can control labor, fuel, improve driver safety, streamline maintenance, and much more.

Finding ways to generate positive PR for your business is important too. A great way to start is to take on a green initiative. You can monitor idling, speeding, fleet maintenance, route efficiency and more to reduce your CO2 emissions by as much as 20 percent. This by itself would make the right type of headline for your business.

You can generate positive PR through GPS tracking by sharing the safety measures your business is taking and share your yearly accident rates showing how they are decreasing. This shows your business takes safety seriously which draws in positive community attention.

Other Benefits of GPS Tracking

Protecting Your Reputation

Good service and hard work is what builds a good reputation. The reputation of your business can be protected with the help of wireless fleet management by preventing any negative perceptions that could form due to your drivers misbehaving on the roads.

When you have the ability to monitor your driver’s performance, you can reduce things like hard braking, speeding and other unsafe driving habits. You can also use the data gathered to coach drivers and help them to develop more efficient and safer driving habits. This will enhance the perception the public has on your business.

Reduce Speeding

With GPS tracking, you can set speed thresholds on the web interface with just a few clicks. When drivers go above the speed threshold, the GPS management system will trigger a text message or email alert.

Reduce Fuel Consumption

As mentioned, when you speed, you burn more fuel. It’s been proven that when you reduce your speed, you save on gas. In fact, studies have shown up to a 14 percent fuel consumption savings when speeds were reduced by drivers.

A vehicle that travels 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, on average, has a 20 percent fuel consumption increase. There is a 25 percent increase of consumption driving 20 mph over the speed limit.

“The biggest fuel saver is driving the speed limit and driving sensibly,” according To a CNN Money Report. Stopping and starting rapidly and going over the speed limit will cost you money. The Department of Energy estimates that just by adhering to only one of those, you can save anywhere from 15 to 98 cents per gallon with the assumption prices at the pump are at $2.97 a gallon.

As fuel and gas prices increase, you can have a positive impact on your bottom line by reducing your fuel consumption.

Talking about outstanding customer service is simple; however, it’s a great deal harder to actually deliver it. By using GPS fleet tracking, you can become the business where great public relations and customer service is not just a mere slogan on your wall.

To learn more about how GPS fleet tracking can help generate positive public relations for your business, give us a call here at LiveView GPS toll free At 1-888-544-0494 – Monday through Friday from 9 am – 5 pm PST.

A research team headed by scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) has made some pretty remarkable discoveries about pandas recently, thanks to the data they have collected regarding the habits of these gentle giants.

The team fitted five pandas with GPS tracking collars, monitored their daily behaviors and discovered that the routines of these animals were not typical. Typically, mammals fall into one of three categories regarding their activity levels:

  1. Nocturnal – They are active only at night.
  2. Diurnal – They are active during the day.
  3. Crepuscular – They are active twice a day, at dawn and dusk.

Prior to the study, it was assumed that Pandas fell into the third category; however, Jindon Zhang, one of the research associates in MSU’s center for System Integration and Sustainability, believes that these animals fall into a category all their own.

The pandas – three females and two males – reside in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China. The research team has been carefully studying the results of the information that they receive from each of the Pandas advanced GPS tracking devices over a two year period, from 2010 to 2012.

The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, had the purpose of answering questions about pandas behavior that have never before been asked.

Zhang mapped out how active the pandas were across 24-hour periods, as well as across seasons. He learned that their activity level ‘peaked’ throughout the day, in the morning, afternoon and at midnight. It is believed that the reason for their peculiar activity levels is directly related to their diet, which is made up entirely of bamboo. Bamboo is an incredibly low quality of food and doesn’t offer a lot in the way of nutrients and vitamins. As such, the pandas need to eat more to sustain their health and nourish their hunger.In addition to finding that the pandas were active at three different times of the day, it also discovered that they are more active in the spring. The reason for this is thought to be related to higher quality of bamboo that is available at this time the year, or that they are moving to the sounds of mating.

This panda study is the first of its kind. Previously, GPS tracking devices were not allowed to be used on the mammals because China is extremely protective of them. They made an exception for this study – and that exception yielded very interesting results.

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