Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that the Dodge Charger will be back in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition next season after Chrysler LLC decided to switch from the Avenger model that was campaigned during the 2007 season on the Car of Tomorrow.
Dodge dealers overwhelmingly supported keeping the Charger nameplate in NASCAR's top series, the company said in a statement.
Dodge is the first manufacturer to change models for next year. The Dodge COT cars will remain the same in 2008, with the exception of a new set of decals to represent lights and the Charger name.
Chevrolet, which used its Impala SS model instead of the Monte Carlo SS on its Car of Tomorrow cars in 2007, hasn't announced plans to change its nameplate for next year. Ford (Fusion) and Toyota (Camry) used the same model for both cars in 2007.