Dodge to Shorten ‘Grab’ Slogan

DETROIT Dodge will shorten its ad slogan from “Grab life by the horns” to a more straightforward “Grab life” in a campaign set to break next month, sources said.

The move is seen as an effort to neuter the more masculine connotation of the original slogan to one that maintains familiarity but extends the appeal more to the female buyer.

The “Grab life by the horns” tagline, which began in 2001, was launched by Jeff Bell, former vp, brand strategy for the Chrysler Group, and now vp, global marketing at Microsoft, and green-lighted by Julie Roehm, a former marketer with Chrysler Group who was dismissed by Wal-Mart in December amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.

A Chrysler representative declined comment.

Dodge has debuted a number of vehicles in the last two years aimed at various demographics, including younger buyers, females and families. The new Avenger sedan and the Caliber crossover are both expected to reach younger buyers more readily, and the Nitro SUV has sold well among female buyers. Sources said the simpler tagline would enable the brand to better reach these consumers without the baggage of a line originally conceived for selling the 2002 Dodge Ram pickup.

Dodge owners break down demographically to 53 percent male with an average age of 43, according to data from Scarborough Research USA.