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New 2013 Dodge Dart Compact Sedan Based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta
DECEMBER 06, 2011
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The Chrysler Group has resurrected the Dart nameplate from the 1960s for its new Dodge compact sedan model that will receive its world premiere at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in the second week of January.
The new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to be based upon a Fiat architecture as it makes use of a modified version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback's platform named Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW), which has been lengthened and widened to improve interior space.

The Detroit automaker says that 68 percent of the Dart's body is composed of high-strength steel, resulting in a "very strong and rigid structure".

Powering the 2013 Dodge Dart will be three four-cylinder gasoline powerplants including a new Tigershark 2.0-liter unit, a 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine that will most likely be shared with the Fiat Abarth 500 in the U.S., and a new Tigershark 2.4-liter MultiAir engine.

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I think they should have stuck with Hornet. When I think of Dart I think of a full size muscle car, not a compact econobox
 

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I think they should have stuck with Hornet. When I think of Dart I think of a full size muscle car, not a compact econobox
Dart was the compact car for Dodge ...... so the name fits. The Dart competed with Nova's and Falcon's of the day. You must be thinking Charger, Fury, Superbee....etc....those were the larger musclecars.

Personally, I think its a great choice for a name. I will reserve judgement on how it looks when I see the whole car. I get a bit of an Elantra sorta look from it.
 

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Dart was the compact car for Dodge ...... so the name fits. The Dart competed with Nova's and Falcon's of the day. You must be thinking Charger, Fury, Superbee....etc....those were the larger musclecars.

Personally, I think its a great choice for a name. I will reserve judgement on how it looks when I see the whole car. I get a bit of an Elantra sorta look from it.
That's my fault I was getting it confused, my grandmother had one of the first Darts when they were considered a full size. I just figured they were their whole life, didn't realize they were "downsized"
 

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We may still get a return of the Dart Demon.....

Wasn't the Duster a spin-off of the Dart as a sporty 2-door?
 

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I'd love to use Lincoln's new catch phrase: "Now it gets interesting"
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there's no full photo yet &
...Powering the 2013 Dodge Dart will be three four-cylinder gasoline powerplants including a new Tigershark 2.0-liter unit, a 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine that will most likely be shared with the Fiat Abarth 500 in the U.S., and a new Tigershark 2.4-liter MultiAir engine...
I don't know anything about Fiat/Fiatsler engines - other than they're supposed to be good


found an official site
www.dodge.com/en/dart/
via GMI
 

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Looks promising so far.

I love the rear end treatment. It looks really distinctive and very "Dodge" to me. The full width taillight treatment and dual exhaust tips make it look very sporty and extroverted, which is perfect for this segment and for the Dodge brand. I'm wondering if the dual exhaust tip treatment will be available on other trim levels besides the R/T (which is the one pictured).

As far as the front end: It looks good, but there is too much black plastic up there for my tastes. I wonder if this "blacked out" treatment is for the R/T trim level only. I would love to see some chrome elements in the headlights and on the outline of the cross hair grille; just enough to break up the "blackness" a little and highlight some of the detailing on the front end. I'm hoping the non-R/T trim levels feature some chrome or metallic detailing on the front. Automakers usually tend to feature darkened or blackened front and rear end treatments (grille, headlights, taillights, garnishes) on their top end sportiest trim levels. Other than this, I do love the fact that the Dart has adopted a sleeker and sportier front end treatment instead of the brutish truck inspired look of the brand's other car products.

I'm even warming up to the fact that Dodge has chosen to revive the "Dart" name for this car. It wouldn't be my first choice for a name, but it is so much better than the other rumored names that were flying around on the internet ("Hornet", "Duster", and "Camber"). I'm also happy that Dodge didn't revive the "Neon" name either. I have no personal bias against the actual cars that carried that name in the past; I just think the name is too childish and cutesy (I feel the same way about "Cruze" and "Sonic" too).

Basically, it appears as though Dodge may have a legitimate and highly competitive entry in this segment. I'm expecting the Dart to make a big impact on the market and blow away any negative perceptions of the Dodge brand.
 
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