New Dodge Dart – Dodge Dart has some surprises in 2013, which features a new Alfa Romeo-based compact sedan. This car is one example on how the American automotive industry is putting the ‘muscle’ and ‘style’ back into cars. We lost that iconic image that was mostly popular in the 1970s with the Firebird and Camero, but there’s only one automaker that’s making the most effort to bring it back.
The 2013 New Dodge Dart is far different than its original full-size car in 1960 and 1961. It wasn’t until 1963 when it became a compact vehicle through 1976. The brand has revived the Dodge Dart name from the 1960s and 1970s for the all-new car that will be unveiled next month at the Detroit auto show. It also has a lower price and shorter wheelbase.
The 2013 edition is expected to be up for sale early next year,and is aimed to give Dodge a contender in the highly competitive compact sedan segment that has seen a raft of new models in the past year and replaces the aging Caliber.
The 2013 Dart rides on an Americanized (lengthened and widened) platform adapted from Fiat’s well-regarded and high-style European Alfa Romeo Giulietta. What the company is calling its Compact U.S. Wide architecture uses 68% high-strength steel to cut weight.
The 2013 Dodge Dart replaces the Dodge Caliber as the entry level vehicle in the company’s lineup. The car will have the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that goes in the high-performance Fiat 500, a 2-liter four and a larger 2.4-liter engine.
In line with Fiat and Chrysler’s bankruptcy bailout deal with the government, the Dodge Dart will be built in the USA at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Ill., plant, which has gotten $600 million in upgrades. Production of a high-mpg sedan in the U.S. will earn Fiat a final 5% incentive stake in Chrysler under the deal.
This is the first model to deliver on the bailout deal promise of Fiat small-car and small-engine expertise expanding offerings from Chrysler brands, so it’s a key test of that theory. But Fiat’s stylish redos of Chrysler’s existing models — and their sales success this year — bodes well for the new Dodge/Alfa.