-- Thirty-six years after it ceased production, the Dodge
Dart is back. Chrysler has resurrected the Dodge Dart, which is
now a compact four-door sedan. At the Automotive News
World Conference, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the
Dart is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulitetta, but is 183 inches
long and 72 inches wide.
It is equipped
with a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter in-line four cylinder engine.
It makes about 145 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.3-liter model has
been fitted with Fiat MultiAir technology for better breathing
and improved fuel efficency.
The Dart offers
buyers a choice of three different engines: a turbocharged version
of the same 1.4-liter used in the Fiat 500 minicar, and then updated
"TigerShark" versions of the company's existing larger
fours, in this case a base 2.0-liter and a more powerful 2.4-liter
fitted with Fiat's MultiAir electronic valve gear.
At least one
model of the Dart will achieve an EPA gas-mileage rating of 40
mpg or better. The company announced--confusingly--that it had
achieved that number on an "unadjusted" basis, but we'll
wait for the EPA ratings to emerge.
With a base
price of $15,995, the 2013 Dart is meant to give Chrysler a viable
competitor in the hotly contested compact sedan segment.
For more information
on the 2013 Dodge Dart, visit www.dodge.com/en/2013/dart.