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Chrysler hopes to hit target with new Dart
Reuters ^ | 9 January 2012 | Deepa Seetharaman

Posted on 01/09/2012 7:58:26 AM PST by Army Air Corps

When Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne introduces the Dodge Dart compact car this week, he will be showing off the first example of what a merger between Chrysler group LLC and Italy's Fiat SpA can create.

The 2013 Dart -- to be unveiled at the Detroit auto show -- is based on a Fiat-engineered platform that also will serve as the basis for the next generation of Jeep SUVs.

With the Dart, Chrysler aims to take market share from Toyota Motor Corp's Corolla and Honda Motor Co's Civic in an area the U.S. automaker has traditionally fallen short.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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KEYWORDS: dart; dodge
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What next, a the new 2012 Plymouth Duster?
1 posted on 01/09/2012 7:58:32 AM PST by Army Air Corps
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To: Red Badger

Ping.


2 posted on 01/09/2012 7:59:08 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

They never hit the target with the old Dart...................


3 posted on 01/09/2012 8:00:03 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Red Badger

The Dodge Dart - Al Bundy’s car.


4 posted on 01/09/2012 8:00:37 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Klik & Klack will have fun with this!........................


5 posted on 01/09/2012 8:00:48 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Army Air Corps

A Fart and his Dart..................


6 posted on 01/09/2012 8:01:33 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Army Air Corps

>> also will serve as the basis for the next generation of Jeep SUVs.

Ooooh — based on the Dart! I’ll bet THAT’ll be a gutsy li’l monster. Heart be still. I’m gonna start saving up NOW.


7 posted on 01/09/2012 8:02:04 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Red Badger
Fiat has consistently produced junk.
This year, they will produce Belvidere junk.
8 posted on 01/09/2012 8:03:38 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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To: Red Badger

Bool sheet. I had a ‘63 Dart. You couldn’t kill it. What a great car. Wish I had it back right now.


9 posted on 01/09/2012 8:04:18 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (I'm not cut out to suffer fools like this.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Al Bundy’s car for folks with a Kelly Bundy brain. LOL


10 posted on 01/09/2012 8:04:18 AM PST by dforest
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To: Army Air Corps

Will it have a 225 Slant Six?


11 posted on 01/09/2012 8:04:25 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The Wiki says that This car is the basis for the new Dart:
12 posted on 01/09/2012 8:04:48 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Nervous Tick

It could have been worse, they could have considered basing a Jeep on a Neon.


13 posted on 01/09/2012 8:05:19 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Slant six?.................


14 posted on 01/09/2012 8:06:04 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Army Air Corps

:: What next, a the new 2012 Plymouth Duster? ::

To be quickly followed by a RoadRunner option with a 4-foot tall rear wing! In fluorescent lime!

Meep! Meep!


15 posted on 01/09/2012 8:07:42 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a tyrannical and violent POLITICAL ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Red Badger
Looks like the ubiquitous ugly jellybean-shaped riceburners.
16 posted on 01/09/2012 8:08:13 AM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: Red Badger

An inline six inclined at a slant of 30 degress from vertical.


17 posted on 01/09/2012 8:08:19 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Red Badger

At an auto dealer near you, the NEW Ford Pinto and Chevy Vega!


18 posted on 01/09/2012 8:08:42 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Army Air Corps

2013 Dodge Dart

19 posted on 01/09/2012 8:09:39 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Army Air Corps

I don’t know what has worse reputation in Europe Chrysler or Alfa Romeo which is a mom for this Dart.
IMO Russia was the best European market for Chrysler last year with....hundred or so cars sold (along with millions of Fords, Toyotas, Hyundais and Ladas).


20 posted on 01/09/2012 8:11:11 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Army Air Corps
They must have hired the same consultants that advised Coke to do away with Coke and bring out New Coke.

Really; 2012 and the best marketing idea they have is a Dart?

21 posted on 01/09/2012 8:12:15 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Army Air Corps

I had I think a 1967 Dart with push button transmission and torsion springs. Strange little car.


22 posted on 01/09/2012 8:12:35 AM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Red Badger
FIAT must, must I say, do one thing for America.

We must, must I say, get rid of these damn cars that come at you with the hideous grin front grills that all look like the "Joker" in the Dick Tracy movie.

Now that Alfa actually looks like a car. And, RB, it is available as a diesel.

23 posted on 01/09/2012 8:12:53 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: Disambiguator

Will it offer a ‘swinger’ pkg including the 440 with six pack carbs ?

Still remember chirping tires in third gear


24 posted on 01/09/2012 8:15:35 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Army Air Corps

LOL.

You would have thought they would have at least picked a popular mopar for recreation, like Ford did with the T-bird and the Mustang.

The Dart? Really?

I remember those Dusters, too...yech.


25 posted on 01/09/2012 8:16:26 AM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

It looks like a modern version of the Ford Edsel.


26 posted on 01/09/2012 8:18:02 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Red Badger

27 posted on 01/09/2012 8:19:38 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Army Air Corps; All
Nevermind the Dart, check out the Fusion...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2830265/posts

28 posted on 01/09/2012 8:21:07 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Kenny Bunk
We must, must I say, get rid of these damn cars that come at you with the hideous grin front grills that all look like the "Joker" in the Dick Tracy movie.
 
 
Reminds me of Mazda 3's. I read where these are really fun to drive cars. But because of their goofy grin front-ends - nobody but chicks drive them.

29 posted on 01/09/2012 8:22:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I had an X-1/9 back in the day.
It was a beautiful car.
I spent more time UNDER it than I did IN it!................


30 posted on 01/09/2012 8:23:18 AM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Ahhh....but will it have fine Corinthian leather?


31 posted on 01/09/2012 8:24:17 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The price of freedom is willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, anytime..." - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Army Air Corps

How ‘bout a new 2012 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback? (with that giant rear window)


32 posted on 01/09/2012 8:27:30 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Past Your Eyes
You couldn’t kill it. What a great car. Wish I had it back right now.

I agree. I wish I had one. I still see them on the road and get all envious when I do. It's the Urban Tank.

33 posted on 01/09/2012 8:29:53 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The price of freedom is willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, anytime..." - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Army Air Corps
They were good cars. I'm not expecting much this time around.
34 posted on 01/09/2012 8:31:29 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Red Badger

Actually, I think maybe they did. Fortunately, though, you and I never wore that particular ‘bullseye’.

I will admit that the slant six engine they used as a standard motor in the Dart and Valiant was one of the best ever made, though.


35 posted on 01/09/2012 8:32:41 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
1965 Dart, two-door post, slant 6, 270. Much better looking than the new one, even with my two goofy kids on the trunk! You can't see it in this pic, but the license plate says 'NO HEMI' HAHA!

Photobucket
36 posted on 01/09/2012 8:35:31 AM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: Army Air Corps

I had a 68 Dart with a 318 & 904 automatic Trans. I liked the car as it was simple and easy to fix as were most cars of that era. I couldn’t keep a transmission in it though. Those 904s apparently weren’t very good.


37 posted on 01/09/2012 8:36:10 AM PST by Boiling point
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To: nuconvert

That would be something. What about a 2012 Plymouth Sunbird?


38 posted on 01/09/2012 8:40:02 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Sergio Marchionne? Didn’t he make all those spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood? Aheaheah wa wa wa, aheaheah wa wa wa..........


39 posted on 01/09/2012 8:41:52 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Ome of my favourite car advert parodies.
40 posted on 01/09/2012 8:42:30 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: blueunicorn6

Now, THAT was funny.


41 posted on 01/09/2012 8:44:16 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Red Badger

My first car was a 1960 Dodge Dart. Push button transmission as I recall. Built like a tank, drove like one, got about the same mileage and had fins that gave it the name “Bat Mobile”.


42 posted on 01/09/2012 8:45:19 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

43 posted on 01/09/2012 8:45:33 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: blueunicorn6

I see an ad campaign...

“The new 2012 Dart; the Spaghetti Western of cars!”


44 posted on 01/09/2012 8:45:37 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Looks like just another generic, bubble-like, low drag coefficient, Euro style, 4 cylinder toilet. Change the Logo and it could be a Hyundai or a Kia or a...fill in the blank.


45 posted on 01/09/2012 8:48:33 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The price of freedom is willingness to do sudden battle anywhere, anytime..." - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Army Air Corps
"...What next, a the new 2012 Plymouth Duster?..." Dunno about all that, but I'll be keeping my old blue '72 440-powered Dart Swinger for Saturday nite cruises just the same. Of course, it costs about $5 in fuel just to crank the ugly thing...lol. I do like the 470HP SRT-8 392 Challenger even better though, especially in red. Photobucket
46 posted on 01/09/2012 8:50:08 AM PST by lgjhn23
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I remember those commercials with Ricardo Montalban. So easy to parody:

“I love to drink in the lush, wine-filled interior...”


47 posted on 01/09/2012 8:51:05 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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...will also serve as platform for the next generation Jeep SUVs

That's a pretty revolting thought, but in all honesty, as long as they don't screw with the Wrangler line, they can do whatever they want with their "SUV"s. As far as I am concerned, those "SUV"s are not real Jeeps, anyway.

In fact, I was in the "CJ7 was the last REAL Jeep" school of thought, until I test drove, and then purchased, a 2010 Wrangler Rubicon. It is, quite simply, the best Jeep I have ever owned. Over the years I have had a 1951 M38, a '52 CJ3-A, '57 CJ5 and a '71 Commando, among others (a total of seven).

The old military Jeeps, and the Willys, Kaiser-Fraser & early AMC CJs are very cool, and a lot of fun to own, drive and look at. However, with that said, my Rubicon can, just about literally, run circles around them on any off-road terrain I can think of. Also, where comfort, reliability and on-road manners/handling are concerned there is absolutely no comparison.

48 posted on 01/09/2012 8:57:26 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Army Air Corps

I think you might mean “Superbird”.

I’m pretty sure the Sunbird was a small Pontiac from the ‘80s-’90s.


49 posted on 01/09/2012 9:02:15 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: WayneS

I seem to recall that my first van, a Dodge, had a slant six. Good mill! That van was surprisingly quick!


50 posted on 01/09/2012 9:03:29 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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