Skip to comments.Chrysler hopes to hit target with new Dart
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.
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Now, THAT was funny.
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”.
I see an ad campaign...
“The new 2012 Dart; the Spaghetti Western of cars!”
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.
I remember those commercials with Ricardo Montalban. So easy to parody:
“I love to drink in the lush, wine-filled interior...”
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.
I think you might mean “Superbird”.
I’m pretty sure the Sunbird was a small Pontiac from the ‘80s-’90s.
I seem to recall that my first van, a Dodge, had a slant six. Good mill! That van was surprisingly quick!
Duh! Yep, I meant Superbird. My bad.
True, but it's still an improvement over the PT Cruiser and the Caliber.
I see they used the Edsel designers.
Yes....a Communist Red Decor with an IRON CROSS grill front, topped off with a Wiccan Pentagram of wheel struts.
Entirely appropos for an Obama Government Vehicle debut.
Choke on it Chrysler.
Exactly. Awesome cars. These people clearly have their heads up their butts.
“It’s good! It’s bad! It’s ugly! Come in and test drive one today and we’ll give you an autographed picture of Clint Eastwood’s mechanic!”
Still, it is better than a Zaz or a Lada Riva....
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