By Patrick Rall
Since the Dodge Dart has been introduced, there have been some Dodge fans who don’t like the fact that it is a compact sedan rather than a coupe – even though the original Dart was initially offered as a 4-door sedan along with a 2-door coupe. The Dart is a great car, regardless of how many doors it has, but as is still the case with the gorgeous Charger, there are skeptics who insist that it should have been a coupe. If the Dart was offered in very similar styling inside, outside and under the hood, would you be more interested in buying one?
The Dodge Neon Coupe was available from 1995 to 1999 and since Chrysler killed off the 2-door Neon, Dodge fans have been clamoring for a new sport compact coupe. The original Neon Coupe was one of the vehicles that helped to really launch the American sport compact segment with models like the ACR but with the introduction of the 2nd generation Neon for the 2000 model year, the Coupe was gone. The massive decrease in interest in 2-door compacts by American shoppers has pretty much eliminated the compact coupe from the segment so like the Neon, the competition that once offered a coupe have eliminated it as well. The Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cavalier/Cobalt were both popular models but the shift in buying habits has caused Ford and GM to go away from the compact coupe. To fill this gap, Hyundai has begun offering a 2-door version of their Elantra but there really arent many other options for consumers to buy a compact coupe.
In theory, this lack of options for the consumer market means that a Dodge Dart Coupe would have very little competition. If the folks at Dodge were to introduce a Dart Coupe – would you be more inclined to buy it rather than the sedan? Click here to head into the forums and tell us what you think!