Dart Returns as American Built Chrysler Compact

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dart1.jpgArticle courtesy of AmosAuto.com

Dodge redefines performance in the compact car segment with an all-new, state-of-the-art four-door sedan delivering class-leading aerodynamics – the 2013 Dodge Dart. With Alfa Romeo DNA and Dodge’s passion for performance at its core, the
all-new 2013 Dodge Dart is a thoroughly modern vehicle that’s
fuel-efficient, beautifully designed and crafted, agile and sure to bring fun
back to driving in the segment.

Similar to the Dodge Dart of the late 1960s, the 2013 Dart offers a
special blend of style, performance and innovation. The all-new Dart is
the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture –
adapted from the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

giulietta1.jpgThe Giulietta is
renowned for satisfying the most demanding customers in terms of
road-holding, agility and safety, with exceptional driving dynamics. The
Dart leverages all of these attributes within a lengthened and widened
platform delivering segment-leading levels of interior roominess.

DartInterior1.jpgThe all-new 2013 Dart marks the Dodge brand’s re-entry into the compact
sedan segment. Eye-catching exterior proportions are set off from every
angle by dynamic lines and curves, along with advanced technology, to
deliver class-leading aerodynamic performance. Signature Dodge
full-width LED ‘racetrack’ tail lamps and class-exclusive integrated
dual exhaust – both inspired by the Dodge Charger – accentuate the athletic
and muscular stance of this dynamic and passionate new design.

DartInterior2.jpgThe 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful,
state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines that add to the Dart’s fun-to-drive
quotient.Drivers can select from a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a
16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine and a new
Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine. These three
engines, combined with three transmission choices, combine to redefine
performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its

dart2.jpgMultiAir technology delivers optimum combustion at any speed under all
driving conditions by allowing direct and dynamic control of air intake
and combustion. The result is up to a 15 percent increase in low engine
rpm torque, a 7.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 10
percent reduction in C02 emissions.

The all-new Dodge Dart will be made in America at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

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