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Sergio Marchionne Now Says Chrysler 200 And Dodge Dart Were Horrible Investments 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge, Dodge Dart, FCA, Reports on 01 11th, 2017


It’s not often that an automotive CEO slams one of the models built under their helm but then again, not many chief executives are quite like Sergio Marchionne.
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Here Are 7 Cars That People Regret Buying 3
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura ILX, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep Compass, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Pathfinder, Reports, SUV, Trucks, video on 01 3rd, 2017


If you live in the US and you're currently unhappy with your ride, there's a good chance you're rolling in one of the following seven models.
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FCA Recalls 80k Dodge Darts, Durangos & Jeep Grand Cherokees 21
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dodge, Dodge Dart, Dodge Durango, FCA, Jeep, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Recalls on 11 21st, 2016


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued another couple of recalls, between them affecting a total of 83,338 vehicles across the United States.
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Nobody Wants To Build FCA’s FWD Sedans 8
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, FCA, Fiat, Reports on 11 8th, 2016


With the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 heading out of the window, FCA is looking for somebody to help them develop and build a new generation of front-wheel drive cars. Things are not working out, though.
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FCA Moves Closer To Pulling The Plug On Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart 25
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge, Dodge Dart, FCA, Reports, USA on 07 25th, 2016


As it is looking to make room for crossovers and SUVs due to the increased demand for them in North America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will most likely phase out the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart.
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2016 Dodge Dart Lineup Down To 3 Models, Priced From $17,995 12
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dodge, Dodge Dart, prices on 04 12th, 2016


Even though FCA will soon pull the plug on the Dodge Dart, the 2016 MY has received a simplified lineup.
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Chrysler Looking For Someone To Build 200 And Dart Successors 9
Mar
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge, Dodge Dart, FCA, Reports on 03 9th, 2016


It’s no secret that Chrysler wants to cut the 200 and Dart’s career short due to poor US sales (after FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne made it official in January), but apparently, the American giant won’t completely abandon the segment.
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FCA’s New Plan Includes More SUVs, Less Cars; Dodge Dart & Chrysler 200 To Be Axed 27
Jan
Posted by John Halas in Chrysler, Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, FCA, Jeep, new cars, RAM, Reports on 01 27th, 2016


More SUVs and trucks are coming to Fiat Chrysler Automobile brands at the expense of cars, as the group realigns its product portfolio in North America to meet shifting consumer demands.
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All-Wheel-Drive Dodge Challenger Is Mopar’s Idea For All-Weather V8 Living 3
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Dodge, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Dart, Mopar, SEMA show, tuning on 11 3rd, 2015


Mopar has created an all-wheel-drive version of the Dodge Challenger for this year’s SEMA show, toying with the idea of an all-weather muscle car.
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2013 Dodge Dart GT Review & Test Drive 8
Nov
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2013 Dodge Dart, Automotive, Dodge, Dodge Dart, Dodge Dart GT, Test Drives on 11 8th, 2013
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Dodge took a big gamble this year by entering the hottest segment in the automotive industry-the small four-door compact sedan-competing against the Toyota Corolla, Nisan Sentra, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Mazda3, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, to name a few.  With the 2013 model year ending in September, Dodge Dart total sales were slightly more than 25,000 units.  That’s not bad considering the competition.  I tested the uniquely designed five-seat Dart GT and found it a very competent performer on the street with standard equipment inside that isn’t even offered by any of the competition and at a price of just $20,995.00 and $23,275.00 for the loaded edition that I tested.  The new Dart is loaded with innovative technology, class-leading safety features and clever functionality; it sets a new standard in the compact car segment by offering unmatched personalization, roominess, style, functionality and fun-to-drive dynamics.

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The exterior styling boasts a timeless, stylish and distinctive exterior design.  It sports an athletic, sculpted, fluid and aesthetic ally agile appearance from any angle.  The Alfa Romeo Giulietta based architecture’s low, wide and long dimensions ensure a stable body-in, wheels-out stance and coupe-like silhouette.  Once the basic design was in place, with dynamic lines and curves from every angle, designers inserted a little Dodge attitude into the mix.  The face of the Dart is styled with the unmistakable Dodge chrome split crosshair grille, but with a modern, sleek look that ‘floats’ in the front fascia, giving the Dart a full-width mask.  The rear view of the all-new Dart GT features the Charger inspired ‘racetrack’ full-width tail lamp with 152 indirect glow LEDs and a lip spoiler with lower diffuser and dual, 4 inch wide oval exhaust tips.  The front of the Dart has been designed for smooth airflow around, above and below the car without compromising styling or engine cooling requirements.  In addition, a lower radiator close-out panel is positioned below the front fascia that not only contributes to the Dart’s lower front-end appearance, but also reduces drag while still allowing for an 8-inch curb clearance.  Tasteful, detailed accents add to the design of the Dodge Dart. Style lines on the hood lead the eye to the floating crosshair grille, while chrome accent spears below the projector headlamps and projector foglamps highlight the attention to detail.

From the side are steeply raked windshield A-pillars, aero-styled heated/power-remote sideview mirrors with repeater turn-signal lights, body-colored pull-out door handles, lower side extensions and flared fenders featuring 17X7.5 inch hyper black cast aluminum wheels wrapped with premium, high-performance Continental 225/45R17 inch Pro Contac tires.  This sleek and sexy looking body is designed and engineered for world-class aerodynamic performance with more than 600 hours in the wind tunnel during its development using technology typically found on more expensive vehicles.  Dodge engineers and designers looked at every aspect from the ground up to optimize aerodynamic performance.  The all-new Dodge Dart is the first Dodge vehicle to use an active grille shutter system.  The system automatically stops airflow through the lower intake at highway speeds when less engine cooling is needed and aerodynamic drag is most significant.  When closed, the shutter system enhances aerodynamic performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the car and down the sides, rather than through it.  The active grille shutter system will open or close automatically based upon engine coolant temperature and vehicle speed.  Furthermore, underbody panels run stem to stern on the Dart, covering the majority of the lower vehicle from the front fascia to the rear fascia.  Constructed of mold-in-color black composite, the panels both enhance the aerodynamic performance and also block road noise.  Tire spats located forward of the front and rear tires were engineered to function as mini air dams and were optimized for shape and ground clearance, adding to the underbody efficiency in conjunction with the underbody panels.  Triple-sealed windows further lessen noise from coming into the cabin.  I haven’t seen or heard of any other compact sedan with these standard aero features.

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The all-new Dodge Dart is powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four cylinder engines that add to the Dart’s fun-to-drive personality. A new 160hp Tigershark 16-valve, DOHC, all-aluminum in-line four-cylinder engine that comes with the Limited, a 160hp MultiAir intercooled turbo engine and a new 184hp 2.4 liter Tigershark 16-valve, DOHC MultiAir 2 in-line four-cylinder engine that comes with the GT model I tested.

Each of these engines features a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with sequential AutoStick shifting, and a six-speed dual dry clutch Powertech automatic transmission available on the 184hp Tigershark engine.  My GT came with the smooth shifting six-speed Powertech automatic with AutoStick.  This top-of-the-line powertrain really moves the GT quickly from stop lights/signs, out accelerating other compact sedans.  Merging onto fast moving highways was no problem when I pushed the throttle hard, and passing slower moving highway vehicles was also no problem.  With the dual-pinion electric power steering system I felt a great transmission of feel from the road with quick reaction to my steering inputs and a very good on-center feel.  I felt well connected to the car when passing slow city traffic or on the highway at high-speeds.

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Part of the fun-to-drive dynamics is the excellent fully independent suspension that further gave me a feeling of being connected to the car, and more importantly connected to the road surface.  Up front is a proven MacPherson strut setup with coil springs over gas-charged shocks and a solid stabilizer bar.  The rear features a multi-link setup with coil springs, gas-charged shocks and a link-type stabilizer bar.  The front and rear shocks are high-performance Frequency Response Damping.   Stabile at very high-speeds on the highway and feeling like I was sliding against a wall at high-speed in steep curving roads, the suspension is top-notch-most other compact sedans feature a cheaper or light-duty control-blade or torsion beam rear suspension.  The Dart GT gives a smooth, quiet ride that takes out the bumps on purely paved roads.

Standard electronic stability control and traction control ensures no torque steer and the ability to control the car when taking it to its limit of adhesion on a curving road.  Also part of the fun-to-drive atmosphere of the Dart GT is that it is very rigid-68% made of high-strength steel-hot stamped, high-strength and ultra-high-strength-resulting in an architecture that is lightweight, modern and solid.

Quickly slowing the Dart GT down from speed are four-wheel, power-assisted steel disc brakes.  Up front are big 12 inch vented discs with 10.4 inch solid discs in the rear.  Each disc is clamped with large, single-piston calipers.  Standard ABS and BA help to keep me in control of my direction when braking hard on wet or slick pavement.  These steel disc brakes are the largest in the segment.

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While the mechanicals under the skin are on par with the best-selling compact sedans in the segment, the interior really takes the all-new Dodge Dart to another high level of comfort, innovations, high-technology and safety.  Open the doors of the GT and the interior looks like a compact German luxury sedan.  Soft leather, chrome, aluminum trim, soft-to-the-touch quality materials, red stitching and black piano veneer instantly say sport and luxury’.  The cockpit features the instrument panel and cluster canted toward me for easy reach of all of the dials, switches and buttons.  The 3-spoke tilt/telescopic/leather-wrapped steering wheel features buttons for the cruise control, audio system and a reconfigurable instrument cluster, a segment first.

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Packaged in the footprint of a compact sedan, the 2013 Dodge Dart features the interior spaciousness of a mid-size sedan, and it boasts best-in-class hip and shoulder room.  The premium Nappa leather sport front bucket seats are comfortable and very supportive with 8-way power-adjustments/power lumbar adjustments for me and manual settings for my passenger with a height-adjustment lever.  The high-tech centerpiece of the Dart Limited is the class-exclusive floating island bezel which houses the segment-exclusive 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LED customizable gauge cluster display with light pipe surround that also houses the class exclusive Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen Media Center/Navigation System-the largest touchscreen in its class.  Thoughtful storage options throughout fit today’s technology.  The glove box easily conceals a stowed iPad, the center console features auxiliary jacks to plug in a wide variety of electronic devices and slides fore/aft.  Thoughtful inventive storage solutions such as a flip-up passenger storage seat bottom, center console side pockets, storage slots in each door, are perfect for storing mobile phones, receipts or pens and paper.  Lighting in all the right places provides me and my passenger a warm, comfortable cockpit.  The optional ‘racetrack’ lighting surround the floating island bezel.  Ambient lighting for the door handles, map pockets, foot wells, glove box, storage bin and illuminated cupholders is both useful and provides a warm atmosphere inside the car.  The rear seats feature a pull-down armrest with dual cupholders, storage bin and forward folding 60/40 split bench seat for additional trunk space.

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Standard equipment not mentioned above include grab handles above each door, dual map lights, flip-down sunglass holder, dual lighted vanity mirrors, power windows with express up/down in front, power door locks, AM-FM-CD-Sirius satellite radio with 6-speakers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry with push button engine start/stop, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with rearview camera, auto headlights, heated front seats, one-touch sunroof, Rain-Sensing wipers/washers, heated steering wheel, remote start, dual-zone electronic climate system, universal garage door opener, remote fuel filler door, remote trunk release, automatic high beam headlight control, and front/rear floor mats.  The all-new Dodge Dart GT is a true sporty luxury compact sedan on the inside.

Safety is important and the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart Limited once again leads the segment with standard equipment only found on high-priced luxury sedans.  Start with 10-airbags-dual-staage adaptive venting front driver/passenger airbags, front-seat mounted pelvic and thorax airbags, rear-seat mount pelvic airbags, front driver/passenger knee airbags, all-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints, unsurpassed in the compact sedan class, Blind Spot Metering, rear cross path detection, electronic roll mitigation, 5-3-point seat belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, Hill Start Assist, Enhanced Accident Response System, LATCH system for child seats, rear door child locking doors, Rainy Brake Support uses the ESC pump to occasionally push brake pads lightly against brake rotors in rainy conditions in order to keep rotors dry and assure maximum braking performance, safety cage body structure with 60% of the body made of high-strength steel, tire pressure monitoring system, trailer-sway control, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart GT leaps over the competition in every respect but Dodge needs to bring in customers to test drive and look over the all-new Dart to increase sales.  It will be a tough job as the competition is so fierce.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $20,995.00-base/$23,275.00 loaded
  • Engine: 2.4 liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark 4-cylinder 184 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm / 174lb.ft. of torque @ 4,800 rpm
  • EPA fuel economy: 24mpg/city, 34mpg/highway-I averaged 27.5mpg city/highway
  • Turning circle: 36.5ft.
  • Wheelbase: 106.4 inches
  • Total length: 183.9 inches
  • Total height: 57.7 inches
  • Total width: 72 inches
  • Track: f/r-61.7/61.6 inches
  • Coefficient of drag: 0.285
  • Fuel tank: 15.8 gallons
  • Curb weight: 3,245 pounds
  • Headroom: f/r-38.6/37 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.2/35.2 inches
  • Cargo volume: 13.1 cu.ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 8.3 seconds

 



2013 Dodge Dart Limited Review & Test Drive 28
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2013 Dodge Dart, Automotive, Dodge, Dodge Dart, Test Drives on 03 28th, 2013
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The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart enters into the mix of Dodge vehicles to thrill consumers with a technologically advanced compact sedan. Though the Dart name is reintroduced in compact form filling the a void the Neon once occupied almost 8 years ago, Dodge manages to bring a new style to the brand offering many features once reserved for luxury vehicles wrapped up in stylish, economical and versatile package.

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart slots just below the Avenger sedan but really appeals to a wide range of consumers due to its long list of standard and available equipment. Such equipment ads a newfound value on compact sedans and the Dart uses it to the best of its abilities.

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For its first year, the new 2013 Dodge Dart takes many of its styling cues from the rest of the Dodge line up of cars. Many traits found in the new design language of the larger Charger are nicely trickled into the exterior design traits. The rear LED tail lights are an impressive yet unique part of the Darts character. The front end’s miniaturized version of the typical Dodge ‘cross’ grill has a profound statement of where the Dart belongs in its ranking among other Dodge vehicles. Overall the new Dart is a good looking compact exuding a classy look yet sporty enough to catch the eye of enthusiasts, especially in its sporty Rallye or GT  trim levels.

My new 2013 Dodge Dart Limited test vehicle comes equipped with the new 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder TigerShark engine producing 160 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 148 pounds-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission in my test vehicle, though you can opt for a 6-speed manual transmission.

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A 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque 1.4-liter 4-cylinder Multi-Air Turbocharged engine is available on all trims except the GT and exceptionally fuel efficient Aero trim. The MultiAir 1.4-liter is standard for the Aero trim, touting an impressive 41 mpg on the highway. The extra bit of torque is a benefit for the 1.4-liter turbo over my test vehicle’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine. When configured with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, the automatic transmission option is a 6-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) with an AutoStick for a manual shift mode.

In my 2013 Dart Limited’s configuration, acceleration is a bit sluggish making it to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. Though around town my Dart Limited tester proved to move along with the flow of traffic with ease. The only times the power deficiency was noticed is when attempting to over-take vehicles on the highway or just starting from a dead stop. The 6-speed automatic transmission adapts well to most driving conditions where it will hold lower gears longer when it detects sporty driving characteristics as to limit hunting or repeated downshifts when an extra bit of pulling power is needed.

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The handling and ride quality is good considering the engine could use another 20 or more horsepower on a chassis that seems up to the extra duty. The Dart Limited’s suspension is tuned well for everyday driving but quickly demonstrates a good amount of body roll entering into turns at fast speeds. Powering out of turns is also a bit of a downer as the engine barley has enough torque to break the front wheels loose. With the limited amount of forward momentum from the new 2.0-iter TigerShark engine, it manages to muster out a respectable 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. These figures are slightly improved when equipped with the manual transmission getting as much as 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

The interior of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart Limited visually looks like it is in a class above most compact vehicles. Although, the feel of a quality fit and finish is slightly displaced and misleading as many of the bulky edges of the dashboard meeting trim pieces protrudes to the point that it looks out of place. Much of the way the interior feels, with the exception of the leather seats, large 8.4-inch LCD touch screen and dashboard LCD screen cluster instrumentation, is a bit ordinary. Where the new Dart Limited really makes up for the interior’s physical perception of quality is in its class-leading gadgetry.

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Having a total of 6 different trim levels, SE, SXT, Rallye, Aero, Limited and GT, the new Dart has a versatile selection of feature sets, powertrains and optional equipment. The levels of customization, not only from the standpoint of the multiple trim levels, makes the new Dart a very desirable compact sedan for all types of consumers. Speaking of customization, my new 2013 Dodge Dart Limited test vehicle was equipped with many standard premium luxury features such as its touted Unconnect system with a high-resolution 8.4-inch touch LCD screen, the same unit found in other Dodge vehicles like the new Charger. Feature sets and menus are easy to navigate through the new system as well as the Garmin-powered GPS navigation system. There are several configurable options within the navigation system to combine ease of usability and the functionality demanded in a well-adapted mapping system.

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Continuing the spectrum of features and options found on my new Dart Limited tester, it came equipped with an optional Premium Group package including dual-zone auto temp controls, Limited leather seats (heated front), heated steering wheel, remote start, and a universal garage door opener. An optional Technology Group package added keyless enter-n-go push button start, rear parking sensors, blind spot and rear cross path detection, rain sensing wipers and automatic high beam headlights. A rear backup camera came as standard equipment on the Dart Limited trim.

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Probably one of the more intriguing parts of the new Dodge Dart Limited is its configurable 7-inch color LCD cluster display. The new display has many configurable options, controlled through steering wheel buttons, to place information in your desired location and even choose between a virtual analog speedometer or a digital read out. Additionally, the screen display’s pertinent vehicle information, such as the tire pressures, fuel computer, vehicle temps and vehicle settings are easily accessed on the LCD screen. The fuel gauge and rpm gauge are fixed items to the right and left of the configurable color cluster LCD screen.  The over-all visualization of the new instrument cluster is excellent with the one exception of the brightness being a bit on the low side on sunny days. The LCD screen tends to get washed out a bit with sunlight.

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The all-new 2013 Dart has placed Dodge in an optimal position to really exude the vehicle’s standard and optional technological aspects ahead of its competition. Opting for the GT trim with the higher output 184-hoursepower 2.4-liter TigerShark engine is surely the way to go for enthusiasts, as my Dart Limited’s athleticism was not its strong suit. As the average consumer seeking a value-oriented compact sedan would have it, there are several other trim levels, including my Dart Limited, to choose from. With a starting price of just $15,995 for the base-level Dart SX trim, Dodge has reintroduced head-on competitiveness in the compact segment. My 2013 Dodge Dart Limited has an as-tested price of $24,965 including a $795 destination charge.

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Copyright: 2013 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Dart SX $15,995 / Dart Limited As-Tested $24,965
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder TigerShark 160 hp @ 6,400 rpm / 148 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,600 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.4 inches
  • Total length: 183.9 inches
  • Total width: 72 inches
  • Total height: 57.7 inches
  • Track: f/r-61.7/61.6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,186 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 15.8 gallons
  • Headroom: f/r-38.6/37 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.2/35.2 inches
  • Cargo volume: 13.1 cu.ft.
  • EPA mileage: 24 mpg/city, 34 mpg/highway (automatic transmission)
  • 0-60 mph: 10.2 seconds






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