1st Gear: I Don’t See What The Problem Is?
The Dodge Dart is not a bad car. It’s just not quite as good as some other offerings in a very crowded segment. Now that Dodge is phasing out Dart, the fire sale has begun and you can pick up a nice compact with crazy discounts and insane financing offers.
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Fiat Chrysler attempted take on the imports with the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans. While both cars offered some style and value, neither was a sales success. Now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles wants to outsource the production to some other brand, but which brand should it be?
The Dodge Dart is the sort of car Al Bundy would have driven if he didn’t mistake a Dodge for his Plymouth Duster. But take another look at it, start smiling, and get a cheap one while you still can.
This is what happens when you enter a 1975 Dodge Dart hillclimb car in a snowbound rallycross. You get a masterclass of car control.
Grain of salt alert: While traipsing around the Chrysler show at the Woodward Dream Cruise, we overheard someone in the know saying that the much-hyped Dart SRT will have SRT power, but not the SRT badge. Allegedly. (This was tacked on to a believable rumor that 2017 will bring revised 2.0 and 2.4 Tigershark engines.)
Dodge has officially snuffed out my fever dreams of a 707 horsepower V8 AWD compact car, giving a clear denial of a Dart Hellcat at their recent press conference.
This is the Fiat Ottimo, which is a China-only rebadge of the Dodge Dart. The hatchback just debuted at the Guangzhou Auto Show and it looks pretty sweet.
A non-boosted 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a conventional automatic is supposed to be the powertrain fix for the Dodge Dart in 2014 that will get the car on more people's shopping lists. But that might change if Chrysler engineers stick a V6 up front soon.
This drawing of a Fiat Viaggio wagon supposedly leaked from a Fiat product presentation in China, where the drawing is currently making the rounds. Is it the Dodge Dart wagon of our dreams?
A Dodge Dart packed with Mopar goodies will be displayed at the Chicago Auto Show, making it the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle since Fiat's takeover in 2009. This angry beast is going to be as rare as another product we can thanks Sergio Marchionne for, the Ferrari "F150," as only 500 numbered units will…
Dodge has decided the best way to light a fire under Dart sales is to start crowdfunding them. That's why they've started the Dodge Dart Registry, and it's probably the bro-iest idea ever.
The new Dodge Dart is a great looking little Italo-American sedan, but it doesn't have much to offer the enthusiast. Hoping to remedy this, Dodge unveiled a new Dart model at the Detroit show today with a bit more power and a sportier suspension. It's called the Dart GT.