Chrysler to Revive the Dodge Dart Badge Using an Alfa Romeo

It appears that on January 9th Dodge will be introducing a revived Dodge Dart based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.  This will be the first Chrysler model that will be based on the bailout arrangement with Fiat that opened the door for the use of Fiat’s small car/engine expertise.

2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

The 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines.  Buyers will be able to choose from a 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir® Intercooled Turbo, or 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir® four-cylinder engine.

It seems that the new car will be based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, but not simply be a rebadged a Giulietta.  The new Dart will be on a lengthened and widened Giulietta platform.  This should be interesting to see how well that this is done.  I am planning on attending the International Car Show in Boston on January 12-16, which is just a few days after the reveal of the new Dodge Dart, and I hope, but don’t expect, to see the new Dodge Dart.  Unfortunately for me, the Boston show, while a good-sized show, is not a major or important car show.

The New Dodge Dart Will Have a Good Pedigree

By the way, the Dodge Dart name has not been used by Chrysler since 1976.

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