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As the first child of the 2009 marriage between Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group, the 2013 Dodge Dart contains the DNA of both of its parent automakers.
The Dart's look -- its distinctive nose and Dodge Charger-inspired tail, its rakish hood, sophisticated electronics and even its bland doors -- is all Chrysler.
But peek under its skin at what drives the Dart and holds it together and Fiat's contributions to Chrysler's coming line of compact and mid-sized vehicles steal the show.
After decades of questionable corporate and product-specific tie-ups between Chrysler and other automakers -- Mitsubishi, American Motors and especially the prickly relationship with Daimler -- engineers at the Pentastar say they're finally in a marriage built to last.
"I've been here since 1983, and I've lived through quite a number" of partnerships, says Mark Chernoby, Chrysler's head of engineering. "Right out of the chute, this was probably the first team we've worked with where we started right away listening to each other and learning from each other."
That collaboration begins paying dividends this month as dealers begin to order Dodge Darts. With a base price of $16,790 and a top trim-level price of $23,290, both including shipping, the Dart uses savings from its shared Fiat platform and co-developed technology to give Chrysler a larger, more powerful and technologically advanced compact sedan at a lower price than its competitors. The base Chevy Cruze, for example, is $17,595, and the base Toyota Corolla is $16,890.
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Photo credit: Daimler AG via Bloomberg
Saturday, June 2, 2012
U.S. light vehicle sales -- helped by a surge at Toyota and Honda, and more healthy gains at Chrysler -- climbed 26 percent to 1.33 million last month compared with a weak May 2011. The seasonally adjusted sales rate hit 13.8 million, the lowest pace of 2012. While the pace of sales came in below expectations, it was well above the 11.7 million rate of May 2011, the year's second-weakest month, and higher than during any month last year.
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Here at Carscoop, we love us some Corvette design studies. Heck, if we wanted to we could probably serve up a new one every day of the week.
Today’s CAD mock up comes from transportation design student James Robbins. Think of it as a C6.5, a stopgap measure between the current gen Corvette and a future C7 model. The design brief required Mr. Robbins to use the basic proportions of the C6, which limited what could be done with the design.
Now here’s my two cents:
I find the shape of the bootlid and the V-shaped side intakes to be quite pleasing to the eye, but the ugly Dodge Viper / Ferrari 458 Italia taillights don’t fit the car at all. Also, the front end styling is a bit too conservative and I feel that more could have been done with the glasshouse. The overall design is good but it’s hard to say if that’s due to Mr. Robbins’ tweaking or the C6’s nice proportions.
I can’t help but feel that with a little more work around the head- and taillights, this could have been a real stunner. As it stands, it’s a good effort though just not quite there. But don’t take my word for it. Voice your own opinion in our comments section.
By Tristan Hankins
Designer: James Robbins , Via: Yankodesign