Dodge Dart lives again

Chrysler is relaunching the Dodge Dart for the 2013 model year

December 7, 2011
by Fleet Management staff

Auburn Hills, Michigan: Chrysler is relaunching the Dodge Dart for the 2013 model year, using a platform based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The 2013 Dart marks the Dodge brand’s re-entry into the compact sedan segment.

The all-new Compact US Wide (CUSW) architecture underpinning the Dart is a state-of-the-art architecture with an industry-leading 68 percent of the body composed of high-strength steel, resulting in a very strong and rigid structure. Combined with responsive steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and available 18-inch wheels, Dodge claims the Dart brings fun back to driving in the compact car segment.

The 2013 Dodge Dart will be powered by three fuel-efficient, powerful, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines. 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 class.

The Dart's gauge cluster is customizable.

MultiAir 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 Dart will be made in the US at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. The Company is investing $600 million to support the production of future products, including the 2013 Dodge Dart. The investment includes the construction of a 638,000-square-foot body shop, as well as the installation of new machinery, tooling and material handling equipment. Work on the expansion began in the summer of 2010 and will be completed this year.