Chrysler introducing new 2013 Dodge Dart compact; first use of new Compact US Wide architecture derived from Fiat
The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart compact car will make its world debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., on 9 Jan. 2012. The original Dodge Dart was first introduced as a full-size car in 1960, then moved from a mid-size in 1962 to a compact format from 1963-1976.
The new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture, adapted from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The all-new Compact US Wide (CUSW) architecture underpinning the Dart features 68% body composition of high-strength steel, resulting in a very strong and rigid structure.
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 provide the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class, according to Chrysler.
MultiAir technology delivers optimized 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% increase in low engine rpm torque, a 7.5% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 10% reduction in C02 emissions.
The all-new Dodge Dart will be made at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill. Chrysler is in the process of investing $600 million dollars 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.