Top 10 Detroit motor show cars - Dodge Dart
That doesn't matter much to us right now, of course, but Alfas, Chryslers and Fiats will all appear on the Dart's chassis within the next few years.
The Dart is being sold as a ‘dynamic' offering in the small saloon market in the US – traditionally the sort of vehicle you get when you turn up at the hire car desk.
It has plenty of advanced technology, including fully independent suspension all round, Fiat's 1.4-litre Multiair engine and three transmissions – a six-speed manual, a dual-clutch unit and an eight-speed ZF automatic.
It's unashamedly American inside, with too many hard plastics to compete with, say, a VW Golf's cabin. However, its price in the US starts at a little more than £12,000. If the Fiat Group can take this platform and turn it into even a reasonable mid-size saloon for Europe, it could be a strong value offering.
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