26 Dec '11, 2pm

RIP Caliber: Substandard Subcompact Superseded By Dodge Dart - Green Car Reports

Hall says the Big Three were wrong to assume that consumers purchasing entry-level vehicles wouldn't know better if the products were sub-par. Even the tire-smoking R/T model drew no more than faint praise, and Dodge will be hoping the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulietta-based Dart will be better suited to tackle talented new rivals like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. Hall expects the Dart to triple Caliber sales, and green-thinking consumers will be happy with a predicted 40 MPG rating from the Fiat 1.4-liter , turbocharged MultiAir engine. Two other engines handed down from the Caliber will also power the Dart, a 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter. The latter will also carry Fiat's efficient MultiAir technology. A choice of transmissions, both manual and automatic, will be offered. Chrysler is clearly keen to distance the Dart from its predecessor though, going as far as to market t...

Full article: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1071061_rip-caliber-s...

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