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2010 Dodge Caliber – click above for high-res image gallery

Here in their homeland, the Dodge Caliber and Nitro can't get much lovin' from critics, but parent Chrysler has gone and kicked the two models right out of the UK altogether. Hitting up Dodge.co.uk shows but a single vehicle, the Journey, for sale in Blighty. Even the seven-passenger MPV, seemingly well suited to the UK market, has been struggling to find buyers, and the model has had its lineup rejiggered with more standard equipment added to entice addtional prospects.

Try as it might, Chrysler just hasn't been able to close enough sales of the Nitro and Caliber in the UK. Things must be slightly better on The Continent, as consumers can still find the two exiles available on Dodge's websites for such far-flung locales as Russia, France, and our favorite, Italy's Dodge.it. Company officials tell Autoblog that the "Caliber [is] still sold in most all continental European markets, Nitro [is] for sale in most major markets there."



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Once again the American Car Markers show us how completely out of touch they really are. These two are total crap here what makes them think that they would sell in Europe. What Dodge should have done was keep the Neon SRT4, added AWD and then they would have had a car that would have competed with Mitsubishi's EVO and Subaru's STI but instead they gave us the Caliber.
        • 5 Years Ago
        correction,
        Those decisions made under European based Diamler, when they owned Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LMAO! Chrysler really though that those two pieced of utter trash would sell in Europe? BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! *breathes* BWAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol. you know. you're right :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ironically while I am excited about some of the models Hyundai is building now other than the Sonata they don't really have anything that has stood up over time well enough for me to buy. Around here anyway most of what Hyundai sells tends to be base model Accents. Cheap and cheerful but not really competitive or known for bullet proof reliability not to mention crash tests.

      What I like about the car market these days is that the paradigms have shifted. You can no longer just base your buying decision on a brand because they are all fallible. No one gets a free ride anymore. Each individual model is judged based on it's merits which is the way it should be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These car's are not competitive at all but for everyone who is bashing Chrysler for it, don't forget these cars were designed by cost cutting Daimler and put in the UK market. I think it's a good sign Chrysler realizes now they aren't competitive and are taking them out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What makes the Journey well-suited for the European market? Space-efficiency is one of the most important things among Euro mainstream family cars, and it's the Journey's weakest point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey hey hey, go easy lorettaskidmon.... at least Toyota is consistent. I mean, almost every model they sell has had serious safety related recalls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently neither is Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not surprising at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously? Why are they even trying to compete in the European markets? What a joke.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both their sites for Chrysler and Dodge are pretty pathetic....

      Dodge line up... 1 car

      Chrysler line up... 2 cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I noticed the reduced lineup in Chrysler too. With the Sebring/PT Cruiser gone, the brand's image is slightly improved though. I think that's a positive change.

        And Dodge/Chrysler aren't alone; there are other automakers that only offer a scant amount of cars. Lamborghini has only two models, Lotus has three and so does Jaguar (four if you count the dead X-type..). Chevy in Japan only sells Camaro/Corvette/TrailBlazer and Ford only sells four models.

        Not that I'm saying that other brands should be worried. I don't think Chrysler should withdraw from UK (yet), but they still seriously need to step its game up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        did you really just compare the portfolio of a supercar manufacture to that of a general car company. seriously grasping at straws there ehh? yes, it's a very big problem for chrsyler that they only have three models and they're all old as dirt, in terms of europe, fiat can't help them fast enough, though that association may bring it's own issues over there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now do us all a favour and stop selling the bloody wrecks in Amerika too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having driven vehicles from both companies, they're both pretty junky on some models. I prefer the Ram over Tundra, and prefer Matrix over Caliber. Both companies have some good and some bad, over the past decade Toyota has had more models that were better products than Chrysler. It's pretty juvenile to say all Chrysler's suck and post the "toyojunk" comment that seems to be plastered every once in a while.

      After having said that, if I was buying a new car, Hyundai and Ford would definitely make the shortlist. Any others, only if the price was really, really good for what I was getting.
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