Dodge might have teased us with a few images and some initial powertrain details on the 2013 Dart, but Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has provided even more in an interview with Reuters.

According to Marchionne, the Dart is one piece of a larger puzzle for Chrysler in 2013, and the all-new Dart – based off a widened and stretched Alfa Romeo Giulietta – will hit 40 mpg thanks to a host of new engines and transmissions.

As previously reported, the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir fitted to the Fiat 500 Abarth will grace the top of the Dart range, but Dodge also plans to fit modified versions of the 2.0 and 2.4-liter World Gas Engine, comically rebranded as the Tigershark.

When the Dart debuts, a Fiat-sourced six-speed dual-clutch transmission will feed the front wheels, but later in 2013 Dodge will reportedly offer a nine-speed automatic gearbox supplied by the ZF Group and manufactured in South Carolina. ZF officials claim fuel economy will be boosted between 10 to 16 percent over the dual-clutch 'box, and that should put it handily in the 40 mpg range.

And that last bit is important, as Fiat will receive its final five percent of Chrysler stock from the feds when it produces a vehicle with a 40-mpg rating.


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      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take it only if it's gonna have 15 speed.
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front & back look to be "tha bidness!" If the Fiat-lead design team does good with the Dart R/T, we can release a small "sigh of relief" that the next-gen Viper is in good hands.
      BNizzle
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be a fine competitor, but I hope it doesn't up the MSRP to charger-esque levels.
      desteele66
      • 3 Years Ago
      I build this car.I like what I see so far.You have to understand that, you should wait till it comes out to get all the facts.This car HAS THINGS in it, that very high line cars have.There may be a twin turbo R/T.No word on SRT=4 But its been brought up by employees like myself,who like performance.We are in a period of transition.Fiat seems to appreciate our heritage and is giving us our identity back finally.They also are upgrading many things like interiors.They also bring that italian styling flare as well.Things are looking better and I'M glad to see it. This car was not supposed to be named DART.Do to ignorance of a few employees that leaked the real name they changed it to DART.
        T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desteele66
        I'm glad they changed the name to Dart! It's much more fitting with this car and the rest of the line: Challenger, Charger, Dart, etc. Give me a DEMON version! A GTS would be nice too, but that will probably be the SRT-4 which is fine with me!
        captnbaja
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desteele66
        Do the windows fall down when you close the doors like the old dodges did?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Suzq044
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rumored to be possible for SRT model.. rumor only @ this point.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        The ZF transmissions are capable of delivering AWD.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      And another thing, the Pentastar V6 just made Ward's best engine list 2 years in a row! http://wardsauto.com/ar/names_best_engines_111208/
      sivicman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they just put in a Eaton Fuller 10-speed and be done with it.
      fancycolors4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I guess it is easy to bad mouth the new Dodge, your probably are the ones who bought import cars and sent all your money over seas. That move put many of our American companys , and their workers out of jobs and business. Now that the damage is done, don't cry about the poor economy and no jobs ! Also it is easy to complain about something new, if you are so good, grab a wrench and let's see what you can build ! I still buy American products , support our American workers, and the country we all live in. You Import buyers better wake up and smell the coffee.................
        Matt Brua
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fancycolors4u
        well you have a opinion but facts state that toyota is more american made than domestic manufactures. The tundra (i own) is 80% domestic followed by the corvette (77%)and camry (75%) so dont wine about a manufacturer taking away from the economy
        TJgreenbay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fancycolors4u
        It's a wonderful sentiment fancy but you do realize that way of thinking is obsolete right. No car you go shopping for these days is fully American or japanese, etc. I own a Honda Ridgeline, it has a foreign auto makers logo on it but was built here in the United States with 65 percent American parts. So my question is how did my buying a foreign automobile take away American jobs? You need to rethink your loyalties because your Ford F150 is chock full of foreign parts. That's just the way it is these days.
          Kyle
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TJgreenbay
          The automobile which keeps its value better than any other in the world is the Jeep Wrangler.
          Christopher
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TJgreenbay
          The point that you are missing my friend is that with "transplants" (foreign car lines built in America)all we get out of the deal IS a job (and a few income tax dollars). The bulk of the money STILL returns overseas to the parent company. While you may say that this is better than nothing, the fact of the matter still remains... An automobile that was once built in an American manufacturing facility,by an American worker, who put money in an American bank, that helped to build an American economy and an American company that would hire more American workers with an American payscale and American benefits was lost.
          TJgreenbay
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TJgreenbay
          Christopher, that is a valid point you bring my friend, but I still think you are looking a bit too narrowly. My truck is financed through Honda of America. And yes, while that money still registers as a gain for Honda as a whole, I feel that my money still goes to the Americans that make up the Honda of America Corporation. Besides, sorry to say, but American cars still cannot hold the value a Honda can. I had a Honda Element that i traded for my Ridgeline, the element had 60 thousand miles on it and i owed 13000 dollars on still. The initial trade in value they offered me was 12500, with only 500 negative equity. That would never happen with an American car, which again, is unfortunate.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is impressive, hope the car drives as well as it looks
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the 9-speed auto over the dual clutch.
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ever since that issue about Hyundai's 40 mpg, I'm beginning to doubt 40 mpg claims specially if the engine is DOHC.. There should be a more accurate rating, and investigation about these claims..
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seph
        My beater 91 civic gets 35mpg in mixed driving and 43mpg on the highway, and it has 260k miles.
          tritonstrategies
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          How exciting. Something I wouldn't be caught dead in. Keep in mind, it also has a 20 year old structure, weight, safety systems and technology. And it probably smells too.
          tritonstrategies
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          I'll bet it's putting out about 50hp by now too.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          Your 91 Civic is irrelevant.
      whamhammer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I am at least happy it isn't going to be a minivan, with the way Mopar has been in its nonsensical re-use of its old car names, I wouldn't be shocked. Even so, it does seem to be a step above the Neon and Caliber.
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