We're excited about the Dodge Dart, and why not? It's the first legitimate compact sedan offered by Chrysler since the Neon.

We're thinking Chyrsler CEO Sergio Marchionne is excited too, but perhaps not psyched enough to launch the Dart on April 1. USA Today reports that the outspoken chief executive mentioned that he wasn't too keen on launching on April Fools' Day, adding that he may want to change the launch date "to avoid being jinxed."

We not sure if Sergio was joking, but March 31 isn't jinxed as far as we can tell.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this car coming out as a hatch as well? I keep on seeing the sedan, and as nice as it is, a hatch would be hella more practical. As long as this car delivers what it promises, it could very well be one of the top 2 or 3 cars in its class... in my book, its right up there with the Focus. Imagine that - Detroit having the top cars in this segment would be unprecedented.
        Mike D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        There are rumors of a hatch based on the same platform under the Chrysler badge. Nothing conclusive yet though. I really think a hatch version of the actual Dart would be a much better idea.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I'm really looking forward to reviews of an AWD Dart with the 2.4 engine. I'd be really tempted at that point to buy one if the reviews turn out good. Hopefully it'll be a respectably priced way to get into a fun to drive car that isn't FWD.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          An AWD Dart with some kind of SRT package could put it up against the Subaru WRX or even STI. Dodge tried to go up against those cars years back with the Neon SRT4 and while that car was fast, it was also terribly-built and FWD-based. With AWD, this could be Dodge's 2nd attempt to break into that niche performance segment.
      Jimz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good looking car, can't wait to see these on the road.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to this car, if for no other reason to see how well the first true Fiat / Chrysler joint venture works out. I really want this car to be a win! I am a little nervous though - it seems like a whole heck of a lot of car for not a lot of money, and I'm praying that doesn't mean corner cutting. Only time will tell!
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        I am very much looking forward to this car, too. To me, the Dart just screams "fun to drive" to me. It looks like the weight balance should be pretty close to 50/50, the wheels are pushed right to the corners of the car, the exterior looks very aggressive and masculine and the interior looks like it is meant to keep you planted in the seat for some serious spirited driving. I had been planning a 6-speed Challenger R/T for my next car in a few years however I am excited about the Dart and will give it a serious look also. I actually think that the Dart will be a much more rounded car when it comes to performance and handling than the Challenger.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart move to delay the launch, you can't afford to take chances with public perception on something like this. I would delay the launch by three days past April 1st to be safe.
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes... He was joking. I am surprised that so many people didn't get it. April 1st is a Sunday anyway, so essentially, the plan has been to launch it on the 2nd all along.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      Marchionne wants the world to know that the Dodge Dart is not a joke. I prefer March 31st or May 1st. Most people are superstitious one way or another, it's smart to make it a non issue, introducing it on April 1st devalues the brand on day one. St Patrick's Day would be great, Darts could be in parades all over the nation in green wraps with Alfa Romeo shamrocks prominently displayed.
        Chip
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Don't quit your day job.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would think the venerable "Dart" name would ward off all April Fools jinxes. This car is so spot on that I would drive it under a ladder, drive over a black cat, smash a mirror with it, and spit into the wind at 60 MPH while driving with the window down. April 1,2,3 or 4 makes no difference, the Dart will be a smash hit. But why test the muses ? Now where did I put that chicken bone Sergio???
      nickms3
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do you mean the first legitimate compact offered since the Neon? I thought the Neon was crap. Now the Dart on the other hand looks very nice and based off looks alone is thrust to the top 3 compact offerings. Lets hope Dodge offers up the same stage packages with this SRT rendition(whenever that comes to market) as they did with the Neon.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nickms3
        Uh the Neon was never crap. Beige? Yes. Crap? No. It was Chrysler's first ever solidly built car, and it proved to be quite the competitor once the SRT/4 version came out.
          Scotch Bingington
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I dunno, thought the original Dart was pretty good.
          Xenovitalis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Chrysler's 'first solidly built car'? ... what? Are you completely unaware of the decades preceding the Clinton era?
      David Thompson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Add a 2.0T as an option on the R/T and sign me up.
        Lankysean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Thompson
        The R/T will have a 2.4L turbo putting out 184hp... at least according to the "build your own Dart" thing on Dodge.com.
          Xenovitalis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lankysean
          It's not a 2.4L turbo, just a naturally-aspirated 2.4L.
          Elmo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lankysean
          There's also the 210hp GTS.
          CharlesD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lankysean
          There is going to be a turbocharged 1.4 liter engine, but the 2.4 is naturally aspirated.
      jnbcressy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Full production dosen't start till April 17th so why not have the launch on April 17th?
      cabdriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was hopeful the "Retro-Dart" suggestion would bring back the simple basic American reliable smallish car. But that was back when the Germans still controlled the company, I never dreamed basic American value sedan would translate into Alfa-Romeo. I hope it matches all the hype that's building for it. Otherwise we may have to wait another 10 years for the "Retro-American" small sedan to make a comeback. [Are you really listening Ford/GM ? Someone over 6' could fit into one of those.]
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Love Great Danes
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you were born in the US, does that make you another crap bucket not worth $10? Just wondering
        ZOZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        Hey buddy it's a Dodge, not a Toyota ;)
        Neil
        • 2 Years Ago
        domestic my foot! it is nothing more than an alfa romeo giulietta. same platform. by the way, imports arent any better! they have had their share of recalls, especially the crap you call toyota!
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah, because Toyotas never get recalled... When reading comments like yours, I am reminded of the saying, "You Can't Fix Stupid".
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        your opinion isn't even worth that much.
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