November was a rough month for the Dodge Dart. All told, Chrysler managed to deliver 4,489 units, down from 5,455 in October, but perhaps more telling is the sizable inventory Dodge now has on hand. Chrysler added a third shift to the Belvidere, Illinois plant that produces the new compact in order to satiate projected demand, and as a result, Dodge now has a 112-day supply of Dart models. That equates to 23,446 units waiting for a new home. Automakers typically average a supply of around 73 days. But the news wasn't so grim for the rest of the Chrysler stable.

Ward's Auto reports the Chrysler 200 saw particularly good sales through November, with the four-door seeing a 49.6 percent increase through the first 11 months of 2012 compared to the same time period on 2011. Likewise, the genetic sibling to the 200, the Dodge Avenger, saw sales jump 54.8 percent year over year through the same 11 months.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it a rule at Autoblog that in order to be considered for editorial work, you have to come up with a headline with at least one pun in it?
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fiat 500 missed overly optimistic sales target at first and now they're selling like hot cakes. It takes a while for non car blog / magazine readers to catch on to a new product. Just give it time
      jason_golden
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm thinking that loaded, discounted Avengers & 200s are looking good to folks, and canniballizing Dart sales. Driving dynamics and chassis composure be damned, a punchy V6 sedan versus an buzzing 4-cylinder sedan...for similar money.....well?
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jason_golden
        It is hard to look at a loaded 200 with a V6 and not see the value there.
      CJ_313
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chrysler practically gives 200's & Avenger's away... It seems like the Dart "is" generating alot of interest, but buyers are simply driving away with new Avenger's/200's instead, likely based on price alone. Once the Avenger is discontinued/replaced & the 200 moves upmarket, I think the Dart's sales will improve dramatically.
        cdwrx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_313
        We've got people saying Chrysler buyers don't see the value in it compared to a 200 AND people saying that buyers of other brands won't consider it. If both are true, its going to be a sad year for the Dart.
      Mark_H
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the Dodge Avenger, saw sales jump 54.8 percent year over year.." wow
        canuckcharlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark_H
        I dont understand the mind of general consumer... who in their right mind would buy an Avenger unless dealers are giving massive discounts?
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the problem is lack of awareness. I see very little advertising on this car. It may not be best in class but it is definitely competitive.
        junkyard9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Really? I don't watch much TV, but I feel inundated with ads for this car. It's the only car whose current ads I can think of. Tom Brady being all douchey...
        BakedCookies
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        the styling is also very bland and dated.
        High
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Are you kidding me? I easily see more ads for this car than any other. I do spend a lot of time watching sports and their respective networks so they may be targeting those channels a little more though.
      chickenflauta
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Chrysler just needs to get its launch forecasting right. Remember the initial sales targets for the Fiat 500 launch? Horrendously overstated. The Dart is a competitive vehicle, but the market is very saturated with well established players. Seems like it would make more sense to launch a vehicle in this segment with somewhat conservative demand estimates, and then plan ahead to have the option of adding shifts when you actually know what demand is.... that way you cut costs and benefit from the PR story of having a hot seller. But I'm no auto exec... what do I know...?
        reattadudes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        there was nothing wrong with the launch numbers for the 500, except they anticipated twice the number of dealers would have already been open.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a GREAT car ! ! ! The new Dart gives you so much for your money...rides & handles great, quite ride, roomy, stylish, quality finish, etc.. Check one out for yourself...then come back to your computer and comment.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good news for me, if there are a lot of Dodge Dart Aero packages on the lot, perhaps dealers will sell these dirt cheap! :) Going to see how the 2014 Golf TDI looks though.
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        I'm hoping this is the case too. The dart is too expensive but if this drives the price down, I'll consider it again. Also Aero's cool, but it has hubcaps : \ The Chevy cruze Eco comes standard with aluminum alloys.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
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          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          Oh and btw, guess what I had to replace on the SRT-4... windshield wipers, oilchanges and filters, and tires. Yup! Only problem was that the plastics were not very UV resistent. The outer black plastics turned gray (back to black fixed that somewhat) and the dash developed a crack. Texas summers are pretty brutal though, so not all that bad considering.
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          Got awesome resale value on the 2005 Dodge SRT-4 ACR, although granted that was a limited edition and popular model.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't think I've ever seen a new vehicle launch generate nearly 300 comments in such a short period of time. Way to flame-bait AOL!
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was surprised when I drove by my local Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealer the other day and saw the lot almost completely filled with new Darts.
      omgcool
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame. A couple weeks ago, I was getting my oil changed so the dealer let me try out a couple cars while I waited. I drove an I4 Avenger, V6 200, and sat in a Dart. While I didn't drive the Dart, I found that I actually liked the Avenger interior better. I was quite surprised. Might look for a used loaded Avenger V6 for my next DD in a couple years.
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