In other parts of the world, Fiat builds and sells a version of the Dodge Dart called the Viaggio, and it appears that in addition to the current sedan bodystyle, a new hatchback version of the car is also in the works. Autocar says that the general manager for China's Guangzhou-Fiat joint venture, John Burton, has confirmed that a new Viaggio hatchback will be revealed by the end of this year before it goes on sale in early 2014.

The Viaggio will soon be joined by the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which in China will be called the Liberty Light, at the Guangzhou-Fiat plant. While the idea of a Dodge Dart hatchback might be enough to enable most of us to forget about the Dodge Caliber, a North American variant doesn't appear to be in the cards. We reached out to Chrysler PR boss Rick Deneau, and he offered a succinct: "No plans at this time."


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      CoffeeJedi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can someone explain why Chrysler, GM, and Honda are dragging their feet when it comes to making C-segment hatchbacks? Almost every other auto manufacturer sells one and they all seem to be doing quite well. They always trot out some bull about "Well, Americans don't like hatchbacks." Well then tell that to Mazda, Ford, VW, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai and Toyota; because they all seem to be selling a lot of them.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well the say that hatchbacks don\'t sell well in the States and China. Well, the Nissan Versa sells more hatchbacks than sedans. I think a Dart hatchback will be a welcom addition to the model range. An SRT4 of both sedan and hatchback would compete well in its segment. Better commercials are also needed to sell more Darts. Compare it to others in its class and how many more features it offers versus the competition. More automatics and less manual transmissions. Simpler model lineup as well. Like Honda, Toyota, etc.
        Rr778
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        The srt4 would compete too much with the brand engineer cla AMG cousin. Never going to happen with awd
          NicksGarage
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rr778
          You do know that Chrysler is not tied to Mercedes anymore right?
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          @Rr778
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      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sincerely hope Dodge rounds out the Dart line with a hatchback and a coupe. Most recognize that the slow start for Dart may be attributable to a "new horse in the race" syndrome and finding a niche in a tough field. What also needs to be considered includes, but not limited to, other factors that have come into play such as the lack of automatics at launch, the related anticipation of a nine speed cutting edge automatic shortly, as well as pricing and marketing mistakes. Sales are beginning to pick up since the Dart is truly the best value in it's class, but with such a valuable asset, more needs to be done other than minor adjustments. The Dart cries out for more models and the work being done for the Chinese market is easily transferable and needed. If I were calling the shots on Dart, they would have a hatch and coupe by 2014.
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      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Dodge Dart is an invisible car. I don't see it anywhere.
        Burabus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I remember when Autobloggers predicted the Dart taking down the Corolla and Civic.
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          @Burabus
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        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        It's because it's moving too fast for the eye to catch it!! I think it's up there with the new Nissan Sentra with invisible cars on the road, maybe new stealth technology the government is trying out
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      kargi
      • 1 Year Ago
      LET THE REBADGING BEGIN !
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dodge dart hatchback and cla station wagon come out on the same day?! Back to the good ole bran engineered days of Daimler Chrysler Benz are we? I wonder how many people admit that the charger and the e class share a chassis
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        @Rr778
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        CEC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rr778
        Really, the e class and lx vehicles share a chassis? Have you ever tried swapping parts from one to the other? It can't be done. There isn't one chassis part from a charger that will bolt to an e class Please educate yourself before you spew statements like that on the Internet, because there is always somebody dumber then you that will also believe it.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      Vag-i-o. Totally milque toast.
      inthelv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ironic that a car called Liberty is being sold in China.
        RJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @inthelv
        Why? Chinese citizens are free to move about, start a business, even leave the country. Living in the 1950's much?
          Hazdaz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RJC
          @ yonomo200 You are clueless if you think the China of a QUARTER CENTURY ago is the same as the China today. Hell, China of just FIVE years ago, is vastly different than the China of today, let alone something that happened in 1989.
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          @RJC
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      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      For a second there, I thought I read "viagra" on the plate.
        RJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k.naz
        And the subliminal marketing worked, didn't it?
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      hahah fiat vagina
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        @ELG
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