It's time for the Dodge Neon to say goodbye, as it prepares to be replaced by the Caliber wagon next year. The last one supposedly will roll off the assembly line this coming Friday. This car, of course, was one of many American small cars that was said to be the answer to Japan, but it never lived up to those expectations. Obviously, there are many reasons than that for its declining sales, but I think that a small part of the problem was that the second generation dropped the coupe and DOHC options. The fact that the Neon isn't getting a direct replacement is probably a clue as to Chrysler's assessment of their chances going head-to-head with the dominant players in the compact segment.

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