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Report: Two Fiat-based small cars to replace PT Cruiser, Caliber in 2012

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Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Crossover, Hatchback, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Fiat

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Late last year, Alfa Romeo previewed the all-new Giulietta ahead of its reveal at next month's Geneva Motor Show. While the five-door hatch is enough to make Stateside consumers weak in the knees - particularly in Quadrifoglio Verde trim - the impact in the U.S. figures to be much more substantial.

According to a new report by Automotive News, the underpinnings of the Giulietta are set to proliferate throughout Fiat's range in the coming years, and of the one million vehicles the automaker plans to build off the new architecture annually, the Chrysler group will account for around 700,000.

091202argiulietta02-250op.jpgFiat and Chrysler are currently working on a widened version of the platform - appropriately dubbed "Compact Wide" - and seven new models for Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep will use the new underpinnings, including the replacement for the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Dodge Caliber in 2012. And judging by Fiat's description, it's a helluva platform.

Aimed to compete with the new Audi A1 and BMW 1 Series, the platform uses 84 percent high and ultrahigh strength steel, a McPherson front and a dual-link rear suspension, both of which will use aluminum components (front and rear arms, along with the crossmember).

The platform comes in around 10 percent lighter than its predecessor thanks to the use of aluminum and magnesium, and is designed to fit a transverse engine and can be adapted for either front- or all-wheel drive applications.

On a related side note, during last week's Economic Club of Chicago luncheon in which Ralph Gilles, Dodge CEO and Chrysler Group design head, dropped a a handful of interesting tidbits about the future of the automaker, he also showed a few teasers of upcoming products. Included in the presentation were images of the new 300C and Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with the the rendering above, a new subcompact product from Dodge, almost assuredly the next Caliber. Combined with the new platform and Fiat's Multiair engines, we may finally have a credible contender in the compact arena from Chrysler. And it's about damn time.



[sources: Automotive News, AutoBird]

Report: Two Fiat-based small cars to replace PT Cruiser, Caliber in 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yep this looks like Caliber series II, I hope the PT replacement is VERY different though. It also looks like Fiat is willing to build cars for Americans not force us into Euro spec cars, How refreshing!Now if the rest of Detroit will wake up then sales of autos should inprove.

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That is what the Caliber should have looked like all along. The sedan should look equally great too.

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This looks pretty sweet. I remember when the Caliber sedan was shown as a concept...I always liked it better than the hatch...I just hope they build a sedan this time

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Yep this looks like Caliber series II, I hope the PT replacement is VERY different though. It also looks like Fiat is willing to build cars for Americans not force us into Euro spec cars, How refreshing!Now if the rest of Detroit will wake up then sales of autos should inprove.

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Those are by far the dominant body style of vehicle in the EU.

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This looks pretty sweet. I remember when the Caliber sedan was shown as a concept...I always liked it better than the hatch...I just hope they build a sedan this time

Caliber sedan concept?

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That's what I was wondering...unless you're referring to the compact Avenger concept from several years ago.

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Nice looking sketch, but we all know how exaggeratedly cool those sketches are compared to the end result. Still, it is promising that even with Fiat underpinnings, Dodge will still be Dodge. It's amazing that we all jump on this hopeful tidbit of information, what with the dearth of future product info coming out of Chrysler since the latest takeover.

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That's what I was wondering...unless you're referring to the compact Avenger concept from several years ago.

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The Avenger crossed my mind too. But it was also a hatchback.

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