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The Dodge Dart will be going away sometime in the near future and to prepare for this, Dodge has revamped the lineup to help dealers move them out. For the rest of the 2016 model year, the Dart will only be available in the SXT Sport, Dart Turbo, and Dart GT Sport.

  • SXT Sport: This is the new base model in the Dart lineup with a base price of $18,990 with destination. Power comes from a 2.0L Tigershark four-cylinder with 160 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or automatic are available. Standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, and 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Dart Turbo: Positioned as the sporty version, this Dart comes with the 1.4L turbo-four with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet, and six-speed manual. A sport appearance hood, dual exhaust tips, and the Rallye Appearance package are standard. Base price for the turbo starts at $20,490.
  • Dart GT Sport: Sitting as the top model in the Dart lineup, the GT Sport gets a 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of a six-speed manual or automatic. It comes with a lot of equipment such as push-button start, digital instrument cluster, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, an 8.4-inch UConnect system, and backup camera.
“We are repositioning the Dart lineup to better align production and dealer inventory with consumer demand and preference. The simplification of Dart models, coupled with the availability of popular Rallye, Blacktop and Chrome appearance packages across more of the line-up, makes it easier for dealers to order and stock vehicles that customers are looking for,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FCA's Passenger Car Brands in a statement.

 

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The Dart was one of those cars that had a huge reveal, a lot of buzz from the press and after that it just fell off a cliff.

 

I think it was actually quite good looking, but the gas mileage is horrible for a compact car, and while the 2.4 gives good power in its field, it's also powering a lot of car.

 

However pitiful as it is, this one vehicle alone probably outsells the entire Fiat brand by quite a bit.

 

Seems legit...

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+1 as I totally agree with you Suav.

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    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports October 2017 Sales
      Ram pickup truck posts best October sales ever Jeep® brand retail sales up 3 percent year over year in October Jeep Compass posts best October sales ever A 43 percent year-over-year decline in fleet sales is in line with the FCA US strategy to reduce sales to the daily rental segment FCA US brands take home the most awards of any manufacturer at last month’s annual Texas Truck Rodeo competition and at the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle event November 1, 2017, Auburn Hills, Mich. -  FCA US LLC today reported sales of 153,373 units, a 13 percent decrease compared with sales in October 2016 (176,609 units).
       
      In October, retail sales of 130,153 units were down 4 percent compared with the same month in 2016 and represented 85 percent of total sales. In line with FCA’s strategy to reduce sales to the daily rental segment, fleet sales of 23,220 units were down, as expected, 43 percent year over year. Fleet sales represented 15 percent of total FCA US October sales.
       
      The Ram pickup truck and the all-new Jeep® Compass each posted their best October sales ever. Sales of the Compass were up 81 percent year over year in the month. Other FCA US vehicles posting year-over-year sales increases in the month were the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Renegade, Ram pickup truck, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango and Fiat 500L.
       
      Jeep Brand
      The all-new Jeep Compass recorded its best October sales ever. Compass sales were up 81 percent, compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Cherokee turned in a 19 percent increase and its best sales month so far this year. Jeep brand retail sales increased 3 percent year over year in October, compared with the same month a year ago. In October, the Jeep Grand Cherokee beat its competition for the seventh-consecutive year at the Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk topped the Mid-size SUV category, while the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon won the Off-road SUV category. The Jeep Renegade took the Subcompact SUV category. Additionally, the Jeep Compass Trailhawk took home the Best Value Off-Road award at the Active Lifestyle Vehicle (AVL) competition.
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram pickup truck sales were up 1 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago. It was the pickup truck’s best October sales ever. The Ram Truck brand won two pickup truck categories during TAWA’s Texas Truck Rodeo in October. The 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork won the Luxury Pickup Truck category and grabbed the highest overall interior score. The 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten topped the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck category. Additionally, the 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork took home the top award in the High Luxury Off-Road category at the AVL competition.
       
      Dodge Brand
      Sales of the Dodge Charger were up 19 percent while Dodge Durango SUV sales increased 11 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago. It was the Durango’s best October sales since 2006. The Durango SRT won the Full-size SUV category and received the highest overall performance score during last month’s TAWA competition in Texas. Additionally, the Dodge Durango SRT took home the Luxury Family award at the AVL competition.
       
      FIAT Brand
      Sales of the Fiat 500L increased 34 percent last month for its best October sales since 2015. A redesigned exterior gives the 2018 500L an updated look, with new front and rear fascia design, bodyside molding design, wheel designs, daytime running light lens and rear side reflector design.
       
      Chrysler Brand
      The Chrysler brand last month announced that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is now available with a customized, athletic look with the new S Appearance Package. With the S Appearance Package, the 2018 Pacifica gets a sporty look featuring black accents inside and out. Additionally, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid took home the top award in the Best Value Family category at the AVL competition.
       
      Alfa Romeo Brand
      Alfa Romeo brand sales of 1,205 units were up significantly compared with the same month a year ago as the launch of the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV continues in U.S. dealerships. The Stelvio was crowned Crossover of Texas and also took home honors for Luxury Crossover of Texas and Most Drives at TAWA’s annual Texas Truck Rodeo in October.
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary October 2017
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      11,207
      6,207
      81%
      65,142
      79,123
      -18%
      Patriot
      1,235
      9,510
      -87%
      40,111
      105,549
      -62%
      Wrangler
      13,391
      14,469
      -7%
      163,533
      163,096
      0%
      Cherokee
      16,138
      13,531
      19%
      133,973
      171,877
      -22%
      Grand Cherokee
      17,215
      17,867
      -4%
      198,460
      171,793
      16%
      Renegade
      7,888
      7,242
      9%
      88,097
      84,494
      4%
      JEEP BRAND
      67,074
      68,826
      -3%
      689,316
      775,932
      -11%
      200
      499
      2,843
      -82%
      17,766
      51,802
      -66%
      300
      2,917
      3,051
      -4%
      42,560
      47,091
      -10%
      Town & Country
      9
      529
      -98%
      566
      58,455
      -99%
      Pacifica
      7,593
      7,758
      -2%
      93,935
      43,330
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      11,018
      14,181
      -22%
      154,827
      200,678
      -23%
      Dart
      172
      2,407
      -93%
      9,815
      39,674
      -75%
      Avenger
      0
      0
      100%
      12
      44
      -73%
      Charger
      8,096
      6,792
      19%
      75,474
      79,062
      -5%
      Challenger
      3,893
      4,127
      -6%
      56,169
      55,268
      2%
      Viper
      17
      62
      -73%
      569
      509
      12%
      Journey
      4,719
      11,912
      -60%
      80,375
      89,858
      -11%
      Caravan
      2,431
      11,563
      -79%
      110,023
      114,295
      -4%
      Durango
      5,148
      4,651
      11%
      57,829
      57,744
      0%
      DODGE  BRAND
      24,476
      41,514
      -41%
      390,266
      436,454
      -11%
      Ram P/U
      44,201
      43,891
      1%
      419,102
      404,977
      3%
      Cargo Van
      0
      0
      0%
      0
      21
      -100%
      ProMaster Van
      2,638
      4,500
      -41%
      34,576
      31,044
      11%
      ProMaster City
      992
      1,052
      -6%
      12,846
      13,701
      -6%
      RAM BRAND
      47,831
      49,443
      -3%
      466,524
      449,743
      4%
      500
      801
      1,276
      -37%
      11,236
      12,879
      -13%
      500L
      159
      119
      34%
      1,426
      2,920
      -51%
      500X
      561
      783
      -28%
      6,436
      10,047
      -36%
      Spider
      248
      444
      New
      3,923
      1,875
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      1,769
      2,622
      -33%
      23,021
      27,721
      -17%
      Giulia
      726
      0
      New
      7,136
      7
      New
      Alfa 4C 
      45
      23
      96%
      354
      434
      -18%
      Stelvio
      434
      0
      New
      1,067
      0
      New
      ALFA ROMEO
      1,205
      23
      5139%
      8,557
      441
      1840%
      FCA US LLC
      153,373
      176,609
      -13%
      1,732,511
      1,890,969
      -8%
       
    • By William Maley
      Fiat Chrysler Automobile has quietly ended production of right-hand drive models from Chrysler and Dodge. According to South Africa's Wheels24, the announcement comes as FCA drops Chrysler and Dodge from their South Africa lineup.
      "FCA will say a fond farewell to two of the mainstay car brands, with the Chrysler and Dodge vehicle ranges no longer being available locally. This unfortunate situation has arisen from our principals in the USA no longer building Chrysler or Dodge vehicles in Right Hand Drive configuration," the company told Wheels24.
      According to Allpar, FCA built RHD variants of 300 and Charger in Brampton, Ontario, and Pacifica and Grand Caravan in Windsor, Ontario. It is unclear if this move will affect other markets where FCA sells RHD models such as Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia. When reached for comment by Australia's CarAdvice, FCA Australia's manager of public relations Alessia Terranova said,
      “I am not at liberty to comment on South Africa’s decision. What I can tell you is that Australia will continue to sell the right-hand drive Chrysler 300 as an ongoing product in our lineup. In relation to Dodge, at this stage, this brand is represented as a parts and service operation only.”
      We'll keep you posted on this story.
      Source: Wheels24, Allpar, CarAdvice

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