2013 Dodge Dart will get an optional 9-speed transmission and hit 40 mpg

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2011

As you may know already, Chrysler made quite a buzz on the web when it released the first images with the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, but it appears that the American manufacturer has even more for us. According to Sergio Marchionne, the 2013 Dart will be certified by EPA at 40 mpg or more by the end of the month.

We already know that the new car will have a variety of four-cylinder engine options, such as the 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter World Gas Engine known as Tigershark but also the fuel efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged FIRE engine found on the 2012 Fiat 500.

The new Dodge Dart will get as standard a Fiat-derived 6-speed dual-clutch front-wheel-drive transmission but in 2013 it will be available with a more efficient 9-speed transmission coming from ZF Group. ZF says that the new 9-speed transmission could increase the Dart's fuel efficiency by an additional 10 percent to 16 percent.

For those who don’t know, the Dart name is not new to motor heads as the first Dodge Dart made its debut back in 1960 as a small car. Still, it wasn’t quite a success as 622,000 units were sold in its first three years of production. Dodge last used the Dart badge in the 1976 model year in the United States, but sales of international versions continued ‘til 1981.

2013 Dodge Dart model has redefined its performance features. The car not only possesses Alfa Romeo’s DNA but it is also completely fun to drive. Furthermore, it has the new fuel-efficient engine to back up Dodge’s powerful performance features. Amazingly, the exterior design bears the classic, elegant and unique qualities of a compact vehicle. The design team thought of an exciting blend of visually agile, fluid, well-sculpted sporty exterior that US consumers find more appealing.

The new Dodge Dart is filled with the latest technologies that deliver smart and safety features. It is destined to bring a new level of quality by providing dynamic features, functionality, aesthetics, spaciousness and versatility that are useful for everyday driving.

CEO for Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, Reid Bigland had also confirmed this. As a matter of fact, he explained the significance of great value without compromising the level of driving experience.

There are five variants available, which include the R/T, Limited edition, Rallye, SXT and the SE. The production will start at the 2nd quarter of 2012 at Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois.

With its outstanding aerodynamics and standards for safety, customers will get more than what they’d ever expect. The 2013 model is available in three varieties of transmissions, three fuel-efficient powertrains, fourteen colours for the interiors and trims as well as twelve colourful varieties for the exterior. Indeed, the new Dodge Dart has set a new level of standards in the compact car category.

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