2013 Dodge Dart will be the first car to offer in-vehicle wireless charging

Article by Christian A., on April 11, 2012

Say goodbye to unruly dangling power cords in your vehicles when you buy the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart. It is the first vehicle to offer in-vehicle wireless charging. If you recall, Chrysler was also the first to get rid of heavy, bulky owner manuals from its vehicles. The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2012.

Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, said that Mopar makes it a point to find every chance it could get to simplify the lives of its customers. He said that the industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging system is “perfect” for connected customers who are always on the go.

At just below the center stack and in front of the center console, Mopar placed a seamlessly integrated power bin for easy access. It measures 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches. When customers place their battery-powered device on this bin, it activates a built-in charging grid. Charging begins when the vehicle is started. It comes with a phone case designed for various smartphones.

To get Mopar in-vehicle wireless charging, the consumers would have to pay $199.99, plus installation (part number 82213216). The new Dodge Dart features a modern distinctly Dodge design with its great exterior proportions and Dodge cues such as "racetrack" taillamps and signature front grille.

The exterior doesn’t just look good; it offers an outstanding aerodynamic performance and a responsive, pleasant driving experience. The Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to be using Fiat Group architecture. It is based off the critically acclaimed Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Joe Dehner, Head of Dodge Design - Chrysler Group LLC, claims that the Dodge Dart was a designing dream because the Alfa Romeo-based architecture gave them the chance to design an exterior with fun to drive proportions. The Charger-inspired racetrack tail lights, new, elegant crosshair grille, and piano black accents, all contribute to a performance-inspired design with perfect attitude.

The Fiat Group-based Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) architecture has low, broad, and long proportions to ensure a stable body-in, wheels-out stance and coupe-like silhouette. The CUS-wide platform provided for accentuated fender formations and for having the wheels as far out to the corners as possible. With this stable look, Dodge designers had the amazing opportunities for extremely dramatic sculpting. They stretched the car’s skin across the frame like it was nylon.

All-new Dodge Dart was inspired by traditional, elegant vehicle designs throughout history. Each had beautiful surfaces and presence without needing cladding, jewelry, or lines to confuse the look.

With the basic design completed with active lines and curves at all angles, the designers introduced a Dodge attitude. The Dart face had the distinctive Dodge split crosshair grille style, with an updated, clean look "floating" in the front fascia, giving it the markedly Dodge full-width mask.

The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart’s rear features an available Charger-inspired racetrack full-width tail light with 152 indirect-glow LEDs, and dual exhausts in the rear fascia exclusive to the class.

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