Watch Travis Pastrana hoon the world’s only Dodge Dart rally car

June 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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Travis Pastrana Dodge Dart rally car

If you had one evening to record a promotional video and photo shoot, a full camera crew and the only Dodge Dart rally car in existence, what would you do with it? If you’re Travis Pastrana, you bring your buddies from Red Bull with you to Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds and you film them filming you hooning the bejeezus out of it.

By now, you’ve probably already seen the video Dodge released showing Pastrana’s exploits in the race-spec Dart, full of slow-motion scenes and plenty of full-throttle drifting on tarmac and off. If not, click here. Since two minutes and 44 seconds of said footage is good, eight minutes of it can only be better, right? Right.

Watch it all unfold in the video below.

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Dodge dealers’ Dart allocations depend on how many Caliber models they sold

June 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

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2013 Dodge Dart  - maroon - front three-quarter static view

We’ve heard a former car dealer friend of ours describe selling unloved vehicles like the Dodge Caliber as “a thankless task,” but apparently she wasn’t altogether correct. Chrysler has begun taking dealer orders for its much-anticipated 2013 Dart, and allocations of the sedan will depend in part on how many units of the hapless Caliber the franchise managed to shift before the model was axed. That’s according to dealer sources, Automobile News reports – Chrysler officials won’t let on how they decide to disburse the Dart to Dodge dealers.

Automotive News also says that while Chrysler previously said the first Dart models will be in showrooms by the end of this month, it turns out those will just be dealer demo models (though those units can be sold). Non-demo cars aren’t expected to show up until the end of July or early August. If you’ve been waiting on taking delivery of a new Dart of your very own, you probably have a bit longer to wait, so you might as well head over to Dodge’s website to check out the Dart configurator, which now has final pricing.

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Dodge Durango, Avenger models will be discontinued, SRT model for Journey planned

June 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

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2011 Dodge Durango - black, front three-quarter view

Chrysler has gotten on pretty well in the post-bankruptcy world, with a big assist from its newest master. But while Chrysler has seen dramatic improvement thanks to refreshes and a few new models, the next couple years could be very exciting.

Automobile Magazine recently got the chance to talk cars with CEO Sergio Marchionne, and the charismatic leader apparently had plenty to say. Among the top headlines are the reported upcoming death of the Dodge Avenger in 2014 and Dodge Durango in 2016. We’re thinking nobody will miss the Avenger, but the Durango sounds like a bit of a bummer.

That’s until we see that the Durango will be replaced by a Jeep Wagoneer; a rehash of an old name based on the same platform and engine choices of the Dodge three-row utility. The Durango platform will also spawn the Maserati Kubang (which will likely be named something else), a move that should go a long way toward helping Maserati hit 50,000 units per year.

The Wagoneer is just the tipping point for new Jeeps on the way. Among the other models expected are an all-new Liberty in 2013 followed by a new Patriot in 2014 and a Fiat 500-based subcompact crossover tentatively named Jeepster.

The Chrysler brand should also look a bit more interesting as the 200 gets re-imagined for 2013 and the Town & Country morphs into a crossover in 2015. The Chrysler brand will reportedly also get a Dodge Dart-based 100 compact, but not until 2016 or later, which seems like a long way off.

Among the other interesting vehicles expected to bow are as many as six Alfa Romeo models including the 4C Coupe, the next MiTo, the Giulietta and an unnamed crossover. And then there will be a smattering of new Fiat 500 models including the 500L and the XL, which will reportedly feature seating for up to seven.

The SRT lineup will also be getting a sheetmetal injection with the addition of the Dart SRT4 and the Journey SRT6. Now if Sergio Marchionne can make the Journey exciting, he’ll be up for auto executive of the decade.

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