New Dodge Dart to join compact sedan segment

December 7, 2011 12:00 AM

Chrysler has already offered modern interpretations of popular vehicles from yesteryear, like the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Get ready to add a third model to the list, as the company has announced the return of the Dodge Dart, which last saw production in 1976, according to Autoblog.

The new version of the Dart will be aimed at the compact sedan segment, which features models like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, all of which have been selling well over the past year due to a renewed interest in fuel economy. It makes sense that Chrysler wants a Dodge vehicle in this segment, as compact cars seem to be all the rage right now.

The Dart will draw on the powertrain of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and will also offer one of the engines found in the Fiat 500, in addition to two brand-new engine choices.

Whether you plan on snapping up the new Dart or still have your old one from the 70s, auto maintenance is the key to keeping these vehicles on the road for a long time. Oil changes, brake service and tune-ups can help ensure that cars last for years and years.

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