spotted–new Dodge Darts!

My, my. What have we here?

auto transporter on US 30
© 2012 Pam Bliss

Looks like a whole transporter full of the brand new 2013 Dodge Darts.  This is my first sighting of this new Fiat based small car that is supposed to be one of the bread and butter cornerstones of the new Chrysler.

Darts on a transporter (detail)
©2012 Pam Bliss

Front and rear three-quarters and side view here– enough for a good spot. And yes, those are definitely the new Darts.  They are based on a slightly larger version of the platform that underlies the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta.  This raises two questions.

1) You call this a Dart?  Us old folks remember the great Slant Six Darts of the past, and this is not much of a Dart.

1970 Dodge Dart
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This is a Dart.

2) And why bother with a reformatting, particularly such a dull one?  I personally would be quite happy with the Giulietta, thank you very much.  It’s a pretty little car in a tidier size.

2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
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Yes, the camera goes from the mundane as sublime to the mundane as mundane as we go from yesterday’s post to today’s.  At least we’ve kept the grey and red color scheme.  New Darts: black, grey, silver, red.  Old Darts: lotsa colors, including chocolate brown, pine green, bright orange, etc.  Chrysler should think about this.

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4 Responses to spotted–new Dodge Darts!

  1. Sean K. says:

    The question is, which bothers you more – the boringness of the body style, or the fact that it comes in silver. 🙂

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    It’s not so much that it *comes* in silver. It’s that every third car you see is silver. And if you add black and white and shades of grey to the list, it’s six out of ten, and you add shades of red and it’s nine out of ten, and it just makes me sick.
    Silver is a fine color for a car, I suppose. It’s a bit dull, but one could live with it. What’s not fine is only four or five choices, and none that aren’t some version of silver, grey, white, black or red. Any color chart that makes metallic dark blue look like Carnival in Rio is a bad color chart.

  3. Wolfie says:

    Here in Japan, fully half of the cars are white. It’s better than 20 years ago, when about 75% of them were white. You’re also seeing more and more nice greens here, which is great.
    You know I love my Honda Civic, but boy, I hated the color choices. White, black, silver, dark red and metallic gray. We chose the gray because it was the best of a bad lot of choices, but if we could we would have chosen green, blue, yellow…

  4. Pam Bliss says:

    I actually really like a darkish mineral grey, very slightly warmed up, as a color for a car, particularly when combined with a dark red or maroon interior. Show me a mineral grey convertible with a dark red leather interior and a matching dark red top, and I am all over it. I’ve seen three cars in that combination recently, ranging from a VW Beetle to a Ford Mustang to a Ferrari, and they were all gorgeous.

    That said, your Civic is indeed a nice car, and it would only be improved by a pine green, bright blue, or fly yellow paint job.

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