The Dodge Caliber is no more. Rest in Peace.
Chrysler has announced that it has ended production of the slow-selling small car.
The very last Dodge Caliber rolled off the production line in Belvidere, Illinois just last week to very little fanfare.
The Caliber replaced the Neon in 2006, but it never really became a smash hit for Chrysler with a total 101,079 Calibers selling in 2007 (the best year of production). Last year Dodge sold 36,098 Calibers and this year through the end of last month 33,632 Calibers had found new North American homes.
Dodge will replace the Caliber with the brand new 2013 Dodge Dart which is based on the European Alfa Romeo Giulietta. Dodge’s Belvidere assembly plant will also build the new Dart which will be available with several engine choices including a:
– 2.0 and 2.4-liter inline-four “Tigershark”
-a turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir powerplant
The new Dart will also get three choices of transmissions with at least one engine/transmission combo getting the highly sought after 40 MPG highway rating.
The new Dart will debut in Detroit in just over a week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Please stay tuned.