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Old 02-17-2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Dodge pulled the lid off a potential new compact car in an event outside the Chicago Auto Show. At a lunch sponsored by the Economic Club of Chicago, Dodge chief and Chrysler Senior VP Ralph Gilles showed his audience a rendering of a car that could be shown off in the near future.

The three-door has a front end that extends low to the ground, aggressive styling, and a large set of wheels. The over-the-top design features make us suspect that the sketches will lead to a new concept car.

When Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne took over at Chrysler he made it clear that one of his key issues was adding more small cars to Chrysler-owned brands' lineups. Recalling Dodge's product plans (chart included) for the future, it includes a small Fiat rebranded as a Dodge. With some reports speculating ties with the Dodge Hornet Concept from 2006, the car could come by 2013.

Marchionne was originally scheduled to address the Economic Club of Chicago, but he cancelled at the last minute.
Source: autobirdblog.com and Jill Ciminillo

http://www.worldcarfans.com/11002162...-show-luncheon
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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That looks better than some Fiat/Lancia badge job. Its the kind of identity Chrysler vehicles will need to have in order to ensure (another) complete resurrection. Just please don't let it be anything like the Caliber.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:29 PM   #3
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Dodge Colt? Hmm
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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Looks like they ripped off a rendering of the 2012 focus and gave it a new grill.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:19 PM   #5
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Looks like they ripped off a rendering of the 2012 focus and gave it a new grill.
^This.........hard to care about a Dodge small car.......or really anyone at this point........
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #6
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Americans will not buy that car unless it turns out to be a crossover vehicle instead.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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Meh, looks like an artists take on a mildly face-lifted Caliber
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:13 PM   #8
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Can we stop making cars that attempt to look like trucks?
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:13 PM   #9
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My guess is a Punto based Dodge.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:27 PM   #10
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they should just buy the new focus, rebadge it and sell it for an extra $1,000
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:08 AM   #11
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Can we stop making cars that attempt to look like trucks?
This times eleventy billion. The cross hair grill is so played out and immediately looks old and tired. It is a direct connection to cars that were absolutely hated. The Nitro, the calibre, the neon. All of those cars reeked of cheapness and low quality.

For the love of Octane, please do not do this....
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:03 PM   #12
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Bah, all that was worth seeing at the Chrysler display in Chicago was the FIAT 500 display, complete with the models (or clones of those models) from the Detroit show.


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Old 02-18-2010, 02:43 PM   #13
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That's not a car; that's just a drawing.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #14
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They should just bring it over as a Fiat, not a ugly looking rebadge and makeover.
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