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Old 06-16-2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Report: 2013 Dodge Caliber replacement to be unveiled at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

We know it's coming, we just don't know when. During the long-winded marathon set of product announcements and long-term strategies laid out by Fiat and Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne, it was revealed that both Chrysler and Dodge would get new compact vehicles to replace the no-longer-in-production PT Cruiser and unloved Caliber hatchback.

Both machines were scheduled for release mid-year 2012, and, assuming things are still on track, you can be sure the Detroit-based automaker plans to make a splash with the unveiling of its new compact warriors. After all, both the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze have been extremely well received by both the press and new car shoppers, and Dodge has nothing that can directly compete.

That said, there's no bigger place to make a big splash for an American automaker than the Detroit Auto Show. Wowing the home-town crowds and receiving international coverage from the media would be a major boon for Chrysler, so it comes as little surprise to read reports that Dodge is eying the Detroit show floor in January of 2012 for a hopeful debut of its 2013 Dodge Caliber replacement.

According to Wards Auto, only the Dodge small car is confirmed for debut in Detroit; we don't know what that means for a would-be PT Cruiser replacement (Chrysler 100 anyone?). In any case, expect the next-gen compact (which may or may not keep the Caliber moniker) to be based on the Fiat C-Evo platform with slightly larger dimensions for the U.S. market.

We don't yet know what it will look like, but if you're thinking Alfa Romeo Giulietta with a Dodge-appropriate fascia and styling cues, we bet you're probably not far off. [Source: Wards Auto sub. req.]
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Will it be made in the same Belvidere, IL plant?
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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We don't yet know what it will look like, but if you're thinking Alfa Romeo Giulietta with a Dodge-appropriate fascia and styling cues, we bet you're probably not far off.
It cannot be worse than the outgoing Caliber. That car is Aztek ugly, like the bastard child of a Dodge pickup and a Citroen 2CV.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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Looks like Marchionne will be the next Ghosn turning Chrysler around.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:35 AM   #5
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You know, I actually liked the looks of Caliber, at least in SRT-4 trim........there, I said it. I thought it looked kind of mean and rough.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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I didn't mind the look of the caliber, well not too much, there was worse out there. It's that it was so cheap feeling and poor performing in the SRT model.

Hopefully Fiat underpinnings should help since they have experience with small car platforms.
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:30 AM   #7
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Main problem with the Caliber was that it "replaced" the Neon. They wanted to cash-in on the CUV-SUV craze by making an SUV-economy car. Innovative thinking but ultimately doomed to fail, but they shouldn't have put all the eggs in one basket. No way they shouldn't have also made an (improved) successor to the Neon.

The secondary problem was that the thing was a typical-economy-Chrysler POS.

Also notable was the fact that it was such a ****ty platform for a sport compact, the SRT-4 was basically murdered. It was a huge example of being the answer to the question nobody asked. Sport compact buyers want cool sport compacts, not fast mini-SUVs. I said "murdered" above, and I do mean murdered; I'd love to see the sales numbers of the Caliber SRT4. I live in an area with a lot of sports cars/sport compacts, and to this day I've seen exactly two. And one was at an auto show. So yeah, I've only ever seen one Caliber SRT4 on the street. Neon SRT4s are everywhere, they sold like freaking hotcakes by comparison.

Edit: Just googled and it was way worse than I even thought...


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It needed a replacement before it came out.
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