After teetering on the brink of extinction, Chrysler is continuing its rebound with the start of production this week for the new Dodge Dart. The Dart marks Chrysler's return to the compact car segment. As other manufacturers have been doing, the Dart offers increasing efficiency through conventional improvements without relying on big technological changes like hybrids or electric drive.
One version, the Dodge Dart "Aero" model, is expected to offer "at least" 41 mpg highway according to a company press release.
The standard engine for the Dart is a 2.0 liter, 160 horsepower engine that gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 25 miles per gallon (mpg) City/36 mpg Highway/29 mpg Combined. An optional 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo engine gets an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 mpg City/39 mpg Highway/29 mpg Combined. The "Aero" package, which will be available later this year, uses the smaller turbo engine along with extra features to boost that to 41 mpg Highway.
This is the kind of improvement all manufacturers are pursuing as fleet efficiency standards continue to push for greater efficiency across all segments of their vehicles. The super efficient vehicles may lead the way, but most of us will continue to drive more conventional cars for a long time to come, and the overall impact of improvement to the conventional segments far outweighs the benefits from the far less prevalent, super-efficient models.
via: Michigan Radio
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