Dodge Dart Nine-Speed Automatic Delayed to 2016

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Dodge Dart won’t benefit from a new transmission for another couple of years.

According to a recent report detailing the American automaker’s future plans, the Dart will be re-engineered in mid-2016 and that’s when the compact sedan will benefit from a new nine-speed automatic transmission and other technologies to improve fuel economy. To help make the Dodge Dart more affordable, the automaker will also give it fewer standard features and available options while styling updates will give it a bolder look.

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Joining the lineup will be a turbocharged SRT variant in late 2016 as Dodge hopes to make the Dart a more attractive proposition in a crowded segment. For the current model year, Dodge has simplified the lineup slightly though five trim levels and three engines are still available.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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