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Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG

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On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 12:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Dodge Dart Aero To Hit 40 MPG

Most media attention when it comes to greener vehicles is on powertrains - electric motors, alternative fuels, smaller gas engines, turbocharging, etc. But that's only one of the ways to make a car that's lighter on the pump and wallet. Another way is by going aero. Dodge shows us what that strategy has to offer with the new Dart Aero compact four-door.

To be fair, the bulk of the Dart Aero's environmental ambitions are reached by way of an efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder from Fiat. That engine delivers 27/39 mpg city/highway when equipped to the standard Dodge Dart with a six-speed manual transmission. But because it's painfully close to the alluring 40 mpg mark achieved by some competitors, Dodge decided to develop an Aero package that will push the model's fuel efficiency to "at least 41 mpg."

Dodge is in the process of getting Dart production underway. The new model should be hitting dealerships within the coming weeks at a starting price of $15,995 (before delivery fee). The Aero model will be available beginning in the third quarter.

Dodge hasn't gotten into the details of how it will rethink the Dart's aerodynamics to squeak past the 40 mpg mark, but the standard Dart is no slouch in the aero department. Dodge says that it spent more than 600 hours in the wind tunnel ensuring that the Dart was able to shiftily slice through air molecules. The sedan is the first Dodge to use an active shutter system that automatically closes intakes when less engine cooling is needed. Air is then redirected around the front end to increase aerodynamic performance.

For more details on the five-trim Dart family and its three powertrain options, take a look at the Dodge source link below for an in-depth presser.



dwalter | 3:49PM (Thu, May 3, 2012)

I'm interested to see what this Aero package will look like

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