About Dodge Dart
The Dodge Dart is a sedan produced by Dodge Chrysler from 1969 to 1976. In 2012, the name again was used to refer to a fiat-derived compact car. The position of Dodge Dart is a low-price car, but its class shifted chronologically from full-size(1960-1961) to mid-size(1962) and lastly, to compact(1963-1976). Historically, except for the new version in 2012, there are totally four generations. The first generation lasts from 1960 to 1961, the second only in 1962, the third from 1963 to 1966, and the fourth from 1967 to 1976.
The first generation of Dodge Dart was developed to take the place of Plymouth, an old type that originated in 1930 and renewed the standard of low-price car purchasing. Thus, the car was designed on the basis of the Plymouth platform. With a new engine equipped, the model was divided into three terms, known as the basic Seneca, mid-range Pioneer, and premium Phoenix. With the rise of Dart, the selling of other models dropped rapidly after the economic downturn from 1958 to 1959. It still remained as the smallest full-size model of the company in 1961 and occupied 142,708 units of production. The total production of the company was 269,367.
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The second generation of Dodge Dart was named Dart, Dart 330, and Dart 440. Their form was identical to that of Polara 500 and was found to compete against the compact Chevy II Nova. By utilizing the unibody “B” platform, it successfully broke performance records. The third generation shifted into a “senior compact”, which wheelbase increased to 111 inches. This change directly led to the result of larger legroom of the rear seats. Three trims were offered, known as the low-spec 170, the high-spec 170, and the premium GT. It was a great success among the car markets, defeating the 1962 Lancer sharply. The model remained in popularity even until its end of production in 1976.
The fourth generation contains enormous improvements and trims, new models were released almost every year from 1967 to 1976. Their dimensions were also varied by different model years. And the body style also varied in 2 or 4-door sedan, 2-door hardtop, 2-door coupe, and 2-door convertible. All models were based on the A platform. At last, is about the Dodge Dart (PF) from 2013 to 2016. Different from the origin, this model experience a dramatic change from those in 1960-1976, both in appearance and the interior. The class of this model is a compact car, and the body style is a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. Unlike the origin which used the A or B platform, the new model was based on Compact US Wide.