The Dodge Dart returns as a compact

December 6, 2011

The Associated Press

The Dodge Dart is making a comeback.

Chrysler said Tuesday that it will use the Dart name for a new compact car based on Italian technology that it will introduce in the U.S. next year.

It will be made at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., where the company is investing $600 million.

The Dart is expected to get 40 miles per gallon on the highway. It's an extremely important car for Chrysler Group LLC, which currently has outdated offerings in the fast-growing compact car market.

The new car is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which is sold in Europe. But it will be wider and longer to handle Americans' need for more space.