Chrysler to Stop Caliber Production November
Opinions on the Caliber are divided as some were pleased with the way it drove and felt while some were turned off by its looks and engines, which needed to be revved high for developing power. Since 2006 when it was launched as a 2007 model, it has had its interior revised later in 2010. Also, mileage and acceleration were considerably lower than other Chrysler makes, for example its smaller brother the Neon.
It is worth mentioning that the Caliber was the first Chrysler model to use electromagnetically controlled all wheel drive with variable torque output. Furthermore, sales of the Caliber and the similar Jeep Compass have never reached the forecasted figures, though the Patriot, which is based on the same platform has managed to achieve some sales success. After pulling the plug on the Caliber, Chrysler is expected to release a new Dodge compact during 2012.
The new model will be fitted with a turbocharged Fiat 1.4-liter engine. The CVT is expected to be dropped in favor of a stick-shift, conventional automatic or a Fiat automated transmission. It is worth mentioning that the next compact Chrysler has to be manufactured in the US as it need to satisfy a requirement set out during the government’s bailout.
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This is below fair for a passenger car powered by 156bhp 2.0-litres unit, yet commendable for a vehicle in the same idiom as the Ford Kuga, the VW Tiguan, and the Honda CR-V.
But such points are not the most important ones; her overall quality is just miserable, and has deteorirated Chrysler's corporate trust, I do assess.
Her successor, the brand-new Dodge Dart would realize world-class reliability to take directly on the Corolla and the Golf/Jetta, I hope so from my heart!