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    The Dodge Dart is an automobile originally built by Dodge from to in North America, with production extended to later years in various other markets. The Dart nameplate was resurrected for a Fiat-derived compact car introduced in The Dart name originally appeared on a show car featuring a body designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia.

    The production Dart was introduced as a lower-priced, shorter wheelbase, full-size Dodge in and , became a mid-size car for , and finally was a compact from to The first Dodge Darts were introduced for the model year.

    They were downsized large cars developed to replace the Plymouth in the standard, low-priced car segment for the Dodge dealer network. Dodge dealers had been selling Plymouths since , but divisional restructuring took the Plymouth brand away from the Dodge dealer network. Project planners proposed the name Dart, only to have Chrysler executives demand an expensive research program which produced the name Zipp. This was promptly rejected in favor of Dart. With the cancellation of Chrysler's upper level DeSoto brand, upper level Dodge products were pushed upmarket, while using Plymouth products with more features for lower-level Dodge products.

    The Dart line was offered in three trim levels: Sales of the new Dart were greater than those of the full-size Dodge Matador and Dodge Polara , which also created an in-house competitor for Plymouth. After the economic downturn of , Dodge production for rebounded to a , cars, the division's highest total to date and good for sixth place behind Chevrolet, Ford, Plymouth, Rambler, and Pontiac.

    As the Dart's sales climbed, Plymouth's sales dropped. Chrysler executives did little to stop the infighting between the divisions. Dart sales were so strong in that production of the medium-priced model lines were reduced. The full-size, mid-priced Matador was discontinued after the model year as buyers selected the slightly smaller but better-appointed and less expensive Dart Phoenix.

    The premium Polara remained in the medium-price segment in For the model year, the Dart continued as the smallest full-size Dodge. The same three trim levels were available: Phoenix convertibles were equipped with V8 engines.

    Beginning mid-year, some Darts ordered with the engine were equipped with the die-cast aluminum block. Darts in all series were equipped as standard with three-speed, column-shifted manual transmissions.

    Chrysler's pushbutton-shifted TorqueFlite automatic was available at extra cost. The alternator , introduced as standard equipment in on the Valiant , replaced the previous DC generator on all Chrysler products. Canadian-built Darts were identical to U. Virgil Exner 's styling with its reverse fins, rear fender scalloping the headlights were widely referred to as "ingrown toenails" and concave grille was highly unpopular with consumers.

    The wraparound taillights projected light sideward, not rearward. However, these large round lights were mounted near the inboard side of the reverse fins, and aggravated the already awkward styling.

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