New Fiat gearbox will make its way into the Dodge Dart in a super-frugal version of the saloon

Fiat Powertrain’s new six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox will be offered on the new Dodge Dart in North America, the group’s transmissions chief, Constantinos Vafidis, has told Autocar.

Mated to Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir engine, it offers 40mpg plus on the US cycle (the equivalent of 48mpg in Europe). This means that this is the engine/gearbox combination that allowed Fiat to increase its stake in Chrysler to 58.5 per cent recently.

The firm was allowed to purchase the extra Chrysler stake after it delivered on a promise to build a compact car in the US with 40mpg-plus economy.

Vafidis said the new gearbox could be mated to 80 per cent of Fiat’s current engines, and there was a possibility that the technology could be sold to other manufacturers once it’s established in Fiat products. It has first appeared on the Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta models.


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3 February 2012

Considering it's a good sized car with decent performance that 48mpg is superb. If it could give 40mpg realtime this would be a fantastic powertrian combination. However, it doesn't offer such figures in the Alfa, so what's up?

3 February 2012

This will no doubt provide a pleasent alternative to people who dont want to shift their own gears. I think this car will do well in America especially wearing a Dodge badge, and 40MPG plus!? the Americans wont know themselves after jumping out of their enormous pick ups with a 5.7L V8 haha

3 February 2012

Is this the same gearbox that was given a luke warm review by Autocar in the Giulietta?

By the sounds of it they may need to do a bit more work before it is properly accepted by the Americans who are used to much better boxes.



It's all about the twisties........

3 February 2012

Given the Chrysler/Lancia mash up, is the Dart going to appear as a Fiat in Europe? Seems easy, replace the grille and bob's yer uncle. Looks more interesting than the Bravo too.

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