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By Ken Zino
2006 Detroit Auto Show Index by TCC Team (1/7/2006)
The Dodge Caliber is coming to replace the Neon — and it has bigger dreams of global domination than the former entry-level Dodge sedan and coupe ever had.
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Caliber is the beginning of an ambitious program at Chrysler to make money in
The Caliber brings some potent hardware to the battle with Civics, Focuses and Corollas. Its new three-engine lineup was co-developed with Hyundai Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), while the continuously variable transaxle and all-wheel drive will put it at the forefront of small-car technology.
At first glance, the Caliber seems better equipped to be successful — perhaps even profitable — in a segment long dominated by Japanese cars.
is no accident the concept versions of the Caliber and the related
Compass/Patriot Jeeps made their debut at the