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by Tim Beissmann

The replacement for the unloved Dodge Caliber could debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January according to reports out of the US.

 

 

Wards Auto reports the 2013 Dodge Caliber will make its first international appearance at Detroit in around seven months’ time. Dodge is yet to confirm whether the new compact hatch will keep the ‘Caliber’ name or adopt a completely new identity.

Under Sergio Marchionne’s long-term product plans for Chrysler and Fiat, the all-new Dodge Caliber is scheduled to be released around the middle of next year.

It will be based on the Fiat C-Evo platform – currently used by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta – and is expected to retain its chunky hatchback design.

The Caliber has been on sale in Australia since August 2006, when it launched the brand Down Under. It was relatively popular early on, with 1070 vehicles delivered in its first full year on sale.

That number dropped to 120 last year, however, and so far this year Dodge has managed to sell just 23 Calibers to local customers.

What do you think of the artist’s impression sketch of new 2013 Dodge Caliber? Do you think it would be more successful than the outgoing model in Australia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.




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