Detroit News reported that the Dundee plant had dropped a shift. While writer Bryce Hoffman said it was "another sign of trouble for the new Dodge Dart," the move may simply indicate that Dart buyers are opting for the base 2-liter engine or waiting for the 2.4 in the upcoming Dart GT. Dodge Dart sales have been lower than anticipated due, many believe, to internal competition from the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, which are being heavily discounted. Dodge has refused to add high incentives to the Dart, preferring to create new, lower-cost option packages for SXT and Limited. However, an Avenger or 200, outfitted similarly to the Dart, can cost thousands of dollars less. The 1.4 liter engine adds over a thousand dollars to the price of the Dart, and conservative buyers may be avoiding the dual-clutch transmission which is the only automatic transmission available with the Dart..
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