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Ineresting article. How does one take architecture from a Jeep and a Dart and make it into one? This will be interesting to say the least.
 

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I'm thinking "barracuda" is going to be the "new avenger". AWD v6.. sounds like the old Stealth, and an appropriate replacement for the Avenger. JMO though.

That said; there is still a bit of hype growing about the 200, since it's supposed to show off the design-direction for Chrysler brand.
 

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I'm still curious about whether "D-RWD" is actually the existing AWD but biased toward the rear wheels or a new architecture (presumably based on CUSW platform/hard points) with longitudinal engine and 'proper' RWD.
 

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@Dave - i never did get around to finessing the 'Cuda did I? o_O
 

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I'm thinking "barracuda" is going to be the "new avenger". AWD v6.. sounds like the old Stealth, and an appropriate replacement for the Avenger. JMO though.

That said; there is still a bit of hype growing about the 200, since it's supposed to show off the design-direction for Chrysler brand.
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I have been saying for months that there will be a new Dodge Avenger -- the rear drive version, using an adapted 200 platform, shared with Alfa... and yes, this is the car that used to be called Barracuda...
Sounds good to me!
 

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Dave said:
I have been saying for months that there will be a new Dodge Avenger -- the rear drive version, using an adapted 200 platform, shared with Alfa... and yes, this is the car that used to be called Barracuda...
To me, the "Barracuda" never made sense. The Challenger has gained momentum, and now takes a solid slice of the sales pie that is that market. There is certainly no need for 2 niche vehicles in that market. Not to mention, had they used that name. Well, that would have just been unecessary.

FAR more logical is a car that is not such a small niche. and a D-RWD sedan has far more sales potential. The only risk I see is stealing some Charger sales. But, as long as they keep the charger a large RWD car with a V8 option, it should maintain it's own identity with out trouble. If they can bring this D-RWD car to the market, especially at reasonable midsized prices - I very strongly suspect that midsized sedan shoppers not feeling like making the jump to a fullsized vehicle, and unable to afford the full price will hop on board. I agree, this is something worth getting excited about.
 

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I live in Challenge central, seems like there are more than new Mustangs!! This may motivate me into doing a change. Darts are scarce around here, or maybe the Cudavenger. :D !!
 

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well, they have been going retro with names as of lately. i'm not sure if they [Dodge] have a good mid-sized name plate to choose from...Polara just doesn't have that ring to it and it's more associated as a larger car.

i really did like the name Avenger. it will be interesting to see if they would keep the name or go a different route.
 

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i really did like the name Avenger. it will be interesting to see if they would keep the name or go a different route.
Avenger history;
After the battle of Midway, where the American Dauntless dive bomber was decimated by Japanese forces, a new dive bomber was needed. It was named Avenger, in memory of the carnage inflicted upon Naval Aviators, by the Japanese.
It helped end the War.
Fast forward 55 years and the Dodge Avenger was thought to be able to stem the tide of Japanese imports. After a false start, it's just now hitting its stride. If the new replacement is RWD and really the "Barracuda" code name, then the Avenger name should live.
 
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i honestly think the avenger name should stay. why anger the die hards with the cuda name? its a great code name though. in all reality those 3.6/6speed avengers are nice little rockets! with 1/4 mile ET's in the mid 14's, they're on par with a hemi LX/LC
 

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Avenger history;
After the battle of Midway, where the American Dauntless dive bomber was decimated by Japanese forces, a new dive bomber was needed. It was named Avenger, in memory of the carnage inflicted upon Naval Aviators, by the Japanese.
It helped end the War.
Fast forward 55 years and the Dodge Avenger was thought to be able to stem the tide of Japanese imports. After a false start, it's just now hitting its stride. If the new replacement is RWD and really the "Barracuda" code name, then the Avenger name should live.
You know your aviation history, sir :)

The British Navy badly needed a replacement for their obsolete torpedo bomber biplanes (specifically the swordfish). That all-metal monoplane was named the Barracuda. It had a little bit of a widow-maker reputation.

But yes, my choice would be to keep "avenger." It's just a good, aggressive name.
 

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Plus,the name Avenger has a natural appeal to younger buyers...

There was a little movie made about them last year. They need a Captain America special edition of the Avenger.
 
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