For carmakers fighting to get a leg-up on the competition, collaboration is the counterintuitive key to success. And while it may make for some strange bedfellows (VW and Bugatti, anyone?), it can also result in striking offspring with the best qualities of both parents.
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Call it the new math: two automakers teaming up to produce one sweet ride.
(Chrysler + Fiat)
Detroit's original Dart was a doobie-scented compact, but beneath the body of this revived model it's anything but laid-back. The best of the guts are courtesy of the Fiat-made Alfa Romeo Giulietta, including the must-have option of a 160-hp Fiat MultiAir turbo engine. This Italian-American is as attractive as it is sensible, with 39 miles per gallon.