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Why Car Mash-Ups Are All The Rage

Call it the new math: two automakers teaming up to produce one sweet ride.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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.

Dodge Dart
(Chrysler + Fiat)
$16,790

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.

Photographs courtesy of each manufacturer.
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