Chrysler Group started accepting dealer orders last week for the new 2013 Dodge Dart and will tie dealer allocations in part to how many slow-selling Dodge Calibers dealers sold before the Caliber was canceled, dealers say.
The first salable Darts will arrive in showrooms in late July or early August. The first 2013 Dart was built in Belvidere, Ill., on May 7.
Chrysler had said that it would have Darts in dealer showrooms by the end of June -- and it will -- but they will be demonstrator models due to be picked up by dealers at regional drive-away events this month. The dealers can sell the demonstrators, Chrysler says.