The Dodge Neon was overdue to be replaced, and Dodge has responded by replacing a cutesy sedan with a snub-nosed crossover wagon in the same vein as the Vibe/matrix. Sold worldwide, the Caliber offers a myriad of 4-cylinder powertrain choices with CVT transmissions taking the place of traditional automatic transmissions. The performance oriented Caliber SRT4 promises 300 hp for the small FWD wagon. Dodge also adds a long-overdue small SUV to its lineup with the Dodge Nitro. Based on the Jeep Liberty, the Nitro offers more macho styling. Nitro is offered in rear wheel drive 4x2 and 4x4 configurations with either a 210 hp or 255 hp V6 depending on trim level. The Durango receives a minor facelift as it picks up a sibling, the Chrysler Aspen. A hybrid version is due for the 2008 model year. The Ram truck line adds a Class 3 chassis cab option to its already broad line. There will be no 2007 model year Viper coupe or convertible. A restyled Viper is due for the 2008 model year. The Stratus sedan will be replaced sometime in 2007 with an all-new mid-sized sedan. Dodge will eagerly await the 2008 model year introduction of their most important new vehicle, the Caravan.

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