Haha, they just stretched a Sebring/Stratus hybrid over a Cadillac XLR... and it does indeed look good. They should have marketed that as a softer, more comfy Corvette, to compete against the SL500s; as you mentioned.
Dodge is already dead. They've been dead since 2009. They have been reborn as Fiat though.
To be honest... I love the Fiaoge Dart;
As your average sedan... she's quite a looker.
Now here's the sad part; "On January 27, 2016, Fiat Chrysler announced that it will end production of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 due to the company's decision to redirect its energies towards building Crossover vehicles. A plan to move production from its Belvidere Assembly Plant to Mexico was in the works but later scrapped. Another factor was in how the vehicle was reviewed by Consumer Reports and laying blame on the vehicle's designers, along with declining sales."
Why this is sad you may ask? Because of this;
"At the New York International Auto Show in 2012, a Dodge Dart turbo four-wheel drive rally car was shown. Based on 2013 Dodge Dart, it included a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-charged engine rated 600 hp (447 kW) and over 550 lb·ft (746 N·m) of torque, Sadev 4-wheel drive transmission.
On May 6, 2014, the Dart SRT was confirmed by the FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group. Originally based on the 5-year plan it looked like the unveiling of the Dart SRT was set for December 2016, but due to Fiat Chrysler's decision to end production on the Dart, the SRT trim will not go forward as planned."
They wanted to make an AWD turbo 2L Dart to annoy Subis and Mitsus. That would have been great!... but this is GM... and GM must kill all their own good ideas. Apparently Fiat can't save them here.
1953 Dodge Zeder Z-250
2002 Dodge M80 Concept
I can't help but laugh at that thing. I think they were trying to nod to their 1940's trucks... but it ends up looking like a child's toy truck.