Chrysler stakeholders regard it as the most important vehicle the auto maker will launch in 2012. Acknowledged by executives only in the vaguest terms, the “Dodge Compact Car” – the first vehicle in the Chrysler-brand family to feature a Fiat-derived platform – could hold significance that goes much deeper. From a bird’s-eye view, it is the acid test for Chrysler’s ability to adapt Fiat platforms, which are anticipated to account for 56% of the auto maker’s worldwide car volume by 2014. ...

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