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You Can Buy a New Dodge Neon in Mexico

If you’re like me, you remember the Dodge Neon in two generations. There was the first generation, which had a bunch of weird advertisements, and which everyone agreed was a pretty decent car. Then there was the second generation, which was sort of a flop. And that was the end of the Neon, which was replaced by the Dodge Caliber.

Not quite. It turns out Dodge recently resurrected the Neon specifically for the Mexican market. It’s now based on a small Fiat called the Fiat Tipo, but Fiat-Chrysler must’ve figured the Dodge name would do better in Mexico — and so, you can now purchase a Dodge Neon, once again, in North America. Wikipedia claims this Dodge Neon is also sold in the Middle East, meaning that we — as Americans — are missing out on the latest and greatest in compact vehicles from Dodge.

Now, I don’t read Spanish very well, but I’ve headed over to the website for Dodge Mexico (which, incidentally, offers the Mitsubishi Lancer as the Dodge Attitude — I’m not kidding) and I found the Neon, which is described as "stunning and sporty." Naturally, it’s neither, and it doesn’t have "power at every angle," which is also something Dodge says about it. But it does look like a cool little car — and I’m glad to know that at least somewhere, the Neon name has enough equity to justify a revival.

According to the Dodge Mexico site, the Neon starts at just 250,500 Mexican pesos, which is a mere $13,500 in U.S. currency — not bad, especially considering it’s probably not the base model in the lineup, considering they sell some form of Mitsubishi Lancer. Engines are a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder in the base model or a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder in other versions; trim levels are the SE TM, the SE and the SXT TA.

And now you won’t be surprised if you see a new Dodge Neon on the road bearing Mexican license plates. Find a Dodge Neon for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. it’s known as Fiat Tipo in europe( there is also a hatchback version) and Fiat Aegea in Turkey where i believe it is produced.

  2. As someone who lives in Bahrain, I could confirm that Dodge currently sells the Neon in the Middle East. Here’s a quote from the first page in my Neon brochure.

    “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY.
    Unlike it’s competitors, the 2017 Dodge Neon comes standard with bragging rights.
    Born from the bloodline that birthed the legendary Charger and Challenger, the neon has authentic Dodge DNA coursing through its veins.”
  3. Hey Doug! Not only can you get a Neon here in Mexico, but also a Chevy Cavalier!! Check chevrolet.com.mx if you’d like to see. Btw, I really didn’t agree that the second generation Neon was sort of a flop… I own a Gen-2 Neon and I absolutely love that car

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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