By Phil LeBeau, CNBC Correspondent NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- With a new car and new digs in downtown Detroit, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is engineering a spring renaissance for his company. There is both symbolism and real importance to the bottom line of Chrysler behind these two developments. Together they send a clear message that Chrysler is ready to take the next step from stabilizing its business to growing its presence. New Dodge Dart: Chrysler is about to start full production of the new Dodge Dart (26 MPG City/41 highway), which will be crucial to growing sales in the small car segment. The Dart will start at $15,995, slightly below Chevy Cruze ($16,800) Ford Focus ($16,500) and Toyota Corolla ($16,130). Pricing is important as the Dart is trying to elbow its way into a very competitive small car segment. A segment where the model it's replacing, the Dodge Caliber, was a woeful player in the small car field. Look at the top selling small cars last year and where the Caliber finished.
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