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Chrysler 300M

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Without the success of the LH cars (Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, Chrysler Concorde/New Yorker/LHS/300M) Chrysler#39;s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan probably would have become a shopping mall. That#39;s because the banks that lent Chrysler the money to develop the LH cars and see it through its latest financial crisis had insisted the facility be designed with this dual purpose in mind.

Without the success of the LH cars (Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, Chrysler Concorde/New Yorker/LHS/300M) Chrysler#39;s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan probably would have become a shopping mall. That#39;s because the banks that lent Chrysler the money to develop the LH cars and see it through its latest financial crisis had insisted the facility be designed with this dual purpose in mind. The fact that Chrysler#39;s newly minted engineering platform teams needed a similar layout that would allow co-location of the engineering teams made meeting this requirement that much easier.

Chrysler 300M

Chrysler engineering head François Castaing scrapped the original replacement for the aging Dodge Dynasty, and replaced it with a car based on the American Motors (and later Eagle) Premier. It used a longitudinal front drive system mated to a V6 engine, but was clothed in bodywork that could only be termed homely.

Utilizing lessons learned from its study of Honda, the team pushed the base of the windshield forward, moved the rear wheels back, and clothed the resulting package in sleek aerodynamic shapes. Power was supplied by a pushrod 3.3-liter V6 and a 3.5-liter V6 with single overhead cam heads, and each was mated to a four-speed automatic.

The long 113-in. wheelbase and cab forward styling created a roomy passenger compartment unlike anything ever seen on a domestic vehicle when the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision, and Chrysler Concorde debuted at the 1992 auto show in Detroit as 1993 models. Interestingly, the platform also could support rear-wheel-drive, but this ability was never used.

One year later the trio was joined by the Chrysler New Yorker and LHS, two visually similar cars separated by trim differences. It took only a year before the LHS replaced the New Yorker by adopting some of its seating and trim choices, but plans to launch a rebadged and decontented Intrepid as the Plymouth Accolade were dropped. Few changes were made during the first generation (1993-1997) of these vehicles, with greater availability of standard ABS and the adoption of the Eagle Vision#39;s AutoStick manual shift function being the most prominent.

The next generation (1998-2004) saw sleeker bodywork and replacement of the base engine by a pair of all-aluminum V6s (the DOHC 2.7-liter and SOHC 3.2-liter). The demise of the Eagle division saw the Vision rebadged as the Chrysler 300M which was shorter than its siblings and had a stiffer suspension. In 2001, the Intrepid returned the Dodge name to NASCAR after a 16-year absence, and the four-inch longer Concorde Limited replaced the nearly identical LHS in 2002.

By 2004, the LH cars had reached the end of their life, and were replaced by the rear-drive LX cars (Dodge Magnum, Chrysler 300) in 2005.

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