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Chrysler Neon

The Chrysler (known in North America as the Neon and the Plymouth Neon) was a front wheel drive car in January 1994 for the 1995 year by Chrysler Corporation Dodge and Plymouth brands. It was as a Chrysler model in Japan. and Australia (where it was the first car to be as a Chrysler since 1981) markets, as well as briefly in and Canada.

It replaced the Dodge and Plymouth Sundance Duster and the Dodge Plymouth Colt. The was offered in multiple versions and over its production life, ended on September 23, 2005.

1994–1999 Edit

The first Neon was introduced in January and manufactured until August It was available as a four-door or two-door It was powered by either a Template:Convert at and Template:Convert at 5000#160;rpm SAE 2.0#160;L or a Template:Convert at 6500#160;rpm (R/T model) and Template:Convert at 5600#160;rpm SAE DOHC four-cylinder engine. The generation Neon was available a three-speed automatic transmission or a manual transmission and was sold as a and Plymouth in the United States and and as the Chrysler Neon outside America .

At the Neon’s release, chairman of Chrysler Corporation Lutz said, There’s an old in Detroit. ‘Good, fast, or Pick any two.’ We refuse to that. The Japanese press the Neon as the Japanese car …, due to a Yen and the lower production cost of the

The Neon did have potential to be with praise for its looks, a MRSP, and more standard when compared to competitor of similar vintage – the DX at 102 hp (76 kW), the Civic EX at Template:Convert. the at Template:Convert. the Escort ZX2 at Template:Convert. the at Template:Convert. etc. Eventually, it apparent that the Neon was in quality and reliability and had problems of head gaskets, leading to resale values and short so sales fell well of press expectations. [1]

First-generation Neons were in SCCA Solo autocross. [2] with both the SOHC or DOHC (coupe) the ACR was competitive in its and featured four-wheel disc Arvin non-adjustable struts for models and Koni adjustable for 1997–1999 models, thicker bars, fast-ratio steering, front wheel hubs, and a manual transmission with a higher .81 fifth gear and drive ratio of 3.94 for acceleration. 1995 through models featured adjustable

The computer-controlled speed limiter was from 1995 ACR models, and from the standard 190#160;km/h to 210#160;km/h (130#160;mph) for subsequent The ACR offers no badging to distinguish it other Neon models; the visible differences are a bumper fog light holes, but no fog lights and a of side mouldings. In 1995, the ACR was offered to SCCA members, but in years it was available to the general

The name ACR was initially the internal code for the Competition Package, as it was in dealer materials; however, as of the model spread, the ACR name The backronym American Club was coined due to its popularity with and grassroots racers.

The R/T model debuted in the 1998 model Offered only with a 5 DOHC configuration, the R/T featured of the ACR’s mechanical upgrades the numerically higher ratio 5 speed manual transmission, the .81 5th gear.

The R/T, however, was intended for the with more comfort and features standard or available, and parts like the adjustable removed, although the dampers as as the front coil springs on R/T models were slightly offering an advantage over model Neons. R/Ts optional stripes over the top of the silver R/T badging on the front panels and the right side of the deck lid, and a functional

The Stripe Delete option was from the factory, but with no to the Neon’s price. All striped (Black,Red,Blue) had silver colored with the exception of the White which came with blue colored stripes.

had unconventional options availability, the unavailability of power windows in the doors. Certain color including red and black, had bumper molded in color rather painted. These covers, not as glossy as paint, absorbed and scrapes with less damage.

The mid-level Highline were well known for unique bubble hubcap

The Australian -market Chrysler came in two models, the SE and the better-equipped LX. the LX model was replaced by the LE with the model in 1999. In the United the lineup started out as Base, and Sport, with different and options in each line, but the titles changed frequently trim lines included SE, ES, SXT, ACR, and R/T). In the car was available with a 1.8#160;L

Europe received one limited model, the CS, which only in Platinum paint. It was fitted the Template:Convert SOHC engine, R/T specification suspension( slightly 3.5#160;cm rear, 2.7#160;cm rear spoiler, unique wheels, standard leather double stainless steel 6CD charger and a shorter 5-speed gearbox.

All Neons used American-designed Mitsubishi also used the DOHC ECC engines with a cylinder head. The Mitsubishi code is 420A.

Trim Edit

Plymouth Neon:

Dodge Neon: 1995–1999

– 1995–1997

Highline 1995–1999

Sport –

EX – 1998–1999


R/T – 1998–1999

Note: In both Dodge and Plymouth were available in an EX package, to the Expresso. These models featured chrome EX badging, with the power bulge among other standard #91; citation needed

Chrysler Neon (Europe):

2000–2005 Edit

Sales of the generation model started model year 2000 and ended with the 2005 year. The second generation was only available as a four-door In some regions, including the States, the sole engine was the SOHC engine, the power remaining at Template:Convert. An optional engine configuration with an intake manifold) that Template:Convert was available.

Both had a redline of 6762 rpm.

The generation was more refined the first generation car. It was that the second generation had over 1,000 refinements the original generation. The first frameless windows were with a full-framed door.

NVH refinements were implemented. The new and greater size increased The DOHC ECC engine was no longer

In 2001, The R/T trim returned a one-year hiatus. The R/T consisted of a new SOHC Magnum 2.0 Liter 16 inch wheels, spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, steering box and stiffer springs. The R/T had a one-year-only large spoiler — for the R/T models wore a rounded (a smaller version of the SRT-4 From 2000 to 2003, the R/T was as a Chrysler in Europe.

The Neon was offered with a package for the 2001 model only. It consisted of an R/T wing, R/T 16 wheels, R/T springs, white cluster and R/T steering box. It was an R/T except for the lack of dual R/T lower mouldings, fog lamps and R/T front bumper. The Sport came equipped with the model’s Template:Convert engine and was with an automatic transmission the manual-only R/T model).

2001 was the year for the Plymouth Neon, and the brand as well, the last Neon (which also was the Plymouth), a silver four-door rolled off the assembly line on 28, 2001.

When DaimlerChrysler the Plymouth brand, the former and Plymouth Neon were sold under the Chrysler in Canada from 2000 to until being replaced by the SX In America, the Plymouth Neon was sold as a Chrysler from (as a 2002 model) onward. In Australia, Mexico, and Asia. the car had been sold as a Chrysler, as and Plymouth passenger cars not marketed outside the U.S. and at the time.

Besides the 2.0#160;L it used the same Tritec unit found in the MINI to 2007. The 1.6#160;L unit is a of the 2.0#160;L SOHC engine by Chrysler and built by Tritec.

the second generation Neon a five-speed manual transmission the former ACR gear ratios to acceleration. However, this gas mileage and made the car noisier on the and eventually the original gear were restored. A four-speed was offered in the Neon for the 2002 year, with gearing the following year.

Chrysler Neon

The Neon’s name was changed to in Canada in 2003. In Australia and the Chrysler Neon was discontinued in In 2002, the front clip was to match the R/T and ACR front clip.

The was facelifted again for 2003 large crosseyed headlights and grille. The ACR model was discontinued for the R/T model for 2004. The Chrysler continued to be sold in Europe 2004.

In Brazil, the Neon was as a luxury mid-size sedan; for it was a competitor to the Ford Escort. and as a Chrysler with either the or 2.0-liter engine and European-style (with separate amber lights), except for the R/T model, was a Dodge, with U.S.-style

Trim levels Edit

Neon: 2000–2005

Plymouth 2000–2001

Chrysler Neon: (USA)

Final year

DaimlerChrysler discontinued the Neon, the final cars (commemorative SRT-4’s, all white with viper type stripes) on September 23, 2005 at the Belvidere plant in Belvidere, Illinois. [3] The was replaced in the spring of 2006 the 2007 Dodge Caliber. is based on the shared Chrysler Motors GS platform. Like the the Caliber has an SRT-4 variant. The plant underwent retooling for the Jeep Compass and Patriot .

In like Australia the Neon was reduced to either 2.0 LX or 2.0 SE models.


The first generation Neon a Poor rating in an offset Crash test conducted by the Institute for Highway Safety. was the same rating as the Chevrolet Mitsubishi Mirage, and the larger Contour and Hyundai Elantra, but than some cars after 1995. The second Neon earned a higher rating.

Both generations rated as Poor in the side crash test [4] (IIHS ratings go from Poor . to . Acceptable and Good ). Only the Cavalier performed worse in the car category in 2005, the Neon’s year [5]. Other made from 2000 to which were rated when tested without side airbags included the Focus, Toyota Corolla, Prius, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Cobalt. No small car made in period, tested without airbags, achieved better a Poor.

In 2005, the Institute out side impact tests on 14 car models, simulating an impact an SUV. Among these, the performed the worst. IIHS that the Neon had “. major beginning with its structure. car is a disaster.

The structure is poor. If had been a real driver in a crash, it’s likely it have been survivable. if is a priority, the Neon is a small car to be [6]

Second generation headrests rated as Poor [7] .

Driver fatality risks statistics by the IIHS- rated the Neon the Highest rates of driver . with 161 driver deaths per registered vehicle deaths. for the Neon class (4-door was 103 driver deaths per million vehicle deaths [8] .

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