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Posted By: John Kuvakas Moderator
Posted On: Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 9:06 PM
 
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Nearly all the mid-eighties Chrysler offerings built from the humble K-car platform.
The 91 Imperial, the Dodge 600, Plymouth Caravelle, Plymouth Turismo, Plymouth Duster, '85 Dodge Challenger, Chrysler GTS, Dodge Spirit, Plymouth Acclaim, Dodge Shadow, Plymouth Sundance, Chrysler E-Class, CHrylser Lazer, Dodge Daytona, '85 and following Dodge Lancer, '88 Chrysler New Yorker & Dodge Dynasty and the Chrysler TC by Maserati. All those were derivatives of the K-car platform making Chrysler immensely profitable through the eighties by building cars that looked different but had the same basic underpinnings.

Lee Iacocca stretched, folded and pleated that platform for an incredible number of vehicles. Ultimately, by the early nineties, the original platform was severely outdated. Yet, Lee insisted on stretching it even further, giving us cars like that '91 Imperial which was exceptionally long and narrow. Seems the platform could be lengthened quite a bit but didn't take well to being widened by much. Neither was it well suited to the more powerful engines the market was growing fond of. The dependence on old technology and an outdated platform caused Chrysler to begin faltering again in the early nineties leading to Lee's ouster and the rise of Bob Lutz and his crew.

When Lutz insisted on developing the "cab-forward" styling of the new Intrepid, Concorde, Vision, LHS and 300M (the LH cars) not to mentions the Neon, Chrysler narrowly avoided another financial disaster. The hugely successful minivans continued using the K car platform until the mid-nineties.

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Did you ever notice this ? by Dick Johnson #46401
one should be grateful that they give some cars names. by Joop Gisbers #46401.1
George Carlin - what a guy. Perhaps what happened is the car company's by Bruce Gibbins #46401.2
I still use George Carlins description of the media....its ALL bullsh** (EOM) by Ron Dietrich #46401.2.1
Yes it sure is. Sensationalized, minimized, sanitized, aggrandized, by Jack Dodds #46401.2.1.1
With all this said...there's still no logic behind the name K Car. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46401.3
Well, the cars weren't actually named K Cars, Jack. They were the by Rick Thompson #46401.3.1
Nearly all the mid-eighties Chrysler offerings built from the humble K-car platform. by John Kuvakas #46401.3.1.1Moderator
Well....you certainly know your Chryco sir. Interesting. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46401.3.1.1.1
Well, if you go by looks and running gear then I'd say, by comparison, the names rather fit. by Duncan Pohl #46401.4
This reminds me of the epitome of a non-sporty name...Borgward Isabella. (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46401.5
Humber Super Snipe (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46401.5.1Moderator
Datsun Fairlady. (EOM) by Rick Thompson #46401.5.1.1
Hillman Imp, Datsun Bluebird, Singer Gazelle, Vauxhall Viva. Sunbeam Tiger - by Bruce Gibbins #46401.5.2
Daihatsu-Hyundai Charade, Opel Adam (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46401.5.2.1Moderator
Speaking of numbers, that's not a new thing. Dodge 330, 400, 440,500, 880 and Chrysler 300. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #46401.5.2.1.1Moderator
Named after Karl Borgward's wife (EOM) by John Roberts #46401.5.3
And what is a Tiguan? (EOM) by David Vandermeer #46401.6
That's easy, it's a piece of.............. by Bruce Gibbins #46401.6.1
Tiguano then??? (EOM) by Jack Dodds #46401.6.1.1
LOL + (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #46401.6.1.1.1
My personal favorite car name is "Hummer". (EOM) by Tim Kubiak #46401.7
Was the Hummer originally designed for Battery power then? (EOM) by Bruce Gibbins #46401.7.1




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