Dodge Intrepid

The Dodge Intrepid was a fairly large four-door, full-size, front-wheel drive sedan. Mechanically, it was related to the Chrysler Concorde, the Chrysler LHS, the Chrysler New Yorker, the Eagle Vision and also the 300M sedans. The Intrepid, the Concorde and the Vision were collectively designated the LH, which was Chrysler's codename for the platform on which they were built. Canadians may recognize this model as the Chrysler Intrepid. It was issued as the replacement for the Dynasty and the Monaco as Dodge's largest car. The design of this model can be traced back to 1986, at which time designer Kevin Verduyn completed the initial exterior design of a new aerodynamic concept sedan he called the Navajo. Unfortunately, the design never passed the clay model stage and instead it was shelved. This was a very hectic time for the company in part because they were in the thick of purchasing bankrupt Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini. Later as things began to run more smoothly, the Navajo's exterior design was reworked and became the Lamborghini Portofino. This model was released as a concept car at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Portofino was proclaimed to be a design triumph, which set in motion Chrysler's decision to produce a production sedan with the Portofino's innovative design, called "cab-forward". Thus the Intrepid was born long ago. This seemed to be a good start for the model as it was later on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1993 and 1994. The recognition and awards did not end there as the second-generation Intrepid again made the list for 1998 and 1999. Both generations also won the prestigious Consumer Guide's "Best Buy" award. This of course made them a favorite among car buyers as consumers like to see reputable organizations backing a particular product.