AMC Alliance
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: AMC
Model: Alliance
AMC Alliance

The American Motors Corporation (AMC), in collaborations with its majority owner Renault, manufactured the Alliance from 1982 until 1987. (In 1987, AMC was acquired by Chrysler Corporation.) Modeled after the Renault 9/11, the Alliance owes its exterior styling to AMC's Richard Teague. AMC was allowed the opportunity to produce the new compact Alliance minus the expense of its design and tooling; however, the relationship with Renault took a toll on AMC's ability to maintain their existing lines of commercial and military vehicles. AMC was eventually forced by Renault to drop those lines. The Alliance, a 2- or 4-door sedan, was formally launched in June 1982 as a 1983 model. The car carried AMC's logo as rear window decals, however, it was branded as a Renault. The Alliance received numerous accolades throughout production including being placed on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1983 and being named the 1983 Motor Trend Car of the Year. However, it is important to note that despite such prestigious awards, the 1983 Alliance was placed in the worst ratings for "Engine", "Clutch", "Driveline", "Engine cooling", "Suspension", "Exhaust system", "Automatic transmission" and "Manual transmission" by Consumer Reports' survey of owners after five years of ownership. Seemingly the convertible models, which were an addition to the sedan versions, offered between 1985 and 1987 avoided landing on such a list. Nevertheless, 1987 marks the final year of production for the Alliance. During this final year however, the Alliance was offered as The Encore, a hatchback version of the vehicle and was later renamed the Alliance hatchback. This was interestingly not the only special edition offered in the final year of productions. The Renault GTA, a limited edition, high performance model version of the Alliance, was also released in both a 2-door sedan and a convertible form with a 95 HP 2.0 L engine.

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