Chrysler Intrepid
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Make: Chrysler
Model: Intrepid
Chrysler Intrepid

The Chrysler Intrepid was a large four-door, full-size, front-wheel drive sedan. Looking at this car, it was closely mechanically related to the Chrysler Concorde, the Eagle Vision the Chrysler LHS, the Chrysler New Yorker and also the 300M sedans. A few of these models such as the Intrepid, the Concorde and the Vision have been collectively designated the LH. This was Chrysler's codename for the platform on which they are based. The Intrepid was also available in Canada as the Chrysler Intrepid; meanwhile, in the United States it is better known as the Dodge Intrepid. Nevertheless, it replaced the Dynasty and Monaco as Dodge's largest car. Back in 1986 the concept for the Intrepid was born even though no one knew it at the time. Designer Kevin Verduyn completed the initial exterior design of a new aerodynamic concept sedan which was called the Navajo at the time. This design never passed the clay model stages though. The story continues as the Chrysler Corporation purchases bankrupt Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini. The clay model that was halted some time before was reworked and became the Lamborghini Portofino, which was released as a concept car at the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show. Of course, which often seems to be the case with things that almost didn't make it off paper, the Portofino was heralded as a design triumph and set in motion Chrysler's decision to produce a production sedan with the Portofino's ground-breaking design which was known as the "cab-forward". It turns out that the design must have been pretty radical as the Intrepid was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1993 and 1994. The second-generation Intrepid again made the coveted list for 1998 and 1999. And an even better position to be in was that both generations won Consumer Guide's "Best Buy" award, which is highly regarded by prospective buyers.

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