Chrysler Neon
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Make: Chrysler
Model: Neon
Chrysler Neon

With a name like the Chrysler Neon this is the type of car one might expect to be cruising down the Las Vegas strip past all the neon signs. Yet, this really wasn't that type of car, although it was a fairly popular model for parents to give to their new 16-year-old drivers, and this is credited to the fact that it was priced fairly low and looked decent. It was a compact car sold from 1994 (as a 1995 model year vehicle) through 2005 under the DaimlerChrysler's Dodge and Plymouth brands. It was even found for a brief time in Canada and export markets outside the United States where it carried Chrysler badges. The Neon came to fruition as a front wheel drive car to replace the Dodge Shadow (also known as the Plymouth Sundance and the Plymouth Duster), as well as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt. Throughout its production the Dodge Neon came in many different versions. DaimlerChrysler inevitably discontinued the Neon in 2005. The final model rolled off the assembly line on September 23, 2005 at the Belvidere Assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. The segment was not left empty very long as in the spring of 2006 the 2007 Dodge Caliber was introduced to take its place. This model was based on the shared Chrysler/Mitsubishi Motors GS platform. Much like the Neon, the Caliber will have a turbocharged SRT-4 variant making 300 hp. Good news though for the workers at the Belvidere plant, unlike many other plants around the country that have been closed as models are dropped, it merely underwent retooling for the Caliber, Jeep Compass and Patriot. This was of course much preferred to having the workers lose their jobs, which is sadly becoming quite common in the manufacturing sector. Hopefully the American automakers are able to find areas in which they can be successful and compete with the companies based abroad.

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