Dodge Diplomat
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Make: Dodge
Model: Diplomat
Dodge Diplomat

Naming a car the 'Diplomat' is a pretty smart move. It is hard to imagine such a car being anything but prestigious and powerful. The Dodge Diplomat was a mid-size car and manufactured from 1977 until 1989 by the Chrysler Corporation's Dodge brand. This vehicle is nearly identical to the Chrysler LeBaron of 1977. It is also much like the Plymouth Caravelle sold in Canada, and the Plymouth Gran Fury. The list of sister cars continues as it was also sold in Mexico between 1980 and 1981 as the Dodge Dart, and in Colombia as the Dodge Coronet. Originally though, the Diplomat name was used from 1950 to 1954 to designate the 2-door hardtop body style in Dodge's line. Additionally, it was used on the export version of the DeSoto from 1946 through 1961. Later again between 1975 and 1977, The Diplomat name was used on a trim package available on the Royal Monaco two-door hardtop. It is hard to imagine that after all that it was able to come out as a model line of its own, but it did, and it did it pretty well. In 1977 the Diplomat returned as a full model line rather than as the name of a particular body style. It was the replacement for the Coronet in Dodge's new downsized mid-size lineup. The new Diplomat model line was based on the Dodge Aspen, designated the M-body. However, while the Aspen had the F-body, the M-bodies were related to it in that the wheelbase was often identical and the doors and the body panels were often interchangeable. Following the demise of the Dodge St. Regis R-body in 1981, the Diplomat remained, and became the largest sedan in the Dodge lineup, despite being classified as a mid-size sedan. Dodge must have had a pretty bad experience in that segment given that they would not market another full-size car until the Monaco debuted as a 1990 model.

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