Dodge Aries.  Humble Hero – Oldtimers in Auto Motor Klassiek

Dodge Aries. Humble Hero – Oldtimers in Auto Motor Klassiek

USA variant of Kei car. So twice as heavy as the Japanese and more thirsty, but also good: Dodge Aries.

Accompanied by sister Plymouth Reliant and some other accessories, these models created the popular KK series Chrysler, named after this platform. compact† By American standards then. There were smaller structures, such as the Dodge Omni (our Simca-Talbot Horizon). But they were not taken seriously by our foreign friends. Good for students, some mindless housewives or older people without Cadillac. The Dodge Aries was a high point and, most importantly, real American steel.

Modern design and beautiful layout

It needed just a little bit. Weighted less than four and a half feet[1,100 m]and weighed 1,100 pounds, the Dodge Aries was relatively modest in size. That was not American at all. But his appearance and character were very helpful. It was modern and clearly designed, and especially the station car with the usual wood trim remained recognizable as a real American. A wood with white walls and pronounced hats: that way you can get Joe’s average temperature by reducing.


And that was a good thing. Because at the time of the launch of this K-Chrysler series it was in heavy weather. As a result of the energy crisis, which gas-guzzling made six or eight jars unpopular, Japanese car manufacturers began to eat more and more from the American rack. That shook Chrysler, but this K platform proved to be a rescue. More than 3,500,000 were sold between 1981 and 1989. Recently Dodge Aries and its derivative Dodge 400 and 600, Plymouth Reliant and Caravelle as well as Chrysler LeBaron and New Yorker jointly helped the sick Chrysler from the red out. The balance was positive again and so were many buyers.

A combination of American ideas and European ideas

That was all right, Dodge Aries mixed the compact economy with their beloved American way of driving† In fact with less smooth driving features than older mastodons. But it still had a flat wooden dashboard, mixed in a strange and fake way with a solid lever on the steering wheel, front seat and then absolutely necessary: ​​a steep rear window. The technique was also a popular combination of traditional American ideas and more modern European ideas. Ahead, a 2.2-liter four-cylinder four-wheel-drive rotated with the true stability and power of America: 84 HP. Yes. Later in his career this increased to 94 HP. Be careful.

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Made in the United States

Optionally, a 2.6-liter Mitsubishi was also obtained, which became Hemi models. Just like Chrysler’s own block, four-cylinder, but the Japanese variant often turned out to be more unreliable and leaky than home automation engines. †I told you so‘, Joe average must have been proud. However, all the variants ran the front wheels, the Dodge Aries had a solid rear axle. The Americans felt at home in it, but the Europeans also coped better than the traditional 40-foot cruise-o-saurs. Without relinquishing his legacy, he continued to be recognized as the United States. And you could not believe it, but the Dodge Aries were in a wind tunnel for 320 hours in its development phase. Maybe the parking lot was full.

The one on shops in any case, you met the Aries in all shapes and sizes: like a sedan, a two-door coupe or a station car. In total, about a million units were sold for this compact Dodge, which turned out to be larger than it appeared, but remained very modest. Truly a car stone.

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