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The 2013 Dodge Dart.
The 2013 Dodge Dart.

During the period of 1920-1924,Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers, Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, to design a revolutionary new car. They defined what the products of the Chrysler brand would be  affordable "luxury" vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering.

The first of those vehicles was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations: a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corp.s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit's "engineering company." Chrysler's list of early automotive "firsts" included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields. [text compiled from material at chrysler.com]

Rethinking its position after the first fuel crisis of 1973-'74 that crippled big-car sales, Chrysler created the Cordoba. This vehicle was Chrysler’s first entry into what was considered the “personal luxury car” group. The vehicle was a hit and remained in production
until 1983.
Rethinking its position after the first fuel crisis of 1973-'74 that crippled big-car sales, Chrysler created the Cordoba. This vehicle was Chrysler’s first entry into what was considered the “personal luxury car” group. The vehicle was a hit and remained in productionuntil 1983.

In 2000, the new millennium ushered in a decade of innovation and design accomplishments for Chrysler, most notably the launch of the iconic Chrysler 300C, the latest generation in a long pedigree of champion 300s built for excitement since 1955.

The introduction of the PT Cruiser fused modern amenities with a retro sensibility, romanticizing an era of hot rod Model A wagons. And the decade was one of remarkable reinvention of the minivan.

Chrysler was founded on the philosophy of design with purpose. To build revolutionary new cars - affordable luxury vehicles known for their innovative, forward-thinking engineering.

The company's alliance with Fiat Group gives it a competitive advantage of access to new technologies and advanced engineering solutions that further our mission.

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