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By Frank Peiler
Studebaker introduced its Lark series of compact cars for 1959. Though fresh looking, the Lark wasn’t really as new as it seemed to be. Since Studebaker was strapped for cash, the company’s strategy with the Lark lineup was to update its six-year-old basic body structure with newly styled–and significantly shorter–front and rear sheetmetal.
Note: Presented here is a Consumer Guide blog post originally seen in May of 2012. At the time, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was developing a fastback compact sedan for the Chrysler brand based mechanically on the Dodge Dart. Poor Dart sales, and a general shift in consumer interest to crossover vehicles prompted FCA to kill the compact Chrysler project midstream. The Chrysler 200, which also shared Dart elements, was also killed around this time. The text of the Future Car report below is presented unaltered and as it was published back in 2012.
By the time Consumer Guide’s review of the 1989 Chrysler Fifth Avenue was published in the Consumer Guide 1989 New Car Buying Guide, production of the car itself had already ended. A completely redesigned front-wheel-drive Fifth Avenue would be introduced as a 1990 model, marking the end of Chrysler’s run of rear-drive luxury and near-luxury vehicles—at least for a while. As noted in the review, there were still cars on dealer lots, but maybe not for long.
Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica for a video test drive. What did they think of their test vehicle? Watch and find out.
Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan debuted to rave reviews all around last year, bringing a new level of style and family-friendly features to the minivan category. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled its partnership with world-leading wheelchair-lift and wheelchair-vehicle manufacturer BraunAbility to create a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.
When it goes on sale early next year, Chrysler will break new ground by offering the first hybrid minivan to be sold in the U.S.
The term “cab forward” was first used by the railroad industry to describe steam engines designed with the passenger compartment located toward the front of the vehicle. The advantage of the layout was a clear and unfettered view of the track ahead. For this reason, cab-forward engines were most commonly seen in rail yards where traffic is heavy.