Dodge Aries1981 - 1989
The Plymouth Reliant (or Reliant K, as it was sometimes called) was one of the first so-called "K-cars" (the other one being its twin, the Dodge Aries or Aries K) manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation, introduced for the 1981 model year. The Reliant replaced the Plymouth Volaré/Road Runner, which was the short-lived successor automobile to the highly regarded Plymouth Valiant. The Aries replaced the Dodge Aspen as Dodge's family car with "mid-size room" in a size and front-wheel drive format commonly associated with compact cars. Though technically a compact car, the Reliant's spacious interior and six-passenger seating gave it a mid-size status from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Ford and Chrysler would compare the K cars with the Fairmont and Tempo. The Aries was sold as the Dart in Mexico.
The two cars are largely credited for helping Chrysler recover from near-bankruptcy. They also raised the standard for quality for American automakers in general. The Aries/Reliant duo were Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1981. The Aries sold almost a million units, and the Reliant sold over 1.1 million units in a single generation.
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