He was the one, who encouraged me to start these pages.
"Chrysler introduced two new variants of the extended K-car in the late 1980s. In the US, they were called the Spirit and Acclaim. The Acclaim had a silky smooth ride and a hushed interior; the Spirit had stiffer springs and better handling. They were not superb performers, but they were the best family cars in their price range, with about the same space as a Taurus but starting at several thousand dollars less. The turbocharged Spirit R/T was a high performance sport-sedan. None received much attention, mainly because, at the time, Chrysler's PR department wasn't doing much, and their advertising was ineffectual. The Spirit/Acclaim were, in a word, under-rated, despite relatively high reliability and customer satisfaction."
"When Chrysler brought the car out to other nations, including Canada, it chose to drop the moderately goofy American names and use an even goofier one: Saratoga. What follows is a description of the European version of the Saratoga."
The Chrysler Saratoga series was introduced on German market in late summer of '89.
The 2.5 litres SE type comes with no electric windows, no A/C, no e-drivers seat, no e-mirrors and no speed control - some of that were orderable extras. The S type comes with nothing at all - just a basic model. Unlike the ES/GTS-models, which have the same engine, there was no automatic transmission available in the 2.5 litres. They were always manually
... but not in the western world.
Richard Winde reported: "Just to let you know that even though they have stopped production of the Chrysler A-body (Spirit/Acclaim/Saratoga) this vehicle is going to be produced in China by the Beijing Jeep Corporation. All the tooling from the Newark, Delaware plant and the plant in Mexico is being shipped to China and production "(... will start ...)" in June of 98."
In case you have any additional info, please let me know !
Last Update 09. July 1999
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