Fun facts:Oh yeah! I remember those. My first car was a Plymouth Horizion, so I know that little car well. It had no power steering, no power brakes, no power locks, and an AM radio. It was a 1979 model and I got it in 1988 with 100,000 miles on it. It was a total pile of crap. The transmission had a mind of its own and sometimes if you put it in drive it went in neutral. Neutral might be reverse. The windows dropped down about 3 inches in the doors and when it rained I got soaked. Pretty uncomfortable in winter too. That car met it's end when the engine blew doing 70mph (the top speed) down I-65 coming out of Nashville. I coasted into a gas station and that's the last time I ever saw the car. Have no idea what happened to it. I guess it got towed away. It was replaced with a 1985 RX-7.
- The Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon were the first economy FWD cars manufactured in the U.S., and based on the European Chrysler Horizon, a successor to the Simca 1100 and Hillman Avenger (which was also sold as the Plymouth Cricket imported to the U.S.).
- The '77-'83 Omni/Horizon cars were loosely based on the VW Rabbit and featured VW engines and transmissions.
- Later (1983+) versions featured base engines from Peugot, or the optional 2.2L developed by Chrysler. The 2.2L was an option beginning in 1981.
- Many later Omnis and Horizons were built by AMC.
- During that era, Chrysler also imported the Dodge/Plymouth Colt, which was a rebranded Mitsubishi Galant
- In 1978, Chrysler sold its European division to Peugot, who then phased out Chrysler in Europe. Likely the same thing will happen again in the next year or two, as Stellantis (Peugot, etc.) will likely get rid of the Chrysler name.
The RX-7 was Mazda's inexpensive and reliable alternative to the Jaguar XKE. Perhaps we can thank that model as incentive for Mazda to continue producing fun-to-drive cars!