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1920


Six
Chrysler Six   (1924)

1924: The first car to bear the Chrysler name is introduced on January 5, 1924. The Chrysler Six brims with innovations never before offered on a medium-priced car, including the industry's first high-compression engine with aluminum pistons, detachable cylinder head, vacuum fuel feed, full-pressure lubrication seven-bearing crankshaft, carburetor air cleaner, a replaceable element oil filter and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic brakes.

1925: In keeping with its policy of continuous engineering improvement, the 1925 Chryslers are equipped with a new vibration dampener that is friction-driven by a hub on the crankshaft for even smoother engine performance.

1926: Chrysler enters the luxury car market with a new premium model called the Chrysler Imperial E-80.The "80" represents more than a model designation: the high-performance Chrysler Imperial is guaranteed to run at 80 mph - an astonishingly high speed for the roads of the day.

Imperial
Chrysler Imperial  concept (1926)

1929: Chrysler adapts the more efficient downdraft carburetor.


1930


77
Chrysler 77  concept (1930)

1931: Chrysler introduces breakthrough "Floating Power" on the 1931 Plymouth. Utilizing flexible rubber mounts, this two-point engine mounting system keeps vibration from the inherently top-heavy four-cylinder engine from reaching the frame and body. This delivers the "smoothness of an eight with the economy of a four." Chrysier's 1931 models also introduce automatic spark advance and "free-wheeling" - a transmission device which allows the driver to shift gears without using the clutch. This system is a precursor to the automatic transmission.

1933: Chrysler introduces another industry first - a silent-running transmission with helical gears. Chrysler's 1933 models are also equipped with another new feature - a gas pedal-operated starter.

1934: The first truly modern automobiles, the ultra-streamlined Chrysler and DeSoto Airflow, debut. An "engineer's car," the aerodynamically styled Airflow incorporates many important engineering advances: a lightweight cage-like beam-and-truss body structure for maximum strength and safety; an internal trunk and sofa-like, 50-inch-wide seats.The Airflow's engine is mounted over the front axle, greatly increasing interior space. The top-of-the-line Airflow Custom Imperial has the industry's first one-piece, curved windshield.

Six
Chrysler Six  concept (1931)

Within a few years, many of the Airflow's features will be adopted as standard design features by the automobile industry worldwide.

1939: The 1939 Plymouth introduces the industry's first vacuum-powered convertible top. Chrysler announces "Superfinish:' a method of mirror-finishing engine and chassis parts to minimize friction. Another innovation this year is Chrysler's Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission.


1940


Town
Chrysler Town & Country  concept (1941)

1940: Owen Skelton develops an important new safety feature - Safety Rim wheels. A hump inside the wheel rim prevents the tire from separating from the rim during a blowout.

1941: Chrysler introduces the versatile, highly styled Chrysler Town and Country. This wood-paneled fastback station wagon features clamshell double rear doors for easy loading.

1942: DeSoto introduces "Airfoil" hidden headlights inspired by Chrysler's experimental Newport and Thunderbolt concept cars.

Thunderbolt
Chrysler Thunderbolt  concept (1941)

1946: A push-button starter on the instrument panel replaces Chrysler's earlier gas pedal starter system.

1949: Chrysler's first all-new post war cars boast a number of new features: Oriflow shock absorbers, key-operated ignition systems, and cycle-bonded rivet-less brake linings. Four-wheel disc brakes are available on the top-of-the-line Chrysler Imperial, and Plymouth introduces one of the century's first all-steel station wagons.


1950


K-310
Chrysler K-310  concept (1950)

1951: Chrysler introduces the most powerful passenger car engine in America the legendary "Hemi" V-8. With its breakthrough hemispherical combustion chambers, the high-performance, 331-cubic-inch hemi engine offers remarkable volumetric efficiency. Also new this year is Chrysier's optional Hydraguide coaxial power steering.

1954: Chrysler demonstrates an experimental turbine-powered Plymouth at the opening of the corporation's Chelsea Proving Grounds near Ann Arbor, Michigan

1955: The stunning new Chrysler 300 is the world's most powerful production passenger car. The two-door hardtop is powered by a 300-horsepower version of Chrysier's Hemi V-8, fitted with solid valve lifters and dual fourbarrel carburetors.

New
Chrysler New Yorker  concept (1951)

1956: A push-button automatic transmission Is available in Chrysier's 1956 models, along with a "Highway Hi-Fi" record player option (unfortunately, prone to skipping while driving). The Chrysler 300s hemi V-8 is updated to 355 horsepower with a 10: 1 compression ratio - one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement.

1957: Imperial introduces the industry's first curved side window glass and a compound curved windshield.

1958: Another Chrysler industry first, automatic speed control, is offered on the 1958 Chrysler and Imperial.

New
Chrysler New Yorker convertible concept (1951)

1959: Swivel-type seats are offered on some 1959 Chrysler products. A second-generation Chrysler turbine car drives from Detroit to New York City.


1960


300
Chrysler 300 F concept (1960)

1960: Chrysler switches from body-on-frame to one-piece "unibody" construction. Chrysler's first "compact" introduces the renowned "Slant Six" engine and the industry's first alternator-based electrical system.

1963: Chrysler loans a fleet of 50 experimental Ghia-bodied turbine cars to selected customers for a two-year "real world" test program (ultimately, the car does not go into production).

1969: Chrysler introduces an optional high-intensity "Super Light" driving light.


1970


Newport
Chrysler Newport Royal concept (1972)

1971: The 1971 Imperial is available with an optional Bendix four-wheel, anti-skid braking system.

1975: In response to oil scares, Chrysler offers a new Fuel Pacer, which alerts the driver when the gas pedal is pushed down too hard.

1976: Chrysler's Electronic Lean Burn system utilizes spark control sensors and a computer to further reduce exhaust emissions.

New
Chrysler New Yorker Brougham concept (1972)

1978: Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni are America's first transverse-engined, front-wheel-drive small cars.


1980


Imperial
Chrysler Imperial  concept (1980)

1981: Chrysler's all-new K-car compacts are powered by a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine.

1984: Chrysier's remarkably versatile "K" platform is the basis for a series of spin-off vehicles, including a totally new type of family transportation, the front-wheel drive Chrysler minivan, or Magic Wagon.

1985: Chrysler's new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the first domestically produced engine equipped with balancing countershafts.

Cordoba
Chrysler Cordoba  concept (1980)

1988: The 1988 Chrysler New Yorker is the first car built in America with a driver's side air bag as standard equipment.


1990


Saratoga
Chrysler Saratoga  concept (1990)

1991: Chrysler introduces the "Platform Team" engineering/design concept. The first vehicle designed by a platform team is the outrageous Dodge Viper V-10 sports car. All-wheel-drive versions of Chrysler's industry-leading minivans are now available.

1992: Another Chrysler "safety first" - an integrated child seat is available in Chrysler's 1992 minivans.

1993: Chrysier's all-new "LH" cars feature breakthrough "cab-forward" design, in which wheels are pushed to the outer corners of the car and the firewall moved forward for maximum protection.

Town
Chrysler Town & Country  concept (1990)

1994: Chrysler's alternative fuel vehicles include a compressed natural gas (CNG) Dodge Ram; full-size vans and wagons; TE-Van electric minivans and flexible fuel Dodge Intrepid LH cars which can use either gas or ethanol.

1996: Chrysler's totally redesigned, second generation "NS" minivans offer the industry's first driver's side sliding door and easy-out roller-equipped removable seats.

1997: The Plymouth Prowler utilizes a large number of aluminum components, including major body panels.

Daytona
Chrysler Daytona  concept (1991)

1999: "Extra Car Engineering." The legacy continues with the combined global resources of DaimierChrysier.Chrysler's



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