Plymouth Horizon: The budget-friendly subcompact car made … – Click Americana

Plymouth Horizon: The budget-friendly subcompact car made … – Click Americana

Built by Chrysler’s Plymouth division, the Horizon was a subcompact car — Plymouth’s first — produced from 1978 to 1990.

Available in both a 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan models, the Horizon was kind of the fraternal twin of the Dodge Omni, which debuted the same year.

The Omni and Horizon weren’t just practically identical on the outside, but were also both built on Chrysler’s fuel-efficient (and cost-effective) US-made L platform.

To be sure, the Horizon wasn’t luxurious, but in the 1970s oil crisis era, it was the kind of cheap and practical car that a lot of people were looking for.

In 1990, Chrysler bid the Plymouth Horizon farewell, and their compact Sundance hatchback — which had been introduced in 1987 — took over.

America takes to the Horizon. (1978)

New Plymouth Horizon. People are taking it everywhere. On any kind of road, in any kind of weather, on every kind of trip. Front-wheel drive is one reason why. It gives Horizon great stability and it gives you a great feeling of confidence.

And people are taking it because Horizon can take a lot of people. Four big adults can ride in comfort. And there’s plenty of room to take all the things that people need.

Horizon gives you a lot of unexpected standard features, like front bucket seats, AM radio, whitewall radial tires, rack and pinion steering and front disc brakes.

When you want to go anywhere in comfort and confidence. Relax. Plymouth Horizon can handle it.

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HORIZON…THE CAR THAT HAS CAUGHT AMERICA’S IMAGINATION. We were ready when you were. With a new kind of American automobile designed to handle today’s driving. Plymouth Horizon …the first American-made car its size with front-wheel drive. It gives you a whole new sense of comfort and confidence.

THE STABILITY OF FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE. Horizon’s front-wheel drive works wonders for you with outstanding traction and handling in all kinds of weather. Whether it’s snow or rain or wind. And Horizon handles turnpikes with remarkable stability. It literally pulls you down the highway, through turns and up hills. 

ROOM YOU WOULDN’T IMAGINE. Another benefit of front-wheel drive is that it virtually eliminates the large transmission tunnel you find in most cars. That means there’s more room for people. Four big adults can ride in complete comfort.

You get a lot of other standard features, too. Like rack and pinion steering, front disc brakes, and whitewall radial tires. And you can have the option of automatic transmission, stereo, roof rack and an assortment of sporty trims. Plymouth Horizon. A whole new driving experience. A new sense of confidence. A new feeling of comfort. 


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