Dodge Omni

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Dodge Omni (L-body). 1978–90 (prod. n/a). 5-door sedan. F/F, 1594, 1716, 2212 cm³ (I4 OHC). North American version of Chrysler–Simca Horizon, developed in UK and France initially. US version ultimately had little in common with European models aside from overall styling due to adaptation to local tastes. Considered fashionable at the beginning and acknowledged as the first response to Volkswagen Golf by a US Big Four automaker. Softer riding than most competitors in the 1970s, with inferior handling. Spun off a coupé model called the 024 in 1979 (covered separately), which in turn spun off a pick-up truck. Turbo GLH and GLH-S models offered 1984–6. Sold on entry-level price, low equipment level and America model tag (Expo in Canada) from 1987 to 1989. Airbag added in final year. Twinned with Plymouth Horizon of these years.

Manufacturing locations: Belvidere, Illinois, USA; Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Marque: Dodge | Successor: Dodge Shadow

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