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Renault Alliance. 1983–7 (prod. 600,000 approx. sold). 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-door sedan, 2-door convertible. F/F, 1397 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1712 cm³ (I4 OHC). Americanized Renault 9 and 11, with interior designed in the US by AMC’s Richard Teague. Range featured two-door sedan and convertible, unique to this line. Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1983, getting off to a good start when the US needed fuel-efficient vehicles; but by 1985, with the effects of the second 1970s’ fuel crisis over, fell out of favour as Americans went for big cars again. Roomy and more inviting than rival Ford Escort (1981–90), though smaller on the outside. Not officially launched as an AMC, though it carried small AMC decals on the rear window. Car had reliability glitches, turning customers off. Hatchbacks, originally part of the Renault Encore line, absorbed into Alliance range for final model year. GTA performance models, not carrying Alliance tag, covered separately.

Manufacturing location: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Marque: Renault | Predecessors: AMC Spirit, Renault Encore | Successors: Mitsubishi Mirage (1987–91), Mitsubishi Lancer (1988–91), Mitsubishi RVR (N10)

q.v. Renault GTA

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