When Chrysler wants to introduce something new, Dodge seems to be the brand it would always use. And when it decided to market Japanese captive import cars, it once again used the Dodge nameplate. This was in the 1970s when Chrysler introduced to the American market the Dodge Colt.
The Dodge Colt is a line of compact cars first introduced by Chrysler in the 1970s. It was a Japanese captive import car sold by Chrysler immediately after acquiring a major share in Mitsubishi Motors. The Colt was actually patterned, or exactly the same as, the Mitsubishi Galant. After enormous success in the Dodge Colt, Chrysler later introduced other cars with the same type as the Colt, which includes the Plymouth Champ and Plymouth Colt.
Upon introduction, the Dodge Colt was available with two engine options: a 1.4 liter engine and a 1.6 liter engine. The 1.4 liter engine was standard and comes with a 4-speed manual transmission. The 1.6 liter engine comes as an option coupled with either an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. Both engine options offer an exceptional fuel mileage.
Through its entire history, many changes occurred to the design and body of the Dodge Colt. Starting as a twin of the Mitsubishi Galant when introduced, it was transformed to a clone of the Mitsubishi Lancer in 1977. In the 1980s, the Dodge Colt experienced numerous shifts in body style, from a subcompact sedan to a hatchback then to a coupe. The sedan body style was, however, kept through its entire lifetime. The Dodge Colt was finally dropped on Dodge's model line-up in 1994 and was replaced by the Dodge Neon.
Through out its entire history, the Dodge Colt was regarded as a modest and capable entry level compact car. It may not be as luxurious and powerful as other premium compact cars but it have some good characteristics coupled with a low sticker price. Good fuel economy and lightweight body parts are among its most wanted traits. It can perform even better if equipped with high quality and high performance Dodge Colt parts, such that can be found here at Parts Train.