YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:01 am, March 3, 2012
You know, you hear a lot these days about the demise of nameplates such as Pontiac, Mercury, and Plymouth. But when was the last time you heard the name Eagle mentioned in the same breath? That was Chrysler’s new brand back in the 1980s, a name inherited in the purchase of American Motors — Eagle was AMC’s last hurrah, a line of Concord-based four-wheel drive vehicles which, maybe, were ahead of their time.
With Chrysler now in pocession of the Eagle nameplate, they decided a new line of cars was in order. So they slapped the badge on a version (called the Eagle Vision) of the full-sized Chrysler Concorde, as well as a bunch of Mitsubishi compacts. Then in 1988 they unveiled the Renault 25-based Eagle Premier (Chrysler had purchased AMC/Jeep from Renault) with projected yearly sales of 150,000 units. That never happened, so, hoping to increase sales in 1990 they badge-engineered a version for Dodge, called the Monaco. They both disappeared after the 1992 model year. As did the rest of the Eagles six years later.
You can view the Eagle Premier brochure here.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know