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Bigger and better, the Neon Mk2's only real blight is its outmoded three-speed auto

29 Mar 2001

VERY identifiably a Chrysler Neon, the imported American small car has been extensively reworked in its latest PL2000 guise. About the only serious hangover from the first Neon is the inadequate three-speed automatic transmission. Where the car scores over its predecessor is in interior quality, suspension refinement and increased passenger space. All this makes the Chrysler a competitive small car, whereas its predecessor struggled to match the standards of its peers. The good looks are now backed up by a sense of overall competence.
Model release date: 1 September 1999 to 1 July 2002

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Neon is designed and built in the US at Belvedere, Illinois

Previous model

Chrysler Neon

Released: July 1996
Ended: August 1999
Family Tree: Neon

The cab-forward Neon was Chrysler's attempt at establishing a foothold in the small-car market. The styling was on the mark but the dynamics weren't quite - particularly the three-speed auto gearbox. The 2.0-litre, 98kW, four-cylinder engine was quite effective however - if a little noisy.

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