Chrysler UK

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Chrysler UK was the United Kingdom division of the United States car-maker Chrysler. It was founded in 1970 when the Chrysler-owned Rootes Group was renamed to reflect its ownership by Chrysler.

The initial British Chrysler range consisted of Rootes developed Hillman, Sunbeam and Humber vehicles. The first British Chrysler to wear a Chrysler badge was the 1975 Alpine, and a year later the remaining Hillman range was rebadged as Chryslers, while Chrysler's French range retained the Simca badge. The French version of the Chrysler Alpine was the Simca 1307/1308.

Chrysler UK's next major launch was the 1977 Sunbeam, a three-door entry-level hatchback which effectively replaced the Hillman Imp and made use of the Hillman Avenger rear-wheel drive chassis. 1978 saw the launch of the mid-range Horizon, a five-door hatchback marketed as a more modern alternative to the Ford Escort, Vauxhall Viva and Austin Allegro. Sales of the British Chrysler range were reasonably strong throughout the 1980s.

By 1979, Chrysler was deep in financial trouble and order to stay afloat it sold its European operations to France carmaker Peugeot, who sold the range as Talbot in both Britain and France before phasing the name out on passenger vehicles by 1987.

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