was a subcompact
automobile (or supermini
) developed by Chrysler Europe
and was sold in Europe between 1977 and 1985 under the Chrysler
nameplates. A derivative version of the Horizon was also built in the United States
under the Dodge
marques until 1990.
The Horizon was designed by Simca
, the French
division of Chrysler Europe
in the 1970s and introduced in 1977. It survived in various guises until 1990. In France it was initially sold under the Simca brand, whilst elsewhere in Europe it was initially badged as a Chrysler. As a result of the acquisition of Chrysler's European car division by Peugeot
in 1978, both the Chrysler and Simca brands were dropped and the car was then sold under the Talbot brand in all its European markets.
The Horizon, or Project C2 as it was known inside Simca during development, was intended to be a "world car", meaning that it was designed for consumers on both sides of the Atlantic
, but in execution, the European and North American
versions of the vehicle actually turned out to have very little in common.
Born largely out of the need to replace the ageing Simca 1100
, the Horizon was essentially a shortened version of the larger Alpine
model, giving the vehicle an unusually wide track for its length. Featuring the familiar range
of Simca-designed 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5 L OHV engines
, and torsion-bar
suspension, the Horizon gained praise for its crisp styling, supple ride, and competent... Read More