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:duh: Does the Dodge Aspen nameplate garner anything other than a snicker from true auto fans? I can only hope that there will be a Dodge Aspen Volare edition.

http://www.chrysler.com/aspen/

now, I know that it is merely a rebodied Durango, but it really is kinda nice looking.

My only question is: do you think the Aspen name was a wise choice considering the previous vehicles that the name conjures up?

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:duh: Does the Dodge Aspen nameplate garner anything other than a snicker from true auto fans?  I can only hope that there will be a Dodge Aspen Volare edition.

http://www.chrysler.com/aspen/

now, I know that it is merely a rebodied Durango, but it really is kinda nice looking.

My only question is:  do you think the Aspen name was a wise choice considering the previous vehicles that the name conjures up?

Im 22, the aspen name means nothing to me, but that SUV looks like a joke.

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It actually is a very nice looking SUV, and not anymore badge engineered than a new '07 Yukon is vs. a Tahoe....actually it's a little more differentiated than those, in truth.

Very nice upgrade from the already nice, if a tiny bit cheap, Durango, which is a terrific truck otherwise.

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:duh: Does the Dodge Aspen nameplate garner anything other than a snicker from true auto fans?  I can only hope that there will be a Dodge Aspen Volare edition.

http://www.chrysler.com/aspen/

now, I know that it is merely a rebodied Durango, but it really is kinda nice looking.

My only question is:  do you think the Aspen name was a wise choice considering the previous vehicles that the name conjures up?

Dodge isn't reviving the Aspen name, Chrysler is introducing it for the first time. The last Dodge Aspen was produced nearly a quarter century ago. Among the few people who have bad memories of the Dodge model are the few owners they had (remember, this was when Chrysler Corporation was at its lowest point). Enough time has passed that only the most rabit car enthusiasts, the most irritated former owners, and car magazines will make the connection between the Dodge Aspen of the 1970s (Motor Trend's Car of the Year, as I recall) and the Chrysler Aspen introduced 30 years later.

Besides, "Aspen" is a good, REAL name for a vehicle.

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you are lucky then...the previous Aspens were a serious joke.

My brother owned an Aspen R/T and his friends thought is was funny whenever they saw him to ask "how's your a$$ been?"

So I guess we can look forward to the revivial of that old lame joke!

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Aspen's a good name. Not the best history and not the best design now, but it's a good name.

And it's a Chrysler. :AH-HA_wink:

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The Chrysler Aspen is a huge improvement over the hideous Durango, IMHO. It's a name quite fitting for an SUV and most buyers won't remember the '70s crapmobile.

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:lol: yeah, i think it is much better than the Durango myself, in fact I find it to be quite a handsome truck. I just don't know if I can get past the name. ( Not that I am in the market for one...still saving for the Z28 next year :P ) Our babysitter loves it, which is interesting to me that a 19 YO lady is interested in such a car - prbly not Diamler Chrysler's target demographic...anywho...my only issue was with the name. But if it is just me that snickers...good for them.

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The Aspen is much improved over the Durango, but I wasn't at all impressed with the interior (sat in it) at the auto show. The Tahoe kills it.

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Welcome to 4 months ago, when it was a news story. So many people still think the 1970's were "a few years ago", and "everyone remembers them".

Like the 22 y/o above he doesn't and couldn't care less.

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Does anybody remember that apple-flavored Aspen soda from years ago?

I'm with Hudson on the name for the SUV--enough time has passed for the name to be revived. And this vehicle gives Chrysler a less ugly alternative to the Durango that cost next to nothing to develop.

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The Aspen/Volares of the late '70s were not bad cars at all.

I agree: most consumers (whom are not "true car fans") will not remember the Dodge/Plymouth versions at all.

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While I make fun of the Aspen/Volare's styling a lot and pretty often I will admit that compared to the K-cars and other FWD junk that Mopar made in the 1980s these 70s old-school relics were by far better.

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While I make fun of the Aspen/Volare's styling a lot and pretty often I will admit that compared to the K-cars and other FWD junk that Mopar made in the 1980s these 70s old-school relics were by far better.

Having experienced both the Volare and Aries, the K-Car was far BETTER. The Volare was definitely a car of the 1970s and had the quirks of that time (rust, quality, and reliability problems), but the Aries was eons further along than that. The only positives on the side of the Aspen/Volare were RWD and V8s, but the Aries was lighter, had better use of space, had better reliability (mine anyway), had excellent fuel economy, and very good power.

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I agree: most consumers (whom are not "true car fans") will not remember the Dodge/Plymouth versions at all.

Most people who are not true Plymouth fans will not remember Plymouth at all.

*ba-dum-cha*

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^^ nice.

I had a '78 Volare sedan. It was in great shape when bought and was nothing but reliable. Only malady was a tendancy for 'run-on' at the end of my ownership. The Super Six (2bbl 225) had admirable power & economy for the '70s (the 360-equipped cars were tested in the low 7s to 60- manual trans 6s were tested at 23 MPG). No quality gripes on my car- interior was nicer & far less tacky than many in it's class and mine also had no exterior or assembly issues. It really was a comfortable, roomy car with decent spunk for a '70s 6.

"Better use of (LESS) space" is still less space; K-cars were much more cramped.

God- sounds like I almost miss it...

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^^ nice.

I had a '78 Volare sedan. It was in great shape when bought and was nothing but reliable. Only malady was a tendancy for 'run-on' at the end of my ownership. The Super Six (2bbl 225) had admirable power & economy for the '70s (the 360-equipped cars were tested in the low 7s to 60- manual trans 6s were tested at 23 MPG). No quality gripes on my car- interior was nicer & far less tacky than many in it's class and mine also had no exterior or assembly issues. It really was a comfortable, roomy car with decent spunk for a '70s 6.

"Better use of (LESS) space" is still less space; K-cars were much more cramped.

God- sounds like I almost miss it...

My 4-speed 2.2L (2bbl) Aries was quick (I never timed it, but it impressed a guy who restored GTOs). It was roomy enough for six in a pinch, and five comfortably. It rarely got below 25 mpg in daily driving and could reach 40mpg on the highway. Pretty impressive for a vinyl-seated, base model 2-door sedan.

I actually do miss mine.

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The Chrysler Aspen is a huge improvement over the hideous Durango, IMHO.  It's a name quite fitting for an SUV and most buyers won't remember the '70s crapmobile.

Personally, I thought quite the opposite-I thought Durango was a nice, aggressive break in the truck-based large SUV mold-the one and only reason I agree with the Chrysler Aspen is that Jeep failed to make Commander a large SUV.

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Personally, I thought quite the opposite-I thought Durango was a nice, aggressive break in the truck-based large SUV mold-the one and only reason I agree with the Chrysler Aspen is that Jeep failed to make Commander a large SUV.

And there you have it.....now there is a Chrysler Group large SUV for everyone!

"Hate the Durango?....try an Aspen. Liked the Durango to begin with?, why don't you have one?.....we went through all this trouble to make the Aspen!"

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The Durango is a pretty big mess of a design to begin with, so the Aspen does manage to cover a bit of that up.

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While I make fun of the Aspen/Volare's styling a lot and pretty often I will admit that compared to the K-cars and other FWD junk that Mopar made in the 1980s these 70s old-school relics were by far better.

K-Cars are not junk. They saved the company through their permutations and featured some of the most reliable four-cylinder engines ever made (Chrysler fours, not the carbed Mitsu 2.6).

In the G-body form, they made the cool looking Daytona and Laser.

The H-body form gave us the rejected-by-Americans Lancer and LeBaron GTS hatchbacks that were Chrysler's attempt at a Euro-style automobile.

The E-bodies were the first extended K's. These include the E-Class, Caravelle, 600, and New Yorker.

The P-bodies gave the small economy minded Shadow and Sundance which were the antecedents of the Neon.

The company saving minivans!

And of course, the K-Cars. These were basic transport for anyperson.

And of course, with these cars, Chrysler seemed determined to bring turbocharging to the masses. Even the minivans offered turbocharged engines!

Although I don't like the looks of either the Aspen or Durango, at least Chrysler is trying to offer something for everyone. I mean, with only the Durango facing the crowd as the single large SUV from the five-pointed star, at least now there are others.

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Sixty, I also hope you realize that unlike all the "Hemi"-badged[/i] cars today, turbo'd K-cars had actual Hemi engines.

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