The Monaco name had been used for four generations of Dodge’s flagship models from 1965 to 1978, when it was replaced by the Dodge St. Regis. The Monaco nameplate was revived in 1990 when the brand launched its successsor to the Dodge Diplomat. The fifth generation Monaco was a rebadged Eagle Premier, a sedan that was developed on the platform of the European Renault 25. After a short and unsuccessful life span, the Monaco was replaced in 1993 by the Dodge Intrepid.
Dodge Monaco Overview
The Dodge Monaco is an automobile that went through various incarnations over the years it was produced. Introduced by the Dodge division of Chrysler Corporation, the nameplate was in use from 1965 to 1992. The Dodge Monaco first made its debut in 1965 as a full-size luxury car, intended to compete with other high-end models of the era. The oil crisis of the 1970s affected the sales of many large American cars. As a result, by the mid-1970s, the Monaco was downsized and was no longer the luxury flagship in Dodge’s lineup.
The Monaco nameplate was revived in 1990 but now for a mid-sized sedan, a significant departure from its original full-sized luxury role. The revived Monaco was based on the Eagle Premier, which in turn had its roots in the partnership between Chrysler and the French carmaker Renault. As such, the 1990s Monaco had distinct European design influences and was a front-wheel-drive vehicle. It was built on the monospace platform, which later served as the basis for the Chrysler LH platform used in models like the Dodge Intrepid. The revived Monaco was short-lived and was produced only until 1992. By 1993, it was replaced by the full-sized, cab-forward designed Dodge Intrepid.
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The 1990s iteration is a glimpse into the era of globalization in the auto industry, with its European underpinnings and design.