• Oct 7th 2008 at 9:33AM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Aspen Hybrid

Lee Iacocca, the man that many ascribe Chrysler's pivotal '80s K-Car, minivan and government loan guarantees to, has just been delivered the keys to the first Chrysler hybrid vehicle. It is a bit interesting to compare the time period in which Iacocca first took the helm of the Chrysler Corporation with that of today. In the early '80s, Chrysler was hemorrhaging money at an alarming rate, much like it likely is today (now privately owned, the automaker does not make its financial records public knowledge any longer). Chrysler's former president and chairman pushed forward small, front-wheel drive cars inspired by those in Europe, much like is presently taking place with Ford. Lastly, Iacocca has been a strong opponent to the country's increase in foreign oil use, a problem that is currently rearing its ugly head and a hot topic in everybody's mind. So, while the Aspen isn't exactly going to set the world on fire due to its sales, it's a symbolic vehicle in that it's Chrysler's first vehicle with the fuel-saving hybrid technology. And that the first one goes to Lee Iacocca.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I have asked What Lee Iaccoa did when he baled out Chrysler in the '80s. I dont get any info on this subject!!!!!!!!!! I know he worked for just $1 per year & got stock instead. What did the unions gave up during this bale out?
      • 8 Months Ago
      I can't imagine why they named this car after one of the worst vehicles ever built. The Aspen was a total lemon. I bought a station wagon new in 1978 and it had every defect the car was so famous for at the time--the worst being the electronic ignition would shut down suddenly even if you were cruising at 90 MPH, leaving you in a bind for steering and brakes. The dealer wound up putting 5 boxes on the car before one actually worked for any length of time.
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