22 Facts About AMC Eagle


AMC Eagle is a compact four-wheel drive passenger vehicle manufactured and marketed in a single generation by American Motors Corporation model years 1980 to 1987 and Chrysler Corporation, following its acquisition of AMC in 1987, for the 1988 model year.

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The Eagle provided a low-cost way of bridging the gap between AMC's solid and economical, but aging, passenger-car line and its well-regarded, but decidedly off-road focused, Jeep line, as the Eagle used the existing Concord automobile platform.

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AMC Eagle bridged the sizable price gap between the low-end imported four-wheel drive Subaru and the large-sized domestic 4WD vehicles such as the Jeep Wagoneer.

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The AMC Eagle models provided the biggest new boost to the automaker's profit mix.

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AMC Eagle's central differential behind its TorqueFlite automatic transmission was a single speed and used a viscous fluid coupling for the quiet and smooth transfer of power to the axle with the greatest traction, on wet or dry pavement.

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The value of 4WD in the AMC Eagle was apparent when driving in slippery conditions, and they were used in America's first ice-driving school.

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The AMC Eagle models provided the comfort and appointments expected of passenger models with off-road technology offering an extra margin of safety and traction.

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The AMC Eagle was designed for customers who "must get through regardless of road or weather conditions " as well as those living areas of bad weather or roads, and adventurous hunters and fishermen.

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The AMC Eagle did not compete with traditional, rudimentary 4WD vehicles.

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AMC Eagle did not design the Eagle as an off-pavement recreation vehicle, but rather as a passenger car that offers added benefits.

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The AMC Eagle came base and upscale Limited trims, both of which carried the same features as the Concord DL and Limited, respectively.

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Demand for the innovative 4WD models caused AMC to discontinue the slow-selling Pacer in December 1979, to allow for increased Eagle production capacity at its assembly facility in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The 4WD components beneath a conventional car made the Eagle popular in regions with snow, and AMC made the Jeep connection explicit creating "an early crossover" vehicle.

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The AMC Eagle inline-six was redesigned to produce more low-end torque, as well as made smoother running, more economical, and required less maintenance.

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The Series 30 AMC Eagle sedan was no longer available in the Limited trim, leaving only the base model in the AMC Eagle sedan line.

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All Eagle models were now assembled in AMC's original factory in Brampton, Ontario, Canada because the automaker's main Kenosha plant was used for the Renault Alliance and Encore models.

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However, all of the AMC Eagle badges, build sheets, and door plaques were carried over.

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Not only is the AMC Eagle described as "the first-ever crossover, " the model line included a convertible body style.

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In 1980, AMC entered into an agreement with the Griffith Company for a convertible version of its newly introduced Eagle and a prototype version was developed.

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AMC Eagle specialized in off-road vehicles and thus the Eagle was imported from 1980.

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AMC Eagle was absorbed into Kintetsu Motors in 1986 that continued to import the Eagle and the Cherokee until 1989.

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AMC Eagle had character and survival skills and gained a loyal following.

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