Kaiser

Kaiser (US) 1946-1954

Kaiser-Frazer Corporation to 1953, from 1954 Kaiser-Willys Sales Corp. Kaiser were known for their advanced designs and technical innovation, such as torsion suspension, front-wheel drive (only on prototypes) and the Traveller, a forerunner of the "hatchback'. The U.S. designed and marketed Kaiser Manhattan was subsequently manufactured in Cordoba, Argentina from 1958 to 1962 (renamed the "Carabela"). The company, Industrias Kaiser Argentina, had manufactured Jeep products before the Kaiser went into production and when the Carabela was dropped (reputedly because the body dies were worn out) they replaced it with old American Motors designs that fared rather well. In 1970 the IKA operation was sold to Renault.