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  • Hudson entered the compact car market in 1953 with the Jet and Super Jet models. 
  • The Jet was offered in a four-door model.
  • The Super Jet was offered in two- and four-door models with enhanced trim levels.
  • While well-built, consumers did not like the slab-siding style. 

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In 1953, the Hudson Motor Car Company ventured into the compact car market by introducing the Jet and Super Jet models that were offered through 1954.  They were offered with a standard, overdrive or Hydra-Matic transmission.  The Jet featured a four-door model, and the Super Jet featured in two- and four-door models with enhanced trim levels. The Jets were well-built, but the slab-sided styling failed to impress many customers and sales dropped.  Plus, this was a period when cars were starting to get bigger, rather than smaller.

By mid-1953, Hudson Jets were in use as police cruisers in five American cities.  Late in 1953, rumors began circulating of a merger between Hudson and Nash.  With Hudson sales sinking, the Nash merger was a lifesaver.  On May 1, 1954, the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company merged to form the American Motors Corporation.  The Hudson line was discontinued in June 1957.  American Motors Corporation merged with Chrysler in 1987.

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