The car was badged and sold as both a Dodge and a Plymouth in the United States and Canada; in Mexico was sold as Dodge and Chrysler, and in Europe, Australia and other export markets it was sold as the Chrysler Neon. At the Neon’s release, then president of Chrysler Corporation Bob Lutz said, “There’s an old saying in Detroit: ‘Good, fast, or cheap. Pick any two. ‘ We refuse to accept that. ” The Japanese press touted the Neon as the “Japanese car killer”, due to a spiralling Yen and the lower production cost of the Neon. The Neon also became the first Chrysler small car sold in Japan but despite of focused attention, only 994 were sold in Japan between June to December 1996. The Neon received praise for its appearance, price, and power when compared to competing cars such as the Honda Civic DX at 102 hp (76 kW), the Civic EX at 127 hp (95 kW), the Nissan Sentra at 115 hp (86 kW), the Ford Escort ZX2 at 130 hp (97 kW), the Toyota Corolla at 115 hp (86 kW), the Saturn S-Series at 100 hp (75 kW) for SOHC variants and 124 hp (92 kW) for DOHC variants, and the Chevrolet Cavalier Base and LS models at 120 hp (89 kW), among others. Car and Driver tested the DOHC 5-speed equipped Neon R/T and reported that it could run 0-60 in 7. 6 seconds and 15. 9 seconds in the quarter mile.  First-generation Neons were competitive in SCCA Solo autocross and showroom-stock road racing.