The class leading engines (1995) were just also-rans by the second gen (2000). The switch from 3 speed to 4 speed autos didn't help much. There was no real (visible) first gen refresh, he second gen styling lost a lot of the uniqueness and the second gen restyle was mild. So much promise was lost on he Neon. The only real "variant" of many proposed was the PT Cruiser. And by the time the SRT4 came out, DCX was so embarrassed of Neon, the Neon name never went on the performance version.The 1st generation Neon lasted five model years, and the 2nd generation lasted six, with a refresh in the middle. That's not horribly unusual for the time, and it's certainly much better than what FCA churns out!