Throughout its history, Dodge has used the Lancer name various times. Originally, the Lancer name was applied to hardtop variants of the Royal, Coronet, and Custom Royal model lines. From 1961 to 1962, the First Generation Lancer was a series of compact sedans, wagons, and hardtops. The Lancer name was dormant for over 20 years until Dodge introduced the Second Generation Lancer, which was a series of mid-size, front engined, five door hatchbacks. These cars were available from 1985 until 1989, when the Lancer was discontinued.