Chrysler 200

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Chrysler 200
'15 Chrysler 200 (Street Festival '14).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC
Production 2010[1]–present
Model years 2011-present
Assembly United States: Sterling Heights, Michigan (Sterling Heights Assembly)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size car
Chronology
Predecessor Chrysler Sebring

The Chrysler 200 is a mid-size car[2] produced by the American manufacturer Chrysler, and is the lowest-priced model of the upscale "Chrysler" brand. The 200 name first appeared on a prototype hybrid vehicle shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, called the 200C. The prototype was based on the Chrysler 300. While Chrysler's sales chief, Steven Landry, said it had been approved for production, CEO Sergio Marchionne later said it was not practical. The 200C concept was engineered to accept either a traditional gasoline engine, hybrid or electric powertrain.[3]

First generation (2010–2014)[edit]

First generation
2012 Chrysler 200 -- NHTSA.jpg
Overview
Also called Lancia Flavia (Europe)
Production 2010[1]–2014
Model years 2011-2014
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door convertible
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Chrysler JS platform
Related Mitsubishi Lancer
Dodge Avenger
Dodge Journey
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L World I4 (gasoline)
3.6 L Pentastar V6 (gasoline)
Transmission 4-speed Ultradrive 40TES automatic
6-speed Ultradrive 62TE automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.9 in (2,766 mm)
Length Sedan: 191.7 in (4,869 mm)
Convertible: 194.8 in (4,948 mm)
Width 72.5 in (1,842 mm)
Height Sedan: 58.4 in (1,483 mm)
Convertible: 57.9 in (1,471 mm)
Chrysler 200 Super S at the 2012 North American International Auto Show

The first generation Chrysler 200 is in fact a restyled, redesigned and heavily facelifted third generation Chrysler Sebring produced from 2006. Although the JS platform has been retained, there have been numerous cosmetic and powertrain changes to the 200. While the 2.4 L four-cylinder 173 horsepower (129 kW) 166 lb·ft (225 N·m)[4] engine with either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission is carried over, Chrysler's new Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine is also offered, with a six-speed automatic transmission, generating 283 horsepower (211 kW) and 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque. A flex-fuel version of the 3.6 L Pentastar engine is also offered. Other changes include stiffer body mounts, a softer ride rate, revised suspension geometry, a new rear sway bar, and upgraded tires. The 200 also introduces more premium features than the Sebring, such as LED lighting, thicker seat cushioning with higher quality materials, along with new measures to decrease noise, vibration, and harshness.[5]

The 200 is produced at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Sterling Heights, Michigan) and arrived at dealers in December 2010.[6] A 2-door convertible model was added in early 2011 with the same engine choices.[7]

The 200 and sister car Dodge Avenger were ranked the "Most American Made" sedans and convertibles by The Kogod Made in America Auto Index in 2013.[8]

According to Edmunds' Acevedot, "By changing the name, Chrysler was able to let its midsize offering ride the coattails of the Chrysler 300 and to encourage consumers to think of the 200 as the younger brother of the flagship 300"; as an all-new generation of the 300 was released at the same time. Acevedot also noted that the name change has the added benefit of distancing itself from its predecessor, a vehicle notorious for quality issues and fleet pervasiveness.[9]

Lancia Flavia[edit]

Lancia Flavia 2.4 16v convertible

In Europe, the 200 Convertible was sold under the italian Lancia marque between 2012[10] and 2014.

The Lancia Flavia was only available in left-hand drive markets, and was not sold in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sales in Europe were insignificant so that Chrysler stopped the exportation in September 2013, not even one and a half years after the car's introduction.

Gallery[edit]

2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible at the Montreal International Auto Show 
2013 Lancia Flavia Convertible at the Geneva Motor Show 

Engines[edit]

Chrysler
Model Engine Displacement Power @ rpm Torque @ rpm Transmission Years
LX 2.4 l4 GEMA 2,360 cc (144 cu in) 173 hp (129 kW; 175 PS) at 6,000 rpm 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm 4-speed automatic MY2011–2014
TOURING 6-speed automatic MY2011–MY2014
S MY2011–MY2014
LIMITED 3.6 V6 Pentastar 3,605 cc (220.0 cu in) 283 hp (211 kW; 287 PS) at 6,400 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 4,250 rpm MY2012–MY2014

Safety[edit]

NHTSA 2013 Chrysler 200 FWD:[11]
Overall: 4/5 stars
Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 3/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 1/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 11.1%

Second generation (2015–)[edit]

Second generation
2015 Chrysler 200 Limited in Montreal QC Canada.jpg
Overview
Production May 2014–present
Model years 2015-present
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform Compact U.S. Wide
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 9-speed 948TE automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 108.0 in (2,742 mm)
Length 192.3 in (4,884.7 mm)
Width 73.7 in (1,871 mm)
Height 58.7 in (1,491 mm)

Sergio Marchionne announced that the first generation model will be short lived and the second generation model would appear in auto shows in January 2014.[12] On June 10 it is known that the model will be slated for the 2015 model year and would keep the "200" nameplate. It will be based on the new Fiat-Chrysler Compact Wide platform, which is also used by the Dodge Dart as well as the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

On January 13, 2014 the 2015 Chrysler 200 was revealed to the public at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.[13] The new Chrysler 200 is an all new car based on Chrysler's Compact US Wide platform (CUSW). The 200 will come with either a choice of a 2.4L TigerShark (184-hp and 173-lb ft) or 3.6 L Pentastar engine (295-hp and 262-lb ft) that will be mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission that will help the car achieve 35 mpg highway. An all wheel drive system will be available with only the 3.6 L engine. It is a system which features a fully disconnecting rear axle that improves fuel economy. The system is only engaged when the car detects adverse road conditions and will send power to all four wheels and turn off when all wheel drive is not needed. The 200 will also offer a stop/start system with the 2.4 L TigerShark engine that will help increase fuel economy.[14] The all new 200 will feature an electronic rotary dial as opposed to a standard shifter. The 200 will come with standard push button start on all trim levels and will have an available 8.4 inch Uconnect(TM) touch screen as well as a new active park assist system. The 200 will compete directly with the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord.[15] The new Chrysler 200 will come in four trim levels, LX, Limited, S and C and will be available in a wide range of new colors. The car will be built at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The plant has seen recent upgrades in to the paint shop to help with the production of new vehicles.[16]

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 will offer the most standard features in its class, such as keyless access, push-button start, and a class-exclusive nine-speed Torq Flite automatic transmission with rotary shifter knob. These features will be standard on all models of the all-new 200. The all-new 200 will also be one of the only vehicles in its class with to offer an all-wheel-drive configuration, with the other all-wheel-drive sedans in this class being the Subaru Legacy (standard) and Ford Fusion (optional).

A hidden feature of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a silhouette of the Detroit skyline in the center console that is illuminated by the center console lights. It pays tribute to Chrysler's heritage. Notably absent from the skyline is the prominent Renaissance Center, where rival General Motors is headquartered.

"The 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand – a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience..."[17] On the outside the new 200 features the use of LED tail lights as well as LED day time running lights and fog lamps. The exterior will also feature integrated exhaust, new optional 19 inch Hyper Black or polished aluminum wheels, chrome trim on the high end 200C model or blacked out trim on the 200S model for a more sporty look. The interior is also loaded with new technology such as a 7-inch LED full color instrument cluster that allows the driver to fully communicate with the vehicle. Also the 200 features a pass through center console that gives drivers more storage as well as an optional Alpine 9 speaker and subwoofer system and a dual panoramic sunroof. The new Chrysler 200 will also feature a keyless entry system that can detect the key fob and automatically open the door or trunk when near. Other standard equipment includes electronic stability control, four wheel disc brakes and rear back up camera.[17] The 2015 Chrysler 200 was expected to went on sale in the second quarter of 2014 and had a base price of $21,700 excluding a $995 destination charge. The 200 convertible has been dropped.[18]

Sales of the all-new Chrysler 200 were started in June 2014, with the production assembly beginning a month prior (just like with Dodge Dart in 2012).

Production[edit]

Production of Chrysler 200 Convertible was reported to be cancelled starting 2015 model year.[19]

Marketing and sales[edit]

Marketing[edit]

For the Super Bowl XLV, Chrysler purchased a 2-minute-long advertisement featuring Eminem with the motto Imported from Detroit. Chrysler was thinking about using the Chrysler 300 in the advertisement, since it had a higher retail price than the 200 and also enjoyed better press-reviews, but quickly rejected the idea since the 300 is not manufactured in the United States, but in Ontario, Canada and would not fit the company's new branding. This commercial enjoyed great popularity among viewers,[20] with the term "Chrysler 200" being the second most-searched term on Google the day after the Super Bowl and search traffic for the vehicle going up by 685 percent on AOL Autos. Shortly after being uploaded to YouTube after the Super Bowl, the ad quickly received over 5 million views.[21] As of August 2013, the video has over 16 million views.

Sales[edit]

Calendar year United States Canada
2010 255 [22]
2011 87,099 [23] 6,386 [24]
2012 125,476 [25] 13,419 [26]
2013 122,480 [27]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Next generation model". autoblog.com. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  13. ^ Garrettjan, Jerry (13 January 2014). "The Chrysler 200 Gets a Reboot". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Goodwin, Antuan (13 January 2014). "The 'most improved' car at the Detroit auto show is the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200". CNET Reviews. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Visnic, Bill (12 January 2014). "2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Chrysler 200". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Snavely, Brent (16 July 2013). "Chrysler's new Sterling Heights paint shop will open in early". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "The All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan Charts a New Course for Mid-size Sedans, Captivating Drivers and Passengers with its Simple Elegance, an Extraordinary Driving Experience and Cool Features – at a Value Customers Will Appreciate" (Press release). Chrysler Group LLC. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "New 2015 Chrysler 200 pricing, details and specifications". Autoweek. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Chrysler killing off 200 Convertible, Dodge Avenger
  20. ^ Woods, Ashley C. (December 23, 2011). "'Born of Fire' Chrysler 200 ad featuring Eminem was simply the best of 2011". mlive.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Kiley, David (2013-02-15). "The Inside Story: Chrysler's Risky Eminem Super Bowl Commercial". autos.aol.com. autoblog.com. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  22. ^ "Chrysler Sales Shoot Up 37% (26% for 2011)". Allpar.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  23. ^ "Chrysler Sales Shoot Up 37% (26% for 2011)". Allpar.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  24. ^ Chrysler Canada Finishes Year with Best Retail Sales Since 2002. Media.Chrysler.com. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  25. ^ http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=13641&mid=2
  26. ^ http://media.chrysler.com/newsrelease.do?id=13642&mid=2
  27. ^ "Chrysler Group LLC Reports December 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 6 Percent" (Press release). Chrysler Group LLC. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 

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