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Chrysler rocks the midsize sedan rulebook with the 2016 200 sedan

Thursday, September 3, 2015

You don’t have to load it with options to make the 2016 Chrysler 200 a head-turning proposition in a family car market that’s absolutely brimming with worthy rivals.

Then again, Chrysler is happy to spoil you with choices should you want to heap on the luxury goodies, or choose which wheels you want to motivate this four-door down the road.

If you insist on having a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry, rain sensing windshield wipers, advanced brake assist and voice recognition (to name just a new modern automotive niceties), then you’re in luck, because they’re all tucked within the Chrysler 200’s sleek exterior packaging.

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All in all, the 200 sedan has propelled the Chrysler brand into the thick of the family sedan market. While it won’t unseat sales leaders like the Camryand Accord anytime soon, the latest 200 reinforces the fact that Chrysler is a much different brand than it was a few short years ago.

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2016 Chrysler 200S AWD

Nice enough car, but the secret sauce—all-wheel drive—is the real reason to put this on your list.

October 12, 2015

Type: Five-passenger, all-wheel-drive compact sedan
Trim levels: Front-wheel drive: LX, Limited S, C; All-wheel drive: S, C
Base price: $30,540 (prices include destination charge)
This car: $33,525
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6, 295 horsepower
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 18 mpg city/29 mpg highway
Safety: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 5/5 stars; Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Top Safety Pick Plus (2015)
My favorite standard feature: Park View rearview camera
Options I can’t live without: Heated front seats and steering wheel; Uconnect Access on-board Wi-Fi hot spot
Notable standard features on this model: Sport suspension, ambient LED lighting, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED taillamps
Notable options on this model: Navigation and Sound group ($1,495) includes 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, Harman HD radio, 7.0-inch driver information screen, Alpine 506-watt amplifer, Uconnect Wi-Fi hot spot; Comfort group ($895) includes heated front seats and steering wheel, remote start
You might also be considering (prices include destination charge):
2016 Ford Fusion SE AWD ($29,345)
2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6R ($29,945)

Chrysler 200 Shopping for a new car can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming. There are far more possible choices in the mid-size sedan category than you will ever have the patience to test drive—or even fully research. So when you are shopping in this category, the sooner you can narrow down your specific needs, the easier the shopping process will be.

If you want all-wheel drive in a mid-size sedan, that will narrow it down for you very quickly. There are near-luxury sedans in the high $30,000s to mid-$40,000s: the Audi A4, Lexus IS350, and Volvo S60, for example.

But if you want to stick at or very close to $30,000, you’re looking at more family-oriented cars like the Ford Fusion, the Subaru Legacy, and this Chrysler 200. Which one has more attitude? I’d have to go with the Chrysler, which has admirably incorporated attractively edgy touches into what could be (and used to be, in the 200’s predecessor, the Sebring) a dull middle-American car most comfortable on the rental lot.

The 200 was all new in the 2015 model year, so changes for 2016 are few. It’s an attractive sedan inside and out, a very tidy exterior package with a charming face and a beautifully executed cabin.


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Exa Helps Streamline Chrysler 200

Exa Helps Streamline Chrysler 200

October 13, 2015

Simulation-driven design using Exa PowerFLOW software helped the all-new FCA sedan achieve a drag coefficient of 0.27.

Exa PowerFLOW® was used throughout the aerodynamic development of the Chrysler 200

Simulation-driven design helps the all-new sedan achieve a drag co-efficient of 0.27

BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Exa Corporation (NASDAQ:EXA), a leading innovator of simulation software for product engineering, has revealed that its PowerFLOW® simulation tool was used to test and develop the aerodynamic characteristics of the Chrysler 200, helping FCA US LLC achieve a 0.27 drag co-efficient through a large number of design iteration simulations that would have been impractical and costly to do in a wind tunnel.

"We used Exa PowerFLOW to optimize aerodynamic design from day one on the Chrysler 200," said Dr. Kumar Srinivasan, FCA US Manager, Vehicle CFD Group, Aero/Thermal Development. "We chose Exa's PowerFLOW simulation platform to optimize the vehicle's aerodynamics. We were able to capture more data than ever before, run more tests and analyze more variations long before the first prototype of the vehicle was produced."

Particular efforts were spent on developing the underbody, rear section of the car and the mirrors for aerodynamic optimization. PowerFLOW was used to identify what areas would yield the greatest return on reduction of aerodynamic drag.

"Exa is deployed within automakers around the world, placing simulation at the heart of the automotive design process – influencing the vehicle design even as it is being conceived. This enables our customers to make more informed decisions, manage risks, reduce costs, shorten engineering timelines and ultimately deliver better vehicles to the market, like the Chrysler 200," remarked Stephen Remondi, President and CEO of Exa.

Exa was part of the FCA display on vehicle development at the 2015 SAE World Congress. The experience demonstrated how PowerFLOW can simulate and analyze key development metrics that are impossible to capture in a wind tunnel, such as airflow on the inside of the wheel and tire package, detailed understanding of flow behavior in the underbody, and the effects of subtle changes to the vehicle A-pillar shape, mirror, etc. "We were pleased to support FCA at the SAE World Congress this year, showcasing their PowerFLOW-optimized Chrysler 200 in their 'Aerodynamic Experience' booth," said Dwight Pugsley, Exa's Director of North American Automotive Sales. "FCA US is at the forefront of incorporating cutting-edge aerodynamic and aero-acoustic engineering simulations into their product development process and we look forward to their innovative and efficient designs of the future."

Exa Corporation's visualization and simulation software helps designers and engineers produce better vehicles and equipment. As a design evolves, Exa accurately predicts the performance of that design while providing actionable insight to optimize the performance of the product. With Exa, the need for costly physical prototypes and expensive late-stage changes is reduced. Now, designers and engineers are freed from the risk of producing compromised products that do not meet market and regulatory requirements. Some of the most successful product companies in the world use Exa, including BMW, Delphi, Denso, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Hino, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kenworth, Komatsu, MAN, Nissan, Peterbilt, Peugeot, Renault, Scania, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Trucks.


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Real-world Car: 2016 200C

For real-world car enthusiasts, good gets better

A theory: Most of us have graduated from the zoom-zoom philosophy that characterizes so much of the coverage of the global car industry.

In our daily driving lives, we are not terribly concerned about a car that finishes a quarter-mile run in 12.2 seconds at 119.5 mph vs. another that does the job in 12.3 seconds at 118.1 mph.

Nor are most of us obsessed with moving from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, nor are many of us eager to spend an extra $8,150 for a “full carbon-ceramic brake package,” nor in parting with as much as $89,035 for a car that can reach its full performance potential only on a sanctioned racetrack.

The real world: Most of us are automobile enthusiasts. At least, we are enthusiastic about the cars we buy with our own money, the ones we use to routinely transport our loved ones, the cars we drive to and from jobs that pay most of us nothing near the money needed to afford an $89,000 or an even more expensive (think nearly thrice that much) performance automobile.

Instead, most of us who do buy new cars — barely 15 percent of the U.S population, which is a generous assessment — are lucky to afford the financing of the country’s current average new-car transaction price of $33,560. And the car industry’s financial reporting indicates that most of us aren’t paying cash. We’re accumulating debt, often taking as long as seven years to pay off.

I think about these things when I hear colleagues “enthusing” over high-priced, high-powered cars that can move super-fast in a world that practically cannot accommodate them with any regularity to justify their value. Some of those colleagues laughed at me last week when I bypassed the available speedy, more expensive metal at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles event to select a comparatively lowly 2016 Chrysler 200C sedan as this column’s subject car.

Blame my late father. I once drove home to New Orleans in a super-expensive automobile, easily costing more than his $200,000 house, thinking I would impress him. He looked at me, looked at the car and bluntly asked two questions: “How many of your readers can afford that? How many reporters at The Washington Post can afford that?”

And that is why you see mostly affordable, or somewhat reasonably affordable, cars in this space. Welcome the 2016 Chrysler 200C midsize family sedan, the top of the Chrysler 200 line, but this model equipped with a base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and costing $33,195 fully loaded.

Several things: It moves from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, unimpressive next to supercar stats but still fast enough to get you into trouble in most jurisdictions. It has one of the most elegant, best-equipped midsize car interiors available. It can tirelessly and smoothly cruise high-speed highways at 70 mph and stop surely on dry roads within 110 feet of the spot where you apply the brakes at that speed.

I love the Chrysler 200, now in its second year on sale in the United States. It was well received in its first year on sale here. I expected Fiat Chrysler to succumb to a once-typical Detroit pattern and just stick a new model-year number on the latest car. It didn’t.

Exterior and interior styling are discernibly improved. The new car, especially the top-line C version, has an overall luxury feel. “Fully equipped,” in this case, refers to a suite of advanced electronic safety equipment — advanced brake assistance, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance, automatic high-beam control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, electronic parking assistance, and onboard navigation featuring an 8.4-inch touch screen.

I drove this one more than 300 miles without once worrying about 0-to-60 acceleration times. I was grateful that it ran quite well on 89-octane gasoline, getting up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway.

And even with its four-cylinder engine, it was no slug. It had enough get-up-and-go for most of us — 184 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque delivered to the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

An all-wheel-drive version, with a 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 (295 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque), is available.

Nuts & Bolts
Chrysler 200C

Bottom line: 
The 2016 Chrysler 200C is an excellent value for families looking for a comfortable, safe and fuel-efficient midsize sedan that also imparts class.

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three areas, meaning it would satisfy most of us.

Head-turning quotient: It is pretty inside and out, with a well-crafted interior.

Body style/layout: The Chrysler 200 is a mid-size sedan with four side doors and traditional notchback trunk. It is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive and is marketed in four trim levels — LX, Limited, S and top-line C.

Engine/transmission: The Chrysler 200 comes standard with a 2.4-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve timing (184 horsepower, 173 pound-feet of torque). The engine is linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 295-horsepower gasoline V-6 is available along with all-wheel drive.

Capacities: Seating is for five people. Cargo room with all seats in place is 16 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 15.8 gallons of gasoline. Flex fuel (85 percent ethanol, but hard to find) works, as does 89-octane gasoline.

I got 36 miles per gallon in highway driving.

Safety: Standard equipment includes ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes; four-wheel anti-lock braking assistance; emergency braking preparation and post-collision safety system; tire-pressure monitoring; traction and stability control; and side and head air bags.

Recommended option: The Safety Tec advanced electronic safety suite ($1,295).

Pricing: The 2016 200C starts at $27,225. Estimated dealer’s invoice price on the base model is $25,000. Price as tested is $33,195 including a total $4,975 in options and a $995 factory-to-dealer shipment charge. Estimated dealer’s price as tested is $31,000.


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Press Kit: 2016 Chrysler 200

Press Kit: 2016 Chrysler 200

2016 Chrysler 200 Sedan: Captivating Drivers and Passengers with its Simple Elegance, an Extraordinary Driving Experience and Cool Features – at a Value Customers Will Appreciate

Inspired by iconic American design, the 2016 Chrysler 200 delivers beautiful craftsmanship using high-quality materials, understated elegance, is loaded with state-of-the-art technology and safety features and delivers highway fuel economy of up to 36 miles per gallon (mpg)
2016 Chrysler 200 features pioneering drivetrain technology, including a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, state-of-the-art electronic shifting and an all-wheel-drive system with an automatic, fully disconnecting rear axle, improving fuel economy by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed
2016 Chrysler 200 offers 60 available safety and security features, including a rear backup camera, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, LaneSense Plus with lane keep assist, Forward Collision Warning-Plus and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015 -

The 2016 Chrysler 200 provides drivers and passengers a beautifully crafted car with an elegantly simple style, an exhilarating driving experience, state-of-the-art and easy-to-use technology, 60 advanced safety and security features and fuel economy ratings of up to 36 miles per gallon (mpg.) The 2016 Chrysler 200 is the mid-size sedan for customers who have earned a little luxury in their life, but demand value for their money.

2016 is the 90th year of Chrysler as a brand. To celebrate, a 90th Anniversary Package is being produced for the 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited model. The special edition package reflects the tenets of the Chrysler brand – a car that is packed with features that customers value, at a price they appreciate.

In addition to the standard features on the 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited model, the 90th Anniversary Package adds as standard equipment: 8.4-in. touchscreen radio with Uconnect Access and SiriusXM Radio, a sunroof, Convenience Group (one-year SiriusXM Radio, body-color power heated mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power four-way driver lumbar adjust, power eight-way driver seat and sun visors with illuminating vanity mirrors), front floor mats with Chrysler Anniversary logo and unique Chrysler Anniversary screen logo on the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Also new for the 2016 model year, Chrysler fine-tunes the 200 lineup in response to customer feedback. Changes include:

Rear backup camera is now standard equipment on the Limited and S models
Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection are available as a standalone option on the Limited models
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is now optional for Limited models
Heated steering wheel is a standard feature on 200C models
Front driver and passenger seat firmness has been improved
Three new exterior paint color choices for the 2016 model year:
Black Forest Green Clear Coat
Maximum Steel Clear Coat
Redline Tri-coat Pearl Coat

For 2016 Chrysler 200 vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free and Do-Not Disturb.

Drag and Drop Menu Bar: Chrysler 200 owners now have the ability to personalize their touchscreen controls to fit their lifestyle and have one-button access to the features and services they value most. From Travel Link and Yelp to heated or cooled seats, drivers now can simply drag their favorite feature or service icon from the apps menu and move them to their Uconnect system’s main menu bar

Siri Eyes Free: An extension of voice recognition via the voice button on the steering wheel and compatible with an Apple iPhone 4s or later, with Siri Eyes free, drivers can speak natural language voice commands to send text messages, play music, dictate and send emails, set reminders, place phone calls and access turn-by-turn directions. Driver’s will simply push and hold the voice recognition button on the steering wheel until the Siri screen appears on the 8.4-inch touchscreen and hear the audible tones

Do Not Disturb: Vehicle owners who prefer not be interrupted with phone calls or text messages while driving can choose to turn on the new “Do Not Disturb” and “Reply with Text Message” feature. Located within the Uconnect system’s phone screen, once enabled with a the push of a button or via voice command, the Do Not Disturb icon will route all incoming mobile calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. If the vehicle owner chooses to enable the Do Not Disturb feature, they also have the ability to send a default or customized response once a call or text message is received.

Since the introduction of the all-new Chrysler 200 in the spring of 2014, the car has resonated with consumers with steadily increasing sales. Sales of the all-new Chrysler 200 are outpacing the combined sales of the outgoing Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 delivers a beautiful exterior design, a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and the Compact U.S.Wide (CUS-wide) chassis. With the choice of two world-class engines, an innovative all-wheel-drive system, available sport mode and paddle shifters for an engaged driving experience, and estimated highway fuel economy of 36 mpg, the 2016 Chrysler 200 makes the commute something drivers will look forward to.

For peace of mind when driving, the 2016 Chrysler 200 offers 60 available safety features and state-of-the-art, easy-to-use technology that keeps drivers and passengers connected.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan will offer consumers ten different exterior color choices from which to choose: Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Forest Green Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Clear Coat, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl Coat and Redline Red Tri-coat Pearl Coat.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built with pride in Michigan. With a major investment of more than $1 billion, FCA US Sterling Heights (Michigan) Assembly Plant (SHAP), once slated for closure, sports an all-new paint shop using leading-edge technology, a new, fully robotic body shop and an upgraded assembly area, setting the stage for the world-class craftsmanship found in the all-new 200.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 competes in the mid-size sedan segment, one of the largest segments in North America, with more than 2 million sales annually. Roughly one of every six new vehicles sold in the United States is a mid-size sedan.

The primary customer for the all-new 2016 Chrysler 200 is motivated to succeed and works hard. The buyer is smart about what they purchase, but is willing to pay more for high quality. They want a vehicle that matches their achievements; one that is practical yet advanced and has an interior with a wow factor.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 customer is split with roughly 57 percent of the customers male and 43 percent of the customers female. The primary customer has a median age of 35 and a median household income of $76,000. They are a college graduate and married without children at home.

Consumers can choose from four models for the 2016 Chrysler 200: 2016 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler 200S model and the premium Chrysler 200C.

The 2016 Chrysler 200 will arrive in dealer showrooms in the third quarter, 2015.


2016 Chrysler 200 LX
The Chrysler 200 LX model delivers a simple, elegant design, world-class craftsmanship, fuel economy estimated at 36 mpg highway and standard features not typically found on an entry level mid-size sedan: a segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission, state-of-the-art electronic shifting with rotary dial, electronic park brake with SafeHold and an innovative center console with sliding cup holders and concealed charging/media center and center pass-through.

The 200 LX model is powered by the new 2.4-liter MultiAir®2 Tigershark I-4 engine, which produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering excellent fuel economy of 36 mpg highway. It is mated to the segment-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes: Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform and high-strength steel body; full electronic gear shifting with rotary e-shift knob; electric power steering; keyless entry with panic alarm; Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push button start; air conditioning with micron filter; premium cloth bucket seats; manual six-way driver’s seat adjust; six-way manual adjust passenger seat with height adjuster; 60/40 split rear passenger seat with trunk pass-through; full center console with driver/passenger pass-through and sliding cup holder; 12-volt power outlets in media center charging station and front-passenger side of the center console; audio jack input for mobile devices; remote USB port; front center sliding armrest; rear-seat armrest with storage cup holders; Uconnect 3.0 AM/FM radio with four speakers; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; urethane steering wheel; tilt/telescopic steering column; front-seat-back map pockets; overhead incandescent map lights; ambient LED interior lighting; passenger assist handles; rearview day/night mirror; sun visors with vanity mirrors; mini overhead console; standard instrument cluster with tachometer; speed control; variable intermittent windshield wipers; dual-note electric horns; lit, locking glove box; eight standard air bags; electronic stability control; traction control; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; brake assist; front-seat active head restraints; rear-seat head restraints in all three seating positions; electronic park brake with SafeHold; tire-pressure monitoring display; solar-control glass; tinted windshield glass; body-color power mirrors; power windows with driver one-touch up/down; speed-sensitive power locks; Eco-driving feedback display; LED tail lamps; front, halogen, automatic headlamps with headlamp off time delay; daytime running lamps; security alarm; body-color fascia; bright grille; body-color door handles; underbody aerodynamic treatment; 600-amp maintenance-free battery; 160-amp alternator; 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers; inflator tire service kit and 15.8-gallon fuel tank.

Optional equipment and packages for the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX available: Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen AM/FM media center.

2016 Chrysler 200 Limited model

The 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited model is the volume model for the 200 lineup and is packed with a surprising amount of standard and available features. The 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited model includes all the standard equipment found on the LX model as well as: bi-function halogen projector headlamps; Uconnect 5.0 AM/FM, Bluetooth, touchscreen media center; ParkView rear backup camera, power front driver and passenger windows with one-touch up/down; compass gauge, front courtesy/map lights; six-speakers; compact spare tire and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Optional equipment and packages on the Chrysler 200 Limited model includes: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection; power sunroof; 18-inch aluminum wheels; Convenience Group and Comfort Group.

2016 Chrysler 200S model
The 2016 Chrysler 200S model offers a distinctive, more sinister style and sportier driving experience. The 200S model features the standard equipment of the Limited model as well as: black cloth seats with Ambassador Blue leather trim; power, eight-way driver seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters; deluxe door-trim panel; fog lamps; gloss black exterior accents; gloss black daylight opening trim; dual bright mold-in-fascia exhaust tips; 200S badge; acoustic windshield glass and front-side door glass; power, heated fold-away mirrors; rearview mirror with microphone; performance, sport suspension; 3.251 final drive ratio; 730-amp maintenance-free battery and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Optional equipment and packages include: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; all-wheel drive; Ambassador Blue premium leather interior, dual-pane panoramic sunroof; 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels; Premium Lighting Group and Navigation and Sound Group.

2016 Chrysler 200C model
The 2016 Chrysler 200C model provides the discerning customer premium amenities at an affordable price point.

The 200C includes the standard equipment of the 200S model as well as premium Nappa leather seats; heated front seats; six-way power passenger seat; premium 7-inch full-color driver information display instrument cluster; remote start; heated steering wheel, rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, premium door trim panels; two-door passive entry; dual-zone automatic temperature control with front and rear climate control outlets; universal garage door opener; humidity sensor; footwell courtesy lamps; exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals; chrome exterior accents; bright door handles; hidden exhaust; four-wheel independent touring suspension and 17-inch aluminum painted wheels.

Optional equipment and packages include: 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque; all-wheel drive; Mocha premium leather interior, dual-pane panoramic sunroof; 19-inch aluminum wheels; SafetyTec Package; Premium Group; Navigation and Sound Group and Premium Lighting Group.

Optional package content:

Comfort Group Limited Model: Includes air conditioning with dual zone temperature control, heated front seats, humidity sensor, rear air conditioning and heat ducts, auto-dimming rearview mirror and remote start system
Comfort Group S Model: Air conditioning with dual zone temperature control, heated front seats, humidity sensor, rear air conditioning and heat ducts, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start system, heated steering wheel and driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
Convenience Group: Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, one-year SiriusXM Radio service, power eight-way driver’s seat, power four-way driver lumbar adjust, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and body-color power, heated mirrors
Navigation and Sound Group: Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM, Bluetooth with 8.4-inch touchscreen display; Uconnect Access; HD radio; GPS Navigation; rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone, 506-watt amplifier and nine speakers and subwoofer; SiriusXM Travel Link; SiriusXM Traffic and with the 200S model, premium 7-inch full color driver information display instrument cluster
Premium Group: Premium, perforated Nappa leather seating with ventilated front seats; two-tone leather steering wheel with audio controls; genuine open pore wood with bronze chrome accents; radio/driver’s seat/exterior mirrors with memory; 115-volt power outlet and luxury door trim panel
Premium Lighting Group: HID headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps
SafetyTec Group: Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Stop and Go; Advanced Brake Assist; Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which will bring the vehicle to a stop at low speeds in certain conditions; LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus with lane keep assist, ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; rain-sensitive windshield wipers and SmartBeam headlamps
Uconnect 5.0: 5.0-inch touchscreen display; Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth; rearview mirror with microphone and GPS antenna input


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2016 chrysler 200 specifications

2016 CHRYSLER 200

2016 Chrysler 200

Specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication.
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.
All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires and wheels.

Body Style Four-door sedan
Assembly Plant Sterling Heights Assembly, Mich.
EPA Vehicle Class Mid-size sedan
Introduction Date Spring 2014

Layout Transverse front engine with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD)
Construction Steel uni-frame

Availability Standard — all models

Type and Description Four-cylinder inline, 16-valve MultiAir2 with multiport fuel injection
Displacement 144 cu. in. (2,360 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.46 x 3.82 (88 x 97)
Valve System SOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction High-pressure die-cast aluminum block with dry iron liners, cast-aluminum
cylinder heads, cast-aluminum ladder frame, forged-steel crankshaft
Compression 10.0:1
Power (SAE net, estimated) 184 hp (135 kW) @ 6,250 rpm (preliminary)
Torque (SAE net, estimated) 173 lb.-ft. (234 N•m) @ 4,600 rpm (preliminary)
Max. Engine Speed 6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement Unleaded regular, 87 octane
Oil Capacity 5.5 quarts (5.2 liters)
Coolant Capacity 7.5 quarts (7.1 liters)
Emission Controls GPEC3 engine-management system with close-coupled catalyst; and wide
range O2 sensor (a)
Engine Assembly Plant Dundee Engine Plant, Dundee, Mich.
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy (mpg)
(city/hwy/combined) 23/36/28

(a) Meets Federal Tier 2, Bin 4 emissions requirements PZEV and SULEV30 requirements in California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts,
New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

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Chrysler's Lap of Luxury

Chrysler's lap of luxury

January 23, 2016

Chrysler’s top-of-the-line 200C with all-wheel-drive stands out among a crowded mid-sized sedan market with a blend of performance, premium luxury, and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

The 200C, Chrysler’s top-shelf offering within its four-model 200 lineup, has an understated yet sophisticated exterior. A split, over-under black grille is outlined in chrome that contrasts against gray metallic paint. Narrow headlights extend into the fenders and give way to slight character lines along the doors. A sloping rear window gradually blends into a small trunk lid and a modest rear spoiler. Dual tailpipes dressed in chrome are neatly tucked beneath the rear bumper and 19-inch alloy wheels give the 200C a sporty identity.

My Chrysler tester‘s interior was adorned in quality brown leather and wood trim that created the aura of an English gentlemen’s club. Heated and ventilated seats with contrasting white stitching were extra firm, supportive and infinitely 
adjustable. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, which was also heated, completed the package.

The 200C’s easy-to-use infotainment system featured an 8.4-inch dashboard-integrated touch screen. Menus were well thought out and allowed the user to personalize their most-used functions for quick access. A handy “Do Not Disturb” feature provides drivers with the option to override the system and send calls directly to voicemail and suppress text messages while driving. A nine-speaker Alpine sound system with a 506-watt amplifier pumped out well-defined music at all volume levels. Dual-zone temperature controls with front and rear climate control outlets allowed the driver and passengers to dial in specific temperatures.

The 200C packs a 3.6-
liter, V6 engine under the hood that produces an impressive 295 horsepower. Shifting was hardly 
noticeable from a nine-speed automatic transmission as the Chrysler hustled off the line at traffic lights or accelerated to highway speed. The 200C steering had a heavy, high-performance feel and handling was composed.

The 200C’s all-wheel-drive system has an automatic, fully disconnecting rear axle that improves fuel economy during normal driving conditions. Despite this feature, I barely got above 29 mpg in highway fuel economy and 18 in the city. Chrysler does offer the 200 with a smaller four-cylinder engine that improves fuel economy to 36 mpg on the highway.

In addition to a standard rearview backup camera, the 200C is loaded with the latest safety technology.

Adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep  assist    and    blind-spot 
detection were features that I missed when I
returned the Chrysler. My tester also included a parallel park-assist feature that was part of a $1,295 optional equipment package.

I found the 2016 Chrysler 200 was greatly improved over earlier versions of the mid-sized sedan.

The exhilarating-to-drive yet elegant 200C with an outstanding interior represents a true value and is worth a test drive when compared with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and the Kia Optima.


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The Chrysler 200 Just Got a Lot Cheaper

The Chrysler 200 Just Got a Lot Cheaper

Jun 03, 2016

The Chrysler 200 isn’t long for this world and now the American automaker is trying to get rid of what’s left.

Both the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart are getting axed as part of the company’s new plan, and that means you can save up to $7,500 on a new Chrysler 200 if you’re in the right areas. In the Southern California region, the savings include a $2,000 retail consumer cash, $2,000 select inventory retail BC, $1,000 in conquest cash and $2,500 for trade-in retail bonus cash. The total savings may vary depending on where you are in the U.S. and which trim model you choose.

The savings are pretty significant, considering the Chrysler 200 starts from $22,990 including destination.

Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart will be discontinued, although an exact time frame wasn’t provided. He did hint that both models could return to market if a partner was found to build them. In lieu of the two passenger cars, FCA is focusing its efforts on the Jeep and Ram brand as shoppers in the U.S. continue to buy up SUVs and trucks.

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0% Financing For 84 Months

Chrysler Offers 0% Financing For 84 Months To Dump 200 Model

October 30, 2016

Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) will discontinue the down market Chrysler 200 series cars. And, to help push inventory out the door it will end the car’s run with 0% APR financing for 84 months. Observers of the industry have frowned on loans which last that long, because their likelihood of default it greater than for traditional length loans

The fate of the model was determined earlier this year. According to Automotive News:

FCA has been unsuccessful in persuading another manufacturer to build the Dart and 200 after the two cars go out of production this year.

Dart production will end in September so that its assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., can be retooled to build the Jeep Cherokee. Production of the Chrysler 200 is scheduled to end in late December to allow FCA’s assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., to be retooled for production of the body-on-frame 2018 Ram 1500…

In terms of the 84 month deal:

For well-qualified buyers. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest rates. Must receive financing through Chrysler Capital. Example down payment is 10%. Monthly charge is per $1,000 financed – see table below. See dealer for details. Must take retail delivery by 10/31/2016.

In other words, your credit score is important.

Although it has not sold well, the 200 did get some good reviews. According to the San Jose Mercury New:

With a starting retail price of about $23,000, the 2016 Chrysler 200 combines value with the power and sporty sounds that Detroit is known for.

The sedan also has Silicon Valley tech. New features for 2016 let drivers automatically route phone calls to voicemail and suppress text messages. Drivers can program a custom message to explain why they don’t want to be disturbed.

They also can easily customize the car’s touchscreen by moving app icons to the main menu bar.

However, the Chrysler 200 has sold only 48,858 units for the first nine months of the year, down 65%

Ultimately, whether 0% APR financing over 84 months is bad for the company’s image, or even causes default rates to tick up, Chrysler dealers don’t want a dead model on their lots.


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2017 Chrysler 200 production ends Friday

Chrysler 200 production ends Friday in Sterling Heights

December 2, 2016

It’s the end of the line — both figuratively and literally — for the Chrysler 200, a car that saved one Metro Detroit plant from closure and ushered in the automaker’s popular “Imported from Detroit” tagline.

Friday is the final day of production for the midsize sedan at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s Sterling Heights Assembly plant. Most of the nearly 1,700 hourly workers remaining at the plant following a shift elimination in July are on temporary layoffs – or will be – as the company retools to build the next-generation Ram 1500. The retooling is expected to take much of 2017.

Fiat Chrysler in July announced plans to cease production of the car in December but did not give an exact date. Company spokeswoman Jodi Tinson confirmed to The Detroit News the end of production of the Chrysler 200. She stressed that FCA US has said the Ram 1500 will result in more jobs overall being added to Sterling Heights.

Fiat Chrysler earlier this year told state officials it will add 700 new jobs when production of the pickup begins at the plant. The additional jobs are part of the company’s plans to invest $1.48 billion in Sterling Heights Assembly plant to produce the pickup as well as enhancements, including a paint shop renovation and test track.

State officials, which granted the company millions of dollars in incentives, have said the company would have a base employment of 4,600 at Sterling Heights before the new hires. That would be a substantial increase from the nearly 1,900 employees, including salaried, at the plant as of July.

Tinson on Thursday said the company at this time is not confirming total workforce expected at the plant, because “it is too soon to confirm what total employment will be at SHAP at full production.”

The number of new and retained jobs in Sterling Heights likely will be determined by the number of workers who follow the Ram 1500 from Warren, where the pickup is currently produced – or if a third shift is added.

The temporarily laid-off employees are entitled to a combination of State Unemployment Insurance and Supplemental Unemployment Benefits, which are paid by FCA US.

Once the state-paid benefit 20 weeks of State Unemployment Insurance runs out, FCA US will cover the full cost of unemployment benefits. Because the layoff is classified as temporary, employees are entitled to SUB for the duration of the layoff.

“Our goal from the beginning was to work with FCA-US to make sure that all of our SHAP members are trained and working to minimize any loss of income during the product transition,” said UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell, in an emailed statement to The News. “We are working hard to achieve that goal.”

The benefits are expected to equate to about 70 percent of workers’ take-home pay.

Some employees, primarily skilled trades, will not be laid off, as they will be needed to support the retooling, according to the company.

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Death of the Chrysler 200

Last Car Off the Line: Death of the Chrysler 200 Signals Massive Changes


The day didn't quite last as long as expected along Fiat Chrysler Automobile's sprawling Sterling Heights Assembly Plant on Friday afternoon. As parts ran out, the suburban Detroit line quickly ground to a halt, marking the end of production of the Chrysler 200 sedan — and the start of a long layoff for 1,700 hourly employees.

Back in 2011, as Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy and entered into a partnership with Italy's Fiat SpA, the midsize four-door was expected to be a key to the company's turnaround. And it got a big send-up thanks to an unusual, 90-second Super Bowl commercial featuring rapper Eminem. But after an initial burst of demand, sales have tanked, so far this year off 65 percent from 2015's pace.

This past September, FCA also pulled the plug on its only other U.S.-made small passenger car, the Dodge Dart. The decision to kill off both models reflects the massive shift in the U.S. market from conventional passenger cars to SUVs, crossovers, vans and pickups. Collectively, light trucks now account for over 60 percent of the American new vehicle market.

FCA has no plans to replace those two small car lines - or others it pulled before. It is only barely maintaining production of three larger models in Canada. The good news for FCA's hourly employees is that they'll eventually be called back to work.

The maker is planning to change over both the Belvidere, Illinois, Dart plant and the Chrysler 200 factory in Sterling Heights to produce new trucks. In all, the automaker expects to invest $1.48 billion in the suburban Detroit operation, adding a new paint shop, a new test track, and an all-new version of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup.

When the plant comes back online, FCA will not only bring back those 1,700 hourly workers — and another 1,846 supervisors and salaried staff — but begin to phase in another 700 jobs on the line as truck production ramps up. Since the automaker is expected to eventually bring back an additional shift, state records indicate employment could ultimately approach 5,000.

Of course, FCA isn't the only automaker changing course to respond to market shifts. Domestic rivals Ford and General Motors are rejigging their production schedules and Ford is moving assembly of slower selling small passenger car models to Mexico to open up factory space for new pickups and utes.

Even industry giant Toyota has also been cutting back production of some passenger lines and boosting light truck output. The market shift "is going to continue to accelerate in the future," Bob Carter, head of U.S. Automotive Operations for Toyota, said Wednesday during an appearance in Detroit.
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