Tuesday, November 16, 2010

2011 Chrysler 200
Better, Duh!

More complete information and full photo sets of the 2011 Chrysler 200 are now circulating. The Chrysler 200 replaces the less-than-successful Chrysler Sebring. Under Cerberus, Chrysler was starved for product development money, and the Sebring was one of the vehicles most affected. Post-buyout, the Sebring needed to be replaced, like yesterday, but there wasn't the time or money to do a complete do-over. Under the circumstances, new Chrysler has done a good job putting new flesh on old bones. The moderate reskinning of the old Sebring platform renders the 200 basically inoffensive even if it isn't a raging beauty. The old hard plastic interior has been thrown out, and soft touch plastics now predominate. The biggest change is in the powertrain. Chrysler's new Pentastar V6 is the optional engine, with a new 6-speed automatic transmission. The base engine is the carryover 4-cylinder engine, but a six-speed transmission is available even with the 4-cylinder. Virtually all of the auto sites are running stories on the 200. Here's a link to Autoblog's

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