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A mid-size, front wheel drive car produced by Chrysler since the 2011 model year. The successor to the Chrysler Sebring.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chrysler 200 page on 26 May 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chrysler 200 is a four-door mid-size car manufactured and marketed by Chrysler since 2010.

The 200 nameplate debuted on the 200C, a prototype hybrid vehicle shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and 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.

First generation (2011–2014)

The first generation Chrysler 200 was a restyled, rebadged and re-engineered version of the third generation Chrysler Sebring that began production in 2006. Although the JS platform had been retained, there were many cosmetic and powertrain changes to the 200. The 2.4 L four-cylinder 173 hp (129 kW) 166 lb·ft (225 N·m) engine with either a four-speed or six-speed automatic transmission carried over. Chrysler's new Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine was also offered with a six-speed automatic transmission, generating 283 hp (211 kW) and 260 lb·ft (350 N·m) of torque. A flex-fuel version of the 3.6 L Pentastar engine was also available. Other changes included stiffer body mounts, revised suspension geometry with a softer ride rate, a new rear sway bar, and upgraded tires. The 200 was also more highly equipped than the Sebring. Chrysler added features such as LED lighting, thicker seat cushioning with higher quality materials, along with new measures to decrease noise, vibration, and harshness.

The Chrysler 200 was manufactured at Sterling Heights Assembly (Sterling Heights, Michigan) and arrived at dealers in December 2010. A 2-door convertible model was added in early 2011 with the same engine choices.

The 200 and its badge engineered variant the Dodge Avenger, were ranked the "Most American Made" sedans and convertibles by The Kogod Made in America Auto Index in 2013.

Second generation (2015–present)

The 2015 model year Chrysler 200 debuted on January 13, 2014 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Based on the Fiat Compact platform, FCA (Fiat Chysler America) used the long wheelbase version dubbed CUSW (Compact US Wide) for the second generation Chrysler 200. It is offered in four trim levels, LX, Limited, S as well as C — and is positioned as a mid-size entry intended to compete with Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Malibu, and Ford Fusion.

Becoming available in mid-2014 as an early 2015 Model Year vehicle, the all-new Chrysler 200 became available to Build and Price the same day it was unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, and became available in dealership showrooms shortly after.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 also includes class-exclusive features that may be available as options on, though do not come as standard equipment on, its competitors, such as: push-button start with keyless access, exterior color-keyed components, and more.

The convertible model was discontinued with model year 2014.


Photographs

Chrysler 200 Sedan On the streets of Chicago, Illinois
Photo ©2012 Bill Crittenden
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2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan The 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited edition photographed at Boulevard Dodge Jeep Chrysler in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported photo by Shadiac
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
2011SAFETY RECALL L33: ENGINE BLOCK DEBRIS
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 24KB - 1 page
7 June 2011NHTSA Recall 11V315000
2011 Chrysler 200, 2011 Chrysler Town & Country, 2011 Dodge Avenger, 2011 Dodge Caliber, 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2011 Dodge Journey, 2011 Dodge Nitro, 2011 Jeep Compass, 2011 Jeep Liberty, 2011 Jeep Patriot, 2011 Jeep Wrangler
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
7 June 2011Updated Defect Information Report for Chrysler Group LLC
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 340KB - 4 pages
14 June 2011Steering Column
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: David Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 26KB - 3 pages
28 June 2011NHTSA Identification Number 11V-315
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 26KB - 1 page
28 June 2011Safety Recall L23: Steering Column Pivot Rivets
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 234KB - 2 pages
July 2011Safety Recall L23: Steering Column Pivot Rivets
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 3.7MB - 11 pages
26 September 2011NHTSA Recall 11V487000
2012 Chrysler 200, 2012 Chrysler Town & Country, 2012 Dodge Charger, 2012 Dodge Durango, 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, 2012 Dodge Journey, 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
26 September 2011From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 107KB - 4 pages
29 September 2011Rod Bearing Failure
From: Ric Willard, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: David Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 27KB - 3 pages
7 October 2011RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 56KB - 3 pages
November 2011Safety Recall L33 - Engine Block Debris
Chrysler Group, LLC
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 4.5MB - 41 pages
17 November 2011NHTSA Identification Number 11 V-487
From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Claude Harris, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 18KB - 1 page
6 January 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 85KB - 2 pages
6 January 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/11
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 85KB - 2 pages
2 April 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/12
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 38KB - 2 pages
4 April 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/12
From: David Dillon, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 38KB - 2 pages
6 July 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 6/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 105KB - 2 pages
6 July 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 6/30/12
From: David D. Dillon, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 104KB - 2 pages
5 October 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 39KB - 2 pages
5 October 2012RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 9/30/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 39KB - 2 pages
7 January 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler Group, LLC
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V315000

PDF
- 1.1MB - 2 pages
7 January 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 12/31/12
From: David R. Bernier, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 1.1MB - 2 pages
18 April 2013RECALL QUARTERLY REPORT -- QUARTER ENDING 3/31/13
From: Kristin J. Kolodge, Chrysler
To: Nancy Lummen Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA Recall 11V487000

PDF
- 44KB - 2 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 October 2014Marketing America's Import: The Chrysler 200Bill Crittenden


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