The Truth About Cars » chrysler 200 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » chrysler 200 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Chrysler 200 Sales In Freefall, No Wonder Sergio Shut Down Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/chrysler-200-sales-freefall-no-wonder-sergio-shut-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/chrysler-200-sales-freefall-no-wonder-sergio-shut-production/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:40:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1278418 News that 200 production would instantly end, albeit temporarily, was overshadowed by news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would, sooner than later, farm out the design and production of their small and intermediate cars to a rival automaker. The Chrysler 200’s plant in Sterling, Michigan will undergo a six-week shutdown due to an inventory glut at […]

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News that 200 production would instantly end, albeit temporarily, was overshadowed by news that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would, sooner than later, farm out the design and production of their small and intermediate cars to a rival automaker. The Chrysler 200’s plant in Sterling, Michigan will undergo a six-week shutdown due to an inventory glut at […]

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Who Will Build Sergio’s Next Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/will-build-sergios-next-dodge-dart-chrysler-200/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/will-build-sergios-next-dodge-dart-chrysler-200/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:05:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277738 FCA’s sweater-in-chief Sergio Marchionne has a plan to turn around the debt-laden and ailing automaker: stop building cars that lose money. That sounds like common sense, so long as oil prices stay low and the demand for trucks, SUVs and crossovers remains high. But that plan introduces a new set of problems, chief among them […]

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FCA’s sweater-in-chief Sergio Marchionne has a plan to turn around the debt-laden and ailing automaker: stop building cars that lose money. That sounds like common sense, so long as oil prices stay low and the demand for trucks, SUVs and crossovers remains high. But that plan introduces a new set of problems, chief among them […]

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The Most De-Pressing Reviews Ever http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/de-pressing-reviews-ever/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/de-pressing-reviews-ever/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:23:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=964570 Two Chryslers, both alike in dignity (In fair Miami, where we lay our scene) It was the perfect storm. Derek was in Miami for a vacation; I had to go to Florida for a funeral. Derek had a well-equipped Chrysler 200 Pentastar, courtesy of our friends at FCA; I rented a bare-bones MultiAir-powered Chrysler 200 […]

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Two Chryslers, both alike in dignity (In fair Miami, where we lay our scene) It was the perfect storm. Derek was in Miami for a vacation; I had to go to Florida for a funeral. Derek had a well-equipped Chrysler 200 Pentastar, courtesy of our friends at FCA; I rented a bare-bones MultiAir-powered Chrysler 200 […]

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Best-Selling Midsize Car: Chrysler 200, In Canada, In October http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/best-selling-midsize-car-chrysler-200-canada-october/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/best-selling-midsize-car-chrysler-200-canada-october/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:59:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=943545 Canada’s best-selling midsize car? The Chrysler 200. At least, that was the case in October 2014, a month in which sales of the 200 jumped 120% to 1800 units. Even with the near-disappearance of the Dodge Avenger, the fraternal twin of the new 200’s predecessor, Chrysler Canada midsize car sales grew 64% last month. Odd […]

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Canada’s best-selling midsize car? The Chrysler 200. At least, that was the case in October 2014, a month in which sales of the 200 jumped 120% to 1800 units. Even with the near-disappearance of the Dodge Avenger, the fraternal twin of the new 200’s predecessor, Chrysler Canada midsize car sales grew 64% last month. Odd […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Chrysler 200S AWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/capsule-review-2015-chrysler-200s-awd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/capsule-review-2015-chrysler-200s-awd/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=936994 I just spent a week with the all-new, all-wheel-drive 2015 Chrysler 200 S. It was one of Chrysler Canada’s press cars, priced at $38,815. Equipped as it was with big wheels and a dual pane sunroof and blind spot monitoring and navigation, it would have been priced at $35,560 in the United States. Yes, $35,560. […]

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I just spent a week with the all-new, all-wheel-drive 2015 Chrysler 200 S. It was one of Chrysler Canada’s press cars, priced at $38,815. Equipped as it was with big wheels and a dual pane sunroof and blind spot monitoring and navigation, it would have been priced at $35,560 in the United States. Yes, $35,560. […]

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Chart Of The Day: The 200 And A Decade Of Chrysler Group Midsize Car Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-200-decade-chrysler-group-midsize-car-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/chart-day-200-decade-chrysler-group-midsize-car-sales/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:41:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=930402 Through the first nine months of 2014, sales of the Chrysler 200 are down 27%. That’s to be expected, as the 200 was transitioning from Sebring-based (but Pentastar-powered!) fleet favourite to sleeker 2015 200 form. Granted, Toyota is transitioning from Camry to refreshed Camry and sales are up 5% this year, but that’s a somewhat […]

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Through the first nine months of 2014, sales of the Chrysler 200 are down 27%. That’s to be expected, as the 200 was transitioning from Sebring-based (but Pentastar-powered!) fleet favourite to sleeker 2015 200 form. Granted, Toyota is transitioning from Camry to refreshed Camry and sales are up 5% this year, but that’s a somewhat […]

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Capsule Review: 2015 Chrysler 200 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/capsule-review-2015-chrysler-200/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/capsule-review-2015-chrysler-200/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:06:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=775561 Calling the 2015 Chrysler 200 an “improvement” would be damning it with faint praise. Rather than condemn it as one of the worst cars to grace our roads, I think it’s safe to say that the outgoing version was rather dated and uncompetitive, even if the 200, and its former Dodge Avenger platform-mate, had a […]

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Calling the 2015 Chrysler 200 an “improvement” would be damning it with faint praise. Rather than condemn it as one of the worst cars to grace our roads, I think it’s safe to say that the outgoing version was rather dated and uncompetitive, even if the 200, and its former Dodge Avenger platform-mate, had a […]

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No Fixed Abode: Where were you when the convertible died? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/no-fixed-adobe-where-were-you-when-the-convertible-died/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/no-fixed-adobe-where-were-you-when-the-convertible-died/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:15:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=757169 Note: I’ve used the title “Avoidable Contact” for years now to denote my editorials in which I’m discussing general automotive issues. With the publication of the new issue of R&T, that title is now in use there. For the foreseeable future, I will be writing two types of editorials here at TTAC. The good-cars-and-bad-women content […]

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Note: I’ve used the title “Avoidable Contact” for years now to denote my editorials in which I’m discussing general automotive issues. With the publication of the new issue of R&T, that title is now in use there. For the foreseeable future, I will be writing two types of editorials here at TTAC. The good-cars-and-bad-women content […]

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Chrysler 200 Convertible Bids Farewell To America’s Rental Lots http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/chrysler-200-convertible-bids-farewell-to-americas-rental-lots/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/chrysler-200-convertible-bids-farewell-to-americas-rental-lots/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:32:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752825 Along with the Dodge Avenger, the Chrysler 200 convertible won’t be returning to showrooms alongside the upgraded 2015 model. With sales of the droptop 200 reportedly falling to less than 5 percent of sales, the decision to skip the expensive re-engineering process for a convertible model was made. Chrysler will instead focus their resources on […]

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Along with the Dodge Avenger, the Chrysler 200 convertible won’t be returning to showrooms alongside the upgraded 2015 model. With sales of the droptop 200 reportedly falling to less than 5 percent of sales, the decision to skip the expensive re-engineering process for a convertible model was made. Chrysler will instead focus their resources on […]

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ZF’s 9-Speed 9HP Transmission Puts Dog Clutches On The Leash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/zfs-9-speed-9hp-transmission-puts-dog-clutches-on-the-leash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/zfs-9-speed-9hp-transmission-puts-dog-clutches-on-the-leash/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 03:34:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=727738 In a week we will post our first full review of the all-new and all-controversial 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The new Jeep isn’t just raising eyebrows for the love-it or hate-it styling. Or the resurrection of the Cherokee badge. Or the constant delays in production. Or the transverse mounted engine. Or the lack of solid axles. […]

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In a week we will post our first full review of the all-new and all-controversial 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The new Jeep isn’t just raising eyebrows for the love-it or hate-it styling. Or the resurrection of the Cherokee badge. Or the constant delays in production. Or the transverse mounted engine. Or the lack of solid axles. […]

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A Long Last Dance With The Chrysler 200 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-long-last-dance-with-the-chrysler-200/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/a-long-last-dance-with-the-chrysler-200/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:04:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=732690 I was shivering, I think, because I was low on blood. Ten days of internal bleeding, of cauterization, of six vials a day donated to the unworthy cause of redundant testing, of the dark brown surge through the catheter, of the bright red bloom in the water of the toilet bowl. Your blood keeps you […]

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I was shivering, I think, because I was low on blood. Ten days of internal bleeding, of cauterization, of six vials a day donated to the unworthy cause of redundant testing, of the dark brown surge through the catheter, of the bright red bloom in the water of the toilet bowl. Your blood keeps you […]

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How Much, If Any, of This Chrysler 200 Ad’s Copy Did Bob Dylan Write? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/how-much-if-any-of-this-chrysler-200-ads-copy-did-bob-dylan-write/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/how-much-if-any-of-this-chrysler-200-ads-copy-did-bob-dylan-write/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731842 Chrysler marketeer Olivier Francois has been a master at getting enormous buzz from Chrysler’s Super Bowl commercials. Two years ago, they launched the memorable Imported From Detroit ad for the Chrysler 200, using music by Detroit area rapper Eminem. That ad was said by many to be more memorable than the 2011 200, a warmed […]

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Chrysler marketeer Olivier Francois has been a master at getting enormous buzz from Chrysler’s Super Bowl commercials. Two years ago, they launched the memorable Imported From Detroit ad for the Chrysler 200, using music by Detroit area rapper Eminem. That ad was said by many to be more memorable than the 2011 200, a warmed […]

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Analysis: Defining Success For The New Chrysler 200 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/analysis-defining-success-for-the-new-chrysler-200/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/analysis-defining-success-for-the-new-chrysler-200/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:27:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=701257 Please welcome Juan Barnett to TTAC. While sitting in a Mossy Oak Ram, a very-real and very-camouflaged version of Ram’s 1500, I watched the all-new Chrysler 200 roll on to the stage in Detroit. After crowning the 200 as Chrysler’s flagship sedan (Sorry 300!) in his speech, the Chrysler executive went on to tell the crowd that they were […]

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Please welcome Juan Barnett to TTAC. While sitting in a Mossy Oak Ram, a very-real and very-camouflaged version of Ram’s 1500, I watched the all-new Chrysler 200 roll on to the stage in Detroit. After crowning the 200 as Chrysler’s flagship sedan (Sorry 300!) in his speech, the Chrysler executive went on to tell the crowd that they were […]

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Mo’ Better Blue Chrysler 200 Pictures http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/mo-better-blue-chrysler-200-pictures/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/mo-better-blue-chrysler-200-pictures/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695409   More shots of the next Chrysler 200 have leaked out, and the resemblance between the 200 and the Dart is definitely evident. There’s no escaping common hard points.    

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  More shots of the next Chrysler 200 have leaked out, and the resemblance between the 200 and the Dart is definitely evident. There’s no escaping common hard points.    

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2015 Chrysler 200: Not Big Enough To Succeed? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/2015-chrysler-200-not-big-enough-to-succeed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/2015-chrysler-200-not-big-enough-to-succeed/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:30:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693153 Even when manufacturers restrict access to events, press fleets and product previews, TTAC manages to get the juicy details, thanks to an overlooked segment of the automotive industry. Our network of supplier sources is far and wide, spanning all tiers and market segments, and our latest bit of information comes from one source, who raised […]

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Even when manufacturers restrict access to events, press fleets and product previews, TTAC manages to get the juicy details, thanks to an overlooked segment of the automotive industry. Our network of supplier sources is far and wide, spanning all tiers and market segments, and our latest bit of information comes from one source, who raised […]

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2015 Chrysler 200 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/2015-chrysler-200-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/2015-chrysler-200-revealed/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:15:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=679154   The folks at Allpar have discovered an undisguised Chrysler 200 driving around sans camo. Looking like a cross between a Dart and a Chevrolet Impala, the 200 will use the same CUSW architecture as the Dart and Jeep Cherokee, along with the 2.4L 4-cylinder and Pentastar V6 engines.

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  The folks at Allpar have discovered an undisguised Chrysler 200 driving around sans camo. Looking like a cross between a Dart and a Chevrolet Impala, the 200 will use the same CUSW architecture as the Dart and Jeep Cherokee, along with the 2.4L 4-cylinder and Pentastar V6 engines.

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QOTD: What Is The Most Misunderstood Vehicle On The Market? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-the-most-misunderstood/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/qotd-the-most-misunderstood/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:19:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486272   Reader Summicron manages to both praise Jack’s review of the Dodge Avenger while also bringing up a very interesting point. Summicron writes Baruth does the best job I’ve ever seen of answering the question: “What does this hardware actually do?” versus: “What will snobs think of me if I buy it?” This immediately made […]

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  Reader Summicron manages to both praise Jack’s review of the Dodge Avenger while also bringing up a very interesting point. Summicron writes Baruth does the best job I’ve ever seen of answering the question: “What does this hardware actually do?” versus: “What will snobs think of me if I buy it?” This immediately made […]

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A Snapshot Of What Sub-Prime Buyers Are Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/a-snapshot-of-what-sub-prime-buyers-are-driving/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/a-snapshot-of-what-sub-prime-buyers-are-driving/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:30:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486080 Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site www.carfinance.com released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While […]

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Sub-prime finance has attracted a bit of interest (no pun intended) over at TTAC lately, and the segment itself has experienced phenomenal growth in the post-bailout era. Auto lending site www.carfinance.com released a list of the top 10 most popular new and used vehicles as purchased by sub-prime buyers over the last six months. While […]

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Chrysler 200 “8 Mile Edition” On The Way http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/chrysler-200-8-mile-edition-on-the-way/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/chrysler-200-8-mile-edition-on-the-way/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:02:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463512 (NSFW Language) Chrysler is launching a series of “buzz cars”, a fancy name for special edition package that will ostensibly maintain consumer interest in their cars as they progress over the model cycle. Bloomberg reports that the first buzz car will harken back to the 8 Mile-themed commercial staring Detroit native Eminem The next phase […]

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(NSFW Language) Chrysler is launching a series of “buzz cars”, a fancy name for special edition package that will ostensibly maintain consumer interest in their cars as they progress over the model cycle. Bloomberg reports that the first buzz car will harken back to the 8 Mile-themed commercial staring Detroit native Eminem The next phase […]

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Review: 2012 Chrysler 200 S Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-chrysler-200-s-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/review-2012-chrysler-200-s-convertible/#comments Sat, 08 Sep 2012 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459073 So you want your next car to be a cheap drop top that seats four? If you live in America, your options are strangely limited. By my count, only five convertibles are available on our shores that seat four and cost under $30,000. If you cross the “convertible hatchbacks” (Cooper and 500c) off the list […]

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So you want your next car to be a cheap drop top that seats four? If you live in America, your options are strangely limited. By my count, only five convertibles are available on our shores that seat four and cost under $30,000. If you cross the “convertible hatchbacks” (Cooper and 500c) off the list […]

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Dodge Dart Platform Will Underpin Chrysler 200, Jeep Compass Replacement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-dart-platform-will-underpin-chrysler-200-jeep-compass-replacement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-dart-platform-will-underpin-chrysler-200-jeep-compass-replacement/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:16:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428023 A USA Today interview with Sergio Marchionne revealed some interesting details about Chrysler’s future product plans – among them, a wider adoption of the Dodge Dart/Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, a possible small hatch dubbed the “Chrysler 100″ and Alfa Romeos built on American soil. The upcoming replacements for the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 will […]

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A USA Today interview with Sergio Marchionne revealed some interesting details about Chrysler’s future product plans – among them, a wider adoption of the Dodge Dart/Alfa Romeo Giulietta platform, a possible small hatch dubbed the “Chrysler 100″ and Alfa Romeos built on American soil. The upcoming replacements for the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 will […]

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Dodge Avenger Headed For Death Row? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-avenger-headed-for-death-row/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/dodge-avenger-headed-for-death-row/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:51:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=425890 Chrysler is facing a dilemma straight out of “Sophie’s Choice” – whether or not it should kill the wretched Dodge Avenger to help the marginally better Chrysler 200 thrive. But words straight from the mouth of Dodge boss Reid Bigland made it seem like it’s all but a done deal. Stating that “…Chrysler Group will likely […]

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Chrysler is facing a dilemma straight out of “Sophie’s Choice” – whether or not it should kill the wretched Dodge Avenger to help the marginally better Chrysler 200 thrive. But words straight from the mouth of Dodge boss Reid Bigland made it seem like it’s all but a done deal. Stating that “…Chrysler Group will likely […]

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