And Now For The Worst Part . . .

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
and now for the worst part

The Sebring/Avenger twins aren’t going out of production come the 2010 shutdown of the Sterling Heights plant where they are currently produced. Inside Line has it straight from the horses, er, mouth: Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau.

Deneau: “We definitely have plans for these vehicles beyond December 2010. That’s about all I can tell you, but it’s pretty definitive.”

Inside Line: “They aren’t being killed?”

Deneau: “Nope, we have flexibility in our plants. We said all along. You could build Sebrings and Avengers in Belvidere. I’m by no means trying to make a manufacturing statement. But we have plans for them beyond December 2010.”

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  • Ohsnapback Ohsnapback on May 07, 2009

    I rented a 2007 Sebring for a weekend in Minnesota and it wasn't nearly as bad, in any respect, and the 'abominable' reviews I read about. I'd rather have that car than a Pontiac G6 or Ford Fusion base, in fact. Both the G6 and base Ford Fusion have interior materials that are actually worse, along with NVH levels that are worse, than the Sebring.

  • Carguy622 Carguy622 on May 07, 2009
    akear: In what world is the Sebring interior better than a Malibu? I had a rental Sebring convertible and a rental Malibu, the Sebring's interior was a hodgepodge of colors and textures, while the Malibu had a coherent design and some actual style. From the outside I liked everything about the Malibu but the rear end. The Sebring convertible I drove was not a piece of crap, but I would never buy one for myself. As a rental it's fine, and there-in lies the problem.

  • Moedaman Moedaman on May 07, 2009
    The government also gave Chrysler $1.5 billion in 1980 to save it from bankruptcy. For some reason this did not lead to Communism and Red Chinese hordes marching down the streets of Everytown, USA or whatever it is you are afraid of. What the hell are you talking about? The government didn't give Chrysler any money or get any equity in the company or give equity away to anyone else. The government did guarantee the loans that Chrysler received back then and Chrysler paid those loans off. Not at all like what is happening today.

  • Geeber Geeber on May 07, 2009
    f8: Oh wait, the first 25 billion was given to the Big 3 by the Bush administration in November of 2008. After consulting with President-elect Obama, who didn't want to deal with a GM and Chrysler bankruptcy on the first day of his job. He fully endorsed the original government bailout. f8: The government also gave Chrysler $1.5 billion in 1980 to save it from bankruptcy. The federal government didn't give Chrysler a dime in the 1980s. It backed loan guarantees - if Chrysler couldn't pay off its loans, the government promised to do so. Otherwise, no sane lender would have given Chrysler a loan at that time.