What's Wrong With This Picture: The Sebring Connection Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture the sebring connection edition

Now that Chrysler has released full side-on images of its new “200” sedan, its Sebring heritage is plain to see. But will a new name, a new V6, improved handling and a new interior be enough to get D-segment shoppers to forget the Sebring’s ignominy and head back to Chrysler showrooms?

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  • Everyone I know with a Sebring LOVES THEIR CAR. As long as its reliable I don't think anyone who bought one thinks its ugly.

  • Cpmanx Cpmanx on Nov 15, 2010

    Remember, this is a quickie refresh of the Sebring. It not only retains the old car's hard points, it retains almost all of the sheet metal except for the front and rear caps. For this stopgap update, Chrysler focused on powertrain, suspension, and interior--the weakest points on the Sebring. Based on the early photos and released specs, all three of those should be much improved. The exterior changes are just enough to flag the other, more significant changes. The one thing that baffles me is the same thing that baffled Mazder3: that absurd bit of black plastic on the C-pillar. If you took it off the roofline would look more organic, and for essentially zero cost Chrysler would have created the appearance of a different side profile. I'm surprised they left it there. As for the idea that Dodge and Jeep will fade away to make place for Fiats--not going to happen. Fiat has zero brand equity in this country, Chrysler sales are starting to perk up even before most of the improved product shows up, and Fiat has been very clear that its product plan does not include lots of Fiat-badged cars in the U.S.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.