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    Chrysler Shows Off The New 200 Sedan


    • Chrysler brings their mid-size entry into the 21st century.


    Chrysler today unveiled the all new Chrysler 200 sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new 200 rides on a new platform shared with the smaller Dodge Dart but features a host of available technologies not offered on its lesser sibling.

    The biggest upgrade is the optional 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 which produces 295 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Standard on all trim levels is a segment first 9-speed automatic transmission. Also optional is an AWD system that can decouple the drive line both at the center drive shaft and at the rear axle to virtually eliminate parasitic losses in fuel economy. The system automatically couples in and out of service as needed. In the 200s trim equipped with the V6, the AWD system can be placed into sport mode which funnels more torque to the rear wheels for spirited driving.

    For those who favor more MPGs rather than faster 0-60 times, the base engine is a 2.4 liter TigerShark Multi-air engine with a preliminary highway fuel economy rating of 35 mile per gallon. This engine produces 183 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque.

    Inside, the 200s and 200c feature a very fluid dash design with available open pore wood accents and sculpted leather seats. The gear selector is now a rotary knob and move forward on to the base of the dash, this allows Chrysler to open up the center console to new ways to arrange storage.

    The biggest news may be on price. Pricing for the 2015 Chrysler 200 starts at $21,700 for the base model, $95 lower than the outgoing 200.

    The 200 is set to go on sale in the 2nd quarter of 2014.

    Press release on page 2


    2015 Chrysler 200

    DESIGN

    Inspired American Design and Beautifully Crafted Inside and Out,

    the All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 Sedan Charts a New Course for the Chrysler Brand,

    As Well As the Mid-size Sedan Segment, Captivating Drivers and Passengers Alike

    • All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 debuts the new “face” of the Chrysler brand with a confident and instantly recognizable unified grille and headlamp graphic that prominently features the centralized Chrysler wing badge
    • Elegant forms, sensual lines and fluid surfaces highlight the coupe-like appearance of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200
    • The athletic exterior has a soulful presence; the all-new Chrysler 200 is a strong, timeless design that drivers will want to touch and feel
    • A signature light pipe or full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps give the all-new Chrysler 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming or going
    • Inspired by classic American design, the interior of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 features clean, expressive surfaces and is inviting and comfortable, rewarding drivers and passengers on daily commutes as well as longer journeys
    • Well-crafted components offer world-class levels of fit and finish, furniture-like operating precision and attention to detail
    • All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is loaded with state-of-the-art, easy-to-use high-tech features and thoughtful amenities that will surprise and delight customers

    2015 Chrysler 200 Exterior design

    An exquisite yet simple exterior design featuring sensuous lines and the new “face” of Chrysler, and an elegant, well-crafted interior are the hallmarks of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan.

    Clean lines and expressive surfaces highlight the coupe-like appearance of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 exterior. Inspired by nature and classic American design – Chris Craft boats and Airstream travel trailers – the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan with its athletic yet soulful presence, has a strong, sculptural exterior that drivers will want to touch and feel. It’s a timeless design based on simple elegance.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 redefines the exterior design philosophy for the Chrysler brand. We developed an elegant composition of forms that feature clean yet expressive surfaces,” said Brandon Faurote, Head of Chrysler Brand Design – Chrysler Group LLC. “The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the debut of the new face of Chrysler which is confidently American. It features a new signature design element that cradles the proudly displayed Chrysler wing badge and travels visually into the headlamps. The coupe-like silhouette flows seamlessly into the deck lid and conveys a sense of speed for a very dramatic, emotional appeal.”

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has a simple, elegant, coupe-like silhouette; a few key lines wrap around the vehicle. It’s a sculptural design that conveys the essence of the long, drawn-out forms that were found on Chrysler coupes in the 1960s. A unified front graphic, the horizontal design orientation with sculpted body sides and a body line that wraps around the car ties the design together for a singular, flowing aesthetic.

    The front of the new 200 debuts the new “face of Chrysler” with a unified look that integrates the grille and headlamps for the first time with a Mobius strip-inspired design that’s enhanced by a dynamic grille texture, providing a unique 3-dimensional effect. The central hood forms align and emphasize the new floating Chrysler wing and the Mobius strip repeats the wing shape, further celebrating the Chrysler brand identity.

    A signature light pipe or available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps give the all-new Chrysler 200 a distinctive, recognizable look coming or going. The new DRL debuts a new shape for the 200, starting in the top corner, moving down and then inward, artfully wrapping around the headlamps. The LED package delivers crisp, clean white lighting in all forward lighting positions.

    Bright accents visually tie together the available fog lamps in the front and dual exhausts in the rear fascia, as well as the front and rear of the sedan for a harmonious exterior appearance.

    2015 Chrysler 200 LX, Limited and C models all feature bright trim in the upper and lower grille of the front fascia, daylight opening (DLO), the area surrounding the side windows, and rear fascia.

    The 2015 Chrysler 200’s athletic form is highlighted by wide “shoulders” and balanced width, resulting in the most aerodynamic vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment, delivering owners both beauty and purpose.

    The mirrors are beautifully sculpted and flow seamlessly off the pillars, and are complemented with beautifully refined door handles that feature a subtle, refined bright accent.

    The rear of the all-new 2015 200 has a wide stance, an integrated spoiler and bright trim in the lower rear fascia. The exhaust tips are mounted-in-fascia, delivering precise fit and finish.

    Dynamic and vibrant exterior colors build upon the fluid, muscular design cues for an unexpected-in-the-segment aesthetic – one of quiet confidence. Colors such as Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Ceramic Blue Clear Coat and Lunar White Tri-Coat add an air of confidence on the new 2015 Chrysler 200.

    No detail was overlooked in the design of the all-new 200 sedan. The wheels were specifically designed for the all-new 200 and feature shapes that blend sensual forms with technical precision. The expressive split, five-spoke design complements the vehicle perfectly. The unique design features on the tail lamps not only have a great aesthetic, but also aid in the best-in-class aerodynamics the 2015 200 delivers. The “200” badge has been updated with a cleaner, more contemporary look.

    The 2015 Chrysler 200S model continues the successful S model design DNA by delivering an exclusive look – darker, more sinister – not found on other models in the lineup. The S model in the outgoing vehicle accounted for roughly 25 percent of sales while attracting a younger, more affluent customer.

    The exclusive appearance of the 2015 200S models starts with gloss black trim and accents, rather than the bright trim found on other models in the lineup. The DLO surround/molding is finished in high gloss black as well. Integrated dual exhausts are standard on the S model. The available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. The 200S model’s sinister look and feel complements the sportier driving experience the S model delivers.

    From a distance, the exterior of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is impactful and beautiful, and the engaging design is truly appreciated from up close, where the humanistic design forms and precisely-crafted details are truly valued.

    The 2015 Chrysler 200 is available in the United States in four different models and will arrive in volume in dealer showrooms in the second quarter, 2014. Customers can choose from the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler S model and the premium Chrysler 200C.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan will offer consumers 11 different exterior color choices from which to choose: Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Lunar White Pearl Tri-coat, Phantom Black Pearl Tri-coat (late availability), Vivid Blue Pearl Coat, Crystal Blue Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Luxury Brown Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Black Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Ceramic Blue Clear Coat (late availability).

    2015 Chrysler 200 interior design

    The inspiration for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 interior was classic American design – the Eames lounge chair, the iPhone, Airstream travel trailers – designs that use materials in an honest way, whether it is formed wood, or smooth molded metal in clean, sleek designs.

    The interior of the 200 draws the eye to clean, expressive surfaces. It’s inviting, comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on daily commutes as well as longer journeys.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 interior is a sophisticated blend of hand-sculpted fluid shapes, high-quality materials, innovative material choices, precision craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology and thoughtful, clever features.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 offered us a blank canvas with which to design the interior. We looked at iconic American design and craftsmanship for our inspiration because Chrysler is a classic American brand,” said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design. “Formed wood, used as an integral element of the design is what captured our attention and inspired us. Customers can see an example of this approach in the open pore wood trim in the new 200; it’s not just decoration, but a structural element that visually ‘holds’ the components and the instrument panel itself in place.”

    The 2015 Chrysler 200 interior was designed using four key principles:

    • Make an emotional design impact
    • Use high-quality materials
    • Include state-of-the-art technology
    • Develop clever storage features that use the interior space wisely

    Emotional design

    When Chrysler designers started work on the all-new interior of the 2015 200 sedan, they envisioned using unique elements to create an interior identity that was distinctly American and enveloped the drivers and passengers in an inviting and comfortable yet beautiful interior.

    The interior has a “wow” factor. It’s a striking appearance, one of contemporary luxury but with graceful movement. Hand-sculpted, fluid shapes and clean, expressive surfaces are found throughout the cabin. The fluid shapes carry from the instrument panel around to the door panels. The available open-pore wood trim was designed to visually “hold” the instrument panel in place.

    The clean lines of the dash are highlighted by the floating island bezel and the soft blue glow surrounding the gauges in the instrument panel. The components of the instrument panel are integrated in the design for a finished product that is solid and timeless. The instrument panel’s sleek appearance is juxtaposed with the architectural detail of the air vents, evoking the exposed structure of a building or vertebrae in a skeleton.

    The well-crafted components in the interior deliver world-class levels of fit and finish for drivers and passengers alike. Furniture-like mechanisms such as the sliding cup holders in the innovative center console are sturdy, yet operate smoothly.

    The 2015 Chrysler 200 sports the newly designed corporate steering wheel with audio, voice and speed controls. It’s ergonomic and intuitive, adding a new level of technical sophistication to the 200 sedan. For the first time in a Chrysler mid-size sedan, paddle shifters are available for the driver who wants a more spirited driving experience.

    The centerpiece of the new 200 interior is the innovative center console. The contemporary design is pleasing to look at while offering clever functionality that is enabled by full electronic gear shifting with a rotary shift knob. This leading-edge technology doesn’t need the mechanical pieces of traditional shifters that take up space in the center of the vehicle, enabling Chrysler designers to fully utilize the space.

    A pass-through storage area at the front of the console is accessible by both the driver and front-seat passenger. A thoughtful opening at the rear of the pass-through storage area allows for wires and cables to directly connect to the power supply and media center located in the center console.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 center console includes an innovative sliding cup holder with smooth, furniture-like movement. The sliding function allows drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is available with three interior choices inspired by the diverse, iconic American urban landscape.

    Fifth Avenue in New York City was the inspiration for the black interiors. The City of New York represents a unique attitude – the city that never sleeps. It’s high fashion with a rock and roll edge. Edgy, yet classy. The Fifth Avenue interior is black and features black monotone embossed fabric cloth seating or black leather seating with a linen headliner, Satin Chrome accents and is available on the LX, Limited and 200C models.

    Sausalito, California was the muse for the two-tone Linen and Black interior. The spirit of Sausalito inspired Chrysler designers with its different mindset: it’s a city that doesn’t act like a city. The city projects a “oneness” with its environment, a peaceful Zen that is represented by the linen and black interior. With Linen embossed fabric cloth seats or Linen leather seating with a linen headliner, the interior is calming, wrapping drivers and passengers in a comfortable cocoon. Satin chrome accents and black finishes are the final touches for a beautiful, harmonious interior choice. The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is the first Chrysler Group vehicle to debut the linen interior option. The Linen and Black cloth interior is available on the LX and Limited models.

    The tenacious, never-say-die spirit of the City of Detroit was the inspiration for the S model’s exclusive Black and Ambassador Blue interior. The interior of the S model embodies the juxtaposition of the City of Detroit – the tenaciousness and never-give-up attitude that created and nurtured world-renowned inventors and craftsmen, a music scene that has inspired generations of artists, and the hard-working people that put the world on wheels with the gritty landscape in parts of the city today. The interior of the 2015 200S model showcases the different personalities by combining cloth and leather materials in the seats and Black and Ambassador Blue colors in the seating and trim. The monotone black cloth and Ambassador Blue leather seating is unique in the segment. Ambassador Blue accents are tastefully placed throughout the black interior in the form of appliques around the door handles, instrument panel bezel and center console. Gloss Black trim and a black headliner completes the look. An optional monotone black leather seating with Ambassador Blue accent stitching is late availability for the 200S model.

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200C model features either the Black or Linen and Black interior with standard Nappa leather seating, a Linen headliner, distinctive black and charcoal hydrographic accents and satin chrome trim.

    The wow factor for the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is the premium interior package available on the 200C model. The premium package interior captures the essence of the classic American design, featuring Linen perforated Nappa leather seating with bronze piping and bronze accent stitching, real open pore wood trim and warm chrome accents. A unique, two-tone heated steering wheel rounds out the package.

    High-quality materials

    Premium materials abound wherever the customer touches the vehicle – the door uppers, the center armrest and the upper instrument panel. Interior trim that is soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye is found throughout the cabin.

    A vinyl-wrapped instrument panel brow, center console arm rest and front door armrests are standard on all models. Available genuine open-pore wood is formed for the specific use and features a layered-edge treatment.

    Seats in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 are ergonomically designed to support the contour of the body, and are trimmed with premium cloth or quality Nappa leather and are available with power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory.

    Unique available features, such as the available two-tone, heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and/or ventilated front seats and the expansive glove box large enough to hold an iPad or small laptop, will delight drivers and passengers alike.

    State-of-the-art technology

    The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was designed with thoughtful, state-of-the-art, high-tech features and amenities that are intuitive and easy to use.

    The world-class thin-film transistor (TFT) 5- or 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster allows the driver to enjoy a customized user experience and receive information and vehicle feedback in the format they prefer while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

    The easy-to-use driver information display presents the basic information a customer needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add the information they desire, similar to an iPhone.

    A multitude of information can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster, including speed, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time fuel economy, safety warnings, and safety and security functions such as the ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist feature, audio information and trip details.

    The available ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist System (a first for a Chrysler brand vehicle) is displayed in the center of the gauge cluster and operated with buttons on the steering wheel and the shifter. The easy-to-understand graphic walks the driver through the steps necessary to utilize the park assist system. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only mid-size sedan to offer the perpendicular park assist feature.

    An available award-winning 8.4-inch touchscreen multimedia command center – the largest in the segment – or the 5-inch touchscreen multimedia command center are attractive, intuitive and easy to use, and are located in the center stack.

    The Uconnect system allows the driver to control the audio, climate controls, heated/ventilated seats and much more from the touchscreen, the redundant controls located on the center stack below the touchscreen or with voice commands. The touchscreen buttons are large and easy-to-see at a glance. The 8.4-inch color touchscreen Uconnect Access is user-friendly and includes Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, navigation, music, apps (Pandora, Aha, iHeartRadio and more), voice-to-text messaging and streaming audio capability. Uconnect Access Via Mobile seamlessly brings four popular Internet radio apps into the Chrysler 200. They are: Aha by Harman, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Slacker. Like all Uconnect-brand features, it is designed to be easy to learn and easy to use.

    A power supply and media center located in the center console provides maximum user convenience.

    A premium sound system is available with nine speakers and a subwoofer.

    Clever storage features

    Thoughtful, clever storage features make the most of the available interior space in the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.

    The innovative center console is well-thought-out and features a number of user-friendly features. A pass-through storage area at the front of the console is accessible by both the driver and front-seat passenger. A thoughtful opening at the rear of the pass-through storage area allows for wires and cables to directly connect to the power supply and media center located in the center console. An innovative sliding cup holder with smooth, furniture-like movement allows drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs. Covered storage allows passengers to store items out of sight.

    Available door map pockets incorporate beverage holders large enough for 20-ounce bottles.

    Attention to detail is prevalent throughout the all-new Chrysler 200, as no space was overlooked. Surprising details include a rendering of the City of Detroit skyline embossed on the rubber mat in the bottom of the pass-through storage of the center console.

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    Of course, I haven't driven it yet, but I am very impressed with this car. If the quality of materials in these displays carry over into production like they say, this is going to be a car that can compete with cars above its class. I see this easily competing with Verano/Regal, Lincoln MKZ, and even the Acura IL/TS(whatever it is this week). This ain't your grandma's Sebring.

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    Not perfect, but looks pretty damn good in pictures. I wish there was an engine between the 2.4L and 3.6L but maybe the 2.4L will surprise me with the 9 speed.

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    I really don't like pushbutton or rotary knob trannies. Of course, I haven't tried one, but the shift knobs work well and are mistake proof.

    I do think they have a much better design but i won't say they knocked it out the park. The interior doesn't look any better than the Fusion, and the exterior sort of has a stretched Dart aura about it aside from its unoriginality.

    Kudos on std AWD for the v6.

    It does allow Chrysler to compete, although I don't think this shape immediately says 'this is a Chrysler' when you see it.

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    It has a sleek look, but it also looks bland and like a lot of other cars at the same time. Two good engine options and the 9-speed is nice, but I had a 300 rental recently with the Pentastar V6 and it seemed rough as you revved it, I think other V6s are better. I don't trust Chrysler build quality either, that 300 had loads of plastic inside of it and I thought the build quality and interior materials in a Fusion, Sonata or Optima were better than in the Chrysler 300. They better have upped their game if they want this car to contend with the heavyweights.

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    I am not saying it doesn't look good, but I see so many other cars in it. I see a mash-up of MKZ and Impala in the rear... it has the fashionable, low, long roof six window design that is the fad right now.

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    I am not saying it doesn't look good, but I see so many other cars in it. I see a mash-up of MKZ and Impala in the rear... it has the fashionable, low, long roof six window design that is the fad right now.

    The greenhouse reminds me of the new Genesis, the Fusion, A7, and esp. the Avalon..the rear has touches of Hyundai and Audi (taillights). It's a pleasant enough design, but it's very derivative of other cars and has no family resemblance to the 300.

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    I definitely see a lot of other vehicles in this (Fusion/last gen Mazda6) in the greenhouse and new Impala in the rear end, but WOW...it looks great in pictures. And normally, everything looks better in person. Also, if the material quality is anything like the new Rams and Jeeps, it will be good. Also, I think that the interior design, although simple is very elegant, and in the two tone with the wood looks absolutely beautiful. Now, the 5 inch screen with the real buttons down the side will probably look weird, but I'm absolutely impressed. One other note...you can already build one on Chrysler's website...fully loaded 200C is in the 37-38k territory

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    Very nice, great improvement over the past 200. I would not have a problem driving this if I could be comfy enough in these small cars.

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    OMFG JELLYBEAN!!!!1!11

    It may not be as distinctive as the 300, but I love the sleek look it has about it. It reminds me of the CC, which is a car I have always liked. It has a very mature, well thought out design. Overhangs are well in proportion to the wheelbase, and there's some nice detailing often overlooked in designs. For example, most cars the the upper and lower character lines start at the front then end in nothing at the back, whereas on the 200 they are joined together at the back. I also like how the sensors for what I assume is the adaptive cruise control aren't just randomly placed in the lower intake but housed in a shape that echos the fog lights. It looks fantastic.

    One thing the exterior does do that that is, if not unique, increasingly uncommon, is go for slim headlights and grill VS the huge ones that have become the normal on cars. It also has a sleek nose VS the upright style a lot of cars are using these days.

    Interior looks great. Hard to believe this is the same Chrysler that put out the Sebring's interior. Like the exterior, it has a very nice organic design without being overwrought like the Sonota, for example. Love the real wood and how its got that flat finish.

    As for the powertrains, I like the big gap between power outputs. It gives a legitimate reason to upgrade vs "Well sir you can have this 2.x with 189 hp or this 3.x V6 with 30 more horsepower!" Also AWD that sends up to 60% of the power to the rear wheels implies this may be fun to drive too.

    Needless to say I love it and can't wait to check one out.

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    All I'm seeing is a mish mash of Dart and Sonata and totally unoriginal styling from the side and front. Don't see a Chrysler here at all. This should have been the Dodge Avenger as it looks like a longer Dart and save the better styling for Chrysler. They had some much more interesting looking concept shapes on Allpar. What happened?

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      Ram P/U
      40,202
      40,341
      0%
      308,970
      295,243
      5%
      Cargo Van
      0
      29
      -100%
      21
      2,144
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      3,234
      2,587
      25%
      23,206
      16,812
      38%
      ProMaster City
      990
      752
      32%
      11,832
      4,434
      167%
      RAM BRAND
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
      Alfa 4C 
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      ALFA BRAND
      37
      97
      -62%
      376
      451
      -17%
      500
      1,243
      2,102
      -41%
      10,095
      17,982
      -44%
      500L
      131
      314
      -58%
      2,687
      6,334
      -58%
      500X
      898
      1,061
      -15%
      8,348
      2,279
      266%
      Spider
      460
      0
      New
      885
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,732
      3,477
      -21%
      22,015
      26,595
      -17%
      TOTAL FCA US LLC
      196,756
      190,887
      3%
      1,531,247
      1,460,164
      5%
                        Total Car & MPV
      48,028
      55,378
      -13%
      424,003
      474,099
      -11%
          Total UV's
      104,302
      91,800
      14%
      763,215
      667,432
      14%
          Total Truck & LCV
      44,426
      43,709
      2%
      344,029
      318,633
      8%
                   
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports Increase in July 2016 U.S. Sales  Jeep® and Ram Truck brands both up 5 percent year-over-year Sales of Jeep Renegade up 57 percent in July versus same month in 2015 Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans drive brand increase in July All-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider posts 480 sales in its first full month in the marketplace Sales of all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica up month-over-month as launch momentum continues to build  August 2, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 180,727 units, up 0.3 percent compared with sales in July 2015 (180,124 units).   FCA US retail sales of 155,885 were down 2 percent in July, while fleet sales of 24,842 were up 22 percent year-over-year.   Both the Jeep® and Ram Truck brands were up 5 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Renegade, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot posted sales gains in July versus July 2015, as did the Ram pickup truck and the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans. Two Dodge brand models – the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Dodge Challenger – also turned in year-over-year sales gains in July. Sales of the Fiat 500X were up year-over-year as well.   Jeep Brand Jeep brand sales were up 5 percent in July versus the same month in 2015. The Jeep Renegade’s 57 percent increase was the largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model in July. In addition, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot each logged a year-over-year sales gain. Last month, the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award for the Mid-Size SUV segment for the sixth consecutive year.   Ram Truck Brand Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 5 percent in July versus the same month a year ago. The increase was driven in part by double-digit percentage increases by the Ram ProMaster and the Ram ProMaster City vans. In addition, sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 2 percent compared with the same month a year ago. FCA US announced in July that it will invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.) to retool it to build the next-generation Ram 1500 and support the future growth of the Ram Truck brand.   Chrysler Brand Chrysler brand sales were down 4 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica continues to build momentum in the marketplace. Sales of the Pacifica were up 1 percent in July compared with the previous month of June. July was the minivan’s fourth month in the marketplace. The Pacifica earned an Editor’s Choice pick in July from Roadshow by CNET, in part for the “nicest interior and smart, family-minded technology.”   Dodge Brand Dodge brand sales were down 10 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Dodge Grand Caravan and the Dodge Challenger each posted year-over-year increases in July versus the same month a year ago. Sales of the Grand Caravan were up 28 percent, while sales of the Challenger muscle car increased 7 percent in July. For the fourth year, the Challenger won AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award in the Sporty Car segment, having the “Most Ideal Sporty Car” in its segment.    FIAT Brand FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 14 percent in July. In its first month on sale, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider posted 480 in sales in July. The 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic design. In July, sales of the Fiat 500X were up 1 percent compared with the same month a year ago.    FCA US LLC Sales Summary July 2016
      Reflects Restated Sales
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      7,005
      5,359
      31%
      57,565
      33,527
      72%
      Patriot
      11,288
      10,211
      11%
      71,926
      69,638
      3%
      Wrangler
      18,741
      19,828
      -5%
      119,042
      121,272
      -2%
      Cherokee
      15,451
      17,460
      -12%
      116,424
      122,568
      -5%
      Grand Cherokee
      16,704
      16,191
      3%
      116,850
      109,176
      7%
      Renegade
      10,057
      6,410
      57%
      61,907
      19,920
      211%
        JEEP BRAND
      79,246
      75,459
      5%
      543,714
      476,101
      14%
      200
      5,474
      9,526
      -43%
      41,676
      116,135
      -64%
      300
      2,369
      3,820
      -38%
      33,154
      28,730
      15%
      Town & Country
      3,341
      6,561
      -49%
      54,826
      46,214
      19%
      Pacifica
      7,911
      0
      New
      18,742
      0
      New
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      19,095
      19,907
      -4%
      148,398
      191,079
      -22%
      Dart
      3,341
      5,797
      -42%
      31,602
      54,759
      -42%
      Avenger
      0
      90
      -100%
      0
      1,152
      -100%
      Charger
      4,949
      5,936
      -17%
      57,852
      60,838
      -5%
      Challenger
      5,619
      5,241
      7%
      39,998
      42,332
      -6%
      Viper
      49
      57
      -14%
      350
      419
      -16%
      Journey
      6,376
      9,255
      -31%
      54,051
      62,008
      -13%
      Caravan
      10,055
      7,846
      28%
      84,140
      45,888
      83%
      Durango
      5,131
      5,270
      -3%
      43,665
      36,305
      20%
        DODGE  BRAND
      35,520
      39,492
      -10%
      311,658
      303,701
      3%
      Ram P/U
      39,827
      39,159
      2%
      270,637
      254,902
      6%
      Cargo Van
      0
      59
      -100%
      21
      2,115
      -99%
      ProMaster Van
      3,055
      2,167
      41%
      20,527
      14,225
      44%
      ProMaster City
      1,187
      636
      87%
      10,897
      3,682
      196%
        RAM BRAND
      44,069
      42,021
      5%
      302,082
      274,924
      10%
      Alfa 4C 
      43
      49
      -12%
      338
      354
      -5%
        ALFA BRAND
      43
      49
      -12%
      338
      354
      -5%
      500
      1,097
      1,940
      -43%
      8,857
      15,880
      -44%
      500L
      227
      314
      -28%
      2,527
      6,020
      -58%
      500X
      950
      942
      1%
      7,481
      1,218
      514%
      Spider
      480
      0
      New
      481
      0
      New
        FIAT BRAND
      2,754
      3,196
      -14%
      19,346
      23,118
      -16%
        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      180,727
      180,124
      0%
      1,325,536
      1,269,277
      4%
                          Total Car & MPV
      44,955
      47,177
      -5%
      374,543
      418,721
      -11%
            Total UV's
      91,703
      90,926
      1%
      648,911
      575,632
      13%
            Total Truck & LCV
      44,069
      42,021
      5%
      302,082
      274,924
      10%
       
       
    • By William Maley
      FCA US LLC Reports June 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 7 Percent; Best June Sales Since 2005
      Jeep® brand sales up 17 percent; best June sales ever Four Jeep brand vehicles record their best June sales ever Ram Truck brand sales up 14 percent; best June sales in a decade Dodge brand sales up 3 percent for best June sales in two years July 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 197,073 units, a 7 percent increase compared with sales in June 2015 (185,035 units), and the group’s best June sales in 11 years.The Jeep®, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in June compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 17 percent increase was the brand’s best June sales ever, while Ram achieved its best June sales in a decade.
       
      “Strong Jeep and Ram Truck brand sales fueled our best June sales in 11 years,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President – Sales, FCA – North America. “In spite of some severe stock market volatility in June, the American consumer stayed focus on buying new vehicles and propelled FCA to six vehicle sales records last month.”
       
      Four of the six sales records in June were set by Jeep brand models. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade each posted their best June sales ever. The Jeep brand continues to set records by logging its best June sales ever. In addition, the Ram ProMaster City van and the Fiat 500X each turned in their best June sales ever.
      Jeep® Brand
      Jeep brand sales were up 17 percent for its best June sales ever and its 33rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Four Jeep brand vehicles set June sales records. The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade each posted their best June sales ever. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 9 percent for its best June sales since 2005. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Grand Cherokee each won their segments last month in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Quality Impact™ (TQI). The Grand Cherokee won in the Mid-size SUV category while Wrangler Unlimited topped the Entry SUV classification.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 14 percent for its best June sales in a decade. Ram pickup truck sales increased 14 percent in June, the pickup’s best June sales since 2004. In addition, the Ram ProMaster City van recorded its best June sales ever. Last month, the Ram Truck and Mopar brands introduced the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel, the most recent limited-edition vehicle created using a unique selection of performance parts and accessories from the service, parts and customer-care brand of FCA US. The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel will feature a limited production of just 500 vehicles, upgraded with Mopar Custom Shop options. Additional parts and accessories are available at the dealership for even further customization.
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge brand sales were up 3 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan were up 79 percent last month for the minivan’s best June sales since 2008. In addition, sales of the Dodge Durango increased 38 percent for the full-size SUV’s best June sales in a decade. The Dodge brand is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper with five limited-edition models that commemorate the final year of Viper production and highlight several of the most iconic special edition Vipers of the past. Also last month, the Dodge Challenger led the Specialty Coupe segment for total quality in Strategic Vision’s Total Quality Impact™ (TQI).
       
      FIAT Brand
      Sales of the 500X – in its second month of year-over-year comparisons – were up significantly in June compared with the same month a year ago. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 19 percent in June, compared with the same month a year ago. For the second-consecutive year, the 500 was tops in total quality in the Micro Car segment in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Quality Impact™ (TQI).
      Chrysler Brand
      The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica continues to gain momentum in the marketplace. In its third month on sale, the Pacifica minivan posted sales of 7,207 units, up significantly from its sales in the previous month of May. U.S. News & World Report recently announced the Pacifica as the No. 1 ranked minivan in the industry, highlighting Pacifica’s innovative features and technology. Chrysler brand sales were down 20 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago.
       
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary June 2016
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      8,840
      3,885
      128%
      48,033
      26,667
      80%
      Patriot
      12,050
      9,691
      24%
      64,117
      59,635
      8%
      Wrangler
      20,060
      19,159
      5%
      100,355
      102,450
      -2%
      Cherokee
      16,243
      18,472
      -12%
      102,652
      105,426
      -3%
      Grand Cherokee
      16,810
      15,464
      9%
      100,737
      93,080
      8%
      Renegade
      9,688
      4,858
      99%
      52,237
      14,431
      262%
      JEEP BRAND
      83,691
      71,529
      17%
      468,131
      401,689
      17%
      200
      7,817
      18,560
      -58%
      40,981
      106,569
      -62%
      300
      3,669
      3,965
      -7%
      30,754
      24,715
      24%
      Town & Country
      6,054
      8,284
      -27%
      55,448
      38,964
      42%
      Pacifica
      7,207
      0
      New
      10,189
      0
      New
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      24,747
      30,809
      -20%
      137,372
      170,248
      -19%
      Dart
      3,305
      6,702
      -51%
      29,079
      49,055
      -41%
      Avenger
      0
      113
      -100%
      0
      1,011
      -100%
      Charger
      6,223
      7,703
      -19%
      50,324
      50,761
      -1%
      Challenger
      5,479
      6,845
      -20%
      34,607
      37,011
      -6%
      Viper
      57
      62
      -8%
      298
      351
      -15%
      Journey
      9,785
      9,827
      0%
      47,208
      51,283
      -8%
      Caravan
      13,473
      7,512
      79%
      71,523
      36,876
      94%
      Durango
      6,497
      4,693
      38%
      38,701
      30,794
      26%
      DODGE  BRAND
      44,819
      43,457
      3%
      271,740
      257,142
      6%
      Ram P/U
      38,126
      33,332
      14%
      231,405
      212,716
      9%
      Cargo Van
      0
      79
      -100%
      1
      3,075
      -100%
      ProMaster Van
      2,113
      2,223
      -5%
      16,288
      12,077
      35%
      ProMaster City
      997
      444
      125%
      9,261
      3,078
      201%
      RAM BRAND
      41,236
      36,078
      14%
      256,972
      230,946
      11%
      Alfa 4C 
      36
      25
      44%
      309
      320
      -3%
      ALFA BRAND
      36
      25
      44%
      309
      320
      -3%
      500
      1,113
      2,283
      -51%
      7,932
      15,390
      -48%
      500L
      274
      530
      -48%
      2,338
      6,076
      -62%
      500X
      1,156
      324
      257%
      7,464
      332
      2148%
      Spider
      1
      0
      New
      1
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,544
      3,137
      -19%
      17,735
      21,798
      -19%
                    TOTAL FCA US LLC
      197,073
      185,035
      7%
      1,152,259
      1,082,143
      6%
                        Total Car & MPV
      54,707
      62,584
      -13%
      333,782
      367,099
      -9%
          Total UV's
      101,129
      86,373
      17%
      561,504
      484,098
      16%
          Total Truck & LCV
      41,236
      36,078
      14%
      256,972
      230,946
      11%
                       
    • By William Maley
      FCA US LLC Reports May 2016 U.S. Sales Increased 1 Percent; Best May Sales Since 2005
      Jeep® brand sales up 14 percent; best monthly sales ever Jeep Renegade and Jeep Patriot each posts their best monthly sales ever Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans record their best May sales ever June 1, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 204,452 units, a 1 percent increase compared with sales in May 2015 (202,227 units), and the group’s best May sales in 11 years.
       
      The Jeep® and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in May compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 14 percent increase was the brand’s best monthly sales ever.
       
      “Notwithstanding a challenging calendar, we managed to muscle our way to our strongest May sales in over 10 years,” said Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President - Sales, FCA - North America. “Initial sales of our all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan are brisk and we expect further sales growth from this vehicle over the next few months as dealer inventory continues to build.”
       
      Five FCA US vehicles set records in the month of May. The Jeep Renegade and Jeep Patriot each recorded their best monthly sales ever, while the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans posted their best May sales ever. In addition, the Jeep Compass turned in its best May sales ever. On the brand side, the Jeep brand continues to set records with its best monthly sales ever.
       
      Jeep® Brand
      Jeep brand sales were up 14 percent in May for its best monthly sales ever and its 32nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set a sales record in every month dating back to November 2013. Both the Jeep Renegade – the newest entry to the Jeep product lineup – and the Jeep Patriot turned in their best monthly sales ever. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 4 percent for its best May sales since the year 2000. The Renegade last month made Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up slightly in May for its best May sales since 2005. Both the Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans each recorded their best May sales ever. The 2016 Ram 1500 took home the “Best Family Pickup Truck” award last month from the Family Car Challenge hosted by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA).
       
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge Grand Caravan sales were up 76 percent last month for its best May sales since 2014, while Dodge Durango sales increased 2 percent for its best May sales performance since 2005. In addition, Dodge Charger sales were up 5 percent for its best May in two years. Dodge brand sales were down 5 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago. The Dodge brand earned three major awards last month during the Texas Auto Roundup hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). Dodge collected the Full-size Sedan of Texas (2016 Charger R/T Scat Pack), Performance Sedan of Texas (2016 Charger SRT Hellcat) and Super Car of Texas (2016 Viper GTC) during the annual competition.
       
      Chrysler Brand
      In its second month on sale, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted sales of 2,495 units, up significantly from the 487 units sold in its initial month on sale in April. The Pacifica last month was honored as the Family Car of Texas at TAWA’s Texas Auto Roundup. But the accolades didn’t stop there. The Pacifica also took home TAWA awards for Minivan of Texas, Best New Interior, and Best New Feature for its Uconnect Theater. Greater volumes of the new minivan will continue to arrive at dealerships just in time for the busy summer-selling season. Sales of the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan were up 38 percent for its best May sales since 2012. In addition, Chrysler Town & Country sales were up 49 percent for its best May in two years. Chrysler brand sales were down 19 percent in May compared with the same month a year ago.
       
      FIAT Brand
      FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were down 19 percent in May, compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the 500X were up in May compared with the same month a year ago, in its first month of year-over-year comparisons. The 500 last month made Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Deliveries of the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider are expected to begin arriving in FIAT studios this month. The 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation of vehicles and buyers. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design. 
       
        FCA US LLC Sales Summary May 2016
                          Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
        Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
        Compass
      9,198
      4,252
      116%
      39,193
      22,782
      72%
        Patriot
      12,864
      10,782
      19%
      52,067
      49,944
      4%
        Wrangler
      19,551
      22,324
      -12%
      80,295
      83,291
      -4%
        Cherokee
      19,208
      19,669
      -2%
      86,409
      86,954
      -1%
        Grand Cherokee
      18,856
      18,209
      4%
      83,927
      77,616
      8%
        Renegade
      10,868
      4,416
      146%
      42,549
      9,573
      344%
        JEEP BRAND
      90,545
      79,652
      14%
      384,440
      330,160
      16%
        200
      7,600
      20,007
      -62%
      33,164
      88,009
      -62%
        300
      5,598
      4,042
      38%
      27,085
      20,750
      31%
        Town & Country
      8,583
      5,753
      49%
      49,394
      30,680
      61%
        Pacifica
      2,495
      0
      New
      2,982
      0
      New
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      24,276
      29,802
      -19%
      112,625
      139,439
      -19%
        Dart
      4,514
      8,667
      -48%
      25,774
      42,353
      -39%
        Avenger
      0
      111
      -100%
      0
      898
      -100%
        Charger
      8,142
      7,777
      5%
      44,101
      43,058
      2%
        Challenger
      6,677
      7,438
      -10%
      29,128
      30,166
      -3%
        Viper
      47
      58
      -19%
      241
      289
      -17%
        Journey
      6,137
      8,813
      -30%
      37,423
      41,456
      -10%
        Caravan
      11,135
      6,320
      76%
      58,050
      29,364
      98%
        Durango
      6,185
      6,084
      2%
      32,204
      26,101
      23%
        DODGE  BRAND
      42,837
      45,268
      -5%
      226,921
      213,685
      6%
        Ram P/U
      38,833
      39,952
      -3%
      193,279
      179,384
      8%
        Cargo Van
      1
      191
      -99%
      1
      2,996
      -100%
        ProMaster Van
      2,946
      2,541
      16%
      14,175
      9,854
      44%
        ProMaster City
      1,833
      914
      101%
      8,264
      2,634
      214%
        RAM BRAND
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
        Alfa 4C 
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        ALFA BRAND
      44
      40
      10%
      273
      295
      -7%
        500
      1,553
      2,614
      -41%
      6,819
      13,107
      -48%
        500L
      334
      1,245
      -73%
      2,064
      5,546
      -63%
        500X
      1,250
      8
      15525%
      6,308
      8
      78750%
        FIAT BRAND
      3,137
      3,867
      -19%
      15,191
      18,661
      -19%
                        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      204,452
      202,227
      1%
      955,186
      897,108
      6%
                            Total Car & MPV
      56,722
      64,072
      -11%
      279,075
      304,515
      -8%
            Total UV's
      104,117
      94,557
      10%
      460,375
      397,725
      16%
            Total Truck & LCV
      43,613
      43,598
      0%
      215,736
      194,868
      11%
                       
    • By William Maley
      For better or worse, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne will say whatever comes to his mind. Case in point, saying the next-generation Chrysler 300 could go front-wheel drive.
       
      "This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor," Marchionne told reporters at FCA's Windsor plant - home to Pacifica production.
       
      The architecture in question what underpins the new Pacifica minivan. Now when asked if the 300 would switch from a rear-wheel to a front-wheel platform, Marchionne said, "It's capable. It's not a commitment."
       
      The current Chrysler 300 and its stablemates, the Dodge Charger and Challenger use the LX platform that uses suspension bits from older Mercedes-Benz models - the W211 E-Class and W220 S-Class. This move makes some sense as Chrysler is slowly being positioned as a competitor to the likes of Honda, Chevrolet, and Ford. Plus, it would give Dodge some breathing room to become the performance brand by having a rear-wheel drive platform for themselves.
       
      But who can be sure at the moment since plans at FCA seem to be in a constant state of change.
       
      Source: Reuters
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
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