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Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 22, 2006 - Chrysler is creating inspiration in the common car, introducing the 2007 Chrysler Sebring — an all-new mid-size sedan that combines stunning design with interior craftsmanship, high-levels of safety and reliability, exhilarating performance, excellent fuel efficiency of 32 miles per gallon and many class-leading technologies not available in the mid-size segment. And with a starting U.S. MSRP of $18,995 (including a $675 destination charge), the all-new Sebring also comes at a surprisingly affordable price.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring sustains the momentum started by the blockbuster hit Chrysler 300 and continued with the Dodge Caliber,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “Just as the 300 redefined the large-car segment and signaled the return of the great American car, Chrysler Sebring combines the levels of reliability and durability that mid-size buyers demand with unexpected levels of style, craftsmanship, technology and affordable performance.”

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring will be available in U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2006 and in global volume markets in the first half of 2007.

Strikingly Beautiful Design

Inspired by the 2003 Chrysler Airflite concept vehicle that was revealed at the Geneva motor show, the all-new Chrysler Sebring’s elegant lines evoke the exterior styling features of the Chrysler vehicle, bringing the Chrysler brand’s expressive design attributes to the mid-size segment.

“Sleek and sophisticated, the Chrysler Sebring’s overall surfacing and details reflect the Chrysler brand’s four design attributes: expressive, refined, agile and passionate,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. “Sebring’s elegant styling provides a clear alternative to European and Japanese competition.”

Chrysler Sebring features the distinctive face of the Chrysler brand, with the Chrysler signature grille, a uniquely sculptured hood, large, distinctive quad headlamps and available fog lamps.

Sebring has an elegant profile, with a long hood profile, chrome beltline molding and long roofline. High-gloss black appliques on the B-pillars enhance the length of the Sebring’s greenhouse. Sculptured character lines running along the body accentuate Sebring’s athletic stance.

The expressive character of the vehicle continues at the rear where Sebring’s wide tail lamps are integrated into both the rear quarters and extend into the deck lid for visual impact. Rear fog lamps mounted in the backup lamps maintain a uniform appearance between domestic and export vehicles.

World-class Craftsmanship

The elegance found in Sebring’s exterior styling also runs through the vehicle’s interior, which features a modern, clean appearance with intense focus on quality, detail and execution.

“Chrysler Sebring’s interior takes a different direction from many of the current mid-size sedans on the road. Its form is inspired by the Chrysler uplifted winged badge motif and incorporates new and fresh decorative elements,” Creed added.

Sebring’s finely crafted interior features soft surfaces, mechanical grains and selective gloss levels on the interior surfaces.

From the driver’s seat, Sebring’s H-point is 2.54 inches (64.6 mm) higher than the vehicle it replaces, giving drivers a command-of-the-road seating position. Standard 60/40 fold-flat rear seats make room for more gear, and an available fold-flat passenger seat creates a table-like surface that enhances the versatility of Sebring’s interior.

All Chrysler Sebring models feature a two-tone interior color theme of dark and lighter shades of Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige, which provides a spacious and well-appointed look. The Chrysler Sebring Limited model also features an exclusive two-tone Cream and Pebble Beige interior with leather seats. The Chrysler Sebring Limited’s available upscale accent materials and finishes include Tortoise Shell, Satin Silver, Alloy Silver and Chrome.

Purposeful Technology That Makes Life Easier and Safer

In addition to Chrysler Sebring’s upscale design and elegant use of materials, this all-new sedan brings new levels of function and technology to the U.S. mid-size car segment.

“Chrysler Sebring features a slew of new technological features not typically found or expected in a mid-size car,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. “These features make life easier and safer for the driver and passengers, while making the overall driving experience much more enjoyable for all.”

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring features MyGIG™, a cutting-edge information, entertainment and safety navigation audio system that raises the bar on in-vehicle communications (late availability). This best-in-class, next-generation navigation radio features a 6.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Display with a touch-screen panel that can support 65,000 colors, providing a three-dimensional appearance to graphics and animation, as well as multiple font sizes and styles. The MyGIG system follows voice-activated commands and includes many new features for music, sound, movies and personalized picture displays, including:

*A 20 gigabyte hard disc drive that includes Music Juke Box for organizing music and pictures on the hard drive

*Universal Serial Bus (USB) provides both MP3 connectivity and downloading of WMA, MP3 and JPEG files onto the hard drive

*Gracenote database installed on the hard disk drive, which provides song identification, including composer, artist and title

*Playlist creation capability to provide easy access to files

*Voice memo recording, which allows a message up to 3 minutes long to be recorded using the microphone integrated into the rearview mirror

*Radio screen, which can display movies (when vehicle is not in motion)

*SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, which provides customers with more than 125 channels of the best music, entertainment and information coast-to-coast, 24 hours a day. This includes 100 percent commercial-free music, as well as sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather

*UConnect® Hands-free Communication System that uses Bluetooth® technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible cell phones and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility.

In addition to MyGIG, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring also offers a unique combination of features not available on other mid-size competitors, including:

*Heated/cooled front cupholder for keeping cool beverages cool and hot beverages hot. System heats to 140 degrees Fahrenheit or cools to 35 degrees Fahrenheit (late availability)

*YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric

*Available DVD rear-seat entertainment system that includes AM/FM stereo radio with MP3 capable CD/DVD player, six-disc CD/DVD changer and SIRIUS Satellite

*Digital Audio Radio (late availability)

*Light-Emitting Diode (LED) interior lighting with high-focus white lights in both the front and rear seats (late availability)

Class-leading Safety Features

Safety and security are a top priority among mid-size car buyers in the United States, and the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring offers a unique combination of class-leading safety features that are designed to keep occupants both safe and secure. Sebring’s safety cage is constructed with dual-phase, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel components designed to protect occupants in all driving situations. Sebring’s extremely strong safety cage is complemented with a combination of standard safety items demanded by buyers in the mid-size segment, including:

*Advanced multi-stage front air bags

*Side-curtain air bags

*Front-seat-mounted side air bags

*Anti-lock brakes

*Electronic Stability Program also is available on the 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

Exhilarating Performance With Excellent Fuel Efficiency

Three engine options power the 2007 Chrysler Sebring sold in the United States: the new standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine, an available 2.7-liter V-6 engine and an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick.

Fuel economy is a high-priority for many of today’s car buyers, and the 2007 Chrysler Sebring, with its standard four-cylinder engine rivals the best in the mid-size car segment. Sebring's 2.4-liter World Engine with dual variable valve timing delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency in the city of 24 miles per gallon (mpg), an excellent 32 mpg on the highway, as well as smooth, quiet operation. Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, this new engine provides a 15 percent increase in horsepower (173 horsepower vs. 150 horsepower) and an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with the 2.4-liter engine it replaces.

An available, Flexible Fuel (FFV) 2.7-liter V-6 engine provides value- and performance-conscious consumers the power of a V-6 engine with a price that compares with the competitions’ four-cylinder engines. Chrysler Sebring's available 2.7-liter V-6 engine produces 189 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, providing more low-end torque (at an rpm 850 lower) compared with the 2.7-liter engine it replaces. This 2.7-liter V-6 engine achieves 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. It also can operate effectively on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E-85.

Chrysler Sebring Limited sedans sold in the United States also are available with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 horsepower and 232 lb.-ft. of torque coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle that comes standard with Auto Stick. The combination of the upgraded 3.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transaxle delivers excellent performance and fuel efficiency, as well as smooth quiet operation.

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is one of the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer this new six-speed automatic transaxle, which provides quicker standing-start acceleration than a four- or five-speed transaxle because of its numerically higher first gear ratio. A more robust differential with increased torque capacity enhances launch performance by requiring less torque management, electronically limiting the torque that is available during the initial stages of standing-start acceleration. Smaller steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed doesn’t change as often with each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio provide a quiet ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds.

For the first time in the mid-size car segment, the Chrysler Group also will offer a state-of-the-art 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine on the Chrysler Sebring for key diesel markets outside North America. The diesel engine will deliver excellent performance and fuel economy, with an estimated 140 horsepower DIN (103 kW) and 229 lb.-ft. (310 Nom) of torque.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring’s performance, fuel economy and overall driving experience is extremely competitive with the best in its class,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team.

Elevating Expectations

In the United States, Chrysler Sebring is designed to appeal to 35-55-year-old buyers who are married and have a median income of approximately $65,000. Fifty-five percent are female, and 60 percent are college educated. Many have small families with one or two children. These mid-size car buyers are down-to-earth and conservative, yet open-minded, self-confident and have a passion for life. Middle and upper-middle class, they lead active lives, and they have a true sense of style. Their self image is grounded in their accomplishments and future prospects. Chrysler Sebring’s elegant and sophisticated design, packaged with interior craftsmanship and essential levels of reliability, meets the needs of these customers who want more than just practicality.

Chrysler Sebring Model Lineup

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is available in the United States in three models: Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Sebring Touring and Chrysler Sebring Limited.

2007 Chrysler Sebring Production

Production of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring begins in the third quarter of 2006 at the newly refurbished Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. Sebring’s new 173 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine is built in the state-of-the art Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) plant in Dundee, Mich. The 2.7-liter V-6 engine and the 3.5-liter V-6 engine are built at the Kenosha (Wis.) Engine Plant.

Chrysler Brand

Driven by award-winning new models, the Chrysler brand has seen a dramatic increase in sales, market share and brand image, culminating in 2005 calendar year sales of 649,293 units – an all-time sales record. Since 1990, Chrysler brand sales have jumped 251 percent.

No other American automotive brand has grown as much during the same time frame.

“The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in great design, purposeful technology and value,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. “With the launch of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring and the 2007 Chrysler Aspen — the first-ever full-size SUV for the brand — the momentum is sure to continue,” he added.

Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA)

The World Engine is a family of world-class four-cylinder engines produced by GEMA in Dundee, Mich., delivering an exceptional combination of quality, fuel efficiency, refinement and performance. GEMA is owned equally by DaimlerChrysler Corp., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co. By optimizing the three joint venture partners’ strengths, global economies of scale and the latest practices in flexible teams and machines, GEMA aims to set a new benchmark in engine plant productivity.

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The 2007 Chrysler Sebring arrives in the market at a perfect time, as gasoline prices continue to fluctuate and U.S. consumer tastes shift to more fuel-efficient vehicles that have interior spaciousness, functionality, flexibility and unique features. With the all-new Sebring, the Chrysler brand is introducing to market another innovative vehicle that solidifies the brand’s standing as a leader in great design, purposeful technology and outstanding value.

In addition to exceptional fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon with the 2.4-liter World Engine, the all-new Chrysler Sebring offers many new, high-tech features, such as the MyGIG™ multimedia navigation audio, entertainment and communication system, a heated/cooled cupholder, YES Essentials® stain-resistant seat fabric and a combination of class-leading safety features, all of which are designed to make the lives of Sebring buyers safer and easier. Sebring also offers the Chrysler brand’s distinctive, elegant exterior styling and world-class interior craftsmanship.

“The 2007 Chrysler Sebring brings our winning formula to the mid-size car market,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “We know these savvy buyers expect high levels of quality and durability, so we’ve addressed those needs and gone several steps further with the new Sebring to give them a gorgeous design, innovative, useful technologies, excellent fuel economy and a great value price, all of which will absolutely wow our customers.”

Taking Aim at the Extremely Competitive Mid-size Car Segment

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring will compete in the largest, most competitive segment of the U.S. passenger car market — the 2-million-unit-a-year standard mid-size segment, which accounts for approximately 12 percent of the total car and truck industry and approximately 28 percent of the passenger car market. Highly fluctuating gas prices and new model offerings suggest the market will see additional growth in the future. The new Sebring is expected to draw traditional mid-size car buyers into Chrysler dealer showrooms, offering them an exciting new vehicle compared with the melba toast offerings from the competition.

Sebring is designed to appeal to 35-55-year-old buyers who are married and have a median income of approximately $65,000. Fifty-five percent are female, and 60 percent are college educated. Many have small families with one or two children. These mid-size car buyers are down-to-earth, open-minded, and self-confident and have a passion for life. Middle and upper-middle class, they lead active lives and have a true sense of style. Their self image is grounded in their accomplishments and future prospects. Chrysler Sebring, with its elegant and sophisticated design, world-class interior craftsmanship and essential levels of reliability, meets the needs of these customers who want more than just practicality.

Chrysler Sebring Model Lineup

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is available in the United States in three models: Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler Sebring Touring and Chrysler Sebring Limited.

2007 Chrysler Sebring

With a starting U.S. MSRP of $18,995 (including a $675 destination charge), the Chrysler Sebring sedan features a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produces 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) of torque coupled with a four-speed automatic transmission. Other standard equipment includes both side-curtain and side seat-mounted thorax air bags, anti-lock brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an electroluminescent cluster with outside temperature display, telescoping steering wheel, driver seat lumbar with manual height adjuster, AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 connectivity and play capability, Chrysler signature analog clock in instrument panel, sliding sun visor, sliding front center armrest, an upper and lower bin in the center console, a second power outlet, 60/40 folding rear seat with center arm rest, rear door map pockets with bottle holders and driver’s side front-seat-back map pocket.

On the exterior, the Chrysler Sebring model features standard painted and heated power mirrors, quad headlamps with off-time delay, bright beltline molding and 16-inch wheels covers and tires.

Available options on the Sebring model include a six-disc CD/DVD/MP3 radio with six speakers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, UConnect® Hands-free Communication System with electrochromic mirror, heated cloth seats, daytime running lamps, sunroof, smoker’s group, engine block heater and a Convenience Group (which includes theft alarm, travel computer, Electronic Vehicle Information Center, express-up/down windows for driver and passenger with express down on key fob, cabin air filtration system, YES Essentials premium seat fabric and remote start).

2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring Touring model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $20,195 (including a $675 destination charge). In addition to the standard features on the Chrysler Sebring model, the Chrysler Sebring Touring model includes YES Essentials premium seat fabric, a fold-flat passenger seat, a brushed aluminum instrument panel, cluster bezels and door trim, chrome interior door handles, express-up/down windows for both the driver and passenger and express down windows on the key fob, LED map lights, lighted visor mirrors, rear passenger assist grab handles and six speakers.

Standard exterior equipment on the Chrysler Sebring Touring includes Touring Edition badging, automatic headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels and tires.

Available options on the Chrysler Sebring Touring model, in addition to the options available on the Sebring model, include MyGIG, a cutting-edge Harman/Kardon navigation/infotainment system that includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio and UConnect, a rear-seat video system, premium 276-watt six-channel Boston Acoustics sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an eight-way power driver seat body-color body-side molding and an Electronic Convenience Group (which includes travel computer and Tire Pressure Monitoring Display, Electronic Vehicle information Center, rear cargo organizer, cabin air filtration system, remote start, Universal Garage Door Opener, electrochromic rear-view mirror, theft alarm and single-zone automatic temperature control).

The Chrysler Sebring Touring model also is available with a 2.7-liter Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) V-6 engine that produces 189 hp (141 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. (259 N•m) of torque, coupled with a four-speed automatic transaxle. Additional available options include a heated/cooled cupholder (which is included with Electronic Convenience Group), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control and 18-inch tires with cast-aluminum wheels.

2007 Chrysler Sebring Limited

The Chrysler Sebring Limited has a starting U.S. MSRP of $23,995 (including a $675 destination charge). In addition to the standard features on the Chrysler Sebring and Sebring Touring models, the Chrysler Sebring Limited includes two-tone leather seats and leather shift knob, premium front console arm rest (late availability), premium Boston Acoustics Sound System, an eight-way power driver seat, Travel Computer, Electronic Vehicle Information Center, single zone automatic temperature control, theft alarm, tortoise shell accents on the steering wheel, instrument panel and doors, Universal Garage Door Opener, electrochromic rear view mirror, fog lamps, chrome exterior door handles, Satin Silver door handles and PRNDL bezel, Limited badging, steering wheel audio controls, leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels and tires, and SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

Available options on the Chrysler Sebring Limited model, in addition to the options availableon the Sebring and Sebring Touring models, include an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 232 lb.-ft. (232 N•m) of torque coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle that comes standard with Auto Stick. Additional options include a rear-seat video system (late availability) and a Premium Group or a Luxury Group. With the 2.4-liter World Engine, the Premium Group includes heated seats, cabin air filtration system, heated/cooled cupholder (late availability), and remote start. With the 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the Luxury Group also includes 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

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Design

Car buyers looking for a high-quality, dependable mid-size sedan that offers previously unseen levels of style and craftsmanship in the segment finally have a vehicle to get excited about--the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring. Inspired by the 2003 Chrysler Airflite concept vehicle that was revealed at the 2003 Geneva motor show, the Chrysler Sebring’s overall surfacing and details reflect the Chrysler brand’s four design attributes: expressive, refined, athletic and passionate.

“Chrysler Sebring delivers to the mid-size segment what the competition cannot,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design. “This all-new Sebring showcases the Chrysler brand’s distinctive, expressive exterior styling and world-class interior craftsmanship to the mid-size segment. Sebring is unmatched in its beauty and elegance.”

From the front, the Chrysler Sebring features the distinctive face of the Chrysler brand, with the Chrysler signature grille, a uniquely sculptured hood that showcases the Chrysler winged badge, large quad headlamps and available fog lamps. Fascia-mounted round fog lamps on the Limited model add to Sebring’s athleticism and improve visibility during bad weather.

Sebring’s long hood profile, chrome beltline molding and long roofline emulate a five-door appearance from the side view. High-gloss black appliqués on the B-pillars lengthen Sebring’s greenhouse. Black quarter window appliqués straddle both rear doors and the C-pillar to complete this effect.

Sculptured character lines run along the body, accentuating Sebring’s athletic stance. Available body-color body-side moldings serve function as well as form, protecting the doors from parking lot dents. Chrome exterior door handles and available chrome-clad wheels give Sebring Limited an elevated level of style and sophistication.

The all-new Sebring’s expressive character continues at the rear view, where wide tail lamps are integrated into both the rear quarter panels and extend into the deck lid for visual impact. Rear fog lamps mounted in the backup lamps maintain a uniform appearance between domestic and export vehicles. Chrysler Sebring Limited models for the U.S. market add chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets that exemplify the performance capability of the available 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Sebring rides on a 108.9-inch wheelbase and 61.8-inch track, which adds to its athletic stance, improves ride quality and stability, and maximizes crush space in the engine compartment. Overall, Sebring is .6 inches wider and 4 inches taller than the vehicle it replaces.

All 2007 Chrysler Sebring models will be available in Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat, Linen Gold Pearl Coat, Marathon Blue Pearl Coat, Modern Blue Pearl Coat, Silver Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Pearl Coat and Stone White Clear Coat.

Elegant Interior Features World-class Craftsmanship

The elegance found in Sebring’s exterior styling also runs through the vehicle’s spacious interior, which features a modern, clean appearance with intense focus on quality, detail and execution.

“Chrysler Sebring’s interior takes a different direction from many of the current mid-size sedans on the road. Its form is inspired by the Chrysler uplifted winged badge motif and incorporates new and fresh decorative elements,” Creed added.

Sebring’s finely crafted interior features soft surfaces, rich grains and selective gloss levels on the interior surfaces. The instrument panel features a Pebble grain, which is applied to the top cover, top pad, passenger bezel and cluster bezel for a uniform look.

The center stack features a Chrysler signature analog clock, which is surrounded by dual heating and air conditioning vents. A large opening provides room for either the standard AM/FM/CD radio or the available cutting-edge MyGIG™ Multimedia Navigation/Audio/Entertainment/Communications system. On vehicles equipped with the UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, phone buttons are packaged in the radio control head for easy access and a clean, streamlined appearance.

The Sebring’s center floor console features dual storage bins and a sliding armrest that moves 3 inches to provide a comfortable driving position for all drivers. The shallow upper bin conceals small items. The lower bin includes coin storage and a 12-volt power outlet. An additional storage slot fits a cell phone, PDA or MP3 player, which can be plugged into the power outlet.

All of Chrysler Sebring’s doors include door map pocket inserts. The rear doors add a bottle holder for added convenience. The back of the driver’s seat features a pocket for storing maps, papers or magazines. Standard 60/40 fold-flat rear seats make room for more gear, and an available fold-flat passenger seat creates a table-like surface to enhance the versatility of Sebring’s interior.

Sebring’s interior provides comfortable seating for the driver and as many as four passengers. Drivers sit 2.5 inches higher than they did in the previous Sebring, giving them a command-of-the-road seating position. The interior cabin also is roomier than the previous model. There is 2.5 inches more headroom, 1.2 inches more shoulder room and an inch more hip room in the front seat. Luggage volume in the trunk is a competitive 13.6 cubic inches.

Chrysler Sebring buyers can choose from three different interior upholstery options: Harrison and Wallace II cloth, easy-clean YES Essentials® Camden and Racine premium cloth or Royale leather trim. YES Essentials seat fabric is unique to Sebring in the mid-size sedan segment. This antimicrobial and anti-static material repels and releases stains, making it extremely easy to clean, keeping Sebring’s interior free from stains and odors.

All Chrysler Sebring models feature a two-tone interior color theme of dark and lighter shades of Pastel Slate Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige, which provides a spacious and well-appointed look. The Chrysler Sebring Limited model also features an exclusive two-tone Cream and Pebble Beige interior with leather seats. The Chrysler Sebring Limited model’s available upscale accent materials and finishes include Tortoise Shell, Satin Silver, Alloy Silver and Chrome.

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Technology

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring ups the ante on high-tech features in a mid-size sedan. In addition to its distinctive, elegant design and finely crafted interior materials, this all-new Sebring introduces new technologies that are designed to make life easier for smart, time-strapped, car buyers — innovative features like seats that resist stains and odors, a cupholder that can keep coffee warm and soft drinks cool, a cutting-edge sound system that lets drivers manage their own MP3 tunes and a DVD system that will keep rear seat occupants happy and occupied.

“Chrysler Sebring buyers are very savvy shoppers who lead very active lifestyles,” said David Rooney, Director – Chrysler Marketing and Global Communications. “They’ll appreciate the many innovative features Sebring offers—useful features that will make their lives easier, save them valuable time and make their experience behind the wheel truly pleasant.”

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring offers customers a full range of technologies designed to meet their entertainment and communication wants and needs, as well as technologies that will make every day driving a pleasure.

The Chrysler Group is the first automaker to offer MyGIG, a completely integrated Harman/Kardon audio, navigation, entertainment and hands-free communication system, controlled through voice commands and utilizing touch screen, with the capability of downloading photos and music to a 20 gigabyte hard drive from CD, DVD or USB memory device.

In addition to MyGIG, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring also offers a unique combination of features not available on other mid-size competitors, including:

*YES Essentials® stain-resistant, odor resistant, anti-static seat fabric

*Segment-exclusive DVD rear-seat entertainment system allows Chrysler Sebring’s rear seat passengers to enjoy movies, music and external audio/video devices such as video games and MP3 players (late availability)

*Heated/cooled front cupholder. System cools to 35 degrees Fahrenheit and heats to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to chill or heat beverages (late availability)

*Light-Emitting Diode (LED) directional interior lighting with high-focus white lights in both the front and rear seats

*Auxiliary audio input jack that provides MP3 connectivity on all Sebring audio systems

*Remote start, which starts the engine from outside the vehicle via a button on the key fob when the vehicle is in park and locked

*Rear cargo organizer (late availability)

*MP3 play capability

*Express down front windows on the key fob

*Heated cloth front seats

*60/40 fold-flat rear seats

*Fold-flat front passenger seat

*Cabin air-filtration system

*Sliding center console armrest bin with dual bin in front seat storage

*HomeLink universal garage door opener

Tuning in to MyGIG

The Chrysler Sebring is available with a variety of audio systems, and it will be the first Chrysler-brand vehicle to offer the innovative MyGIG multimedia navigation, audio, entertainment and communication system from Harman/Kardon. Sebring owners can use touch screen or voice commands to control MyGIG’s features. The system also includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive where owners can store their favorite music, photos and voice messages.

Chrysler Group also is the first automaker to offer in North America an integrated music jukebox, supported by Gracenote™ music-file management, which adds song, artist and album information to the music files automatically. In addition to the navigation software and mapping, the hard drive can hold approximately 1,600 songs, which equals more than 100 hours of music. There also is a voice-memo recorder feature, which allows a message up to 3 minutes long to be recorded using the microphone integrated into the rearview mirror so Sebring owners can leave themselves convenient reminders. Available through SIRIUS Satellite Radio, MyGIG supports real-time traffic and can even provide re-route navigation based on current traffic patterns.

MyGIG’s voice dialogue system recognizes more than 100,000 words and is capable of learning and growing. The navigation has both 2-D and 3-D bird’s-eye views of roads and multiple route calculation. Maps and guidance are displayed on a motorized, flip-down 6.5-inch thin-film-transistor (TFT) display. The TFT screen uses active matrix for viewing from angles up to 180 degrees — perfect for the center of an instrument panel.

All of Sebring’s available radio head units feature a 3.5 mm audio input jack for easy connection to any MP3 player. The base audio system offers four speakers, AM/FM stereo and CD playback and can be upgraded to six speakers. An available, premium six-speaker Boston Acoustics Sound System with 6-channel amplifier delivers excellent sound quality and loudness with improved amplification and sound clarity. An optional radio head features an integrated six-disc CD/DVD changer and can also play back CDs with MP3 and WMA files. This radio head is available with either of the six-speaker systems. Loading the changer with CDs or discs full of MP3-formatted music will provide thousands of miles worth of music.

Video Entertainment System (VES)

The Chrysler Sebring is the first vehicle in the U.S. mid-size car segment with a rear seat video entertainment system (VES). This system allows Chrysler Sebring’s rear seat passengers to enjoy movies, music and external audio/video devices such as video games and MP3 players. The system consists of a console-mounted DVD player with a 7-inch LCD screen, a battery-powered remote control and two wireless, multichannel headsets. The system will play DVDs, WMAs, MP3s and audio and video CDs. Additionally, there are auxiliary input jacks on the faceplate to show video directly from a video camera, so Sebring’s rear seat passengers can play games from a video-game console or to listen to music directly from a portable MP3 player.

When the Sebring’s VES system is not playing a video, the video screen displays information in a split screen format, with two channels. The VES remote control is designed to control either channel by the use of a selector switch on the control. The headphones are designed to listen to either channel by use of the selection switch located on the right ear cup. Using the included dual channel wireless headphones allows rear passengers to listen to two different sources simultaneously. The audio from the VES can be heard through the vehicle’s speaker system, through the wireless headphones or both.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio

SIRIUS provides customers with more than 125 channels, including 100 percent commercial-free music, as well as sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by-play games from the NFL, NBA and NHL, and is the official satellite-radio partner of the NFL. Sebring owners also may stream SIRIUS programming through their home computers via a high-speed Internet connection at no additional charge.

Real-time traffic navigation is enabled by SIRIUS Satellite Radio. SIRIUS utilizes its nationwide satellite-radio broadcast capabilities to provide subscribers with updated traffic information where available, displayed on their navigation screen to help select the best available route.

UConnect Hands-free Communication System

UConnect uses Bluetooth® technology to provide wireless communication between the customer’s compatible mobile phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. The UConnect control buttons are now integrated into the vehicle’s radio head unit.

UConnect features include:

*Voice dialing: Voice commands may be used to digit-dial the phone or access pre-stored voice tags

*Audio address book: Thirty-two names, four numbers per name, for a total of 128 phone numbers can be stored in the system

*Emergency calls and towing assistance: Voice command dials 911 or towing assistance

*Audio-system mute: Mutes the microphone for privacy

*Call transfer: Allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone

*Three language options: Provides English, French and Spanish language capabilities

*Multi-phone recognition: Can recognize as many as seven phones that can be used within one Sebring system

Electronic Vehicle Information Control

An interactive digital display located in the instrument cluster conveniently displays information and can be controlled by switches mounted in the center stack switch bank. The system allows the Sebring driver to select from a menu of useful information. Chrysler Sebring owners can personalize their settings, such as having the lights flash and horn honk when locking and unlocking the vehicle using Remote Keyless Entry. The Chrysler Sebring’s Electronic Vehicle Information Control also gives owners the ability to scroll through the compass/outside temperature, average fuel economy, distance to empty, trip elapsed time and tire-pressure monitoring displays.

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Engineering

Chrysler Group’s Front-wheel-drive Product Team engineers started work on the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring with a clear target — to create a vehicle that’s as good as or better than any mid-size competitor in the world. With the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring, they’ve hit their mark, creating an all-new vehicle that delivers expected levels of reliability and durability, world-class powertrain options and a unique combination of safety and innovative technological features, while never compromising on ride and handling. These elements combined create the Chrysler Sebring’s first-class driving experience.

“We benchmarked the leaders in the mid-size segment on all things that matter to the customer,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team. “The 2007 Chrysler Sebring delivers quality, reliability, a quiet, comfortable ride, 32 miles per gallon, a combination of class-leading safety features and innovative technologies. Our new Sebring is as good as, if not better than, any other mid-size car on the road today.”

The front-wheel-drive based 2007 Sebring is built on the Chrysler Group’s new D-segment mid-size-car platform. It features a four-wheel independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and a multi-link rear suspension. Front and rear suspension crossmembers are isolated to the body to create a quiet ride, with less road noise vibration and harshness (NVH) than previous models.

2007 Chrysler Sebring vehicles sold in the United States are available with three engine options designed to meet the needs of the diverse mid-size sedan buyer: a new fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder World Engine, a 2.7-liter V-6 with flexible fuel (FFV) engine that can run on E-85 and an available 3.5-liter V-6 engine coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle with Auto Stick that provides 0-60 mph performance to rival the best in the mid-size-car class.

Exhilarating Performance With Excellent Fuel Efficiency

Fuel economy is a high-priority for many buyers in today’s car market, and with best-in-class fuel ecomony in the city of 24 miles per gallon (mpg), as well as 32 miles per gallon on the highway and its solid, quiet performance, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring’s standard four-cylinder 2.4-liter World Engine rivals the best in the mid-size car segment. Sebring’s 2.4-liter World Engine features dual variable valve timing (VVT), intake manifold flow control valves, acoustic cylinder head covers, dual counter-rotating balance shafts and an acoustic oil pan. Mated to a four-speed automatic transaxle, it produces 173 horsepower (129 kW) and 166 lb.-ft. (225 N•m) of torque, providing a 15 percent increase in horsepower (173 hp vs. 150 hp) and an 8 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with the 2.4-liter engine that was available in the previous model. The Sebring’s 2.4-liter World Engine also produces best-in-class horsepower.

Sebring’s available 2.7-liter V-6 engine, which produces 189 horsepower (141 kW) and 191 lb.-ft. of torque (259 N•m) and delivers 30 mpg on the highway, provides value- and performance-conscious consumers the power of a V-6 engine with a price that compares with the competitions’ four-cylinder engines. It also provides more low-end torque (at an rpm 850 lower) compared with the 2.7-liter engine it replaces. The Sebring’s 2.7-liter engine with flexible fuel capability has the ability to operate effectively on any blend of gasoline and fuel-grade ethanol up to E-85.

Chrysler Sebring Limited vehicles sold in the United States also are available with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 232 lb.-ft. (315 N•m) of torque coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle that comes standard with Auto Stick. The combination of the upgraded 3.5L V6 engine coupled with a new six-speed automatic transaxle delivers excellent performance and fuel efficiency, as well as quiet operation.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring's performance is extremely competitive with the best in its class,” said Lyons. “Based on 0-60 mph acceleration tests, the Sebring Limited's performance, with its new 3.5-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transaxle, rivals the leaders in the mid-size class.”

New Six-speed Transaxle Provides Quick Acceleration, Quiet Ride

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is one of the first Chrysler Group vehicles to offer its new six-speed automatic transaxle, which provides quicker standing-start acceleration than a four- or five-speed transaxle because of a numerically higher first gear ratio. A more robust differential with increased torque capacity enhances launch performance by requiring less torque management, electronically limiting the torque that is available during the initial stages of standing-start acceleration. Smaller steps between ratios also make for a smoother, quieter ride, as the engine speed doesn’t change as often with each shift. In addition, more ratio choices, more appropriate ratios for quicker acceleration and a lower overall top gear ratio provide a quiet ride and improved fuel economy at highway speeds.

ABS and ESP Keep Sebring’s Wheels on the Road

For the first time in the mid-size segment, Chrysler Group is offering standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) on all 2007 Chrysler Sebring models. Sebring’s ABS system helps the driver keep the vehicle under control by preventing wheel lock-up when the driver brakes on slippery surfaces.

The 2007 Chrysler Sebring also is the Chrysler Group’s first mid-size sedan to offer Electronic Stability Program (ESP) bundled with Brake Assist and Traction Control. ESP is an option on all Sebring models. ESP helps the Sebring driver maintain stability and does everything within the limits of vehicle traction to keep Sebring on course. ESP also helps maintain forward traction by constantly monitoring wheel speed sensor signals. If there is any indication of slippage, ESP engages, applying the brakes and, if necessary, closing the throttle to maintain traction. Sebring’s ESP system works best in slick driving conditions, including wet, snowy, icy, sandy or gravel roads, as well as on hot, dry pavement where a thin layer of oil can form, causing the surface to be slick.

Hydraulic Brake Assist and Traction Control are bundled with ESP and help Sebring drivers keep control of their vehicle.

“Studies have shown that in an emergency, the average driver will not apply the brakes hard enough or quick enough to achieve the minimum stopping distance,” said Dennis Krozek, Chief Engineer – Chrysler Sebring. “Sebring’s Brake Assist overcomes this tendency by using the ESP system to instantly apply the maximum available pressure to the brakes.”

A pressure sensor in the ESP hydraulic module determines when the driver is making an emergency stop by measuring the rate at which the driver applies the brake. A high rate of pedal pressure application causes the ESP system to apply maximum hydraulic pressure to the brakes and the vehicle stops as quickly as the available traction will allow.

Traction Control helps the Sebring maintain traction by applying the brakes and in some cases closing the throttle to minimize wheel spin during acceleration.

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Structural Engineering

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring features many advanced steel technologies that reduce weight and unwanted noise, while also creating a safe, solid, stiff structure that provides excellent impact performance, a smooth ride and solid handling. Top that with world-class levels of sealants and sound-deadening materials, and the Chrysler Sebring offers an exceptionally quiet ride, void of road, wind and powertrain noise.

“Sebring’s exceptional driving experience is improved by the one thing that’s missing — noise,” said Larry Lyons, Vice President – Front-wheel-drive Product Team. “Sebring’s interior is whisper quiet--road, wind and powertrain noise are almost nonexistent.”

High-strength Steel Forms a Protective Shell Around Vehicle Occupants

By mass, Sebring’s body structure is a combined 30 percent mix of hot-stamped and high-strength steel. Hot-stamped steel A-pillars, B-pillars and roof rail reinforcements reduce upper body weight by 30 lbs., compared with traditional steel.

“Sebring has among the highest combined percentages of high-strength and ultra-high-strength, hot-stamped steel among production-volume vehicles on the road today,” said Dennis Krozek, Chief Engineer – Chrysler Sebring. “That higher weight-to-strength ratio of high-strength steel gave us the ability to reduce Sebring’s overall weight, while also developing a safety cage that keeps occupants protected.”

In addition to high-strength and hot-stamped steel, Sebring also features dual-phase steel in the rear rails, tunnel reinforcement and sills. Dual-phase steel allows these components to handle greater loads than conventional steels, which helps them manage impact energy more effectively, while still being relatively easy to stamp and control dimensionally. In addition, in the event of a high-speed front impact, the design of the structure and the properties of the steel combine to protect the occupants by absorbing the impact energy in a controlled manner.

Dual-phase and high-strength steels are strategically located in the sill construction providing an efficient cross-section-to-weight balance. As many as four layers of metal (including dual-phase and high-strength steel of various shapes and sizes) provide optimum impact energy management. Chrysler Sebring also features very large sills, which make the body structure substantially stiffer than its predecessor in bend and torsion.

Sealants, Sound Deadening Materials and Fine-tuning Reduce Noise, Vibration and Harshness

The all-new Chrysler Sebring’s use of structural adhesives is world-class. Components joined with new structural adhesives improve stiffness and impact energy management compared with other joining methods such as spot welding and laser welding.

Tougher, more elastic adhesives add strength to Sebring’s joints during an impact. Sebring’s stronger joints create a more rigid structure and minimize noise, vibration and harshness in the passenger compartment, giving the Sebring more body stiffness, which contributes to its excellent ride quality, comfort and interior quietness.

The Sebring’s overall torsion and bending stiffness give it excellent on-road performance and a solid feel and ride comfort, while allowing the body to remain tight and quiet. Sebring’s new front-wheel-drive architecture and the three-box vehicle design contribute to a torsional (twist) stiffness of 17,925 ft.-lb./degree (32.2 Hz) and a bending stiffness of 66,703 lb./in. (26.3 Hz), which is 1.7 times stiffer in torsion and 1.6 times stiffer in bending than the vehicle it replaces.

The Sebring also benefits from extensive application of pumpable and moldable sealers in the upper body to reduce NVH characteristics. Seam sealing is applied both inside and outside the body, instead of just inside of the body.

Sebring’s doors are triple sealed to reduce wind noise. A continuous, one-piece channel-type weather strip mounted in a three-piece roll-formed channel in the upper door frames seals both sides of the windows to prevent wind noise and water leaks.

Chrysler Group engineers also extensively tuned the new Sebring and added many special treatments to alleviate road, wind and powertrain noise and vehicle shake, including:

*All engines include acoustic engine covers to absorb and dampen noise

*Powertrain and body mounts are tuned to minimize shake, as well as improve instrument panel stiffness, steering column-to-instrument panel stiffness and instrument-panel-to-body stiffness

*The air induction system, accessory drive mounting and exhaust system are tuned to reduce powertrain noise and improve sound quality

*The A-pillar and exterior mirrors were aerodynamically developed in the wind tunnel to reduce wind noise

*A noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) package isolates the passenger compartment from powertrain inputs and other sources of NVH

*Multiple rib-like indentations in the floor pan and applied mastic sound-deadening material reduce boom and add to Sebring’s extremely quiet ride

*Expandable Polyurethane Foam (PUR®) injected into cavities in the body structure prevents noise from being transmitted to the passenger compartment.

*Every hole and cavity is covered with a plug or patch

*Bituminous mastic pads are bonded to the floor pan to dampen vibration and act as a noise barrier

*Dampers on the dash and the rear wheel houses consisting of a layer of mastic between two layers of metal are adhesive bonded to flat surfaces that might otherwise resonate

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Safety & Security

A safe vehicle is a top priority among mid-size car buyers, and the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring offers class-leading safety, with a combination of standard active and passive safety features not typically found in the mid-size-car segment.

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring features standard advanced multi-stage front air bags, side-curtain air bags and front-seat-mounted side air bags. For the first time in the mid-size car segment, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard on all Chrysler Sebring models. Also a first for Chrysler Group in the mid-size car segment, Electronic Stability Program is available on the 2007 Chrysler Sebring.

“Chrysler Sebring owners can feel confident knowing their vehicle is equipped with more than 30 technologies that are designed to keep both the driver and their passengers safe and secure,” said Dennis Krozek, Chief Engineer – Chrysler Sebring.

Class-leading Safety and Security Features

*Advanced multi-stage front air bags: provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching air bag output to crash severity

*Standard side-curtain air bags: deploy from the headliner to provide two rows of side-impact protection to outboard occupants

*Front-seat-mounted side air bags: deploy for enhanced thorax protection during a side impact

*Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions

*Available Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control: assists the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability by applying selective braking and throttle control to control oversteer, understeer and to maintain traction during acceleration on slippery surfaces

*Brake Assist (included with ESP): ensures 100 percent brake efficiency during panic brake situations

*All-speed Traction Control (included with ESP): senses drive-wheel slip and applies individual brakes to a slipping wheel(s), and can reduce excess engine power until traction is regained

*Auto-reverse Sun Roof: advanced sensing system that automatically engages and reverses the sun roof (to the open position)

*Auto-reverse Windows: automatically engages and reverses the window (to the down position)

*Structural safety cage: protects occupants by managing and controlling energy in the event of an impact

*Side guard door beams: in front and rear doors provide occupant protection during a side impact

*Available auto-dimming rearview mirror: dims the light to ease headlight reflection in the driver’s eyes

*Belt Alert: provides an audible and visual warning to alert drivers when their seat belt is unfastened

*Brake/Park Interlock: Prevents an automatic transmission or transaxle from being shifted out of Park until the brake pedal is applied

*Child Seat Anchor System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren [LATCH]): eases installation of compatible aftermarket child seats

*Child-protection Rear Door Locks: disable the rear doors’ inside-release handle via a small lever on the door-shut face

*Constant Force Retractors (CFR): distributes force or load exerted on a seat belt, and then gradually releases the seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner

*Crumple Zones: compress during an accident to absorb energy from an impact, decreasing transfer of that energy to the occupants

*Daytime Running Lamps: increase visual contrast between the Sebring and its surrounding environment

*Energy-absorbing Steering Column: utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy-absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management

*Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS): makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking the doors after air-bag deployment. Also shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine

*Height-adjustable Front Seat Belts: allow the driver and front passenger to raise and lower the shoulder belt. Encourages seat-belt usage by offering a more comfortable fit

*HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver: stores three separate transmitter radio-frequency codes to operate garage-door openers, security gates, security lighting or other radio-controlled devices

*Inside Emergency Trunk Release, with a glow-in-the-dark release handle, can be activated in the event of an adult or child being inadvertently trapped inside the trunk

*Interior Head-impact Protection: includes interior pillars above the belt line and instrument panel including areas around windshield and rear window headers, roof and side-rail structures, and shoulder-belt turning loops specifically designed to limit head-impact force

*Knee Bolsters: in the lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling the air bags to work effectively

*Remote Keyless Entry: locks and unlocks doors, and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a vehicle-theft security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system

*Seat-belt Pretensioners: immediately remove slack in the seat belts in a collision situation, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupants’ heads and torsos

*Security Alarm: blows the horn intermittently and flashes the turn signal lamps to deter vandalism and theft. It protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring both the door- and liftgate-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry

*Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer: utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security key code to shut the engine off after a few seconds if the correct key is not inserted.

*Side Occupant Protection System includes side-curtain air bags with roll detection system that deploy in certain rollover situations and side-impact events. Utilizes information from multiple sensors to determine the severity of the impact

*Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) System: alerts the driver to low pressure tire(s) by a warning light in the instrument cluster. A premium system displays individual tire pressure, available with the Electronic Vehicle Information System

*UConnect Hands-free Communication System uses Bluetooth technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication between the occupants’ compatible cell phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility

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Quality

From the freezing temperatures of Northern Michigan in winter to the hottest summer temperatures in Mexico and the most volatile driving conditions that could be created in the Chrysler Group’s AeroAcoustic Wind Tunnel, Chrysler Group engineers tested the all-new 2007 Chrysler Sebring in the most extreme conditions to develop an all-new mid-size sedan that achieves exceptional levels of quality, durability and reliability and can solidly compete with the leaders in the mid-size sedan segment.

“The Chrysler Sebring is designed to go toe-to-toe with the perceived best of the segment,” said Stephen Walukas, Vice President – Corporate Quality. “From a design standpoint, one cannot deny that the vehicle draws and entices you. The value and key to true satisfaction come through in those things you may not see — and, fortunately what you won’t see is a mechanic based on the efforts we made to make this one of the most sound vehicles in its class.”

Front-wheel-drive Product Team engineers put the all-new Sebring through extreme quality testing during the vehicle’s development process. In fact, before it was even introduced, the all-new Sebring had lapped the entire state of Michigan four times in the extreme weather conditions of all four seasons. Additional customer equivalent trips and miles were accumulated on prototype vehicles over the course of the vehicle development program. Testing included:

*Trips to the Western United States at altitudes of -280 feet to 14,100 feet and temperatures as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit

*Trips to the Eastern United States, through Detroit, State College, Penn., and Hartford, Conn., the Sebring was tested in altitudes of 600 feet to 3,000 feet and in temperatures hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit

*In Northern Michigan, the Sebring was subjected to extreme cold “real world” testing of temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit

*Additional extreme heat testing was conducting in Mexico in temperatures that surpassed 125 degrees Fahrenheit

*Nearly 650 aerodynamic evaluations, as well as many other related tests, were conducted in the Chrysler Group’s $37.5-million state-of–the-art aerodynamic and acoustic test facility

CDS

The Chrysler Sebring was designed and engineered under the Chrysler Development System (CDS), the comprehensive, coordinated and disciplined product creation process that improves quality and speed-to-market while reducing costs and encouraging practical innovation in new products.

Emphasized on CDS are the systems engineering, design and up-front planning to avoid time-consuming and costly trial and error or changes during the latter phases of the product development cycle. With CDS, all product and process planning is completed and fully integrated before production tooling begins.

Overall, the entire company has benefited from the intensified focus on quality as Chrysler Group has seen nearly a 45-percent improvement in expense per vehicle (EPUS) from the period just prior to the company’s turnaround (approx. 1998-2001 model year) to the 2006 model year. In external metrics, the Chrysler Group brands continue to make dramatic year-over-year improvements. The 2007 Chrysler Sebring program and its dedicated engineers have made the vehicle another strong statement in the company’s goal of being among the best in quality.

Quality Gates is a process that was adopted as part of the best-practice synergies produced by the DaimlerChrysler merger. Prior to the merger, Chrysler utilized the Chrysler Development System to ensure quality from the vehicle’s sketch stage in Design, through concept and prototypes to testing and ultimately to production at the plant. However, the merger allowed the inclusion of the Quality Gates process, a system that requires a 12-step checks-and-balance review of the project at critical stages of development by senior management.

“The Quality Gates validates best practices shared as part of the merger — almost like a blending of the best of both worlds,” Walukas said. “The outstanding styling, interior flexibility, and the dedication to the highest quality are additional ways that all the right planets aligned to give us the best of a variety of worlds.”

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big blue    1

Interior is a lot nice than what I was expecting from DCX. I still wished they stopped using GREY in their interior colors, use black, tan or something else please! Grey is cheap looking. Exterior is alright, nothing ground breaking but slightly attractive.

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sciguy_0504    0

I want to see an interior without Nav before I make any judgements.

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I agree. I think it looks good with the NAV but the non-NAV versions will tell us if Chrysler knows how to build a midsize car or not.

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loki    286

don't like most of it (exterior) the 3.5 get's a downgrade... hmm, not a whole lot better than new 3.5L OHV in the Aura and G6.

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It's priced decent, I'll give it that. But, if I had around twenty-five grand to spend, I'd just buy a base 300 with some options instead of the top-of-the-line Sebring.

It gives me some hope that the Avenger, the better looking car, will start out cheap -- around sixteen-grand or less, hopefully.

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Ugh, everything about that vehicle is putrid.  It's just wrong in so many ways.  :o

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:withstupid: well... except the interior... the interior is beautiful... i cant take anything away from it... i look at the Magnum/Charger interior... and then this... and i feel releived that DCX has not given up on interior design...

but the outside of this car... my god... the taillights and headlights are 2 times the size they need to be... and the taillights are an extremely awkward shape... the way the backup lights are integrated into the taillights doesnt help with the awkwardness either...

that randomly thrown in there "character line" that runs from the front wheel well all the way to the back quarter panel... is extremely ridiculous looking and has no coherence with the rest of the car...

the black plastic window insert on the c pillar looks like garbage...glass is cool too guys...

the greenhouse overall looks far too tall for any car... let alone a chrysler which has been leading the trend in small greenhouses...

the headlight shape and size makes the grill look like its about 2 square inches... the aggressive slant of the headlights also does not match the rest of the car, which is trying (but failing) to be elegant... oh and that that "elegantly sculpted" hood looks like DCX let a 5 year old go to town with a rake...

the lower air dams... why not continue that middle crossbar all the way across? the abscence of it on the central air dam makes it look really cheap and unnecessary

the randomly thrown on side marker is clearly a "oops forgot the side marker..." design... they coulve easily modified the shape of the healights a bit and included it in there...

the overall length of the car looks squished... as if they had this vision for a long, low slung sedan... but then remembered it had to be mid-sized and instead of shrinking it proportionally... they just squished it into the length they needed

in all... im proud of DCX... they managed to show me that a car uglier than the avenger can indeed be made... unfortunately... they make both of these cars...

Edited by 04monteintimidator

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The look of the interior is nice but knowing Chrysler, they'll cheap out on the materials used. I'd rather have the NAV screen over the radio. I think GM will finally have a lead over DCX by the end of the decade when comparing interiors.

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I'd rather have the NAV screen over the radio.

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I believe I'm with the majority when I ask: Who wouldn't? (Regardless of the brand.) Emphasis on "majority". I know there are some out there who would swap out stock head units for aftermaket ones but NAV screens give a very upscale feel to most interior. Emphasis on "most".

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I could see people buying this for the interior...I must admit, the interior is rather nice. Maybe even for the new V6. But I can't imagine anyone being enamored over the outside-it's too much.

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