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The last-generation Chrysler Sebring/200 was the punchline to a bad joke. Whenever you saw one driving around, you could easily assume that it was either a rental car or the person got a smoking deal. Not a good sign when you’re playing in one of the highly-competitive classes in the marketplace; the midsize sedan class. So what do you do? For Chrysler, it was to start with a blank sheet and get some help from Fiat. The result is the 2015 Chrysler 200. So how does new 200 stack up against the midsize class? Well I spent a week in a 200C to find out.

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The 200’s exterior design appears to be a mishmash of other midsize sedan designs. The front end looks to be borrowed from the Ford Fusion and/or Kia Optima, while the roofline comes from the last-generation Hyundai Sonata. Say what you will about Chrysler’s designers being somewhat unoriginal, you do have to admit that the new 200 is far and away a huge improvement over the old model. My test 200 was wearing a burgundy paint color and sharp 19-inch wheels which make it quite the standout.

If the exterior is quite the shock, then you might have your mind blown when stepping into the 200’s interior. Chrysler’s designers threw out the book on how to create a midsize interior and went in their own direction. The results are something you might be more used to in a luxury car, not something a midsize sedan. On the 200C, the interior is lined with leather along the dash and seats, and real wood trim. Designers also went for a knob for to select gears which opens up the center console to allow for a massive storage area. You could fit a small laptop computer in this space. Above the large storage space is Chrysler’s UConnect system with an equally large 8.4-inch touchscreen. The system as ever is easy to use and quick to respond.

Space in the 200C is a bit mixed. Front seat passengers are able to find a comfortable position thanks to supportive bucket seats, and power adjustments. On my tester, the seats were ventilated, which only adds to the comfort level. Back seat passengers will find a decent amount of legroom, but headroom is at a premium. Due to the sloping roofline, it cuts the amount of headroom available in the sedan.

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WOW  :o

 

That is such an amazing update to the old 200. Have not seen them around here yet in Seattle but it is pretty and I do like the interior, the best I have seen from Chrysler.

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A likeable but still flawed entry in the mid size class. The model I like most is stuck with 4 cylinder only power and that dreadful 9 speed too many gears transaxle. The V6 models are far better but still suffer the occasional stutter or jolt shift, cost a lot more than the Limited, have over sized 19" wheels that ride harsher or in the case of the C, are priced far more than I think this car is worth. Also not a fan of the rotary shifter and interior room is a little snug in the back. My pick would be a Limited with option package and a 3.2 V6 from the Cherokee for the mid 25-26k range but alas Chrysler refuses to offer this.

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reminds me of the Kizashis I had to sell, just enough smaller than the bulk of the mainstream midsizers to seem like a tweener.

 

In this case, maybe it makes the Chrysler feel more intimate and distinctive.  In higher trims, this is a nice interior.  I don't think i would like a rotary shifter, but I do admit its better than the Lincoln pushbutton arrangement.  And it saves space.

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I love the rotary gear selector. It works well and it moves us into the future.  No need for the old style giant shift leaver in the center console when it's just an electronic actuator anyway. 

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A few less impressive details but I am pretty keen overall on the interior and exterior. It's everything else I read about it frequently in reviews (transmission, ride on the S model) that gives me pause.  Have not had the opportunity to drive one.

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I love the rotary gear selector. It works well and it moves us into the future.  No need for the old style giant shift leaver in the center console when it's just an electronic actuator anyway. 

So do you like the dopey Mercedes column mounted shifter with push button park?  I still like the old school shifter, which I have, but the stock does open up a lot of space in the center console.

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I love the rotary gear selector. It works well and it moves us into the future.  No need for the old style giant shift leaver in the center console when it's just an electronic actuator anyway. 

So do you like the dopey Mercedes column mounted shifter with push button park?  I still like the old school shifter, which I have, but the stock does open up a lot of space in the center console.

 

 

Idea = 8

Execution = 3

 

I think any vehicle without sporting intentions, and even some that do have sporting intentions, should have push-button/rotary gear selection.   When we're getting into the 6+ speeds, the driver is no longer going to be doing gear selection via an old school shifter anyway.

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      Ram Truck Brand
      Sales of the Ram ProMaster City van were up 21 percent in November, compared with the same month a year ago. In addition, Ram Truck brand retail sales were up 3 percent in November. The Ram Truck brand last month unveiled its new, special-edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport. The Hydro Blue Sport will be the final special-edition Sport the brand will offer in the 2017 calendar year. Previously, Ram launched Sublime (Green) and Copper Sport limited-edition trucks earlier this year and an Ignition Orange edition in late 2016.
       
      FIAT Brand
      Sales of the Fiat 500L increased 32 percent last month for its best November sales since 2015.
       
      Alfa Romeo Brand
      Alfa Romeo brand sales of 1,440 units were up significantly compared with the same month a year ago as the launch of the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV continues in U.S. dealerships. Earlier this week, the editors of Motor Trend named the Alfa Romeo Giulia as its 2018 Car of the Year, best representing exceptional value, superiority in its class and impact on the automotive scene.
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary November 2017
                          Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
        Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
        Compass
      9,368
      6,984
      34%
      74,510
      86,107
      -13%
        Patriot
      384
      8,568
      -96%
      40,495
      114,117
      -65%
        Wrangler
      13,289
      12,957
      3%
      176,822
      176,053
      0%
        Cherokee
      16,551
      11,479
      44%
      150,524
      183,356
      -18%
        Grand Cherokee
      18,614
      17,230
      8%
      217,074
      189,023
      15%
        Renegade
      7,795
      10,067
      -23%
      95,892
      94,561
      1%
        JEEP BRAND
      66,001
      67,285
      -2%
      755,317
      843,217
      -10%
        200
      359
      2,849
      -87%
      18,125
      54,651
      -67%
        300
      2,951
      2,566
      15%
      45,511
      49,657
      -8%
        Town & Country
      5
      350
      -99%
      571
      58,805
      -99%
        Pacifica
      13,195
      8,753
      51%
      107,130
      52,083
      106%
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      16,510
      14,518
      14%
      171,337
      215,196
      -20%
        Dart
      128
      2,203
      -94%
      9,943
      41,877
      -76%
        Avenger
      0
      1
      -100%
      12
      45
      -73%
        Charger
      6,047
      9,138
      -34%
      81,521
      88,200
      -8%
        Challenger
      3,860
      3,908
      -1%
      60,029
      59,176
      1%
        Viper
      7
      62
      -89%
      576
      571
      1%
        Journey
      4,868
      7,133
      -32%
      85,243
      96,991
      -12%
        Caravan
      8,550
      6,696
      28%
      118,573
      120,991
      -2%
        Durango
      5,385
      4,934
      9%
      63,214
      62,678
      1%
        DODGE  BRAND
      28,845
      34,075
      -15%
      419,111
      470,529
      -11%
        Ram P/U
      36,714
      36,885
      0%
      455,816
      441,862
      3%
        Cargo Van
      0
      0
      0%
      0
      21
      -100%
        ProMaster Van
      2,555
      4,702
      -46%
      37,131
      35,746
      4%
        ProMaster City
      1,121
      924
      21%
      13,967
      14,625
      -4%
        RAM BRAND
      40,390
      42,511
      -5%
      506,914
      492,254
      3%
        500
      782
      1,147
      -32%
      12,018
      14,026
      -14%
        500L
      127
      96
      32%
      1,553
      3,016
      -49%
        500X
      556
      822
      -32%
      6,992
      10,869
      -36%
        Spider
      268
      350
      -23%
      4,191
      2,225
      88%
        FIAT BRAND
      1,733
      2,415
      -28%
      24,754
      30,136
      -18%
        Giulia
      756
      0
      New
      7,892
      7
      New
        Alfa 4C 
      27
      23
      17%
      381
      457
      -17%
        Stelvio
      657
      0
      New
      1,724
      0
      New
        ALFA ROMEO
      1,440
      23
      6161%
      9,997
      464
      2055%
        FCA US LLC
      154,919
      160,827
      -4%
      1,887,430
      2,051,796
      -8%
                       
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