A Chrysler 200 is displayed on a showroom floor on August 6, 2014 in New York City. Chrysler Group LLC's profit gained 22% in the second quarter, bolstered by sales of Jeep SUVs and Dodge trucks, which are owned by Chrysler group.
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FCA ended production of its Chrysler 200 last December 2, 2016. The mid-sized car is officially "dead" and there are no plans whatsoever to replace it with another.
The FCA's Chrysler 200. The predecessor to the Chrysler 200 was the Chrysler Sebring, a mid-sized car, too. Sebring had a reputation as being dreadfully unreliable and the launch of the Chrysler 200 was an attempt to change all that. The first generation 200 was just a facelifted Sebring and this didn't help at all. FCA eventually took to action and updated the 200 altogether.
Owners of other mid-sized car brands really did not mind if the next 200 was aesthetically appealing. What these owners really cared about was if that 200 was better than what they were currently driving. It boasted a nine-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, reviews of its real-world performance were not what one would expect.
FCA didn't stop there, though. They continued to work on the 200 and eventually released a 2015 model with an exterior styling that ranked among class leaders. Its interior was a big improvement from previous models as it was more attractive and with an intuitive UConnect. All-wheel drive was available and it had a 295-horsepower V6 engine.
Year after year, US sales of the 200 showed improvement even jumping to 52 percent in 2015. However, in 2016, US sales dropped a whopping 65 percent. The poor 2016 sales eventually led to the 200's demise.
The 200 will not be going into production anymore as FCA has officially killed it off. There are currently no plans to replace the 200 with another mid-size car as consumers are now attracted to larger vehicles such as crossovers and trucks with more passenger volume and cargo volume, the latest in cutting-edge technology, and high fuel economy ratings. In addition, the currently low price of fuel has given consumers enough buying power to go after bigger and better vehicles.