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Quality Built into Each 2015 Chrysler 200

Quality is typically at top of mind for anyone looking to buy a new vehicle. Here are some of the ways Chrysler Group has made quality front and center in the development of its all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.

Before they are shipped to dealers, shiny new Chrysler 200 sedans pass through the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant’s (SHAP) newly-added Quality Assurance Center in the final step of the vehicle’s exhaustive quality process.

Randomly selected vehicles are scrutinized each day in the first-of-its-kind Quality Assurance Center, which conducts quality audits and detailed technical measurements on more than 400 vehicle functions (such as heating, cooling, emissions, fit-and-finish) and houses a material laboratory staffed with an on-site chemist.

“We’re confident the 2015 Chrysler 200 will make a strong first impression with customers,” Doug Betts, Senior Vice President—Quality, said. “The all-new sedan benefits from a significantly enhanced quality process at the plant that’s part of our commitment to World Class Manufacturing. Quality and customer satisfaction are part of everyone’s job.”

About one and a half years ago, team leaders at SHAP started analyzing and planning how they would build the all-new Chrysler 200. SHAP employees identified and implemented approximately 3,500 quality controls into the assembly process before the first customer vehicles were built.

“The goal is to design each workstation so it’s impossible to make a mistake,” Betts explained. “The best expert on how to error-proof a specific assembly job is the person who does it every day – that’s why it’s so important to have all workers engaged in World Class Manufacturing.”

While the primary objective is to prevent issues from occurring in the first place, the plant also increased the number of dedicated quality inspectors from 22 to 50 as an extra layer of protection for customers.

The all-new body and paint shops make SHAP one of the most versatile and flexible facilities within the Company, significantly enhancing the quality and consistency of each new car.
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A 2015 Chrysler 200 is measured and inspected in the Metrology Lab at the all-new Body Shop in Chrysler Group’s Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant. (2014)

Like other Chrysler Group assembly plants, SHAP also constructed a state-of-the-art metrology center in preparation for the new vehicle launch. The metrology center is a high-tech laboratory with a clean room environment that allows engineers to find the root cause of any build variations – even when components appear perfect to the naked eye. The lab uses a complex set of fixtures, which mimic the body shop’s process, plus laser scanners and blue light fixtures to measure and create 3-D digital models. All of these tools are used to find and resolve any fit-and-finish issues before customer vehicles are built.

The attention to detail and quality controls at the plant represent the final steps in a quality process that begins with the inception of each vehicle program at Chrysler Group.

The Chrysler team conducts extensive research with current customers – and competitors’ customers – to set the vehicle targets for things such as performance, safety, fuel economy and quality.

This includes the company’s Perceived Quality Team that works with designers, engineers and suppliers to enhance the fit-and-finish, surface quality, material options and even the sound quality of moveable parts like doors and storage bins. Customers make judgments on a vehicle’s quality the first time they see and touch a car, whether it’s at an auto show, dealership or neighbor’s driveway; the Perceived Quality team is tasked with making sure customers receive a strong first impression on the quality of the 200.

In final preparations for the market launch, a development fleet of 200 sedans undergoes testing, day and night, on all kinds of road surfaces, at high and low altitudes and through blizzard conditions, as well as dry, desert heat. All that testing adds up to more than 17 million validation miles, including tests done in Chrysler labs, at the proving grounds and on public roads.

Some of the most punishing tests take place inside the Chrysler Technology Center on the Road Test Simulator (RTS). It recreates the abuse vehicles endure at the hands of a 95th percentile customer – meaning a customer who drives the vehicle in more severe conditions than 95 percent of all drivers. The RTS recreates a wide range of on-road and off-road driving surfaces and puts a lifetime of wear-and-tear on a vehicle in one month’s time.

Continually improving its test methods, the 200 is one of the first Chrysler Group vehicles to be evaluated on the newly built Lateral Load Test Track at the automaker’s Chelsea (Mich.) Proving Grounds. The Lateral Load Test Track recreates the type of suspension stresses that a vehicle gets after years of hard-driving on twisty roads that are more common in Europe. To validate the 200’s durability, development vehicles were run through the new track approximately 40,000 times, which simulates millions of rigorous miles and contributes to excellent long-term ride and handling characteristics.

Multimedia touchscreens and controls increasingly influence customers’ overall quality satisfaction. The award-winning Uconnect systems, available in the Chrysler 200, also receive thorough test drives as technicians work through an extensive checklist to validate the functionality and reliability of the system as well as how compatible it is with a wide variety of mobile phones, music players and other media devices.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 comes with a five-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and roadside assistance, in addition to three-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage.

As read on: http://www.chryslergroup360.com/featured_news/quality-built-into-each-2015-chrysler-200/

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Standard stop-start on some Cherokees, 200s

Engine Stop-Start (ESS) systems will be standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee and 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. The system will be used on four-cylinder 200s and V6 Cherokees; fuel economy should rise by around 3% with the new systems, which our sources claim are based on belt-driven generators.

The setup should become available in the Jeep Cherokee in the third quarter, and in the 200 in the fourth quarter. The setup is currently used in one version of the Ram 1500, where it saves one mile per gallon (city).

The ESS system uses a high-speed/high-durability starter that reduces crank time, for quicker restarts. Passive accelerator application is met with measured throttle response; hard inputs trigger aggressive starts. Chrysler claims, “there’s no waiting for either.”

When the engine comes to a stop, if it is warm enough for an immediate restart and there is sufficient reserve battery power, the engine is cut off, saving fuel. Heavier batteries maintain other vehicle systems, including the fan. When the brake is released, the engine automatically restarts (rather than waiting for the driver to use the accelerator), and the transmission re-engaged, within one third of a second. The feature can be deactivated by the driver at will.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2014/06/standard-stop-start-on-some-cherokees-200s

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200

This is the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200. The next-generation midsize sedan is designed, engineered and built to compete with the very best vehicles in the industry.

The advanced engineering of the 2015 Chrysler 200 results in highly efficient, refined performance. The fuel economy ratings speak for themselves.

The 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine provides up to 36 highway mpg, while the available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine delivers up to 31 highway mpg with 295 horsepower.

The 200 also delivers exceptional power. You can choose the 184-horsepower 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine which delivers 173 lb-ft of torque or the available 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine which delivers 262 lb-ft of torque. With the available V6 engine, the 2015 Chrysler 200 has more available horsepower than Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.

The all-new nine-speed automatic transmission includes a Rotary E-shift. The Rotary E-shift features a wide gear ratio spread that provides smooth, indecipherable transfer between gears and efficiency in all gears and speeds. It operates electronically rather than mechanically, requiring less interior space for components. The Chrysler 200 is the only car in the segment to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are standard on all Chrysler 200S models and 200C AWD models. They are included on 200C front-wheel drive models when equipped with the available 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine.

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 offers more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class.

All Chrysler 200 models include steel cage construction and eight airbags that help deliver excellent occupant protection in front, side and rear impacts.

Advanced accident avoidance features include available Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and class-exclusive features including available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go functionality, available Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, available Parallel Park Assist with Full Stop and available Perpendicular Park Assist.

5-YEAR / 100,000-MILE
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE SERVICE Provides jump start assistance, out of gas/fuel delivery, tire service, lockout service and towing.

3-YEAR / 36,000-MILE
BASIC LIMITED WARRANTY Provides bumper-to-bumper coverage for your vehicle, from the body to the electrical system.

5-YEAR / 100,000-MILE
POWERTRAIN LIMITED WARRANTY Covers the cost of all parts and labor to repair a covered powertrain component; engine, transmission and drive system.

The exterior design of the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan blends coupe-like proportions with highly refined fit and finish. A dynamic stance, wind-swept profile, finely sculpted curves and aggressive wheel-to-body proportions result in a sophisticated road presence.

The exterior design is more than beautiful. The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 has unsurpassed aerodynamics in its class. More than 600 hours of wind tunnel refinements resulted in a vehicle that slips through the wind with impressive efficiency.

It offers more advanced standard and available safety and security features than any other vehicle in its class. These sophisticated systems help protect occupants and assist in maintaining vehicle control, because peace of mind isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.

Stretch your power farther with two engines to choose from.

The 184-horsepower 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine delivers an impressive 36 highway mpg without sacrificing performance.

The available 295-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine is highly efficient as well, providing 32 highway mpg.

Both engines are paired with the new class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission featuring a Rotary E-shift.

The available Uconnect 8.4AN System includes a high-resolution 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, an AM/FM HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Alpine 506-watt 10-speaker premium sound system, Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth, one year of Uconnect Access and 5 year trial of Uconnect Access Via Mobile.

Standard on all 2015 Chrysler 200 models except the LX, the Uconnect® 5.0 System includes a high-resolution 5-inch touchscreen, one year of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a media hub with compatible mobile device integration and more.

The new available premium Driver Information Display (DID) delivers real-time information on performance, navigation and vehicle status using full color, incredibly crisp graphics that are seamlessly integrated with the analog instrumentation. The DID display allows for a wide range of customization, including the displays for audio, digital speedometer, compass, temperature, fuel economy, trip computer, navigation, tire pressure monitor, maintenance notifications and engine performance.

The available Smart Remote Start system operates from as far as 200 feet. The system not only starts the vehicle, but it can be programmed to activate the climate control and (if equipped) the available heated and ventilated seats and heated steering wheel depending on temperatures outside and inside the vehicle.
KEYLESS ENTER ‘N GO

With the key fob in the vehicle proximity, Keyless Enter ‘n Go automatically unlocks the driver’s door when you pull the handle or unlocks the trunklid when you press the access button without using the key fob.

The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 is the only vehicle in its class to offer passive entry as standard equipment.
START/STOP BUTTON

As long as the key fob is inside the vehicle, simply press the Start/Stop button located on the instrument panel and press down on the brake pedal to start the engine.

Find out more or build yours at: http://www.chrysler.com/en/2015/200/?sid=chrysler&pid=chryslerfacebook&adid=20014Apr0714&channel=social&hrf=facebook.com&ism=KMApr0714Facebook3

“Unlock the 200” for Your Chance to Win $10,000 and a Two-Year Lease

What’s any vehicle but a unified collection of its individual features? The higher the quality of each feature — or the more innovative its design — the greater the sum of the whole will be.

With that in mind, the Chrysler Brand is giving you an opportunity to explore the features of the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 — and we’re giving you an incentive to do so. By participating in our Unlock the 200 sweepstakes, you can earn a chance to win $10,000 and a two-year lease on an All-New 2015 Chrysler 200, all while learning more about this exciting new sedan.

Here’s how the sweepstakes works: During each phase of the sweepstakes, an eligible entrant must visit the Unlock the 200 website. Using the clue provided there, he or she must then find and unlock features found on various partner websites and advertisements located around the World Wide Web.

With a total of six phases in the Unlock the 200 sweepstakes, entrants have multiple opportunities to enter for their chance to win the two-year lease and $10,000 grand prize or one of the additional prizes, including:

    • $5,000 and a one-year lease on an All-New 2015 Chrysler 200
    • One of two hundred $200 Visa prepaid gift cards

Please read the official sweepstakes rules for more information. Good luck to all entrants!

2015 Chrysler 200 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The Chrysler Sebring is dead, and has been dead at least in name since the arrival of the rebranded Chrysler 200 for the 2010 model year, but now Chrysler has not just killed off the last vestiges of that reviled sedan but buried it deep in a place the company never wants to visit again.

Behold the new 2015 Chrysler 200, a completely new sedan from the wheels to the wipers, built on an Alfa Romeo chassis, sporting fully modern styling inside and out, equipped with state-of-the-art powertrains and arriving in showrooms later this year. This is the second major collaboration between Chrysler and Italian owners Fiat (the first was the 2013 Dodge Dart), and it looks pretty solid.
Exterior

Outside there is no trace of the old Sebring/200 left, and that’s a very good thing. In its place is a clean, modern design that pulls cues from many different existing cars. That roofline is pure Audi A7; the rear quarter panels are very much Ford Taurus; the rear taillight shapes look like the latest Chevrolet Impala. It’s attractive, but certainly not groundbreaking like the Chrysler 300 was when it was introduced. As a family sedan, however, wild and crazy isn’t what sells — safe and conservative is, as evidenced by the half a million Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords sold every year in this country. The new 200 can take its place beside any of the newest family sedans proudly and without excuses.

If you’re looking for more of a sport sedan, the new 200 will be available in an S trim that either blacks out or paints a lot of the chrome on the car, and brings smoked lenses and dark wheels to the party as well. It’s a more sinister look, and on a black or silver 200, will look pretty fetching indeed.
Interior

The latest Chrysler interiors have been outstanding, and the new 200 continues that trend. Sweeping shapes and unique materials have been used inside, and the result is an interior that looks as if it has had considerable thought put into it. Present is Chrysler’s ubiquitous (and excellent) Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen high in the dashboard, but just below it is something new for a mainstream midsize family sedan: a rotary knob instead of a gear shift lever. The electronic selector is housed in a floating console that features a large storage area underneath that’s able to accommodate an iPad, with a pass-through hole that allows electronics stored there to be recharged via plugs in the center console. The storage area also features a rubber mat with the embossed skyline of the city of Detroit, an homage to the “Imported from Detroit” shtick that Chrysler is using for its advertising.

The interior uses considerably better materials than the previous 200, and is available in one of three color scheme themes named after locations in the U.S.: New York’s Fifth Avenue, Sausalito (Calif.) and Detroit (Mich.). Opting for the S trim will bring special dash trim and embossed sport seats with more aggressive pattern stitching.
Under the Hood

The new 200 is based off of the same platform as the Dodge Dart and Jeep Cherokee, albeit stretched to fit midsize sedan proportions. As such, it shares some powertrain components with those vehicles as well. The standard engine is the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine making 184-horsepower, powering the front wheels through a standard nine-speed transmission. The optional motor is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that Chrysler puts in just about everything, making a significantly higher 295-hp. It too uses the new nine-speed automatic, but also offers optional all-wheel-drive. It’s an advanced all-wheel-drive system too, with the ability to disconnect the rear wheels entirely when they’re not needed for traction, eliminating parasitic loss and boosting fuel economy. The front-drive four-cylinder model reportedly achieves up to 35 mpg highway, thanks to that nine-speed transmission’s many gears.
Safety

The new 200 has a number of improvements over the old model, including a significant upgrade in safety equipment and a few segment-exclusive features. The 200 features optional adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, both of which can bring the car autonomously to a full stop under certain conditions if it detects that a collision is imminent. An advanced lane departure warning system uses steering wheel feedback to help with corrective action to keep the car in its lane, and a new standard electronic park brake engages automatically when the transmission is not in Park, the driver’s seatbelt is unlatched and the driver’s door opens.
Price

Pricing for the new 200 has been announced as well. Four trim levels will be offered, starting with the 200 LX at $22,695 (all prices include destination). That trim lands you standard features like keyless entry with push-button start, cloth seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, steering wheel audio controls, LED taillights and 17-inch steel wheels. Moving up to the Limited trim will cost you $24,250 and adds projector beam headlamps, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker Uconnect 5.0 system and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Then comes the sporty 200S, starting at $25,490, which includes blue leather trim interior, power driver’s seat, paddle shifters, black accent trim, heated mirrors, a sport suspension, more aggressive transmission gearing and 18-inch wheels. The top model is the 200C starting at $26,990, coming with a full complement of luxury items like Nappa leather interior, 7-inch gauge display, backup camera, remote start, dual zone climate control and more. Major options on the 200S and 200C trims include the 3.6-liter V-6, all-wheel drive, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 19-inch wheels, high-intensity-discharge headlights and navigation system.

The new 200 looks to be a fully competitive entry into the difficult midsize segment, far more than the outgoing model is. Most interestingly, there has been zero mention of a Dodge Avenger counterpart, making it likely that the 200 is taking over the role of the company’s sole midsize sedan. No convertible has been announced either, but given the popularity of the current convertible (especially with fleet business), it would be surprising if one doesn’t eventually appear. The 2015 Chrysler 200 will appear in showrooms in the spring of 2014.

As read on: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2014/01/2015-chrysler-200-at-the-2014-detroit-auto-show.html

Chrysler’s completely redesigned 200 caught uncovered

Preparing for a big debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 was out for a late-night photo shoot fully undisguised, and our spy shooters were there to capture its all-new design completely uncovered. While there’s no camouflage, the cover of darkness proved to be almost as effective, but we still get a good idea of what this former sore spot in the brand’s lineup will look like after its clean-sheet redesign.

The first thing we notice is the stylish four-door-coupe roofline doing its best to impersonate something like the Audi A7, or maybe the Volkswagen CC. The front-end styling is a departure from recent Chrysler designs with narrow headlights and an equally short, chrome-trimmed grille. In profile, the bullet-nosed 200 is somewhat reminiscent of the Tesla Model S. This new design language should definitely help the 200 get noticed in a segment filled with hot sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as well as more stylish offerings like the Ford Fusion and Mazda6.

Our spies also caught up with the 200 testing in daylight and got some good shots of the interior. The instrument panel design looks similar to what is found in the Dodge Dart, including the oversized instrument gauges and possibly even the LED accent lighting. We would have to assume – and hope – this prototype is a test model due to its small touchscreen display, as Chrysler’s 8.4-inch screen would look much better in its place. The center stack and console are clean with minimal buttons and knobs, but we do see a rotary gear selector, which may confirm reports from last year that suggested the 200 will use a nine-speed automatic transmission to help hit 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

There’s no official word yet on powertrain, but we’ll get our first up-close look at the car in less than a month.

As read on: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/13/chryslers-200-spy-shots-uncovered/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed&ncid=edlinkusauto00000016&ts=1386948070

2011 Chrysler 300 hits the Mark!

The Chrysler 200 has been getting a lot of attention after the hit Super Bowl Commercial with Eminem but don’t forget about the Chrysler 300. The ALL-NEW Chrysler 300 has undergone a Major Re-Design and has emerged better than ever! It’s exciting exterior and luxury interior sets it apart from any other large size sedan on the market!

The 300’s exterior showcases a strong front design with Audi-esque cut LEDs that immediately grab your attention. A new seven-blade grille with a little cut in the blades that gives the grille a three-dimensional look when the car is on the road. C-shaped LEDS and projector-beam headlights complete the new sleek front end. The 300’s body is more mature all the way around. This is the car that proves Chrysler knows what luxury cars should look and feel like. Available With a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 cranking out 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque that can effortlessly send this car from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds.

This Hemi includes a cylinder shut-off system that will stop using four cylinders when power isn’t needed, such as highway cruising. Chrysler says it can save up to 20 percent on fuel. That’s one of the reasons the V8 manages to hit 25 mpg on the highway. The 18 mpg in city driving is a respectable number.

Designers have created an amazing interior where everything is new. The big seats are comfortable and firm. The front seats include a four-way lumbar system and Chrysler mixed up the types of foam used in the seat, making the cushion softer, the bolsters firmer and the back just right. If you are looking for luxury and comfort the 2011 300 certainly hits the mark!

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