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2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

The Chrysler 200 Sedan is a four-door, five-passenger mid-size family sedan, available in four trim-level, Chrysler 200 Lx, 200 Tourning, 200 Limited and S. The new Chrysler 200 sedan is technically much improved version of last year’s Chrysler Sebring sedan. The makeover includes a vastly improved passenger cabin, updated exterior styling and a new 3.6-liter V6 engine.

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2011 chrysler 200 sedan

The Chrysler 200 Sedan offers a choice of two engines. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes standard producing 173 horsepower and 166lb-ft of torque. The 3.6-liter V6 is standard on the S and available as an option on all but the entry-level LX produces 283 horsepower and 260lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered through a four-speed automatic transmission in the base LX, while the rest of the lineup features a six-speed automatic. A new dual-clutch six-speed automatic, which promises better performance and fuel economy, will be available on four-cylinder models later in the model year.


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The entry-level Chrysler LX model comes equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

The Touring model adds a power driver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speed automatic, automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a trip computer, upgraded interior lighting and shift knob and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

The top-of-the-line 200 Limited version adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth and a premium sound system with a touchscreen interface, leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote ignition, voice controls and digital music storage. Optional equipment for 200 Limited a sunroof and a Garmin-based navigation system with Sirius Travel Link data service. The S will be introduced later in this year with a V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport front seats with suedelike inserts and Boston Acoustics speakers.

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Title › 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

The Chrysler 200 comes equipped with long list of safety features including anti-theft alrarm, immobilizer, brake assistance, 4-wheel ABS, hill start control, electronic stability control, passenger and driver airbag with multi-stage deployment, accident response system, emergency fuel shut-off device, trunk anti-trap device, front and rear crumple zones, side guard door beams, rear 3-point center seatbelt, seat mounted front side airbags, front and rear 3-point seatbelts, front and rear side head curtain airbags and front and rear automatic locking retractors.

In the cabin the interior is identical to it’s predecessor but quality of material used are much improved. The new 200 is much quieter and comfortable with supportive seats and decent head and legroom. The back seats might be a little uncomfortable for a six fit adult. The 13.6 cubic-foot trunk is a little on the small side compared to other midsize sedans.
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2010 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is a big, fast, posh coupe. The 2010 Chrysler 300 is a full-size sedan available in Touring, Touring Plus, Walter P. Chrysler Signature Series, Limited, 300C, 300S and SRT8 trim levels.

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2010 chrysler 300

Basic Chrysler 300 Touring comes with entry level V6 power train, powerful AC, 17 inch alloy wheel, tilt and telescopic steering column, fog lamp, cruise control, full power accessories, eight way power driver seat, rear split seat and audio system with four speakers and CD, MP3 player and AUX-IN pin for external connectivity.

Chrysler 300 Touring Plus adds traction control, antilock brakes, V6 power train and satellite radio. Walter P. Chrysler signature series adds automatic headlamps,


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chrome clad wheels, different suspension system, power passenger seats, power adjustable pedals, heated mirrors, heated front seats, touch screen operated audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel, audio system with six CD chargers. Chrysler 300 Limited adds remote engine start, automatic high beams, Boston acoustic system, steering wheel mounted audio controls and walnut interior trim.

The base 300 is equiped with 178 horsepower 2.7 liter V6 connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. Touring and Limited trims have a 3.5 liter, 250 hp V6 and a five-speed automatic. The 300C and 300C SRT8 feature V8 engines with five-speed automatics. The 300C’s V8 makes 359 hp, and the SRT8′s boasts 425 hp. Most 300s are rear-drive, but Chrysler offers all wheel drive versions of the Touring, Limited and 300C.

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Title › 2010 Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300’s interior is designed with elegance. This 2010 model has got redesigned dashboard with central console. Controls are simple and easy to operate and dashboard is packed with high tech features. Interior cabin space is spacious, simple and refined. The extended-wheelbase models offer more rear legroom.Trunk capacity measures a relatively modest 15.6 cubic feet.


2010 Chrysler 300 Features

Trim: Touring

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Argent Grille With Bright Accents
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)
– Front Air Dam
– 300 Touring Badge
– Chrome Headlight Bezels
– Bright Door Handles

– Driver Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
– Front Dual Manual Lumbar Support
– Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats With Driver Adjustable Seat Height and Adjustable Headrests
– Rear 60/40 Folding Split Bench Seat With Integral Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest
– Cloth Seats

– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Analog Clock
– Cruise Control
– Service Indicator
– Tachometer
– Electroluminescent Instrumentation

– Rear Armrest Storage
– Driver Seatback Storage Pocket
– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– Overhead Console Storage
– Coinholder
– Illuminated Glovebox

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Front Floor Mats
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Trunk
– Rear Floor Mats
– Bright Interior Accents

Exterior Lighting
– Front Foglights
– Halogen Headlights

– Crumple Zones
– Front Pretensioners
– Automatic Locking Retractors
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Passenger Airbag Cutoff
– Trunk Anti-Trap Device
– L A T C H
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Passenger Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment
– Enhanced Accident Response System (Ears) Crash Sensor
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Driver Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment

Braking & Traction
– Front Power 320-mm X 28-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 320-mm X 10-mm Solid Disc Brakes

– Power Rack and Pinion Steering
– Telescopic Steering Column
– Tilt Steering Column

Engines & Emissions
– 2.7-Liter, 60-Degree V6, 24-Valve, DOHC, SEFI Engine; Front/Longitudinal Mounted With Horsepower Of 178@5500, Torque Of 190@4000, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads

– Front Stabilizer Bar
– Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs and Gas Charged Shock Absorbers
– Independent Short and Long Arm Front Suspension With Coil Springs and Gas Charged Shock Absorbers

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Multi-Function Remote Operates Door Lock/Unlock and Panic Alarm
– Panic Alarm
– Remote Trunk Release
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Power Door Locks Operated Via Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking
– Selective Unlocking
– Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Sentry Key(R) Engine Immobilizer

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Rear HVAC Ducts
– Interior Air Filter
– Manual Air Conditioning

– Front Power Outlet
– Battery Saver
– 730 Cold Cranking Amp Battery
– Delayed Power Retention
– 140-Amp Alternator

Interior Lighting
– Delayed Courtesy Light
– Illuminated Entry
– Trunk Light
– Front and Rear Reading Lights

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– AM/FM Radio With 4 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player
– In-Glass Radio Antenna

– 4-Speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission With Overdrive


2010 Chrysler 300 Specifications

Trim: Touring

Standard Engine 2.7L V6
Standard Transmission 4 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 6
Horsepower @RPM 178@5500
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 18 / 26
Combined Fuel Economy 21
EPA Class Large
Number of Valves 24
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 9.7:1
Displacement 2736 / 167
Bore X Stroke 3.38×3.09
Cruising Range 378 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 21.4
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam / Twin Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1000
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1000
Headroom (Front) 38.7
Headroom (Row 2) 38.0
Hiproom (Front) 55.9
Hiproom (Row 2) 55.9
Legroom (Front) 41.8
Legroom (Row 2) 40.2
Shoulder Room (Front) 59.4
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 57.7
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 38.9
Steering Diameter Right 38.9
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 215 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 65
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 17 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) 17 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (MFR) 17 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 18.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) 107
Passenger Volume (MFR) 106.6 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 3803
Ground Clearance 5.6
Height 58.4
Length 196.8
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 63.0
Track (Rear) 63.1
Weight Distribution AT (Front) 53
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) 47
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 120.0
Width 74.1
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating 5* / 5*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Canada

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2010 Chrysler Sebring

Any visitor to a warm climate in the United States is bound to see an abundance of Chrysler Sebring Convertibles

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2010 chrysler sebring

in the local mix of vehicles, since the 4-seater has been one of the most popular ragtop choices on the U.S. market for many years.

With the next-generation Sebring, Chrysler seeks to increase that popularity in less favorable climes with the


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addition of an optional power retractable hardtop, to deliver a sedan-like driving experience in adverse weather conditions while maintaining all the attributes of a convertible for sunny days.

We drove the new 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible on the Pacific Coast Highway and along twisty canyon roads north of Malibu, California, to experience top-down driving fun but also to test the stiffer platform on which the 2008 Sebring rides. The new version is two and a half times stiffer in torsional rigidity and one and a half times stiffer in bending than the model it replaces.

Offered in three trim levels, the first Sebring we drove was the top-of-the-line Limited, powered by a 258-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission

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with AutoStick manual shift mode. Fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg city and 26 mpg highway based on the new 2008 EPA standards.

The Sebring Limited Convertible with the power retractable hardtop and V6 engine was fun to drive in the dappled light of the California canyons. Sure it’s no sports car, but the 6-speed automatic and the robust 3.5-liter V6 work well together, delivering strong power when needed.

The Sebring Convertible is all about a fun, open-top touring car with enough room and storage for more than two occupants. The AutoStick manual shift feature allows the driver to choose the correct gear and hold it when circumstances require. The smooth transmission delivers quick upshifts or downshifts whether in fully automatic or manual mode.

Chrysler added extra reinforcements in the rear bulkhead and in the sill areas to stiffen the chassis, including adhesive-bonded high-strength steel tubes in each sill and two sets of braces bolted to the underbody. The result is a virtually shake-free ride—an accomplishment, given the extra stress and torsion placed upon a chassis long enough to accommodate the bigger passenger cabin—and one without a fixed roof or pillars to provide stiffness.

We didn’t drive the base Sebring Convertible powered by a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder World Engine with a 4-speed automatic. However, based on the driving experience of the Touring with the 2.7-liter V6, we recommend choosing the V6 version. The 2.4-liter is rated at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway based on the 2008 EPA standards, and has a 15 percent power increase over the 4-cylinder offered in the previous model.

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2010 chrysler sebring roadtest

Available on all three versions—Limited, Touring and Base—the steel body-color power retractable hardtop is fully automated. There are no latches to release manually, and it stows completely under a hard tonneau cover in a total time of only 30 seconds.

The 2008 Sebring Convertible joins the redesigned 2007 Sebring Sedan and carries the overall design and style of the Sedan, which includes a number of elements from other Chrysler products. The Convertible is actually nearly the same as the sedan from the A-pillars (the sloping sides of the windshield) forward.

Inside, the new design carries over the wing-shaped theme from the grille, with a wing shape to the upper dash pad, emphasized by the standard two-tone interior. Materials contribute an upscale look and feel with soft-touch surfaces and gloss finishes, including a pebble grain texture for the dash cover.

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2010 chrysler sebring review

A three-bezel instrument cluster provides information to the driver, with a large speedometer and information display in the center flanked by two smaller pods housing the tachometer and other gauges. The center stack incorporates an analog clock, climate control functions and the entertainment system, including the optional MyGIG multimedia navigation audio, entertainment and communication system.

The addition of the power-retractable hardtop option for the 2008 Sebring Convertible is sure to make it a better all-weather vehicle and create additional interest for this popular model. Improvements such as the standard hard tonneau cover, fully automatic top operation, styling updates and interior refinement combine to make the Sebring a strong consideration in the four-seat convertible segment.

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2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser

I admit the Chrysler PT Cruiser has lost its luster. When it debuted as an eye-catching, retro-styled, compact, four-door hatchback

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in 2000, there were long lines of buyers and lots of buzz.

But three years later, annual U.S. sales of 107,759 were down more than 25 percent from the peak sales in calendar 2001, and several other retro-styled cars,


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such as the Volkswagen New Beetle and Ford Thunderbird, had suffered sales declines, too.

Still, if you’re a budget-conscious convertible buyer, don’t let this stop you from taking the new-for-2005 PT Cruiser convertible out for a test drive.

The new PT is the lowest-priced open-top auto on the market with a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just over $19,400 at its introduction. And the top is mostly power-operated.

The next lowest-priced, four-seat convertible is the 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, which starts at just under $21,000, and the two-seat Mazda Miata MX-5 roadster starts at just under $22,000.

Notable highlights of the PT convertible: It has four usable seats that sit up a bit from

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the floor, allowing passengers to enter and exit more easily than they can in many other convertibles where seats rest close to the floor.

And the PT convertible’s “sport bar”—a metal structure behind the front seats that helps provide a solid, rigid ride—adds a stylish touch when the fabric top is down.

Looks belie engineering changes

During my test drive, most other drivers paid no mind to the PT convertible. The only ones who did were driving the PT hatchback.

So, it appears the extensive engineering that was needed to create a solid-riding, shake-resistant convertible off the PT platform isn’t really easy to discern.

But, as Larry Lyons, vice president of small vehicle product team engineering at DaimlerChrysler’s Chrysler Group said, the PT convertible “is not a coupe with a top chopped off.”

To make the convertible, officials said they changed the PT hatchback from the windshield pillars on back.

They added new “smart glass” windows that automatically lower a bit when doors are opened, then rise back up when doors close in order to retain good sealing against the fabric top. These windows first debuted years ago on luxury convertibles.

Engineers took away two of the PT hatchback’s doors. The convertible has two long doors, instead.

They strengthened the rear seat structure, re-tuned suspension components and designed the novel sport bar that extends, wing-like, above the rear seat area.

Besides contributing to the car’s rigidity, this bar also serves to direct air over and beyond the rear seat for less wind buffeting for passengers.

Many similarities with hatchback hardtop

But the PT convertible does share the same engines and transmissions as well as basic suspension setup—MacPherson struts in front and twist axle beam with Watt’s linkage in back—of the PT hatchback hardtop. It has the same platform and overall size, too.

But as expected, because of reinforcing need to help make the car rigid without its top, the convertible is heavier than the hatchback hardtop by at least 150 pounds.

So, while the base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine producing 150 horses and 165 lb-ft of torque can make the car feel a bit anemic, it’s good to know you don’t have to go all the way up to the top-level GT model with high-output turbocharged engine to experience a pleasing ride.

The midrange Touring Edition convertible with optional 2.4-liter turbocharged double overhead cam four cylinder does just fine, producing 180 horses and 210 lb-ft between 2800 rpm and 4500 rpm.

There are two available manual transmissions, but even the four-speed automatic transmission does an acceptable job in managing the power delivery.

The ride is zippy even if the power doesn’t come on instantaneously. There was a bit of a lag in the test cars when I’d press the accelerator and seek to move aggressively.

Note there’s a second, more powerful turbo—a 220-horse, high-output turbocharged, 2.4-liter four with 245 lb-ft of torque between 2400 rpm and 4500 rpm. It’s available only in the convertible GT model. But it requires premium fuel, according to Chrysler.

Easy-to-operate top

The three-layer fabric top, available in black or taupe, has a middle layer of insulation for all-weather travel.

And the top is easy to put down. There’s one manual chore inside: Grabbing hold of a circular handle at the front of the roof and turning it to release the two latches at the windshield.

Then, it’s merely a push of a button, and the “smart glass” windows drop a bit—or all the way, depending on which detent you’ve activated—and the fabric top, with glass rear window, folds down and stows at the back.

Note the boot, or cover, for the top must be hauled out of the trunk and installed manually. There are two snaps to hold it in place. But even with the boot on, the top sort of sits up at the back of the vehicle and doesn’t allow a clear rear view. Indeed, the top’s “floating bow” design was selected because when the top goes down, it doesn’t reduce trunk space.

The mechanical process reverses when you put the top up, and either way, takes about 10 seconds.

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2010 chrysler pt cruiser

Interior comments

Seats in this convertible are upright and supportive and a welcome surprise because they don’t sit close to the floor.

Rather, they’re up a bit, with the second-row seats up even higher than the front ones for a theatre seating effect.

But I noticed that the rear seats sit on a tall ledge that rises from the floor and the plastic attachments for the seats were always the first things I saw when I climbed in back there.

Still, all riders in the PT convertible have a sense that even if it’s difficult for them to see around vans and trucks in front of the vehicle, they’re not scraping along the pavement, either.

When the top is on, the large rear window pillar blocks the driver’s view out to the back and side. And the sport bar as well as sizable front head restraints curtail the views for back-seat riders.

But one noteworthy item is how Chrysler engineers were able to provide map lights for rear-seat passengers. The lights are installed in the underside of the sport bar. The rear-seat map lights worked well during the test drive and are an industry first for a convertible, company officials claim.

Looking for the window buttons? They’re in the center stack of the PT dashboard, not on the doors.

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2010 chrysler pt cruiser

Storage space

The glovebox inside the PT convertible is good-sized, as it is in the hatchback.

But the convertible has a 7.4-cubic-foot trunk, rather than the 21.9-cubic-foot cargo area that’s behind the rear seats in a PT hatchback.

There’s no liftgate on the convertible, either. Instead, the trunk lid only opens to a low, horizontal position, so I found myself bending over to look inside and grab things from the trunk.

But the PT convertible’s fold-down-and-tumble rear seats can expand cargo space to a commendable 13.3 cubic feet, enough for as many as two golf bags.

Convertible market

Chrysler remains the leader in convertible sales in the U.S., as it debuts two new convertibles in calendar 2004.

Besides the PT convertible, the automaker also has a new Chrysler Crossfire open-top roadster.

Note that the convertible market in the U.S. is relatively small—just 300,000 sales per year.

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