The first and last Chrysler 2002: March 2014 to December 2016

The first Chrysler 200

photos by Marc Rozman

The first production 2015 Chrysler 200 was born on March 14, 2014, according to Chrysler reps at the Sterling Heights plant. Built for the United States with the 3.6 liter V6 engine, the car was a blue 200S with front wheel drive. Allpar has altered the serial number part of the VIN to protect the privacy of the owner.

putting the interior in

Around fifty cars were built during the week, but the full launch began on March 17.

factory

first chrysler 200

the first 200

montage

the first 2015 chrysler 200

manifest

The first car was not the only car...

gray car

inspecting the 2015 200

The last Chrysler 200: December 2016

The final Chrysler 200, built on December 2, 2016, was a silver Limited. It started with low sales, gained profit-busting incentives and sold mildly well, then, with incentives removed, went to dismal sales in a shrinking segment. The 200 had found critical approval, but was almost invisible to midsize car customers.

goodbye chrysler 200

To save development and tooling funds, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne ended the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 entirely; there was reportedly a plan to have them made under contract, but it seems to have fallen through.

The Sterling Heights plant is to make the next-generation Ram pickup now that 200 production is over.

december 2 sign

plant with 200 profile

finall 200

2015-17 200:
MainTest Drive • SpecsLaunch • Chief Engineer • Rumors200 vs The World
Making 200s
The First 200 • Building 2015s • Body Shop • Making 2010s
Components
2.4 engineV641TE auto62TE autoNine Speed • UConnectFactory
2011-14 200:
Sedan • Convertible 200 ReviewConvertible Review • 200 vs Sebring
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