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.
Around fifty cars were built during the week, but the full launch began on March 17.
The first car was not the only car...
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.
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.
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