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2018 Chrysler 300 Changes...

Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by Mike V., Jun 8, 2017.

  1. AlexB

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    Sales results for Alfa is fine......
    Maybe some facts.....
    Cadillac sold at retail in February sold 10,261 units at retail.....12,338 overall:General Motors U.S. Sales Decrease 6.9 Percent To 220,905 Units In February 2018 (at http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/03/general-motors-february-2018-sales-figures-numbers-results-united-states/ )
    Back out Escalade family which sold 2,607 and Cadilac total volume for February 9,731 across nearly 900 dealers .
    Alfa sold 1,568 across a dealer network with less than a 140. Alfa not trying to be the most in volume, and the engineering works translate into the next Grand Cherokee saving FCA money.
     
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  2. randy1911

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    Glad you posted that guess what increased on sales the large sedan that has 4 wheel drive capabilities. Out of all sedans the large sedan with 4wd capabilities is what increased in sales "Go figure" 300 awd V8 maybe
     
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  4. redriderbob

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    A crossover to replace Journey is already in the works. China is getting a version of the platform in the next few months. It's called the Jeep Commander/Grand Commander. But why cut the Journey from its extended production schedule a year early, when its pure profit? Its called a cash cow... and you milk that cow as much as you can before it dries up. In Journey's case that will be 2020 since it won't meet regulations standards. So anyone that has a business background knows that. It's business 101.

    As for the Chrysler 300, Chrysler has made an increased effort in the past couple of years. Let's face it, Chrysler Pacifica is the face of the Chrysler brand these days. With the market on sedan's shrinking and yet FCA US owns over 50% of the minivan segment, of course the money is going to be going to Pacifica. Three weeks ago Chrysler launched a strictly 300 commercial, something we haven't seen in a full year.



    Many of you haven't paid attention to the Chrysler 300 in the past three years. There are has been suttle things to Chrysler 300 to keep it fresh, but no one cares to see it.

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    2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition

    I don't see anyone embracing the fact of all the updated trims for 300. I have yet to see anyone mention the special edition Chrysler 300S Alloy Editions in 2016 (which are still available for 2018). The 300C got an upgraded Platinum edition which was a leader in its class for luxury in 2017. For 2018, the Chrysler 300C Platinum was relaunched as the standard 300C. Making it similar to the how the 2005 Chrysler 300C was to its lineup. People are also forgetting the amazing Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Package we received in 2017 on 300S V8 models. It gave the car the export 300 SRT looks with a budget friendly price. For 2018, Sport Appearance Package was also added as an option for Touring models. Also a new Chrome Appearance Package was added to the Touring for this model year.


    2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Package

    Everyone complains about the lack of the 300 SRT. But there is a couple of reasons why its not in the NAFTA market for sale. First, it was the not a strong seller in the entire SRT lineup from 2012 to 2014. Chrysler even offered a SRT Core (base level SRT) package for the car in 2013 and 2014 and the sales could not keep up with the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Challenger SRT8. Second, in 2014 the experimental SRT brand was discounted and merger with Dodge to create a one stop shop for performance SRT vehicles. With the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 being the best selling SRT, Dodge allowed it to keep its SRT nameplate here while the 300 SRT was discontinued in the NAFTA market but allowing a SRT version of that car to be sold in select markets were the 300 already had a brand presence, especially in New Zealand and Australia were the Dodge brand is not sold. Those are the only two reasons why the 300 SRT doesn't exist here. Grand Cherokee will be losing the SRT nameplate in the next generation and will be offering only Jeep's performance moniker of Trackhawk. So they SRT will be a strictly Dodge sub-brand, as Jeep will have Trackhawk and Ram will have Rebel. Vehicles will still keep the moniker found on the R/T Scat Packs of "Powered by SRT".


    2017 Chrysler 300C Platinum

    So as you can see, the 300 has not been ignored without updates and upgrades. The public has ignored it. Honestly, for all the people on here who say I want a 300 SRT in the lineup that's great. But maybe one or two of you, would actually buy one if it was back on the market. Many times as of lately, this forum has consisted of people bashing the brands but no one seems to provide facts that say they haven't been headed in the right in the right direction. So many of you are impatient and expect things RIGHT NOW. That is not how it works.
     
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  5. randy1911

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    Really you must think the buyer of 30 to 40k vehicles is stupid. The 300 has not changed since 2015 and even then most of the changes was under the skin alot of changes but under the skin either way. The reason why no one notices a coat of paint or a spoiler or a alloy edition or srt appearance model is just that it's a coat of paint or a piece of plastic, If you think that is change I'll got some fools gold to sell you also. Secondly FCA in 2015 should have made more external changes from the 2014 to 2015, I do understand that under the skin changes was made but it looks the same theirfore people think it's the same. A coat of paint or a special trim is not a new vehicle or a refresh or a redesign it's a coat of paint or a piece of plastic, people are a little smarter than that.
     
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  6. Ryan

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    If those people are that smart, they should also realize that substantial updates cost money. Money spent on a car that is possibly being discontinued soon is not a smart investment.
     
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    If people were really smart they would realize what a Chrysler 300 offers. In style, value and quality of ride. It needs no gimmicks like hand gestures or cabin induced engine sound. It is the HP-12 of sedans. A formula that works.
     
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  8. redriderbob

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    You must be blind. How do you figure nothing has been done to 300. I stated facts and showed proof of how it has changed. Saying a comment like that make you sound like one of the fools who say the earth is flat with no proof! lol. I want to see physical proof of what you are challenging me on. Because I can easily say, any vehicle doesn't change year to year anymore. Yet, trim packages, finishes, paints, wheels, options do all the time. This isn't the 50s, 60s and 70s anymore, where they change major details to the car year to year anymore. Maybe if you are so unhappy with the car, go buy a Buick. They will sell you a bland sedan, which sounds like might up your alley. Wow. I don't think even winning the Powerball could make you happy. Your purple flavor-aid cup is half empty, sir.
     
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  9. redriderbob

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    You do realize the car was just completely revamped and updated from the ground up in 2015 model year right? It's in its four year, most vehicles go five to six years anyways. I really can't believe you would make a comment like that. Haters are going to hate. Here is the video of the launch in case you forgot...

     
  10. randy1911

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    I agree but FCA has made the 300 a enthusiast based vehicle by not doing much for it so the loyalist and fleet are the keepers of the 300.
     
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    That's what I said in 2015 it was a lot of changes but visually it looks the same to non enthusiasts and I currently own a 300 and my misses have one also. Secondly I have owned at least 2 of every version of the 300 dating back to 1999 the reintroduction
     
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  12. redriderbob

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    So whats your point? You are complaining about the car not being updated? Then you are agreeing with me?
     
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    What’s been done as “updates” for the 300 is nothing more than yearly changes to most models: different colors, trim shuffling, and new wheels.
     
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    Like the Porsche 911 since 1970's...They get away with it !
     
  15. redriderbob

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    And you think any other manufacturer let alone Chrysler will update styling and what not from year to year?

    Hmmm.... what do you call this?

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    2015 Chrysler 300S V8

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    2017 Chrysler 300S Sport V8
     
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  16. redriderbob

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    Lets look at the updates from 2015 to 2018 model year...

    2015

    The new 2015 Chrysler 300 highlights six decades of ambitious American ingenuity through iconic design proportions inspired by historic 1955 and 2005 models – world-class quality, materials and refinement, best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy, plus segment-exclusive innovations
    • New Chrysler 300 sedan’s iconic and unmistakable exterior proportions are now crafted with even more sculptural and expressive style for 2015, with a bolder “face of Chrysler” front grille, signature LED lighting, unique finishes and new wheel designs
    • All-new interior design elements include a standard 7-inch full-color driver information display (DID) and class-exclusive electronic rotary transmission shifter, plus Chrysler brand’s new three-spoke steering wheel with larger vehicle controls and available die-cast paddle shifters
    • Class-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, now standard on every model, balances V-8 performance with segment-leading 31 mpg highway fuel efficiency
      • Best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy with 3.6-liter Pentastar engine
      • Best-in-class V-6 and V-8 driving range
      • Unsurpassed V-6 combined fuel economy
      • Up to 6 percent fuel economy improvement, plus improved acceleration and refinement, with 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology
    • New 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited provides customers the most standard appointments in the nameplate's 60-year history, including the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, heated leather seating, Uconnect with voice commands and the segment's largest 8.4-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM Radio, full-color DID cluster, five-year/100,000 mile warranty coverage with roadside assistance and more
    • New 2015 Chrysler 300S model features unique blacked-out accents, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, more athletically sculpted side sills, unique deck-lid spoiler and a higher output Pentastar V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus Sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities now as quick as 250 milliseconds
    • New for 2015, the "Sport" button enables sport-tuned steering; pedal, engine and transmission calibration; plus rear-biased torque on AWD models for more dynamic handling
    • New suite of Uconnect features, including the award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, the latest 3-D navigation on the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen and the ability to turn the Chrysler 300 into a Wi-Fi hotspot
    • New advanced technological solutions include electric power steering and cast-aluminum axles and housing to reduce energy demand, weight and parasitic friction
    • More than 80 available safety and security features, including new for 2015 Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist and 9-1-1 call/Assist Call
    2016

    2016 Chrysler 300 highlights more than six decades of ambitious American ingenuity through iconic design proportions inspired by historic 1955 and 2005 models – world-class quality, materials and refinement, best-in-class V-6 highway fuel economy, plus segment-exclusive innovations
    • New 2016 Chrysler 300 90th Anniversary Edition delivers even more value to the 300 Limited model with standard Uconnect 8.4AN with navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, plus dual-pane sunroof and unique commemorative appointments
    • For a 360 degree perspective, the new SafetyTec Plus Group includes Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and more
    • New performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, performance-tuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires now available on Chrysler 300S
    • Improved on-road handling with touring-tuned suspension now standard on 2016 Chrysler 300 Limited
    • For 2016, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat will be available on Chrysler 300 Limited, 300C and 300C Platinum models
    • New for 2016, Uconnect is introducing new features that include the all-new Drag and Drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free and Do Not Disturb features that can be viewed via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.
    • Chrysler 300 Limited is the most appointed entry-level Chrysler 300 ever with its TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, heated leather seating, Uconnect with voice commands and the segment's largest 8.4-inch touchscreen, ParkView rear backup camera, SiriusXM Radio, full-color driver information display (DID) cluster, five-year/100,000 mile warranty coverage with roadside assistance and more
    • For a youthful and athletic appearance, the Chrysler 300S features unique blacked-out accents, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, sculpted side sills, unique deck-lid spoiler and a higher output Pentastar V-6 engine with 300 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, plus Sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities, now as quick as 250 milliseconds
    • As the pinnacle of the Chrysler lineup, the 300C Platinum features quilted Nappa leather, hand-sanded wood, platinum-chrome exterior details, 900-watt 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps and 20-in. wheels – all at an attainable value
    • Uconnect features available include the award-winning Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, 3-D navigation on the segment’s largest 8.4-inch touchscreen and the ability to turn the Chrysler 300 into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
    2017

    New for 2017
    • All-new fourth-generation Uconnect System debuts smartphone integrations standard on all 2017 Chrysler 300 models
    • Apple CarPlay enables iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen
    • Android Auto enables easy and safe access to Google voice search, Google Maps and Google Play Music via the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen or steering-wheel controls
    • New Uconnect system includes performance improvements with faster startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, plus higher resolution and sharper graphics
    • New 8.4-inch touchscreens with navigation offer multi-touch gestures with pinch, tap and swipe capability
    • New Exterior and Interior Sport Appearance Packages provide even more athletic attitude to the blacked-out 2017 Chrysler 300S model
    • Exterior Sport Appearance Package includes a more aggressive front fascia, unique LED fog lamps, plus sculpted side sills and deck-lid spoiler (included with V-8 engine, available on 300S with V-6 engine)
    • Interior Sport Appearance Package adds premium perforated leather performance seats with high-bolstered contours in suede and available ventilation (available on all 300S models)
    • New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a "straight shade" hue for a truly avant-garde look
    • Updated Chrysler 300S interior includes new discretely appointed interior accents and materials, plus an all-new Black with Sydney Gray leather interior option, as well as heated and ventilated seats
    • Alloy Edition Package elevates the 300S model’s Detroit-born style with the brilliance of Dark Bronze accenting its blacked-out exterior, while Black Nappa leather with Caramel stitching and Liquid Titanium accents are exclusively appointed inside
    2018

    New for 2018
    • Chrysler repositions the 300 model lineup to Touring, Touring L, 300S, Limited and 300C to better align with the all-new Chrysler Pacifica
    • New entry-level Touring model offers cloth interior and 17-inch aluminum wheels
    • Limited model now offers 20-inch aluminum wheels
    • New Mocha leather interior option available on Limited and 300C models
    • 2018 300C model comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, offering best-in-class V-8 horsepower and torque
    • New available options include:
      • Sport Appearance Package and Chrome Appearance Package on Touring
      • BeatsAudio and Alloy Package on the 300S
      • Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, power sunshade, dual-pane sunroof on the Limited
      • Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, power sunshade, dual-pane sunroof and Sun/Sound/Nav bundle on the 300C
    • New Green Metallic Clear Coat and Ocean Blue Metallic Clear Coat exterior paint options added to the lineup
     
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    I think the real problem people have is...They still make the 300 SRT for other countries,its not like its not being made at all..Thats why people have a hard time wrapping their heads around it ..

    If Chrysler is supposed to be a Blue Collar LUXURY Brand..Todays luxury cars do have Muscle Car power..The 300 is or should be more of a sophisticated car than the Charger's stand in your face tough look.. 300 has an elegant muscle look to it..

    392 300 will bring more media attention to the car and thats all where FCA gets their advertising from for the Charger/Challenger anyways..Trucks,minivans,suv's they have print,tv and on line adds...I never see a L series car advertised when viewing sites (non car related).I see Subaru,Lexus,Mercedes,Audi,BMW,Honda,Toyota car adds..Never any L series cars..

    As for the You Tube commercial,yes people seen it who are Mopar fans but I havent run across it,while reading up on my stocks etc..

    Oh I spoke enough about this ,really I just want the 300 to continue as an alternative sedan...It even sells better than most sedans even with next to no advertising spent on it...

    I am happy with my 5.7 8 speed 300,but for the teens,20 somethings to have wet dreams about it again it needs the 392 (maybe the 6.2) Remember 20 somethings did dream of this car too...The Hellcat engines really made the light shine on Dodge...

    But for the average person,just to let them know this car exists..With awd and 30 something mpg...Why do I care so much...I have no idea,maybe because its a great car !!
     
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    Except it’s not supposed to be blue collar luxury. That’s what people keep thinking and that’s where the misconceptions begin. People want Chrysler to be that, but that’s not where it’s headed. Time to start accepting that.
     
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    But it falls back to Dodge being the SRT brand now and Chrysler isn't. If it wasn't for GC SRT sales, that wouldn't be a SRT either... and it won't be after 2019.

    It would be cool, but its not happening.
     
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    All I can say is this...

    Dodge Journey Sales Figures (US + Canada)

    2015 - 105,400, 25,646
    2016 - 106,759, 16,883
    2017 - 89,470, 13,745

    The year that Journey was supposed to be axed in 2015, it had its best year ever!

    Dodge Journey will keep riding old platform (at http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM03/304259970/dodge-journey-will-keep-riding-old-platform )

    Dodge Grand Caravan Sales Figures (US + Canada)

    2015 - 97,141, 46,927
    2016 - 127,678, 51,213
    2017 - 125,196, 46,933

    Same situation for Grand Caravan.

    Dodge Grand Caravan output idled to meet U.S. airbag safety rule (at http://www.autonews.com/article/20170622/OEM01/170629926/dodge-grand-caravan-output-idled-to-meet-u.s.-airbag-safety-rule )

    Dodge Grand Caravan to be replaced by 2020, auto analyst predicts (at http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/end-may-be-near-for-dodge-grand-caravan )

    So why spend money to replace vehicles that are selling strong and aren't obsolete yet? I think that the ones complaining don't have any experience running a business. I suggest taking some business classes you might learn something.

    Cash cow is business jargon for a business venture that generates a steady return of profits that far exceed the outlay of cash required to acquire or start it. They usually bring in cash for years, until new technology or shifting market preferences renders them obsolete.

     
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