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200 to develop 200C styling?

by David Zatz on

In 2009, Chrysler showed its 200C concept car at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. At the time, we wrote:

the reaction from the crowd of seasoned and cynical journalists was surprising — almost a gasp of excitement from the crowd, while photographers rushed up to the aisle to grab the first shots. Few had any criticism; many had praise, and the line to get into the car lasted for days, while other new concepts languished.

Given the general perception of Chrysler as being a spent force, at the time, the reaction to the 200C was surprisingly favorable. Many of its design cues were incorporated into the current Chrysler 200, and reports from the Las Vegas show floor (thanks, Nick) indicate that the new Chrysler 200, which incorporates some Fiat architecture with a Chrysler-revised version of Fiat’s C/D platform, will also follow the 200C. While it will not be an exact copy, it will, Nick says, be similar in many ways.

Some of the more spectacular features of the 200C, aside from the electric powertrain which many were skeptical of, were based on its electronic instrument panel, which was fully functional on the demo car, and included smoothly animated effects when changing radio or air conditioning settings — more like using an iPad than a traditional car.

The Chrysler 100 was also shown; this car is likely to be similar in size and shape to the Dart, but with Chrysler styling and features.

See the full story on the Chrysler 200C concept car.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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