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Official: Chrysler 200 ends in December

by Bill Cawthon on

Its official: After a 22-year run that began with the Sebring, the last Chrysler 200 will roll off the line in December.

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More than just the end of a model line, FCA’s move marks the end of Chrysler passenger car production in the United States after more than 90 years. The only other passenger car FCA made in the U.S. was the Dodge Dart, which ends its run in September.

FCA needs factory capacity for utilities and pickups and claims it found no outside manufacturer willing to build new cars to replace the 200 and the Dart.

FCA says that after the last 200 rolls off the line, the company will spend $1.48 billion to retool the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Ram 1500. FCA is hedging its bets on the timeline as it waits for approval of tax incentives from state and local officials, but reported that the Warren Assembly Plant will be converted to produce unspecified Jeeps.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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