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Chrysler 200
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Chrysler 200

In January of 2016, Fiat Chrysler announced new priorities for the Chrysler brand: namely, that attention would be directed away from Chrysler-branded cars and toward Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks. The Chrysler 200, a small sedan that's just entering its sixth model year, will be discontinued in favor of building more of the larger and more profitable vehicles that just so happen to be enjoying a surge in popularity.

The Chrysler 200 is a midsize sedan with seating for five, and it's one of the few in its category that offers all-wheel drive. Both the base engine (a 184-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder) and the optional upgrade (a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6) get below-average fuel economy for the category. Chrysler's spokespeople say that as gas prices fall, small passenger cars will be less of a priority in general, even though the company recently spent more than a billion dollars to upgrade the production plant that makes the 200. The manufacturing investments can be repurposed, but the Chrysler brand lineup will be left barren. Chrysler has said that it is seeking partners to continue the production of the 200, but at press time, the future of the 200 was still up in the air.

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