2015 Chrysler 200 Production Kicks Off in Michigan

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Production of the brand new 2015 Chrysler 200 began earlier this week, when the very first sedan rolled of the assembly line at the manufacturer's plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
To launch the redesigned Chrysler 200, the Detroit-based company added another 800 jobs at the Sterling Heights facility, increasing total employment to nearly 2,800, more than double compared to 2009. Chrysler also invested about $1 billion in the plant that was scheduled to close four years ago.

Introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, the 2015 200 represents Chrysler's first step into a new design era. The vehicle was created on a clean sheet of paper using a new design language that ditched the tradition three-box shape and put a fast-looking profile to the sedan.

Slated to go on sale later this year, the 2015 Chrysler 200 will be motivated by a couple of the brand's already popular engines. Customers will be able to choose between the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder (184 hp / 173 lb-ft) and the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 (295 hp / 262 lb-ft). Both mills will get a nine-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive will have its own check box on the options sheet.

Bolted to Alfa Romeo's CUS-wide platform, the 200 promises improved ride quality via a new suspension system, durability, reduced running noise and additional safety features. The new all-wheel drive system, which automatically disconnects and reconnects the rear axle depending on road, speed and environmental conditions, reduces spin losses and enhances driving dynamics.

For those looking to acquire a more sporty-looking 200, Chrysler is offering a series of visual and performance enhancements via its Mopar brand, who showcased an upgraded version of the sedan in Chicago last month.
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