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Gas prices are up, which has led to increased interest in midsizers, more specifically, the midsize offerings from Chrysler's competition. The Sebring has taken a 30 percent sales whack this year, mostly due to reduced fleet sales. The Avenger's year has been a little brighter, posting a two-percent gain. Contrast that with everyone else; Malibu, Fusion, and Accord are up ten percent or more this year; and therein lies Chrysler's problem. Ditching Chrysler's outmoded V6 for the four-cylinder powertrain will deliver more competitive fuel economy, if you can stand the NVH increase.

Top heavy with trucks and taking fire over the Avenger and Sebring's interior quality and efficiency, Chrysler's seriously looking at re-jiggering the sedan twins, killing the top R/T and Limited trim levels and sliding some of the good stuff down to the SXT and Touring trim levels. The 3.5-liter V6 will be left out as standard equipment, though, as it doesn't post great fuel economy. The goodies that normally accompany the six, like heated leather power seats, dual exhausts, and 18 inch wheels, will end up as standard gear on the Sebring Touring and Avenger SXT. The prices of those models get bumped - 9.9 percent for the Dodge, now starting at $21,750, and 3.4 percent for the Sebring, offered for $21,670. What's up with the Avenger costing more than the Sebring? We don't know. The Journey is also being considered for this initiative, rumored to be called the "Fight Back" plan, and suppliers had until yesterday to give Chrysler a yes or no on feasibility.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Best decision Chrysler's made in years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Regardless, 4, 6, turbo, supercharged--these two cars suck no matter whats in the engine bay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They just started promoting the diesel Journey. I think it is the cheapest car in its class with a 140hp 2.0l Diesel and DSG. Real world mileage aroung 34 should be quite common, and around 40 won't be impossible (at US highway speeds...).
      • 6 Years Ago
      with all due respect man, mr. nardelli should realize that the Sebring looks like a car thats made from tools from the HOME DEPOT.
      HIDEOYOSA !!
      • 6 Years Ago
      A damning indictment of the last DC car show maybe, but the one Avenger they bothered to wrangle was actually one of the more interesting midsize family sedans on display. It was the line-topper you almost never see in real life, as the only Avengers you see (round here anyway) are government mules.

      I would totally consider a properly outfitted Avenger, were it only incentively cheaper than the class leaders (whose names you all know by rote).

      Dressed nicely, she's very cute, inside and out. Somebody will laugh as I call that 'American styling,' but Avenger doesn't look and feel like everything else. I like that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad Mercedes was such a lousy parent and created the Sebring/Avenger losers. What amazes me is that these cars use a new engine designed by Mitsubishi and you'd think it would be smooth and economical which it apparently isn't.

      Style still sells cars, so a good looking, economical 4 cylinder mid-sized car from Chrysler should have been an easy task. Now Cerberus must start from square one to bring a competitive sedan to market. Diddling with their current cars isn't likely to help much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually have to give Cerbyler some credit. They are doing what will hopefully become the trend in auto sales. There is no reason why buyers should be forced to take the bigger engine to get all the top features. Especially when everyone is worried about economy. Though 18 inch wheels and fake dual exhausts on a 4 cyl isn't what I had in mind. Quite frankly I don't see why they are cutting back on fleet sales on the Sebring and Avenger. Fleet sales might be the only way to move these turds until they can improve them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They could at least throw us a bone with a wagon version to make up for the loss of the magnum.

      Wagons aren't supposed to look that awesome, so a sebring wagon might actually work. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        They're giving the Caliber a "Fight Back" plan?? Does that mean that David Horowitz is going to get his hands on one and put it through its paces???
        • 6 Years Ago
        I got a better idea. Give us the 300 wagon. They already offered it in Europe (do they still?). The development is already paid for and the tooling already made. Not as good on gas but way cheaper to put in production than a Sebring wagon. Maybe someone who wanted an SUV would settle for it. GM's coming out with a CTS wagon, this seems like a no-brainer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure Frank that makes sense...and right after they killed the Dodge Magnum (same thing) because it wasn't selling well here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, your first clue that there's something wrong with an Avenger(aside from horrible gas milage) is:

      In Canada with employee pricing, an SXT that MRSP's for 24,095 is being sold with $10,128 in employee discounts and incentives. the R/T at $28,895 has $11,656 in discounts and incentives. Depending on your engine choices(2.7 FFV qualifies), you can get another $1000 from the eco-rebate from the Canadian gov't.

      The Sebring "only" gets about 7,087 in discounts on a 22,995 MRSP.

      Avenger SXT/RT and Jeep Liberty Limited/Sport/North and Town & Country Limited all get 4000 to 5000 extra in discounts this month.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Sebring and the Avenger both need to be killed. I can't believe I'm saying this but when I see the old Sebring on the road I'm actually nostalgic for it's simplicity. Don't get me wrong it's not a great looking car either but atleast it doesn't have the "design by committee" look of the new Sebring. The Avenger looks like an gokart version of a Charger. I'd buy a base level Charger over either of these cars in their premium trim.
      • 6 Years Ago


      In other news, there is a top-of-the-line Sebring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        something had to be, if only by default.
      • 6 Years Ago
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