• Apr 23, 2010
If ever there was a model in the Chrysler line up that needs updating, it's the Sebring. While the car was a perfectly capable competitor when it debuted way back in 1995, subsequent generations have left it as nothing more than rental-fleet fodder. But if a report from Automotive News is to be believed, that may change significantly when the next iteration of the sedan debuts in 2013. According to AN, Fiat has its eyes on producing a new mid-sized four-door in Turin, Italy just for the Chrysler brand, with the new sedan being sold exclusively in the U.S.

While it may no longer carry the Sebring name once it hits our shores, the car will likely be a spiritual successor to the company's Camry-fighter. Beyond that, details are scarce as to what will be under the hood, what gearboxes will be offered or how much it will cost.

Fiat also made mention of the fact that starting in 2012, the company will build a new small sedan here in the Land of the Free that will be sold under the Chrysler banner. That may mean the company is looking toward sending the near unlovable Dodge Avenger out to pasture or eying a replacement for the Dodge Caliber. Either way, Chrysler is getting a much needed infusion of new metal sooner rather than later.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      About six months ago, I bought a black 2004 Sebring Limited convertible. I love it. It looks and drives like new.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All this needs is Lee Iacocca in the commercials saying "This could well be the best looking Italian to show up in this country since my mother came over."


      ....'Cause that worked really well for the Chrysler TC by Maserati. Oh wait.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Italy??? Good luck with that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Benvenuto to Italian built American cars!!!! Maybe they will be better than the last time we had a Alfa sold here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Thomas

        Yup, you're absolutely right. Completely slipped my mind.

        I actually thought TC was a good looking car. (with top down)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't care how it happens or where it's built -- the more meaningful headline, the one we're really waiting for, would be "Next Chrysler Sebring to Not Suck."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @poopy: "My name is Ram, and my tank is full"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would whine about the hypocrisy of people cheering for the outsourcing of U.S. manufacturing jobs (when they usually like to whine about it comments about how much outsourcing sucks pretty much always get rated up), except the Sebring was such an unsellable pile of junk that really there are no jobs lost.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jung
        I think "Chrysler TC" would have been a better choice for your attempt at derision.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two words: Cadillac Allante
      • 4 Years Ago
      lolwut?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that everyone has condemed something that hasn't even been built yet, I would say hang on in the parking lot and your Big Mac will be right out. I rented a Sebring in Florida March 2009. Thought it was great for what it was ( a streched Lancer). The plastic on the dash and doors was cheap and scratched was about the only thing I thought was tacky. It was a rental though. It was also quiet and smooth to the point that I had to constantly watch the speedo when not using the cruise. I never liked the fact that they hide the battery somewhere under the hood. The Avenger is much better looking. My advise for buying a car? Find a dealer near by that you trust,try and get the price you want, and find a model he has that will fill your needs. I keep my cars till they won't pass inspection anymore, sometimes 16 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler sucks. Mopar culture blows. This is yet another example I can't stand the sight of that pentastar driving up to great lakes crossing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bogman12 6:30PM (4/23/2010)

        Chrysler sucks. Mopar culture blows. This is yet another example I can't stand the sight of that pentastar driving up to great lakes crossing.
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        Easy buddy! This is a car company, not life or death. Do yourself a favor and take a Midal and get a good night's rest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh dear....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everything will be better than the Sebring. I have an 01 coupe model, and everything that can possibly go wrong has. At 60K the transmission failed, now at 106K its slipping again, 1 of the engine mounts broke, wipers don't work properly. Its just a horrible car. I have heard that the newer Sebrings are better, but still have their share of problems.

      I say bring on the Italians! Atleast when their car fails, it does it in a more dramatic, flames everywhere, type of way. (cue Top Gear video)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that it matters much, but isn't that the Mitsubishi derived one?

        Chrysler has made a lot of bad decisions, but hooking up with that company is one of the worst.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are nearly as bad tho!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can building a car in Italy to sell in the US possibly have a good business case? What could be the point? It's very confusing. Anything that can be done in Italy should be tooled up in the US to sell in the US. The US is a low cost production area compared to Europe, particularly when the products will be sold in the US market. In fact aren't BMW and Mercedes exporting to Europe from there American factories?
        • 4 Years Ago
        FIAT will probably bring over an Americanized version of the Lancia Delta (put a trunk on it) before bringing over front wheel drive Alfa's. The same boats can carry back Jeeps, American built Alfa's, Lancia's and minivans.

        The new Chrysler version of the Delta can be a harbinger of the slightly larger C-Evo wide sedans and crossovers to come a year later. They showed they were thinking about this at the auto shows with the Delta showcar with a kind of a Chrysler grille and the best looking woman at the auto shows. Wonder which C-Evo will get the convertible?
        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/fiat-five-year-business-plan-2010/#2915824
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it be the 200C?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was more of a Cobalt fighter, to be honest.
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