• Oct 15, 2010
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Rumor has it that Fiat is looking to push the Chrysler 200 into a handful of markets around the globe. According to Automotive News, the Italian automaker has its sight set on reworking the car into Lancia and introducing it in mainland Europe. At the same time, the standard Chrysler 200 may debut in the UK and Ireland. Interestingly enough, Fiat isn't mulling the move because it thinks that the 200 can go head to head with the rest of the small car. Instead, the company is hoping to bolster its fleet sales in various European markets.

That's not to say that the deal is set in stone at this point. The Chrysler 200 has a major chink in its armor when it comes to doing battle in Europe – it doesn't come with a diesel option. With only two gasoline engine options, Fiat would have to source its own oil-burning powerplant to make the ploy work. Throw in the fact that the car is set to be replaced in three years and the likelihood of seeing the 200 in Europe is slimmer yet. Still, the company says that it's currently looking at the numbers to see if there's a solid business case for the move.



[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req'd via Carscoop]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see the Colbolt in this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      My vehicles on average are well over 10 years old before they`re replaced.
      The Chrysler models I`ve owned have been as good as any of the other makes I had.
      The interiors on the 09s are terrible. The 2010s are much improved inside. Diamler stripped Chrysler of money to build a proper car in the midsize class. I think the 200 is a step in the right direction. I never drove the current Sebring. I think it looks ok, and the interior looks nice from a distance until you get inside and actually touch it.
      I love having the Chrysler choice. The varity on the Chrysler lot is nice. Lets give Chrysler a chance to un Diamler themselves!
      • 4 Years Ago
      3.6L MDS +6sp auto is nice for America but for Europe where taxes are per motor size they may have to go with a 2.0L turbo.
      I still wish they would have pushed the FWD 2 MODE hybrid. They could have used the Fiat 1.4L + 2 mode hybrid in the 200. That probably would have been more European friendly option. They need something that would be a leap forward.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat's not that stupid, in the current stable of terrible Lancias are better than our Sebring/200.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Top Gear Top Tip: Avoid!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go again, the misinformed masses are bovating. Fleet sales in Europe carry a different meaning and market than in the US. The fleet market Chrysler/Fiat is looking to penetrate is the executive officer market of businesses that provide cars to its officers.
      This is not a low end market and introducing a new player makes sense.
      In addition, I believe Chrysler believes the 200 can and will go head to head with anything in this market segment. The 200 is not as unjustly stigmitized in Europe and when given a fair opportunity to compete, should show itself to be a game player.There is no appology given or expected from this decision. Fiat is right to believe they are delivering a very competative product. The 200 should be able to hold its own and win a following in the foreign market. Europe awaits the 200 and America will deliver a confident and competent player.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SW, I certianly respect you opinion, but on my visits to Europe I was surprised at the number of Chrysler products I saw. The Voyager minivan, the Jeep Cherokee, and the Chrysler 300C, in certain areas (Rome) stood out. I saw few Japanese cars and the only Infinity I saw was wearing New York tags. Locals were aware of the Chrysler brand based on reaction to my MoPar T-shirt I proudly wore on a sunny day tour of Milan.
        I'm no expert, but I still maintain that Fiat knows the market, has confidence in the vehicle and is making an intelegent,if not risky, decision by not waiting on the next generation 200.
        Time will tell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a good and much needed facelift untill the new model comes out. Also I think the current I4 is terrible, I do hope they update it and mate it to at least a 5-speed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ZZZZZZ
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but an american barge just cannot be a lancia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler posts do seem to bring out a lot of haters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat is doing the OPPOSITE of what it should be doing. Kill the 200 with fire and bring us a proper European car in its place. We've done so much to improve our image with the world and now Chrysler wants to go ahead and do this!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      hyper expensive sebring ftl.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Chrysler/Fiat is smoking some serious wacky weed if they think this minimally re-worked Sebring is ready for primetime.

        The mid-size segment is so hyper competitive -- pretty much every automaker puts their best work into it -- that you can't put a piece of mediocrity like this into the marketplace.

        Instead, Chrysler should use this as a holdover/placeholder until they can do some justice to the 200. And do it ASAP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is the problem with Seabring? I sat in one, it has an OK interior, it looks OK, i never drive it, but i have a feeling some really do exaggerate just how bad Seabring is.

        Would i buy one? No, but if you can get a good deal on one i don't why someone would not buy it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tool

        Mediocrity ... I see what you did there
        • 4 Years Ago
        sebring? it's generations behind it's competition. now imagine that base, with a lancia badge. is it really that difficult, in the context of lancia, to see why this is a bad idea? an aston badged iq and now a lancia badged sebring, wonderful.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Sebring's interior is pretty gross compared to... pretty much every competitor it has. Look at any review/comparison. =)
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