To consider the history of Chrysler, founded in 1915 by Walter P. Chrysler, is more than a little like riding a roller coaster. Virtually no American manufacturer still in business has suffered the number of up-and-down business cycles as Chrysler. Its most famous/infamous downturn resulted in a US government bailout. And under the guidance of Lee Iacocca, it rebounded and paid back the government loan early. But that didn't exempt it from corporate angst or opportunity. A merger with Daimler-Benz resulted in control ceded to the Germans. Later, following the economic downturn, Fiat bought a controlling interest and (ultimately) merged Chrysler into what is now FCA - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

With Jeep on one side of most showrooms and Ram trucks and Dodge sedans on the other, Chrysler products can get overlooked by both dealers and their customers. Since the 300 sedan is aging and its smaller 200 sibling about to be discontinued, the best Chrysler news can be found in an all-new minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica. The least expensive car wearing the Chrysler badge is the 200 4-door, and while Chrysler isn't a fun-to-drive brand per se (that's left to Dodge), a 200 V6 or Hemi-powered 300 can be entertaining. As you might guess, the Pacifica minivan will be voted 'most popular', and fully optioned at $50K is also the most expensive.


2018 Chrysler 300
2018 Chrysler 300
MSRP:
$28,995
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 30 HWY
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
MSRP:
$39,995
Engine:
V-6
MPG:
N/A
2018 Chrysler Pacifica
2018 Chrysler Pacifica
MSRP:
$26,995
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
18 City / 28 HWY
2017 Chrysler 300C
2017 Chrysler 300C
MSRP:
$38,635
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 30 HWY
2017 Chrysler 200
2017 Chrysler 200
MSRP:
$22,115
Engine:
2.4L I-4
MPG:
23 City / 36 HWY
2017 Chrysler 300
2017 Chrysler 300
MSRP:
$32,340
Engine:
3.6L V-6
MPG:
19 City / 30 HWY
Marchionne says no offers are on the table for Fiat Chrysler

Plus, Alfa Romeo and Maserati won't be spun off under Marchionne's watch.
Zombie cars: 7 discontinued vehicles that aren't dead yet

They are still showing up as new sales, even one model discontinued in 2014

Even after cars are discontinued, new unsold ones still show up in sales. We look at the worst-selling cars that are already dead.
Mixed sales results, but automaker stocks rise on need for cars in Houston

It's shaping up to be another down month industrywide.

Automotive sales figures for August 2017 are starting to be reported.
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Pentastar Power: A look inside the Detroit factory that pumps out FCA's potent V6

The mighty Mack powers Jeeps, Dodges, and Chryslers.

We tour Fiat Chrysler's prolific plant.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica First Drive
Chrysler invented the minivan 30 years ago. Now, it's poised to deliver a new people-mover, the Pacifica, that could set the stage for the next generation.
2015 Chrysler 300 First Drive [w/video]
We take the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 300 for a spin in and around Austin, Texas.
2015 Chrysler 200S AWD [UPDATE]
We wind out Chrysler's new 200 sedan, in V6 all-wheel trim, on a road trip across the Northeastern US.
FCA and ZF issue recall on nine-speed automatic transmission

The 9HP transmission can unexpectedly shift into neutral.

ZF's 9HP transmission can be found in a number of makes and models, though currently only FCA is issuing a recall.
FCA recalling 323,000 cars for wiring, software issues

Roughly 323,000 vehicles will be recalled for an insufficient crimp in a wire harness that could lead to a loss of power.
FCA recalls 1.1 million vehicles worldwide due to confusing shifter

The eight-speed automatic shifter always returns to middle position.

FCA says 41 injuries may have been caused by drivers exiting their running vehicles without selecting Park.