At the Detroit Auto Show Sergio Marchionne blamed Chrysler 200’s rear roofline for its lukewarm response.
The main problem with the Chrysler 200 is its slick roof design. The design form of the Chrysler 200 is unable to perfectly blend with function. The Chrysler's midsize sedan has yet to earn a full recommendation from the Consumer Reports.
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Even the CEO of Chrysler Sergio Marchionne agrees with the assessment. At the Detroit Auto Show this month, Marchionne stated the Chrysler 200 fell short due to its design.
The Chrysler 200 rear roofline compromised ingress and egress from the rear seats. It is for that reason Consumer Reports is not recommending the car.
According to Marchionne, the 200 failed because of someone at Chrysler. Someone thought the rear-seat entry point inside the Chrysler 200 was no good. Marchionne went on to admit the roof mistake is their fault at Chrysler.
Marchionne went on to blame the designers at Chrysler for the lacklustre design exchange. Marchionne even stated the FCA designers copied the roofline of the Hyundai Sonata. Marchionne clarified they didn’t copy the car they copied the entry point to the rear seat.
Striking a nail further down the coffin Marchionne uttered a not very nice choice word. Marchionne called the designers at Chrysler ‘Dummies’ and acknowledged it.
The harsh words of Marchionne were supported by the FCA design boss Ralph Gilles. Gilles tweeted Marchionne is right. The Chrysler design team may have gone too aggressively after aero.
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But Gilles also stated the aero is the best in its class and they achieved it. So although the Chrysler 200 is a good looking car the next model may ditch that sloping roof for functionality.