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Detroit News Apologizes – Sort Of – For Softening Chrysler 200 Review

Newspaper admits edit of harsh review “handled poorly.”

by on Mar.18, 2011

Former Detroit News auto critic Scott Burgess during an appearance on Autoline After Hours.

The Detroit News has issued a corporate “mea culpa,” if not an outright apology, for editing out some of the harsh criticisms included in a review of the Chrysler 200 – a move that led the paper’s automotive critic to resign.

Part of the problem for the paper was that the changes were obvious: the original review, including Scott Burgess’s tough criticism, was published in the print edition – then deleted when the review went online.

Indications are that the paper responded to pressure from an advertiser, though more likely a dealer, as Chrysler appears not to have pushed the publication to soften the electronic version of the review.

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“The paper’s intent was to make an editing improvement, but we obviously handled it poorly,” Wolman said. “We should have let the online version of his review stand as written, as we did the print version,” said Detroit News Editor and Publisher Jonathan Wolman, who added that the original language has since been restored to the online review.


First Drive: Chrysler 200 Convertible

More than a rental car.

by on Jan.28, 2011

Chrysler restyles open-air motoring with the new 200 Convertible.

Convertibles are back in style at Chrysler Group.  The maker that helped spur the revival of open-top motoring, back in the ‘80s, has updated its Sebring into a much more stylish and desirable offering that means it won’t just land with a thud in the daily rental fleets but actually appeal to retail customers.

The new Chrysler 200 Convertible has been given  a complete makeover for 2011 as part of the company’s far reaching effort to rebuild its product line and the effort has paid off handsomely, bringing  new life into what had been a neglected part of the company’s product line.

The welcome exterior changes first seen on the Chrysler 200 Coupe have been carried over – and include a new, well-integrated fascia as well as a new hood that gives the vehicle a remarkably improved appearance.  The changes to the front continue with the new, more elegant rear fascia as well as the new, redesigned Chrysler badges, which seem to fit nicely into the car.


Chrysler Keeping Convertible In The Line-Up

200 Ragtop part of full-line revamping for struggling brand.

by on Nov.17, 2010

Picture me topless, now that Chrysler confirms a ragtop version of the 2011 Chrysler 200 is coming.

Chrysler has confirmed plans for a revamped convertible, which will appear next spring under the Chrysler 200 nameplate.

The decision to offer a ragtop version of the new 200 line shows the maker thought there was too much pent-up demand to wait for a new generation of mid-sized cars that are to be based on a platform supplied by Fiat, the U.S. maker’s Italian partner.

The Fiat-based versions of the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 will be available by early 2012, however – a full  year earlier than anticipated in the original transformation plan the company rolled out more than a year ago, CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed recently.

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Despite moving up the date for the Chrysler brand’s midsize replacement, Chrysler plans to go ahead with the launch of the Chrysler 200 next spring, officials said this week.

“It will also be the only convertible on the market (in its segment) with four seats,” said Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau.