By Christopher A. Sawyer
I’ve driven a lot of vehicles in the past 30 years, but none has been more perplexing than the Chrysler 200. Sleek, but bordering on too subtle, Chrysler’s mid-size sedan has not set the sales charts on fire since its 2015 launch. Then in January, the 200 took a broadside from Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne when he said both it and its smaller Dodge Dart sister would be killed off and replaced by more desirable crossovers with higher profit margins. This led to a dramatic drop is sales for both models. It also led to weeks of Marchionne trying to extricate himself from the minefield he’d created with ruminations about having another car company build the next 200 and Dart, and admitting that it would be a couple of years before the planned crossovers replaced the 200 at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan.