The 2012 Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar

New Chrysler 200 on the way - without the Dodge Avenger

According to Automobile Magazine, there is a new Chrysler 200 on the way that will compete more closely with the Audi A4 and while there should be a sedan, convertible and new coupe version of the 200 – the Dodge Avenger will not move onto the next generation of Chrysler mid-sized sedans.

The Chrysler 200 has sold much better than the Chrysler Sebring that it replaced which would lead some to question why the Chrysler Group management would already be looking to launch a new generation. Even though the Chrysler 200 is only a couple years old now, we should all keep in mind that the 200 is a redesign of the pre-existing Chrysler Sebring that was introduced in 2007. That technically makes the Chrysler 200 a 6 year old vehicle so, based on that, there is less question as to why a new 200 is on the way.

As for the Dodge Avenger, there have long been rumors that the sporty mid-sized Dodge sedan would be killed off as part of the movement to eliminate redundancies among the Chrysler brands. While the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger are vastly different in exterior design in the front and rear, the two cars are still essentially the same vehicle in sedan form and only the Chrysler 200 offers a 2-door convertible. On the year, Chrysler has sold almost 15,000 more examples of the 200 than Dodge has sold Avengers through the first five months of 2012 so when it comes down to sales figures when deciding which vehicle will live on into a new generation – the stronger selling popular 200 is the simple choice.


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