Chrysler 200 gets 17k bookings, 9 Speed production begins at Tipton

2015 Chrysler 200 has gotten off with the best possible start in the US. This mid-sized four door sedan managed to record over 10,000 booking orders on the first day itself and over 17,000 bookings in the first two days. Based on the same platform as 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s Fiat-Chrysler Compact Wide platform, Chrysler 200 price starts from $21,700 (excluding destination).

2015 Chrysler 200 1 blueOffered in a choice of 4 variants – 200 LX, Limited, 200S and 200C, new Chrysler 200 will see a two engines on offer. This includes 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine. The former produces 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, while the latter produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque. Both these options are offered with segment-first standard nine-speed automatic transmission.

Speaking about Chrysler’s 9 speed auto, Chrysler Group LLC has officially opened its new transmission plant at Tipton County. The opening ceremony was done by Chrysler’s Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. The company has invested $162 million in the new plant that will see new jobs created for 850 employees by the end of 2015 when the plant becomes fully operational.

2015 Chrysler 200 24 engine plantTipton Transmission Plant,will produce 9 speed transmissions and the creation of 850 jobs in due course will be a notable factor especially considering that Tipton County is a small county with a total population of just 16,000 people.

Production of 9 Speed transmissions commenced in May 2013 at the company’s Indiana Transmission Plant and the new facility in Tipton marks the second phase of production operations.

2015 Chrysler 200 22 gearThe new Tipton facility will become a global hub for 9 speed transmissions and will have the capacity to produce 800,000 transmissions per annum. To be completed and fully operational by 2015, the Tipton plant spread over an area of 782,000 sq ft, will receive support from 3 Kokomo facilities. These new 9 speed transmissions will make their way from Tipton to Toledo, Ohio where they will be used in Jeep Cherokee while they will also be shipped to Sterling Heights, Michigan for use on board the Chrysler 200 and to Fiat plants in Melfi, Italy; Tofus, Turkey; Pernambuco, Brazil; and to China.

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