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

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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All-New 2015 Chrysler 200 Launches Out of the Gate with More Than 10,000 First-Day Vehicle Orders

Chrysler brand reports 10,000 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicle orders were placed on the very first day vehicle orders were made available
More than 17,000 vehicle orders were placed in the first two days
20,000 initial orders of the 2015 Chrysler 200 allow for full capacity production through mid-July at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP)
Inspired by iconic American design, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 delivers beautiful craftsmanship using high-quality materials, understated elegance, fuel economy of up to 36 miles per gallon highway and is loaded with state-of-the-art safety and security and technology features

May 14, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Laying the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler Brand, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is making its way into dealerships and onto the road with a bang with more than 10,000 vehicle orders placed on the very first day the vehicle ordering system opened on Thursday, May 8, and more than 17,000 vehicle orders of the all-new 2015 200 have been placed in the first two days. The Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP) is at full production through mid-July and orders continue to roll in.

“The Chrysler brand is thrilled to see the level of enthusiasm customers and dealers have shown to order the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200,” said Al Gardner, President and CEO — Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “With a standard nine-speed automatic transmission, a choice of two powertrains with fuel economy ratings of up to 36 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, an available state-of-the art all-wheel drive system, and an interior that will wow drivers and passengers alike, the new Chrysler 200 is raising the bar for what customers should expect from a mid-size sedan.”

With a starting U.S. Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $21,700 (excluding destination), the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is available in four different models: the 2015 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler 200S model and the premium Chrysler 200C. With a segment-first standard nine-speed automatic transmission, electronic shifting with a rotary e-dial, an innovative available all-wheel-drive system that reduces parasitic losses with a disconnection rear axle, exceptional ride and handling characteristics and safety and security features typically found on vehicles that cost thousands of dollars more, the new 200 is a car drivers will enjoy driving. Consumers have a choice of two world-class engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which produces a best-in-class 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, or the standard 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 engine produces 184 horsepower and 173 lb.-ft. of torque and achieves a highway fuel economy rating of 36 mpg. The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 features an award-wining interior which is loaded with standard and optional features not found on other mid-size sedans including a clever center console with the most available interior storage space in the segment , sliding cupholders, multiple power outlets and a unique pass-through storage space accessible to both the driver and front seat passenger.

About the Chrysler 200
The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is where exquisite style meets exceptional performance. The Chrysler 200 leapfrogs expectations for a mid-size car with an elegant exterior design, a thoughtful, beautifully crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and an Alfa Romeo-based chassis. With highway fuel economy of up to 36 miles per gallon; the most available safety and security features in the segment with 60; an available, best-in-class all-wheel drive system; easy-to-use, state-of-the-art technology and a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $21,700, the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is a car that customers will be proud to own, at a price they will appreciate. The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built with pride in Michigan.

Chrysler Group Dedicates New Plant and Launches Nine-Speed Production in Tipton, Ind.

Plant to employ up to 850 by end of 2015
CEO Sergio Marchionne, local officials and employees celebrate opening
Tipton Transmission Plant to become global hub for nine-speed production
Capacity to produce 800,000 transmissions annually
Three Kokomo facilities will support Tipton production
Company invests more than $1.6 billion and adds 2,600 jobs in region since June 2009
Current employment at five area plants reaches more than 7,000
Kokomo Transmission reaches production milestones on four- and six-speed transmissions

May 13, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – After sitting idle for years at the corner of US 31 and State Road 28 in Tipton County, Ind., Chrysler Group’s Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne officially dedicated the Company’s new Tipton Transmission Plant and celebrated the production launch of the fuel-efficient nine-speed transmission today.

During a ceremony at the plant, Marchionne told the audience, which included Tipton Mayor Don Havens, Tipton County Board of Commissioners President Phil Heron, UAW Local 685 President Rich Boruff, other invited guests and employees, that Tipton is an operation that will play a vital role in creating prosperity for the Company and for the surrounding communities.

“My confidence is rooted firmly in the knowledge that those of you who work in this area have shown a consistent dedication to delivering products with outstanding quality,” said Marchionne. “You have embraced the principles of World Class Manufacturing, which is enabling us to compete with the best manufacturers in the world. You are the authors of a major success story, creating a great turnaround and making it possible to create the need for this new plant in Tipton.”

Marchionne confirmed that the Company would acquire the nearly 782,000 square-foot facility and invest $162 million to establish an additional assembly site for the nine-speed transmission in February 2013. He also announced that up to 850 new jobs would be created by the end of 2015, subject to market conditions. Current employment at the plant is 204.

“The UAW is pleased that Chrysler Group recognized the value of this highly skilled, represented workforce when it decided to establish an additional transmission manufacturing facility in the region,” said Boruff. “Their commitment and dedication to building high quality products has led to the creation of more good paying manufacturing jobs and extraordinary growth in the industry. The UAW looks forward to working with our Chrysler Group partners to continue this momentum.”

Tipton will become one of the global hubs for nine-speed production. When it reaches full capacity, it will ship about 800,000 finished transmissions to Toledo, Ohio, for use in the Jeep Cherokee and Sterling Heights, Mich., for the Chrysler 200 as well as to FIAT plants in Melfi, Italy; Tofus, Turkey; Pernambuco, Brazil; and China. The potential exists to expand production to other international facilities as needed.

Production of the first nine-speed transmissions began in May 2013 at Chrysler Group’s Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI). The opening of the Tipton facility represents phase two, which means additional work for three of the Company’s facilities in Kokomo, Ind. Castings for the new transmission will come from Kokomo Casting; machining of the prismatic parts – housings, blocks and heads – will be done at Kokomo Transmission; and the rotating parts – gears and crank shafts – will come from ITPI. All will be shipped to Tipton for final assembly.

“With the startup of TTP, we are enhancing the status of this region as the largest transmission installation in the world,” said Marchionne. “Just recently, we reached the landmark numbers of 17 million four-speed transmissions and three million six-speed transmissions built in Kokomo.”

Both the four-speed and six-speed transmissions are built at the Kokomo Transmission Plant (KTP). Since 1974, KTP has built more than 67 million transmissions. The 17-million four-speed milestone was achieved over a 25-year period from 1988 to December 2013. The plant began building the six-speed in 2006 and reached the three million mark in April.

Since June 2009, the Company has invested more than $1.6 billion and hired more than 2,600 people in north central Indiana to produce the next generation transmissions. In total, Chrysler Group employs more than 7,000 people in the five plants in the region.

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