Sergio Marchionne Calls Chrysler 200 Designers ‘Dummies’

Sergio Marchionne Calls Chrysler 200 Designers ‘Dummies’

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t one to sugarcoat words.

Speaking at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Marchionne spoke about why the Chrysler 200 hasn’t received a recommendation from Consumer Reports. According to Marchionne, the main issue is the sedan’s rear-seat entry point, admitting that it’s the fault of the American automaker’s and that it “is not up to snuff.” He elaborated, explaining how the slope of the roof crimps the entry portal, saying that the company copied a Hyundai model, likely the Sonata, which has the same problem.

“We didn’t copy the car, we copied the entry point to the rear seat,” he said. “Dummies. I acknowledge it. Some people from design left some of their private parts on the table after we came up with that determination. But I think we’re learning from this process.”

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The new Chrysler 200 competes in the same segment as popular models like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. In Consumer Reports‘ Quick Drive of the model, the publication noted how passengers have to duck to get inside while rear seat room takes a hit. It also called the interior stylish and found the exterior attractive.

[Source: Automotive News]

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