The Chrysler 200 sedan has yet to earn an official recommendation from Consumer Reports – and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne knows why.
Speaking to Automotive News at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Marchionne said that CR thought the ingress and egress of the rear seats was poor and thus has not been able to recommend the car to consumers.
“The 200 failed because somebody thought that the rear-seat entry point inside the 200 — which is our fault, by the way — is not up to snuff,” he said.
Chrysler designers apparently copied the roofline of the Hyundai Sonata when the designing the new 200, a car that also struggles with poor rear seat ingress and egress.
“The Hyundai which we copied has the same problem,” Marchionne admitted. “We didn’t copy the car, we copied the entry point to the rear seat. 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.”