The Chrysler 200 is a car that’s not often talked about. It’s easy to see why; it’s a decent mid-size sedan that died an early death, but Jalopnik recently turned the internet’s attention to the 200 by highlighting an interesting easter egg hidden in the vehicle’s interior.
Just ahead of the 200’s gear shifter in the center console is a small storage compartment that is lined with a small rubber mat. The mat is engraved with an outline of the Detroit skyline, however there’s one major part of the Motor City’s horizon that’s missing: the Renaissance Center, otherwise known as the headquarters of Fiat Chrysler’s crosstown rivals General Motors.
This little GM-shaming secret was first discovered by the Wall Street Journal, which brought it up to Fiat Chrysler interior designer Klaus Busse. He confirmed that FCA left GM’s headquarters out of the skyline on purpose in a rather cheeky manner.
“Oh really, what a surprise,” Busse told WSJ. “What can I say, were happy with the part of Detroit that we picked.”
The RenCen is actually representative of both of FCA’s domestic rivals if you look at its history. The building, which was completed in 1977, was conceived by Henry Ford II and received financial backing from the Ford Motor Company. Ford occupied the complex until 1996 until it was purchased by General motors, who has been based out of it ever since.