The Chrysler 200 may officially be dead, but The Truth About Cars is accurately reporting that Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles’ dealers have over six-months of Chrysler 200 inventory left.
The glut of inventory is even more surreal when one takes into account that production of the car ended at FCA’s Sterling Heights, Michigan assembly plant nearly eight weeks ago. Chrysler’s 200 stockpile is at least in part because the company has waned off heavy incentives on the car in recent months. Apparently FCA wants to squeeze as much profit out of the defunct model as possible.
As of right now FCA is offering 15-percent off the MSRP of 2016 200’s that have been in inventory the longest. Looking at the figures, that is likely a large number of 200’s that are still out there that qualify for the clearance offer. Oddly enough, the company is offering no major incentives on the 2017 200.
The death of the 200 sedan was a long time in the making. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne famously publicly trashed the 200 sedan, which probably should have served as its first death call. However, the official reason for killing the 200 sedan and Dodge Dart was to free up production capacity for more popular trucks and SUVs.