The Chrysler 200 has bold design but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has a bit of a problem with the stylish sedan.

The Chrysler 200 has bold design but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has a bit of a problem with the stylish sedan.

Speaking to Automotive News at the North American International Auto Show, Marchionne said "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."  That "somebody" Marchionne hinted at is reportedly Consumer Reports which failed to give the 200 its recommendation.

As the publication pointed out, the 200's sleek roof limits rear seat headroom as well as entry and egress.  This played a part in the publication's decision to not recommend the 200 despite saying the car was "far, far better" than its predecessor.

Marchionne said part of the problem was that Chrysler designers "copied" the entry point to the rear seat from an unnamed Hyundai model which is likely the previous generation Sonata.  The executive went on to say the designers where "dummies" and "some people from design left some of their private parts on the table after we came up with that determination."

Source: Automotive News and Consumer Reports

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