Among the biggest surprises was the 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan, which will replace the Sebring in the fourth quarter of this year. The 200 is built on the same platform as the Sebring, but Chrysler engineers upgraded virtually every system of the car to address its flaws.
Those upgrades included discarding the Sebring name. The 200 gets a new interior; extensively revised suspension; improved noise, vibration and harshness; and two engines, including Chrysler's inline-four and the new Pentastar V-6 teamed with a six-speed automatic.
The 200 will be pitched as an import fighter aimed at segment leaders such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. But TrueCar.com analyst Jesse Toprak says the first step in that quest is to match up with its domestic mid-sized rivals, the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
"The truth is they're most often cross-shopped with Ford and GM," he says. "If they're going to be successful, the first obstacle is to make vehicles that are better than Ford and GM."
Chrysler has done extensive surgery on the Town & Country minivan, which gets the new Pentastar V-6, an upgraded interior, a new steering wheel and new interior trim. The Town & Country was re-engineered to reduce interior noise and improve ride and handling.
Also, the Town & Country and 200 will be the first vehicles to get Chrysler's new winged logo.
Dealers saw the re-engineered Chrysler 300 rear-drive sedan, due in the fourth quarter. It will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission in 2011.
Chrysler brand CEO Olivier Francois said: "Chrysler brand and its vehicles will deliver what people deserve, not just what they expect. It will take appointments -- design, technology and engines, to name a few -- that were borne for a few and deliver them to the masses."