Well, yesterday I indicated that there might not be room for many surprises at this year's Detroit auto show, but I was just plain wrong. The first on the list of "kinda knocked my socks off" surprises is the Chrysler 200C. Not only is this sedan good-looking and extremely technology advanced, but it's also being billed as an extended-range electric vehicle.
Of course, Chrysler left the door open for the concept to also, maybe, be a regular gasoline powered V6.
That isn't too much of a surprise, really, since it'd be a shame to waste this styling on a car that Chrysler (or whoever owns Chrysler in six months) might not be able (or want) to produce.
Chrysler says that the car would have a 40 mile all-electric range and an internal gasoline generator that would recharge the batteries to extend the range beyond that. Basically, this gives it the exact same range stats as a Volt. The 200C, of course, is still just a concept, meaning that it probably won't actually be around for another five years minimum. But it is a bit of an endorsement of GM's work on the Volt, and also a great design job from the folks at Chrysler.
Keep your eyes here for a couple more surprises from other car companies...this is a crazy show! It's like somebody finally got the memo and all they're working on now is alt-fuel cars!
written by Nick Wright, January 12, 2009
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