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All-New 2005 Chrysler 300 Starts Below $24,000

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[ DaimlerChrysler's press release ]

All-New 2005 Chrysler 300 Starts Below $24,000

Lineup includes 5.7-liter HEMIŪ V-8 with Multi Displacement System

Detroit, Jan 05, 2004 -- Chrysler Group today announced U.S. pricing for its all-new 2005 Chrysler 300. With rear-wheel drive, an available 5.7-liter HEMIŪ V-8 engine and best-in-class interior space, Chrysler 300 redefines the classic American car. The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new Chrysler 300 is $23,595, which includes destination. The new 2005 Chrysler 300 will begin to arrive in dealerships in the spring.

"With the all-new 2005 Chrysler 300, the premium is in the product, not the price," said Jeff Bell, Vice President, Chrysler/Jeep Marketing, Chrysler Group. "The all-new Chrysler 300 is a $1,130 better value than the exiting 2004 Chrysler Concorde LX."

Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 is a well-equipped, elegantly styled vehicle consumers will be proud to own. At just $23,595 including destination, the 2005 Chrysler 300 features the fuel efficient 190 horsepower 2.7-liter V-6 engine, with a four-speed automatic transmission. All Chrysler 300 models include an 17-inch wheels, eight-way power driver's seat, manual tilt/telescoping steering column, a premium cloth interior and body color mirrors, door handles and moldings. Also available are self-sealing tires, power adjustable pedals, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist and the first Original Equipment Manufacturer application of Boston Acoustic Premium Sound System.

Chrysler 300 Touring
The Chrysler 300 Touring is the second model in the 300 line-up adding luxury content to its stylish package. This package includes the high output 250 horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, all-speed traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, chrome accents inside and out, and leather seating for $27,395 including destination.

Chrysler 300 Limited
The Chrysler 300 Limited adds premium content to the Touring Edition that is both elegant and affordable. For $29,890 including destination, the Chrysler 300 Limited features as standard 17-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels, electrochromic mirror, automatic headlamps, heated seats, power passenger seat, express-up and down front windows, dual-zone automatic temperature control and reconfigurable information center.

Chrysler 300C
The Chrysler 300C marks the return of the HEMIŪ engine, paying homage to the 300 letter-series lineage 50 years ago. At $32,995 including destination, the Chrysler 300C features the 340 horsepower HEMI V-8 engine, mated to an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStickŪ. All Chrysler 300C models feature dual exhaust tips, large performance disc brakes, unique chrome exterior appearance, patented tortoise shell interior highlights, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, rain sensing wipers and Boston Acoustics six-speaker 288-watt digital amplifier sound system. Self sealing tires, adjustable pedals, seven-speaker 380 watt digital amplifier, GPS navigation radio and high-intensity headlamps with washers are also available.

The 2005 Chrysler 300C will be the first modern production vehicle in North America to feature cylinder deactivation when it goes on sale in the spring of 2004. The Chrysler Group Multi Displacement System (MDS) seamlessly turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders of the 5.7-liter HEMI engine when V-8 power is not needed. This provides a world class combination of performance and fuel economy.

All Chrysler 300 vehicles feature a short-long arm (SLA) front suspension system combined with a five-link independent rear suspension to provide excellent handling and a comfortable ride.

"The bottom line is that the Chrysler 300 is stunningly affordable," continued Bell. "Chrysler 300 will attract domestic and import, mid-size and full-size vehicle shoppers, who might not have considered any Chrysler premium full size sedan before."

All Chrysler 300 vehicles come with the Chrysler Premium Care Plan first introduced on the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire and Pacifica. This plan entitles owners to a no-charge loaner vehicle any time scheduled maintenance or non-body shop repair is required during the initial three-year/36,000 mile warranty period. This, combined with 24-hour towing assistance, ensures that a Chrysler customer will not be left stranded.

The Premium Care Plan includes:
  • 7 year/ 70,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
  • 3 year/ 36,000 mile Basic Limited Warranty
  • Complimentary loaner vehicle for scheduled dealer visits
  • 24/7 towing assistance
The all-new Chrysler 300 is built at the Company's Brampton, Ont. (Canada) manufacturing plant along with the all-new Dodge Magnum.

MSRP Destination
Chrysler 300 $22,970 $625
Chrysler 300 Touring $26,770 $625
Chrysler 300 Limited $29,265 $625
Chrysler 300C $32,370 $625

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