Chrysler Kills 200 Ragtop and Avenger

chrysler-200-convertibleWhen Chrysler rolled out the first-generation 200 to replace the Sebring in 2010, it included replacements for both the sedan and the convertible. The Sebring Coupe, however, was left out of the mix. Now that the second-generation Chrysler 200 is descending upon us, Auburn Hills is paring things down even further, but this time, it’s the convertible that reportedly isn’t making the cut.

As our friends at Edmunds point out, sales of the convertible model accounted for less than five percent of overall Chrysler 200 sales, and at those numbers, the considerable cost of engineering a new drop-top couldn’t be justified. With the Toyota Camry Solara and Volkswagen Eos also gone from the market (well, the VW isn’t gone quite yet), the discontinuation of the Chrysler 200 Convertible leaves the affordable convertible segment largely to the sportier likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro and smaller European offerings like the Mini Cooper and VW Beetle.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible isn’t the only derivative being left behind with the new model: so is the Dodge Avenger. That will leave a glaring hole in the Dodge lineup, with nothing to bridge the gap between the compact Dart and the larger Charger. Whether the Dodge brand has any plans to replace the Avenger with another model, not to be based on the 200, remains to be seen.

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