Chrysler Showcases the all-new 2011 Line-up
at Miami Beach
by Giulianna D. Levin, photos by Pepe
About 45 members and guests gathered at the Gansevoort Miami Beach Ocean
Terrace hotel on Tuesday, March 22, for SAMA’s luncheon for the month,
marking a third consecutive successful event to start off the new year.
Chrysler was our sponsor, and on display were the company’s lineup for
2011: the all-new 200 sedan and 200 convertible; the flagship 300 sedan;
and the iconic Town & Country minivan.
Representing the company were Lisa Barrow, East Region Communications
Manager, and Kathy Graham, from the Brand Communications office, along
with vehicle presenters Andy Love, Head of Chrysler 200 Product
Marketing; Ben Winter, Head of engineering for C, D and Minivan
Platforms; Dan Kirk, Chrysler 300 Engineering; and Ed Del Otero,
Chrysler 300 Product Marketing.
Complete information is included in press kits that were distributed at
the luncheon and also is available on the webiste,
Here are some highlights from the presentations:
Exterior and sheet metal upgrades include front and rear fascias and
fenders, grille featuring the new Chrysler brand winged badge, new hood,
LED positioning light pipe in front headlamps, rear deck lid and
exterior mirrors, new projector headlamps and fog lamps, new LED tail
lamps and an LED center high-mounted stoplight.
The suspension was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider,
tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 mm, and the 200 has been
lowered 12 mm in the front and 6 mm in the rear for a lower, wider, more
substantial stance from the vehicle that preceded it, the Sebring.
The 200 is offered with the proven 2.4-liter I-4 engine that produces
173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque ( or the 3.6-liter Pentastar
V-6 engine that produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 2011 200 sedan is available in four different configurations in the
United States -- the Chrysler 200 LX, 200 Touring, 200 Limited and 200 S
The new Chrysler 200 Convertible sports a new design and new sheet
metal, and the choice of a soft or hard top.
A new power train option features the all-new Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6
engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that provides 283
horsepower without sacrificing fuel economy.
The 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible is available in three different
configurations in the United States – the Chrysler 200 Convertible
Touring model, 200 Convertible Limited model and the 200 Convertible S
(late availability) model.
Town and Country
The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine powers the Town & Country. It
features a new front fascia and grille inspired by the all-new 300 and
shared across all the new Chrysler brand vehicles. A new hood, and
projector-style front fog lamps round out the exterior upgrades to the
New for 2011 is the rear lift gate with curved back glass, body-color
rear spoiler, fascia and lift gate scuff pad with bright stripe, rear
light bar and new LED tail lamps. A chrome molding that runs across the
entire length of the vehicle connects to the bodyside molding to pull
the whole package together.
Quad seating option is available for first- and second-row passengers in
The suspension receives major upgrades, and the new power train delivers
best-in-class horsepower without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The new
3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine produces 283 horsepower, or 86 more
horsepower than the outgoing 3.8-liter V-6 engine, and 260 lb.-ft. of
torque. The Pentastar V-6 is mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic
The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country is available in the United States in
three different models: the Chrysler Town & Country Touring, Town &
Country Touring L and Town & Country Limited
The all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan delivers best-in-class V-6 engine
power and new second-generation E-segment chassis architecture.
Uconnect Touch delivers the segment’s largest standard touchscreen
display (8.4-inch) and offers state-of-the-art connectivity,
segment-leading Garmin® navigation with world-class functionality and
SIRIUS Travel Link for real-time weather, fuel prices and more.
New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward
Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.
The 300C builds upon that legacy with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8
engine delivering 363 horsepower, 0-60 mph performance in less than 6
seconds and up to 25 highway mpg. It’s available in all-wheel drive an
dcomes in four trim levels: 300, 300 Limited, 300c, and 300c AWD.
We want to thank Chrysler for sponsoring the luncheon and for presenting
the company’s attractive lineup of vehicles.
In the brief business session that followed the presentations, SAMA
member Daniel Romagnoli reminded everyone about the vintage car rally he
has coming up, the Everglades 300 Miles, on March 25-26. You can learn
more information at his website www.floridavintagecarrally.com.
President Paul Borden and Treasurer Marcello Serrato also gave updates.
Marcello noted how our membership continues to grow with two new members
added this month. Simon Gomez has rejoined after a brief absence, and
Myles Kornblatt is a new member from St. Augustine.
Everyone should remember that the annual membership fees are due. Check
the website to determine what your fee is ($50 for individual press,
The next monthly luncheon will be Friday, April 22, and sponsored by
Mercedes-Benz. or the April luncheon (more details to follow).
We also will have a special event on May 2 when Mark Templin, vice
president and general manager, Lexus Division of Toyota Motor Corp.,
Circle the dates and watch your email for more information.
for enlarged images.
Ric Green, Bill Adam, and Jason Alpert
Ed Del Otero,
Chrysler 300 Product Marketing
Matt Davis, Chrysler
Andy Love, Head of Chrysler 200 Product Marketing
Chrysler 300 Engineering
Matt Davis and Kathy Graham, Chrysler
Lisa Barrow, East Region Communications Manager, Chrysler
Woodie Lesesne and Giselle Delgado
Pepe Delfino and Pepe Forte
Jaime Florez and Diego Cichero
Rick Baker, Marisa Osborn, and Rich Babl
Rick Baker, Tony Lesesne, and Marisa Osborn
Ady Coutinho, Maria Ravani, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jaime
Gaby Delfino, Marcelo Serrato, and Giulianna
Marco Altamirano and CJ McCann
Mark Elias and Teresa Bravo
Kurt Ernst and Paul Borden
Ed Del Otero and Angelo Serrato
Martha Lucia Gomez, Jaime Florez, and Pepe
Marisa Osborn, Rick Baker, Andy Love, and
Johnny Tapanes and Lisa Barrow
Dr. Ray Mumery, Kurt Ernst, and Mark Elias
Marcelo Serrato and Martha Lucia Gomez