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Old 11-07-2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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$1000 for trading in your Sedan for 2007 Chrysler Sebring

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Chrysler: $1,000 for your sedan

Bonus is designed to lure drivers who lease midsize cars from Ford, Toyota, Honda, Nissan.

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is so sure its redesigned Chrysler Sebring sedan can hold its own in the tough midsize sedan market that it will give $1,000 in cash to any shopper who trades in a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima or Ford Fusion for a 2007 Sebring.

The offer is available through Nov. 30 to customers who are currently leasing the rival sedans, according to several Chrysler dealers.

Chrysler is counting on the made-over Sebring to attract new buyers as the automaker tries to bolster sales and restore profits. But the sedan is rolling into a midsize segment that has been dominated by foreign models -- the Camry is the best-selling car in America -- and also faces competition from the Fusion, which has been a hit for Ford Motor Co.

Separately, Chrysler also extended five-year, zero-percent financing offers until the end of the month for 2006 cars and trucks and is increasing rebates as much as $1,000 on most 2006 vehicles.

Chrysler is trying to shrink its stockpile of unsold models after sluggish summer sales resulted in big inventories that are dragging down profits. Chrysler lost $1.5 billion in the third quarter.

Chrysler is also offering rebates of up to $4,000 on certain 2007 models, including the Chrysler 300C sedan, the Dodge Magnum wagon, Charger sedan, minivans and the Dodge Ram pickup.

"We're moving into the end of the year's selling season and what we like to do is really close out the year strong," said Chrysler spokesman Kevin McCormick.

McCormick confirmed Chrysler's plan for the Sebring promotion. Analysts say an incentive program that targets specific competing models is not unprecedented, but it is rare. And they're not sure it will work.

"It's really difficult to get people from their Camrys or Accord back to the Big Three because there's a reason why they shifted into those vehicles in the first place," said Erich Merkel, an automotive analyst with Grand Rapids-based IRN Inc.

It may be easier for Chrysler to grab buyers from Ford's Fusion than the Camry and Accord -- which are perennial top sellers, said Jesse Toprak, an analyst with Edmunds.com, a research Web site for car buyers.

"In other words, it'll be easier to get people from the Ford Fusion than the Camry because of brand loyalty and brand perception," Toprak said.

Not so fast, said Ford spokesman Jim Cain.

"All I can say is good luck because they're going to need it," Cain said. "Fusion customers are very satisfied with their product in terms of performance and quality. And then there are improvements on the 2007 Fusion, like all-wheel-drive, that they can't get on a Sebring. They remain a step behind."

Last week at a Sebring marketing event, Chrysler executives said the redesigned car will attract buyers in the intensely competitive segment because of its contemporary design and such high-tech features as cupholders that heat and cool beverages. The Sebring, which arrived on the market in 1995, hit an all-time sales high of 118,459 units in 2001 for the convertible, coupe and sedan versions combined. By 2005, sales had dropped 24 percent to about 90,000 units.

Brian Ackerman, sales manager at Mike Riehl's Roseville Chrysler Jeep, said he thinks the cash offer could attract some lease owners away from the competition.

"We usually don't see that type of competitive rebate," he said.

Dealer Alan Helfman of River Oaks Chrysler Jeep in Houston was happy when he learned of the Sebring offering and the discounts on 2006 and 2007 models.

"They're sweet," Helfman said. "We'll take all we can get."




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Old 11-07-2006, 09:19 AM   #2
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"All I can say is good luck because they're going to need it," Cain said. "Fusion customers are very satisfied with their product in terms of performance and quality. And then there are improvements on the 2007 Fusion, like all-wheel-drive, that they can't get on a Sebring. They remain a step behind."
this is typical ignorant utterance from an american company.

hey jackass, you're still many steps behind Honda and Toyota.
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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At least they decided to give money to some designers this time around.
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Old 11-08-2006, 01:59 AM   #4
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lol... anyone who trades in a jap mid size sedan for a chrysler sebring should get a free psych eval, not a 1k price break
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:18 AM   #5
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I can only see this benefitting the random guy who wants to trade in his old, worth-less-than-1k accord/etc. , AND happens to want an '07 Sebring.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:26 AM   #6
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The new sebring is hideous imho. I'd rather drive a toyota or honda sedan anyday. Plus the chrysler warranty is the worst of all the major automakers i believe.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:28 AM   #7
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The new sebring is hideous imho. I'd rather drive a toyota or honda sedan anyday. Plus the chrysler warranty is the worst of all the major automakers i believe.
Heck yeah man. That car is as ugly as early Korean designs. The Sebring is the poster boy for DCX's financial woes.
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:12 AM   #8
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lol well I'd just pick up a Accord from a scrapyard and drive to the dealership, then sell it later. Assuming I get a good deal on this peice of American history as in a minimum of $5000 under MRSP then atleast I'll make $1 selling it
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Old 11-08-2006, 03:29 AM   #9
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The headlights remind me of the non-U.S. Civic sedan and the center console reminds me of the WRX.
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:08 AM   #10
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But it has refridgerated cupholders!!!
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:37 PM   #11
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why on earth would they show a grey on grey on grey exterior / interior. How about a little warmth in the design, something that makes the car inviting. It looks like an ER in there.
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:44 PM   #12
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The article says people currently leasing a Camry, Accord, Fusion, etc. I don't think you can roll up in your 87 Accord and get an extra $1000 off.

That car is also very gross looking. Chrysler didn't bother to put any lateral support on the seats because the thing probably corners like a Peterbilt.

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Old 11-09-2006, 06:51 PM   #13
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06 daewoo epica !!

they look almost the same ?
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Old 11-09-2006, 09:49 PM   #14
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they look almost the same ?
Nice try, but most four door sedans in that class look the same. Boring!
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this Sebring might be a POS, but its a billion times better than the car its replacing.
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Old 11-10-2006, 09:42 AM   #16
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anyone notice how the center console looks similar to the Impreza's interior? Not identical, just similar.....

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