Chrysler Group designers keen to create more aerodynamic vehicles

Article by Anita Panait, on June 1, 2012

Designers at Chrysler Group are now focusing on developing more aerodynamic vehicles that offer better fuel economy. Chrysler’s design chief Ralph Gilles told political and business leaders at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference that aerodynamics are becoming an increasingly important design element for Chrysler as well as for the whole auto industry. 

Gilles remarked during the conference that cars like the Audi A7 and the redesigned Toyota Avalon have proven that mid-sized sedans could enjoy an aerodynamic design usually linked with sports cars. Gilles remarked that the wind is starting to sculpt those vehicles.

He also contrasted the cars with the Chrysler 300's boxier design, but said the carmaker has realized it will have to follow the industry trend of creating sleeker cars. 

With the trend, Gilles said Chrysler intends to make the 200 and 300 sleeker. Chrysler’s design chief remarked that the company has no choice but develop “some of the most wind-swept vehicles.”

According to Gilles, he and his design team spends around 200 to 300 hours in the wind tunnel analyzing a vehicle's aerodynamics during its design process. He said disclosed that in the past, a design team would spend only around 100 hours in the wind tunnel. Gilles said Chrysler Group is now focusing on employing people with experience in fluid dynamics, since vehicle design makes more use of aerodynamics to boost fuel efficiency.

Chrysler debuts a new 200 mid-sized sedan that offers consumers extraordinary artistry inside and out, a superior and exuberant drive experience, ground-breaking technology, abundant safety features standard, and an astonishing amount of standard features. The 2011 Chrysler 200 is a thrilling alternative for those who appreciate surprisingly affordable style and substance.

Almost completely full of new or upgraded systems, the 2011 Chrysler 200 appears with its own character and space in the extremely

Virtually every system in the sedan is new or upgraded for 2011, giving the Chrysler 200 its own identity and space in the highly aggressive mid-sized sedan sector. Upgrades to the exterior and metal include: front and rear fronts and fenders, a grille embossed with the new Chrysler wing badge, a new hood, front headlights with LED positioning pipe, rear deck lid and exterior mirrors, new projector head and fog lamps, and new LED tail lamps and high-mounted centre stoplight.

Today, customers are smarter and expect a smart vehicle – attractive and substantive. The new Chrysler 200 offers all this substance and attractiveness: dependability, safety, ability, comfort, fuel economy, and style.

Drivers of the new 2011 Chrysler 200 will discover lithe, poise, good handling for all road situations – ideal for commuting, going on adventures on curving roads, and outing with friends and family. Almost the entire suspension has been reworked for 2011, including 26 of its 30 bushings. The suspension configuration was fully re-engineered. The track is one inch wider, the tires are 10 mm wider (from 215 to 225 mm), and the front is 12mm lower (6 mm lower in the rear) for a broader low and sturdy stance.

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