Creating the 2015 Chrysler 200
The platform for the Alfa Romeo Giulietta has been modified by Chrysler Group engineers—Dodge, Jeep and now Chrysler—to create vehicles that are not particularly Giulietta-like in their shape or size. There is the Dodge Dart. The Jeep Cherokee. And now the Chrysler 200.
The modified architecture is now known as “Compact U.S. Wide” (CUS-wide). Doug Verley, chief engineer for the Chrysler 200 (although in Chrysler-speak he is the “model responsible” for the Chrysler 200) says that the Giulietta’s underpinnings helped reduce the amount of engineering required for the 200; it helped accelerate time to market. In addition to which, he explains that he worked with his counterparts at Dodge and Jeep so that they are able to share some common parts, such as the front floor pan, center floor pan, and engine box load beams. This reduces costs for all three vehicles. While there is clear commonality, it should be noted that these are by no means cookie-cutter vehicles. Consider the dimensional differences between the donor car, the Giulietta, and the 2015 Chrysler 200: