Chrysler targets top midsize cars with new 200

Experts say this may be most important model since leaving bankruptcy

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Chrysler is unveiling a new midsize car at the Detroit auto show Monday that may be its most important model since leaving bankruptcy five years ago.

 The redesigned 200 built on underpinnings from Fiat, Chrysler's Italian owner -- but is distinctly American.

 The car has a roomy interior, quieter engine and sculpted body that should make it competitive in the biggest part of the U.S. auto market. Chrysler is aiming to take sales from the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

 The new 200 has a nine-speed automatic transmission and two new engines. Chrysler expects it to get 35 miles per gallon or better on the highway.

 Chrysler plans to cut the base sticker price by $95, to $22,695 including shipping, when the car hits showrooms in the spring.

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