We spent a lot of the early part of this year anticipating the arrival of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. Now as we see them driving off the lot and showing up in the wild, we can’t help but think back on the journey that Detroit’s new import took to get here. It’s difficult to appreciate the level of passion and detail that went into creating this vehicle, the time and care that it took to infuse the 200 with American pride, and the thousands of miles traversed to create the perfect standard-bearer.
One person who can appreciate that journey is Cristian Farcas, a Chrysler employee tasked with taking the 200 on a 2400-mile road trip this past Spring. It was before the car’s release, and Farcas’s car was one of the very first off the assembly line. The goal of his trip was not only to visit his family and friends scattered across the eastern seaboard, but also to collect “fast feedback” to send back to the 200’s development team, allowing them to fine-tune their greatest creation.
Farcas had a personal stake, too. He was one of the senior designers of the car’s interior and saw his trip as the culmination of his life’s work. There were many moments when people would recognize the car he was driving and he felt proud of his accomplishments as well as the achievements of the whole team back at Chrysler.
What really made the trip special is that the car was Cristian’s very own, personally designed to his specifications, just as any other 200-owner is able to do. He was driving a 200C with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, complete with panoramic sunroof and all-black interior.
To read more about Cristian’s amazing trip and to see more of the pictures he took, read the full article on Forward Look, Chrysler’s blog. How would you configure your 2015 Chrysler 200? Tell us below in the comment section or in person when you visit us at Leith Chrysler Jeep in Raleigh.