2006 New York Auto Show Introduction for the Next Big Thing in Limousines
Chrysler has quite logically chosen this spring’s New York auto show for the introduction of a new 300 derivative, given that city’s heavy use of taxi cabs and limousines. Given the 300′s success with the bling set, a variant for the chauffer-driven of the world makes sense.
Having ridden in a Chrysler 300C executive car, the 300 is certainly challenged when it comes to rear seat room. The 300 Limo is a welcome addition to the line for livery companies wanting more comfortable and commodious transportation for their upscale, well-heeled clientele.
Being assembled by specialty vehicle builder Accubuilt, the 300 for the livery/limousine market arrives in fall 2006. Accubuilt has been around for decades, building specialty vehicles from a Cadillac DeVille Executive Sedans to unique versions of Ford SuperDuty pickup trucks and hearses. The long-wheelbase 300 will be available to retail buyers, but the special-order vehicle is likely to find only a low volume of retail takers. Those who do opt for the extra-long variant get six more inches between the wheels, with the extra room added in the rear passenger area. Production of the long 300 could come home to Chrysler down the road, depending on the model’s success and Chrysler’s production capacity and needs.
The Chrysler Group has been aggressive with its pricing for most models introduced in the past couple of years, the specialty nature of this will likely bring with it a relatively high sticker. Pricing will be announced in fall, nearer to the sales launch.