Chrysler in Final Talks to Enter Limo Market With a Stretch 300
in final talks with Lima, Ohio-based Accubuilt Inc. to produce mini-stretched 300 sedans. The sedans are similar to an elongated version that Accubuilt created for display last month at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, a performance and custom vehicle event held annually in Las Vegas, according to the Detroit News. The stretch 300 will be aimed at the limousine industry and compete against Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln Town Car and General Motors Corp.’s extended Cadillac DTS.Chrysler will put the longer wheelbase vehicle on the LX rear-wheel-drive platform on which the current 300, Dodge Charger sedans, and Magnum station wagon are built, according to the report. About 1,000 LX platforms — equipped with touring and Hemi-engine packages — will be shipped to Accubuilt from Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario, plant.Accubuilt, which also manufactures the stretched Cadillac DeVille, now replaced by the Cadillac DTS, will add the inches to the middle of the 300. Production of the stretched 300 could begin in July, said Dennis Schlueter, program director for Accubuilt.