AUBURN HILLS, MI — Already a reported hit in dealerships, the Chrysler 300 has scored another distinction from U.S. fleet managers who selected the full-size sedan as the "Fleet Car of the Year." Click on, scroll to the middle of the page, and click on "2004 Model Car of the Year" for a detailed writeup on the 2005 Chrysler 300 being voted fleet car of the year. In the competition sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, qualified fleet buyers chose the 300 from among 22 domestic and import 2005 models, voting online via the magazines' shared Web site, The Chrysler 300 represents the automaker's return to rear-wheel-drive technology in passenger cars. The all-new platform of the 300 was developed with considerable input from engineers at partner Mercedes-Benz. The design incorporates advances in tire technology, traction control, and electronic stability control, said company officials. A safety and convenience package for fleets is offered, including Electronic Stability Control, ABS brakes, All-Speed Traction Control, and power drive seat on base Chrysler 300 models. The 300 recently received five-star ratings for driver and front passenger protection in a frontal crash. Powerplants for the 300 include a 2.7L V-6, a 3.5L V-6, and the 5.7L V-8 Hemi. Models equipped with the 3.5L and 5.7L engines are also offered with all-wheel drive. In addition, the Hemi engine features Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System, which turns off fuel consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed.

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