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2007 Chrysler Sebring Convertable

When the Sebring convertible development program began, there was little thought given to adding a hardtop variant to the lineup, according to insiders.

When the Sebring convertible development program began, there was little thought given to adding a hardtop variant to the lineup, according to insiders. There is the sedan model, of course. But what about putting a hardtop on the convertible and making a coupe? That was the question. Engineers and designers mulled a number of ideas, and then concluded to offer three different top configurations on the Sebring Convertible: vinyl, cloth or hardtop. Measuring in 3-in. longer than the Sebring sedan it was developed alongside, the convertible utilizes high-strength steel tubes with adhesive-bonding in each sill and two sets of cross braces bolted to the underbody for added strength, while a roll-formed high-strength beam is welded to the body understructure under the rear seat for improved side-impact performance. Dual-phase steel is used in the rear rails, tunnel reinforcements and sills to improve body stiffness. Reinforcements in the rear bulkhead, located behind the rear seats and in the sill, improve roof strength and stiffness. The roofs—all three configurations—are manufactured by Karmann USA (www.karmann.com) in Novi, MI, and shipped as plug-in modules to Chrysler’s Sterling Heights, MI, assembly plant.—KMK