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The Chrysler 300 Limited sedan has so far passed the road and client test at Corporate Transportation Solutions in Sacramento, Calif. Operator Chris Quinn reports there is enough room for two business travelers and their luggage.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Operator Chris Quinn, like many industry peers, must face certain realities: Higher gas prices and overhead costs versus the need to maintain profitable luxury transportation.
Since March 8, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Limited sedan, the newest entry into the chauffeured vehicle market, has pointed to a way forward for Quinn’s Sacramento-based Corporate Transportation Solutions (CTS). Quinn, a 2009 LCT Operator of the Year, has been using the test vehicle in his fleet and will do so for another three weeks. He told LCT this week he’s heavily leaning toward buying six 300 Limited sedans and getting them on the road by June in his 20-30 luxury vehicle fleet, based in Sacramento and near San Francisco.
“I think the 300 will do it,” Quinn said. “I drove it, I’ll drive it again, and everything so far has been very well received. I’m not if in a month I’ll find something else out; it’s hard to tell with a brand new car. But it feels very solid, and the way it’s appointed inside seems to be tastefully done and of a good quality. The seats are very comfortable.”
The Chrysler 300 Limited sedan is upgraded and restyled compared to the previous 300 model that was sold to the limousine industry until 2010.
The 300 Limited — priced at about $32,000 with advertised fuel economy of 31 mpg — so far has been used by CTS for airport transfers, downtown Sacramento trips, and FBO aviation runs. The longest run was a two-and-a-half hour road trip ride to Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Clients riding in the 300 have included doctors, pharmaceutical representatives, and executives from the financial services sector, Quinn said.
The only critical client comment so far was an observation by a single rider that the left rear seat seemed to lack enough legroom behind a tall chauffeur, Quinn said. “From the passenger’s perspective, he looked at the other side and thought it was a little tight.” The chauffeur on the run was about 6-ft. 3-in tall.
But Quinn pointed out that chauffeured sedan runs typically only carry one or two passengers, for which the 300 has plenty of room plus their luggage. A three-passenger count for a sedan only happens when a third person unexpectedly jumps in at the last minute. CTS charges the same rate for the 300 as for its Lincoln Town Cars: $57 per hour base plus about 37% charges, fees, and add-ins.