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Presently Chrysler-Fiat is promoting its 3.0-liter V6 diesel for its pending Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 pickup due to be launched in a few months, but it has General Motors to thank for underwriting this engine’s development. Ironically, the ad copy on the Ram truck marketing page proudly states: “The industry’s only light duty […]

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The Chrysler minivan, a bread and butter vehicle for the company since 1984, has never been known as a paragon of advanced technology—other than cupholders and other consumer-pleasing tech like power side doors and Stow-and-Go seats. Adding a hybrid system makes sense for a family-oriented people-mover like the minivan. Chrysler has been losing market share […]

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Chrysler confirmed its plans today to release a hybrid version of the Dodge Ram pickup in 2010. Frank Klegon, Chrysler executive vice president of product development, said the hybrid Ram was part of the company’s efforts to revive the company’s product portfolio. Chrysler’s timeline puts the company about two years behind General Motors, which will […]

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Perhaps no surprise to followers of alternative energy vehicles, the U.S. EPA recently rated Fiat-Chrysler last place among 11 automakers in its fleet fuel efficiency. According to the federal agency’s Trends report, fuel efficiency for automakers has risen 0.5 mpg to a record 24.1 mpg. Fiat-Chrysler was at 20.9 mpg for 2013 among all its […]

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This one comes under the “kids don’t try this anywhere” category. To test the semiautonomous adaptive cruise control plus active lane control in an Infiniti Q50S Hybrid, a German publication posted a 2-minute clip of a solo driver hopping out of the driver’s seat and into the rear seat while the car careened downed the […]

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Automakers are having a tough time running all the new-fangled vehicle control and safety systems using the 12-volt electrical systems currently used today. Audi appears to be the first out of the gate to adopt a 48-volt system, but will still retain at least part of each vehicle with a 12-volt system. “We are using […]

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Yesterday Chrysler announced it would introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its redesigned Town and Country minivan in 2016. Projected efficiency is in the neighborhood of 75 MPGe, and it’s been suggested but not confirmed that a nine-speed transmission would be used instead of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – which is more customary for […]

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In very “un-green” news, our desire to simply change is viewed as the main reason we shop for a car today, according to a new study from the car-leasing marketplace Swapalease.com. How much influence does “change” have on today’s car shopper? In the past, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers, but now it […]

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Chrysler took steps to green the plant in which its large rear wheel drive sedans are built. Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve TÜV’s ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification. Chrysler builds in Brampton the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Introduced in […]

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Yesterday Echo Automotive, Inc. announced plans to extend its EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, model years 2010-2014. Production is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2015. Echo describes itself as a developer of technologies enabling the cost-effective aftermarket addition of fuel-efficient […]

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