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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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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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Yesterday Kelley Blue Book (KBB) announced that its 2014 5-Year Cost to Own award winners. KBB said these awards are based on the company’s U.S. data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period. Based on KBB’s analysis of 2014 models, Mazda and Lexus are the brand winners for the second consecutive year. In […]

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Polk confirmed Toyota’s Prius is the leader in consumer loyalty for non-luxury traditional compact cars. In presenting its Automotive Loyalty Awards, research firm Polk revealed Ford is both the brand and the manufacturer with the most loyalty amongst its buyers and that Toyota’s hybrids are loyalty leaders with the Prius in the Non-Luxury Traditional Compact […]

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