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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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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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Eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are demonstrating a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The manufacturers involved said the open platform will simplify and streamline vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in […]

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Stop-start technology is showing up for 2015 in two Chrysler Group vehicles, the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan. Chrysler Group announced it is offering Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology as standard equipment on certain models of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV and all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan. Chrysler 200 customers who opt […]

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Chrysler opted to build its nine speed transmissions in Indiana, opening the Tipton plant for full production. After sitting idle for years at the corner of US 31 and State Road 28 in Tipton County, Ind., Chrysler Group’s Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne officially dedicated the Company’s new Tipton Transmission Plant and celebrated the production […]

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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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A brand new 2015 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan was introduced today at the 2014 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit. This new 200 is the industry’s first mid-size sedan with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler expects this will be good for highway fuel economy ratings of 35 miles per gallon when powered […]

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According to a new study by the Center For Automotive Research (CAR), for every $1 spent rescuing General Motors and Chrysler in 2008/09, $8 were saved to the U.S. economy, including by those who would have been adversely affected if they’d been allowed to fail. As the Treasury Department is preparing to sell off its […]

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2014 will see the launch of a special edition Fiat 500 to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the inspiration for the model. Celebrating the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 “Nuova” Cinquecento (New 500), the new 2014 Fiat 500 “1957 Edition” will per Fiat combine iconic Italian design with engaging driving dynamics and vintage styling […]

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The Chrysler Group is inspiring itself on human lungs to design the next generation of fuel tanks needed for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. “Within the human lung are countless individual sacks called alveoli,” says Enrico Pisino, Chrysler Group’s Senior Manager-Innovation. “These sacks combine to expand the lung’s total air capacity. We are using this […]

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