- Oct 24, 2008
Confirmed: Chrysler's hybrid 'utes DOA
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Well, that didn't last long, did it? We wondered about the fate of the Chrysler Aspen hybrid and its sibling, the Dodge Durango hybrid after the automaker announced its plans to close its Newark, DE assembly plant, where the hybrid 'utes are built. We didn't need to wonder long, as a report on Green Car Advisor confirms the demise of the two hybrid SUVs. Oddly, it was just two months ago that the two vehicles were first introduced, and we found that the two large vehicles actually performed rather well when it comes to fuel mileage and in comparison to their closest competitors, the two hybrid SUVs from General Motors.
Chrysler claims that it had plenty of orders for the two hybrid vehicles, but apparently not enough to keep an entire plant humming along. In fact, a Chrysler spokesperson refused to comment on whether the 3,000 or so orders that the automaker already had for the two SUVs would be filled. The cancellation of the Durango and Aspen hybrids is not expected to affect Dodge's launch of a hybrid version of its Ram full-size pickup truck.
[Source: Green Car Advisor]