DaimlerChrysler announced Monday that the company will stop making the diesel
SUV for sale in the U.S., despite better-than-expected sales in 2005. According to the
, the compact SUV's engine doesn't meet new tough federal emissions standards that will kick in next year and
didn't want to put a newer engine into the Liberty. A Chrysler spokeswoman told the Detroit News, "The emission standards are becoming very stringent, and we weren't able to make a credible business case for a limited production vehicle."
The company is not giving up on
altogether. A diesel version of the
SUV is coming in 2007. Diesel Liberty vehicles, which are built in Toledo, will still be sold in Europe. The new diesel regulations have also affected
, which recently
they would not release any diesel versions of their
models in 2007.
[Source: The Detroit News]