DaimlerChrysler announced Monday that the company will stop making the diesel Jeep Liberty
SUV for sale in the U.S., despite better-than-expected sales in 2005. According to the Detroit News
, the compact SUV's engine doesn't meet new tough federal emissions standards that will kick in next year and Chrysler
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 diesel
altogether. A diesel version of the Grand Cherokee
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 Volkswagen
, which recently announced
they would not release any diesel versions of their Jetta
models in 2007.
[Source: The Detroit News]