During the bloodletting press conference this morning in Auburn Hills,
Group CEO Tom LaSorda gave some hints about future product plans for Chrysler. In addition to the usual reduction in the number of platforms and engine families, LaSorda announced that Chrysler would be spending $3 billion in power-train development to improve
. He indicated that there would be a new
coming to Chrysler products in addition to the 3.0L V-6 already announced. On the
front, they will work on a lower-cost mild-hybrid system in addition to the two-mode hybrid system being developed with
first of the two-mode hybrids will be in the 2008 Durango
. Finally, he revealed that Chrysler is working with Getrag on a dual-clutch gearbox similar to the
DSG unit. Hopefully, the dual-clutch and diesels will be coming soon along with a diesel hybrid.