Chrysler announces new fuel-efficient offerings

For Chrysler, the future is looking green(er). Company vice chairman Tom LaSorda recently announced a bunch of new fuel-efficient offerings. In 2010, an unibody Jeep Grand Cherokee will be introduced that will be mated to a new V6 fuel efficient engine. The automaker plans to spend $1.8 billion to refit its Jefferson North (Detroit) Assembly Plant to produce this Grand Cherokee (2008 model pictured above) and other products off the same platform, which was initially co-developed with Mercedes. LaSorda also had confirmed a hybrid powertrain and a clean diesel for the Ram pickup truck. No news on the possible minivan hybrid.

Then there's the subcompact model that Chrysler is co-developing with Chery. LaSorda said that it is in the last phases of the design process and that Chery Automotive is making a number of engineering changes to the small car, which could be ready by the end of this year and on sale in 2009.

[Source: Automotive News (subs. req'd)]

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