Friday, October 21, 2011

Chrysler will be forced to make more hybrid vehicles

Sergio Marchionne, CEO and president of the Chrysler Group and Fiat, has openly expressed his skepticism about hybrids. However, he will be forced to change his stance soon.

The Obama government will soon adopt new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which according to Marchionne will make hybrids inevitable.

This program will force car manufacturers to cut their whole fleet’s standard consumption to 6.63 liters for every 100 kilometers by 2016 on the average. Come 2025, this figure will further fall to 4.32.

This may pose a challenge for Chrysler, as only a single hybrid model of the Chrysler 300 is now being developed for 2013.

Other than hybrids, majority of the big Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep products including pickups and SUV will soon feature diesel engines in North America, beginning with the Jeep Grand Cherokee over two years.

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