Chrysler to rely on hybrids to comply with US fuel economy rules

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 15, 2014

Chrysler Group will rely more on hybrid vehicles to be able to comply with United States government’s rules that require cars and light trucks to average 54.5 mpg by the 2025 model year, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne. Chrysler ranked last among major carmakers in the US in terms of fuel economy in 2013.

Marchionne said the US carmaker is on pace, internally, to comply long-term with the government’s latest fuel economy requirements. Marchionne was at Tipton, Indiana where Chrysler dedicated a $162-million transmission plant to produce a nine-speed automatic transmission for its future front-wheel-drive vehicles.

The nine-speed automatic transmission will allow the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan to achieve up to 36 mpg on the highway. Marchionne expressed confidence remarked that the “house will make it” to the 2025 model year fuel economy targets.

Marchionne also added that to reach the target, the carmaker will depend largely on hybrids become a very large component of that fleet.

Since 2009, Chrysler Group has been trimming its lineup of engines and transmissions from what the CEO dubbed as “a collection of mutts” to a set of standardized powertrains that can be shared among different models.

Chrysler is currently using an eight-speed transmission for its rear-wheel-drive light vehicles, and is making its front-wheel-drive units shift to the nine-speed automatic. The 9-speed transmission is licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen and built in Tipton, at the carmaker’s transmission complex in Kokomo, Ind.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is the second Chrysler Group vehicle to use the fuel efficient nine-speed transmission. Chrysler acquired the 782,000-sq-ft Tipton site in February 2013 to expand production of the nine-speed transmission.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Bentley Motors has just released the specs of the new Bentayga Diesel. Obviously, we couldn’t wait to share it here since it’s the first ever diesel model to come out...
by - September 26, 2016
A big chunk of Volvo Cars’ legacy in developing the most durable and capable car is evident in its latest Cross Country collection. Suffice it to say, our planet has...
by - September 21, 2016
Just very recently, we were all delighted to finally see a Bugatti Chiron out in the streets casually hanging around Cannes in France. The said car was purchased by a...
by - September 9, 2016
Earlier this year, Aston Martin wowed the world with a stunning concept car – the Vanquish Zagato. The concept made its first appearance in May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa...
by - September 7, 2016
Lamborghini has always been known to be the home to exotic supercars. The Italian automaker’s production facilities have hosted uniquely designed and powerful show-stopping supercars. It all started with the...
by - September 5, 2016