Chrysler to boost fuel economy using Fiat technology

Article by Christian A., on August 9, 2011

The alliance of Chrysler and Fiat will bring a huge dose of Fiat's fuel-saving technology into the gas-guzzling lineup of Chrysler in order to hit CEO Sergio Marchionne’s target set in 2009 of boosting fuel economy by 25 percent from 2010 to 2014. With Fiat’s aid, Chrysler is shifting from the six- and eight-cylinder engines to more four-cylinder powerplants.

Chrysler previously said in its 2009 product plan that by year 2014, 38 percent of its engines would have four cylinders, an increase from 19 percent in 2010.

The strategy of Chrysler is to use a suite of systems in order to improve fuel economy and performance. Among these systems include MultiAir from Fiat that varies valve timing for each cylinder independently, eight- and nine-speed transmissions as well as a dual-clutch transmission.

MultiAir is designed to boost torque and power 10 percent while reducing emissions and fuel consumption up to 10 percent by regulating intake valves for each cylinder independently. The only vehicle built by Chrysler that has MultiAir is the 2012 Fiat 500.

However, more models will have it beginning 2012 with a Dodge compact sedan that would replace the Caliber. In 2013, MultiAir will be included on the Pentastar V-6 engine. As for the eight- and nine-speed automatic transmissions, Chrysler is licensing technology from Germany-based supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG to build two advanced transmissions.

The eight-speed, also known as the 8HP, is for longitudinally mounted engines in rear-wheel-drive cars. Marchionne told reporters last July 27 that a Chrysler 300 with the transmission will obtain 31 mpg highway.

The 8HP will be manufactured in North America, specifically in Chrysler's Kokomo transmission plant in Indiana in 2012, and a new ZF plant in Greenville, South Carolina in 2013.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the...
by - November 17, 2017
More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling...
by - November 17, 2017
All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to...
by - November 17, 2017
As BMW has already revealed, the next generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is a four-wheel drive high-performance sedan with overwhelming power output and torque at its disposal. However, it...
by - November 17, 2017
McLaren unveiled a one-off Gold - on - Black 720S at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will be on display throughout the entire stretch of this week’s event. The...
by - November 16, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries