Chrysler Lauds New Energy Bill

Who do they think the’re fooling?

By Kevin Miller

12.18.2007

The following statement from Robert Nardelli, Chairman and CEO, Chrysler LLC, Regarding New, Nationwide U.S. Fuel Economy Standards, was released today on Chrysler’s Firehouse.biz news blog as well as on their media site:

“We commend the Congress for passing an energy bill today and we fully support it being signed into law. Chrysler is committed to meeting the fuel economy standards of the bill and doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our country’s reliance on foreign oil. We continue to devote significant resources to develop quality, fuel efficient products that our customers expect. This year alone, we offer six vehicles that get 28 miles per gallon or better, and more are on the way.”
Remember that no domestic automaker, Chrysler included, was supporting this strict energy bill earlier this year, so today’s statement smells like an insincere PR move, attempting to make it look like Chrysler embraces the opportunity to engineer and manufacture more efficient vehicles. Chrysler will necessarily devote their resources to developing fuel efficient products, or else they won’t have any vehicles to sell when the fuel economy standards are raised.
The fact that Chrysler currently offers just six vehicles that get 28 MPG or better is barely worth tallking about; it merely serves to point out that Chrysler doesn’t have many fuel-efficient vehicles. Last week, Nardelli let Jason Vines, Chrysler’s veteran PR chief go; now he’s making underwhelming statements like the canned, patronizing quote above. It sounds now like Chrysler needs to get their PR group in order as well as needing to get desirable new product to market. I wish them good luck with those tasks… they’ll need it.

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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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  1. Maybe they have some hidden aces or even a “joker” in their sleeves by using a flex-fuel version for Hemi engines for example, since flex-fuel vehicules is a “loophole” to bypass this inconvienent or another solution brining more diesel engines who’s compatible with diesel containing 20-30% of biodiesel (B20-B30), most of the recent sales of Grand Cherokee in Canada are the ones with diesel engines. Some wants to have their cake and eating it too (having a big vehicule who gets a good mileage)

    Currently the V6 diesel they use is from Mercedes and versions exported to overseas markets have in option the VW 2.0L diesel. Maybe Chrysler could found a way to bring a Sebring diesel, 300C diesel in North America and Cummins works on future V6 and V8 diesels for the Ram 1500, Durango and Dakota.

    Also, there some rumors of Chrysler and Renault-Nissan going into partnership together for trucks and small-cars projects.

    And since Renault currently works on their own V6 diesel who’ll be planned to go under the next-gen Maxima (and European Renaults models like the Laguna, Espace and VelSatis) to replace the V6 Isuzu they currently use). I won’t be surprised to see this future diesel engine in some Chrysler cars (the Cummins engines won’t probably fit under the hood of the 300C/Charger/Challenger without heavy modifications to the body) if the partnership between Chrysler and Renault-Nissan will materialize.

  2. Making lemonade from lemons?

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