Chrysler Lauds New Energy Bill
Who do they think the’re fooling?
By Kevin Miller
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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