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    Official: Chrysler says its 8-speed transmissions will save 700 million gallons
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    Chrysler Group's TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission could be earning some serious green bragging rights if the company's projections are correct. The recently widely proliferated automatic gearbox, which is now in more than a million vehicles around the world, is poised to save drivers an ...

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    Study: Hyundai-Kia claims 'greenest' title from Honda, Big Three still big losers
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    Let's start with the good news. On average, any new car you buy in the US today will be 43 percent cleaner than any average new car in 1998. Here's some more good news, for Korea anyway, Hyundai-Kia has been named the cleanest automaker in the latest study by the Union of Concerned Scientists ...

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    What we think we know about Chrysler's plug-in hybrid minivan, CUV
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    When the 2016 Town & Country comes to Chrysler dealerships, it will sport something no production minivan has ever had: a plug. That was on bit of news hidden in the massive Fiat Chrysler (FCA) product preview held in Detroit on Tuesday. All FCA would say about the minivan was that the Town ...

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    Report: Jeep hybrids are 'inevitable'
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    When it comes to the possibility of hybrid powertrains in a future Jeep, it's not a question of "if" but "when." That's what Chrysler Asia-Pacific product planning manager Steve Bartoli is saying, according to the Australia publication Drive. Bartoli was quick to add that Chrysler hasn't made ...

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    Official: Fiat 500e motor makes Wards 10 Best engine list, 2nd-ever EV awarded
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    Ward's Auto has named the Fiat 500e electric vehicle's motor to its annual 10 Best Engines list for 2014. The 500e is the first Fiat ever awarded on the annual list and is only the second electric motor to do so, following the Nissan Leaf's appearance on the 2011 list. The publication praised ...

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    Report: Chrysler will study EVs, lightweight tech with Canadian universities
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    Chrysler may have been relatively late to the game when it came to vehicle powertrain electrification, but the US automaker is looking to play some catch-up with a little help from north of the border. Chrysler will work with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, at accelerating the ...

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    Report: Chrysler ready to hire EV engineers again?
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    In a development that may fall under the "dogs and cats living together-mass hysteria" category (quote courtesy of Ghostbusters), Chrysler might finally be ready to commit significant resources towards developing electric-drive powertrains as a way to boost its fleetwide fuel economy. So says ...

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    Video: Watch Ram's Chief Engineer explain the benefits of quarter-ton diesel
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    Well, what we've learned from Ram's new video with chief engineer Mike Cairns showing off the upcoming Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup is that... it looks good in silver. Cairns more or less espoused the virtues of the truck in the two-minute video, commenting on its toughness and saying it'll have the ...

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    Official: Chrysler recognizes 30 dealerships for eco practices [w/video]
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    It looks like Chrysler is going a little further with its eco-friendly ways than merely selling Fiat 500 EVs. The US automaker recognized 30 US dealerships for their eco-friendly ways, giving out awards for its second-annual Dealer Environmentally Conscious Operations (ECO) Program to 30 Chrysler ...

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    Report: Fiat 500e EV sold out in California
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    We're not sure how many Fiat 500e electric vehicles have been sold since its April launch in the US. We just hear they're not selling any more in California this year. That's what Wards Auto is reporting, quoting Fiat North America chief Jason Stoicevich at a launch event for the Fiat 500L. ...

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    Report: Chrysler CEO: natural gas better than electricity to move vehicles, so government should back off
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    Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne continues to believe natural gas as the most viable alternative to conventional fueling and says government should stop pushing electric-drive ahead of other advanced-powertrain choices, the Detroit News says. Marchionne calls natural gas "the cleanest ...

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    Official: Jeep unveils 9-speed transmission for Cherokee
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    More gears equals less fuel use in Chrysler's trademark Jeep Cherokee, as the US automaker will make a nine-speed automatic transmission standard on its 2014 Cherokee. The transmission, the world's first nine-speed automatic transmission for passenger vehicles with a front-wheel-drive layout, ...

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    DC AUTO SHOW: Hybrids, EVs driving wider acceptance of diesel, CNG and hydrogen
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    Now that car buyers are starting to accept hybrids and EVs, there's more willingness to consider other green car technologies, including diesel, CNG and hydrogen. But the road to wider acceptance – and affordability – is being slowed by a lack of infrastructure and overlapping state ...

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    Official: 2013 Fiat 500e gets 116 MPGe (combined) and 87-mile range
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    The all-electric 2013 Fiat 500e probably won't turn a profit, but that doesn't mean Fiat and Chrysler engineers haven't done a good job ramping up the hatchback's fuel economy numbers. Chrysler has just announced that the little EV has been rated at 116 Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe) ...

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    Report: Ford, Chrysler join Toyota in fighting high-MPG rules in Mexico
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    Automakers may have given in to the 800-pound gorilla that is the US government when it comes to more stringent fuel-economy standards. But the Mexican government? That's a smaller monkey that the companies are apparently more than willing to battle. Ford and Chrysler have joined Toyota in ...

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    Video: Fiat shows off performance, efficiency gains of TwinAir engine
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    Small engine, big pitch. Italian automaker Fiat is using a new video to wax poetic about its TwinAir family of engines designed to boost performance in its smaller cars while cutting fuel use and emissions. The three-plus-minute video, put together by Frame Communication, outlines the TwinAir ...

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    Overheating batteries put Chrysler plug-in hybrid testing on hold
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    Chrysler hasn't exactly been in a leadership role when it comes to, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Disbanding the ENVI group in 2009 sure didn't help. Plug-in vehicle development continued, though, but the company's PHEV's are now facing another obstacle: overheating. Fortunately, this hasn't ...

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    Report: Engineers putting wasted engine heat to good use: improving fuel economy
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    Gasoline-powered, internal combustion engines are notoriously inefficient. Some estimates say as much as 70 percent of the fuel's energy is lost to friction and heat. An Automotive News story has engineers saying that only three percent is due to friction. To engineers, that's a huge pot of ...

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    Chrysler likes CNG, thinks electrification is better used 'sparingly'
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    Why has Chrysler been on the sidelines in the race for an, ahem, electrifying product lineup? The automaker is taking a more wait-and-see approach. As Bob Lee, Chrysler Group LLC's head of engine and electrified propulsion engineering, said during Center for Automotive Research's 2012 Management ...

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    Report: Chrysler adding 8-speed transmissions this year; 9-speeds are coming
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    When it comes to adding transmission gears to boost fuel economy, Chrysler figures the more the merrier. For now. The U.S. automaker, which is controlled by Italy-based Fiat, will start installing eight-speed transmissions in some of its vehicles by the end of the year, with nine-speed trannies ...

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