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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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    Exclusive: Hypermiling a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel to 38.1 mpg
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    You never quite know what Wayne Gerdes has up his sleeve. The man who coined the term hypermiling is always looking for adventurous ways to prove that anyone – even you... yes, you – can eke out more miles per gallon just by changing the way you drive. Saying that is easy. Proving it ...

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    Exclusive: Ram 2500 Power Wagon commercial shoot ends with truck spending night in ocean
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    It's pretty by the ocean. So pretty that it feels like 80 percent of all car commercials are filmed on winding coastal roads (another 80 percent are filmed on mountains and another 80 on mysteriously car-free roads elsewhere). It's particularly pretty in Humboldt County, California, which the ...

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    Exclusive: SAE Congress: Modified Chrysler Tigershark 2.0 engine previews E85-capable 2014 Dart
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    On the floor at the SAE World Congress at Cobo Hall this week sits a 2.0-liter Tigershark engine. Parts have been cut away and there are pretty colored lights inside, but the cool part – if you're interested in biofuels, anyway – is how the engine has been modified to turn the Dodge ...

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    2013 Green Car of the Year finalists announced [w/poll]
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, your finalists for the 2013 Green Car of the Year: the Dodge Dart Aero, Ford C-Max and Fusion, Mazda CX-5 and Toyota Prius C. The list runs the gamut of fuel-efficient powertrains, from hybrids and plug-ins to high-mileage gas burners. The Fords, for example, make the list in ...

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    Report: Chrysler going with EcoDiesel brand name?
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    Chrysler appears to have chosen "EcoDiesel" as its branded name for a new line of diesel models set to arrive in the States shortly. The artwork above was registered with the U.S. Patents and Trademark office just last month, with the "3.0L" nomenclature denoting the displacement of its first ...

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    Official: Dodge Dart will hit 41 MPG with available Aero Package
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    The Environmental Protection Agency hasn't released its evaluation data for the 2013 Dodge Dart just yet, but Chrysler says the compact should be capable of returning some impressive fuel economy figures, particularly with an available Aero package. When equipped with the turbocharged 1.4-liter ...

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    Exclusive: Future Fuel Economy Mandates, Part III: Chrysler
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    As regular readers know, I set out this year to interview as many Detroit automaker executives as I could at the Detroit and Chicago auto shows to get their takes on meeting future fuel economy standards. And these reports are generating a lot of comments. For example, "Nick" responded to my ...

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    Breaking: Why the 2013 Dodge Dart won't really get 40 mpg combined
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    Chrysler dropped a bombshell today, insinuating that its forthcoming 2013 Dodge Dart will have a combined fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon. Some media outlets have regurgitated this number without question. But it just isn't true, as that 40-mpg fuel economy number is unadjusted and will most ...

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    Video: Want: house made of recycled car parts, mostly Dodge Caravans
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    Automakers are be quick to tell us that their new vehicles are upwards of 90 percent recyclable, but they don't mean it like this. What we have here is a house that was crafted using parts scrounged from local junk yards, turning what used to be a pile of trash into a beautiful, high-end, ...

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    Report: Dodge won't call its new small car Hornet
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    Dodge has been wise in reviving old nameplates to inject some excitement into its contemporary model lineup. Recent products like the Challenger and Charger – both named after classics from the brand's past – have drummed up a considerable amount of enthusiasm where names like Stratus ...

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    Report: Refinement concerns have fuel-saving dual-clutch on hold at Chrysler
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    Chrysler has delayed plans for a dual-clutch gearbox in the United States, according to The Car Connection. The high-tech gearbox was slated to be introduced with the 2012 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, but refinement issues have reportedly put that introduction on hold. At present, the best ...

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    Report: Chrysler CEO: Guess we'll build more hybrids after all
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    Chrysler-Fiat chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne has never seemed too excited when speaking of electrified vehicles. Sometimes, people don't change; they're dragged kicking and screaming into the new reality. CEO Marchionne recently told Automotive News that Chrysler is left with no ...

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    2012 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger get 31 mpg thanks to 8-speed trans
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    The first eight-speed automatic transmission in a domestically manufactured automobile will debut in both the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger for 2012. The eight-speed slushbox, developed by German transmission specialist ZF and often found packed in luxury vehicles from automakers including Audi, ...

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    Chrysler to get MPG boost from Fiat technologies, ZF 8- and 9-speed transmisions
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    In the coming years, Chrysler will add a megadose of Fiat's fuel-saving technology to tame its gas-guzzling lineup of vehicles. The goal: Hit the target that the Fiat-Chrysler chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne, set: increasing fuel economy 25 percent by 2014. Chrysler will take a ...

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    28 plug-in hybrid Ram 1500s go to San Francisco, Sacramento
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    On August 2, Chrysler handed over the keys to 14 plug-in hybrid Dodge Ram 1500 to the city of San Francisco as part of a three-year evaluation program. Fourteen also went to Sacramento. The cities will evaluate the vehicles by driving them and regularly reporting all driving and charging ...

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    20 plug-in hybrid Ram trucks to be deployed by month's end
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    As scheduled, Chrysler says that it will deploy 20 plug-in hybrid Ram trucks by month's end, with ten headed to Clark County, Nevada and ten shipping out to Yuma, Arizona. During his presentation at the U.S. Department of Energy 2011 Merit Review in Washington, D.C., Chrysler's Abdullah Bazzi ...

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    Electrovaya delivers li-ion batteries to undisclosed U.S. automaker for PHEV
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    For more than a year, Canada-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya has worked with Dodge on its prototype plug-in hybrid Ram truck project. The plug-in pickup, which uses Electrovaya's 12-kWh lithium-ion "SuperPolymer" battery, is expected to hit fleets by the end of summer ...

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    Report: Dodge mulling natural gas-powered Ram
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    While we've just heard news that there won't be any hybrid pickups streaming out of Ram's retail showroom floors, according to a report from Bloomberg, the truck manufacturer is mulling the possibility of adding a natural-gas powered ...

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    Report: Ram Trucks will not offer hybrid pickup to consumers
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    Have you been waiting patiently for that long-promised hybrid Ram truck that Chrysler has supposedly been working on for the last several years? We have bad news for you: Speaking to PluginCars.com, Ram CEO Fred Diaz firmly put that notion on ice when he bluntly said, "Truckers don't want to buy ...

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