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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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    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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    Official: Fiat mixing EV messages, says it won't invest until buyers pay up
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    Diesel-powered vehicles beat electric vehicles and hybrids – hands down – according to Bob Lee, head of global powertrain at Fiat and Chrysler. Lee made the comments recently at the CAR Management Briefing's Advanced Powertrain Forum in Traverse City, MI, and we assume for some they ...

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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: 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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    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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    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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    Report: California's low-emission vehicle rules enhancing market for ZEV credits
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    The California Air Resources Board's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate has already created so-called "compliance cars." The corollary is a growing market for ZEV credits. That is, a way for companies who aren't selling enough ZEVs (which, in this case, include pure electric vehicles, fuel ...

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    Report: Marchionne: We're only making Fiat 500 EV because California's forcing us
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    It's a near-endless tale, the story of the all-electric Fiat 500. Whether you're looking back at 2010, 2011 or earlier in 2012, there's been reports and claims and stories. Today, there's more. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently spoke to the media about his companies' fuel-efficiency ...

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    Official: Chrysler fetes its most eco-friendly dealers, with bamboo
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    The company may be best known for tire-melting Hemi engines, but at least some of its dealerships are showing some love for the environment. Chrysler, which launched a program last year to commemorate its most eco-friendly dealers, has named its first batch of 30 winners as part of its Dealer ...

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