More models getting the hybrid treatment.
Chrysler LLC finally has a hybrid coming to market and executives promise it's just the beginning. The Auburn Hills automaker, which debuted its new hybrid Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen here recently, says it could quickly and easily expand its environmentally friendly offerings.
"These are our first hybrids, but they are not going to be our last," Michael Berube, a senior manager for Chrysler brand marketing, told reporters taking test drives of the Hemi-powered hybrid SUVs this week. "In the future, hybrid and another fuel-saving technology will come in all sizes, shapes and colors."
Chrysler has partnered with General Motors Corp., Daimler AG and BMW AG in the development of a Two-Mode Hybrid System and intends to use the powertrain in future models. The most logical next vehicles are their rear-wheel drive sedans and trucks.
The Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen hybrids will hit dealerships in August, and Chrysler plans to follow next year with a hybrid version of the Dodge Ram pickup truck. The 4-by-4 Durango and Aspen, as well as the Ram pickup are all rear-wheel drive based vehicles.
Looking at Chrysler's lineup, executives hinted that the automaker's next hybrids could come in the form of its rear-wheel drive sedans, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger
; however, they declined to confirm development plans beyond the SUVs and the pickup truck.
Source: Detroit News