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Cherokee drivetrain chief replaced

by David Zatz on

Bob LeeChrysler today announced that Robert (Bob) Lee is taking on the role of Interim Head of Transmission Powertrain and Driveline Engineering, in addition to being the head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering and a member of the powertrain coordination team on the Group Executive Council (GEC) for Fiat S.p.A.. 

Mr. Lee, a respected engineer with a long history at Chrysler, has held both roles since 2011.

Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette researched the situation and discovered that Mr. Lee is taking the place of Mircea Gradu, who even as late as yesterday was giving interviews to the media at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.  He had been with Chrysler since 2007, and was in charge of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee’s drivetrain; he was hired from Timken in 2007.

According to Automotive News, the 2015 200’s all wheel drive system is similar to that of the Cherokee.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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