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Future powertrains and cutting CO2

by David Zatz on

Critics have slammed FCA for having the worst carbon dioxide emissions of any major automaker selling in the United States. The company has, as Allpar predicted, been working on the problem.

A chart in the current presentation not only shows how the company will attack the problem with its three worst problems — the highly popular but also non-compliant Jeep Wrangler, Ram 1500, and minivans. Mr. Marchionne said that over half the fleet would have hybrid options “relatively quickly.”

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FCA’s projects show that all three of these vehicles will be brought below 2015 requirements in the next generation, though the next Wrangler, Pacifica, and Ram 1500 still will not meet 2018 requirements without new options. Among other changes, the company will cut weight by using “high strength steels and alternative materials;” use active aerodynamic systems; and continue existing technologies.

The chart clearly shows that the next Wrangler Unlimited will have a mild hybrid option, as well as “next gen powertrains” (possibly a brand new diesel and the upgraded Pentastar, perhaps with a turbocharged four cylinder base engine). The Ram 1500 will have an optional mild hybrid and “next generation powertrains.”

Mr. Marchionne added that the direction of regulatory change in gas mileage and carbon dioxide emissions was inevitable and “needed,” but that the timetable could be changed to save the industry a great deal of capital.

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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