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Maserati to join Chrysler with hybrids

by David Zatz on

Informal sources within FCA told Allpar that the company was working on relatively interchangeable plug-in hybrid systems. The Chrysler Pacifica will hold the first generation of these — not counting the past Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango or fleet-only Ram pickups.


There will be two systems, one using the nine-speed automatic case (already engineered for the Pacifica) and one using the eight-speed. FCA appears to be focusing on its biggest vehicles first, partly to raise fleet economy numbers, and likely also because it’s easier to package large batteries, necessary with plug-in hybrids. A “mild hybrid” is also being readied but this hasn’t shown up yet.

Maserati will apparently be taking advantage of the Chrysler system, according to a report from Autocar sent to us by Karl. This will be used on all but their top sports car, the Alfieri, by the year 2020. By then, it will almost certainly have appeared on the Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500.

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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