Phoenix engine project continues – death exaggerated

Phoenix engine project continues – death exaggerated

Two separate sources have now written in to say that the Phoenix V6 engine series (which could eventually yield four and eight cylinder engines as well) is alive and well. One source wrote: “The Phoenix engine engineering and manufacturing teams remain highly active, putting in long days and managing 24 hr development and validation testing, progressing towards the goal of volume production launch in the not-too-distant future. The team is well aware of all the recent scuttle rumoring the idling or demise of Phoenix,

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Rumor: Phoenix V6 engine cancelled? (Rumor rejected)

Rumor: Phoenix V6 engine cancelled? (Rumor rejected)

Update: development of the engines is continuing at full speed. It may be that one of the factories slated to make components for the engines has been replaced by an outside supplier or by another facility. An earlier rumor based on a factory worker’s report suggested that the Phoenix program itself had ended; this is now known to be untrue.

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Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango hybrids get best gas mileage in class

Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Durango hybrids get best gas mileage in class

2009 EPA gas mileage for the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are 20 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway, best in the full-size 4×4 sport-utility vehicle class. The hybrid system uses the Hemi V8, producing 400 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque when coulpled with the electric motor. The twin SUVs are around $8,000 cheaper than the GM vehicles using a similar system, and may be eligible for a tax credit of over $2,000.

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Detroit News: Cerberus started shopping Chrysler months ago

Detroit News: Cerberus started shopping Chrysler months ago

The Detroit News is reporting Cerberus started looking for a buyer for Chrysler less than a year after the holding company bought the automaker from Daimler. Recent discussions with General Motors are just the latest in Cerberus’ efforts to shop its car company. Earlier negotiations have included Renault-Nissan, Fiat and Tata Motors of India, which acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford last year.

As reported earlier, the discussions with GM,

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Dodge fixes specs, upgrades police-edition Charger

Dodge has re-released its power figures on the 2009 Dodge Charger squad cars, raising the specifications to 368 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The gearing has reportedly been modified for better gas mileage, currently rated at 16 city, 25 highway, with cylinder deactivation; acceleration should be similar to the 2008 models. Numerous engine improvements were designed to increase durability, while the brakes have again been modified for longer life in police service.

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Chrysler reports 33% decline in U.S. sales for October 2008

Chrysler LLC today reported total September 2008 U.S. sales of 107,349 units, down 33 percent from the same period last year. Total September sales reflect a highly volatile economic environment, ongoing segment shifts and reduced fleet and lease volume.

Chrysler LLC’s minivan sales thrived in September based on their appeal as fuel efficient, multi-passenger vehicles. Compared with September sales in 2007, the Chrysler Town & Country achieved a 6% increase with sales of 9,229 units,

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Bush signs off on automaker loans

Bush signs off on automaker loans

President Bush signed a $630 billion government spending bill on the last day of September. Included in the legislation is the funding for the $25 billion in low-interest loans for the auto industry.

The loan program, to be administered by the Department of Energy, is intended to help car companies retool plants to produce a new generation of more efficient vehicles.

The industry did not get everything it wanted: U.S.

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Chrysler shows 25th anniversary minivan

 

Twenty-five years after it first invented the modern minivan, Chrysler is introducing the “25th Anniversary Edition” special model. This model features new interior premium appointments, such as a Dark Slate Gray color palette, Blackwood accents, satin finishes and new leather seats with French-seamed stitching. Special “25th Anniversary Edition” badging is incorporated inside and out.

Exterior equipment on the 25th Anniversary Edition includes unique 17-inch aluminum wheels,

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