Jeep Patriot EV revealed

Jeep Patriot EV revealed

Time.com has revealed the Jeep Patriot EV a bit ahead of schedule, according to Jalopnik.  The truck has a 40 mile range on batteries, 400 miles with a range extender; and can do 0-60 in 8 seconds, according to Chrysler. With electric motor technology claimed to be easily adapted to regular production cars in the works, Chrysler may well be able to produce the Patriot EV on the same assembly line as standard Patriots sometime next year.

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Analyst: “Chrysler will go away.”

Analyst: “Chrysler will go away.”

Sean McAlinden, chief economist for the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research says both Chrysler and General Motors are technically bankrupt and that Chrysler is unlikely to survive.

McAlinden was speaking today at a conference at the offices of the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press (the two publications have joint offices).

According to McAlinden, the automakers won’t even make it with the federal funds each recently received.

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Army leasing Chrysler electric cars for on-base use

Army leasing Chrysler electric cars for on-base use

The U.S. Army has begun ordering the first of 4,000 electric vehicles for on-base transportation use. The first six will come from Chrysler’s Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) division.

All the vehicles will carry the Army logo, “Army Green, Army Strong.”

The Army wants to reduce its fuel consumption by 2 percent in the next six years. Since the speed limit on U.S. military bases is generally 25 to 30 miles per hour,

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Dakota going to lighter chassis

Dakota going to lighter chassis

With the Dakota bumping up against the Ram in weight, capacity, size, and gas mileage, sales have fallen with the current generation. We reported two years ago that the Dakota would be made into more of a “lifestyle vehicle” — lighter, more agile, and smaller. Other news outlets have now caught up and have reported that the Dakota would be “car based,” which could mean that they will finally use the rear-drive LX platform for something other than a car,

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Chrysler retains No. 4 spot in 2008 sales

Chrysler retains No. 4 spot in 2008 sales

Chrysler, with 1,443,122 sales for the year, came in fourth in the automaker rankings for 2008. General Motors posted 2,954,819 light vehicle sales to retain the top spot, while Toyota’s 2,217,662 sales put it ahead of Ford with 1,988,376. Honda and Acura combined for 1,428,765. Nissan’s 951,350 sales rounded out the results for the six major automakers’ U.S. sales.

The rankings were the same for December’s monthly sales,

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Caravan stumbles, loses minivan crown to Odyssey

Caravan stumbles, loses minivan crown to Odyssey

A 67 percent plunge in December sales of the Dodge Caravan ended Chrysler’s long reign at the top of the minivan market. The Honda Odyssey, with 135,493 sales, bested the Dodge which came in second with 123,479. The Chrysler Town & Country (118,563), which was the top-selling minivan in December, came in third, followed by the Toyota Sienna (115,944). 

For December, the rankings were Town & Country (8,152),

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Chrysler receives $4 billion loan

Chrysler receives $4 billion loan

The U.S. Treasury sent $4 billion to Chrysler today. The transfer was confirmed by department spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin.

Commenting on the transfer, Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli said, ““We recognize the magnitude of the effort by the Treasury Department to complete the multiple financial arrangements and appreciate their confidence in Chrysler. We would like to thank the many constituents who worked with us to meet the loan requirements. This initial loan will allow the Company to continue an orderly restructuring,

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