Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aspen, Durango hybrids best in fuel economy

calendar (1K) Posted Thursday, Oct 16, 2008 at 9:00 am in Company News, Messages From Our Leaders

Yeah, it’s got a HEMI® Hybrid. And best-in-class fuel economy, too.

Official EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are 20 miles per gallon city and 22 highway, achieving best-in-class fuel economy ratings for a full-size 4×4 sport-utility vehicle.

Chrysler LLC’s first production hybrids are coupled with the renowned 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology. Total output, when combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 400 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque – the most powerful hybrid SUVs.

The Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are priced nearly $8,000 below the competition. Additionally, customers can expect a tax credit of up to $2,200.

“Our new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids deliver best-in-class fuel economy of up to 22 miles per gallon—an improvement of more than 53 percent in the city and 40 percent overall,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President – Product Development. “This unique combination of value, fuel economy, performance and capability gives SUV owners a no-compromise hybrid alternative.”

Capable of towing 6,000 lbs., the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid vehicles deliver seamless, dependable power and performance on demand, in an efficient package. With an electrically variable transmission—featuring the best characteristics of an automatic transmission and hybrid drive—and two different hybrid modes of operation, the drive system dramatically improves fuel economy around town and at highway speeds.

Built at the Newark (Del.) Assembly Plant, the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids arrive in showrooms this year.

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