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Chrysler Developing Hybrid 300

Hybrid variant of 300 would be rolled out in 2013.

Published: 18-Jan-2011

Chrysler is working on a hybrid version of the Chrysler 300 sedan, according to a report in Automotive News. "We will offer a hybrid variant of the 300 equipped with an eight-speed automatic in 2013," CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week at the Detroit auto show.

The most fuel efficient of the current Chrysler 300 models, equipped with 2.7-liter 178-horsepower V6 engine, provides 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Rising fuel economy mandates will require automakers to deploy gas-electric hybrid technology on a broad range of vehicles—simultaneously pushing to higher levels of efficiency with new models and mitigating penalties associated with gas-guzzling vehicles.

In 2008, the company discontinued the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen full-sized hybrids just two months after both vehicles began full-scale production. A company press release stated, “In response to the continuing global economic slowdown and auto industry contraction, as well as the market's continuing movement toward smaller vehicles, Chrysler is announcing…the pull-ahead of the closure of the Newark, Del. Assembly Plant.” On Dec. 31, 2008, the plants where both the hybrid and non-hybrid versions of these two models were built was shut down.

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