Chrysler Says Hybrid Cars Not a Long-term Commercial Alternative

Chrysler intends to have a hybrid car available by 2007.

Published: 03-Jan-2003

class=story-body id=body_text>LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chrysler Group President Dieter Zetsche Thursday called the California market both important and problematic for domestic auto makers looking to increase market share while meeting stringent environmental demands.

Chrysler wants to increase its market share in the state from 8 percent to 9.5 percent by 2004, but also wants to work with state regulators to moderate mandates for zero-emission vehicles, Zetsche said.

"We want to work together with the state of California to find common ground," Zetsche told journalists at the opening of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

Chrysler will produce its first hybrid pickup truck later this year. But Zetsche said that hybrid technology, which combines a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor, is not a viable long-term technological or commercial alternative.

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