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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

May 12 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the Better Plants Challenge in a bid to improve energy efficiency. General Motors has accepted the challenge and will attempt to reduce the energy intensity of its American manufacturing plants and facilities by 25 percent in 10 years.

May 12 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, playing catch-up in the U.S. fuel-economy race, will debut a family of advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines in the next five years.

The automaker will also introduce a plug-in hybrid minivan, offer more diesel engines and continue to replace six-speed automatics with eight- and nine-speed transmissions.

Among the five full-line automakers, including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp., Chrysler is last in fuel economy, according to the EPA's ranking of fleetwide fuel economy.

May 08 2014
Written by Peter Valdes-Dapena | Posted on CNN Money

A plug-in hybrid minivan is among the new products coming from Chrysler in the next few years, according to presentations given by Fiat Chrysler Autos executives this week.

The presentations, which included glimpses of the company's future product plans, were part of an overview of the automaker's business strategy for the next five years.

May 07 2014
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler plans significant investments in new powertrain technologies over the next five years as stringent government emissions mandates bite hard.

“Our biggest challenge over the next five years is the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler’s head of powertrain coordination. “This is mostly regulatory driven. It’s a rate of change four to five times what we have experienced in the past.”

Chrysler plans to address the challenge with a mix of efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions, a new family of small engines and some hybridization.


May 06 2014
Written by David Muller | Posted on MLive

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that customer preference in pickup trucks appears to be shifting toward more fuel-efficient and smaller six-cylinder engines, as it announced the sale of its 500,000th F-150 model with EcoBoost.

The truck, which has a 3.5-L V6 engine, was introduced to the market a little more than three years ago.

Ford said Monday that for the fourth month in a row, more than 57 percent of retail sales of its F-150 light-duty trucks have been powered by V6 engines, and more than 45 percent of the sales have been trucks with the EcoBoost engine.