• Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0

    Fiat Chrysler Warms Up To The Idea Of Hybrids


    • Hybrids.. Coming soon to Chrysler!

    One of the biggest critics of hybrid vehicles happens to be Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. But even he realizes that with upcoming fuel economy regulations, hybrids will have to play a key role in achieving this.

    “The house will make it” to the 2025 model year fuel economy targets, Marchionne said to the press today. “Hybrids become a very large component of that fleet. You can’t get it without the hybrids. It’s impossible.”

    Last year, Chrysler was ranked last among large automakers in the U.S. for fuel economy. Marchionne said the company is on track to meet the long-term fuel economy requirements by using such items as diesels and nine-speed automatic transmissions.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    0


    Sign in to follow this  
    Followers 0


    User Feedback


    Be interesting to see if they develop their own Hybrid system or follow Ford in licensing from Toyota their Hybrid system or a mix.

    I love that GM built their own with the VOLT, They just need to get it into CUV's, SUV's and trucks.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Be interesting to see if they develop their own Hybrid system or follow Ford in licensing from Toyota their Hybrid system or a mix.

    I love that GM built their own with the VOLT, They just need to get it into CUV's, SUV's and trucks.

    Exactly! LOVE the idea of a hybrid Tahoe.

    As far as Fiat goes, for the 500, we already have flashlight batteries, so this should not be a problem. Given the 500's nature as a sorority chic car, perhaps making it run on a cell phone battery would be more appropriate.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Be interesting to see if they develop their own Hybrid system or follow Ford in licensing from Toyota their Hybrid system or a mix.

    I love that GM built their own with the VOLT, They just need to get it into CUV's, SUV's and trucks.

    Exactly! LOVE the idea of a hybrid Tahoe.

    As far as Fiat goes, for the 500, we already have flashlight batteries, so this should not be a problem. Given the 500's nature as a sorority chic car, perhaps making it run on a cell phone battery would be more appropriate.

    Eh, I think the sorority chick car is fairly accurate for the regular 500 but around here you see a ton of Abarths and they are all driven by guys. I wonder what the sales split is between the 500, 500 Turbo and Abarth? Those would be some interesting numbers to see.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    There already WAS a hybrid Tahoe, and it failed miserably. :rolleyes:

    Failed due to Stupid GM Marketing not marketing the SUV. You rarely find these on the used auto lot because the people that bought them love them and the average 22mpg they get. GM Failed itself to sell what was and still is a great Hybrid.

    At this point, GM Needs to upsize the VOLT system and get it into many different CUV's and SUV's.

    Be interesting to see if they develop their own Hybrid system or follow Ford in licensing from Toyota their Hybrid system or a mix.

    I love that GM built their own with the VOLT, They just need to get it into CUV's, SUV's and trucks.

    Exactly! LOVE the idea of a hybrid Tahoe.

    As far as Fiat goes, for the 500, we already have flashlight batteries, so this should not be a problem. Given the 500's nature as a sorority chic car, perhaps making it run on a cell phone battery would be more appropriate.

    Eh, I think the sorority chick car is fairly accurate for the regular 500 but around here you see a ton of Abarths and they are all driven by guys. I wonder what the sales split is between the 500, 500 Turbo and Abarth? Those would be some interesting numbers to see.

    Fiat 500 is a failure, I suspect you see a bunch of them in certain select areas but I rarely see them and the dealerships in Washington is sitting on hundreds of them. They even put other auto's out front of the dealership since they do not sell. Does not matter how much money you put on the hood. They are terrible small blow over auto's that are just sitting. MPO

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    When you consider how much better a base Sonic or Fiesta is than the 500, you realize how far behind the curve Chryco Fiat really is. GM sells more Corvettes in one year than Viper has sold its whole production. Impala is orders of magnitude better than Charger, and even better than 300 in a lot of ways. In my mind, Chryco/Fiat is destined to be the absolute bottom feeder in the automotive world, sucking in every brand they offer other than Jeep.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    When you consider how much better a base Sonic or Fiesta is than the 500, you realize how far behind the curve Chryco Fiat really is. GM sells more Corvettes in one year than Viper has sold its whole production. Impala is orders of magnitude better than Charger, and even better than 300 in a lot of ways. In my mind, Chryco/Fiat is destined to be the absolute bottom feeder in the automotive world, sucking in every brand they offer other than Jeep.

    Agreed, Will be interesting to see the quality of the Jeep Renegade as it could either be a big hit for them or a total flop. Personally I have mixed feelings about the little brute as the more people that see it the more I hear of how ugly it is. I hope this is NOT a Jeep version of the Fiat 500 that ends up sitting on the lots.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

    Guest
    You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
    Add a comment...

    ×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

      Only 75 emoticons maximum are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor




  • Popular Stories

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Bandit '79
      Bandit '79
      (44 years old)
    2. Ur_pimp
      Ur_pimp
      (27 years old)
  • Similar Content

    • By William Maley
      It was only a week ago that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rebuffed FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne'sidea of having talks between Volkswagen and FCA.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.”
      This week, Müller seems to have changed his tune. Speaking with reporters at the company's annual press conference, he said that he was open to talks with FCA.
      "I am not ruling out a conversation," Müller told reporters. “It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me.”

      What changed? There are two possibilities. First is the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group, which makes them the second-largest automaker in Europe. Volkswagen could see this as a threat and might consider teaming up with another automaker as an additional layer of protection. The other comes from the massive costs as a result of the diesel emission mess. Volkswagen has so far agreed to pay $25 billion in fines and buyback programs.
      Source: Reuters

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      It was only a week ago that Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller rebuffed FCA's CEO Sergio Marchionne'sidea of having talks between Volkswagen and FCA.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.”
      This week, Müller seems to have changed his tune. Speaking with reporters at the company's annual press conference, he said that he was open to talks with FCA.
      "I am not ruling out a conversation," Müller told reporters. “It would be very helpful if Mr. Marchionne were to communicate his considerations to me.”

      What changed? There are two possibilities. First is the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Group, which makes them the second-largest automaker in Europe. Volkswagen could see this as a threat and might consider teaming up with another automaker as an additional layer of protection. The other comes from the massive costs as a result of the diesel emission mess. Volkswagen has so far agreed to pay $25 billion in fines and buyback programs.
      Source: Reuters
    • By William Maley
      You have to admire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne for still hanging onto the dream of FCA and General Motors merging, despite being told repeatedly that isn't going to happen. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Marchionne put out there that he is still interested in getting together with GM.
      "I never close any doors. I may shamelessly try and knock again ... on the GM door or any door if I thought it was a good thing for the business. Absolutely, without even blinking. The desirability of GM as a potential merger candidate remains untouched," said Marchionne.
      Unsurprisingly, GM shot down Marchionne's dreams.
      "We weren't interested before and we're even less interested now," said GM President Dan Ammann.
      Marchionne isn't one to give up however, he has a plan B: Volkswagen. As he told Bloomberg, with PSA Group becoming the second largest automaker in Europe with the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, this could put Volkswagen in a vulnerable position. He sees the company possibly looking for a partner.
      “I have no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” about a merger, said Marchionne.
      Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller slapped down that idea when asked.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.” 
      Source: Bloomberg , Reuters, (2)

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      You have to admire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' CEO Sergio Marchionne for still hanging onto the dream of FCA and General Motors merging, despite being told repeatedly that isn't going to happen. At the Geneva Motor Show this week, Marchionne put out there that he is still interested in getting together with GM.
      "I never close any doors. I may shamelessly try and knock again ... on the GM door or any door if I thought it was a good thing for the business. Absolutely, without even blinking. The desirability of GM as a potential merger candidate remains untouched," said Marchionne.
      Unsurprisingly, GM shot down Marchionne's dreams.
      "We weren't interested before and we're even less interested now," said GM President Dan Ammann.
      Marchionne isn't one to give up however, he has a plan B: Volkswagen. As he told Bloomberg, with PSA Group becoming the second largest automaker in Europe with the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, this could put Volkswagen in a vulnerable position. He sees the company possibly looking for a partner.
      “I have no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat” about a merger, said Marchionne.
      Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller slapped down that idea when asked.
      “We are not ready for talks about anything. I haven’t seen Marchionne for months,” said Müller.
      “We have other problems.” 
      Source: Bloomberg , Reuters, (2)
  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)