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Jeep Cherokee Diesel to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

No immediate plans for an American diesel.

by on Feb.04, 2014

The Jeep Cherokee will be offered in Europe with two different diesel engine options.

While we’re seeing a steady increase in the number of diesel models coming to the U.S. market from Europe, no domestic maker has been showing more interest in the high-mileage technology than Chrysler which has already launched “oil-burners” for both its Ram 1500 pickup and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

And at the Geneva Motor Show a little more than a month from now, Chrysler will add another diesel, in this case a version of the new Cherokee ute.  Unfortunately for American aficionados, however, the package will be limited to the European market – though it leaves open the question of whether a U.S. Cherokee Diesel might yet be in the works to replace the old Liberty model.

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With but a few minor tweaks to reflect the requirements of European regulators, the Jeep Cherokee Diesel will be all but identical to the American gas-powered model that finally reached showrooms here after an unexpected delay. The big difference will be found under the hood.

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Chrysler to Add High-Mileage Diesel for Ram 1500

Ford softening its opposition to diesels, as well.

by on Feb.14, 2013

The Ram 1500 will begin offering a 3.0-liter turbodiesel.

Chrysler will add a diesel option for the Ram 1500 pickup, making it the only automaker to offer the high-mileage technology on a half-ton truck. It could be a significant additional inducement the announcement coming barely a month after the Ram 1500 was named North American Truck of the Year.

But Chrysler may not be the only maker to market a diesel standard-duty pickup for long. General Motors is reportedly considering such an option for its newly redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, while Toyota and Nissan may add diesels when their redesigned Tundra and Titan models reach market.

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Meanwhile, diesels are rapidly gaining ground in other market segments. Chevrolet last week unveiled its new Cruze Diesel, the first passenger car model from General Motors’ largest brand to offer the powertrain technology since 1996. Mazda will add a diesel for its new Mazda6 later this year. And even Ford’s long-standing resistance to diesel power in U.S. passenger cars finally may be crumbling.

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GM Brings Back the “Oil Burner” with the new Cruze Diesel

It’s Detroit maker’s first diesel since 1986.

by on Feb.07, 2013

You might not notice there's a diesel in this car but for the small 2.0 TD badge.

There are some folks – including a few inside General Motors – who believe GM almost singlehandedly killed off the American diesel.  For now, however, the question is whether it can bring the technology back to life, or more precisely, can it make the diesel part of the U.S. automotive mainstream again.

It’s certainly getting ready to try. The maker’s Chevrolet division is giving media and buyers alike a look at the new Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel – the 2.0 TD for short – at this month’s Chicago Auto Show. It’s the first time the maker has produced a diesel-powered passenger car for the U.S. market since 1986.

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in the wake of the twin Mideast oil shocks, diesels were all the rage, but as fuel prices leveled off, the technology often derided as “oil burners” began to lose momentum. It didn’t help that a version GM used in its Oldsmobile line was prone to catastrophic failure.

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No Diesels for Small Chryslers, Says Marchionne

Fiat not interested in acquiring Opel.

by on Jan.12, 2012

While the Jeep Grand Cherokee is set to get a new diesel, Chrysler won't be using the high-mileage technology in its small cars.

Chrysler will begin building the diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit early in 2013. But Fiat/Chrysler chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said he doesn’t expect diesel engines to move from large trucks and SUVs into smaller passenger cars in the U.S.

The necessary emission controls make the engines too expensive, Marchionne said during an appearance at the Automotive News World Congress. The Canadian-born executive also said Chrysler won’t begin preparing the Jefferson North plant to build a new Maserati SUV — using a Ferrari engine — until 2013 and dismissed speculation Fiat could be lining up to make a bid for Opel.

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He also said the industry has a social responsibility to improve fuel economy. “The fuel efficiency challenge is one of the biggest issues facing the industry, and not just because of daunting government regulations. As an industry, we need to look beyond the narrow interests of our industry and embrace ecological responsibility because we owe it to future generations,” he said.

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Jeep May Launch U.S. Diesel

Maker also unveils six customized models.

by on Apr.08, 2011

The Jeep Wrangler Pork Chop: a conventional Wrangler on a diet.

The steady rise in oil prices has apparently led Chrysler’s Jeep division to rethink the opportunities for fuel-stingy diesel engines.  A senior executive says the brand could have a new diesel in its line-up within the next few years.

Jeep has experimented with diesels, in recent years, both with the Liberty and larger Grand Cherokee models.  But with fuel prices soaring nationwide, many analysts – and apparently some key Chrysler executives – are convinced demand for “oil burners” could soar.  More importantly, they might deliver enough of a mileage boost to keep demand for SUVs from collapsing, as briefly happened when gas prices surged past $4 a gallon in mid-2008.

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The possibility of a diesel came up during a meeting at Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI where Jeep pulled the wraps off four custom kits for its various sport-ute models that will be participating in the annual Easter Jeep Safari, in Moab, Utah, later this month.

“Diesel in some of our models makes absolute sense,” Jeep Brand CEO Michael Manley said. “But I still have to make sure there is a sufficient marketplace here to make it make sense from a business perspective.”

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New Diesel Wrangler Aims To Boost Jeep, Chrysler Sales In Europe

Maker also introduces Europeans to new Grand Cherokee.

by on Sep.30, 2010

Jeep is betting a new 2.8-liter diesel and start/stop function will boost European demand for the Wrangler SUV.

The rare success story among Chrysler brands competing oversees, Jeep hopes to pick up momentum as it launches a line-up of new diesels, as well as the European version of its all-new Grand Cherokee.

One of the critical strategies for Chrysler, hoping to recover from last year’s bankruptcy, is to amp up its export operations.  In fact, that’s a key target for Fiat, Chrysler’s new partner, and could earn it another 5% stake in the company.  Jeep will be a critical part of the process since it already accounts for about half of Chrysler’s sales outside North America.

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Moving things ahead will count on new powertrains, as well as new product, said Jeep boss Mike Manley, during a news conference at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

To underscore that point, the U.S. maker is adding a new and much more sophisticated diesel driveline to its 2011 Jeep Wrangler.

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