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Clean Diesel Sales Outpace Market Recovery

Diesel demand outpacing hybrids.

by on Jan.16, 2012

Porsche will introduce its first U.S. diesel in an upcoming version of its big Cayenne SUV.

Battery technology may be generating the headlines but diesels appear to be grabbing the buyers.

U.S. diesel sales grew by more than 27% last year and could post another big jump in 2012, industry officials forecast, with a number of makers adding the high-mileage technology to their line-ups.  Among those who are planning to add diesels to their line-up this year are Chrysler, General Motors and Porsche, while other makers, including Nissan, could follow.

“Without a doubt, 2011 was a key year for the industry’s effort to reestablish clean diesel automobiles in the United States,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

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Overall, diesels accounted for more than 3% of the U.S. automotive market last year, with all battery-electric, plug-in and conventional hybrid models combined generating just over 2%.

The diesel market can loosely be divided into two distinct segments: pickup trucks making up the largest, though passenger cars, SUVs and crossovers are rapidly gaining new converts, the data suggest.


Chrysler Adding 1,100 Detroit Jobs to Build Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Maker confirms plans to launch Dodge Viper, add 150 more jobs at reopened Connor plant.

by on Jan.06, 2012

Chrysler will add 1,100 jobs as it prepares to launch a diesel version of its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler will add another 1,250 jobs at a pair of assembly plants in the Motor City, as it prepares to launch production of a diesel-powered version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee along with an all-new Dodge Viper sports car.

The biggest increase, involving 1,100 workers, will come with the addition of a third shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, on Detroit’s east side.  Meanwhile, Chrysler will re-open its old Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, adding another 150 jobs.  The facility was closed prior to the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy when it stopped production of the old Dodge Viper.

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“Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit,” said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne.  “We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history.”


Chrysler Suing Daimler Over Parts for 2010 Models

Shortage of diesels, other parts could halt production.

by on Aug.26, 2009

Chrysler has gone to court to force former partner Daimler AG to continue supplying the heart of the Grand Cherokee Diesel - its engine.

Chrysler has gone to court to force former partner Daimler AG to continue supplying the heart of the Grand Cherokee Diesel - its engine.

The frosty split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler just got a lot colder, with the U.S. maker suing the German firm over its decision to stop supplying parts needed for some of Chrysler’s 2010 models.

This is the second time this month the two former allies, known for nearly a decade as DaimlerChrysler AG, have squared off in court.  Earlier in August, unsecured creditors who suffered significant losses as part of the Chrysler bankruptcy, laid out claims that Daimler fraudulently diverted $9 billion in assets immediately before divesting itself of its American arm, with the sale of Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management.

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In the latest action, Chrysler went back to U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Albert Gonzalez to seek an order requiring Daimler to continue providing diesel engines, steering columns and torque convertors used in some of the American company’s 2010 products.  Without them, Chrysler asserted, it would be forced to halt production of some models.