Chrysler to launch diesel pickup trucks after 2009

Chrysler said today that it will start introducing light-duty diesel pickup trucks after 2009. Chrysler is expecting to see up to a 30 percent improvement in fuel-efficiency, said Frank Kelgon, executive vice president of product development.

“We anticipate that diesels will comprise up to 15 percent in the next decade,” Klegon said at an industry conference.

Chrysler will be working with Cummins Inc. to develop an all-new turbo diesel engine. Globally, Chrysler sold about 295,000 diesel cars last year.

Chrysler’s new owner, Cerberus, said today that it has already approved six new programs for the auto maker.


Source: Reuters

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