Chrysler ditches print owners’ manual, will save 20,000 trees on annual basis

Chrysler digital owners' manual

For the 2010 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, Chrysler Group LLC will be ditching its 4-pound owners’ manual for a digital owners” manuals. The switch will save 930 tons of paper, or the equivalent of 20,000 trees on an annual basis.

“Beginning next month, each new 2010 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicle will come with a comprehensive DVD and a full-color printed user guide “” most between 60-80 pages “” that highlights commonly needed information,” Chrysler said in a statement.

“As vehicles have increased in complexity, so has the size of traditional owners” manuals,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO ““ Mopar® Service, Parts and Customer Care, Chrysler Group LLC. “With this new approach, we are making it much more convenient for customers to find the information they seek.”

The DVD manual will include information on vehicle and tire warranty, navigation and entertainment system guides, as well as information on 24-hour towing assistance. It will provide drivers with video tutorials for commonly used features, such as folding down a Jeep Wrangler soft-top, operating the video entertainment system and setting electronic speed control.

If you’re not a fan of going digital, Chrysler will still provide a printed manual upon request.

– By: Stephen Calogera