It’s unlikely that Chrysler’s future plans include small cars with diesel engines. Bucking the recent industry trend toward diesel-burning small cars in North America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles boss Sergio Marchionne says he doesn’t see any money in the push. Chrysler is expected to make an announcement about plans for its future small engines on May 6.
“You can do this on a larger vehicle because of the costs associated with those vehicles. It’s much more difficult to join with a car like [the Chrysler 200 sedan] and keep the margins above normal,” Marchionne told Automotive News.
Chevrolet currently offers a diesel version of the Cruze comapct sedan that is designed to compete with the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta. Mazda is still working to bring a diesel version of its Mazda6 mid-size sedan and offers diesel variants of its new SkyActiv vehicles in other global markets. Currently, Chrysler sells a diesel version of the Grand Cherokee mid-size SUV and a V6 diesel version of the Ram 1500 pickup truck. It also offers V8 heavy-duty diesel trucks.
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[Source: Automotive News]