Detroit News. Chrysler Group LLC will add a hybrid version of the new Chrysler 300 sedan next year as a 2013 model, and add a hybrid minivan in 2013, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The minivans will get a 9-speed automatic transmission in 2013, but a new compact sedan to replace the Dodge Caliber will be the first to have the fuel-saving gearbox when it hits the market in April 2013, Marchionne told reporters following an event here to celebrating production of the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.
Chrysler has developed its own hybrid technology, Marchionne said, promising details later. That could be as soon as Wednesday, when he will join Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson at an event in Ann Arbor to discuss a research project to evaluate a new drivetrain technology.