Aspen joins Chrysler Group Hybrid Lineup

    And Yeah, It's Got a HEMI(R)!

    -   Chrysler Aspen Hybrid joins Dodge Durango Hybrid in 2008
    -   Vehicles feature 5.7-liter HEMI(R) Hybrid with Multi-displacement
        System (MDS)
    -   HEMI Hybrid delivers more than 25-percent fuel economy improvement
    -   Full-size SUVs to boast nearly 40-percent mpg improvement in the city
    -   Chrysler Group's advanced hybrid system leapfrogs traditional hybrid

    AUBURN HILLS, MI, April 30 /CNW/ - That new Chrysler Aspen Hybrid got a
    Yes, it does - as does the new Dodge Durango Hybrid. Both vehicles -
powered by Chrysler Group's all-new 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid powertrain - debut
next year as the first volume-production hybrid offerings from the Chrysler
Group and the first vehicles to feature DaimlerChrysler's advanced two-mode
hybrid technology.
    "The all-new Chrysler Group HEMI Hybrid will offer our customers the best
of both worlds: renowned performance and significantly improved fuel economy,"
said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President - Product Development, Chrysler
Group. "With the new HEMI-powered Chrysler Aspen Hybrid, we are delivering the
ultimate combination of fuel efficiency, overall performance and capability in
a premium full-size SUV."
    The new 5.7-liter HEMI Hybrid is expected to deliver an overall fuel
economy improvement of more than 25 percent, including an improvement of
nearly 40 percent in the city.
    The HEMI powerplant, in hybrid form, will continue to feature Chrysler
Group's Multi-displacement System (MDS), which allows the engine to seamlessly
alternate between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode
when more power is in demand. For the fifth year in a row - and every year
since its 2003 re-introduction -- Chrysler Group's famous 5.7-liter HEMI
engine has earned a place on Ward's 10 Best Engines list.
    The new Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid vehicles represent
a bold change in what is generally a "me too" category. Chrysler Group's
full-size hybrid vehicles will deliver seamless dependable power on demand in
an efficient package. With an electrically variable transmission (featuring
two electric motors), two full hybrid modes of operation, and four fixed
mechanical gear ratios, the drive system improves fuel economy around town and
at highway speeds.

    Chrysler Aspen

    Boasting elegant Chrysler styling, unsurpassed capability and
performance, and abundant premium amenities, the Chrysler Aspen is a premium
SUV that is a value alternative to luxury-priced competitors. Offering more
for less, Aspen features numerous premium features, elegant Chrysler design,
30 safety features and best-in-class horsepower, torque and interior room.

    Two-mode Hybrid

    Chrysler Group's two-mode hybrid powertrain - jointly developed by
DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and the BMW Group - represents a major
automotive industry milestone due to the unprecedented fully integrated
combination of electric motors with a fixed-gear transmission.
    As a result of the low- and high-speed electric continuously variable
transmission (ECVT) modes, the system is commonly referred to as the two-mode
hybrid. However, the sophisticated fuel-saving system also incorporates four
fixed gear ratios for high efficiency and power-handling capabilities in a
broad variety of vehicle applications. The new Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge
Durango Hybrid vehicles can be powered either by the electric motors or by the
5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine - or a combination of the two. During the two ECVT
modes and four fixed-gear operations, the hybrid system can use the electric
motors for boosting and/or regenerative braking. When full power is needed,
the system automatically adjusts for passing, driving steep grades or hauling
a trailer. The result is trend-setting hybrid technology that provides
superior fuel economy, performance and load-carrying capability.

    Joint Development Center

    Located in Troy, Mich., the DaimlerChrysler, GM and BMW Hybrid
Development Center jointly developed the overall modular two-mode hybrid
system and the individual components: electric motors, transmission,
high-voltage battery, high-performance electronics, wiring, safety systems,
energy management and hybrid system control units. In addition, the Hybrid
Development Center is responsible for system integration and project

    Chrysler Group Advanced Propulsion Technology

    Hybrid technology is one part of Chrysler Group's advanced propulsion
technology umbrella, which also includes efficient gasoline engines, advanced
clean-diesel technology, and ethanol flex-fuel and zero-emission fuel-cell
vehicles. DaimlerChrysler is the only automaker building plug-in hybrids and
testing them with customers in the United States.

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For further information: DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc., Communications
Department, Stuart Schorr, (519) 973-2253; Shelley Keenan, (519) 973-2312

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