Chrysler Canada Prices New Hybrid Thousands Below Competition

    Pricing Announced for 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI(R) Hybrid

    -  Chrysler Aspen's two-mode hybrid system provides up to 40 percent fuel
       economy improvement in city and 25 percent overall fuel economy
    -  Full-size SUV delivers rare blend of fuel economy, utility, capability
       and performance
    -  Customers to save $1,000 per year in gas
    -  2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid starts at $55,995

    WINDSOR, ON, June 20 /CNW/ - Chrysler Canada announced today that it is
pricing its full-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) hybrid electric vehicle, the
Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid, more than $12,000 below the competition.
    The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the new 2009
Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid is $55,995. Additionally, customers may be able to
capitalize on provincial tax rebates.
    "The 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid provides customers the balance they
need between performance, utility, capability and fuel efficiency," said Mark
Bosanac, Vice-President of Marketing for Chrysler Canada. "Chrysler's
Multi-displacement System (MDS) combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid
system provide the Chrysler Aspen with a 40 percent fuel economy improvement
in the city - and 25 percent overall fuel economy improvement."
    The 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid vehicle is Chrysler's first entry in
the hybrid market.
    Capable of towing 2,722 kg (6,000 lbs.), the 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI
Hybrid vehicles deliver seamless, dependable power and performance on demand,
in an efficient package. With an electrically variable transmission -
featuring the best characteristics of an automatic transmission and hybrid
drive - and two different hybrid modes of operation, the drive system
dramatically improves fuel economy around town and at highway speeds.
    The 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid is coupled with Chrysler's renowned
5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine. Total output, when combined with the advanced
two-mode hybrid system, is 385 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. In hybrid
form, the HEMI continues to feature Chrysler's fuel-saving MDS technology,
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. The
two-mode system provides assistance from electric motors, allowing the HEMI
V-8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often than without a hybrid
powertrain, improving overall fuel economy.
    The result: In typical use, Chrysler expects customers will reduce fuel
consumption by $1,000 of gas per year.
    Built at the Newark Assembly Plant in Delaware, the new 2009 Chrysler
Aspen HEMI Hybrid vehicles arrive in showrooms this September.

    2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid

    Chrysler Aspen is a premium SUV that offers elegant styling, premium
amenities and innovative engineering with the room and capability of a
sport-utility vehicle. Bigger than its full-size SUV competitors, yet smaller
than large SUV competitors, Chrysler Aspen offers unique benefits as a luxury
SUV in a class all its own.
    Chrysler Aspen exudes styling elegance with clean, angular front and rear
fenders, rear doors and rear-quarter panels creating a seamless profile.
Individual chromed "Chrysler" lettering adorns the bodyside on each of the
front doors. Premium touches also include chromed accents on body-side
moldings, door handles and side mirrors, as well as 18-inch chrome-clad
aluminum wheels. Chrysler Aspen's broad, chromed grille is crowned by a
sculpted hood, a signature of Chrysler vehicles.
    Standard interior appointments include wood-accented door panels and
instrument-panel center stack, air conditioning, overhead console with
HomeLink(R) Universal Transceiver and Electronic Vehicle Information Center,
front and rear LED lamps that may be individually aimed, uconnect gps, floor
console with rear power accessory outlet, and a 60/40 third-row bench seat.
    Standard equipment also includes 8-passenger seating with premium
leather-trimmed bucket seats, eight-way power driver's seat with memory,
four-way power passenger seat, heated front-row seats, and a second-row bench
seat, providing seating for eight.
    Chrysler Aspen rides on a torsionally stiff, hydroformed frame with an
independent torsion-bar front suspension setup featuring rack-and-pinion
steering that helps provide a smooth and quiet ride and precise handling. An
isolated torsion bar crossmember helps minimize road noise. Suspension and
steering are tuned to deliver optimum comfort and driveability.
    In the rear is a unique suspension setup with coil springs and a solid
rear axle that delivers durability and strength. A Watt's linkage system is
fitted to the rear axle and through this centering of the axle, it reduces
rear-end skate over rough surfaces. Standard safety features include
Chrysler's exclusive Trailer Sway Control, Electronic Stability Program,
All-speed traction control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Anti-lock Brake System
and next-generation front air bags, ParkSense(R) Rear Park Assist System,
ParkView(R) Rear Back-up Camera System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and
three-row side-curtain air bags with roll sensing.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel Labre, (514) 630-2587,; Shelley Keenan, (519) 973-2312,

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