Chrysler Aims to Undercut Tahoe Hybrid Pricing
Coming soon to dealers nears you: The Hybrid SUV Price War! AP (via Yahoo! ) reports Chrysler's plans to release hybrid versions of the Durango and Aspen this August. The new eco-warriors are based on the same two-mode technology GM uses for the Tahoe Hybrid, but with list prices $8,000 lower than GM's. Said system was co-developed by GM, then Daimler-Chrysler and BMW. "Chrysler said the hybrid SUVs get up to 20 miles per gallon and improve fuel economy by 40 percent in city driving and up to 25 percent overall." No official EPA fuel economy number have been released yet but that would put them on parity with the GM's mega-hybrids. The Durango and Aspen Hybrids are be priced about $3,500 over their conventional counterparts, MSRP wise. However, since in the real world Durangos and Aspens are trading hands at over $6,000 off MSRP, the actual price premium remains TBD. To date GM reports that about 2% of Tahoe/Yukon sales this year have been the hybrid version. Presumably Chrysler is hoping for a bit more of a volume kicker with its much more aggressive pricing. The $3,500 premium is reduced by a $1,800 tax credit for most US buyers. How much extra would you pay for an Aspen Hybrid, assuming you would buy anything from The New Chrysler Corporation?
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