Hola! ChryCo Says 2011 300 Will Be CAFE-Compliant

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
hola chryco says 2011 300 will be cafe compliant

They didn’t call Ford’s founder “Crazy Henry” for nothing. But Henry Ford had a knack for aphorisms, such as “You don’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” I’d stick the word “say” in the middle of that, but what do I know? I know that on the same day Chrysler’s monthly sales cratered by a staggering 47 percent, Automotive News [sub, AN] revealed that ChryCo product development chief Frank Klegon told the world that the 2011 300 sedan and variants will be “CAFE positive.” One wonders why AN waited until yesterday to run the story. Anyway, it’s nice to hear that Chrysler– the automaker that says it need $7b worth of federal funds by the end of the month or goodnight moon– plans on conforming to new U.S. fuel efficiency regs. Of course, like the 2011 300 sedan, those laws don’t actually exist. “The U.S government has not released regulations for the new corporate average fuel economy [CAFE] law, Klegon said, but ‘we think we know what it is.'” Franks identified “the biggest factor” underlying its democratic party positive environmental optimism: “a new, more efficient V-6 engine family, code-named Phoenix.” Rising from the ashes, eh? Maybe…

“The engines will replace all current Chrysler car and light-truck V-6s.” Yes, well, The Detroit News provided our last update on the Phoenix program. “Chrysler officials also confirmed construction continues on new engine plants in Trenton and Saltillo, Mexico, to build the new Phoenix family of V-6s. Those facilities now have floors and walls and will be the only sources of the Phoenix engine. Early production is scheduled for late 2009.”

Yes, you read right. Bailout billions may well go to support a Mexican engine plant. But don’t take my word for it. Yesterday, on hopes that Detroit will get its bailout billions, Mexican had a fiesta (so to speak). According to yesterday’s Reuters story, “Mexican stocks rose on Tuesday, following steep losses the previous session, as investors eyed a bailout of the U.S. auto industry, which is closely tied to Mexico’s industrial production.”

And then… “Mexico’s peso and stock market pared gains on Tuesday after General Motors Corp posted grim November sales data, stoking worries of a downturn in the local car industry, which is closely linked to Detroit.”

In short, watch the fine print on that bailout bill. If it precludes investment in production outside the U.S., a not-unthinkable condition, Chrysler– and Mexico– will feel the burn.

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  • Davekaybsc Davekaybsc on Dec 03, 2008

    I really can't wait for the 2011 Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg range.

  • AJ AJ on Dec 03, 2008

    Good to see Chrysler working on a future... even tho' I'll never buy from them again as long as their in bed with unions. (bye-bye!)

  • CoastieLenn I'm wanting the keen readers among us to pay attention to the comments in this article compared with the one that immediately followed it. They contain the exact same amount of usable information yet, because one is Ford and one is Toyota, we're seeing the Ford get chit on and the Toyota will be seeing praises. Toyota isn't exactly the shining star they once were and the newest generation of Tacoma was outdated 6 months after it began production... pertnear 10 years ago.
  • Ajla @Arthur: Yes if you are the first reply to a comment and then someone else replies in the same thread it is about 75% odds your comment will disappear.
  • Deanst Any skoda station wagon. But I guess the issue is just making the vehicle available in North American.
  • NJRide Yea the Compass took its place. Probably something more rugged between the Bronco/Bronco Sport in size (and electrified) is the best bet.I don't see the nearly 60-year old Belvidere plant in high-tax Illinois getting another product though. Stellantis will drop to 5 US Assembly plants
  • EBFlex "yet unlike the Dodge Charger/Challenger/300, never improved in features or reliability."Flatly untrue."And I'm sure Native American activists working to get rid of exploitation of their names and images aren't exactly crying in their beer over this decision."The name was not being exploited.