Chrysler plans significant investments in new powertrain technologies over the next five years as stringent government emissions mandates bite hard.
“Our biggest challenge over the next five years is the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler’s head of powertrain coordination. “This is mostly regulatory driven. It’s a rate of change four to five times what we have experienced in the past.”
Chrysler plans to address the challenge with a mix of efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions, a new family of small engines and some hybridization.