April 26, 2006

Jeep to offer flexible fuel vehicles for 2007 in U.S.

Washington, D.C. – The Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee will be engineered to operate on ethanol fuel, with models available to U.S. customers as part of DaimlerChrysler’s line-up of alternate fuel vehicles in 2007.

The company plans overall to sell more than 250,000 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on E85 fuel (85 per cent ethanol) in 2007. That number will increase to nearly 500,000 units beginning in the 2008 model year, or about one-quarter of the company’s U.S. fleet.

For 2007, all Commander and Grand Cherokee vehicles with the 4.7-litre option will be capable of running on E85. Beginning this Fall, the company will also test the use of B20 (20 per cent biodiesel) in its Dodge Ram heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks, working initially with commercial, government and military fleet customers.

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