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DaimlerChrysler Expands Biodiesel Use in Jeep Liberty, Dodge Ram

March 23, 2006

This week DaimlerChrysler joined with Ohio Governor Bob Taft, the state's soybean growers and the refiner, Peter Cremer North America, to promote the use of clean, renewable, Ohio-made biodiesel fuel. The Jeep® Liberty CRD, the nation's first diesel-powered mid-sized sport-utility vehicle, is fueled with B5 (5 percent biodiesel) fuel at DaimlerChrysler's assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio. The biodiesel fuel is made from Ohio soybeans, refined at the Peter Cremer facility in Cincinnati. Sales of the Jeep Liberty CRD diesel are about to surpass the 10,000 mark, double the number expected when Chrysler Group launched the Jeep Liberty CRD diesel in early 2005. The Jeep Liberty CRD diesel is part of DaimlerChrysler's program to re-introduce American consumers to the benefits of modern, clean diesel passenger vehicles. With its four-cylinder, 2.8-liter, common-rail diesel engine, Jeep Liberty CRD provides the torque of a V-8, the acceleration of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. "At DaimlerChrysler, biodiesel is part of our vision for an America that is less dependent on petroleum, that protects and preserves the environment, and that values a strong sustainable economy," said Deb Morrissett, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs, Chrysler Group. Morrissett participated in a program with Ohio Governor Bob Taft recognizing the biodiesel industry in Ohio. Morrissett noted that clean, renewable, American-made biodiesel extends the benefits of clean diesel technology. · In addition to the 30 percent improvements in fuel economy with diesel, biodiesel further reduces our reliance on petroleum for our transportation system. · While diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 20 percent, biodiesel can further improve the carbon dioxide lifecycle balance, while significantly cutting tailpipe emissions. · And it is homemade – contributing to a stronger American economy.To expand the use of biodiesel, Chrysler Group recently announced that, beginning with the 2007 model year this fall, it will approve and endorse the use of B20 in diesel-powered Dodge Ram trucks by government, military, and commercial fleet customers. The company is also working with the biodiesel industry, other OEMS, suppliers, nonprofit organizations, and Federal and state governments to develop national quality standards for B20. DaimlerChrysler promotes use of another renewable fuel, ethanol, with nearly 1.5 million of its vehicles capable of running on E85 fuel, a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The company will produce nearly 500,000 E85-capable vehicles per year beginning in 2007.
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