Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President—Product Development, announced on June 22 new initiatives targeted at improving the fuel efficiency of future Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, the company said in a statement. Among the fuel-efficient initiatives are a commitment to developing mild-hybrid technology and expanding the company's two-mode hybrid program; new six- and eight-cylinder gasoline engines, including cylinder deactivation in a V-6; and another BlueTec clean-diesel vehicle. The company also announced it is exploring the development of a four-cylinder diesel engine for the North American market and the expansion of its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine. "Chrysler Group is focused directly on improving fuel efficiency across our vehicle lineup," Klegon said. "We have developed and are implementing a series of major initiatives, including a bigger push in hybrid and clean-diesel technology, to meet the needs of American consumers."
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