Diesel Jeep Liberty?

Date 2002/2/20 0:00:00 | Topic: Liberty

It seems that DaimlerChrysler is considering whether or not to test market a diesel Jeep Liberty in 2003 - the diesel Liberty is currently sold in Europe and other places around the world.

It seems that DaimlerChrysler is considering whether or not to test market a diesel Jeep Liberty in 2003 - the diesel Liberty is currently sold in Europe and other places around the world. Here's a snippet from Autoweek.com:

The Jeep Liberty may get a diesel engine for America, said Rich Schaum, Chrysler group executive vice president of product development and quality.

In an interview at the Chicago Auto Show last week, Schaum said the company will decide by year end whether to test market a diesel engine in U.S. versions of the Liberty.

Schaum said if the team signs off on the idea, Chrysler likely would adapt for the U.S. market the Liberty's European 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel.

Schaum said Chrysler has been studying Volkswagen AG's experience selling diesel-powered versions of the New Beetle, Jetta and Golf. About 10 percent of the sales of those models are diesel, according to Volkswagen. Last summer, when gasoline prices soared to more than $2.50 per gallon in some cities, VW dealers' lots were picked clean of diesels.

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