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Pricing Announced for 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango HEMI(R) Hybrids AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 17

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 17 /PRNewswire/ --

-- Chrysler and Dodge SUVs boast 40 percent fuel economy improvement in
city

-- 25 percent overall fuel economy improvement

-- Customers to save hundreds of gallons of gas per year

-- Full-size SUVs deliver rare blend of fuel economy, utility, capability
and performance

-- 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid starts at $45,340

-- 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid starts at $45,570

-- Customers to receive estimated tax credit of $1,800



As Chrysler LLC goes green, customers will save some "green."

Chrysler announced today that it is pricing its full-size 4x4
sport-utility vehicle (SUV) hybrid electric vehicles nearly $8,000 below the
competition.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the new 2009 Dodge
Durango HEMI(R) Hybrid is $45,340, including $800 for destination. The MSRP
for the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid is $45,570, including $800 for
destination. Additionally, customers are expected to receive an estimated tax
credit of $1,800.

"The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid deliver fuel
economy up to 20 miles per gallon - a 40 percent improvement in the city and
25 percent overall - best-in-class cargo room, and are priced nearly $8,000
below the competition," said Deborah Meyer, Vice President and Chief Marketing
Officer - Chrysler LLC. "Offering the unique combination of value, fuel
economy, performance and capability, Chrysler's hybrid vehicles deliver
exactly what SUV owners are demanding in today's marketplace."

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid vehicles are
Chrysler's first entries in the hybrid market.

Capable of towing 6,000 lbs., the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango
HEMI Hybrid vehicles deliver seamless, dependable power and performance on
demand, in an efficient package. With an electrically variable transmission -
featuring the best characteristics of an automatic transmission and hybrid
drive - and two different hybrid modes of operation, the drive system
dramatically improves fuel economy around town and at highway speeds.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid and Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid are
coupled with Chrysler's renowned 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Total output, when
combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 385 horsepower and 380
lb.-ft. of torque. In hybrid form, the HEMI continues to feature Chrysler's
fuel-saving MDS technology, which allows the engine to seamlessly alternate
between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more
power is in demand. The two-mode system provides assistance from electric
motors, allowing the HEMI V-8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often than
without a hybrid powertrain, improving overall fuel economy.

The result: In typical use, Chrysler expects customers will reduce fuel
consumption by several hundred gallons of gas per year.

Built at the Newark Assembly Plant in Delaware, the new 2009 Chrysler
Aspen HEMI Hybrid and Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid vehicles arrive in showrooms
this August.


2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid

Chrysler Aspen is a premium SUV that offers elegant styling, premium
amenities and innovative engineering with the room and capability of a
sport-utility vehicle. Bigger than its full-size SUV competitors, yet smaller
than large SUV competitors, Chrysler Aspen offers unique benefits as a luxury
SUV in a class all its own.

Chrysler Aspen exudes styling elegance with clean, angular front and rear
fenders, rear doors and rear-quarter panels creating a seamless profile.
Individual chromed "Chrysler" lettering adorns the bodyside on each of the
front doors. Premium touches also include chromed accents on body-side
moldings, door handles and side mirrors, as well as 18-inch chrome-clad
aluminum wheels. Chrysler Aspen's broad, chromed grille is crowned by a
sculpted hood, a signature of Chrysler vehicles.

Standard interior appointments include wood-accented door panels and
instrument-panel center stack, air conditioning, overhead console with
HomeLink(R) Universal Transceiver and Electronic Vehicle Information Center,
front and rear LED lamps that may be individually aimed, uconnect gps, floor
console with rear power accessory outlet, and a 60/40 third-row bench seat.

Standard equipment also includes premium leather-trimmed bucket seats,
eight-way power driver's seat with memory, four-way power passenger seat,
heated front-row seats, and a second-row bench seat, providing seating for
eight.

Chrysler Aspen rides on a torsionally stiff, hydroformed frame with an
independent torsion-bar front suspension setup featuring rack-and-pinion
steering that helps provide a smooth and quiet ride and precise handling. An
isolated torsion bar crossmember helps minimize road noise. Suspension and
steering are tuned to deliver optimum comfort and driveability.

In the rear is a unique suspension setup with coil springs and a solid
rear axle that delivers durability and strength. A Watt's linkage system is
fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and reducing rear-end skate over
rough surfaces.

Standard safety features include Chrysler's exclusive Trailer Sway
Control, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-lock Brake System and
next-generation front air bags, ParkSense(R) Rear Park Assist System,
ParkView(TM) Rear Back-up Camera System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and
three-row side-curtain air bags with roll sensing.


2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid Dodge

Durango offers style, comfort, convenience and superior versatility in a
real SUV, with three rows of seating and room for eight.

The Dodge Durango's styling is enhanced with a high beltline emphasizing
its bold appearance, while short front and rear overhangs contribute to the
vehicle's expression of concentrated power. Crisp angles and chiseled surfaces
highlight a strong and confident front-end design. Dodge Durango's signature
crosshair grille stands out prominently, flanked by rectangular headlamps with
dual-halogen bulbs wrapped around the corners of the fenders. The rear design
of the Dodge Durango is marked by "afterburner" taillamps, and a chromed
applique accentuating the rear liftgate.

Standard interior appointments include premium two-tone door panels and
satin silver finish instrument-panel center stack, air conditioning, overhead
console with HomeLink(R) Universal Transceiver and Electronic Vehicle
Information Center, front and rear LED lamps that may be individually aimed,
uconnect gps, and a floor console with rear power accessory outlet.

Standard equipment also includes premium leather-trimmed bucket seats,
eight-way power driver's seat with memory, four-way power passenger seat,
heated front-row seats, a second-row bench seat and a 60/40 third-row bench
seat, providing seating for eight.

Dodge Durango rides on a torsionally stiff, fully hydroformed frame with
an independent front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering, providing a
turning radius of 37.5 ft. - shorter than a Honda Pilot. Suspension and
steering are finely tuned to deliver superior ride and precise steering. Dodge
Durango's rear suspension features coil springs and a solid rear axle secured
with a Watt's linkage system, resulting in refined ride and handling
characteristics.

Advanced safety and security features include standard Anti-lock Brake
System (ABS), Electronic Stability Program with Electronic Roll Mitigation and
Trailer Sway Control, side-curtain air bags for all three rows, ParkSense(R)
Rear Park Assist System, Tire Pressure Monitoring system, Sentry Key(R) engine
immobilizer, and ParkView(TM) Rear Back-up Camera System.


Chrysler Brand

Chrysler is the seventh largest brand in the U.S. automotive market. The
brand's succession of innovative products continues to solidify Chrysler's
standing as the leader in design, agile performance and innovative technology
built around a customer's needs, all at an extraordinary value.

The award-winning all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country has 35 new or
improved features that include the innovative Swivel 'N Go(TM) seating system.

Arriving later this year, the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid will give a
unique option to customers who need the cargo and towing capability of a
sport-utility vehicle, but want a more efficient alternative. Chrysler Aspen
Hybrid is more than 25 percent more fuel efficient overall, and up to 40
percent more fuel efficient in the city. Also, for customers seeking fuel
efficiency, the Chrysler Sebring sedan and Chrysler Sebring Convertible both
achieve 28 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy and have been certified
by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay program, which
recognizes the cleanest, most efficient vehicles sold in the U.S.


Dodge Brand

With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC's
best-selling brand and the sixth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive
market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global
market, including the best-selling minivan in 2007 total sales, Dodge Grand
Caravan.

The Dodge brand's first crossover vehicle -- the all-new 2009 Dodge
Journey -- arrived in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2008, and is
now available outside North America in petrol and diesel powertrains in both
left- and right-hand drive. Arriving in dealerships now is the limited-edition
2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that boasts 425
horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Later in 2008, Dodge will add three more
new vehicles to its product lineup -- the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram with
game-changing exterior and interior design, innovations, best-in-class
features and craftsmanship; the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger, a modern
interpretation of the American muscle car; and the new 2009 Dodge Durango
HEMI(R) Hybrid, a hybrid-electric vehicle that combines fuel efficient
advanced hybrid technology with full-size SUV performance and capability. Last
fall, America's best-selling minivan, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan,
arrived in dealerships with 35 new or improved features including the newest
innovation, the Swivel 'n Go(TM) seating system. In 2007, Dodge Avenger and
Nitro entered key volume segments outside North America, joining the Dodge
Caliber, the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside of North
America.


SOURCE Chrysler LLC
 
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