Chrysler discontinues Durango and Aspen hybrids
Just months after their release, Chrysler cancels the Durango and Aspen hybrid programs.
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The phrase "shooting yourself in the foot" comes to mind, but perhaps it's not that simple.
The news comes as part of a larger announcement that Chrysler is closing its Delaware factory where the conventional and hybrid versions of the Durango and Aspen are built, because of financial hardship and reduced demand. Chrysler stated that while there was significant demand for the full-size hybrid SUVs, there wasn't enough to keep the factory open. What Chrysler didn't state was if and how it would fulfill the 3,000 orders already placed for the vehicles.
"We can't disclose forward-looking production plans, whether we can meet them or not," company spokesman Todd Goyer said. "There are strong indicators that there's a market for full-size vehicles, so we look forward to the Dodge Ram coming and obviously we'll have further hybrids down the road."
So while the future of Chrysler's full-size hybrids is cloudy, perhaps there's a Ram Hybrid in the works.
Edit: We just got news that General Motors is killing the Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs, with which the Durango and Aspen share their hybrid powertrain. Perhaps this signals the end of the age of full-size SUVs.