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FCA ranked dead last out of the 11 automakers that were included in the EPA's recent Fuel Economy Trends report. FCA vehicles averaged 20.9 mpg in the report. That is far lower than the industry average of 24.1 mpg for the US. It also represents only a small improvement of 0.8 mpg from 2012.

The one bright spot for FCA is the fact that it has the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in its segment. It now accounts for 20 percent of Ram 1500 production.

FCA plans to sell more small vehicles, 8 and 9 speed transmissions, downsizes gasoline engines and diesel power plants to meet CAFE targets. Chrysler is currently working on a new line of sub-2.0 liter I-4 engines, called Hurricane, that should bring down average mpg as well. These engines should be available in 2016.

Do you think that FCA will be able to meet CAFE requirements? Will it be able to claw its way out of last place?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles lurks at bottom of EPA fuel economy report
 

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Kills me, small overworked engines are not the way to fuel economy excellence.

Think about it this way.

Large nail, small hammer or Small nail, Large hammer.

Which nail do you think is easier to sink? Exactly. Put larger motors in smaller, lighter cars and you have a similar situation.... Then again, small overworked engines are a gold mine for warranty/maintenance work... ;)
 

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Better to put a V8 in a dodge colt, 2000lbs, 300 ft-lb torque.... you'll be cruising on the highway at 1.5k RPM going 70mph at least :D
 

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Big engines can achieve excellent economy when run slow in light cars. My Corvette was a perfect example of that getting 28 mpg cruise at 70 mph and 1600 RPM. Unfortunately, it would never meet the coming CAFE requirements.
 

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Many vehicles on the market today could be getting near 30 mpg if there wasn't a ton of expensive pollution control junk such as EGRs etc on them. This junk cost a fortune, ruins the engine, and lowers the fuel economy a lot. A leading aftermarket company (GDE) that tunes the ECM warrants that their ECM will pass DEQ even in California.

The Europeans have already settled with Volks on their stupid stunt partly because the fix was so easy. It was said to only add about 10 percent more emissions before the fix, so basically it ran clean and fine before all this garbage hit the fan.

It's too bad the GDE is so expensive. Something like this should be half the price. Marketing 101, cut the price in half and sales will probably be 4 times higher.
 
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