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03/06/2012 SEC filling goodies

So here are couple of goodies from that SEC filling by Chrysler:

1. On 8 speed transmission:
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In 2010, we entered into two commercial agreements with one of our key suppliers, ZF Getriebe GmbH, or ZF, for the design, engineering and manufacture of new automatic transmissions that deliver reduced fuel consumption with improved driving performance. The first agreement covers a rear-wheel drive 8-speed transmission for light- and medium-duty applications that we introduced in 2011 in the Chrysler 300, and have also incorporated into select versions of the Dodge Charger, both of which showed marked fuel efficiency improvements, as described above. Starting in late 2012 through 2013, we plan to include this transmission in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 pick-up truck. This transmission reduces fuel consumption by up to 12 percent over our current 5-speed transmissions. We ultimately plan to use this transmission in all of our rear-wheel drive vehicles except the heavy-duty versions of the Ram truck.
2. On diesel:
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As far as alternative fuels, in early 2013, we will be introducing a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a diesel engine in North America. We expect this version of one our best-selling vehicles to provide significantly improved fuel economy. Together with Fiat, we are also exploring the potential for vehicles that would utilize compressed natural gas and other alternative fuel sources. In 2012, we plan to launch a bi-fuel version of the Ram 2500 for commercial fleet applications, which will be capable of utilizing either compressed natural gas or ordinary gasoline.
3. On UConnect:
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We are currently developing a third-generation, flexible Uconnect radio platform that can be personalized to serve the needs of retail customers with varying degrees of skill and comfort with technology. We expect
this new platform to include the option to load user-selected applications, similar to smartphones and tablets, as well as accommodate connectivity with our retail customers' own smartphones. Vehicles will be connected using cellular technology, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities to provide navigational services, vehicle diagnostic services, emergency notification services, on-demand radio content and other connected services. As currently contemplated, this new platform will provide users with the option to control the radio with a hands-free system that recognizes natural speech. This platform will be designed so that it can be leveraged across our entire vehicle lineup, and can be easily upgraded in the future as this area of technology continues to evolve. Starting late in
2012, we anticipate producing vehicles with this new Uconnect technology, which will include a wide range of connectivity options and intuitive and responsive user interface capabilities to enhance the driving experience and reduce driver distraction.
4. On RAM plug in hybrid (maybe GC someday???):
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In 2010, we began a three-year demonstration project for a Ram truck plug-in hybrid. This rear-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with a lithium ion battery and has a 20 mile range of zero-emission, pure electric operation. For this demonstration project, we have begun testing a portion of the 140 trucks we plan to run in various climates. We are also currently conducting a similar front-wheel drive vehicle demonstration project using a minivan.
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Re: 03/06/2012 SEC filling goodies

I wonder if the Uconnect you will be able to upgrade to the new Uconnect.
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