PORTLAND, ME – Chrysler LLC defends plans to launch its first hybrid-electric vehicles at a plant scheduled for closure next year. Series production of the ’09 Dodge Durango Hemi Hybrid and its Chrysler Aspen mechanical twin is scheduled to begin in August at the auto maker’s plant in Newark, DE. “This vehicle could be built someplace else,” says Chief Engineer Bob Feldmaier, noting the fullsize SUVs share a high degree of commonality with the Dodge Ram pickup, which will benefit from the ...

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