Chrysler LLC is pulling the plug on its first hybrid-electric vehicles just as sales are beginning to ramp up. The auto maker announces today it is accelerating closure plans for its assembly plant in Newark, DE, home to Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen fullsize SUV production. Output there ends Dec. 31, about 12 months earlier than planned. As a result, production of hybrid Durangos and Aspens, Chrysler’s first applications of a 2-mode gasoline-electric system developed with General ...

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