LAS VEGAS – Against a backdrop of mounting regulatory pressure that is spawning rapid development of battery-driven powertrains, Chrysler LLC’s new advanced engineering chief promises the auto maker will not cut corners. Federal regulators have mandated a 35-mpg (6.7 L/100 km) target for the U.S. fleet by 2020. But “powertrain technology will only get you so far,” says Jim Issner, a self-described powertrain aficionado who shepherded several high-volume Chrysler vehicles to market before ...

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