Responding to the customer's mobility needs through ever more sustainable solutions is one of the auto industry’s most complex challenges.
To offer sustainable solutions to a broad customer base, we are committed to reduce the environmental impact of our vehicles over their entire life cycle, while responding to consumer demands in each market where we do business.
We work toward this commitment while recognizing and accommodating the different economic, geographic and fuel requirements of each market.
In 2016, FCA started production of the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry's first electrified minivan.
It earned a fuel economy rating of 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is expected to provide an estimated range of 33 miles solely on zero-emissions electric power
An all-electric concept vehicle, the Chrysler Portal, was unveiled in early 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (U.S.). The Chrysler Portal Concept is a forward-thinking interpretation of a next generation of family transportation, focused toward the millennial generation.
Since 1997, the Group has sold more than 720,000 natural gas-powered cars and commercial vehicles. In 2016, FCA was confirmed among European leaders, with more than 31,000 natural gas vehicles registered, representing a share of about 45%. In 2017, the production of the 300,000th natural gas-powered Fiat Panda marked an important milestone in helping protect the planet through avoidance of roughly one million tons of CO2 emissions.
In Brazil more than 329,000 Flexfuel and TetraFuel vehicles were registered in 2016, accounting for approximately 90% of vehicles licensed by the Group in this market. FCA participates in the government’s INMETRO vehicle fuel consumption monitoring program (PBEV - Brazilian Labeling Program Vehicle). For PBEV 2016, 113 Fiat vehicles were involved.
As driver expectations change and mobility scenarios evolve, FCA devotes resources to research, development and experimentation of innovative technologies, including a growing number of connectivity and mobility solutions and autonomous-vehicle technology.
research and innovation activities involve approximately 20,000 individuals at 85 locations worldwide. In the EMEA region, the
CRF in Orbassano, Italy is the primary R&D facility. In the NAFTA region, research and development activities are primarily carried out at the
Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills (U.S.), and the
Automotive Research and Development Centre in Windsor (Canada).
Vehicles today are more flexible and customized than ever before, and are designed for both city and country driving.
Looking toward the future of mobility and the potential response to a changing market environment, FCA has launched various initiatives that illustrate the Group’s commitment to meeting these new challenges.
Enjoy is a car-sharing service that offers a fleet of high efficiency vehicles to urban drivers. It was launched in Milan (Italy) by ENI at the end of 2013, in partnership with FCA which provided more than 1,900 vehicles.
FCA has been engaged in research on future social and technological trends that will affect nearly every aspect of our business. In 2015, we initiated the Global Connected Car of the Future research project focusing on the consumer experience inside the vehicle, along with emerging consumer trends. The project spanned globally across five countries, focusing on cities where consumer technology is leading edge. This worldwide market perspective will inform long-term connected car strategies.
Fiat Likes U is an initiative geared toward the students at several European universities. The project's various initiatives include a free car-sharing service, scholarships and paid training programs. The project also gets young people involved and raises their awareness on environmental responsibility issues.
Our vehicles may also be made more environmentally sustainable by getting customers involved and improving their driving behavior.
Eco:Drive is a software system that offers personalized tips to drivers based on driving style with the objective of helping them reduce fuel consumption and emissions. By the end of 2015, more than 102,200 customers had used this software.
eco:DriveLive, the latest version of this application, enables drivers to view all tips and suggestions with the new UConnect multimedia system. Real-time feedback on driving style allows the driver to immediately make adjustments to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.