Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Al asks: My 2009 300C has the Hemi engine and I get 26 mpg. When did they quit putting Hemis in the 300s and why? Best car I’ve ever owned. Big mistake to quit making them.
My reply: The Hemi 5.7 V8 is still available in the current (2019) 300, but optional. The 3.6 V6 is standard. The problem – with both – is that neither meets the current CAFE fuel economy mandatory average and that is the real reason for the decision to kill off this car. To achieve CAFE compliance – especially the proposed 50-plus average number that may go into effect just a few years from now – the car would have to be fundamentally re-engineered, to make it much lighter and more fuel-efficient (regardless of the cost to us and notwithstanding that buyers like the current car and aren’t demanding 50-plus MPG or even 35 MPG out of it).
Such a car would, of course, no longer be a 300 – it would be a very different type of car.
There is also huge political pressure to build electric cars – whether there is demand for them or not.
Hence the Poltroon.
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