Sales of the CRD Liberty (the diesel version of the Liberty), are higher than Jeep had expected. Twice as a high as Jeep had expected in fact.
Sales of the Jeep(R) Liberty CRD diesel, which comes pre-filled with 5 percent biodiesel (B5), are about to surpass the 10,000 mark. That’s double the number expected when Chrysler Group first launched the diesel model in 2005.
The company made the announcement today at the Peter Cremer North America biodiesel refinery in Cincinnati, Ohio. The refinery supplies biodiesel for a factory fill of the Liberty. Every diesel Liberty that leaves the Toledo, Ohio factory is fueled with B5.
The event took place in celebration of Ohio Agriculture Day. Ohio Governor Bob Taft, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Fred L. Dailey, DaimlerChrysler and local farmers gathered at the biodiesel plant to celebrate the promise of biofuels.
Held in conjunction with National Agriculture Week (March 19 – 25), the event was part of a national effort to outline the positive impact agriculture has on the nation’s economy and quality of life. It was also a chance to reflect on how far the biodiesel industry has come.
Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) said, “DaimlerChrysler’s sales of the Liberty show the success that can result when American agriculture is matched with the ingenuity of a private company.”
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Hopefully, the great sales number of the diesel Liberty will greatly increase the chances of Jeep bringing the diesel version of the Wrangler to the states.
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