Chrysler Chief Riding a Dead Horse to Washington

Flying has officially become passé for the Big Three posse.

Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli has jumped on the bandwagon and is driving to Washington, D.C., for this week’s hearings on the proposed auto-industry bailout.

Like the CEOs from Ford and General Motors, Alan Mulally and Rick Wagoner, Nardelli is making the trip in one of his company’s fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, but the company isn’t saying exactly which one.

Since Chrysler currently sells only two hybrids, the nearly identical Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs, it’s a safe bet that he will be rolling up to Capitol Hill in one of them, and so can you, if you hurry.

• Click here for a full review of the Aspen Hybrid from FOX Car Report.

You see, just a week after the vehicles were launched this past October, Chrysler announced that it would be shutting down the Newark, Del., factory where they are made at the end of the year, discontinuing the entire Aspen/Durango lineup in the process.

With an EPA rating of 20 miles per gallon city/22 highway, the hybrids are currently the most fuel-efficient full-size SUVs on the market. And while they aren’t expected to be resurrected anytime soon, their powertrains will live on in a hybrid version of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, scheduled to go on sale early in 2009.

That is if there’s anyone left to build them.

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