DETROIT -- Chrysler will more closely align its engineering organization to Fiat Group to take advantage of common architectures, systems and components, said Scott Kunselman, senior vice president of Chrysler Group engineering.
By 2014, Chrysler will use three shared platforms with Fiat, increasing Chrysler's average number of models per platform from 1.9 in 2010 to three by 2014. Average volume per platform will more than double from 125,000 units to 305,000.
Four Chrysler platforms will be consolidated in the process, Kunselman said.
Three Fiat platforms will be shared with Chrysler -- two from Fiat's A/B segment and one from Fiat's C/D segment.
Chrysler's goal is to improve fuel economy by reducing weight and making its vehicles more aerodynamic. Chrysler will bring vehicles to the market faster by using Fiat timing benchmarks, virtual tools and common components.
By 2014, Chrysler says it will be developing vehicles in 16 months, shaving five months from the time between design freeze and the start of production.
On vehicle weight reduction, he said the next-generation C-size SUV will be 600 pounds lighter than the current Jeep Liberty.
Common use of technology will mean more infotainment systems in Chrysler vehicles, including rear-seat entertainment. Chrysler will also introduce text-to-speech features in 2010, followed by automatic crash notification and systems tied to Chrysler's dealer network that monitor vehicle health.