More Cars Set to Flex Next Year

More than 30 vehicle models will be equipped with flexible fuel engines in 2008.

If the 2008 auto lineup is any indication, ethanol's running streak might just continue on.

Car makers will offer 31 models with an E85 capable engine in 2008. Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Mercedes Benz will all offer flexible fuel vehicles in the coming year, according to the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

"The auto industry is expected to make 750,000 E85 capable FFVs next year, which represents a big step toward energy independence and toward continued growth in ethanol market share," says ICGA President Steve Ruh, Sugar Grove.

The following platforms will be produced as Flexible Fuel Vehicles during the 2008 model year:

Chrysler
4.7L Chrysler Aspen
2.7L Chrysler Sebring Convertible & Sedan
3.3L Chrysler Town & Country
2.7L Dodge Avenger
4.7L Dodge Dakota
4.7L Dodge Durango
3.3L Dodge Grand Caravan
4.7L Dodge Ram
4.7L Jeep Commander & Grand Cherokee

Ford
4.6L Ford Crown Victoria (including taxi & police units)
5.4L Ford F-150
4.6L Mercury Grand Marquis

General Motors
3.5L & 3.9L Chevrolet Impala (including police units)
5.3L Chevrolet Avalanche & Silverado, GMC Sierra
5.3L Chevrolet Express & GMC Savana
5.3L Chevrolet Suburban & GMC Yukon XL
5.3L Chevrolet Tahoe & Police Package Tahoe, GMC Yukon
3.9L Chevrolet Uplander
3.9L Pontiac Montana (only available in Canada & Mexico)

Nissan
5.6L Nissan Armada
5.6L Nissan Titan

Mercedes Benz
3.0L Mercedes Benz C300 Luxury & Sport

One caveat: the Chrysler FFVs (excluding the Town and Country minivan) will not be available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Nissan FFVs will be available only in select markets.

However, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition reports that Ford, GM and Mercedes Benz 2008 FFVs will be available in all 50 states.

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