The reported decision by Saudi Aramco to stop marketing leaded petrol and replace it with unleaded in January 2001, has been a welcomed one. “This is a significant development which will have a huge impact on motoring in the Kingdom and across the Gulf, ” said David Glorius, Vice President and Director of the Middle East Chrysler group.
“It will allow customers to get a wider choice of vehicles and will also reduce pollution — great news for the environment.” Glorius reassured Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep drivers that the switch to unleaded fuel would not damage their vehicles, which are certified in accordance with the current GCC specification to take leaded fuel, but can utilize unleaded gas.
Glorius also revealed that the switch to unleaded fuel across the Gulf meant the Chrysler Group would change its import policy. “Although we currently only import leaded fuel vehicles into the GCC with unleaded vehicles to special order, by the end of 2001, we will only import unleaded vehicles.”
Over the past few years the Chrysler Group has invested in producing a new generation of engines that are cleaner and more fuel-efficient. “Our newest models have a smaller capacity, use less petrol and produce fewer dangerous emissions, yet still have the equivalent power of the larger leaded fuel power plants that were common in previous Chrysler Group vehicles,” Glorius said.
The new engines are also designed to run with the catalytic converters that are fitted to all unleaded power plants and are proven to reduce pollution. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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