AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - The federally supported Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles may be revising its plan for lightweight, fuel-sipping family cars, but DaimlerChrysler Corp. is not.
The Auburn Hills carmaker will continue developing a plastic-body car, a project connected to the PNGV program.
A PNGV review released Aug. 14 said the government should establish new goals, since it is unlikely automakers will be able to produce an affordable family sedan that gets 80 miles per gallon by its 2004 deadline.
DaimlerChrysler's concept cars, including last year's ESX3, used an injection molded plastic body. That research will continue, said Max Gates, manager of advanced technology and environment.
``This report and any question about [the ability to deliver] doesn't affect what we're doing,'' he said.
The carmaker's research has extended beyond the PNGV, he noted, with plans to injection mold a hard top for the Jeep Wrangler and additional concept cars introduced earlier this year.
``This is going to continue to be important for us from a lightweight body program,'' Gates said.