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Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was spilling the beans about everything that was going on at Chrysler at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. According to Automotive News, Marchionne spoke about a whole host of new developments designed to turn the ailing Chrysler brand around by producing automobiles that customers want because of their desirability, not because of their cost. The resurrection of a seven-passenger Jeep Grand Wagoneer is due out for 2013, as is a hybrid version of the redesigned Chrysler 300 and an all new Jeep based pickup truck. New transmissions providing enhanced fuel economy will also be offered. A nine-speed transmission will be utilized in new front-wheel drive vehicles, with an eight-speed unit finding its way into rear drive sedans such as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Both transmission are designed by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. There will also be a replacement for the Dodge Nitro/Jeep Liberty and the mid-sized Dodge Caliber. The long and short of it is that Sergio Marchionne has a mission to resurrect Chrysler back to its former status as a world leader in automotive production.