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  • Ford doubles engineering staff for fuel-saving engines

    Ford doubles engineering staff for fuel-saving engines

    by Alissa Priddle USA TODAY March 29, 2012 If you have any doubts about the future of the auto industry, take a look at how Ford is dividing up its real estate and engineering staff when it comes to newfangled fuel-saving engines. Its converting more space in its engineering facilities to accommodate the growing team working on electric vehicles and other fuel-saving engines and technologies. Staffing on the team has doubled in five years. A 285,000-square-foot section of the Advanced [...]

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  • Higher standards for MPG will pay off

    Higher standards for MPG will pay off

    By ROLAND HWANG Daily Herald March 19, 2012 If you are fuming about having to shell out your hard-earned cash for Memorial Day gas prices in March, you are not alone. The hard truth: Prices at the pump are not getting better any time soon. Officially, the current average price for regular unleaded in Chicago is $4.13, which is up a wallet-thumping 64-cent rise since January and is 30 cents higher than the current national average of $3.83. Fortunately, real [...]

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  • Detroit discovers small is beautiful as compact buyers return

    Detroit discovers small is beautiful as compact buyers return

    by Keith Naughton Bloomberg March 17, 2012 DETROIT — When the engine blew on his eight- year-old Toyota Matrix last year, Shane Wilson needed a new car fast and wanted something good on gas. He shopped the usual suspects: small Honda and Toyota models he’d owned in the past. Then he surprised himself by buying a Chevrolet Cruze… Small cars, once the Achilles’ heel of U.S. automakers, are becoming a strength. Read more…

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