In the News

  • Chrysler expands 3 Michigan plants to make more 3.6-liter engines

    Chrysler expands 3 Michigan plants to make more 3.6-liter engines

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press November 16, 2012 Chrysler’s expansion of three Michigan plants is driven by the growing gap between its sales and the ability of its plants to keep up. “Our biggest headache this year has been the shortage of 3.6-liter engines. We just can’t make enough,” said CEO Sergio Marchionne… Chrysler began producing its Pentastar engine in 2010 to replace seven less-efficient V6 engines. Made at plants in Trenton and Mexico, the Pentastar is now available [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Marchionne trumpets 1,250 new jobs for Michigan, commitment to Chrysler

    Marchionne trumpets 1,250 new jobs for Michigan, commitment to Chrysler

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press November 15, 2012 Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne today confirmed Chrysler’s plans to hire 1,250 workers and invest $240 million at three Michigan plants so it can ramp up production of its engines and pickups… With this announcement, Chrysler’s investments at it U.S. plants since it emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 now tops $4.75 billion. The company also has added nearly 6,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. Read more…

    Continue reading »

  • Study: Regulations ‚Äì not gas, economy driving emissions reduction

    Study: Regulations – not gas, economy driving emissions reduction

    by Taylor Kuykendall The State Journal of West Virginia November 15, 2012 A new report says natural gas and a slow economy have been given too much credit for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. The Center for Climate Strategies, a Washington, D.C., based climate action and policy organization, released a study Nov. 15 that concludes recent declines in U.S. carbon emissions are primarily the product of regulations. The study specifically identifies eight policies at the federal, state and local level [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
  • Carbon fiber wheels lighter

    Carbon fiber wheels lighter

    by Larry Edsall Special to the Detroit News November 15, 2012 What began as a collegiate engineering exercise has produced the first commercially available one-piece automobile wheel made from carbon fiber… Because of its potential for making vehicles lighter and therefore more fuel and emissions efficient, the carbon fiber wheel development program received a grant from the Australian government. Read more…  

    Continue reading »

  • GM: We’ll deliver 500,000 electric or hybrid vehicles by 2017

    GM: We’ll deliver 500,000 electric or hybrid vehicles by 2017

    by Nathan Bomey Detroit Free Press November 14, 2012 General Motors said today that it is committed to deliver at least 500,000 vehicles “with some form of electrification,” such as a hybrid drive system, by 2017… In the 500,000 figure, GM is counting vehicles that integrate eAssist, a mild-hybrid system that boosts fuel economy with stop-start capability, regenerative braking and an electric motor. GM said it would sell more than 50,000 vehicles with electrification technology in 2012. But GM said [...]

    Continue reading »

  • Detroit Three taking different roads to bi-fuel, CNG vehicles

    Detroit Three taking different roads to bi-fuel, CNG vehicles

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE November 13, 2012 DETROIT, MI- Automakers are offering more alternative fuel options to retail and fleet customers than ever before. One alternative — compressed natural gas — is slowly finding its way into the retail market as an increasing number of automakers, including the Detroit Three, offer vehicles that use the majority-methane fossil fuel. Four non-luxury automakers currently offer 10 dedicated CNG or bi-fuel CNG vehicles in the U.S. to retail and fleet customers with more [...]

    Continue reading »

  •  
 
 

Opinion and Analysis