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  • Fuel economy, connectivity help drive pickup sales

    Fuel economy, connectivity help drive pickup sales

    by Sean Kilcarr, Fleet Owner, May 7 2013 The veritable explosion of pickup truck sales during the first quarter this year– with the sale of full-size pickup trucks up 26% to date year-over-year according to Kelly Blue Book’s Automotive Insights – is being driven by a host of factors, according to industry experts, but the vastly improved fuel economy and greater electronic “connectivity” are two major reasons, according to industry experts. Read more…

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  • LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    Associated Press, May 6 2013 HOLLAND — An advanced battery maker said it plans to launch commercial production of automotive lithium-ion battery cells in western Michigan in July. LG Chem Michigan, a subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem, announced Sunday that test runs have begun at the facility in Holland and that it anticipates shipping products by the end of the summer. Read more…

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  • Auto Maker Fuel Economy, Emissions Improvements on Track

    Auto Maker Fuel Economy, Emissions Improvements on Track

    by James Amend, WardsAuto.com, April 29, 2013 U.S. auto makers made record mileage and carbon-dioxide-emissions improvements in model-year ’12 and appear on track to meeting first-year targets in the industry’s march toward new federally mandated levels of fuel efficiency… Read more

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  • Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    by Mark Clayton The Christian Science Monitor April 29, 2013 America’s transition is well under way to higher mileage standards and to vehicles that sip rather than slurp gasoline, with manufacturers and consumers both supporting the shift, according to new research by the Consumer Federation of America. •A large majority of Americans support the higher fuel-economy standards approved by Congress and amplified by the Obama administration. Today’s consumers say they expect the next vehicle they buy to get many more [...]

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  • Drive On: Clean diesels finally catching on

    Drive On: Clean diesels finally catching on

    by Chris Woodyard USA TODAY April 28, 2013 Every time we’ve driven a new diesel car lately, we’ve been amazed at how indistinguishable they have become from conventional gas cars. No clatter. No smoke. No rattling engine noise. Now it appears consumers are catching on: Registrations of diesel-powered passenger vehicles increased by 24.3% in the U.S. from 2010 through 2012, says an advocacy group, the Diesel Technology Forum. Read more…

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  • Chrysler to invest near $20M next year in its Perrysburg machining plant

    Chrysler to invest near $20M next year in its Perrysburg machining plant

    by Tyrel Linkhorn The Toledo Blade April 26, 2013 Chrysler Group LLC said today it will invest almost $20 million next year in its machining plant in Perrysburg Township. The investment will boost capacity for a torque converter that will be paired with Chrysler’s upcoming nine-speed automatic transmission scheduled to debut in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The nine-speed transmissions will be built at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind… The nine-speed transmission is key to helping Jeep boost the Cherokee’s fuel [...]

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