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  • In the Margins: Magna E-Car Systems expansion is a good opportunity for local growth in a growing segment of the industry

    In the Margins: Magna E-Car Systems expansion is a good opportunity for local growth in a growing segment of the industry

    By EDITORIAL BOARD The Flint Journal April 18, 2012 GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, MI ‚Äì Magna E-Car Systems in Grand Blanc Township plans to ramp up its production of high-power, high-voltage components for hybrid and electric vehicles in the next few years. Magna E-Car Systems officials not only unveiled a new facility Monday but the potential for hundreds of new jobs over the next five years. Read more…  

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  • Citi report finds meeting higher CAFE/GHG standards likely to bring higher profits for all automakers, nearly $2.5 billion in extra profits for Detroit Three

    Citi report finds meeting higher CAFE/GHG standards likely to bring higher profits for all automakers, nearly $2.5 billion in extra profits for Detroit Three

    Green Car Congress April 5, 2012 Automakers will likely make billions more dollars in profits under proposed new national gas mileage and emissions standards that will be finalized later this summer, according to a new report produced by Citi Investment Research and Analysis in collaboration with Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk; Oakland University’s School of Business Administration; Baum and Associates; and Meszler Engineering Services. Read more…

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  • After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production Will Resume One Week Early

    After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production Will Resume One Week Early

    By CARL FRANZEN Talking Points Memo April 3, 2012 Buoyed by record monthly sales of its Chevy Volt hybrid electric plug-in car in March, General Motors will resume production of the Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck plant one week early, the United Auto Workers told TPM on Tuesday night. “They’re adding a week of production back in,” said Don LaForest, the chairman of the UAW’s bargaining committee at the Detroit Hamtramck plant, where the Volt is manufactured, in a phone […]

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  • Brian Dickerson: Global warming biggest threat to U.S. security, retired officer says

    Brian Dickerson: Global warming biggest threat to U.S. security, retired officer says

    By LEE GUNN Detroit Free Press March 29, 2012 Lee Gunn — “Lee” is how he introduces himself, although most people call him Admiral Gunn, in deference to his 35 years as a U.S. Naval officer — does not look like a Prius driver, much less a tree-hugger. Which is why many people do a double take when the Pontiac-born Gunn tells them that global warming is the most serious national security issue confronting the U.S. — or, as he […]

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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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