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  • More gears, more jobs:  Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

    More gears, more jobs: Chrysler’s 9-speed transmission Jeep adds employment in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan

    Later this year, Chrysler will begin selling a Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with a nine-speed transmission – a global first for a light-duty vehicle. This cutting-edge technology is seen as a step forward by both environmentalists (because the new technology improves fuel economy) and gearheads (because gearheads love more gears).

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  • American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    American auto industry on verge of hiring spree

    by Tom Krisher, Associated Press — June 9  2013 The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, [...]

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  • Chrysler poised to win 9-speed transmission race

    Chrysler poised to win 9-speed transmission race

    by Brent Snavely Detroit Free Press May 29, 2013 The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is on track to be the first light vehicle in the world with a nine-speed transmission — beating Land Rover, which boasted in March at the Geneva Motor Show that it would be first to market with the technology. Automakers are pushing to add speeds to their transmissions because it improves fuel economy by shifting gears more efficiently. A transmission with more gears allows the engine to [...]

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  • Chevy Cruze and Ram Pickup Test U.S. Market for Diesel Vehicles

    Chevy Cruze and Ram Pickup Test U.S. Market for Diesel Vehicles

    Diesel technology, long a mainstay in the European light-duty vehicle market, is coming to North America as manufacturers work to meet new standards for high mileage, low-emission vehicles.

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  • Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    Detroit 3 research group targets next-gen hybrid, EV batteries

    by Adam Rubenfire, Automotive News, May 15 2013 With the U.S. Department of Energy’s help, a research group managed by the Detroit 3 is launching a drive to speed development of next-generation battery technologies for hybrids and electric vehicles, the department said today. The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium will coordinate r&d and explore more efficient and cost-effective technologies for energy storage in vehicles. 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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