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  • Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Toyota’s Indiana plant jobs exceed projection

    Indianapolis Star June 5, 2013 Toyota Indiana says its $4.2 billion Princeton plant will soon hire 90 employees as the company ramps up production of its new Highlander SUV. The jobs announcement Tuesday reflects 46 more hires than expected when the company announced in February a $400 million expansion of its Gibson County plant to accommodate increased Highlander production, a news release said… The plant also will produce the next-generation Highlanders, as well as a hybrid version of the SUV [...]

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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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  • NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    NEMPA/MIT Conference Looks at Fuel Economy and Vehicle Weight

    by Jamie Page Deaton, U.S. News and World Report, May 14 2013 The challenge of balancing vehicle weight with fuel economy was the central topic at a New England Motor Press Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference last Thursday. Panelists representing auto manufacturers, academia and government affairs spoke about the impact of increased fuel economy standards on new car construction, materials and price… Read more

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  • Ford hybrid sales on pace for record year

    Ford hybrid sales on pace for record year

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE April 10, 2013 DEARBORN- Ford Motor Co. is on pace for a record year of hybrid sales. The Dearborn-based automaker Wednesday announced it delivered its best hybrid sales quarter ever during the first three months of this year with sales totaling 21,080 vehicles ‚Äì marking the first time Ford has sold more than 20,000 hybrids in a quarter. Read more…

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  • Automakers unwrap hybrids to meet tough fuel standard

    Automakers unwrap hybrids to meet tough fuel standard

    by David Shepardson, Detroit News, March 29, 2013 New York —Automakers are embracing hybrids as they face increasingly tough fuel-efficiency standards around the world. At the New York InternationalAutoShow, Toyota Motor Corp. announced it will build a Highlander SUV hybrid, while Nissan Motor Co. said it will build its first-ever Pathfinder hybrid and Infiniti Q50 hybrid. Read more

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  • Analysis: Ford’s Wayne assembly plant pumps $1.8B into Michigan’s economy

    Analysis: Ford’s Wayne assembly plant pumps $1.8B into Michigan’s economy

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News March 21, 2012 Dearborn ‚Äî Ford Motor Co.’s revamped Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne ‚Äî seen as a model for auto factories in the future ‚Äî supports 24,000 statewide jobs and injects $1.8 billion annually into Michigan’s economy, according to analysis from the Center for Automotive Research. The plant, dubbed by CAR as “the new global standard for flexible manufacturing” after a $770 million investment, produces five different Ford models ‚Äî including a hybrid, [...]

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