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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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  • 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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  • Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    Green Army: The tactical truck that can achieve 72 per cent better fuel economy for our troops

    by Danny Hewitt MotorTrades Insight May 23, 2013 Armies across the world could soon be going green, after an analysis of a defense vehicle project has ‘proven’ techniques for reducing fuel consumption, according to Ricardo. After two years of on-the-ground testing, the Ricardo-engineered Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) has proven to be as good as the simulation models projected. The analysis released today proves that when compared to the US military’s regularly outfitted M1151 HMMWV, the FED experienced a 72 [...]

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  • U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    by John Voelcker Green Car Reports April 23, 2013 While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas… Now comes a report that Korean cell maker LG Chem will start producing cells at its Holland, Michigan, plant in the second half of this year. Read more…

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  • GM Pumps $332 Million into New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

    GM Pumps $332 Million into New Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

    by Anita Lienert, Edmonds.com, April 4, 2013 DETROIT‚Äî General Motors on Thursday said it will invest $332 million to build new fuel-efficient powertrains, including a new Ecotec small gasoline engine family, a new V6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new small Ecotec is part of a new family of gasoline engines that includes three- and four-cylinder variants with displacements ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. 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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