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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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  • 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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  • Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show

    Detroit’s Green Leap Forward Pulls In to New York Auto Show

    by Daniel Gross, Daily Beast, March 29 2013 Can efficiency drive U.S. automakers back to the top? Watch out, Prius. A look at the Big Three’s impressive lineup of new fuel-sipping models shows the innovations pushing the comeback. On the dashboard of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, there’s a screen that shows a vine with a bunch of leaves on it. Punch the accelerator too aggressively, or slam on the brakes too rapidly, and the leaves began to fall [...]

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  • Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Needs a Better Accountant

    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Needs a Better Accountant

    NRDC’s Max Baumhefner refutes WSJ op-ed on Green Cars.

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  • Detroit Rethinks Small Trucks

    Detroit Rethinks Small Trucks

    by Christine Rogers and Jeff Bennett, Wall St. Journal, March 11, 2013 Rising fuel prices haveGeneral MotorsCo.GM+0.35%and Chrysler Group LLC taking a second look at peddling smaller pickup trucks‚Äîvehicles that the Detroit Three auto makers abandoned in the U.S. amid weak demand. Read more…

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  • Mpg improvements aid mid-sized sales

    Mpg improvements aid mid-sized sales

    by Nick Bunkley Automotive News March 11, 2013 …”Today’s mid-sized sedans get the same or better gas mileage as the compact sedans five years ago,” said TrueCar.com analyst Jesse Toprak. “Consumers have certainly gotten accustomed to living with high-level gas prices, so there’s no more of that knee-jerk reaction.” Read more…

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