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  • New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    New Gas Mileage Rules Will Reshape What Americans Drive: Engines And Transmissions

    by John Voelker, Green Car Reports, June 18 2013 Smaller, more efficient engines better matched to more complex transmissions will have some of the biggest effects in making tomorrow’s cars more fuel-efficient. The 2025 corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) level of 54.5 mpg translates to about 42 mpg on the EPA window sticker. Read more…

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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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  • Industry analysts: ‘Sweet spot’ for car buyers is now

    Industry analysts: ‘Sweet spot’ for car buyers is now

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News May 30, 2013 The current generation of vehicles is more fuel-efficient than the last. Engines pack a more powerful punch in a smaller package. And car loans can be stretched as long as eight years. It’s a great time to buy a car, industry analysts say, especially when considering what you’ll get for the money in the not-so-distant future. The next generation of cars and trucks will weigh less, but cost more — and [...]

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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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  • GM: 2014 Cruze diesel brings power, fuel efficiency to Chevrolet

    GM: 2014 Cruze diesel brings power, fuel efficiency to Chevrolet

    by Michael Wayland, MLIVE.com, May 24 2013 PLYMOUTH, MI- The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is now on sale in the U.S., ushering in a powerful return for Chevrolet to the diesel marketplace. The vehicle is the most powerful, yet fuel-efficient, Cruze ever produced by General Motors Co. for the U.S. lineup. Read more…

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