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  • Suppliers ride the MPG wave; saving fuel brings soaring profits

    Suppliers ride the MPG wave; saving fuel brings soaring profits

    By CHARLES CHILD Automotive News May 21, 2012 Gasoline at $4 a gallon and government-mandated fuel economy targets are creating vast opportunities for many big global suppliers. In North America, those suppliers are selling turbochargers, direct injection, stop-start equipment, eight-speed transmissions and many other systems that save fuel. “If you bring a real idea to an OEM to improve fuel economy or lower emissions, they will seriously listen,” says Tim Manganello, CEO of BorgWarner Inc., a top maker of turbochargers. […]

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  • GM to add 200 more workers to Detroit-Hamtramck plant

    GM to add 200 more workers to Detroit-Hamtramck plant

    By CHRISSIE THOMPSON Detroit Free Press May 17, 2012 General Motors is adding about 200 new workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck Chevy Volt factory in anticipation of increasing its production rate in July when the plant adds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, people familiar with the situation said‚ Read more…    

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  • GM to add 200 more workers at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

    GM to add 200 more workers at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

    by Chrissie Thompson Detroit Free Press May 17, 2012 General Motors is adding about 200 new workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck Chevy Volt factory in anticipation of increasing its production rate in July when the plant adds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, people familiar with the situation said… The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is hiring after an up-and-down spring. Slower-than-expected Volt sales caused the factory to schedule a five-week shutdown in April. Then the automaker cut the downtime to four weeks as sales took […]

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  • Ford adding third shift to build more EcoBoost V6s, 250 jobs saved in Ohio

    Ford adding third shift to build more EcoBoost V6s, 250 jobs saved in Ohio

    by Dan Roth Autoblog May 2, 2012 Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 has proved popular with customers, with more than 180,000 finding homes in driveways and garages since launching in 2009. Ford has but a single facility in the United States turning out this engine, Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1. Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 is also home to the 3.7 liter V6 that kicks out over 300 horsepower in the Mustang and continues to sell at full tilt […]

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  • NRDC Study Shows CAFE Rules Will Pay Multiple Dividends

    NRDC Study Shows CAFE Rules Will Pay Multiple Dividends

    By JEFF COBB Hybrid Cars April 24, 2012 Last week the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a study showing that pending Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations have begun a cascade of benefits that far outweigh the costs of their implementation. Read more…  

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  • Size Matters: Now Automakers Brag About How Small Their Engines Are

    Size Matters: Now Automakers Brag About How Small Their Engines Are

    By BRAD TUTTLE Time April 23, 2012 Is all that classic macho car chatter about V8s, horsepower, and “muscle” disappearing? Now, amid $4 gas and government requirements for cars with better mileage, car manufacturers are pumping their own tires regarding how small‚Äîand fuel-efficient‚Äîtheir vehicles’ engines are. That goes even for the supposedly most macho automobiles of all, SUVs and pickup trucks. Read more…  

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