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  • Demand for Wrangler prompts Toledo Jeep plant to run an extra shift over holidays

    Demand for Wrangler prompts Toledo Jeep plant to run an extra shift over holidays

    by Tyrel Linkhorn Toledo Blade December 5, 2012 Chrysler Group LLC will open the Toledo plant that builds the Jeep Wrangler for one extra shift during the traditional holiday shutdown period… Though it’s fairly uncommon for auto assembly plants to operate through scheduled shutdowns, it has become near commonplace in Toledo. Chrysler elected to keep the Wrangler line going this summer during the two-week period around July 4 when it typically closes its facilities for routine maintenance and plant updates. […]

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  • The Greenest Month Ever: Hybrids Race Ahead

    The Greenest Month Ever: Hybrids Race Ahead

    by Daniel Gross Columnist The Daily Beast December 4, 2012 November 2012 may not have been the best month for sales of cars in recent memory. Some 1.14 million cars were sold in the month. Analysts expect about 14.4 million cars will be sold in the U.S. this year, and that sales will rise again in 2013. That’s an impressive comeback, but it doesn’t approach the sales levels of 2007. But it is most likely to be the best month […]

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  • CAFE Regs Are Prompting EV Development

    CAFE Regs Are Prompting EV Development

    by Jeff Cobb HybridCars December 3, 2012 …CAFE calls for year over year upticks in the average mpg performance for a given automaker’s entire fleet, and pure EVs such as the Nissan Leaf burn no gas and spew no tailpipe emissions. Similarly, extended-range EVs and plug-in hybrids stand to drastically cut their gas consumption and emissions. . Read more…  

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  • Reports of EV death premature

    Reports of EV death premature

    by Mark Rechtin Automotive News December 3, 2012 LOS ANGELES — Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids were just a fad, right? A now-faded dream from 2009… So why did so many executives at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week sound so optimistic… EVs are “inevitable,” said Chrysler U.S. sales boss Reid Bigland at the debut of the Fiat 500e here. Read more…

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  • Detroit automakers bringing electrifying debuts to LA Auto Show

    Detroit automakers bringing electrifying debuts to LA Auto Show

    by Michael Wayland MLIVE November 20, 2012 DETROIT, MI- The Detroit Three will have electrifying lineups at the 2012 LA Auto Show. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC are each expected to debut or showcase electrified vehicles, including the public debuts of the all-electric Chevrolet Spark and Fiat 500 mini cars. “The green technology innovations demonstrated by automakers around the world continue to attract the attention of the car-buying public,” said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of […]

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  • What’s Driving the Light Truck Market?

    What’s Driving the Light Truck Market?

    by Curt Bennink For Construction Pros November 19, 2012 Ford, General Motors and Ram Trucks offer new technologies for 2013 that address increasing demand for alternative fuels, better fuel economy and improved towing capability. Compressed natural gas (CNG) has taken center stage, and manufacturers have engineers working overtime to squeeze as much fuel economy as possible out of conventional powertrains. Read more…

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