February 2013

Chrysler invests $374 million, adds 1,250 jobs in transmission plants

(February 28, 2013) KOKOMO, Ind. — Chrysler Group announced today that it will invest nearly $374 million to boost transmission production and add about 1,250 new jobs in north-central Indiana, making it the largest transmission installation in the world.

The 500 goes large with the Fiat 500L

(February 28, 2013) The Fiat 500 family has expanded with the launch of the all-new 500L. Designed for customers who want a car that combines the 500’s unique personality, style and image with added practicality, capability and size, the five-door 500L goes on sale this spring in Europe and later this year in the U.S.

Chevrolet donates 300 vehicles to train first responders

(February 28, 2013) DETROIT — Chevrolet is donating up to 300 cars, crossovers and SUVs rendered unsalable during Hurricane Sandy to help train first responders at Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga.

The water-damaged vehicles are expected to help provide a realistic environment to simulate real-world incidents and natural disasters for first responders to make accurate and quick responses to victims.

Ford's 'Driving Skills for Life' program growing

(February 28, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — For the 10th year new drivers around the world will get an opportunity to improve their skills through the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program. Traffic fatalities are the leading killer of American teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with about 2,700 drivers ages 16-19 killed annually on American roads.

Land Rover to unveil seven electric Defender models

(February 28, 2013) WHITLEY, UK —  Land Rover is continuing to champion British innovation and cutting-edge automotive engineering by unveiling seven new electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The research vehicle delivers zero emissions while retaining its tough, go-anywhere capability.

Ram truck brand joins new National Walleye Tour

(February 27, 2013) MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Chrysler Group’s Ram Truck brand joins the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2013 season. Ram adds to the impressive lineup of sponsors already committed to the NWT as it heads towards its inaugural season, scheduled to kick off in April 2013.

Volkswagen to introduce new Golf GTI in Geneva

(February 27, 2013) WOLFSBURG, Germany — Following tradition, Volkswagen will introduce the latest version of the Golf GTI at the Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the iconic hot hatch is available at launch with two power levels: 220 horsepower or 230 hp with the optional performance pack.

Ford's goal: Cut waste to landfill 40 percent per vehicle by 2016

(February 27, 2013) DEARBORN, Mich. — Cutting waste-to-landfill at Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant has always been important to workers there, but they weren’t satisfied until last fall, when a small, diligent local committee played a major role in solving a nagging 10-ton problem.

Hyundai first automaker to mass produce hydrogen fuel cell cars

(February 27, 2013) A white Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the company’s Ulsan, South Korea, manufacturing facility Tuesday, as Hyundai became the world’s first automaker to begin assembly-line production of zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicles for fleet use.

Redesigned European Chevrolet Captiva SUV to debut in Geneva

(February 27, 2013) Being widely acknowledged as the creator of the entire SUV segment with the Suburban in 1935, Chevrolet has more than 75 years of experience in designing great sport utility vehicles. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the brand will present the restyled edition of its Captiva compact SUV in Europe for the first time.