Identified closely with the K-car, Dodge Viper and minivan while at Chrysler and the GT and Mustang during his days at Ford, engineer Chris Theodore is keeping active consulting and inventing better turbochargers and EVs.
Challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing sector include cost pressures, adapting to new technology, finding and retaining skilled workers and overcoming what the executive calls structural cost burdens.
The brand’s North American chief says deliveries could hit 400,000 in fiscal 2016, as recently introduced models gain a firmer foothold and a new assembly plant in Mexico launches production in the spring.
Lacks’ only customer to date is Audi, which is using the innovation on its flagship ’15 A8 Quattro. The A8 is a low-volume car, but for the privately owned supplier the application marks a significant breakthrough.
Ford’s current level of localization in Russia is estimated at 40%, and the automaker says it intends to raise that share to 83%-85% by 2019. That is significantly higher than the 60% target stipulated in an agreement with the government....More
Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation....More
The impetus behind EPIC is concern the auto industry will lack manufacturing expertise in coming years, either because current workers’ skills will become outdated or the number of new mechanics and engineers will fall short of demand....More
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