WardsAuto editors have been meeting with several auto makers to discuss their entries for the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. Powertrain engineers from Nissan, Chrysler and Hyundai have visited WardsAuto offices in Southfield, MI, to talk technology.
Chrysler takes 20 vehicles to this week's Specialty Equipment Market Assn. event in Las Vegas. The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, and Fiat cars and trucks are customized with existing Mopar parts and accessories and other concept products meant to elicit feedback from buyers at the show.
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
This year’s flood of new diesels (from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) illustrates the need for automakers to take unconventional steps to comply with pending fuel-economy mandates in the U.S. while meeting continued heavy demand for diesels in Europe.
WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass data shows this year about a third of the top-volume platforms will cross four or more size segments. By 2019, that percentage will go to half, and those will span up to seven market segments....More
Chrysler spent $1.1 billion on the van plant, which will employ 1,100 workers by December. Another $164 million is being invested at the Saltillo North engine plant for production of 2.0L and 2.4L Tigershark 4-cyl. engines....More
Dodge executive Bob Broderdorf says the boost in production coincided with traditionally strong fourth-quarter demand for fullsize SUVs and, as a result, “We are selling them as fast as we can."...More
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