New For 2012: 'This Isn't Your Father's Dodge Dart'
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 01:01 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
Chrysler unveiled the 2013 Dodge Dart at the North American Auto Show on Monday. The resurrection is part of the company's overall revitalization, but the new stylized, gas-sipping Dart is a far cry from the sturdy mainstay of the 1960s and '70s.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
FCA Canada’s $3.7-billion overhaul of its Windsor, Ont., minivan plant has created 1,200 new jobs, an indication that Canada will play an important role in Fiat Chrysler NV’s future as it restructures its operations.
The company revealed its new Pacifica minivan, built in Windsor, to a Canadian audience for the first time Thursday at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
A recent article in the New York Times noted the first fruits of the Chrysler and Fiat merger (see A Merger Once Scoffed At Bears Fruit in Detroit and Will the Dodge Dart be a high-caliber replacement?).
Chrysler Fiat announced this week that its U.S. auto sales in May jumped 17% over the same time last year, beating industry projections by 3%. In fact, with more than 849,000 cars sold so far this year, the much-maligned automaker is having its best year in nearly a decade.
Ford Motor Co., taking risks with its top-selling and most profitable model, introduced an F-150 pickup that weighs as much as 700 pounds (318 kilograms) lighter to deliver a boost in fuel economy.
The F-150 going on sale late this year boasts military-grade aluminum alloy throughout its body, Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford said Monday in a statement. The second-largest U.S. carmaker also added a 2.7-litre EcoBoost engine, the smallest-displacement powertrain in its truck lineup.