by Bill Cawthon • Posted on July 17th, 2012
Detroit News reported that Chrysler will idle the Mack II Engine Plant on September 9, when the 3.7-liter V-6 engine built there goes out of production.
According to the article, all 182 UAW workers currently employed at the plant will be offered new positions in the company.
The 3.7-liter engine, used for the Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500, will be replaced by the Pentastar V-6 built at the Trenton and Saltillo Engine plants.
The Detroit Free Press wrote last year that the Mack Avenue II plant might be used for final assembly of the upcoming Maserati Kubang SUV.
According to the Freep, workers at UAW Local 51 were told that, if the plan is approved, the Kubang’s body would be assembled at Jefferson North while workers at the Mack Avenue plant would install the interior, engine and trim. However, with this latest action, Chrysler seems to be ruling out that possibility, calling the Mack plant layoffs “permanent.”
Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday.
Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion
NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....
According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country.
“We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.”
“We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....
Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars.
In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....