CAT scans for blocks, and other clever Kokomo quality tricks

Kokomo Casting

According to the Kokomo Perspective, the Kokomo Casting Plant—built in 1965, and still working today—has been working on better quality engines.

A casting plant makes engine blocks, transmission cases, and other large metal components. The engines themselves have traditionally been made elsewhere, including Trenton, Mack, and Dundee (Michigan) and Saltillo (Mexico), but the 2-liter “GME” turbo-four is set for production in Kokomo.

Rather dated image of Kokomo workers

One quality trick was giving new castings a CAT scan—a fast 360° X-ray assembled into a single 3D image by computer,

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2020 Modern Street Hemi Shootout season begins this weekend

This weekend, the quickest and most powerful drag cars, trucks and SUVs packing a Hemi V8 will roll into No Problem Raceway in New Orleans for the first event of the 2020 Modern Street Hemi Shootout series schedule.

The opening event of the 2020 MSHS season is sponsored by Legmaker Intakes and it is the first of nine that will be held by the all-Hemi racing series.

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FCA to expand another Indiana transmission plant (updated)

Kokomo

FCA announced another investment in the Indiana Transmission Plant II (ITP II) near Kokomo, according to the Kokomo Perspective and FCA itself.

Observers already noticed that the UAW contract includes $490 million of investments in the Kokomo area’s five plants, some of which were already expanded to boost production. The first Chrysler engine ever to be built in Indiana, a 2-liter turbo four,

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Wrangler gets discounts and perks

Until now, Jeep Wranglers have not been eligible for Friends & Family pricing. Today, though, Jeep announced that the core of its image and off-road credibility will be discounted.

While Friends & Family prices are only available on certain models, the “Jeep Wave” — two years of free maintenance, support, trip interruption coverage, and customer care — will be standard across the board.

Jeep is also launching social programs. 

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New, electric-only 500 is here—well, there, anyway

2021 Fiat 500 electric

The new Fiat 500 is only available as an electric car.

That might lead us to believe that the gasoline-powered Fiat 500 is dead, but it’s all a matter of words. The new 500 (not 500e!) is electric; but the old gasoline-powered 500 will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Fiat spokesman.

In any case, the new 500 is the most interesting all-electric cabrio around,

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Ram upgrades the 2021 ProMaster with whiz-bang (or avoid-bang) features

The 2021 Ram ProMaster looks the same outside, but it has some nifty upgrades, unveiled at “The Work Truck Show®” in Indianapolis.

The headline news for 2021 ProMasters is a class-exclusive digital rearview mirror (optional), which swaps a 9.2 inch wide LCD monitor into the place usually taken by an ordinary glass mirror. It shows video from a rear-facing camera, and can, if desired, be switched back to old-fashioned “reflecting what’s behind you” mode.

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Sales/Ram/Canada head Reid Bigland leaving FCA

Reid Bigland 2013

After years of wearing two hats — head of U.S./Canada sales and head of Ram (North America) — Reid Bigland is leaving the company. He has been at FCA for 22 years, and at one point was in charge of Canadian operations.

The company’s stated reason for his leaving was “to pursue interests outside of FCA.” Since Sergio Marchionne is no longer in charge, Bigland’s three roles will be filled by three people.

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2020 Dodge Challenger, Charger join the Power Dollars program

Over the past few months, Dodge has been using the Power Dollars program to help get rid of the last of the 2019 Challengers and Chargers, but starting today, the 2020 model year muscle cars are included in the discount program. This means that you can save up to $7,970 on a 2020 Challenger or $7,170 on a Charger, with every trim level in each model lineup being included in the program.

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