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Seeing sales on the rise, FCA is investing in order to have the capacity to build more eight-speed TorqueFlite transmissions. With sales of vehicles equipped with the popular eight-speed transmission growing, FCA US LLC stated it will invest an additional $266 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite […]

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has scored a perfect “100A” in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2014. This is the second year in a row that it has been nominated as a CDP global leader. The company said this accomplishment recognizes Nissan for its eco-friendly corporate policies and transparent information disclosure about its environmental […]

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Automakers located in the U.S. will try to have vehicles talk to utility companies during a special field test this week. Eight global automakers are joining forces for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use […]

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Fiat has introduced during the 2014 Paris Motor Show the 500X, the latest member of the 500 family. The Italian company describes the 500X as a crossover not only in terms of vehicle segments, but also in terms of its potential customers. With two versions on offer, there is a 500X to suit every need […]

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Fiat’s fully electric 2015 500e is now available in California and Oregon. Fiat said the 500e is available for $199 a month for 36 months with $999 due at signing. Sales of the Fiat 500e expanded to Oregon earlier this year; the all-electric Fiat had been sold only in California since its introduction in 2013. […]

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A consortium of organizations involved in California’s Bay Area wants people to discover electric cars. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and a consortium of electric vehicle organizations launched May 14 a new electric vehicle awareness campaign: “Experience Electric — The Better Ride.” The regional initiative is designed to […]

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Chrysler Group announced May 9 it is replacing the power inverter module (PIM) in an estimated 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to prevent coolant seepage that may cause power loss while driving. A PIM alters electric current to accommodate battery-powered propulsion. Fiat explained a routine warranty data review prompted an investigation, during which Chrysler Group […]

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An updated 2014 Fiat 500 will be revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show later this week. The Italian company stated a new TwinAir engine will debut in the 2014 Fiat 500. The new 105 horsepower 0.9 liter TwinAir Turbo, the newest member of award-winning TwinAir engine family, employs technologies like a turbocharger, an exhaust […]

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Wards revealed its 2014 ten best engines winners and, interestingly, the list includes one electric motor, three engines fueled by diesel and various using turbocharging. Eight of the winning engines use direct fuel injection. Tom Murphy of WardsAuto said this illustrates “the importance of fuel economy as automakers develop and market advanced new powertrains.” WardsAuto […]

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2014 will see the launch of a special edition Fiat 500 to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the inspiration for the model. Celebrating the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 “Nuova” Cinquecento (New 500), the new 2014 Fiat 500 “1957 Edition” will per Fiat combine iconic Italian design with engaging driving dynamics and vintage styling […]

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