December 28, 2012

Auto Briefs

Fiat invests in factory; big vehicles may get computerized brakes


(The Associated Press)

Fiat to spend $1.3B to beef up production
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (shown) will invest $1.32 billion in the auto company's southern Italian factory to produce two new SUV models for global export: a new, smaller Jeep and an expansion of the Fiat 500-based vehicles. The Italian automaker hopes the investment will revive its severely underutilized plants in its home country, where new-car registrations are down by 20 percent this year. The Melfi factory would be modernized to reach a daily capacity of 1,600 vehicles. Production of the new models is to start in 2014.
The Associated Press



Computerized brakes eyed for big vehicles
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is considering requiring new models of buses and large commercial trucks to have computerized braking systems. A recent study showed such technology had saved thousands of lives in smaller vehicles by helping drivers maintain control. The report, which studied crashes from 2008 to 2010, estimates that computerized braking saved more than 2,200 drivers from fatal accidents.
The Associated Press


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