March 10, 2013

Auto Briefs

Chrysler invests in its Indiana plants; VW Golf is tops in Europe


(AJ Mast / The Associated Press)

Chrysler's Indiana plants to get upgrade
Chrysler will hire 1,250 new workers and invest $374 million at its plants in central Indiana, where the automaker makes all its transmissions for North America. The investment, which Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne (shown) announced recently, includes a commitment to spend $212 million to upgrade two plants in Kokomo and $162 million for equipment and a plant in nearby Tipton. Chrysler will build more nine-speed transmissions in Kokomo for the new Jeep Cherokee that goes on sale in May, a redesigned Chrysler 200 to be launched next year, and the Dodge Dart. Production will begin early next year.
The Associated Press


(The Associated Press)

VW Golf voted Car of the Year in Europe
The Volkswagen Golf (shown) has been named Europe's Car of the Year by automotive journalists from more than 20 countries. Grabbing 414 votes, the car left the competition in the dust on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, which continues through March 17. The Subaru BRZ, also sold as the Toyota GT-86, was second with 202 votes, and the Volvo V40 was third with 189 votes. The award is among the most important in Europe and gives consumers an idea of what the experts consider the car of the future.
The Associated Press


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