NOTICIAS DE LA INDUSTRIA: …Ford, Toyota Partner to Develop Large Vehicle Hybrid Technology …GM: Bankruptcy Excuses Lawsuit Over 400K Chevy Impalas …Chrysler Discontinuing Ram Dakota Compact Pickup
Ford, Toyota Partner to Develop Large Vehicle Hybrid Technology
Ford and Toyota are partnering to develop the next generation of hybrid technologies that will specifically bolster the fuel efficiency of pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. The new alliance is in response to recent federal mandates requiring automakers to boost fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Already the world’s two leading manufacturers of hybrid vehicles, Ford and Toyota now are challenged with expanding the technology to ensure that the largest vehicles can deliver better mileage. The two automakers also plan to work together on advanced telematics systems.
GM: Bankruptcy Excuses Lawsuit Over 400K Chevy Impalas
GM claims a lawsuit over suspension issues in 400,000 Chevy Impalas from 2007 and 2008 ought to be dismissed because the vehicles predated the company’s bankruptcy. The lawsuit – which seeks class-action status and alleges breach of warranty – claims faulty rear spindle rods can cause rear tires to wear out quickly, and demands that the rods be fixed.
Chrysler Discontinuing Ram Dakota Compact Pickup
Chrysler has stopped production of its Ram Dakota compact pickup, which may lead to up to 150 layoffs. CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the Dakota will be replaced with a lifestyle vehicle that’s «car-based,» also from the Ram brand. The Dakota sold over 177K units in 2000, but last year that number trickled to just over 13,000 units.