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Cheers and Gears Weekly Update 10/26/2012

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Ford Closes Down Three European Plants, Cut 6,200 Jobs

Uploaded by mudmonster on Today, 09:52 AM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

October 26, 2012

This week hasn’t been good for Ford’s factory workers in Europe. The blue oval announced the closure of three plants; two in United Kingdom and one in Belgium.

We’ll start with Belgium. On Wednesday, Ford announced the closure of the Genk Assembly Plant in Belgium. The Genk Assembly builds the current Mondeo midsize, and the S-MAX and Galaxy MPVs. The closure will affect about 4,300 jobs when it happens in 2014.

"This (closure) wasn't the plan. Initially we had committed to build the next-generation Mondeo...

Chevrolet Sonic Falls Into Dusk

Uploaded by mudmonster on Yesterday, 01:52 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

October 25, 2012

Chevrolet is showing the dark side of the Sonic with the new Dusk. Originally shown as a concept last year at SEMA, Chevrolet is showing off a production model that will be in dealerships in 2014.

The Dusk package is available on the Sonic sedan and adds ground effects, a rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum wheels in a Pearl Nickel finish, and several matte exterior-trim pieces, including the upper and lower grilles, door handle inserts and rear license plate trim.

Inside, there are Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with suede acc...

GM and PSA Announce Four New Co-Developed Platforms

Uploaded by mudmonster on 24 October 2012 - 11:56 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

October 25, 2012

In a not surprising announcement yesterday, General Motors and PSA Peugeot-Citroen said they will be co-developing four new platforms that are part of the Global Strategic Alliance between the two. The platforms will primarily be for Opel/Vauxhall, Peugeot, and Citroën. Those four platforms are,A new low-emissions city carMidsize car (sedan, hatchback, and wagon)Small Multi-Purpose vehicleJoint program for compact MPV for Opel/Vauxhall and a compact CUV for Peugeot

GM and PSA say the launch of the first models of this jo...

What if? - The Cord 810

Uploaded by Oldsmoboi on 24 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

For the 1936 model year, Cord unveiled its bombshell beauty 810 sedan to great fanfare. Designer Gordon Buehrig conceived of the design from scratch, meaning he didn't have to use any off the shelf parts from elsewhere in the Cord/Auburn/Duesenburg organization. By being allowed such freedom in his design, the result was a car that has frequently been voted one of the most beautiful American cars ever built.

But what if Gordon Buehrig didn't work for Cord? What if instead he was a designer at one of the other American car companies producing vehicles in 1936? Well Frank Peiler over at The...

Rumorpile: Has Cadillac Stopped Production Of ATS Manual?

Uploaded by mudmonster on 24 October 2012 - 04:27 PM

William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

October 24, 2012

If you have been reading any of the comparison tests of the new Cadillac ATS and the competition, you would have notice a reoccurring complaint; the six-speed manual transmission stinks. Apparently Cadillac is taking those criticisms to heart.

A source tells Motor Trend that Cadillac has stopped production of ATSs equipped with the six-speed manual to fix complaints of the six-speed being awful. The fix involves moving to a softer bushing setup in the transmission.

The fix will will be made before any cars equipped with the...

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