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The Ford brand sold 178,856 vehicles, down 4.5% on a daily basis, while Lincoln sold 8,679 vehicles, up 5.5%. The results reflect Ford’s decision to emphasize pickup trucks, SUVs and CUVs while discontinuing all car models except for Mustang.
The Saginaw, MI, supplier has 12 active programs for steer-by-wire systems in autonomous vehicles classified as Level 3, 4 or 5. For one customer, Nexteer started production last year on Level 5 steer-by-wire systems for a prototype fleet of 500 vehicles.
Chrysler and Fiat brand sales were down 21.3% and 49.1%, respectively, based on daily sales rate. Overall, FCA US delivered 213,142 vehicles in the U.S. in May, a 7% increase over prior-year, according to Wards Intelligence data.
With 3D printing, a piston can be created one layer at a time, and a super-strong honeycomb lattice can replace the solid material, reducing mass about 25%. The supplier says it will have a 3D-printed piston running in a prototype diesel engine soon.
Production of the all-new heavy-duty ’20 Silverado begins in fall 2019, after light-duty and medium-duty trucks launch this year.
The ’19 model year will bring a “restyled face of Chevy cars,” with signature lighting, sculpted grilles, dual-element taillamps and redesigned front ends for a more premium look for the Spark, Cruze and Malibu, as well as updates for Camaro.