Ford plans 3-cylinder car
DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules. The company says the 2014 Fiesta will be the first North American vehicle to get Ford's new 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine when it goes on sale next year. The 1-liter has been sold in the European version of the Focus sedan since March. Ford isn't releasing fuel economy numbers yet, but says the 1-liter Fiesta will be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid available in the U.S. It should get well over 40 miles per gallon. Ford plans to show a Fiesta with the new engine at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
GM opens Chinese plant
HONG KONG — General Motors Co. and its local Chinese partners have launched a second plant to make cars for its local discount brand Baojun, ratcheting up the battle for customers at the fast-growing lower end of the world's biggest auto market. The SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture opened the factory on Sunday in southwestern Guangxi province. GM and its partners have invested 8 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in the facility, which will be capable of turning out up to 400,000 vehicles a year. The joint venture is also building a powertrain factory at the plant that will produce up to 400,000 engines a year. It's scheduled to open in September. The first car to roll off the plant's production line was a Baojun 630 midsize sedan, one of two cars sold under the only-in-China badge. The 630 sells for about 10,100 while the Le Chi mini car goes for about 40,000 yuan ($6,400).
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