Auto News: Ford Averts Strike, Chevy Unveils Camaro Kits

Ford F-150

Ford Averts Strike

Good news if you’re planning to buy a F-150. There won’t be a slow down in production because Ford averted a strike at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.  The facility is one of two that builds the F-150 and production on the 2016 model begins soon.

Workers were unhappy over seniority, staffing and safety issues and had threatened to walk out over the first weekend of October. However, the agreement ends the crisis.

Ford doesn’t want any disruption to pickup production. The automaker is trying to build as many F-150s as it can, to build up its inventory after a year of disruption while it retooled its two plants to switch from steel bodies to full-size pickups made of aluminum.

Overall, Ford has invested about $1.1 billion in the Kansas City facility to expand production of pickups and commercial vans.

Chevy Unveils Camaro Performance Kits

The new 2016 Camaro is due out soon and Chevy is unveiling performance kits for die-hard enthusiasts.

From performance air intake and exhaust systems, to lowering kits, ground-effects packages, spoilers and even performance Brembo brake systems, the lineup is designed to offer customers choices for distinguishing their new Camaros on the street and making the most of the cars’ performance capabilities.

“These accessories and parts were designed, engineered and tested by our Camaro team, assuring proper fit and integration – and they are backed by Chevrolet,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

Customers can view many of the accessories on the new Camaro using the online Camaro Visualizer.

First-Ever Range Rover Convertible

Can’t make up your mind about whether to get a SUV or a convertible? Land Rover has it all figured out for you with its all-new Range Rover Evoque droptop. The automaker bills it as the world’s first ever luxury SUV convertible and it’s almost ready to see the light of day, three years after first being introduced as a the concept.

Newly released video shows the ragtop going through its paces at Land Rover’s all-terrain testing ground in the UK. Land Rover says it completed development and testing with “flying colors” and calls it the most “capable convertible in the world.”

It goes on sale in Spring of 2016.

Photo Credit: Ford
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