GM plans to hire 1,000 engineers in the coming year and Chrysler will hire 1,000 in the next four months, according to various media reports.
GM’s new hires will work on development of electric cars and hybrids, including the soon-to-be-released Chevy Volt, the company says. Chrysler’s new engineers are expected to do small- and mid-sized car development.
Quoted in an article in The Wall Street Journal, GM chief executive Dan Akerson said that battery-powered cars could drive “300, 400 or 500 miles within five, ten or 15 years. We have to stay invested in this technology because we’re not sure where it’s going to go.”
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
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