Sustainability

Annual FCA sustainability report shows reduced footprint, billions in investment

Aerial exterior view of the 3.3 million square-foot Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.). The facility has been making trucks since 1938 and currently produces the Ram 1500.

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FCA has released its annual sustainability report revealing a significant reduction in environmental impact and billions of dollars in investments in the future. The goals of the company were designed to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In 2019, FCA reduced its water use by 40 percent, and carbon footprint by 27 percent, and waste generated by per vehicle.

Further, the company has made billions of dollars in investments in the global market. FCA has started an investment cycle of approximately $3.06 billion in Brazil to revitalize the Fiat and Jeep lineups with a new flex-fuel engine plant. When complete, the plant will be the largest powertrain hub for FCA in Latin America.

2021 Fiat 500 The new all-electric Fiat 500 revealed but it might not come to the U.S. Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

China is the home of the new Jeep Commander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the first electrified model in the Jeep family. The five-passenger vehicle is the first PHEV FCA has made for the Chinese market. It features a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for a maximum range of 70 kilometers on a full charge.

Italy, the historic home of the Fiat brand, is the recipient of approximately $5.44 billion in investment surrounding electrification. The Fiat 500 has be redesigned as an all-electric model for 2021.

Earlier this year, FCA committed to an electrified future for its Maserati brand starting with the next-gen Ghibli which was originally slated to debut later this year.

In the U.S., FCA has invested $4.5 billion to expand its facilities in Michigan and build a new state-of-the-art facility in Detroit that will open later this year and produce Jeep models. FCA has committed to adding 6,500 new jobs in Southeast Michigan.

FCA Jeep CES 2020 New plug-in hybrid electric Jeeps are coming and will be badged with "4xe". Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

In December 2019 FCA and PSA Group agreed to a $47 billion merger, joining together a portfolio of 13 different brands. U.S. President Donald Trump has named FCA CEO Mike Manley to the country's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups as an influential resource for the direction of the restart of the U.S. economy post-pandemic.

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Teachers from Houston, Tampa, and Detroit can be entered to win.

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With more parents having a larger hand in educating their children for the last seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become apparent to many just how tough being a teacher can be. Maaco, the world's largest provider of auto paint and collision services, is rewarding one lucky teacher with a free MAACOver as part of a new giveaway.

The giveaway can include an exterior paint job, deep cleaning, and collision/damage repair. These are all services that Maaco offers as part of its menu.

Teachers of grades K-12 can nominate themselves or students and community members can nominate a deserving educator via Macao.com. Only teachers in Houston, Tampa, and Detroit are eligible.

Nominations must be submitted by October 5. Winners will be announced October 19.

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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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