Auto News For Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – FCA Moves Ram Pickup Production To Sterling Heights


FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

Here are the six must-read, must-watch auto news stories and videos for Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

FCA
Layoffs at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Sterling Heights, Michigan, factory related to the sharp declines reported by the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan. U.S. sales of the Ram 1500, on the other hand, are on the rise, and FCA is moving some Ram production to Sterling Heights. – Detroit Free Press

EXISTENTIAL THREAT
Mitsubishi Motors’ own boss says the existence of his company is in question as share prices tumble following 25 years of cheating on fuel economy tests. – Bloomberg

NO FAST GOLF
The GTI you can have. Even the Golf R remains available. But Volkswagen is saying no to the 395-horsepower Golf R400. – Jalopnik

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SUBARU
The Subaru Forester, America’s best-selling import vehicle and Subaru’s most popular model, will be refreshed for model year 2017 with an emphasis on refinement. Owners felt road noise was a top issue in the previous Forester. – Automotive News

RSQ3
Remember being slightly frightened by the Canadian as-tested price of our 2016 Audi Q3 a few weeks ago? At $50,000, the Q3 Technik Quattro was a bit dear. Then again, this Audi RS Q3’s as-tested price in the UK is £49,185, equal to a terrifying CAD $90,000, not that it would cost that much if it were ever to be sold here. – CAR

WATCH
We’re testing the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris this week. But our cargo van review may not appeal to all GCBC readers – it does, after all, have only two seats and very little fabric. Consumer Reports put the passenger version of the Metris through its paces late last year.