A worker at Ford Motor Co.’s Livonia Transmission Plant assembles a truck transmission. The automaker plans to invest $1.4 billion to upgrade the facility.
Southeast Michigan’s automakers announced a slate of plant investments between April and June, and FCA announced two major upgrades in July. Combined, companies announced more than $5.5 billion in North American spending. www.fcanorthamerica.com, www.ford.com, www.gm.com

London double-decker bus to use Cummins diesel engine

An iconic Routemaster red bus uses the Cummins ISB4.5 clean diesel engine to meet the Ultra-Low Emission Zone standards planned to take effect in congested areas of London, England, from 2018 to 2020. The AEC Routemaster RM1005 double-deck bus, which first entered service in 1962, now has the distinction of being the oldest bus to meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards.

The bus owner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, former commissioner of transport for London, challenged the Cummins engineers to extend the operating life of RM1005 with a cost-efficient repower package, hoping to enable other Routemasters to continue operating in London.

The Cummins 4.5L ISB clean diesel engine has integrated exhaust after-treatment, ensuring that despite the new technology, the bus will look the same as non-upgraded models. www.cumminsengines.com