Obama visits factory


President Barack Obama (left) watches as assembler Austin Ivey (right) demonstrates how to install a turbo onto a truck engine at Detroit Diesel in Redford, Mich., on Monday. The company, which makes heavy-duty diesel truck engines, said it will invest $120 million at the plant to build a new transmission and turbocharger. The new 12-speed manual transmission has computer-controlled shifting and clutches so it performs like an automatic, yet has the efficiency of a manual, said Detroit Diesel, which is owned by Germany's Daimler AG. The new turbocharger improves performance but saves weight and is simpler than previous models, according to the company.

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