News Summary: Automakers expecting pickup boom

News Summary: Chrysler adds 3rd shift to truck plant with surge in pickup sales expected

Associated Press

HIRING: Chrysler said Thursday that it's adding a third shift with 1,000 jobs to a Ram pickup plant outside Detroit. It also plans to add 250 jobs to a Detroit engine plant in 2014.

BUSINESS PICKING UP: Pickup truck sales are expected to spike as home construction increases. New-home starts reached their fastest pace in four years in September. Trucks are also averaging a record 10 years old, so car companies think there will be demand to replace them.

ROAD SIGNS: Chrysler's redesigned Ram just went on sale and GM will have new trucks next year, which could fuel demand.

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