Volkswagen brought just three vehicles to SEMA this year (compare that to Ford's 57 show cars): two Jettas and a Golf. Both Jettas showcase the automaker's new turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder engines - one of which is heavily modified - and the Golf is the first seventh-generation model tuned in North America (it launches here next year).
While you're bound to see more American and Asian cars at SEMA than you will European ones, Volkswagen stands as a notable exception. This year VW is showcasing its new EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engines with a pair of customized Jettas.
Chrysler began production of its all-new Sebring sedan yesterday at its Sterling Heights assembly plant, and with it, brought a modern assembly approach entitled 'Flexible Manufacturing Strategy.' FMS allows Chrysler to adapt its production to meet demand by allowing the assembly of a variety of vehicles on the same line. Certainly nothing new, but the progressive approach will allow more vehicles to come to market at a quicker rate.