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Dec 09 2014
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford F-150 pickup – the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – will be the Official Vehicle of the 2015 International CES.

CES, which will take place Jan. 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association and is the world’s largest hands-on showcase of emerging innovation.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 09 2014
Written by Kelly Pleskot | Posted on Motor Trend

To meet stricter fuel economy standards, Chrysler Group will update its Pentastar V-6 lineup with turbocharging and direct injection.

Expect to see the change beginning in late 2015, when a refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts with an upgraded 3.6-liter V-6. Part of Chrysler's strategy may include turbocharging on engines that are now naturally-aspirated, according to a report from Automotive News.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 09 2014
Written by Peter Fricke | Posted on The Daily Caller

Negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement are continuing this week in Washington, but some economists say the talks shouldn’t be limited to traditional trade barriers like tariffs.

According to Market Pulse, among the issues on the agenda are “intellectual property and reform of state-owned firms to establish fair business competition,” as well as bilateral issues, “such as Japan’s proposed exceptional tariffs on some agricultural produce.”

Dec 08 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors designers have begun the painstaking task of fixing the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette, 10 months after it plunged through a hole in the Earth.

"The whole car's going to have to come apart," said Dave Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication, which makes parts for prototypes and design models of new cars. The white 1992 convertible was one of eight cars damaged when a sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., at 5:44 a.m. Feb. 12.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 08 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin.

"We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. And we are taking another look, particularly in the low torque applications. There may be some [potential] there."

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 08 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Chrysler Group LLC’s Kokomo Transmission Plant (KTP) has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). The Kokomo, Ind., transmission plant becomes Chrysler Group’s eighth North American facility to achieve the WCM award milestone and the Company’s highest ranking transmission plant.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 04 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s new Chevrolet Colorado pickup is Motor Trend magazine's unanimous 2015 Truck of the Year winner, beating out the expected frontrunner, the new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150.

The magazine and Chevy made the announcement Wednesday in an engineering employee meeting at the GM Tech Center in Warren. It's the first major award for the Colorado, which went on sale this fall after GM re-entered the midsize truck market after a more than two-year absence.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 04 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

The Lincoln Motor Co. announced Thursday a 10-year partnership with Revel Audio Systems to add its high-end sound in all of its new cars, starting with the next generation MKX midsize utility.

Revel is Connecticut-based Harman International’s premium loudspeaker brand and is known for its surround sound home audio systems that range from $2,000-$20,000, but has never before been in an automobile.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 04 2014
Florida Weekly

With roots that include the breakthrough 1955 and 2005 models, the new 2015 Chrysler 300 takes the nameplate’s style and sophistication to new levels.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 03 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

It’s finally solidified, and we can confirm that the  first-ever 2016 Cadillac CT6 will bow at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, just as its staff should be starting to settle into its SoHo headquarters. The 2016 CT6 will also fortify Cadillac’s new marketing strategy, which is also one of the reasons for the brand’s move to NYC. Balance sheet independence should follow by 2017.

Dec 03 2014
Written by Viknesh Vijayenthiran | Posted on Washington Post

Put Your Hands Up For Detroit! Well, that’s what we’ll all be singing if rumors of a Ford performance onslaught in Motor City prove true. There’s word on the street that the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is looking to launch a new global performance sub-brand (apparently SVT doesn’t have much cachet overseas) and will kick off the launch with multiple model reveals at next month's 2015 Detroit Auto Show, with the highlight being an all-new GT supercar.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 03 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Esquire magazine has named the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, America’s most fuel-efficient pickup, its Truck of the Year. The announcement is highlighted in Esquire’s December issue.

Esquire’s editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, balancing attributes with conventional touchstones that outline what makes a great truck, such as efficiency, functionality, versatility, safety, value and style.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 02 2014
Written by Aaron Brzozowski | Posted on GM Authority

The small SUV segment is anticipated to grow by about 80 percent over the next few years. That is, according to General Motors. And as a matter of fact, GM’s Chevrolet brand is banking on it; the 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be sold here at home for the first time beginning early next year.

The Chevrolet Trax has already been sold in 66 other markets since 2012. Chevrolet is proud of the 180,000 units moved since that time. But as current market trends show, over the next several years, Chevrolet would do well to sell the model domestically, too.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 02 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company, manufacturer of the best-selling police vehicles since 1996, trumped the competition in recent instrumented acceleration testing conducted separately by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

The EcoBoost®-powered Ford Police Interceptor sedan bested all V8-equipped competitors’ sedans in testing by both Michigan and California authorities, while Ford Police Interceptor utility with EcoBoost out-accelerated the competition’s all-new V8-equipped utility and all base V6-powered sedans.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 02 2014
Written by Andreas Tsaousis | Posted on Car Scoops

It may be extremely capable off-road but, having last been redesigned in 2006, the Jeep Wrangler is getting on a bit, which you can tell by a quick look at its specs.

For example, in spite of being fitted only with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V8 V6, its 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg city official consumption figures are worse than some of Chrysler’s V8 models.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 01 2014
Written by Krishnan M. Anantharaman | Posted on Automotive News

Uwe Ellinghaus doesn't like to see Cadillac explicitly comparing itself to German luxury competitors in its ads. But he's determined to see Cadillac adopt the marketing strategies used by those rivals, including his former employer, BMW.

The results of that drive will show up in April, said the 45-year-old marketing chief, when Cadillac unveils its range-topping CT6 sedan, the first car to carry its new vehicle-naming system, at the New York auto show, along with a revamped strategy that will seek to position Cadillac not just as a car brand, but as a pure luxury brand.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 01 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

America's pony car is ready to run with the thoroughbreds.

The Ford Mustang is still affordable enough to be a college grad's first new car — prices start at $23,600 — but the all-new 2015 Mustang has the technology to compete with $50,000-plus luxury sport coupes from Audi, BMW and Lexus. Next to the Mustang, the Ford's traditional competitors — the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger — suddenly feel out of date.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 01 2014
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Dodge Viper sales have been on a run since the brand repositioned the limited-production hand-built super car in September, and Dodge is building on the momentum, opening the system for dealers to place sold customer orders of the newly equipped 2015.5 Dodge Viper GTS and TA 2.0 Special Edition, which join the SRT and GT models in the Viper lineup.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Nov 25 2014
Written by Erick Ayapana | Posted on Motor Trend

General Motors has finally allowed us to get some wheel time in the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which is featured in the newest episode of Ignition. And as a bonus, host Carlos Lago produced a special video where he geeks out on almost every aspect of the special Corvette.

Nov 25 2014
Ford Media Center

Looking to spend some time exploring the countryside in the all-new 2015 F-150? Now it’s possible to sleep comfortably inside a Ford-branded camper, thanks to recreational vehicle builder Thor Livin Lite.

Thor Livin Lite and Ford have agreed to license Ford-branded recreational products for the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever.

Filed Under: Research & Development