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Aug 24 2015
GM News

Pontiac High School students returning to classes this week are being greeted by a new, massive “PHOENIX PRIDE” sign that represents more than the school’s mascot. Ten of their classmates helped refurbish several areas of Pontiac this summer as members of the GM Student Corps.

Aug 24 2015
Written by Craig and Deanne Conover | Posted on Daily Herald

It seems to us that over that past few years, minivans have lost much of the appeal that has previously been enjoyed with the mommy set. As millennial’s transform into motherhood and start families of their own, they are looking for a more athletic looking larger vehicle to transport the little ones and enjoy their free time as much as possible, without being tied to the pavement all the time.

Aug 24 2015
Ford Media

Ford Performance engineers are busying trail testing prototypes of the all-new F-150 Raptor, the toughest, smartest and most capable Raptor ever. The all-new Raptor is able to tackle even tougher hills, ruts and bumps along trails than the previous model. Here an early engineering prototype that combines parts from the 2017 Raptor with the 2015 F-150 climbs tight two track trails in Northern Michigan, where the team is testing the new truck’s components over challenging terrain.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 20 2015
Written by Ronan Glon | Posted on Left Lane News

Dubbed Renegade Trackhawk, Jeep's first-ever hot-rodded subcompact crossover will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged version of Chrysler's 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. The four-banger will send at least 300 horsepower to all four wheels, though what transmission it will be bolted to is up in the air.

The extra power will be complemented by upgraded brakes all around, a sport-tuned suspension and a full body kit. All told, the Renegade Trackhawk is shaping up to be the fastest and most aggressive-looking crossover in its segment by a long shot.
 

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Jennifer Chambers | Posted on The Detroit News

The GM Foundation will award grants totaling $50,000 on Wednesday to eight local nonprofits in the Detroit and Brownstown communities as part of its Plant City Grants program.

At the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the grants on behalf of the local GM facilities — Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Plant.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 20 2015
Fox News

The last time Henrik Fisker designed a convertible, it was a sleek, plug-in hybrid called the Karma Sunset hat never saw the light of day. His latest likely has a brighter future.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Kathy Sena | Posted on My Ford Mag

We all do it. We recycle our glass, our plastic, our newspapers—but what about our vehicle’s parts when something needs to be replaced? As a Ford owner, you’re covered. Ford takes recycling seriously. In fact, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Ford Core Recovery Program, the company’s lead effort to recycle and reprocess damaged vehicle parts.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Saturday it will invest millions of dollars into the historic Durant-Dort Carriage Co. “Factory One” building in Flint to turn what some consider the birthplace of General Motors into an archive and research center.

The Detroit automaker in 2013 purchased the 25,000-square-foot building just north of downtown Flint on West Water Street for an undisclosed amount. GM has invested about $3 million into repairing the exterior, installing new windows and doors and new fencing around a parking lot.

Aug 20 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Dodge wasn’t prepared for the popularity of its new 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat models. All 2015 model-year cars already are spoken for, and dealers this week began ordering the 2016 models.

Aug 18 2015
The Telegraph

General Motors plans to convert a historic factory building near downtown Flint, which some consider the company's birthplace, into an archive and research center.

On Saturday, just before the kickoff for Back to the Bricks, the automaker announced it would invest millions into the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. "Factory One" building that it purchased in 2013. The company has already spent about $3 million on fixes to the 25,000-square-foot building.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 18 2015
The Mustang News

The people at Ford Performance, formerly Ford Racing have announced a new package Ford Focus ST owners can buy that amps their little crusher up to 275 horsepower.
In partnership with long time tuner Mountune, Ford Performance is offering an off-the-shelf kit which includes a larger inter-cooler, revised intake plumbing, a new filter, a tuner and all the needed hardware.

The MP275 package raises both horsepower and torque with almost 300 pound-feet. It requires of course 93-octane premium unleaded to belt that out.

Aug 18 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be part of the marketing force behind the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie that opens in December.

The automaker, known for partnering with movie studios, stars and musicians, is one of seven global companies that will be part of "an expansive, historic promotional campaign," to support the movie.

Lucasfilm identified the partners Thursday. Others include Covergirl & Max Factor, Duracell, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Subway and Verizon. They were announced four days after a new teaser for the film was released.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 17 2015
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News
 
"WAAUUUURRRGH!!" What better way to start Dream Cruise Saturday than at full opposite lock in a bellowing 707 hp Dodge Hellcat?
 
I climbed aboard the Detroit's premier muscle car for the first-ever "Dodge Rock City Thrill Rides" in the middle of the Dodge display in the Kroger parking lot at 13 Mile and Woodward.
 
Then driver Chris Ferraro – an SCCA national Trans Am champion – unleashed the 707 ponies. Kroger parking lot will never be the same.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 17 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on USA TODAY
 
Cadillac's product makeover will include five new SUVs or crossovers by the end of the decade, a new subcompact car and three redesigned models that straddle the line between compact and midsize cars, according to a presentation by brand President Johan de Nysschen to analysts in Tuesday.
 
But de Nysschen's message to the J.P. Morgan Auto Conference was the long-term strategy will require patience.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 17 2015
Written by Khalil AIHajal | Posted on Michigan Live
 
Matt Michaels has seen more and more newer-model Ford Mustangs lining 9 Mile Road every August since he started attending the Woodward Dream Cruise in 1999.
 
"There's not as many early cars out here any more," he said as passersby marveled at his spotless, red 1965 Ford Mustang GT Fastback with a shining 289 high-performance V8 engine.
 
"A lot of people who were into these old cards have long retired."
 
His car was among hundreds lined up on Mustang Alley in one of the main attractions of the Dream Cruise, an event
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 14 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News
 
Less than 24 hours after more than 10,000 people attended the first-ever “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” the auto brand on Thursday announced the event will return in 2016.
 
Dodge and SRT President and CEO Tim Kuniskis said the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand doesn’t know when or where the event will take place but is promising “it will be even bigger and better.”
 
“The ‘Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge’ came together very organically and in a very short amount of time,” Kuniskis said in a statement on Thursday.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 14 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
 
General Motors Co. said Thursday it will roll out Sport Touring models of the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano sedans.
 
The new Sport Touring LaCrosse, Regal and Verano go on sale this fall. GM has not announced pricing.
 
“Buick is reaching an all-new generation of customers by reinventing itself in terms of design, function and capabilities,” Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick sales, service and marketing, said in a statement.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 14 2015
Ford
 Each year, Ford brings global prototype vehicles and a team of engineers to the world’s largest climatic test facility – McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle – to push the limits of extreme cold-weather testing in order to improve vehicle quality and performance for customers.
 
In this sophisticated, all-weather facility used by the U.S. Air Force to test every aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory [1], Ford engineers can get temperatures down as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in a span of just 10 hours.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 13 2015
Ford Media

All-new Ford F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks roll off the line today for the first time in the United States. Production of the trucks at Ohio Assembly Plant, previously built in Mexico, helps secure more than 1,000 hourly UAW jobs and a $168 million plant investment in the United States.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 12 2015
Written by Ford Staff | Posted on Ford
 
Arachnophobes may not know this, but there is a team of Ford engineers who developed an innovative spider screen to keep the creepy crawlers from nesting in Ford vehicles.
 
You’re welcome.
 
Cheiracanthium mildei and Cheiracanthium inclusum – more commonly referred to as yellow sac spiders – have been known to nest inside vehicles in North America, causing problems for car owners and automakers alike over the years. Instead of using webs to catch prey, these spiders build cocoon-like webs for shelter and to lay eggs.
Filed Under: Research & Development