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Nov 19 2014
Written by Nicolas Parasie | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

 Ford Motor Co. , one of the world’s largest car makers, will press ahead with developing more fuel-efficient vehicles even as lower oil prices make the strategic push less of an urgent matter, a senior company executive said Wednesday.

Nov 19 2014
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Cadillac took the wraps off its 2016 ATS-V coupe and sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday night, models that are designed to compete head-on with the high-performance variants of other luxury brands.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 19 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

For its 25th birthday, Ford Motor Co.'s popular Explorer SUV is getting a new engine, new technology and a new trim level.

The Dearborn automaker will unveil a refreshed 2016 Explorer on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The latest Explorer focuses on driving performance and functionality, staples of the vehicle's history since its launch in 1991.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 19 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler is hoping that it can boost sales of its 300 sedan with an overhaul of its exterior design that takes the car back to its bolder 2005 styling.

The 2015 Chrysler 300 has a more aggressive, grated grille that reflects the styling of the model that hip-hop stars loved in 2005 and, the company hopes, recaptures some of the same magic that made the car stand out from competitors a decade ago.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 18 2014
Written by Aaron Brzozowski | Posted on GM Authority

The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is an automotive All-Star, at least in the eyes of Automobile. The All-Star awards are essentially the Automobile equivalent to Car and Driver’s 10 Best: the publication’s highest praise, with none of the typical objective criteria. We’re sure that the General is honored.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Nov 18 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. is bringing back its iconic Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The Dearborn automaker on Monday will unveil the high-performance nameplate in advance of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The GT350 will include a flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower. It's Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 18 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The new 2015 Dodge Charger has received the Residual Value Award in the “Fullsize Car” category from ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data.

The annual ALG Residual Value Awards recognize vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period. This is the Charger’s first Residual Value Award in the Fullsize Car category.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Nov 18 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The new 2015 Dodge Charger has received the Residual Value Award in the “Fullsize Car” category from ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data.

The annual ALG Residual Value Awards recognize vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a conventional three-year period. This is the Charger’s first Residual Value Award in the Fullsize Car category.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Nov 17 2014
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

By partnering with a group of North Dakota livestock ranchers, Chevrolet and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are creating incentives to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

In a program to be launched today in Washington, D.C., Chevrolet is buying credits from owners of about 11,000 acres of grasslands in North Dakota that will remain in production while eliminating about 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission through a variety of conservation practices.

Nov 17 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Lincoln Motor Co. hopes its new Black Label experience, unveiled Monday, will make its luxury vehicle customers feel even more luxurious.

Black Label is upscale, customized vehicle interiors and membership perks that will roll out at 32 Lincoln dealers across six states — including five dealerships in Michigan — next month.

Nov 17 2014
Chrysler Media Group

With its groundbreaking Italian design and Formula 1 derived innovations, the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C supercar won over the editorial staff at AUTOMOBILE, earning the turbocharged mid-engine coupe a coveted “2015 All-Star” award – an accolade that represents what the publication’s enthusiasts most want to drive.

Nov 17 2014
Written by William Mauldin | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration will fall well short of its goal of doubling exports in five years. But it is hoping to secure a longer-run victory on the trade front with sweeping new agreements in the next two years.

Nov 14 2014
Written by Michael Hunter | Posted on Financial Times

The yen neared its weakest level in seven years on Thursday and Tokyo’s stock indices once more outperformed their Asian peers with the prospect of a snap election continuing to hold sway over the country’s markets.

Speculation that Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, could seek to confirm his mandate for extended stimulus and delay a second scheduled increase in consumption tax set for next October continued to dominate sentiment.

Nov 14 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Chevrolet will unveil a new concept race car next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

General Motors Co.'s largest brand on Thursday said the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X VGT concept — developed virtually for the popular Vision Gran Turismo project, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo — will give a "glimpse into the future of automotive design."

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 14 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company announced the 7-millionth Explorer sold in the United States today, sealing the vehicle’s position as America’s favorite SUV. The iconic Explorer was launched in the U.S. market in 1990 becoming an instant hit. For nearly a quarter century, it has been the best-selling SUV in the country.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 14 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The automotive editors at Consumer Guide® awarded five Chrysler Group vehicles the 2015 Best Buy distinction.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 13 2014
Written by Aaron Brzozowski | Posted on GM Authority

Remember the beautifully upscale, while off-road-ready, Chevrolet Silverado High Desert concept from this year’s SEMA trade show? It featured a concept “cargo management” system which warrants some further discussion.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 13 2014
Written by Robert Wright | Posted on Financial Times

Visiting the body shop at Ford’s vast River Rouge site is a disorienting experience. The factory in Dearborn, near Detroit, is eerily quiet compared with the din in most such plants. It is entirely devoid of the showers of sparks that normally leap out from robots welding panels into vehicle bodies.

Nov 13 2014
Written by Larry Edsall | Posted on The Detroit News

It takes a special vehicle to be considered a showstopper at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

The Las Vegas extravaganza is where automakers and those who make the the parts to customize and personalize cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles annually display their newest ideas.

Just look at those fenders. Those red-lighted accents and red-trimmed windows. Those red wheels. Those huge tires. Menacing is one word that might come to mind. Military is another.

So what is this thing?

Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 12 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

A GT3-spec racecar version of Cadillac’s ATS-V Coupe was spotted in a shipping yard back in September and surprisingly, it looked well on its way to being complete. All it needed was some ‘V’ Cadillac graphics and a driver number to be ready for Pirellli World Challenge competition.

There’s a reason Cadillac’s new racer, to be called ATS-V.R, was so far along in its development. Much like Chevrolet did with the 2015 Corvette C7.R and the 2015 Corvette Z06, Cadillac will be unveiling its ATS-V.R alongside the production ATS-V Coupe and Sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

Filed Under: Research & Development