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Oct 22 2015
Written by Helen Verongos | Posted on The New York Times

Emerging from the shadow of the Ford Motor Company’s most spectacular failure, the Edsel, the Mustang was a coup that anticipated the spirit of the times with a new direction in car design and record-breaking sales.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 22 2015
GM News

General Motors partnered with engineering students from Michigan Technological University to help the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans prepare for Sunday’s 36th annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon.

Student athletes helped prep the athletes’ hand cycles for the rigors of marathon competition. A technical workshop was held Saturday in the GM Wintergarden.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 21 2015
Written by Jim Jackson | Posted on NWI Times

Dodge Charger leads the modern day muscle car era with the most powerful factory-built 4-door passenger car on the planet.

The five-passenger rear-drive 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat harnesses 707 horsepower generated from a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 Hellcat engine.

Charger Hellcat is shipped straight from the assembly line to the showroom floor and buying public for a base price of $62,295.

Buyers also pay $995 for freight and a $1700 gas-guzzler tax.

Indeed.

At full throttle, Charger Hellcat will empty its 18.5 gallon fuel tank in 13 minutes.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 21 2015
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT -- A camouflaged, full-size, Ford-badged SUV spotted recently in Dearborn, Mich., near Ford’s product development center offers the best view yet of the redesigned aluminum-bodied Expedition, due out as a 2018 model.

A Ford source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the vehicle in the spy shots is close to the final version of the Expedition.

The redesigned Expedition has Ford’s trademark dip in the front windows near the mirrors, the same styling feature used on Super Duty trucks.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 21 2015
Written by Dan Mihalascu | Posted on Car Scoops

GMC will continue to offer the Elevation Edition for 2016 with the styling upgrades and other features new to the entire Sierra 1500 lineup.
These enhancements include revised front-end styling with new, high-intensity discharge projector-beam headlamps and GMC Signature LED lighting.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 20 2015
Written by Jonathan Camhi | Posted on Business Insider

GM has been working on self-driving technology for nearly a decade and that work will start to bear fruit soon, WIRED reported.

The company says it will have a fleet of self-driving Chevy Volts cruising around its Detroit technical innovation center next year. The center sits on a campus with 11 miles of roads that GM is using for testing self-driving technology.

Oct 20 2015
Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Wausau Daily Herald

Dodge introduced performance in the compact car segment with the all-new, state-of-the-art Dart four-door sedan back in 2013. The all-new Dart marked the Dodge brand’s re-entry into the compact sedan segment, hitting the bulls-eye with a modern, unmistakable Dodge design that builds upon its performance heritage while evoking emotion, efficiency and fluidity of movement.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 20 2015
Written by Kyle Stock | Posted on Bloomberg

Ford’s famous pickup, the best-selling vehicle in America since the Reagan administration, has still got it. Even after Ford swapped out almost every steel body panel for a lightweight aluminum alloy. Even after it added a cute, sedan-size 2.7-liter engine. Even after Chevrolet and a legion of gravel-throated truck fans deemed it wimpy and precious and expensive to fix.

“It seems like a big change initially, but when people see the difference, they’ll ask ‘Why didn’t they do this sooner?’” said Michael Levine, the company’s truck talker.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 14 2015
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on USA Today

Despite being one of the oldest names in the car business, General Motors is “among the leaders” in the development of self-driving cars along with Silicon Valley's best — from Apple to Tesla, GM CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview with USA.

Barra says GM is well positioned to thrive as transportation enters a new self-driving revolution even if Apple eventually makes a car — widely expected to be an autonomous, electric vehicle.

Oct 14 2015
Written by Micah Wright | Posted on Auto Cheat Sheet

With all this talk of dirty diesel engines and massive recalls dominating the news cycle, we’re thrilled to put a diesel in the spotlight for all the right reasons, because when it comes to the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 EcoDiesel, it ticks all the right boxes while keeping any issues to a minimum. Even reviews from fellow critic, Road & Track (who drove it for a long-term feature), loved the EcoDiesel from start to finish, finding zero reasons to gripe about it — aside from the pricy powertrain.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 14 2015
Written by Kyle Campbell | Posted on New York Daily News

Next time you see red, white and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, odds are they'll be attached to a Ford.

Between sales of its Police Interceptor Sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and Utility, which is based on the Explorer, the Dearborn, Mich.-based manufacturer holds a 61 percent share of the police car market, with the Utility holding the top overall spot to date in 2015, according to data gathered by Polk/IHS Automotive.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 08 2015
Written by Scott Evans | Posted on Motor Trends

Let's get one thing straight from the start: The Ram Rebel is not a Ford Raptor-fighter. That was the Ram Runner, and it's dead now. No, this is Ram's rebuttal to Ford's FX4 Off-Road package for the F-150, Chevrolet's Z71 Off-Road package for the Silverado, Toyota's TRD Pro package for the Tundra, and Nissan's Pro-4X package for the Titan. Set your expectations accordingly.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 08 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to be a “disruptor” in the changing auto industry, as it announced what’s believed to be an industry-first fleet of self-driving cars, as well as two U.S. car-sharing programs.

A fleet of autonomous 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids will be made available for employees at its Warren Tech Center. Beginning late next year, they’ll be able to hop into one of the Volts and be shuttled around the campus.

Barra says the company wants to redefine the future of personal mobility, and doing so will transform the company.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 08 2015
Written by Viknesh Vijayenthiran | Posted on Motor Authority

Australia’s Carbon Revolution was selected by the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] to supply carbon fiber wheels for the new Mustang Shelby GT350R and soon the contract could be expanded to include the new GT supercar as well. So far the GT has only been shown with aluminum wheels.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 07 2015
FCA US Media

Rolling Stone Country and Ram Truck announced today a multi-platform partnership geared toward creating meaningful content for passionate country music fans and expanding both brands’ footprint in the country music genre. As the official automotive partner of Rolling Stone Country, Ram branding will be woven into the framework of the website’s design.
 

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 07 2015
GM News

Running an errand to a big box store or planning a weekend excursion are about to get easier for some Manhattan residents because of a car-sharing program revealed today by General Motors. It’s the company’s latest move to deliver urban mobility options to customers around the globe.

Let’s Drive NYC is available to eligible residents of The Ritz Plaza, a 479-unit luxury apartment building at Times Square in midtown Manhattan, owned and managed by Stonehenge Partners.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 07 2015
Ford Media

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford will speak on the opening day of Web Summit, one of the world’s leading conferences for technology and ideas.
Web Summit, which takes place in Dublin from Nov. 3-5, is expected to attract more than 22,000 people from 110 countries.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 02 2015
FCA US Blog

FCA US LLC is bringing its latest models, state-of-the-art displays, and several unique interactive experiences to the State Fair of Texas, Sept. 25-Oct. 18. 

“We will treat State Fair attendees to everything from the world's fastest muscle cars, to the most fuel-efficient pickup trucks, to seductive American sedans,” said Mike Dragojevic, Director of the Southwest Business Center, FCA US. “The State Fair of Texas gives us a chance to demonstrate how our Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT vehicles uniquely answer the demands of Texans.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 02 2015

Executives told an investor meeting that GM hoped to have a driverless Chevy Volt ready for next year's event.

Technology for the car will be developed through partnerships with companies such as Mobileye, the Israeli software specialist.

The move will be financed in part from a three-year cost-cutting plan covering manufacturing and administration.

The move is in part a reaction to competition from companies such as Tesla and Google, whose plans for autonomous vehicles are well advanced.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 02 2015
Written by Ann M. Job | Posted on CBS Detroit

At the age of 50, the Ford Mustang has accomplished the ultimate goal: To be current and ageless, and appealing to young and old alike.

For 2015, the half-century-old Mustang adds a modern 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s fuel efficient and refined even as it delivers more horsepower and torque than the Mustang’s V-6.

The Mustang’s suspension, with an independent rear setup finally replacing the solid rear axle design, provides better handling and control.

Filed Under: Research & Development