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Jul 01 2014
Chrysler Media

Dodge Dart and Dodge Durango honored second year in a row for Total Quality

Dodge Charger, Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited and Ram 2500/3500 lead their segments in Total Quality IndexTM

Strategic Vision’s Total Quality IndexTM uses a holistic survey to capture new vehicle owners’ emotional responses to the positive and negative vehicle experiences

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 30 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Last year, users of MapMyFitness apps ran more than 500 million miles in the United States. In a recent survey, 71 percent of those users said they drove to a specific location to start their workouts, which means Americans are constantly looking for new, challenging and more scenic routes.

Now, Buick is partnering with MapMyFitness, an Under Armour company, for the nationwide “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge” to help runners find, record and share their favorite routes, while also learning how vehicles like the Buick Verano fit into an active lifestyle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 30 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT-- Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies.

It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.

Ford showed the vehicle to journalists last week at a daylong preview here. A concept version was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new vehicle is roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the first-generation Edge, which debuted in 2006. Ford hopes to move the vehicle upscale.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 30 2014
Written by Barbara Schaffer | Posted on Auto Digest

Jeep is leading Chrysler’s comeback as the best-selling company brand and right out of the gate, the all-new Jeep Cherokee is running neck and neck with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler for the top-selling Jeep position. Company reps have told us they are having trouble keeping the 2014 Jeep Cherokee in stock at the dealerships because they are selling so fast.

The buying public loves the new Cherokee, but media reviews have been mixed. Put us down in the group who loves the new Cherokee.

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Jun 27 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Chevrolet makes its debut on Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands report, ranking No. 32. The report, produced by the world's leading brand consultancy, Interbrand, measures market perception and actual environmental performance of a company and its products.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 27 2014
Written by Fred Meier | Posted on USA Today

Ford on Thursday unveiled its refreshed 2015 Focus ST hot hatch performance model at the U.K.'s annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Along with the regular Focus, the new version of the hot hatch got a freshening for the new model year, including some new chassis tuning, new features, redone front and rear fascia changes (building on the refreshed regular hatchback Focus) and some cockpit upgrades.

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Jun 27 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The Dodge brand is celebrating its 100th anniversary today at Meadowbrook Hall in Rochester in an invitation only event.

Founded on July 1, 1914 by John F. and Horace E. Dodge, the company was purchased by Chrysler in 1928. Despite many ups and downs, Dodge has remained one of the most enduring brands in automotive history. Through the years nameplates such as the Dodge Caravan, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Viper

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2014
GM News

Chevrolet’s full-size Suburban SUV has ample space and comfort to carry up to nine passengers and their gear on long hauls – and brings cutting-edge technology along for the ride.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Dearborn— Ford Motor Co. has found a way to let you see what’s going on inside your car — maybe the teenage driver — at any time. The same system will recognize your face, and won’t confuse it with the guy who’s trying to steal your car.

Called Project Mobii, the technology — still early in the experimental stage — lets owners view the entire interior of their vehicles through a cellphone app. It uses five interior cameras, including one facing the driver and front-seat passenger.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC will invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity.

The money will be used to buy and install a high-tech, high-speed press line that will increase capacity by about 3.6 million parts per year, the automaker said in a statement Wednesday.

The 65-year-old plant provides parts stamped from sheet metal — hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures, fenders and floor pans — for vehicles including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Durango and Dart; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Chrysler Town & Country; and Ram trucks.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
My Fox Detroit

 FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors Co. says it's boosting solarpower at its plants.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that it's adding three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities: an engine plant in Flint and processing center in nearby Swartz Creek.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on New York Times

Ford has announced its all-new 2015 Edge crossover. Using the same vehicle architecture as the Ford Fusion, the Edge features a front camera for better visibility, adaptive cruise control and inflatable seat belts, Ford said in a statement released Tuesday.

The Edge will be offered with a 245-horsepower 2-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, as well as the standard naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that Ford says will deliver more than 300 horsepower. The Edge will also be available with all-wheel drive for the first time.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler and Fiat leadership outline strategy for the future and discuss supply base’s role in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ outlined plans

Eighteen awards presented for extraordinary performance in 2013

June 24, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat S.p.A. executives today met with approximately 3,000 supplier representatives at their 2014 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony held at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. safety engineer Roger Trombley didn’t want his kids to think he was just the guy who walked through the door of their Ann Arbor home at the end of the day.

So Trombley, 37, became the first man in his department to go to a part-time schedule, in 2009, so he could be with son Dillon. Since then, three other dads in his unit at Ford have followed suit.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Magnetic ride control is an all-new, exclusive feature on the 2015 GMC Sierra Denali, advancing its position as the most refined and technologically advanced truck on the market. It’s the first time the advanced, electronically controlled damping system has been offered on a full-size truck.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Reporters from across North America are in Dearborn today for an overview of the automaker’s 2015 model lineup.

Also on the agenda is the unveiling of a new vehicle. The Detroit Free Press can reveal full details at 6 p.m.

Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehiclesglobally this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler is going to give its Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee SUV an extra fuel economy pop by offering stop-start technology on each starting this fall.

Stop-start improves fuel economy by turning the engine off when it comes to a stop and automatically restarting it when a driver presses the accelerator.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
GM News

DETROIT – A Chevrolet Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee returns to the big screen in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in theaters June 27.

“In all the Transformers films, Chevrolet vehicles get to play the heroes,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “These movies have helped us get our vehicles in front of a younger audience around the world.”

This is the Camaro’s fourth appearance in a Transformers film. The first three movies helped propel Camaro to sales leadership in its segment for the past four years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. customers who buy 2015 model-year vehicles with navigation systems will get free five-year subscriptions to SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link. The services offer detailed traffic, accident, fuel and weather information.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
Written by Mark Savage | Posted on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The former Chrysler 200 was so long in the tooth you could have nicknamed it Snagglepuss.

It was updated a couple of years back by Fiat. Mostly, Fiat has helped Chrysler's various lineups, and the new Chrysler 200 again confirms that.

The midsize sedan, which rides on the Jeep Cherokee platform, is available with all-wheel-drive and carries the rounded styling first seen on the sporty Dodge Dart. This is a handsome sedan with a swept-back rear quarter to give it both a modern and sporty profile.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development

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