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Jun 23 2015
General Motors News

General Motors will invest $245 million and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.

“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before.”

Jun 22 2015
The News Wheel

Any good employer knows that healthy employees are happy employees. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US, this means promoting a variety of programs for a healthy workplace and encouraging its employees to live healthy lifestyles. The Italian-American carmaker offers so many health-oriented course that the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) recently recognized FCA US for its programs, awarding the company the organization’s Gold Medal award.

Jun 22 2015
GM News

Chevrolet announced today it will offer low cab forward medium-duty trucks in the U.S. in 2016, returning the brand to a growing segment of the commercial vehicle market and expanding choices for fleet and commercial truck customers.

The six new models – Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – are based on the Isuzu N-Series, which GM will procure from Isuzu and distribute through Chevrolet dealers.

Jun 22 2015
Ford Media

Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate the achievements of more than 160 graduating seniors from 10 Detroit-area high schools at its sixth annual Blue Oval Scholarship program. The awards, ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be presented Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Jun 19 2015
Automotive World

The Chrysler brand’s big, bold American sedan – the new 2015 Chrysler 300 – ranks highest among Large Cars in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). For a second consecutive year and for the third time in five years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Midsize Sporty Car segment in initial quality.

IQS is based on responses from more than 84,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicle’s design, as well as defects.

Jun 19 2015
Written by Temur Tatishvili | Posted on Financial

The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox (tie), Silverado LD and Spark ranked highest in their respective segments for the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Chevrolet has 10 models in Top 3 positions, more than any other brand, foreign or domestic. The other Chevrolet nameplates achieving a Top 3 score for their respective segment include the Sonic, Traverse, Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD and Tahoe, according to GM.

Jun 19 2015
Written by Steve Rosen | Posted on The Kansas City Star

The popular Transit commercial van, built at Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City assembly plant, is undergoing a mini-makeover as it turns 1 year old.

The new standard features and options for the 2016 Transit will include sliding cargo doors, a rearview camera and trailer hitch technology, and an improved communications and entertainment system with voice recognition and easier-to-understand navigational graphics, Ford said.

Jun 18 2015
Written by TJ McCue | Posted on Forbes

Ford announced that it is the first automaker to open a one-stop 3D digital shop – the Ford 3D Store. With the help of Turbosquid, Ford fans can use 3D printing technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles or opt to purchase a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1,000 Ford vehicle images.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 18 2015
FCA US Media

FCA US LLC began production this week of the all-new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.). The one-of-a-kind, full-size truck is assembled by more than 4,000 employees across 3.3 million square feet of the Company’s 75-year-old truck plant.
The Ram 1500 Rebel makes a statement with an all-new, blacked-out grille and distinctive billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Rebel is designed with increased ride height, standard 33-inch tires, skid plates, tow hooks, and a unique brawny interior starting at $42,790.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jun 18 2015
Written by Greg Gardner and Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

DETROIT -- General Motors showed signs Tuesday that it may take on Tesla Motors in the stationary battery business with a different approach.

GM is proposing to power homes, businesses and utilities with recycled used electric car batteries from cars like its Chevrolet Volt, which has both batteries as a gas engine. Electric-car maker Tesla is going to enter the stationary power business with new, not used, units.

GM says its approach is not only more ecological because it promotes reuse, but could be more cost effective.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 17 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Part of the mystique of the Dodge Viper is how the $87,000 super car is made.

Each car is hand-built by 64 hourly workers the company refers to as craftsman at a 400,000-square-foot plant just south of 8 Mile Road on Detroit's Northeast side.

Unlike most auto plants that are visible from interstate highways it's easy to be a block or two away from the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which is tucked behind an extended-stay hospital, without even seeing it.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jun 17 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

With a price tag near $400,000 and only 250 produced each year, chances are you won’t get a chance to drive Ford Motor Co.’s new GT supercar — unless it’s in the new “Forza Motorsport 6” video game.

Ford announced the GT would grace the video game’s cover back in January. Monday at the E3 video game conference in California, the automaker announced the supercar would be joined by the Mustang Shelby GT350R and about 40 other Fords. .

“Regardless of what you’re interested in driving, you can drive it,” said Henry Ford III, manager, Global Ford Performance Marketing.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 17 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors is betting that using electric vehicle batteries for generating and storing electricity after the car is scrapped will save money for the company and others.

It could also bolster the case that vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, and the upcoming all-electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, are about more than garnering credits toward meeting the government's fuel-economy standards.

Tuesday, at its Renaissance Center headquarters, GM executives showed how five Volt battery packs are already helping light offices at the company's Milford data center.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 16 2015
General Motors Media

Wentzville, MO – The General Motors Foundation donated $75,000 to nine nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis and St. Charles County areas today. These grants bring GM Foundation contributions to the St. Louis metro area this year to $150,000, to date.

“A huge part of being a good corporate neighbor is giving back to the local community,” said GM Wentzville Plant Manager Nancy Laubenthal.  “The GM Foundation provides funding to some great organizations that do important work right here in own backyard.”  

Jun 16 2015
Written by By Kevin E. Frazier | Posted on FCA

Since Grammy® Award-winner Miranda Lambert debuted “Roots and Wings” – a song Lambert wrote especially for the Ram Truck brand and the cornerstone of a Ram Truck marketing initiative – there has been much fan excitement and interest in the song.  So much so, that Lambert decided to create a long-form commercial featuring additional verses of the song never heard before.

Jun 16 2015
Written by Matt Helms | Posted on Detroit Free Press

A baseball field in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood reopened today with a $1.8 million makeover courtesy of the UAW and Ford.

The field was renamed the William Clay Ford Field in honor of the late Ford Motor executive and Detroit Lions owner. The renovations include pitching and batting cages, new bleachers, a new digital scoreboard, landscaping, lighting and restrooms.

The late Ford's son, Bill Ford, attended the reopening along with his mother, Martha Firestone Ford. Bill Ford said the tribute was fitting because his father was an athlete.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 15 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Ram Truck's two newest 1500 models will drive into U.S. showrooms this summer with new grilles, added features and high-end sticker prices.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand on Tuesday announced the 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, an aggressive-looking pickup with off-road features, and the redesigned luxury 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited will start at $42,790 and $50,675, respectively.

Both pickups feature prominent "Ram" badging and new grilles that deviate from the brand's cross-haired design for the first time in more than 20 years.

Jun 15 2015
Written by Tom Walsh | Posted on Detroit Free Press

To mark the 50th anniversary of the The Ark, Ford Motor is making a $500,000 donation, the largest gift in the history of the Ann Arbor folk and roots music venue.

Ford's gift, to be paid over five years, puts the nonprofit Ark's anniversary capital campaign more than 70% of the way to its $2.5-million goal, which executive director Marianne James said "will position The Ark for the future of the next 50 years."

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 15 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on USA Today

General Motors' OnStar unit is introducing a technology that it thinks will accurately predict the severity of crash victims' injuries, and communicate it to first responders so they can quickly determine the best treatment, according to findings of a recent study.

Injury Severity Prediction, as it will be called, is available through any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicle equipped with even the entry level OnStar subscription in the U.S. and Canada. OnStar is the car's two-way communications system that works with the push of a button.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 12 2015
Written by Ann M. Job | Posted on The Detroit News

Trucks aren’t bare-bones workhorses anymore and GMC’s new Sierra HD All Terrain pickup proves it.

With standard fancy chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, standard four-wheel drive, technology that reads text messages to you and turns the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2015 Sierra HD All Terrain pickup is a modern workman’s command center and reliable Jack-of-all-trades.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy