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Feb 14 2014
Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on The Toledo Blade

A new engine Ford Motor Co. will offer in its next-generation F-150 pickup is expected to be built at the company’s Lima Engine Plant, creating several hundred jobs.

The 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 will come standard with fuel-saving start-stop technology — the first time that has been offered in a truck. Ford says the engine has the same performance as a midrange V-8 without nearly the same thirst for fuel.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 14 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

General Motors is expected to add 400 jobs this year at three plants that were temporarily idled during the automaker’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but later reopened, according to a new study.

GM’s Orion Assembly plant and Pontiac Metal Center in Michigan and Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee employed 3,000 workers in 2013, according to the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research.

Those three facilities are expected to employ 3,400 workers in 2014, the nonprofit estimated in a study financed by the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 14 2014
Written by Mike Zacchino | Posted on Oregon Live

The 2015 Chrysler 200 made it's debut last month at the Detroit Auto Show, then made a stop in Portland last week at the 2014 Portland International Auto Show. Chrysler calls the 200 its "Flagship" model. Read what Michael Wayland from Mlive.com said after seeing the Chrysler 200 at the Detroit Auto show.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 13 2014
GM News`

Chevrolet is investing in clean energy efficiency initiatives of U.S. colleges and universities through its voluntary carbon-reduction initiative. The brand helped develop a formula where campuses can earn money for certain upgrades that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 13 2014
Fox News

Had enough of this winter yet?

Next year might not be so bad…if you own a pickup.

Ford has announced at the Chicago Auto Show that it will be offering a snow plow prep package on the all-new 2015 F-150 when it goes on sale later this year.

Available on most 4x4 models equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, the dealer installed package adds the wiring, cooling and other features needed to accommodate a plow up to 450 pounds.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 13 2014
Inside Indiana Business

Purdue University and automaker Chrysler Group are partnering in a program that will share research and development efforts and provide learning opportunities for Purdue students and Chrysler Group employees.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 12 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

Cadillac hopes to grow by double-digit percentages this year globally and in the U.S. as it expands its footprint in China and adds new models to its American lineup.

General Motors Co.’s luxury brand sold nearly 251,000 vehicles last year as global sales jumped 28 percent and U.S. sales rose just shy of 22 percent.

Cadillac will launch three new or refreshed models in the U.S. this year: The 2014 ELR plug-in hybrid coupe is just getting into showrooms. The 2015 Escalade SUV will arrive in dealerships this spring. And the 2015 ATS Coupe arrives at dealerships this summer.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 12 2014
The Miami Herald

To soar in the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is to take a step back in time, when only the daring ventured into the sky. When men dressed in suits and women in silk stockings to travel. When a pilot maneuvered a plane by wits and skill not computers. When a passenger was protected from the elements by nothing more than a sheet of glass in a window. When aviation was more than novel: It was a luxurious adventure for the lucky few who could afford to fly.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 12 2014
Cars.com

OK, so Chrysler is offering this new Satin Vapor Edition for its iconic muscle-car lineup, which takes the special stripped-down, reduced-price Core models of the cars' high-performance SRT8 variants and options them up for an increased price. (Makes perfect sense … right?) These Satin Vapor Editions include the 2014 SRT8 versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and Chrysler 300, all of which get 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels, satin black headlights and side mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside they get Nappa leather seating with suede inserts.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 11 2014
GM News

Chevrolet’s all-new 2015 City Express matches maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility with efficiency, giving urban business owners and fleet managers value-driven capability with low operating costs.

The City Express goes on sale this fall, offering 122.7 cubic feet (3,474 liters) of customizable cargo space, a tight turning diameter of only 36.7 feet (11.2 m) and an estimated payload capacity of 1,500 pounds.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 11 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

In a highly anticipated executive shuffle at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, young Eli Williams became plant manager on Monday — for a day.

Eli is a 9-year-old from Athens, Ala., who loves cars and the Mustang in particular. With the gift of a 50th anniversary Mustang hat signed by Bill Ford and a handshake from plant manager Tim Young, the third-grader battling brain cancer became honorary boss of the factory where Ford makes the Mustang.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 11 2014
The Sacramento Bee

U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2014 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Visionary Award to Kevin Ward, Head of Fastener Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. Ward was honored at the 28th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala on February 6-8 in Washington, D.C.

The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Feb 10 2014
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told analysts last week that GM is "riding a wave of new products" in North America as the company seeks to boost profitability and market share.

Charged with selling that fresh sheet metal are sales and marketing executive teams that are full of fresh faces after another round of executive turnover.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 10 2014
Written by Rex Moore | Posted on The Motley Fool

Ford has quite a challenge – and opportunity – ahead of it as it attempts to revitalize its luxury Lincoln brand. At the recent International CES in Las Vegas, Motley Fool analyst Rex Moore was able to speak with Jim Farley – head of the Lincoln brand and executive vice president of global marketing, sales, and service.

Farley says Ford is lavishing attention on Lincoln, its only remaining premium brand, with several product launches on the horizon and a renewed focus on personalized luxury and service, including an attentive online presence, black label customization, and more.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 10 2014
Chrysler Media

Team Mopar drivers Matt Hagan and V. Gaines helped rev up the Mopar brand’s year-long 426 HEMI 50th anniversary celebration, driving to runner-up finishes in the NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock classes, respectively, in the elimination rounds at the 54th Annual NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 07 2014
Written by Mark Clothier | Posted on Bloomberg Businessweek

Ford Motor Co. (F:US) said it will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership if the trade agreement doesn’t limit a country’s ability to manipulate its currency.

The proposed pact “is not likely to generate any net benefits for American manufacturers if it does not address the critical issue of currency manipulation,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a Feb. 6 speech at the Chicago Auto Show.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Feb 07 2014
Financial Times

America's car industry has plenty to thank President Barack Obama for, but it's still unhappy with a flagship trade deal that the White House is negotiating.

The carmakers want the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 Pacific nations, to include provisions to stem what they claim is the deliberate weakening of the yen by the Japanese government, something they argue hands an unfair advantage to Japan's car manufacturers, writes the FT's Aaron Stanley.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Feb 07 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s new CEO Mary Barra was named Thursday as the Most Powerful Woman in Business in a global ranking by Fortune magazine.

Barra, who took over as CEO on Jan. 15 this year after heading global product development, purchasing and supply chain functions for the Detroit automaker, ranked No. 1 in the magazine’s new list of the top 50 most powerful business women across the globe.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Feb 07 2014
Written by Ellen Jean Hirst | Posted on Chicago Tribune

America's biggest loser — truck edition — shed 700 pounds this year.

Ford will show its 2015 version of America's No. 1-selling vehicle, the F-150, sporting an entirely aluminum body, at the Chicago Auto Show. The show, at McCormick Place, is open to the public Saturday through Feb. 17.

Trucks and cars are typically made with steel.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 07 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Chrysler Group's Ram truck division today is celebrating its 25-year association with Cummins, maker of heavy-duty diesels that once were best known for their use in semi-tractor rigs.

Few marriages could remain this strong on their silver anniversary. Ram says 85% of its heavy-duty pickups are ordered with Cummins diesel engines.

"Ram and Cummins are names synonymous with power, quality and durability. We've enjoyed a successful relationship and remained leaders in the diesel pickup market for 25 years," said Reid Bigland, CEO of Ram, in a statement.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development

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