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May 21 2014
Chrysler Media
All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with 600-plus horsepower HEMI® 
Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 20 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Facing an automotive industry that is unsustainable in its current form, General Motors is restructuring its global vehicle portfolio, rethinking manufacturing and collaborating with unlikely partners to advance the industry.

The company is working to transform transportation and describes its efforts in its latest sustainability report. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 20 2014
Written by Michael Harley | Posted on autoblog

Ford is officially selling its all-new 2015 Mustang, following today's release that the automaker has begun accepting orders for the fastback model. Accompanying the announcement came the long-awaited pricing for the entry level model, fitted with the 3.7-liter V6, which will start at $24,425 (*including destination and delivery).

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May 20 2014
Written by Matt Lowry | Posted on HeraldNet

In the lucrative and therefore fiercely competitive mid-size sedan market, the Chrysler 200 hasn’t been much of a threat compared to the barnburners between Camry, Accord, Fusion and Altima. But Chrysler has come out swinging with an all-new 200 sedan for 2015.

Presenting what the manufacturer is calling “the new face of Chrysler,” the 2015 200’s front-end integrates the grille and headlamps in what Chrysler says is a Mobius strip-inspired design augmented by a dynamic grille texture, resulting in a 3-D effect.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 19 2014
GM News

Active safety features on GM vehicles help avoid crashes for all ages

GM engineers focus on passenger spaciousness and comfort

OnStar provides aging drivers with peace of mind

DETROIT – Active safety technologies, simple access to OnStar services and more spacious cabins are among the approaches General Motors is taking to serving aging drivers.

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May 19 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s new aluminum-bodied F-150 isn’t the only addition coming to the Dearborn Truck Plant.

The Rouge factory tour — taken by more than 1 million since it opened a decade ago and viewed as a bucket-list item for Metro Detroiters — will later this year get a revamp alongside the retooled plant floor.

Among the updates: a new multimedia display of the next-generation F-150; renovation of the bridge and walk-around area that overlooks the assembly plant; and updates to the Legacy and Art of Manufacturing theaters to include new special effects.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 16 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. this week announced a $10 million investment for its Swartz Creek Customer Care and Aftersales building to improve operations, with work expected to be completed by the fall.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 16 2014
Written by Jake Lingeman | Posted on Autoweek

Ford is opening a new technical and racing support center in Concord, N.C. The compound will be fully operational this summer, supporting racing teams as they develop and test their cars. The 33,000-square-foot building will eventually help in development of future Ford performance vehicles.

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May 16 2014
Written by Mircea Panait | Posted on Auto Evolution

The heavily anticipated 200 isn't just Chrysler's last resort at making a proper mid-size luxury sedan. As it turns out, more than 17,000 people ordered the model in the first two days since it was launched, with 10,000 orders registered in the first 24 hours alone.

Laying the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler brand in the United States, the 200's order book opened on Thursday, May 8th, with much enthusiasm coming from consumers that want the best this segment offers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 15 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced production of a limited, special-edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe, marking the last chapter of the current model before the next generation of the V-Series debuts next year.

The 2015 CTS-V Coupe will consist of 500 limited-edition cars available during the second half of 2014.

"The V-Series continues to elevate Cadillac, providing an exclusive family of high-performance luxury models that attract a new audience of elite and passionate buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac.

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May 15 2014
Ford News

Ford reinforces commitment to racing and performance car development with announcement of new Ford Technical Support Center in Concord, N.C.

Expected to be fully operational later this summer, the facility will serve as a center for Ford Racing technical support and for racing teams to develop and test their cars; center will eventually support development of future Ford performance vehicles

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May 15 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler brand reports 10,000 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicle orders were placed on the very first day vehicle orders were made available

More than 17,000 vehicle orders were placed in the first two days

20,000 initial orders of the 2015 Chrysler 200 allow for full capacity production through mid-July at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP)

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 14 2014
Buick News

DETROIT – Safety and technology top the lists of important considerations for Buick customers. That’s why every 2015 Buick model will come standard with a rearview camera.

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May 14 2014
Written by John Rosevear and Rex Moore | Posted on The Motley Fool

Even though it didn't have any major new models to announce, Ford (NYSE: F) had a big presence at last month's New York International Auto Show.

Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang's debut by unveiling a commemorative model -- and with an epic stunt at the Empire State Building. The company also showed off its refreshed-for-2015 Focus, and many key Ford executives were on hand.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 14 2014
Written by Mark Clothier | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler Group has hired 204 workers at a new factory in Tipton, Ind., to make transmissions for the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan, about a quarter of the total hires planned for the facility.

The factory will employ 600 workers by the end of the year and 850 a year later, the company said. The automaker, fully acquired by Fiat in January, spent $162 million to outfit the 782,000-square-foot facility to build nine-speed transmissions, which improve fuel efficiency.

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May 13 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
General Motors Co. said Monday it will give a free, three-month trial period or 3 gigabytes of use for its embedded OnStar 4G LTE mobile Internet service that will be available on most 2015 vehicles sold in the U.S.
 
Separately, GM also confirmed its all-new AppShop that would allow drivers to download music, news, travel and vehicle information apps is being delayed and will not be introduced on 2015 Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Opel vehicles as planned. GM begun touting the roll-out in 2015 vehicles early this year.
 
 
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May 13 2014
Fox News

The Ford Mustang may be partly named after an aircraft, but one has never flown like this.

Staff at Big Valley Ford in Stockton, Calif. recently strapped a 2015 Mustang model to a weather balloon and sent it aloft.

With a set of action cameras documenting the trip, the car took a 74 minute ride almost 21 miles high into the stratosphere, and just 18,000 feet shy of where Felix Baumgartner made his record-breaking supersonic jump from in 2012. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 13 2014
Written by Carrie Cline | Posted on WTHR
For seven years, the city of Tipton has been waiting for Chrysler to start work at the transmission plant that the automaker helped to build.
 
After years of disappointment, the waiting is over today as the plant is dedicated.
 
This plant has been through the ringer in a county that's struggled economically with an unemployment rate as high as ten percent. The facility was under construction for seven years and went through two false starts before reaching this point. 
Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
May 12 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the Better Plants Challenge in a bid to improve energy efficiency. General Motors has accepted the challenge and will attempt to reduce the energy intensity of its American manufacturing plants and facilities by 25 percent in 10 years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 12 2014
Written by Adam Levine-Weinberg | Posted on The Motley Fool

Many truck enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F  ) upcoming 2015 F-150. The newest version of America's best selling pickup will offer a big improvement in fuel economy thanks to its increased usage of lightweight aluminum in the body.

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