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May 23 2014
Written by Rita Cook | Posted on The Washington Times

A little tweaking with the style and an optional six-speed automatic transmission and what do you have? The new and improved 2014 Jeep Compass.

Safety is also improved, as the new version of the Compass now offers front-seat side airbags as standard.

A compact crossover, this Jeep can hang with the best of ’em, since the Jeep moniker means built tough — tough, however, with comfort and style. It’s no problem with the 2014 Jeep Compass.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

The 2015 F-150 has a few more innovations on it besides its nearly all-aluminum body.

In fact, Ford Motor Co. announced today that the upcoming full-size pickup is the most patented truck in company history.

"The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation," said Alana Strager, Ford program analyst charged with tracking new innovations for the 2015 truck, in a statement. "Ford engineers filed more than 100 new patents for technologies on this truck as they have worked to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation."

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

DETROIT – Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5 percent, or one mile per gallon.

The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30 percent of Impala retail sales. It offers customers higher mpg city ratings and a more affordable entry price into the segment than six-cylinder competitors.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Ford Media Center

For the second year in a row, Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring an Honor Flight for 50 World War II veterans in the Cleveland area to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This year is significant as it marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944)

Ford Fund will sponsor three Honor Flights this year, adding to the six flights it has sponsored since 2011

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With the recent introduction of its new 2015 Challenger, Dodge is proving that the horsepower wars are alive and kicking. While much has been made lately of the Mustang’s 40th anniversary, and its rivalry with the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge has its own legion of rabid Mopar fans across Western Pennsylvania who will obviously be delighted in seeing the direction the brand is taking with its newest edition of this legendary muscle car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will begin selling this summer a 2015 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD pickup designed for off-road driving, with four-wheel drive capability that also offers an exclusive design for customers.

GM said the new Sierra All Terrain HD truck is available in on 2500 or 3500 double cab and crew cab models. It’s offered with the SLE or SLT trim lines and a Z71 Off Road package. The company said a 6-liter gas engine is standard and the Duramax turbo-diesel is available.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. says its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, when equipped with the company’s Power Stroke engine, will have no limits on power ratings.

Ford’s upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel will come with three power levels: 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque; 300 horsepower and 700 pound-feet; and 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Chrysler Media

Ideas from Mopar on spring refreshers for Chrysler Group vehicles include leather seats and seat covers, decal kits, new door guard sills, premium carpet floor mats and a wireless charging system

More than 10,000 Mopar Vehicle Protection Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plans were purchased in the first quarter of 2014

Mopar also has plenty of cool parts, accessories and technologies to help customers get ready for summer at www.mopar.com

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 21 2014
GM News

INDIANAPOLIS – Based on growing employee demand, General Motors today announced that it has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles.

The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily. All charge stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 21 2014
Written by John Rosevear and Rex Moore | Posted on Motley Fool

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

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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).

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development

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