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Sep 19 2014
Written by Dan Jedlicka | Posted on The Weekly Driver

Maybe you’d rather have a Lincoln. The 2014 Lincoln MKZ sedan turns heads, and it’s been a long time since this automaker has built a car that does that.

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Sep 19 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Coming off SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports’ first Trans Am Series runner-up result in its most recent race, the team’s Dodge Challengers are eager to contend for a victory at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park in the ninth Trans Am race of the 2014 season on Saturday, Sept. 20 – and will do so with a new, familiar face behind the wheel.

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Sep 18 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade looks like it should wear a set of longhorns, not detour around them.

That's just the start of the Escalade's appeal. The new edition of Cadillac's big, powerful SUV augments its size and presence with luxury, comfort and features no other big SUV tops.

Prices for the seven- or eight-seat 2015 Escalade prices start at $71,695 for a base model with a 420-hp 6.2L V8, six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel-drive. Stepping up to 4WD raises the price to $74,295.

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Sep 18 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

There are key aspects of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang that designers knew not to mess with, but which were improved for the sixth generation sports car.

Among them: the tri-bar taillamps and the not-really-for-people backseat.

"There are signature elements and the tri-bar is one of them," said Chris Svensson, Ford's design director for The Americas.

The tri-bar taillamps have been a strong element for some time. The past generation were very two-dimensional, Svensson said.

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Sep 18 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the most powerful muscle car ever, now boasts a fuel-economy rating as compelling as the 707 horses hurrying from its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® Hellcat V-8.

Equipped with Chrysler Group’s segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Challenger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Sep 17 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will add about 750 new jobs and a third shift early next year at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri to help meet demand for the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups.

The Detroit automaker said dealers have ordered about 30,000 Colorado pickups, which is seven times what it expected. Dealers also have ordered about 14,000 Canyons.

“We have had some great dealer early input,” said Brian Sweeney, head of Chevrolet sales and service in the U.S., in an interview.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 17 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

Ford Motor Company wanted to make the new 2015 F150 better than ever in every possible way so in addition to the new lightweight, rustproof aluminum body and a lineup of engines that offers a great mix of power and efficiency – the exterior components of the next generation F150 have been subjected intense sunlight exposure to ensure that they do fade during prolonged exposure to the sun.

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Sep 17 2014
Chrysler Media Group

SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with championship implications on the line during the penultimate round of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Lone Star Le Mans race weekend, Sept. 18-20.

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Sep 16 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Unless Rick Hendrick thwarts your chances, Barrett-Jackson is giving you the opportunity to own the very first 2015 Corvette Stingray to roll off the production line at its upcoming Las Vegas auction.

According to Corvette Blogger, the VIN 001 2015 Corvette will be an Arctic White 3LT Z51 example with an Adrenaline Red interior and the all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. No base models here.

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Sep 16 2014
Ford Media Center

When the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has its day in the sun, it will be better prepared than ever for damaging rays both inside and out.

Much of the glare and fade testing was performed in the company’s Central Lab – where Ford engineers focus on making individual parts stronger and more durable. A device known as a Thermatron simulates damaging UV sunrays, and can be used over long periods of time on prototype parts to help identify the best design for production.

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Sep 16 2014
Written by Karla Sanchez | Posted on Motor Trend

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may not be the most powerful production V-8 in the world, but it's pretty close. Coming behind the more expensive McLaren P1 by only 20 horses, the Challenger SRT represents the most affordable collection of horses money can buy, and on this new episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago takes the driver's seat to discover whether the muscle car lives up to its incredible power.

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Sep 15 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Buick is proving that when brands poke a little fun at themselves, they can generate marketing buzz.

Once known as “the doctor’s car” and then for its elderly customer base, Buick is enjoying a surprisingly solid year despite no new products — and the biggest reason is a fresh marketing campaign that acknowledges the elephant in the room: Buick had an image problem.

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Sep 15 2014
Ford Media Center

Loaded with innovative technologies and delivering high levels of performance and style, the all-new Mustang is the next chapter in the life of one of the world’s most iconic cars.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

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Sep 15 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) kicked off the “Countdown to the Championship” six-race playoff series on Friday with qualifying at the seventh annual Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Raceway near Charlotte, North Carolina, with three Pro Stock and three Funny Car Mopar drivers battling the field in their respective classes for the coveted crown.

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Sep 12 2014
Written by Sean Syzmkowski | Posted on GM Authority

Speaking to a group of reporters in New Delhi, India, General Motors CEO Mary Barra shared that the company has plans on launching forty new vehicles across international markets in the coming years, according to a Reuters report. Whether that means all-new or ranging from all-new to slightly refreshed is another story, as does the time-frame.

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Sep 12 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While I am much more of a Mustang GT guy than I am a Focus ST guy, I really, really enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the high performance Focus earlier this year. Because of that, I had slightly lower expectations for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST because, frankly, I was disappointed in the difference in horsepower between the two ST models – but the smaller frame of the Fiesta allows it to make the very most of the ST package upgrades.

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Sep 12 2014
Written by Giles Castonguay | Posted on Automotive News

Jeep will begin later this month its foray into the market for subcompact SUVs -- the industry's fastest-growing segment -- when it puts on sale the Renegade, the first model born from the coupling of U.S. and Italian engineering at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

"It's the first example of cross-country collaboration," CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters today at a news conference near Balocco, outside of Turin, Italy, where FCA has a test track. "It's great to see," he said, looking at the boxy SUV with its rounded edges parked nearby. "The damn thing works."

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Sep 11 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors this week confirmed their vehicle-to-vehicle technology will debut in the CTS mid-size sedan for the 2017 model year. We know the technology will allow vehicles also equipped with the same or similar systems to connect, but what benefits does it have towards you as a driver? Jon Lauckner, GM Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of R&D and President of GM Ventures, decided to clear the air on what V2V actually does.

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Sep 11 2014
Written by Bradford Wernie | Posted on Automotive News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Next month, Lincoln will kick off its first significant marketing campaign for the Lincoln Navigator since 2007, brand executives said at a press event here.

Lincoln began shipping the re-engineered 2015 Navigator to dealers earlier this month. It will begin ads after dealers are well-stocked with the new version in late October.

With full-size SUVs selling briskly, Lincoln has updated the Navigator for the first time since the 2007 model year.

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Sep 11 2014
Written by Jason Udy | Posted on Motor Trend

Those lusting after the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can finally get their fix. Dodge dealers are now taking orders for the 707-hp muscle car, which can be built on the configurator that's live now.

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