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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
Feb 06 2014
Ford Media Center

Winter warriors will have a tough new tool in their arsenal against Mother Nature with Ford’s new snow plow prep option, available on the all-new 2015 F-150. Ford will be the only manufacturer to offer a light-duty snow plow prep option across all cab configurations – Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew.

When snow plow mode is activated via the push of a button, the vehicle temporarily turns off nonessential features to provide dedicated power for the plow.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 06 2014
Written by Edward A. Sanchez | Posted on Truck Trend

Chrysler as a whole has had a healthy 2013, and a large part of the company's success can be directly attributed to its Ram truck brand. Sales of the Ram pickups have shown a double-digit year over year increase almost every month of the year in 2013, and demand is so strong for the trucks, that the prospect of a third truck plant is reportedly being considered, according to Automotive News.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 06 2014
GM News

Chevrolet’s expanded availability of bi-fuel versions of the new 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks give customers and fleet managers more choices for cleaner-burning compressed natural gas-powered models – and savings at the pump.

With CNG currently priced about 62 percent less per gallon than gasoline, a work truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage and comparable efficiency to gasoline.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 05 2014
GM News

More than 1 million people have purpled their profiles in support of World Cancer Day, making Chevrolet’s $1 million contribution to the American Cancer Society a reality. The contribution will help ensure cancer patients and their families have access to needed services like transportation to and from cancer treatment or a free place to stay while receiving treatment away from home.

The Purple Roads initiative began January 27 and received a boost from an emotional 60-second spot, aired during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 05 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ new 2014 Ram 1500 diesel pickup earned a 28 miles-per-gallon highway rating, the best of any full-size half-ton pickup, the automaker said Tuesday.

The automaker said the Environmental Protection Agency rating also exceeds the mileage figure for the top-ranked small pickup.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 05 2014
Written by Vince Bond Jr. | Posted on Automotive News

Ford Motor Co., with demand for its Super Duty pickups on the rise, plans to boost production capacity of the trucks 15 percent at its Kentucky Truck plant in Louisville.

When completed, the $80 million expansion will enable Ford to produce an additional 55,000 units a year, the company said.

The plant builds the Ford F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups, along with the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 04 2014
Written by KTVI | Posted on Fox 2 Now

The General Motors plant in Wentzville is hiring. The chairman of the United Auto Workers Union says the plant is hiring between 35 to 50 workers a week and it will continue to over the next few months.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 04 2014
Ford News

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 3, 2014 – Ford Motor Company January sales of 154,644 total vehicles are down 7 percent from a year ago, while retail sales of 113,721 vehicles are off 5 percent. Ford Mustang and Lincoln brand vehicles posted gains in the first month of 2014.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 04 2014
Chrysler Media
  • More customizations added to the Moparized version of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 for the Chicago Auto Show (CAS)
  • Mopar products, including wheels, graphics packages, Wi-Fi, in-vehicle wireless charging and more, available for the 2015 Chrysler 200
  • Owners can customize the beautifully crafted sedan right at the factory, thanks to the Mopar Custom Shop
  • Moparized vehicles also featured at CAS include Mopar ’14, Jeep® Cherokee Trail Carver, Fiat 500L Adventurer and Ram 3500 Dually CASE Work Truck
  • Mopar will showcase an augmented reality application at CAS
Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 03 2014
Written by Matt Blunt | Posted on St. Louis Today

In the column “Carmakers’ currency stance imperils trade talks" (Jan. 26), David Nicklaus incorrectly implies that American automakers are pursuing currency provisions in order to delay the agreement or kill the negotiations altogether. In fact, U.S. automakers have supported every ratified free trade agreement and consistently lauded the economic potential of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership

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