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

Ford is confident the decision to go with an all-new platform for the 2015 Mustang will pay off in the performance enthusiasts want.

At the Ford test track in Dearborn Thursday, engineers provided the numbers buyers want to know: horsepower and torque, as well as details of a new suspension, larger brakes and other features designed to make the 2015 model stand out from past pony cars.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 18 2014
Chrysler Media

July 17, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The throaty exhaust note of the Dodge Viper’s mighty 640-horsepower V-10 engine will be roaring around the city of Detroit this weekend, as more than 550 loyal Viper enthusiasts are heading to the home of the Viper for a special Open House at several Chrysler Group facilities, where they will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at where and how their American exotic hand-crafted vehicles are built and then put the cars through their paces.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 17 2014
GM News

DETROIT –The 2014 Ted Williams MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Mike Trout, chose a Corvette Stingray, the 2014 North American Car of the Year, during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet.

Chevrolet gave Trout his choice of the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year – the Stingray or the Silverado full-size pickup – for his being named the All-Star MVP. Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball® since 2005.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 17 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford executives today will provide new performance details of the 2015 Ford Mustang that goes on sale later this year.

This new generation of the pony car was designed to be a global vehicle for the first time. All Mustangs will be built and shipped out of the Flat Rock plant in Michigan.

The 2015 model has a choice of an entry-level V6, a premium 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine or the performance V8. And the 2015 Mustang has a new suspension and independent rear axle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 17 2014
Written by Susan Carpenter | Posted on Orange County Register

Manufacturers that over promise but under-deliver are, too often, the norm. What looks phenomenal on paper often disappoints behind the wheel. But with its new 200, Chrysler defies the low expectations it had set with the previous generation of its midsize sedan. For 2015, Chrysler has rolled out the razzle-dazzle with a redo that seeks to dominate – nay, bludgeon, the competition with an overkill of upgrades.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 17 2014
Written by Mitsuru Obe | Posted on Wall Street Journal

With an ultimate goal of stimulating economic growth, hopes are high that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement will lead to a spike in cross-border business deals among member countries. Assuming that’s the case, Japan’s chief TPP negotiator posed an interesting question: why does the pact sidestep a key factor that affects practically all international business activity?

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jul 16 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors is reportedly developing an all-new 55 kW max/30 kW continuous power inverter which will find its way into future hybrid and electric vehicles released by the company, including the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. The new inverter was announced by GM’s Sean Gleason at the Department of Energy’s Annual Merritt Review in June, where he revealed they are nearly two-thirds of the way finished the $16.6 million project.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 16 2014
Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on The Appleton Post-Crescent

Ford introduced its next best idea to the American motorist – next-generation Focus four-door sedan and five-door hatchback in 2012. Since then, the Focus has set a new standard in the small car segment, offering more technology and features than more expensive European cars, while delivering impressive fuel economy.

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Jul 16 2014
Written by Samuel Reiman | Posted on Fox Sports

The new 707hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has been the talk of the car world in recent weeks, and so it should come as no surprise that when the 2014 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals rolled around, the Hellcat was a major talking point of the show.

With the car that features the most powerful V8 motor in the world, Ralph Gilles, the President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler Group LLC, was not shy about showing off what his latest creation could do.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 15 2014
Written by Terry Box | Posted on Dallas News

Cadillac is already thinking about adding more goodies to the striking 2015 Escalade SUV built at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington.

The Escalade, sporting a new V-8 as well as the first exterior and interior redesigns in seven years, is one of three SUVs built in Arlington and is equipped with a version of the new Corvette 6.2-liter V-8.

But Cadillac brand manager David Schiavone told Automotive News that the division is considering adding a V-6 turbodiesel and twin-turbo gas V-6 to the engines available for the luxury SUV.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 15 2014
CBS Detroit

The Detroit Lions and Ford Fund announced a new partnership surrounding their efforts to address food insecurity and hunger in Detroit.

Starting Tuesday, July 15, the Detroit Lions and Ford Motor Company will join forces to bring awareness to Detroit’s existing Meet Up & Eat Up program. In partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Eastern Market, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Fair Food Network, Playworks Detroit, and Wayne State University School of Medicine the program will see a significant boost in participation from both brands.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 15 2014
Written by John Rosevear | Posted on Motley Fool

The wild numbers keep piling up for Fiat Chrysler's latest halo car.

On Friday, FCA released a video showing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on a drag-strip run -- returning a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 126 miles per hour.

Those are staggering numbers for a factory-stock mass-market car, notwithstanding that they happened with special drag-race tires. Not long ago, a quarter-mile time of under 11 seconds was the province of the world's most exotic cars and heavily modified dragsters.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 14 2014
Written by Nicole Weddington | Posted on M Live

FLINT, MI — Whether it's contributing money, paying employees while they stand on street corners selling newspapers or aiding in administrative duties, General Motors has been the backbone of Old Newsboys since its inception.

It all began in 1924 with a couple of men with big hearts.

Taking his cue from The Old Newsboys/Good Fellows of Detroit, the superintendent of Flint's Buick Body Plant, O.W. Young, known to his friends as Youngie, saw a need for a similar program in Flint.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 14 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Aluminum is closing in on silver bullet status for the auto industry.

The industry has long viewed the metal as a way to make vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient, but obstacles such as cost and manufacturing technology relegated it to niche applications, usually luxury vehicles, while steel remained the material of choice for the majority of the industry.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 14 2014
Speed

The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals has been the premier all Mopar-themed event in the world since its inception in 1991. Fast forward to 2014 and this year’s event promises to once again be the cream of the crop within automotive circles. As the only July event on the Carlisle Events schedule this year, the weekend of July 11-13 hosts special guests, displays, seminars and the cars.

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

DETROIT – Beginning today through Jan. 2, 2015, current employees of a public or private school, university or college are eligible to participate in the new GM Educator Discount program and receive a significant discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2015 or 2014 Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 11 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it’s creating a $1 million scholarship fund to honor recently-retired CEO Alan Mulally.

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship will honor automotive engineering students from universities around the world starting in the spring of 2015. Each year for 10 years, the scholarship will offer 10 students $10,000 one-time scholarships.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 11 2014
Written by Andre Smirnov | Posted on TFL Car

The 2015 Chrysler 200 has gotten a completely new design and is ready to take the fight to the toughest of the midsize sedan competitors. It is priced competitively, starting at $21,700, and has three aces up its shiny new sleeve. Chrysler brought the new 200 lineup to the Highlands Ranch Mansion in Colorado to highlight its weaponry.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 10 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

With a new patent-pending supercharger, intercooler (with three liquid-to-air cooling elements), and intake, Callaway’s Corvette SC627 is sure to make some C7 folks happy. For $22,995 on top of a base Corvette, you can add 167 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque (for 610 at the rear wheels) from the standard 6.2L Vette motor.

What’s cool about the SC627 is that max torque comes on at around 4,400 rpm – about the same moment as a stock Stingray.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 10 2014
Written by Quinten Plummer | Posted on Tech Time

A 1.0-liter option, described as small enough to fit inside an airplane's overhead compartment, is available to car buyers seeking a fuel-efficient vehicle that doesn't sacrifice too much in the way of power.

It's the Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine which is driving the 2014 Ford Fiesta and it's also planned to be available in the automaker's 2015 Ford Focus.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development

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