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Aug 26 2014
Ford Media Center

Today, Ford Motor Company announced the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC.

Production of Lincoln’s newest vehicle began in May. MKC is the second of four all-new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016, and will go on sale in China, along with the MKZ sedan, when the Lincoln brand debuts there later this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 25 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Friday that its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 supercar — GM’s most powerful production car ever — will start at $78,995, and the convertible model will start at $83,995.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 packs 650 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque and is Chevy’s most powerful Corvette in its 62-year history. Earlier this year, officials said limited quantities of the sports car would be available late this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 25 2014
Ford Media Center

There are 10 features of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup that were designed to satisfy customers without them ever even noticing.

“If I do my job, the customer simply intuits that things are right – both inside and outside of his truck – without even having to think about it,” said Cary Diehl, Ford human factors engineer, who worked on the design and development of the all-new F-150.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 25 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Ram takes heavy-duty towing and hauling seriously. With this week’s start of 2015 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty production, the truck world’s “King of the Hill” further adds to its most-capable claims.

Ram 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 lb.-ft. and an increased payload of 7,390 pounds, while maintaining a class leading maximum tow rating of 30,000 pounds.

Ram is the only automaker to back its heavy-duty towing claims using SAE J2807 testing criteria.

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

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is rolling out special Rally editions for its 2015 Silverado pickup, giving the trucks a unique appearance complete with black bowtie and stripes.

Chevrolet is offering two Rally 1 packages, one on LS trim models and one for LT models. The Rally 1 edition for a Silverado LS, for example, includes features such as body-colored grille with black bowtie, black door handles and mirror caps and two black rally stripes.

 

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Aug 22 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Lincoln Motor Co. is tapping Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey to help transform the company and reach a broader audience.

Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand, which has struggled with sales and delayed introductions in recent years, said Thursday it’s partnering with McConaughey on a two-year deal that will feature the actor in a number of television and digital ads.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 22 2014
Written by Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert | Posted on Reuters

Chrysler Group [CHRY.UL] is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Ed Scannell | Posted on TWC

Leaders from three manufacturing groups held a news conference, calling on Congress, the White House and trade negotiators to get tough on countries engaged in currency manipulation.

China is their primary target, having tied the value of its dollar to the U.S. dollar instead of allowing it to be determined in foreign exchange markets.

They said U.S. manufacturing may be on a post-recession rebound, but it's being undermined by China's, Vietnam's and a handful of other countries' practice of currency manipulation.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 21 2014
Written by Paul Lienert | Posted on Reuters

Ford Motor Co (F.N) plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of the company's plans told Reuters on Wednesday.

The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid - that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid, the sources said. The as-yet-unnamed vehicle will be built just outside Detroit, .

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Cadillac hasn’t spoken much about its highly-anticipated full-size luxury sedan, possibly to be called LTS. However the automaker’s head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, Mark Reuss, recently made a few comments about the impending Omega-based S-Class rival to Automotive News, where he revealed Cadillac is setting a high standard for the car.

“If we’re a serious luxury carmaker, it’s really important to us,” Reuss said. “This is a car that Cadillac needs, that will define its brand in terms of innovation and excellence. That’s the mission.”

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The Dodge Viper has always been the top dog in terms of performance from the Chrysler Group until the introduction of the new Hellcat Charger and Challenger, but if some rumors floating around the Mopar world prove to be true – the next generation Viper could pack a supercharged V10 that will blow away anything that has ever been built by an American automaker.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2014
Written by Tom Krisher | Posted on The Detroit News

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Now, General Motors has an option on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that takes those worries away.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2014
KWCH12

Ford Motor Company is racing into Kansas for the Fifth Annual BlackTop Nationals, Aug. 22-24, with an exciting lineup of 2015 model year cars and trucks, including the most coveted American muscle car, the 2015 Ford Mustang and all-new aluminum body Ford F-150. Held in Wichita, Kansas, BlackTop Nationals features can’t-miss attractions for automotive enthusiasts, including a display of rare motorcycles, automobiles and trucks, as well as heart pounding hot laps and Ford sponsored ride-and-drives.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 20 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The Jeep brand’s Summer Celebration with USA Basketball National Team point guard Kyrie Irving continues to excite lovers of the game as the USA Basketball National Team makes its journey towards 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. This Thursday, August 21, at South Street Seaport – Pier 16, New York, NY, fans will be offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the Jeep “Open Air Challenge” against Kyrie Irving, as well as win tickets to the USA vs. Puerto Rico basketball exhibition game on Friday (August 22) at Madison Square Garden.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 19 2014
Chrysler Media Group

With the addition of three new stops on the 2014 schedule, Fiat 500 Abarth owners will now have more opportunities to develop their driving skills in the one-day Abarth Track Experience.

The 2014 Abarth Track Experience continues this fall with additional stops at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 19 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

As soon as Dodge dropped the 707 horsepower hammer blow that is 2015 Challenger Hellcat on the automotive world, we knew this was going to happen. By “this”, we mean a comparison between the 2014 Camaro ZL1 and Dodge’s new crown jewel. Motor Trend was first to acquire the two iconic muscle cars and line them up side-by-side, so lets break down their results.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 19 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

Automakers spend years developing and redesigning cars and trucks. It's a process that takes meticulous planning and organization – from the vehicle's design to the size of every nut and bolt on the vehicle.

This past week, more than 3,000 General Motors Co. employees and nearly 400 Chrysler Group employees used their skills on a different kind of redesign: Detroit's Cody High School and the surrounding community.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 19 2014
The Associated Press

Two auto companies and the United Way announced $200,000 in donations Monday to help Detroit residents pay overdue water bills after criticism about the city's aggressive shut-off policy.

Water shut-offs related to unpaid bills have been suspended since July 21 but will resume after Aug. 25.

The new Detroit Water Fund will pay up to 25 percent of an overdue bill. To qualify, a customer must owe $300 or more, pay at least 10 percent up front and meet other conditions, based on income.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 18 2014
GM Authority

Following numerous teasers and leaked pictures, General Motors has officially announced that it will reveal its hotly-anticipated Buick Envision crossover on August 28th in Chengdu, China.
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he compact CUV will slow in between Buick’s two existing crossovers — the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave. The Envision is expected to be the first vehicle to ride on GM’s new D2XX global vehicle architecture, with the CUV’s range-topping engine being none other than GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 (LTG) making 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 18 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields got a little wet for a good cause on Friday.

The automaker’s top executive took the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that is raising money and awareness to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

As part of the challenge, participants are supposed to donate money as well as videotape themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads. They’re then supposed to challenge other people to do the same.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy