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May 12 2015
Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

Obviously, if you’ve been tuned to not only GM Authority but the entire internet, you know the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be debuting on May 16th at Belle Isle in Detroit. But Chevrolet is going to make sure those who didn’t secure a spot at the public unveiling of the hotly-anticipated pony car will get to see the car in the sheetmetal.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 12 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

In the basement of Ford's Product Development Center in Dearborn, in a room formally used to store foam, the Ford GT super car grew from sketches to clay models to prototypes now being tested on the track in preparation for sale in the second half of 2016.

Ford allowed reporters into the secret lair Monday. Down dingy stairs and into long-forgotten hallways that saw little life before the project pulled together a few select executives, designers and engineers to build the automaker's most expensive car.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 12 2015
Chrysler Media Group

On May 16, the new 2015 Ram Rebel will make its first off-road-event appearance since its unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in January. The Ram Truck brand is bringing Rebel — Ram’s new one-off-a-kind half-ton truck — to one of America’s top outdoor adventurer destinations: Overland Expo in Mormon Lake, Ariz.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 11 2015
Written by Chris Ecclestone | Posted on GM Authority

The Cadillac XTS Professional Vehicles (read: the livery- and limo-market XTS) is getting several welcome changes and updates for the 2016 model year. The changes are similar to those seen on the non-livery 2016 Cadillac XTS.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 11 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it will bring back two popular trim levels on its 2016 Mustang, which will hit dealer lots in the third quarter of this year.

The Dearborn automaker is resurrecting its “California Special Package” and “Pony Package” on the 2016 pony car, and will reintroduce turn signal indicators located in hood vents as a standard feature on the 2016 Mustang GT. The two new trim levels will include aluminum wheels, hood and side stripes, tail lamp accents and other features. The convertible Mustang will also come in a special Performance Package.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 11 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Dodge is resurrecting the Viper ACR, its "fastest street-legal Viper track car ever," for the 2016 model year.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles mainstream performance brand unveiled the supercar Friday at its Conner Avenue Assembly in Detroit, where the car is built.

Dodge CEO and President Tim Kuniskis did not release exact performance specifications but said the car is taking everything Viper owners love "to the next level" — from all-new 19-inch tires specifically for the car to enhanced aerodynamics and suspension.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 08 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors declared that the auto industry's future is electric just as Americans' rekindled demand for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers are driving the bulk of the automaker's profits.

"The company believes the future is electric, with billions (of dollars) of investment to support an all-in-house approach to the development and manufacturing of electrified vehicles," GM said in its annual sustainability report released today.

May 08 2015
Ford Media Center

Shelby GT350’s rear springs are specially developed for maximum effectiveness at the track. To eke out every last bit of performance, engineers found having springs spin in different directions on each side of the car provided more rear-end stability. A counter-spun spring necessitated a new lower control arm design. “When you are engineering the most track-ready Mustang of all time, you can’t take any shortcuts,” says Eric Zinkosky, suspension and vehicle dynamics technical specialist.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 08 2015
Chrysler Media Group

 The next chapter in the history of the ultimate street-legal, track-focused, hand-built American supercar begins with the return of the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR.

Certified for public roads and engineered to wring every last hundredth of a second out of road course lap times, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR combines the latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology – a recipe designed to carry on the ACR’s lap-time busting reputation that has made it a legend on race tracks around the world.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 07 2015
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will get a more sculpted, sweptback appearance, based on recent spy shots that captured the compact sedan without camouflage.

The redesigned Cruze features a more steeply angled windshield, narrower window outline and shorter rear deck lid, which gives General Motors' top-selling U.S. car a sleeker silhouette, based on candid photos purportedly taken during a photo shoot in California.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 07 2015
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford Shelby GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transform Mustang from a great everyday car into a dominant road racer, elevating it to a new level.

Shelby GT350 raises the bar significantly over the already very capable 2015 Mustang GT performance pack, combining the best technologies and most thoroughly engineered components to create the most athletic Mustang ever built.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 07 2015
Written by Andrei Tutu | Posted on Auto Evolution

While Jeeps such as the late 2000s WK Grand Cherokee are no strangers to the drag strip, even outside the US, to meet a 90s XJ Jeep Cherokee at the drag is a rare occurrence. Nevertheless, the example we are here to talk about is not your average Jeep since this is the fastest Cherokee in the world.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 06 2015
Written by Megan Stewart | Posted on Motor Trend

Over the last 106 years, General Motors has produced over a half-billion vehicles across all of its brands. To mark the occasion, the company is giving away new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sedans to five lucky individuals.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 06 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s new Mustang Shelby GT350 will hit dealer lots this fall with better brakes, a lighter and stiffer chassis and new suspension that will help it handle better on both racetracks and roadways.

“Our performance vehicles are legendary,” Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, said Tuesday at an event with reporters. “When the 350 was introduced in 1965, it was a wake-up call for the industry. When we took on this project, we took it on with the same mindset that they had back then, which was to develop the ultimate-handling Mustang.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 06 2015
Chrysler Media Group

 The Jeep brand and the World Surf League (WSL) today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will make the Jeep brand the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leaders Tour Rankings for men and women. This fully integrated, multi-year partnership will see the global automotive company tap into the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of surfing’s greatest stage.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 05 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. Monday announced a $174 million investment to its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., where GM CEO Mary Barra gathered with customers, employees and dealers to celebrate the automaker surpassing 500 million vehicles produced globally — the most by any automaker.

May 05 2015
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company is accelerating efforts to train future engineering, manufacturing and IT professionals by adding four career academies in Detroit that will serve 1,400 students.

The Detroit career academies will join the nationally growing Powered by Ford STEM Academy network that Ford is building to help prepare students for jobs in the 21st century, and meet the growing need for workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 05 2015
Chrysler Media Group

More than 190 teens gained valuable knowledge behind the wheel during four sold-out sessions of the “Mopar Road Ready” program, when it made its third 2015 stop on May 2–3 at Mopar World Headquarters in Center Line, Michigan. 

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 04 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Sunday its 2016 Chevrolet Volt — which has 31 percent more all-electric range than the first generation car, a sportier appearance and adds a fifth seat — will be priced about $1,175 cheaper than the current car.

The 2016 plug-in electric hybrid Volt will be available for $33,995 including destination fee, early in the second half of the year. Lease pricing will be available closer to its sale date, Chevy said.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 04 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Monday said its 2016 model year F-150 — which hits dealer lots this winter — will offer a compressed natural gas option on its 5-liter V8 engine that runs on fuel cheaper than both unleaded gas and diesel.

The Dearborn automaker said the F-150 will become the only half-ton pickup with the gaseous-fuel prep package option, which allows customers to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas or propane.

Filed Under: Research & Development