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2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid Earns Top Safety Pick From Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

The 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the second consecutive year.

The organization performed multiple crash tests on C-MAX Hybrid, resulting in a “good” rating in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating evaluations.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

2016 Chevy Volt to debut at Detroit auto show in January

General Motors’ next-generation Chevrolet Volt will make its world debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet chief marketing officer, would not provide details, except to say it will have more technology than the current Volt.

Mahoney spoke Thursday morning at the Management Briefing Seminars near Traverse City.

Sales for the first-generation Volt fell short of expectations. GM is under pressure to deliver significant advancements to boost sales of the extended-range plug-in hybrid.

C7 Corvette Graced With Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger

Though the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette comes from the factory loaded with 460 horsepower, there’s always going to be power-hungry enthusiasts demanding more from their cars. The American-made Edelbrock E-Force supercharger system satisfies this hunger. Specifically designed for the LT1 and fitting like a glove under the stock hood due to its integration into the intake manifold, the E-Force results in a seamless design with minimal components and the virtual elimination of vacuum leaks between gasket surfaces.

Guest Blog: U.S. Automakers Continue to Lead American Manufacturing

In an ever-shrinking world, a popular refrain among some skeptics is that American manufacturing is not competitive in the global economy. A new report by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) reveals that is simply not the case. Led by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, American manufacturing is on the rise, creating jobs and expanding opportunity at a rate that hasn’t been seen in years.

Let's Talk: Plug-In Electric Vehicles And Energy Companies Are About To Start Communicating Via The Cloud

Ford Motor Company is collaborating with seven of the world’s largest automakers and 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology for plug-in electric vehicles to talk to the utilities via the cloud – a move that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

GM to provide 12 Chevrolet Volts to Across America program

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is providing 12 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts to the nonprofit MBAs Across America program, which is traveling the country to help small businesses.

The automaker held a celebratory event Friday at its Renaissance Center headquarters. GM CEO Mary Barra and Detroit Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon welcomed the students who spent the week in Detroit working with seven local businesses.

3-cylinder 2014 Fiesta SFE has Ford's smallest motor ever

The Fiesta is the smallest car Ford sells in the United States, and now it’s available with the tiniest engine the company has ever made.

Ford's first three-piston motor is a 1.0-liter turbocharged powerhouse with an aluminum block the company says is small enough to fit on a sheet of letter paper or in a piece of carry-on luggage, with room to spare. With it, Ford joins Smart, Mitsubishi and MINI in what’s quickly becoming the year of the three-cylinder.

GM CEO to keynote Detroit forum on 'smart' cars

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September as the issue takes growing importance.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America said Thursday Barra will keynote the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on Sept 7. She will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. GM also confirmed Barra will speak at the event.

Ford reveals details about engines in aluminum-body F-150s

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated.

The new truck will be offered with a base 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. And in a direct comparison with a steel-body 2014 F-150, Ford showed a 732-pound weight difference — more than the 700-pound estimate given when the 2015 pickup was revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

Aluminum-Bodied 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck: Buyers Intrigued, Report Says

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck seems like a big gamble for the company.

The redesigned version of Ford's best-selling model promises to be more fuel-efficient, but many analysts have asked about aluminum's cost, durability, and ease of repair.

Yet a new study claims that buyers are, if nothing else, intrigued.

The study from research firm UBS found that buyers don't care what material their trucks are made of if performance is comparable--but became more interested in aluminum the more they learned about it, according to The Detroit News.