Environmental Stewardship

Ford to Unveil Solar Hybrid Concept Car at CES

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels. The automaker says the vehicle's estimated combined city-highway mileage is 100 mpg.

The Jeep® Brand Teams With The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl To Provide Holiday Cheer

As part of its overall continued commitment to Detroit community, the Jeep® brand will sponsor this year’s upcoming 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where the Bowling Green Falcons and Pittsburgh Panthers will go head to head at Ford Field the evening of Thursday, December 26. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, the Jeep brand will donate 250 tickets for the game to local charities and organizations, including the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy staff members, students and their families. For information on tickets, go to www.FordField.com.

GM Uses Digital Tools

Precision not patriotism is the focus of red, white and blue light scanning used by General Motors’ Competitive Benchmarking team to surgically dissect competitor vehicles.

The high-tech search for what is good and bad is conducted about three dozen times a year globally with models strategically selected that are all-new or feature industry-first systems and technologies.   

The light scanners mathematically capture precise 3-D images of vehicle structures and components. Complete sets of scans become reverse-engineered computer models for comparing to GM designs.

Ford announces new self-driving Fusion Hybrid test project

Ford has announced it is joining a growing list of automakers who are taking a serious look at the future of self-driving cars.

The automaker has teamed up with the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test car. The collaboration will use the car to develop technologies that Ford and its suppliers can use on a future generation of vehicles.

Chrysler and Ram brand bring big gift to Wounded Warrior Family Center

The Grinch was nowhere to be found Friday, Dec. 13 in or near the Warrior & Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Ram Truck brand and its parent, Chrysler Group LLC, made sure of that.
    
Friday was the occasion of the annual Wounded Warrior family Christmas luncheon with Santa handling out gifts for the Wounded Warrior family children during the hour.

Then, to everyone's surprise, Santa came back to the center a second time with an extra special delivery for the WFSC and the children

Ford earns top 10 ranking for corporate responsibility, says KPMG

An independent survey published by KPMG ranks Ford among the 10 leading global companies for corporate responsibility reporting. KPMG’s sustainability survey adds to a wave of recognition for Ford’s sustainability commitment in 2013, a year that boasts record-breaking sales of electrified vehicles, significant reductions in water use across global operations and a broader integration of sustainable materials in all North American vehicles. For more information on Ford’s sustainability initiatives, please see Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability.

GM adopts recycling plan, no longer sending any RenCen waste to the dump

Perhaps General Motors will add the green triangular arrows recycling symbol to the corporate and brand logos atop its Renaissance Center headquarters.

The automaker said the six-tower, 5.5-million-square-foot Renaissance Center is no longer sending any waste to the dump. Instead, the high-rise’s occupants — including the 73-floor Marriott hotel and all of the companies and retailers that rent space in the property — are recycling, reusing and refurbishing all the waste they generate, or sending it to a waste-to-energy converter.

Ford considers diesel, hybrid and electric versions of new Mustang

Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower.

Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains.

At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener.

GM to convert landfill gas to generate electricity at 2 assembly plants

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $24 million to provide a powerhouse and electrical-generation equipment at two assembly plants to allow for converting landfill gas into electricity.

The Detroit automaker says it will be the first North American automaker to generate its own electricity using landfill gas, a source of renewable energy. The investment is going into GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township and its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Ind. About $13 million will be spent at Orion.