Manufacturing Economy

Ever Hear About Generation X Buying Cars? Turns Out They Like Ford Explorer Sport

At least with one nameplate, Ford is actively pursuing what has become a somewhat forgotten demographic cohort for auto makers: Generation X.

New research shows that the Ford Explorer Sport—with stickers starting at about $45,000 versus the low $30,000s for a standard version of the vehicle—has the highest percentage of Gen X buyers of any non-luxury SUV in the United States, reflecting what the company calls a generational preference “for exclusivity and performance at a great value.”

Fiat Chrysler to invest $1B in Toledo, Illinois plants, add 1,000 jobs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it plans to spend $1 billion to retool its plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., and create 1,000 new jobs as it shuffles its North American production footprint.

FCA said it will invest $700 million at its Toledo Assembly North Plant to prepare for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and expand the production capacity of the SUV. The automaker said it plans to add about 700 jobs at that plant.

Jeep chief: Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer to become Jeep's premium SUVs

CHELSEA, Mich. -- Jeep's Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs due after 2019 will be upscale vehicles that will push the premium boundaries of the brand, says Jeep brand head Mike Manley.

The two nameplates will be luxury vehicles, with the Grand Wagoneer an upscale version of the Wagoneer. Both vehicles will share a platform with the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

Ford's Escape the Room Drive-able Game Is Pretty Awesome

This weekend, 1,000 participants in New York City will have the opportunity to experience Ford Motor’s latest creative marketing event for millennials. It’s a massive multi-room, automotive version of the game Escape the Room that’s meant to be a fun alternative to the typical test drive of its new 2017 Ford Escape SUV.

Jeep gearing up for new compact SUV, next-gen Wrangler

Jeep is on track for another record year of global sales, as it prepares for a highly important launch of a new compact SUV and the unveiling of the next-generation Wrangler.

The name of the vehicle, Manley said, has been decided. He declined to comment on if it will be named the Compass or Patriot. The new SUV is expected to be in U.S. showrooms early next year.

Petty's Garage announces 2017 'King' edition Ford Mustang GT

Petty's Garage announced on Wednesday that they will build 500 "King Edition" 2017 Ford Mustang GT models.

The builds also include 43 cars that will feature a special silver scheme to celebrate Richard Petty's 80th birthday in July 2017.

This is the third year that Petty's Garage and Ford have come together for the special Mustangs honoring "The King," as the 2017 builds are set to be the largest stock to date.