Manufacturing Economy

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.

2017 Ford Escape Brings Expanded Connectivity Options And Services

The second-best selling nameplate in the current Ford lineup behind the perennially leading F-series trucks is the Escape. With more than 126,000 units sold through the first five months of 2016, the only Ford car that comes close is the Fusion with the rest trailing far, far behind. The utility segment which includes both the old-school body-on-frame truck-based SUV and unibody crossovers is the all the rage not just in America but in many global markets including Europe. That’s why Ford is launching four additional global utility nameplates by 2020.

GM CEO: The Bolt EV Will Take Us to a Self-Driving Future

General Motors is still a car company, at least for now. “Our core business will be the core for a very very long time,” CEO Mary Barra said today at the WIRED Business Conference in New York.

That business is making personal vehicles that people drive and own, with a focus on trucks, SUVs, and middle America. But it’s hardly exclusive, and in the past six months General Motors has made a series of bold, future-facing moves to cash in on what Barra calls “an accretive opportunity”—a chance to add some apple flesh around the steady core.