Manufacturing Economy

A World Premiere: FCA US Kokomo Casting Plant Becomes First-Ever Casting Facility to Earn World Class Manufacturing Bronze Award

As the 11th FCA North American facility to receive bronze status, Kokomo Casting was awarded bronze after a two-day audit in which the plant earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor.
With Kokomo Casting’s award, there are now three Indiana plants in the bronze class. Indiana Transmission II and Kokomo Transmission each received the bronze designation in 2014. 

GM Hosts Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans

General Motors partnered with engineering students from Michigan Technological University to help the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans prepare for Sunday’s 36th annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon.

Student athletes helped prep the athletes’ hand cycles for the rigors of marathon competition. A technical workshop was held Saturday in the GM Wintergarden.

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: Dodge Rules New Era Muscle Car

Dodge Charger leads the modern day muscle car era with the most powerful factory-built 4-door passenger car on the planet.

The five-passenger rear-drive 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat harnesses 707 horsepower generated from a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 Hellcat engine.

Charger Hellcat is shipped straight from the assembly line to the showroom floor and buying public for a base price of $62,295.

Buyers also pay $995 for freight and a $1700 gas-guzzler tax.


At full throttle, Charger Hellcat will empty its 18.5 gallon fuel tank in 13 minutes.

Ford Expedition Redesigned, Slimmed Down For 2018

DETROIT -- A camouflaged, full-size, Ford-badged SUV spotted recently in Dearborn, Mich., near Ford’s product development center offers the best view yet of the redesigned aluminum-bodied Expedition, due out as a 2018 model.

A Ford source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the vehicle in the spy shots is close to the final version of the Expedition.

The redesigned Expedition has Ford’s trademark dip in the front windows near the mirrors, the same styling feature used on Super Duty trucks.

GM's Self-Driving Car Plans

GM has been working on self-driving technology for nearly a decade and that work will start to bear fruit soon, WIRED reported.

The company says it will have a fleet of self-driving Chevy Volts cruising around its Detroit technical innovation center next year. The center sits on a campus with 11 miles of roads that GM is using for testing self-driving technology.

2015 Dodge Dart Builds On Heritage

Dodge introduced performance in the compact car segment with the all-new, state-of-the-art Dart four-door sedan back in 2013. The all-new Dart marked the Dodge brand’s re-entry into the compact sedan segment, hitting the bulls-eye with a modern, unmistakable Dodge design that builds upon its performance heritage while evoking emotion, efficiency and fluidity of movement.

Ford's F-150: Lots of Aluminum, Plenty of Awesome

Ford’s famous pickup, the best-selling vehicle in America since the Reagan administration, has still got it. Even after Ford swapped out almost every steel body panel for a lightweight aluminum alloy. Even after it added a cute, sedan-size 2.7-liter engine. Even after Chevrolet and a legion of gravel-throated truck fans deemed it wimpy and precious and expensive to fix.

“It seems like a big change initially, but when people see the difference, they’ll ask ‘Why didn’t they do this sooner?’” said Michael Levine, the company’s truck talker.

CEO Mary Barra: GM working in secret on self-driving cars

Despite being one of the oldest names in the car business, General Motors is “among the leaders” in the development of self-driving cars along with Silicon Valley's best — from Apple to Tesla, GM CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview with USA.

Barra says GM is well positioned to thrive as transportation enters a new self-driving revolution even if Apple eventually makes a car — widely expected to be an autonomous, electric vehicle.

Ford Dominates Cop Car Market With New Interceptor Line

Next time you see red, white and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, odds are they'll be attached to a Ford.

Between sales of its Police Interceptor Sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and Utility, which is based on the Explorer, the Dearborn, Mich.-based manufacturer holds a 61 percent share of the police car market, with the Utility holding the top overall spot to date in 2015, according to data gathered by Polk/IHS Automotive.