Manufacturing Economy

Ford Redevelopment Plan In Dearborn Estimated At $1.2B

Ford unveiled sweeping plans today to redevelop dozens of buildings in Dearborn that house more than 30,000 employees in a project that will transform the automaker's presence in the city into two distinct campuses over the next 10 years.

The project, which represents an investment estimated at more than $1.2 billion, is intended to give Ford's employees the work environment and technology necessary to design and develop cars of the future.

In some ways, the massive project, in planning for more than three years, is long overdue.

Review: 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Epitomizes Offroad Cred

The term "jeep" is filled with history and connotations in the American vernacular and has become universal for any vehicle that can traverse rough landscapes. The Jeep brand, of course, has been around for generations and when most people hear "Jeep" they think of the Wrangler, the direct descendant of the Willy's Jeeps of the Second World War.

Buick Marketing To Evolve As Brand Launches 4 Models

Buick is gearing up for a big marketing blitz as it prepares to launch four new or redesigned models, but don't expect the brand to back away from its self-deprecating campaign that shows people asking "Is that a Buick?"

Buick is in the middle of launching its Cascada midsize convertible and is working on new ads for the Envision midsize crossover that goes on sale this summer as well as for a redesigned LaCrosse full-size sedan this summer and its new Encore this fall.

No Mountains? No Problem. Ford's Virtual Mountain Towed Behind All-New Super Duty Simulates Steep Hills Anywhere

When testing the toughest, smartest, most capable Ford F-Series Super Duty ever, engineers discovered the all-new truck is so powerful that it needed new equipment to simulate traveling up steep mountain grades to ensure it lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.

Traditionally, a dynamometer sled is attached to the vehicle hitch and pulled behind it. The old-style dynamometer did not challenge the power of the all-new Super Duty, so Ford set out to find a new, stronger dyno sled to test the vehicle’s mountain climbing capability limits.

GMC Blacks Out With Terrain Nightfall Edition

GMC found lots of new ways to give its Terrain SUV a darkened, edgy look -- and it all comes together in the special 2017 Nightfall Edition that will be seen at the New York Auto Show this week.
 
The vehicle will go on sale this fall and joins the Canyon Nightfall Edition and the all-new Sierra All Terrain X as the latest GMC vehicles to offer a personalized appearance with the Terrain’s premium features.
 

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: So Good Your Family Won't Care That It's A Minivan

It was when I first noticed the fire-dancers and women writhing in transparent spheres on the water that I fully realized the degree to which Chrysler was Not Screwing Around when it came to the launch of their new minivan, the 2017 Pacifica. This vehicle is very important to Chrysler, and that’s why I had to bring my wife and kid along to see how good it was.
 

Ford Establishing Subsidiary To Invest In News Mobility

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is establishing a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to build and invest in new mobility options like car-sharing and ride-hailing services.

Ford Smart Mobility LLC will be chaired by former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett, who has been a member of Ford's board since 2013. Hackett resigned his board seat Friday to lead the new company. Ford Smart Mobility plans to name a CEO in the near future.

The company will operate in Palo Alto, California, and Ford's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

Chrysler's New Pacifica Minivan Scores On Fuel Economy

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will get a combined fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon, putting it near the top of its class among minivans when it goes on sale this spring.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has previously said the Pacifica will have "unsurpassed" fuel economy among minivans but did not provide specifics.

Now, the EPA has certified the Pacifica at 28 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city for a combined 22 mmpg, according to Fiat Chrysler's website.

Missouri’s Cars

FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors recently showcased their vehicles at the Kansas City Auto Show, displaying iconic brands such as Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Ford and Lincoln.

Missouri is an auto state, and it was an honor to lead our great state as governor. FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors’ 265 dealerships employ 15,900 Missourians. The companies’ three facilities employ an additional 10,898 workers. The three companies’ 210 dealerships employ more than 10,400 Kansans. At the three Kansas City facilities, they employ almost 4,000 autoworkers.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Old Name, Better Car

After creating the minivan segment more than 30 years ago, Chrysler has unveiled an all-new vehicle with familiar name. After more than 25 years the Town & Country nameplate is being retired, and the name for the automaker’s all-new minivan is Pacifica. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform for class-leading ride, handling, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment, with the Pacifica Hybrid offering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving.