Manufacturing Economy

Ford Plans to Add Four SUVs Globally in Next Four Years

Ford Motor Co. will add four new SUVs to its global lineup by 2020 to serve what it sees as a dramatic and ongoing shift away from passenger cars.

Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of sales and marketing, announced the plans Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. LaNeve said SUV sales have nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2010, and the growth is driven by consumer preference, not by low gas prices.

Why The 2017 Cadillac XT5 SUV Is Huge For General Motors

Luxury crossovers are white-hot. Cadillac's XT5 is the first of several all-new Cadillac crossovers that will seek to boost GM's share of this highly profitable market.

What's happening: General Motors said this week that its new 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover SUV will have a starting price of $38,995 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in April.

Jeep's Rich Heritage Celebrated In Super Bowl Ad

Jeep celebrated its rich heritage in a 60-second commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl in an ad called "Portraits," as the iconic SUV brand celebrates its 75th anniversary.

With the tagline “We don’t make Jeep, you do," the ad includes more than 60 carefully selected images from around the world, including famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, BB King and Aretha Franklin, along with photos of historic Jeep models.

Brand New 2017 Ford Raptor Race Truck Comes Factory Prepared

For Ford’s 2017 Raptor lineup there’s a Raptor model built to suit everyone’s needs. For the fuel-mileage conscious there’s the Raptor’s standard equipment Auto-Stop-Start feature where the engine kills, saving gas at a red light, and then instantly fires back up as the gas pedal is depressed for a green light.

In the Raptor’s off-road ready street trim, the truck is available in two or four door bodystyles, and for the folks enthused about venturing into off-road racing there’s the new factory prepared race-ready Raptor available as a two door only.

Buick Shows Off Cascada In Super Bowl 50 Wedding Ad

General Motors Co. introduced the new Buick Cascada to America during Super Bowl 50 with the help of two celebrities and a wedding.

The 30-second spot featured New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski attending a wedding, where the bride and groom drove off in the two-door convertible, which is arriving in dealerships.

During the ad, Ratajkowski makes a diving catch for the bride’s bouquet of flowers, and tosses it to Beckham. Wedding attendees then talk about how she “Odell-ed it.”

This Unlikely Vehicle Is One Of Ford's Best Weapons In Its US Sales War

Along with the Mustang muscle cars and GT supercars we expect to see cited in Ford press releases, one unusual vehicle keeps popping up.

It's a van. Yes, a van.

Specifically, it's the Transit Connect, an unconventional-looking minivan that just helped Ford post its best January van sales since 1985.

In the midst of a record-setting year for the Blue Oval and most of the car industry, Ford can thank the Transit Connect for capturing a 69% share of the small-commercial-van market.

Cool It Now: Chrysler 300S And 200S Alloy Editions Are New Additions

The 200 may be going the way of the dodo, but that doesn’t mean Chrysler’s not going to squeeze some more life out of its mid-size backmarker. Along with the beefcake 300, the 200 is getting the appearance-package treatment. This one’s called Alloy. As one might expect, it’s metallic in nature.