Research & Development

Changing The Model, The New Dodge Durango Citadel

It seems to us that over that past few years, minivans have lost much of the appeal that has previously been enjoyed with the mommy set. As millennial’s transform into motherhood and start families of their own, they are looking for a more athletic looking larger vehicle to transport the little ones and enjoy their free time as much as possible, without being tied to the pavement all the time.

Jeep To Launch Sport-Focused Renegade Trackhawk

Dubbed Renegade Trackhawk, Jeep's first-ever hot-rodded subcompact crossover will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged version of Chrysler's 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. The four-banger will send at least 300 horsepower to all four wheels, though what transmission it will be bolted to is up in the air.

The extra power will be complemented by upgraded brakes all around, a sport-tuned suspension and a full body kit. All told, the Renegade Trackhawk is shaping up to be the fastest and most aggressive-looking crossover in its segment by a long shot.

Drive To Recycle

We all do it. We recycle our glass, our plastic, our newspapers—but what about our vehicle’s parts when something needs to be replaced? As a Ford owner, you’re covered. Ford takes recycling seriously. In fact, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Ford Core Recovery Program, the company’s lead effort to recycle and reprocess damaged vehicle parts.

GM To Invest Millions Into Durant-Dort ‘Factory One’

General Motors Co. said Saturday it will invest millions of dollars into the historic Durant-Dort Carriage Co. “Factory One” building in Flint to turn what some consider the birthplace of General Motors into an archive and research center.

The Detroit automaker in 2013 purchased the 25,000-square-foot building just north of downtown Flint on West Water Street for an undisclosed amount. GM has invested about $3 million into repairing the exterior, installing new windows and doors and new fencing around a parking lot.

Ford Performance Raises Focus ST With 275 Horsepower

The people at Ford Performance, formerly Ford Racing have announced a new package Ford Focus ST owners can buy that amps their little crusher up to 275 horsepower.
In partnership with long time tuner Mountune, Ford Performance is offering an off-the-shelf kit which includes a larger inter-cooler, revised intake plumbing, a new filter, a tuner and all the needed hardware.

The MP275 package raises both horsepower and torque with almost 300 pound-feet. It requires of course 93-octane premium unleaded to belt that out.

Fiat Chrysler To Be Part Of Star Wars Marketing Force

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be part of the marketing force behind the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie that opens in December.

The automaker, known for partnering with movie studios, stars and musicians, is one of seven global companies that will be part of "an expansive, historic promotional campaign," to support the movie.

Lucasfilm identified the partners Thursday. Others include Covergirl & Max Factor, Duracell, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Subway and Verizon. They were announced four days after a new teaser for the film was released.