Research & Development

Cadillac Maps Ambitious Plan For New Models

Cadillac's product makeover will include five new SUVs or crossovers by the end of the decade, a new subcompact car and three redesigned models that straddle the line between compact and midsize cars, according to a presentation by brand President Johan de Nysschen to analysts in Tuesday.
But de Nysschen's message to the J.P. Morgan Auto Conference was the long-term strategy will require patience.

‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ To Return in 2016

Less than 24 hours after more than 10,000 people attended the first-ever “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge,” the auto brand on Thursday announced the event will return in 2016.
Dodge and SRT President and CEO Tim Kuniskis said the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand doesn’t know when or where the event will take place but is promising “it will be even bigger and better.”
“The ‘Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge’ came together very organically and in a very short amount of time,” Kuniskis said in a statement on Thursday.

Going to Extremes: Ford's Cold-Weather Testing In The Sunshine State Leads To Enhanced Vehicle Quality Globally

 Each year, Ford brings global prototype vehicles and a team of engineers to the world’s largest climatic test facility – McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle – to push the limits of extreme cold-weather testing in order to improve vehicle quality and performance for customers.
In this sophisticated, all-weather facility used by the U.S. Air Force to test every aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory [1], Ford engineers can get temperatures down as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in a span of just 10 hours.

Look Out! Here Come The Spidermen: Ford Engineers Use Arachnid Learnings To Develop Innovative Screen To Keep Creepy Crawlers Out

Arachnophobes may not know this, but there is a team of Ford engineers who developed an innovative spider screen to keep the creepy crawlers from nesting in Ford vehicles.
You’re welcome.
Cheiracanthium mildei and Cheiracanthium inclusum – more commonly referred to as yellow sac spiders – have been known to nest inside vehicles in North America, causing problems for car owners and automakers alike over the years. Instead of using webs to catch prey, these spiders build cocoon-like webs for shelter and to lay eggs.

Chevrolet to Celebrate American Ingenuity on Woodward

Chevrolet is marking its fifth year as the presenting sponsor of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest single-day car enthusiast event, drawing more than 1.5 million enthusiasts annually from around the world.
Chevrolet will have displays in key locations along the famed Woodward Avenue including:
  • Chevrolet is hosting Volt owners and their guests for a Volt Silent Cruise on Tuesday, August 11. Owners will meet at the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills at 6 p.m.

FCA US Tables Productivity Improvement

We have new furniture!
Why is that newsworthy? It demonstrates our deep-seated commitment to improving productivity.
FCA US LLC headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., is the largest office building in North America, after the U.S. Pentagon. Visitors can walk for eight minutes at a steady clip without ever changing direction – all under a single roof.
Known as the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center, the site is currently home to more than 14,200 employees.

GM Marks Tech Center’s National Historic Landmark

WARREN, Mich. With officials from the U.S Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Michigan Historic Preservation Office on hand, General Motors  today unveiled a 5-foot-tall, 1,200-pound bethel white granite marker of its Technical Center’s selection as a National Historic Landmark.

The National Park Service selected the campus for the honor because it possesses national significance as one of the most important works of famed architect Eero Saarinen.

New Chevy Volt Gets 53 Miles Of Battery Range

General Motors' redesigned Chevrolet Volt model gets 53 miles of driving range on its battery pack before using any gasoline, a nearly 40% increase from the previous model's 38-mile range.

The second-generation Volt uses an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to travel on battery power first before a gasoline generator kicks in.

The Environmental Protection Administration has certified the range for the 2016 Volt.