Research & Development

Ford Invention Fights Pesky And Harmful Invader: Spiders

Ford engineers have morphed into exterminators — and for good reason.

A common form of spider, it turns out, likes to nest under the hood in vehicles. That sounds harmless enough, but it can cause big problems, including possible fuel tank cracks that can ignite vehicle fires.

"We’re always working to improve and adapt to whatever the environment or the regulatory regime throws at us," Ford fuel systems engineer David Gimby said.

Fiat Chrysler Headquarters Boasts Google-Like Work Culture

At Fiat Chrysler’s sprawling headquarters and technology centre, innovation isn’t just about producing better vehicles. It’s also about producing better ideas.

Taking a page from high-tech giants, such as Google, the automaker is literally and figuratively tearing down walls between the more than 14,000 workers who occupy the 5.4 million-square foot complex in Auburn Hills, Mich.

FCA US Announces $2.5 Million Investment for New 4x4 Dyno for Rain and Snow Testing

Where in North America can you go from testing the 4x4 capabilities of a 2015 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk at minus 40 degrees with snow whipping by at 100 mph, while at the same time baking a Renegade Limited just a few steps away at 130 degrees?
 
Answer: The Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) at the FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
 

Ford Apollo Edition Mustang Nets $230K For Charity

Ford's Apollo Edition Mustang won't be going to the moon anytime soon, but the specially modified pony car will be helping young people learn to fly thanks to the $230,000 raised from its charity auction during AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. All of the funds go to the Experimental Aircraft Association's Youth Aviation Programs that assist kids in becoming pilots. Eight specially modified Mustangs are responsible for raising about $3 million for the charity to date.

OnStar Tops 1 Billion Customer Interactions

Customers reach out via phone, mobile app and through their vehicles
 
OnStar has fielded more than 1 billion requests from customers, who interact by phone, mobile app or embedded cellular service in their cars and trucks.
 
Launched nearly 19 years ago as an industry-first service that would place a call from the vehicle when an air bag deployed, OnStar today remotely unlocks doors, loads driving directions directly to the vehicle, compiles and sends emails on vehicle health and can aid law enforcement by slowing down a vehicle being pursued.

GM to invest $1B in India, launch 10 new Chevy vehicles

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $1 billion in India as part of a $5 billion investment into new Chevrolet vehicles in global growth markets.
 
The automaker said the investment in India includes producing 10 new Chevy vehicles in the next five years, beginning with the Trailblazer this October and Spin MPV in early 2017. GM is betting that the new vehicles will help Chevy double its 1.8 percent market share in India by 2020.
 
India is expected to become one of the world’s three largest auto markets by 2020.

2015 Ford F-150 Leads Light-Duty Truck Segment In Safety Ratings

Ford’s all-new F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever is the first pickup in America to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for its SuperCrew model.
 
The new Ford F-150 is also the only full-size, light-duty truck in the industry to earn the government’s highest possible 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.
 
The excellent crash test performance of the new Ford F-150 is enabled by its up to 700-pound wei

Tips For Staying Cool With Your Ford Vehicle This Summer

Last year was the hottest summer on record, and heat and humidity are again bearing down across the United States. Heat waves on both coasts are contributing to shattered weather records already this year, with 31 cities and towns across the country posting the hottest June temperature ever recorded. Raleigh, North Carolina, recorded highs of more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 straight days; Kingman, Arizona, tied the record number of 100-degree-plus days, with 15; and Barrow, Alaska, had the warmest June on record.