Research & Development

Ford, Pivotal Collaborate On Software Platform For FordPass; Aim To Revolutionize Mobility For Consumers

Ford is working with cloud-based software technology leader Pivotal to build a software platform supporting FordPass® that will enable the company to rapidly innovate and iterate on new applications and mobility solutions for consumers.

FordPass – a free digital, physical and personal platform – features four benefits for members: Marketplace includes mobility services such as parking and sharing; FordGuides help consumers move more efficiently; Appreciation, where members are recognized for their loyalty; and FordHubs, where consumers can experience Ford’s latest innovations.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Spied With Beefy Brakes

The influx of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 spy shots is becoming more frequent. This is a good sign we will soon see the 2017 Camaro ZL1 in the flesh, but for now we have another spy shot.

Autoblog has snapped the 2017 Camaro ZL1 testing with its usual camouflage to hide away the finer details. As our friends at Autoblog point out, the brakes are gigantic on this prototype, a dead giveaway of a high-performance variant. The rotors are certainly getting acquainted with the innards of the wheels in this latest shot.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica: New Minivan, Old Moniker, Likely Better Fate Than Namesake

Chrysler's all-new minivan is such a break from Chrysler minivans of yore it's christened with an all-old name. And the move actually makes sense.

The name is Pacifica, a moniker that graced an innovative but, alas, short-lived crossover that deserved a better fate.

The original Chrysler Pacifica, offered from 2004 through 2008, pretty much invented the large, three-row, car-based crossover. But it was born too early, arriving at a time when truck-based utes were all the rage. In retrospect, that original Pacifica can be viewed as a real innovator.

General Motors Creates Dedicated Team For Autonomous Cars, Electric Vehicles

Earlier this month, Ford announced it's tripling the size of its self-driving cars' testing plans.

Well, on Thursday, General Motors followed suit, announcing the creation of a specially-dedicated team to speed up the development of autonomous and electric vehicles, as reported by Reuters.

This announcement includes GM's vice president for global product, Doug Parks, taking over his new post of VP for autonomous technology and vehicles on Feb. 1.

Jeep Could Be Planning New Wagoneer SUV

Jeep's SUV offensive could include a new Wagoneer model to go along with its previously confirmed Grand Wagoneer, the company revealed in its latest business plan.

After months of rumors, Jeep confirmed in March of last year that it was planning to revive its storied Grand Wagoneer nameplate as a luxury SUV to rival the Land Rover Range Rover. However, Jeep might not be done rummaging through its archives as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip that the company is also working on a new Wagoneer model.

Contractor Shoots For Battle-Ready Jeep

In Jeep’s 75th anniversary year, a North Carolina defense contractor is working on a project that could put the iconic vehicle back on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army wants to find an inexpensive, lightweight, unarmored vehicle that could be flown into remote locations and used to ferry troops and cargo over rough terrain in situations that don’t call for heavy armored vehicles.

Sound familiar? It should. That’s essentially the same role the Willys MB — the forerunner of the modern Jeep — filled during World War II.

FCA Announces 2025 Dodge Hellcat Student Design Winners

The Dodge Hellcat SRT models of 2025 will be sleeker and lower to the ground, and look more like a supercar than a traditional muscle car.

That’s according to car designs of the four winners of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s annual student design competition. The automaker’s North American-based operations announced the high school winners Tuesday:

■ First place – Ben Treinen, Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

■ Second place – Harrison Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy (Macon, Georgia)

Jeep Wrangler Pickup Confirmed: Future Rival To The Ford Ranger?

In the pickup market, toughness matters. So does rugged, iconic, like-no-other styling...such as that of the Jeep Wrangler.

Well, then; what about a pickup truck based on the Jeep Wrangler?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been considering it for some time—actually for many years, if you consider the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept. And now, based on recent reports, citing Jeep global chief Mike Manley and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, it’s a go.