Research & Development

2016 Jeep Wrangler Overview

There is a very good reason the Jeep Wrangler has a cult-like following and why celebrities like Floyd Mayweather are always itching to get their hands on one. With a ruggedly handsome exterior, unbeatable off-road capabilities, and an endless amount of rough and tumble appeal, the Wrangler is easily the best vehicle out there for those consumers who like to explore off the beaten path.

GM And LG Are Working Together On The Chevy Bolt Electric Car

In an unexpected, but interesting partnership, General Motors and LG today revealed they're working together on the development of the Chevy Bolt. This electric vehicle, which will reportedly launch in 2017 for $30,000, is expected to last over 200 miles on a single charge -- a lot more than the 2016 Volt hybrid. GM says LG's expertise in battery technology was a key factor to deem it a worthy associate, having previously worked with the South Korean company on the original Chevy Volt.

GM To Add 1,200 Jobs, Second Shift At Detroit-Hamtramck

General Motors Co. said Thursday it will add more than 1,200 jobs and nearly double the number of employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant as it adds a long-awaited second shift early next year.

The Detroit automaker said hiring is under way for the shift and the plant will have about 2,800 people when hiring is complete.

GM said the shift is necessary to meet demand for five vehicles the plant produces.

A World Premiere: FCA US Kokomo Casting Plant Becomes First-Ever Casting Facility to Earn World Class Manufacturing Bronze Award

As the 11th FCA North American facility to receive bronze status, Kokomo Casting was awarded bronze after a two-day audit in which the plant earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor.
 
With Kokomo Casting’s award, there are now three Indiana plants in the bronze class. Indiana Transmission II and Kokomo Transmission each received the bronze designation in 2014. 
 

GM's Self-Driving Car Plans

GM has been working on self-driving technology for nearly a decade and that work will start to bear fruit soon, WIRED reported.

The company says it will have a fleet of self-driving Chevy Volts cruising around its Detroit technical innovation center next year. The center sits on a campus with 11 miles of roads that GM is using for testing self-driving technology.

Jeep’s EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee: A Clean Vehicle That Loves Mud

With all this talk of dirty diesel engines and massive recalls dominating the news cycle, we’re thrilled to put a diesel in the spotlight for all the right reasons, because when it comes to the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 EcoDiesel, it ticks all the right boxes while keeping any issues to a minimum. Even reviews from fellow critic, Road & Track (who drove it for a long-term feature), loved the EcoDiesel from start to finish, finding zero reasons to gripe about it — aside from the pricy powertrain.

GM To Test Fleet Of Self-Driving Chevy Volts

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to be a “disruptor” in the changing auto industry, as it announced what’s believed to be an industry-first fleet of self-driving cars, as well as two U.S. car-sharing programs.

A fleet of autonomous 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids will be made available for employees at its Warren Tech Center. Beginning late next year, they’ll be able to hop into one of the Volts and be shuttled around the campus.

Barra says the company wants to redefine the future of personal mobility, and doing so will transform the company.