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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. FCA US, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

Jul 07 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

CHELSEA, Mich. -- Fiat Group executives are looking at ways to produce more light-duty diesel engines for Chrysler Group vehicles.

So far, Chrysler's diesel experiment, which it launched last year, is working. Brand executives said demand is brisk for diesel-powered versions of the Ram 1500 pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, the two vehicles that offer the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

EcoDiesel engine maker VM Motori, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Group, has capacity to build about 100,000 of the diesels per year, a source in Italy said.

Jul 02 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While Ford Motor Company is expecting the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to be fairly popular both in the United States and overseas, some are brushing off this new turbocharged engine as little more than a short-run redeux of the old SVO Mustang – but there is a good chance that this engine could play a very big role in the future of the model.

Jun 30 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT-- Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies.

It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.

Ford showed the vehicle to journalists last week at a daylong preview here. A concept version was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new vehicle is roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the first-generation Edge, which debuted in 2006. Ford hopes to move the vehicle upscale.

Jun 27 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Chevrolet makes its debut on Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands report, ranking No. 32. The report, produced by the world's leading brand consultancy, Interbrand, measures market perception and actual environmental performance of a company and its products.

Jun 25 2014
My Fox Detroit

 FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors Co. says it's boosting solarpower at its plants.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that it's adding three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities: an engine plant in Flint and processing center in nearby Swartz Creek.