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Environmental Stewardship

FCA US, Ford and General Motors Work to Reduce Their
Environmental Footprint

FCA US, Ford and General Motors are taking a comprehensive, all-inclusive approach to “going green”. Combining innovation, engineering and ingenuity, the U.S. automakers have implemented environmentally friendly measures from the start of production, to the final sale of the vehicle.

Not only have the automakers designed eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles, but they have also implemented factory-standards to further minimize their total environmental footprint. From reducing energy consumption and water usage, to recycling vehicle manufacturing waste, to building eco-friendly facilities, FCA US, Ford and General Motors are working to be responsible stewards of the environment.

To name just a few examples, General Motors is repurposing used wood pallets into wood beams for the homebuilding industry. Further, General Motors has transformed the grounds of their Grand Blanc, Michigan Customer Care and Aftersales Headquarters into a wildlife habitat, certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. In constructing the habitat, they used recycled materials such as Chevrolet Volt battery covers, converted into duck nesting boxes.

Ford has aimed to reduce their footprint by extensively using recycled materials in their vehicle production. The seat fabric on the Ford Fusion is made from recycled water bottles, and post-consumer recycled nylon is used in vehicle components, such as engine fans, HVAC temperature valves, engine covers, cam covers and carbon canisters. Ford also uses soy oil in the production of the seat foam for all of the company’s North American vehicles.

FCA US has made extensive corporate efforts to encourage its dealer-network to put in place high environmental standards for their facilities. The company has established a new Dealer ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program, to recognize dealers that demonstrate eco-friendly practices. Among other implementations, some dealerships have installed extensive solar-panel systems and rainwater collection systems, to lower their overall environmental footprint.

The American Auto Industry is doing its part to innovate and reliably and dependably “go green.”


Jun 05 2014
Written by Katherine Long | Posted on Seattle Times

Seattle — On the outside, it’s a basic, affordable, midsize Chevy Malibu.

But on the inside it’s a hybrid like no other, with two separate engines — one biodiesel, the other electric — that together give it the muscle of, well, a muscle car, not the faint and tentative speed of some hybrids.

For the last three years, a team of University of Washington students has designed, planned, tested, rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered the innards of the General Motors car.

Jun 04 2014
GM News

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014, according to and Parents magazine. It is the second consecutive year Traverse made the list in the SUV category.

Criteria for consideration included strong safety – Traverse earned a Top Safety Pick recommendation in 2013 from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety and has a 5-star rating in government crash tests – efficiency, value and style.

Jun 04 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Having shaken the automotive world with its plans for a lightweight aluminum pickup truck, Ford is now turning its attention to bringing the same technology to cars.

It unveiled a concept version of its popular Fusion midsize car that weighs about the same as its smallest model, the Fiesta. Just as Ford wsa able to cut up to 700 pounds in the F-150, it was able to do about the same with the Fusion for this design study.

May 29 2014
GM News

General Motors and the University of Michigan today announced an agreement to extend their collaborative automotive research efforts through 2017.

Launched in 1998, Collaborative Research Laboratories (CRL) at the University of Michigan have led to significant commercial and academic success for students, the university and the automaker. In 2011, it yielded a unique process to ultrasonically weld battery tabs together that played a role in enabling the Chevrolet Volt team to offer an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery system.

May 29 2014
Written by Ann M. Jobs | Posted on Associated Press

The 2014 Ford Focus ST is a fun-to-drive, spirited hatchback with turbo power, European-style handling, and practical seating and cargo room.

A compact-sized car, the Focus five-door hatchback even garnered top, five out of five stars from the federal government in frontal and side crash testing.

And for driving enthusiasts, the Focus ST is something of a bargain, offering horsepower and torque usually associated with six-cylinder cars for the price — and fuel mileage — of a small four cylinder.