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Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company created the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC) to promote the unique and significant economic contribution of the U.S.-based auto companies to the American economy and to advocate for an American Manufacturing Initiative. The new organization is an expansion of the three companies’ productive work together as members of the Automotive Trade Policy Council on international trade and economic policies. Together, these three auto companies represent innovation, research and technology development that can drive America’s economic leadership in a new century.

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Apr 28 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Thursday it is donating 16 Chevrolet Camaro cars for the third round of the U.S. Energy Department’s EcoCAR 3 competition, aimed at helping find the next generation of auto industry engineers.

The four-year project will include thousands of students at 16 universities, including Wayne State University in Detroit, Arizona State University, California State University, Colorado State University, Mississippi State University, Penn State and University of Waterloo in Ontario.?

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 28 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

The humble rivet.

That's what Demos Hoursoglou, Jaguar Land Rover's body-in-white manufacturing manager here, puts near the top of his list of worries about assembling the aluminum body of the Range Rover.

The 2014 Range Rover body uses 17 types of rivets, 3,722 per vehicle. If one jams in a gun or is inserted incorrectly, production stops.

Before a rivet reaches the production line, it is inspected at least twice, sorted and X-rayed. Each shipment of bar-coded rivets must be matched to the exact guns that will shoot them into the aluminum body parts.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 28 2014
Daily Journal Online

Cale Schremp, 4, of Perryville, has Alopecia Universalis. It is an auto-immune skin disorder resulting in the loss of hair on his body.

In an effort to raise awareness, a 2014 Cale Trail -- a Jeep/4x4 ride to raise awareness for Alopecia -- is being held to provide funding to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

The event is May 17 and is also the official “Go Topless Day” for all Jeep enthusiasts. The ride will be approximately 60 miles throughout Perry County starting and ending at the Barrens Winery in Perryville.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 25 2014
GM News

You probably won’t recall the number of the road trips when one of your passengers didn’t get car sick while watching the rear DVD entertainment system, like the one in the Buick Enclave. Some credit for that goes to General Motors’ Human Factors group for properly placing the screen outside “the puke zone.”

As part of an effort to continually improve the way customers interact with vehicles, the Human Factors group conducts about 100 studies globally each year, including some with younger subjects who come to check out Mom and Dad’s workplace.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 25 2014
Written by Gary Gastelu | Posted on Fox News

It’s the end of the F-150 as we know it.

Ford’s venerable pickup is set to have its steel body replaced by aluminum later this year. It’s a radical move for the top-selling truck that’s aimed at reducing weight and improving fuel economy in a segment that needs it.

So, unless Ford has a trick up its sleeve, the recently launched 2014 F-150 Tremor will go down in history as the last new configuration of the current truck created before the next generation arrives, making it both the answer to a future trivia question and an instant collectible.

Filed Under: Research & Development

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