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Oct 20 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors hosted its Detroit-area regional truck drive for select members of the media earlier this week. The event, appropriately held at the Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI., gave journalists the opportunity to drive several of its all-new truck and SUV offerings for the 2015 model year, including the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon.

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Oct 20 2014
Ford Media Center

From off-road prowess to street performance, custom versions of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever – will vie this November for the “Hottest Truck” award at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 20 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

The Jeep that wasn't "Jeep enough" is finding its place atop the brand's lineup a year after driving into dealerships.

The Cherokee, which many Jeep enthusiasts criticized due to its non-boxy design and sleek headlamps, led the SUV brand's sales in September and is carving a place for itself in the midsize sport utility and crossover vehicle segment.

"People are blown away with the whole package," Jeep marketing director Jim Morrison said in a recent phone interview. "We're getting a lot of new, conquest buyers out of imports and domestics."

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Oct 17 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand will showcase performance concepts of several cars during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show next month in Las Vegas.

GM's largest brand on Thursday, from its Heritage Center here, revealed some of the vehicles it intends to show at the large trade show, which is closed to the public. Chevy will showcase an SS Sport, two Sonic concepts, an Impala Blackout concept and a variant of the Cruze RS during SEMA, Nov. 4-7.

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Oct 17 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Love Mustangs? There's an app for that.

Ford and Tweddle have launched Mustang Owner, an interactive smartphone app to give enthusiasts information about the features of the 2015 Mustang. The app uses an augmented reality feature that scans shots of the car and imparts information.

It is available on Android and iOS platforms and can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching "2015 Ford Mustang app."

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Oct 17 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are Must-Shop SUVs for Towing according to AutoTrader.com, which recognizes SUVs that offer the perfect combination of towing ability and interior luxury.

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Oct 16 2014
Written by Larry Edsall | Posted on The Detroit News

Off-road driving enthusiasts can reap the benefits of a cooperative vehicle-development effort between two long-time automotive aftermarket companies. The companies are Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, based in Decatur, Indiana, but with strong ties to the Detroit area, and Alabama-based Southern Comfort Automotive.

The benefit of their efforts — actually, of a reunion of sorts — is the Reaper, a specially modified 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup now available at select Chevrolet dealerships.

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Oct 16 2014
Ford Media Center

From the days of horse-drawn carts, humans have used square-shaped boxes to move cargo.

Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink™ system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.

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Oct 16 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The Chrysler Group has rolled out their first group of teaser images ahead of the 2014 SEMA Show and among those images is the new Dodge Challenger TA Concept - a concept that could lead to the next performance trimline for the brawny Mopar muscle car.

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Oct 15 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Last month, Chevrolet unveiled the 2015 Silverado Rally Edition appearance packages, just as GMC unveiled two special edition trucks with unique accessories, the 2015 Sierra Elevation and Sierra Carbon. These special edition trim packages offer buyers model-exclusive wheels and unique decals in addition to other cosmetic enhancements, helping to further separate their truck from the other GMCs on the road.

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Oct 15 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford and NextEnergy today issued a challenge for suppliers to come up with advanced automotive lighting products.

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Oct 15 2014
Chrysler Media Group

In anticipation of the 2014 edition of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Mopar released sketches of its modified Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, and FIAT vehicles headed for the premier aftermarket trade show in Las Vegas.

Mopar will display several innovative show vehicles, all reimagined with Mopar products, in a 15,345-square-foot exhibit on Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center to demonstrate how enthusiasts can sprinkle their own rides with a little Mopar magic by choosing from the brand’s vast portfolio of parts and accessories.

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Oct 14 2014
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

Chevrolet will broaden its green-vehicle offerings by adding an electric model to a lineup that includes the Volt plug-in hybrid and the Spark EV minicar.

Mark Reuss, General Motors' global product chief, confirmed plans for the electric vehicle during a presentation to investors. He didn't identify the nameplate or disclose a timeline for its debut.

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Oct 14 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it is adding 850 hourly jobs to three facilities at its Rouge Center to help build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup, which will hit showrooms later this year.

Workers already have been hired and are being trained.

The new jobs will be divided among the center’s three facilities. Dearborn Truck will receive more than 500 new workers; Dearborn Stamping will get nearly 300; and Dearborn Diversified, which makes components, will receive more than 50 workers. The center now has nearly 5,000 hourly workers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 14 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 Jeep® and Ram Truck brands took top awards at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo. More than 60 TAWA members cast their votes after a two-day competition involving on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. While capability is an important element considered by TAWA jurors, the organization also studies design, utility, value and technology with detailed scoring in each category.

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Oct 09 2014
Written by Kelly Pleskot | Posted on Motor Trend

General Motors will introduce a third electric model to the Chevrolet lineup, one that's said to be based on the Chevy Sonic and will travel 200 miles on a single charge.

GM global product boss Mark Reuss confirmed Chevrolet's plan for a new EV last week, reports Automotive News. Although he didn't give a timetable for the new car's arrival, two sources familiar with the matter claim it will be an EV based on the current Chevrolet Sonic. Expect the new car to arrive in 2017, the sources said.

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Oct 09 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon was delivered to my house with “#Unminivan” sprawled across the sides and back, but while this funky little European convert doesn’t feel look the part of a traditional American minivan – it offers all of the functionality of a proper minivan and the pleasant driving characteristics of a small sedan.

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Oct 09 2014
Written by Mark Williams | Posted on Pickuptrucks.com

With all the attention Ram has been getting lately due to its impressive U.S. sales, the success of its light-duty half-ton turbo-diesel and its best-in-class torque numbers from the Ram heavy-duty Cummins, it's easy to see how Ram might get the lion's share of attention from Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. But Jeep, another FCA brand that also has been growing at impressive rates in the U.S. and around the world, has been keeping Marchionne busy. That's certainly been the case at this year's Paris Motor Show.

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Oct 09 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Earlier this month, General Motors product chief Mark Reuss revealed Cadillac’s upcoming CT6 full-size sedan will be available as a plug-in hybrid and will be the “most advanced vehicle TECHNOLOGICALLY in the world.” More information in regards to the car is slowly starting to surface, with the latest word from Motor Trend being that the PHEV CT6 will achieve more than 70 MPGe.

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Oct 09 2014
Ford Media Center

 Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford today announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new EDUCATION PROGRAM that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students will face.

The program, called the “Ford NGL Collaborative Learning Externship (CLE),” is aimed at building real-world partnerships between teachers, students and manufacturing in Louisville, a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community.

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