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Oct 31 2014
Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

On Tuesday October 8th, the first round of graduates became certified General Motors technicians through GM’s partnership with the U.S. Army and Raytheon Company titled ‘Shifting Gears.’

The program looks to empower returning soldiers with hands-on course work and training at the Texas Fort Hood base to help reintegrate into civilian life. The 12-week program has been years in the making, and teaches essential skills to allow returning soldiers the opportunity to further serve as a technician at a General Motors dealership.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Oct 31 2014
Ford Media Center

From a high-horsepower application to sophisticated style and aggressive snow warrior, three Ford Expeditions – new for 2015 – have been given makeovers just in time for the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.

A trio of top industry builders – Tjin Edition, DUB Magazine and Vaccar – took charge with the 2015 Ford Expedition to create versions of the full-size utility vehicle like no other. Look for the custom Expeditions to be on display Nov. 4-7 at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 31 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Dodge is bringing two new SRT models to market in 2015: the new 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 485-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT 392, the “ultimate performance” variants of the world’s only four-door muscle car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 30 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. Wednesday announced it will invest $63 million in an expansion of its Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant, part of a $300 million Michigan investment GM CEO Mary Barra previewed this week. While no new jobs are expected, the work is expected to retain 38 jobs.

The Detroit automaker said it will expand its 2.8 million-square-foot Lansing Delta Township plant by 263,000 square feet; construction has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The plant currently builds the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 30 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will unveil a new 2016 Explorer — the sixth generation of the midsize SUV — at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The new Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology. It will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the vehicle.

"The new Explorer is still the SUV America fell in love with — a vehicle built for the perfect family adventure," Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, said in a statement.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 30 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Chrysler Group LLC’s Indiana Transmission Plant II (ITPII) has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). The Kokomo, Ind., transmission plant becomes Chrysler Group’s first transmission plant and the sixth North American facility to achieve the WCM award milestone.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 29 2014
Written by Mark Phelan and Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which will go on sale in the second half of 2015, will have a more efficient drivetrain that will deliver a longer driving range on battery power, quicker acceleration and a quieter ride when the gasoline engine is running, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday.

GM will unveil the new Volt at the North American International Auto Show in January.

Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club, Barra said it "will store more energy with fewer cells that will go further between charges."

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 29 2014
Written by Evan J. Smith | Posted on Mustang 360

Over the past few years, the Ford Mustang has created quite a buzz at the SEMA Show, held every November in Las Vegas. This year is no different, as Ford Motor Company is set to rock the halls with a barrage of 2015 Mustangs. Ford has worked with top builders including Galpin Auto Sports, Petty’s Garage, MRT, Watson Racing and many others, to showcase over a dozen custom Mustangs in its 20,000-square-foot booth at Las Vegas Convention Center, Nov. 4-7, with even more new pony cars on display around the show floor.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 29 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car, and giving the Charger four-door sedan a full-body makeover, offering an impressive lineup of expanded powertrains for 2015.

For 2015, Dodge Charger is totally updated, features a standard across the lineup new state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic transmission and several new models, including the all-new Charger SRT Hellcat, SRT 392 and R/T Scat Pack models, all of which highlight the added performance to the new 2015 Dodge Charger lineup.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 28 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. —trying to stir some buzz around the next generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in—said Tuesday it will move production of the vehicle’s electric drive unit to its home state of Michigan from Mexico.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 28 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford has a new way to help police agencies save lives, prevent injuries and potentially help save millions of taxpayer dollars.

As agents of law and order, police officers monitor driving behavior to ensure the safety of the motoring public. But until now, unless investigators removed a police vehicle’s black box and pulled the data after a traffic crash, no one has been able to monitor police vehicle operating conditions. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 28 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 Mopar enthusiasts selected Roger Davis and his 1934 Plymouth PF 5-Window Coupe as the fourth and final winner in the online portion of the 2014 Mopar “Top Eliminator HEMI® Heritage” competition.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 28 2014
Written by Simon Johnson | Posted on Project Syndicate

Looking for ways to stimulate economic growth and create jobs, US President Barack Obama’s administration is seeking to press ahead with the mega-regional free-trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But is the US going about it the right way?

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Oct 27 2014
Ford Media Center

In advance of Veteran’s Day, Ford Motor Company Fund will sponsor Honor Flight Chicago to transport nearly 100 Chicago area veterans to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Ninety-one World War II veterans will travel to the nation’s capital to experience the national war memorials dedicated in their honor. The trip is being organized by Honor Flight Chicago, the local hub of the Honor Flight Network.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 27 2014
Written by Manoli Katakis | Posted on GM Authority

Just as is the case with the full-size 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and 2015 GMC Sierra, as well as it’s brother, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 GMC Canyon will soon roll out special trim levels and variants to broaden its appeal. And from what we gather, there will soon be four different GMC Canyon styles to choose from outside the SLE and SLT trim levels between the 2015 and 2016 model years. They are as follows:
The Inevitable 2015 Canyon Denali

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 27 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is launching a new quadrilingual advertising campaign to benchmark the 2015 Chrysler 200 against its foreign counterparts.

The first ad for the new "Ready to Take on the World" campaign kicked off Sunday morning as the Detroit Lions took on the Atlanta Falcons in London, and it may have flabbergasted some viewers at first.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 24 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford is introducing the next generation of its collision warning system that can tell a person from a telephone pole and if a collision appears imminent the car will warn the driver and apply the brakes if necessary to avoid a crash.

The first use of automatic braking for the Ford brand will be on the 2015 Mondeo that is about to go on sale in Europe and the new collision warning system will eventually roll out across the lineup as vehicles are redesigned. It will be an option on the Mondeo. Pricing has not been released.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 24 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won’t switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned.

As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home.

The developments may settle weeks of uncertainty surrounding the Wrangler, whose future was thrown into question after Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, implied that the Wrangler might become a unibody vehicle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 24 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.

The Chrysler brand’s all-new midsize sedan scored five stars in NHTSA tests that evaluate performance in:

    -Frontal collisions
    -Side-impacts simulating a two-vehicle collision
    -Side-impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 23 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

It’s currently Teen Driver Safety Week, whose purpose is to create awareness and a dialogue for parents and their teenage children about safe practices. Considering that vehicle crashes are the leading killer of teens ages 13-19, General Motors is encouraging parents to have “the talk” with their teenagers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy