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May 26 2016
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on Wall Street Journal

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has begun work with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on self-driving technology for testing in Pacifica minivans, and will open an engineering and development center in a Detroit suburb, Google’s autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 26 2016
Written by Dustin Walsh | Posted on Crain's Detroit Business

Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will launch a pilot program to hire adults with autism on June 1.

Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks, the Dearborn-based automaker said in a news release. The program was developed with Autism Alliance of Michigan — a nonprofit founded by Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at DTE Energy Co. The alliance is funding the training program tied to the jobs.

Filed Under: Job Creation
May 26 2016
Written by Dominic Adams | Posted on MLive

General Motors will add production of its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab at the Flint Assembly plant beginning in 2017. The light duty truck is currently produced in Mexico. Flint Assembly also produces the heavy-duty Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

May 25 2016
The News Wheel

It’s easy to see that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is changing how we look at the minivan segment. Not only has it recruited the hilarious Jim Gaffigan to pitch it to other dads, but it offers some features that the segment has never seen before—including a hybrid powertrain, which will come later this year.
Because of its ground-breaking approach to being a family car, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the 2017 Pacifica was recently named the Overall Best Family Car at the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association’s (GAAMA) 2016 Family Car Challenge.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 25 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The pace of partnerships between the automotive industry and Silicon Valley tech companies will continue to accelerate as the two industries work together to develop autonomous cars and reshape the automotive industry, Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, said today during a keynote speech to kick off Detroit Startup Week.

"In Michigan and Detroit, we have more engineers here than any other state. We have a huge customer base here with (automakers) and tier one suppliers, and this should be mobility central. Not Silicon Valley. Not Austin, Texas. Not Boston."

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 25 2016
Written by Judith Aquino | Posted on 1to1 Media

GM is updating AtYourService, a platform that delivers targeted offers to drivers, by connecting even more data points about customers to increase relevancy throughout their journeys. For automakers, the driving experience is no longer just about getting from point A to point B. Automakers like General Motors are increasingly thinking like digital marketers as the company consolidates customer data and marketing operations to deliver targeted offers to drivers and passengers.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 24 2016
Written by Jonathon Klein | Posted on Automobile Magazine

Not many automotive manufacturers have a history as long or as notable as Jeep’s. The first Willys-Overland rolled off the production line in the beginning of 1941 after the U.S. military turned to the auto industry for a light, tough, off-road capable vehicle to aid the Allies in World War II. Since that first offering, Jeep has endeavored to keep that trait of “go anywhere” inherent in every SUV the company builds

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 24 2016
Written by Forbes Nonprofit Council | Posted on Forbes

You know Ford Motor Company, the automotive giant. But what you may not be familiar with is the multibillion-dollar grant-making foundation established by its founder Henry Ford’s son in 1936. Today, the Ford Foundation gives over $500 million in grants every year and is second only to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in assets.

You can imagine the hype it created when Ford Foundation announced last year it would focus its efforts entirely on inequality.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 24 2016
Written by Andrew Krok | Posted on CNET

When General Motors decided to bolster its autonomous-driving portfolio with the acquisition of Cruise Automation, along with its $500 million investment in ridesharing company Lyft, it was pretty easy to figure out where the company was headed. Now, on the streets of San Francisco, we're finally seeing the General's plans come to fruition.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2016
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Hidden in a General Motors presentation on how the automaker has taken hundreds of pounds out of the weight of its new vehicles is an innovation with huge implications for the automaker’s costs and conversion to new materials.

GM is about to start making parts with a technique that allows it to weld steel and aluminum together.

May 23 2016
Written by Daniel Miller | Posted on The Motley Fool

People are going crazy to get their hands on Ford Motor Co.'s new GT. After nearly 11,000 people expressed interest in buying a GT, Detroit's second-largest automaker received 6,506 completed applications from people across the planet.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 23 2016
FCA US Media

The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) wants to make caring for the environment “cool.”

May 19 2016
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on Wall Street Journal

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is investing $12.2 million to build a new distribution center in Virginia amid growing demand for parts used by its dealerships to both repair and customize its vehicles. The 400,000-square-foot Mopar distribution center, located in Winchester, will employ about 70 people and ship more than 9.2 million parts and other items annually.

May 19 2016
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Thursday it is expanding its Maven personal mobility brand, adding car-sharing services in Boston and Washington, D.C., this summer. The Detroit automaker, which launched Maven earlier this year in Ann Arbor, also expanded within the past few weeks to Chicago and serves residential customers in certain apartment buildings in New York City.

May 19 2016
Written by Kirsten Korosec | Posted on Fortune

The automaker is creating and testing new foam and plastic components using carbon dioxide captured during its operations to make seats and interiors, Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, said during Fortune Brainstorm E, a two-day summit about energy, technology, and sustainability that kicked off Monday in Carlsbad, Calif.

May 17 2016
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

The Mecca of classic cars and trucks from the former Chrysler Corp. is planning to regularly open its doors to the public for the first time since 2012. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Saturday is announcing the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills will reopen starting June 4-5 for two weekends a month, excluding December, when it will be open for one.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 17 2016
Written by Mark Ewing | Posted on Forbes

If high-performance cars with layers of electronic controls feel too refined, too sanitized, then Ford’s raucous 2017 Shelby GT350 Mustang should prove an ideal Saturday morning palette cleanser.

To reconnect with genetic origins and measure the Shelby GT350 on empty roads, I drove Chassis G0029 to Vegas to visit Pete Brock, who was chief designer for Shelby American in the 1960s, part of the “Original Venice Crew” that forged the Shelby legend.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 17 2016
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand will once again be the official vehicle of Major League Baseball.

The brand on Thursday announced it has renewed its sponsorship with MLB, a title its held since 2005. In addition, Chevy also is becoming the official automotive sponsor of MLB and USA Baseball’s Play Ball initiative.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 12 2016
Written by Brian Wong | Posted on PickupTrucks.com

May is Military Appreciation Month, and Chevrolet is celebrating in two ways.

First, Chevy is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Special Ops Edition to the Navy SEAL Museum and its foundation. The second way Chevy is celebrating veterans is by extending its Military Discount Program.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 12 2016
Written by Steve Ranger | Posted on ZDNet

Earlier this year Ford said it will triple the size of its autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test vehicles, announcing plans to test 30 vehicles on roads in Arizona, California, and Michigan.

ZDNet recently spoke to Jim McBride, technical leader in Ford's autonomous vehicles team, about the future of driving.The technical leader of Ford's autonomous car project speaks about what it's like to be driven by a driver-less car, and how big a deal self-driving vehicles will really be.

Filed Under: Research & Development