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Jul 31 2015
Written by Mark Takahashi | Posted on http://www.edmunds.com/dodge/challenger/2015/road-test.html
Every Dodge Challenger gets a significant makeover for 2015, and one version goes completely, supersonically 707-horsepower insane. That nutty one is the SRT Hellcat: a supercharged exaggeration of the resurrected Challenger that's been in production since 2008. It's not only the most powerful Dodge ever made, it's the most powerful production muscle car made. Ever.
 
On regular Challengers the styling updates for 2015 are inspired by the 1971 Challenger; the grille features spilt elements and the taillights are now separate LED units.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 31 2015
Written by Alexandria Shesterkin | Posted on FCA North America

FCA US powers STEM pipeline with diverse talent

Filed Under: Job Creation
Jul 31 2015
General Motors
Customers reach out via phone, mobile app and through their vehicles
 
OnStar has fielded more than 1 billion requests from customers, who interact by phone, mobile app or embedded cellular service in their cars and trucks.
 
Launched nearly 19 years ago as an industry-first service that would place a call from the vehicle when an air bag deployed, OnStar today remotely unlocks doors, loads driving directions directly to the vehicle, compiles and sends emails on vehicle health and can aid law enforcement by slowing down a vehicle being pursued.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 31 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $1 billion in India as part of a $5 billion investment into new Chevrolet vehicles in global growth markets.
 
The automaker said the investment in India includes producing 10 new Chevy vehicles in the next five years, beginning with the Trailblazer this October and Spin MPV in early 2017. GM is betting that the new vehicles will help Chevy double its 1.8 percent market share in India by 2020.
 
India is expected to become one of the world’s three largest auto markets by 2020.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 31 2015
Ford
Ford’s all-new F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever is the first pickup in America to earn an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for its SuperCrew model.
 
The new Ford F-150 is also the only full-size, light-duty truck in the industry to earn the government’s highest possible 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.
 
The excellent crash test performance of the new Ford F-150 is enabled by its up to 700-pound wei
Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 31 2015
Ford

The Ford Fiesta has been named to KBB.com’s list of its 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015. Each year, KBB.com’s expert editors hand-picked a selection of new cars they recommend for students. Each of the KBB.com new-car recommendations is available around $20,000 or less, according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price. The 2016 Ford Fiesta remains an outstanding balance of high tech features, fun to drive personality, and excellent efficiency. 

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 30 2015
FCA US Media

Dodge will soon be opening the dealer order banks for 2016 model year Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, streamlining the process and significantly increasing production to ensure that the fastest, most powerful muscle cars ever continue to move off dealer lots.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 30 2015
Written by Francisco Cruz | Posted on GM Authority

Car leases are the new cell phone plans. That may sound a little crazy, but according to this Fortune article siting an Edmunds analysis, Millennials tend to see them as one in the same.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 30 2015
Ford Media

Last year was the hottest summer on record, and heat and humidity are again bearing down across the United States. Heat waves on both coasts are contributing to shattered weather records already this year, with 31 cities and towns across the country posting the hottest June temperature ever recorded. Raleigh, North Carolina, recorded highs of more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 straight days; Kingman, Arizona, tied the record number of 100-degree-plus days, with 15; and Barrow, Alaska, had the warmest June on record.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 28 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News
 
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will more than double production of its Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models for the 2016 model year, officials announced on Monday.
 
The company also said it is simplifying the ordering process to make it easier for customers to purchase one of the 707-horsepower machines, which were introduced last year.
 
Both announcements follow the vehicles creating unprecedented buzz for the mainstream muscle car brand that led to months-long waiting lists and a small number of dealers engaging in irrespons
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 28 2015
Written by Charles Fleming | Posted on The Detroit News
 
This isn't your Daddy's Caddy — it's a race car with Cadillac crests.
 
That's why the brand chose Willow Springs International Raceway in this city outside Los Angeles to show off its new ATS-V, a nimble sport sedan stuffed with a 464-horsepower twin-turbo V-6.
 
The company says this hot rod, starting at $61,465, targets a younger buyer and bridges the gap between the larger CTS luxury supercar and the entry-level ATS.
 
The day at Willow Springs' 2.5-mile track started early, with a light breeze riffling the flags
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 28 2015
Ford
 
When driving the high-revving, 526-horsepower Shelby GT350® Mustang, drivers would do best to keep eyes on the road.
 
So that’s where Ford put the Performance Shift Light Indicator.
 
For decades, race drivers have used shift lights that signal the perfect engine speed for the shift point for maximum acceleration and lower lap times during the intensity of on-track driving.
 
Shift lights allow drivers to concentrate on the road in front of them rather than watching a tachometer.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 27 2015
FOX Sports
 
Last year, Dodge made all kinds of headlines with its 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
 
Add a turbocharger and a supercharger, and those numbers have now surged to 805-horsepower on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat X - and there’s only one of them in the world.
 
To add to its exclusivity, you can’t even buy the car - in fact - the only way you can own it is by entering the Dream Giveaway charity raffle and winning it.
 
The winner will also find himself or herself the owner of a 1970-vintage Challenger R/T and $
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 27 2015
General Motors
 
Five men and women representing each branch of the U.S. military were honored Tuesday night for their exemplary service during the 2015 Military Times Service Member of the Year Awards.
 
The 15th annual event was held in Washington, D.C., with members of Congress and senior Pentagon officials in attendance. General Motors has been a corporate sponsor of the event for more than 10 years.
 
“These five men and women represent the character, commitment and values of the U.S.
Filed Under: Job Creation
Jul 27 2015
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press
 
The Ford GT picked up the award as the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015, the latest acclaim for the ultramodern sports car.
 
The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup and Mercedes-Benz F015 autonomous car also got recognition as two of the best concept cars unveiled at auto shows over the last year.
Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 24 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Mopar has announced the launch of ordering for the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, with the option of the brand’s first-ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 24 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
 
Buick is launching 24-hour test drives as it aims to attract new customers.
 
A new ad featuring the “24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive” will begin airing Thursday on broadcast TV, in theaters, on digital outlets and in social media, said Molly Peck, Buick marketing director. Buick said about 1,000 dealers are participating across the U.S.
 
“We look at this primarily as a brand promise and a way to reach new consumers,” Peck said in an interview.
 
Peck said General Motors Co.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 24 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on USA TODAY
 
Ford has created a special edition of the 2015 Mustang GT that pays homage to space flight while benefiting those who are earthbound.
 
The Apollo Edition Mustang with a 627-horsepower 5-liter V8 engine, special black and white paint and lighting to mimic atmospheric re-entry will be auctioned off at an aviation event July 23.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 23 2015
Chrysler
The first 2016 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty with a ground-stomping, best-in-class 900 lb.-ft. of torque rolls off the line at FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant. Of course it’s a Mega Cab Laramie Longhorn.
 
All 2016 Ram 3500 dually configurations with a 6.7-liter Cummins and Aisin transmission have the capability to tow 30,000 pounds or more using SAE J2807 criteria. The 2016 Ram 3500 Reg Cab 2WD holds the pickup towing capability title at 31,210 pounds.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jul 23 2015
Written by Joseph Orovic | Posted on Popular Science
Weight is a problem when it comes to fuel economy. The heavier something is, the more energy you burn moving it down the road. The engineers at Cadillac tackled this problem head-on with the new CT6. Rather than relying on expensive carbon fiber or heavy steel, they created a lightweight chassis from a new composite.
Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy