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  • Jun 21 2016

    2017 Ford Escape Brings Expanded Connectivity Options And Services

    Written by Sam Abuelsamid | Posted on Forbes

    The second-best selling nameplate in the current Ford lineup behind the perennially leading F-series trucks is the Escape. With more than 126,000 units sold through the first five months of 2016, the only Ford car that comes close is the Fusion with the rest trailing far, far behind. The utility segment which includes both the old-school body-on-frame truck-based SUV and unibody crossovers is the all the rage not just in America but in many global markets including Europe. That’s why Ford is launching four additional global utility nameplates by 2020.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 21 2016

    GM CEO: The Bolt EV Will Take Us to a Self-Driving Future

    Written by Alex Davies | Posted on Wired

    General Motors is still a car company, at least for now. “Our core business will be the core for a very very long time,” CEO Mary Barra said today at the WIRED Business Conference in New York.

    That business is making personal vehicles that people drive and own, with a focus on trucks, SUVs, and middle America. But it’s hardly exclusive, and in the past six months General Motors has made a series of bold, future-facing moves to cash in on what Barra calls “an accretive opportunity”—a chance to add some apple flesh around the steady core.

  • Jun 21 2016

    The ‘Made in America Index’ tells you how much of your car was built at home

    Written by Sanjay Salomon | Posted on Boston Globe

    Frank DuBois developed auto index and said, “What I’m trying to do is provide more information to consumers. After a house, a car is the largest purchase decision you’re going to make. If you believe country of origin is a critical part of the decision, this index provides you more information than what you’ll see on a sticker at a dealership.”

     

  • Jun 14 2016

    Fiat Chrysler Promotes Education by Providing Bikes, Books to 350 Detroit Students

    Posted on The News Wheel

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be a car company, but it decided to lend a helping hand to 350 Detroit students, offering them an entirely different set of wheels. The Italian-American carmaker rolled out hundreds of new bicycles and stacks of books for some lucky Detroit-area students.

    Filed Under: Charitable Activity
  • Jun 14 2016

    Ford packs in V-6 power to create hot Fusion Sport

    Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USAToday

    Ford's Fusion sedan has already scored with buyers when it comes to styling, and now the automaker hopes it will do just as well on hot performance.

    In a bid to take on German performance automakers, Ford is adding a V-6 turbocharged version of the Fusion by the end of summer. Company officials say that customers have been demanding a Fusion Sport, as it will be called, including those of competing brands who might be willing to defect.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 14 2016

    GM Unveils New Feature To Prevent Child Deaths In Hot Cars

    Written by Peter Valdes-Dapena | Posted on CBS New York

    Parents think they would never forget their children, yet in a world filled with distractions, they sometimes do, and with tragic results.

    General Motors is introducing a new feature on the 2017 GMC Acadia to help prevent such tragedies.

    Much like a seat belt reminder, a warning tone will sound and a reminder to “Look In Rear Seat” will appear in the center of the Acadia’s speedometer.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 14 2016

    Big Three Big Spenders on Research and Development

    Written by Joseph Szczesny | Posted on The Detroit Bureau

    General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., despite their hidebound reputations, actually spend more on research and development than companies such as Facebook, according to a new report.

    The report from the American Automotive Policy Council, the Washington D.C.-based lobby for the domestic auto industry, reported that, based on the latest data, the auto industry ranks second in global R&D spending and invested more than $20 billion in the U.S. last year.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 13 2016

    Thousands Expected At Jeep Festival In Butler

    Written by Dave Crawley | Posted on CBS Pittsburgh

    World War II jeeps stand at attention at Cooper’s Lake Campground. These are the all-terrain vehicles General Eisenhower credited with winning the war. More than two thousand visitors are expected in Butler this weekend for the Bantam Jeep Festival, honoring the very first jeep ever built.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 13 2016

    Sioux Falls Ford celebrates 30 years of car shows

    Written by Bridget Bennett | Posted on KSFY

    The Sioux Falls Ford car show celebrated its 30th year in Sioux Falls Sunday. The Sioux Falls Ford club hosted its annual all-Ford show Sunday that brought out roughly 100 all Ford or Mercury cars.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 13 2016

    2016 Cadillac Escalade Shines in Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

    Written by Anita Lienert | Posted on Edmunds

    The 2016 Cadillac Escalade luxury SUV earned kudos from buyers in AutoPacific's 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards released this week.

    On sale now at Cadillac dealerships, the 2016 Escalade was named the Most Satisfying Luxury SUV and also earned the President's Award.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 10 2016

    2016 Chevy Volt is Parents Magazine’s ‘Best Green Car’ For Families

    Written by Jeff Cobb | Posted on hybridcars.com

    Chevrolet’s fully revised 2016 Volt is the best green car for a family according to a recent assessment of all cars out there.

    The results of a joint effort between Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com, the’ 10 “Best Family Cars of 2016″ list appears in the July issue of Parents Magazine.

    The “extended-range electric” Volt is a compact-class car that’s unique in offering the highest range of pure electric driving, and surpasses all competitive plug-in hybrids by nearly twice the range or better.

  • Jun 10 2016

    Ford Motor Company Sponsors Summer Engineering Program Scholarships for Middle School Girls

    Written by Jennifer Donovan | Posted on Michigan Tech University

    This July, Michigan Technological University’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) will host 24 exceptional middle school students from five Midwestern states.  Ten of them have won a new, competitive scholarship called Junior Women in Engineering, funded by $10,000 from the Ford Motor Company.

    The weeklong program will take place on the Michigan Tech campus in Houghton, Michigan, July 24 to 30, 2016.

    The program is an exploration of the various types of engineering, showcasing future career paths. 

  • Jun 10 2016

    FCA Said in Talks With Uber as Marchionne Seeks Tech Deals

    Written by Tommaso Ebhardt & Eric Newcomer | Posted on Bloomberg

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the first major automaker to strike a deal with Google on driverless cars, now has started discussions on a similar partnership with Uber Technologies Inc., people familiar with the matter said.

    Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne has been pursuing partnerships with tech companies, including offering to build a car for Apple Inc.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 06 2016

    Jeep celebrates summer with 75th anniversary model ads

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    The third annual “Summer of Jeep” ad campaign features the brand’s 75th anniversary editions with a custom off-road song from one of its Super Bowl commercial.

    The campaign recently debuted with two new 30-second television commercials featuring USA Basketball Men’s National Team finalist Paul George called “What I Stand 4” and “4x4Summer.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 06 2016

    Ford Nationals event taps into fond memories in Carlisle, PA

    Written by Jake Austin | Posted on The Sentinel

    For Ford lovers, these types of feelings were easy to come by during the 2016 Ford Nationals event.

    Around 3,200 Ford vehicles were on display at the event, which ran from Thursday through Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Nearly 400 of the vehicles paraded through downtown Carlisle as part of the Parade Park and Party, which took place on Saturday evening and also featured live music, dining and shopping.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 06 2016

    Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships

    Written by Christina Rogers, John D. Stoll & Gautham Nagesh | Posted on Wall Street Journal

    Buyers walking into a Cadillac dealer in the near future could find an interesting thing on the car lot: nothing.

    In a somewhat unprecedented way of moving metal, Cadillac President  Johan de Nysschen will this month begin looking for commitments from some store owners willing to set up showrooms where buyers can get a car serviced or learn about products via virtual reality headsets without getting behind the wheel.

  • Jun 03 2016

    General Motors shows off Delta Plant improvements

    Written by Rilwan Balogun | Posted on WILX

    The Delta Township GM plant builds the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia. But all of that has stopped.

    The last 32 days, workers have training for something new.

    "Everyone needs to be certified on any new tooling. Any new job stations that are set up so that you are certified on your job" said GM's Lansing Communications, Erin Davis.

    General Motors has invested $583 million into the plant. $63 million for expansion and another $520 million for what it says could be vehicle programs.

  • Jun 03 2016

    Ford Boosts 2017 Plug-in Hybrid Efficiency With Attention To Detail

    Written by Sam Abuelsamid | Posted on Forbes

    Ford recently announced that as part of the mid-cycle update for its Fusion sedan, the plug-in hybrid variant would be getting a notable improvement in fuel efficiency. In fact, the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Fusion Energi have gone up by 10 percent bringing all-electric driving range to 22 miles and the gasoline hybrid rating to 42 mpg combined. Surprisingly the engineers did this by massaging everything but the lithium ion battery which remains unchanged at a capacity of 7.6-kWh.

  • Jun 03 2016

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Boasts Impressive Jeep Sales And Positive Minivan Sales Outlook

    Written by Adam Russell | Posted on Market Exclusive

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has reported that Jeep sales have hit a record high and on the rise in the US, and minivans have also been increasing in popularity.

    The vehicle manufacturer reported that its automobile sales in May was 204,452 in May alone, thus marking the 74th consecutive year where the company has registered gains year over year. Fiat Chrysler also reported record Jeep sales in the same month where it sold 90,000 units. This is the first time that the firm has made such high Jeep sales in the 75 years that it has been in operation.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 02 2016

    Chrysler 'PacifiKids' Make Debut in New Digital and Social Campaign for the All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica; First in Video Series Features Actress Brooklyn Decker

    Posted on FCA US Media

    Chrysler officially introduces the brand’s adorable, pint-sized product specialists, the PacifiKids, through a new digital and social campaign that features actress Brooklyn Decker (Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) in its inaugural video.

    Given that the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically advanced vehicle in its class, moms and dads will undoubtedly have many questions about the minivan, and who better to explain technology, tri-pane panoramic sunroofs and touchscreens than kids!

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy