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Jun 29 2015
Written by Kelsey Mays | Posted on Cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect touch-screen system will get a host of updates for 2016, including better graphics, faster menus, a reconfigurable menu bar and Apple's Siri Eyes Free integration.

Jun 29 2015
Written by Brian White | Posted on Pioneer News

Chevrolet is apparently looking to beat out the Tesla 3 with a more affordable 200-mile electric car. Currently, the General Motors company (the parent of Chevrolet) is testing a new electric prototype at its Milford Proving Ground where the GM data center—a place that is powered solely by the company’s vehicle’s recycled batteries.

Perhaps Chevrolet is in direct competition with Tesla, to release a more affordable electric vehicle, or perhaps the company is just looking to get ahead of the electric vehicle trend that is obviously on its way.

Jun 29 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Henry Ford put the world on wheels. A century later, the company he founded is preparing for a world where congestion demands other alternatives, including bikes, apps, public transportation and car sharing.

"It can make a material difference in people's lives by offering more choices and affordable and accessible mobility even if it is not a car," said Ken Washington, Ford's new head of research and advanced engineering.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2015
Written by Anita Lienert | Posted on Edmunds

Special versions of the 2016 Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 300 sedans and the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivan celebrating the brand's 90th anniversary will begin arriving at Chrysler dealerships this summer, the automaker said.

"Anniversary packages will be offered on the volume models, adding value," said Fiat-Chrysler in a statement on Tuesday.

Fiat-Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham told Edmunds that pricing will be announced soon.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jun 26 2015
Written by Greg Gardner, | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is longer, lighter and gets about 40 m.p.g. from its 1.4-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec turbo engine.

Slated to go on sale in spring of 2016, the Cruze will be the fifth redesigned car model Chevrolet is launching in 2015 and early next year with the goal of restoring a reputation it enjoyed in the 1950s and '60s.

Earlier this year, Chevy unveiled redesigned versions of the Volt, Camaro, Malibu and Spark.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra took the cover off the new Cruze Wednesday night at the Fillmore Detroit.

Jun 26 2015
Written by James Titcomb | Posted on The Telegraph

You've made the effort to cycle to work, but are constantly rewarded for your exertions with a sweaty shirt. Now Ford has the answer to your (and your co-workers') prayers.

The company - best known for its cars and trucks - has designed an electric bike that will make pedalling easier if you start to sweat.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2015
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

I think I've been cast as Lemuel Gulliver in the adaptation of a Jonathan Swift novel. Last week I was a giant testing the tiny Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Lilliput. This week I've been driving around in a Brobdingnagian Ram 1500 diesel.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jun 25 2015
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

As if the svelte, all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro isn't sexy enough, now it's going topless.

Just a month after rocking the muscle car faithful on Belle Isle with a lightweight coupe, Chevrolet pulled back the curtain on the convertible version at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit Tuesday. Chevy is betting the drop-top will trump rival Ford's hot-selling Mustang by offering the segment's first, fully-automatic, stowed roof.

"With a top like this, the people down the street in Dearborn need to be worried," said Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2015
Written by Paul Lienert and Julia Love | Posted on Reuters

Ford Motor Co (F.N) will test new car-sharing programs with U.S. and UK partners as part of a strategy to embrace alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models.

Ford's finance arm is launching pilot car-sharing programs with Getaround in the United States and easyCar Club in London, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said Tuesday evening. The automaker last month announced a similar on-demand pilot called GoDrive in London.

Jun 24 2015
Written by Mike Driehorst | Posted on FCA US Blog

Every year in late June, we start to see glimpses of the future. Or, at least the upcoming model year.

The annual What’s New is a day-long event at our Chelsea, Mich., Proving Grounds where media of all types get to mingle with company executives and drive our fleet of vehicles on the various on- and off-road evaluation tracks.

While most of the information is embargoed until Sept. 1, we always have *something* that can go live right away.

On June 26, we’ll have two Livestream events (sorry we still have to be vague, for now).

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2015
Written by Paul Lienert and Bernie Woodall | Posted on Reuters

Ford Motor Co is joining other global automakers in stepping up efforts to roll out self-driving cars, company executives said on Tuesday.

Jun 24 2015
Buick & GMC

Buick and GMC have announced a number of 2016 models will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

First up, all 2016 Buick Regal and LaCrosse models will have Apple CarPlay compatibility.  Unfortunately for Android owners, Android Auto capability will be added sometime later in the model year.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2015
Ford Media

Autonomous vehicle technology is another step closer to production at Ford, moving from a research effort to an advanced engineering program, the company announced today. 

Ford has appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development – 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer – and created a global team to work on the advanced program.

Jun 23 2015
Ford Media

Ram continues as “King of the Hill” in the heavy-duty battleground with the introduction of the 2016 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. The capability leaders further build on a list of best-in-class claims.

Additionally, for two years running, the Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, delivering 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 29 miles per gallon (mpg).

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2015
General Motors News

General Motors will invest $245 million and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.

“Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before.”

Jun 22 2015
The News Wheel

Any good employer knows that healthy employees are happy employees. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US, this means promoting a variety of programs for a healthy workplace and encouraging its employees to live healthy lifestyles. The Italian-American carmaker offers so many health-oriented course that the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) recently recognized FCA US for its programs, awarding the company the organization’s Gold Medal award.

Jun 22 2015
GM News

Chevrolet announced today it will offer low cab forward medium-duty trucks in the U.S. in 2016, returning the brand to a growing segment of the commercial vehicle market and expanding choices for fleet and commercial truck customers.

The six new models – Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – are based on the Isuzu N-Series, which GM will procure from Isuzu and distribute through Chevrolet dealers.

Jun 22 2015
Ford Media

Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate the achievements of more than 160 graduating seniors from 10 Detroit-area high schools at its sixth annual Blue Oval Scholarship program. The awards, ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be presented Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Jun 19 2015
Automotive World

The Chrysler brand’s big, bold American sedan – the new 2015 Chrysler 300 – ranks highest among Large Cars in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). For a second consecutive year and for the third time in five years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Midsize Sporty Car segment in initial quality.

IQS is based on responses from more than 84,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicle’s design, as well as defects.

Jun 19 2015
Written by Temur Tatishvili | Posted on Financial

The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox (tie), Silverado LD and Spark ranked highest in their respective segments for the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Chevrolet has 10 models in Top 3 positions, more than any other brand, foreign or domestic. The other Chevrolet nameplates achieving a Top 3 score for their respective segment include the Sonic, Traverse, Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD and Tahoe, according to GM.