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Apr 26 2016
Written by Pete Bigelow | Posted on Autoblog

Depending on the point of view, Ford's new speed-limiting technology either helps lead foots curb their appetite for speed or represents a further intrusion on driver control and automotive privacy.

The feature, dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, made its debut last month on the Ford S-Max in Europe. It automatically prevents drivers from exceeding speed limits.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 26 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Toledo will mark the 75th anniversary of Jeep with a daylong celebration on Aug. 13 to commemorate the brand's role in World War II, its heritage in Toledo and its future as an SUV brand that continues to expand globally.

The Toledo Jeep Fest will include a parade supported by the U.S. military, indoor and outdoor car shows, historic displays, live bands and food vendors.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 26 2016
Written by GM Authority Staff | Posted on GM Authority

On the outside, the 2017 Silverado 1500 loses three colors while gaining two new ones:

Deleted Colors
Slate Grey Metallic
Tungston Metallic
Autumn Bronze Metallic
New Colors
Graphite Metallic
Pepperdust Metallic

Rounding out the changes to the exterior is the addition of capless fuel fill system as a standard feature across every model and trim level, with the exception of trucks ordered as pickup box delete; those models will continue having the capped fuel fill.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 13 2016
FCA US Media

NBCUniversal today announced a wide reaching partnership with Chrysler brand, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to launch the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Illumination and Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets," which arrives in theatres July 8.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 13 2016
GM Media

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a new life: noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 13 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford unveiled sweeping plans today to redevelop dozens of buildings in Dearborn that house more than 30,000 employees in a project that will transform the automaker's presence in the city into two distinct campuses over the next 10 years.

The project, which represents an investment estimated at more than $1.2 billion, is intended to give Ford's employees the work environment and technology necessary to design and develop cars of the future.

In some ways, the massive project, in planning for more than three years, is long overdue.

Mar 31 2016
Written by Aaron Turpen | Posted on GizMag

The term "jeep" is filled with history and connotations in the American vernacular and has become universal for any vehicle that can traverse rough landscapes. The Jeep brand, of course, has been around for generations and when most people hear "Jeep" they think of the Wrangler, the direct descendant of the Willy's Jeeps of the Second World War.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 31 2016
Written by Brent Snavely, | Posted on Detroit Free Press

uick is gearing up for a big marketing blitz as it prepares to launch four new or redesigned models, but don't expect the brand to back away from its self-deprecating campaign that shows people asking "Is that a Buick?"

Buick is in the middle of launching its Cascada midsize convertible and is working on new ads for the Envision midsize crossover that goes on sale this summer as well as for a redesigned LaCrosse full-size sedan this summer and its new Encore this fall.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 31 2016
Ford Media

When testing the toughest, smartest, most capable Ford F-Series Super Duty ever, engineers discovered the all-new truck is so powerful that it needed new equipment to simulate traveling up steep mountain grades to ensure it lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.

Traditionally, a dynamometer sled is attached to the vehicle hitch and pulled behind it. The old-style dynamometer did not challenge the power of the all-new Super Duty, so Ford set out to find a new, stronger dyno sled to test the vehicle’s mountain climbing capability limits.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 23 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

They were traditional American housewives, mothers and daughters in the 1940s, when suddenly everything changed. Millions of men left home to fight in World War II, and the country needed help to produce the machines of war. An army of women answered the call.

They became known as Rosie the Riveters, thanks to a popular film and promotional campaign. In addition to their work on assembly lines, they had a lasting impact on the country, changing perceptions and expanding opportunities for future women in the workforce.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Mar 23 2016
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on USA TODAY

GMC found lots of new ways to give its Terrain SUV a darkened, edgy look -- and it all comes together in the special 2017 Nightfall Edition that will be seen at the New York Auto Show this week.

The vehicle will go on sale this fall and joins the Canyon Nightfall Edition and the all-new Sierra All Terrain X as the latest GMC vehicles to offer a personalized appearance with the Terrain’s premium features.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 23 2016
Written by Jason Torchinsky | Posted on Jalopnik

It was when I first noticed the fire-dancers and women writhing in transparent spheres on the water that I fully realized the degree to which Chrysler was Not Screwing Around when it came to the launch of their new minivan, the 2017 Pacifica. This vehicle is very important to Chrysler, and that’s why I had to bring my wife and kid along to see how good it was.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 11 2016
Written by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Staff | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Seven new, ultra-capable Jeep® concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers, will conquer the famous and challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at Easter Jeep Safari, March 19-27. Thousands of off-road enthusiasts are expected to descend upon Moab this year to celebrate what will likely be the most popular Jeep Safari ever, as the 50th annual event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Mar 11 2016
Written by Associated Press Staff | Posted on Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is establishing a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to build and invest in new mobility options like car-sharing and ride-hailing services.

Ford Smart Mobility LLC will be chaired by former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett, who has been a member of Ford's board since 2013. Hackett resigned his board seat Friday to lead the new company. Ford Smart Mobility plans to name a CEO in the near future.

The company will operate in Palo Alto, California, and Ford's hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 11 2016
Written by Associated Press Staff | Posted on Associated Press

It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect against armor-piercing bullets.

Ford will soon be offering the doors on its Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs. They'll be the first in the U.S. to meet the Justice Department's highest standard for body armor, the equivalent of a bulky SWAT team vest.

The doors are designed to stop a .30-caliber bullet shot from a high-powered rifle like an AK-47. That's more powerful ammunition than many soldiers carry.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Mar 11 2016
Written by Nick Richards | Posted on GM Newsroom

General Motors recognized 110 of its best global suppliers during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held at Cobo Center. The announcement represents the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.

Automotive suppliers from 17 countries received GM’s coveted Supplier of the Year award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies that benefit customers and the industry’s highest quality vehicles.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Mar 09 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on USA TODAY

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will get a combined fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon, putting it near the top of its class among minivans when it goes on sale this spring.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has previously said the Pacifica will have "unsurpassed" fuel economy among minivans but did not provide specifics.

Now, the EPA has certified the Pacifica at 28 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city for a combined 22 mmpg, according to Fiat Chrysler's website.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Mar 09 2016
Written by Colleen Oberc | Posted on General Motors

Eleven General Motors facilities have earned ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These buildings, which include seven parts distribution centers, a global headquarters office and three IT innovation office centers, have optimized their buildings to leave a smaller carbon footprint.

To earn ENERGY STAR certification, buildings must perform better in energy efficiency than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

Mar 09 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

Ford Motor Company is the only automaker named a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere Institute today – a distinction that comes as ethics in business increasingly affects customers and their purchase decisions.

“This honor celebrates our employees who are committed to doing the right things and making the right choices,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of what drives us to make people’s lives better.”

Filed Under: International Trade
Mar 09 2016
Written by Matt Blunt | Posted on The Kansas City Star

FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors recently showcased their vehicles at the Kansas City Auto Show, displaying iconic brands such as Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Ford and Lincoln.

Missouri is an auto state, and it was an honor to lead our great state as governor. FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors’ 265 dealerships employ 15,900 Missourians. The companies’ three facilities employ an additional 10,898 workers. The three companies’ 210 dealerships employ more than 10,400 Kansans. At the three Kansas City facilities, they employ almost 4,000 autoworkers.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy