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Apr 17 2015
Written by Brent Snavely and James Healey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chevrolet marketing boss Tim Mahoney said Bolt is a terrific name for an electric car even if it is almost indistinguishable from the Volt name that Chevy already uses for an extended-range electric on sale now.

Mahoney said he approved the Bolt name, and said, "the decision is made. The name won't be changed."

The Bolt, unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show, will be a pure electric vehicle with a range of 200 miles. Some reports have said a change has been discussed to avoid confusion between the coming Bolt and Chevy Volt now on sale.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 17 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.'s new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup earned the highest possible score in its first government crash test safety rating, beating the score of last year's all-steel truck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 truck's SuperCrew cab — its most-used type — five stars in its New Car Assessment Program, thanks to features including a stronger frame, inflatable rear safety belts, lane control technology and advanced air bags.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 17 2015
Chrysler Media Group

After spending two months evaluating and scoring 42 vehicles based on fit-and-finish, comfort, material selection, ergonomics, information/displays, value, safety and design aesthetics, WardsAuto editors named the new 2015 Chrysler 300 and the all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade to its Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. confirmed Wednesday its upcoming pure electric car that will have 200 miles-plus of range and will be sold across the United States will be called the Bolt EV.

“Since unveiling the Bolt EV three months ago, the name has quickly become associated with Chevrolet,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Therefore, we will use the name when the vehicle goes into production. The Bolt EV is a significant statement of Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and the name suits this game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford will announce today that the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup has received its first crash-test safety rating, and it's five stars, the highest possible score — an important achievement for an automaker that gambled so heavily in switching to aluminum for its profit-driving full-size truck.

In fact, the aluminum version received a higher safety rating from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration than Ford's outgoing traditional model made of steel, which achieved a four-star overall rating.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Mircia Panait | Posted on Auto Evolution

Back in March, we were reporting that Jeep prepared seven concept vehicles for an annual off-road event in Moab, Utah. The Jeep Chief Concept was without a shadow of a doubt the hottest of them all, but that dream machine isn’t today’s subject. In fact, the pictured Red Rock Responder Concept vehicle is.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 15 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chevrolet is cutting the price of its 2015 Spark electric vehicle by $1,650 and offering additional incentives to boost sales in California, Oregon and Maryland, the only states where the battery-powered car is sold.

Buyers in California and Maryland can qualify for state tax credits of $2,500 and $2,300, respectively, on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit.

In addition, cash rebates are available in California ($1,000), Maryland ($1,200) and Oregon ($3,000).

After the credits and rebates, the Spark EV can be purchased for $14,995.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 15 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2017 Ford SVT Raptor F150 made its grand debut back in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission – one that will soon make its way into the entire Ford F150 lineup.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 15 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said today that the state doing everything it can to convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler in Toledo even though he is opposes "corporate welfare."

"When it comes to Toledo, it's critical for us, the Jeep is critical for us and the opportunity for perhaps for more employment than we have is great," Kasich said today after a speech in Detroit. "We are doing everything we can, we are being as creative as we can."

Filed Under: Job Creation
Feb 06 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost brings a whole new type of buyer into the pony car family and the new Roush cat-back exhaust system for the next generation Mustangs powered by the turbocharged 2.3L 4-cylinder is an incredible upgrade for those owners looking to let their modern turbo Mustang clear its throat just as loudly as the V8 cars.I want to start this piece by heading off the people who will rush to the comment section to declare that the 4-cylinder isn’t a proper Mustang or that it doesn’t sound like a proper American performance car.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 06 2015
Reuters

General Motors Co plans to begin building the Chevrolet Bolt, its all-new $30,000 electric car, in October 2016 at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit, two supplier sources said.

Despite the heavy hype surrounding the car's unveiling last month at the Detroit auto show, the sources said, GM's production target for the Bolt is relatively modest, at about 25,000-30,000 cars a year.

Feb 06 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While the Dodge Challenger trailed both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in January sales, the numbers from the first month of 2015 are a very clear sign that the 2015 Challenger has led to a big spike in muscle car sales for the Chrysler Group – one which is likely to continue as we get into the summer.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 15 2015
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The Buick Avenir has been handed down this year’s year’s EyesOn Design Award for the “Best Designed Concept Vehicle,” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The EyesOn Design Awards “honor the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS,” the organizations says, and are chosen by “North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers,” and other design leaders.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 15 2015
Ford Media Center

Ford and Lincoln service centers are putting customers’ vehicle information where service advisors can best use it – at their fingertips.

Ford is expanding the SMART Technology (SMARTT) program that launched in early 2014. The program integrates innovative new technologies including tablets and software into the company’s dealer management system, enhancing the customer service experience.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 15 2015
Chrysler Media Group

FCA US LLC kicks off 2015 by winning four IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.

The Chrysler Town & Country received its 14th consecutive Loyalty Award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size Van category, extending its own record of consecutive wins. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee nabbed its sixth award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size SUV category and the Dodge Challenger was honored in its category for the third time. Jeep Wrangler won the Non-Luxury Compact SUV award for the second consecutive year.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 14 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Cadillac expects to begin selling its much-anticipated CT6 large sedan in December after showing it this spring in New York, the brand's president said Tuesday.

Johan de Nysschen, who took over as Cadillac's president in September, envisions the CT6 as a flagship car that is part of his long-term goal of doubling Cadillac's global sales to 500,000 annually by 2020, and challenge Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in the U.S.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 14 2015
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford GT – a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction – today earned the prestigious EyesOn Design Award for best production vehicle. The ultra-high-performance supercar was unveiled Monday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

EyesOn Design, the official design awards for NAIAS, honors the best production and concept vehicles making global debuts in Detroit. Judges include current and former design leaders from global automakers and transportation departments at top art schools.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 14 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ram threw down the fuel economy gauntlet again on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show by announcing that some versions of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will get 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2015 Ram 1500 Express and the 2015 models will get 29 miles per gallon on the highway when they are purchased with an optional diesel engine. That is one mile per gallon more than other Ram 1500 pickups with the same engine.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 13 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday its Chevrolet Bolt electric concept would have 200-plus miles of electric range and cost about $30,000, and may come to market within a year or two.

While GM CEO Mary Barra wouldn't say for sure if the vehicle will go into production, she did say the all-electric vehicle would be sold across the U.S. and in select global markets. She declined to provide which markets GM is considering.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 13 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The Ford GT made a triumphant return today with the unveiling of a sleek and edgy supercar the automaker plans to build next year.

The GT was developed over the past year by a small team, in a small room in the basement of the Product Development Center in Dearborn, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. The hidden entrance was only accessible by a few people.

Ford will make a limited number of GTs for sale in the second half of 2016. It will be a global car but the first sales will be in the U.S., said Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

Filed Under: Research & Development