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  • Aug 18 2016

    How 707-hp Dodge Hellcat engine was created in secret

    Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    DETROIT -- A small engineering team kept management in the dark when it came to developing the most powerful car engine ever from Detroit Big 3 -- the Hellcat.

    The Hellcat is a triumph of engineering bravado over common sense, a Hemi V-8 so powerful that eyeballs rolled when Dodge announced the engine in 2014.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 18 2016

    Ever Hear About Generation X Buying Cars? Turns Out They Like Ford Explorer Sport

    Written by Dale Buss | Posted on Forbes

    At least with one nameplate, Ford is actively pursuing what has become a somewhat forgotten demographic cohort for auto makers: Generation X.

    New research shows that the Ford Explorer Sport—with stickers starting at about $45,000 versus the low $30,000s for a standard version of the vehicle—has the highest percentage of Gen X buyers of any non-luxury SUV in the United States, reflecting what the company calls a generational preference “for exclusivity and performance at a great value.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 18 2016

    The Startup That Could Help GM Beat Google to the Self-Driving Car

    Written by Alex Davies | Posted on Wired

    Kyle Vogt couldn’t  do anything to help his dustpan-shaped battlebot Decimator as it took a saw blade to the belly. The CO2 tank powering its primary weapon ruptured, sending his droid skittering into the spikes lining the arena. Moments later, the bot’s nemesis, Tazbot, flipped it over and landed six blows with a pickaxe before judges called the fight.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale, Arizona

    Written by AP | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Testing of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago. It’s the second city for GM’s real-world tests. Autonomous Bolts with Cruise Automation software have been driving around San Francisco since May 20.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Advanced Engineering + Advanced Technology = Ultimate Capability

    Written by Karl Brauer | Posted on Forbes

    Sales of Ford’s F-Series, which includes the F-150 light duty pickup as well as the F-250 through F-550 Super Duty range, are up nearly 9 percent this year. Ford sells more F-Series trucks than any other automaker, and given the average F-Series transaction price approaches $50,000 according to Kelley Blue Book data, well, that’s a good segment to dominate. Even better for the Blue Oval’s financial picture, it attained this position before the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    ‘Jeep’: The vehicle that won the war, and defined Toledo

    Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on Toledo Blade

    Jeep’s marketing folks will tell you all about the awards won by the brand. Top four-by-four of this, best sport utility vehicle of that.

    But nice as they are, Jeep’s accolades go far deeper than a trophy from some magazine.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 15 2016

    Fiat Chrysler to invest $1B in Toledo, Illinois plants, add 1,000 jobs

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it plans to spend $1 billion to retool its plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., and create 1,000 new jobs as it shuffles its North American production footprint.

    FCA said it will invest $700 million at its Toledo Assembly North Plant to prepare for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and expand the production capacity of the SUV. The automaker said it plans to add about 700 jobs at that plant.

  • Jul 15 2016

    Ford Invests in Startup That Makes Maps for Self-Driving Cars

    Written by Keith Naughton | Posted on Bloomberg

    Ford Motor Co. is among five investors providing $6.6 million in seed funding for Civil Maps, a California startup that creates three-dimensional maps for autonomous cars.

    The other participants are Motus Ventures, Wicklow Capital, StartX Stanford and AME Cloud Ventures, a fund led by Yahoo! Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang, Civil Maps said in a statement. The company, which has 16 full-time employees, is based in Albany, California, and grew out of an accelerator program sponsored by Stanford University.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 15 2016

    How General Motors Expects Self-Driving Cars to Become a Reality

    Written by Erin Griffith | Posted on Fortune

    General Motors has no desire to let the future pass it by. That’s why the company has been spending lots of time in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    In January, GM invested $500 million in ridesharing startup Lyft. Then in March, it spent $1 billion on Cruise Automation, a self-driving vehicle startup.

    “We think rideshare is interesting, and we think autonomous vehicles is really interesting, and we think it gets really interesting if you put the two together,” Dan Ammann, GM’s president, said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen on Monday.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 07 2016

    Jeep chief: Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer to become Jeep's premium SUVs

    Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

    CHELSEA, Mich. -- Jeep's Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs due after 2019 will be upscale vehicles that will push the premium boundaries of the brand, says Jeep brand head Mike Manley.

    The two nameplates will be luxury vehicles, with the Grand Wagoneer an upscale version of the Wagoneer. Both vehicles will share a platform with the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 07 2016

    Ford plans additions, upgrades at Truck Plant

    Written by Sheldon Shafer | Posted on The Courier Journal

    Ford Motor Co. has filed plans with metro regulators outlining its next series of improvements in its continuing effort to upgrade its Kentucky Truck Plant at Chamberlain Lane and Westport Road.

    Ford Motor Land Development Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., a Ford Motor affiliate that undertakes corporate development projects, filed the improvement plans last week with the Metro Department of Planning & Design Services.

  • Jul 07 2016

    General Motors and NASA Are Lending a Robotic Hand to Healthcare

    Written by Jonathan Vanian | Posted on Fortune

    Following a trip to the International Space Station, General Motors plans to lending a helping hand back here on Earth next.

    General Motors and Swedish medical technology company Bioservo announced on Wednesday that they are developing a new wearable robotic glove that will serve as the successor to a previous robotic glove developed by GM and NASA.

    The new glove is meant to prevent repetitive-stress injuries that may occur when workers spend hours of the day performing laborious tasks like operating power tools or putting together components on an assembly line.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 29 2016

    General Motors developing hydrogen-powered submarine drone with U.S. Navy

    Posted on Fox News

    General Motors is going for a dip. The automaker has begun working with the U.S. Navy to develop a hydrogen-powered underwater drone. The unmanned undersea vehicle is being designed for stealthy reconnaissance missions that can last for months at a time.

    For the project, GM provided a version of the hydrogen fuel cell stack that it originally engineered for automotive use. The system uses a catalyst to combine hydrogen and oxygen to form water, the chemical reaction producing electricity as a byproduct.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 29 2016

    Ford's Escape the Room Drive-able Game Is Pretty Awesome

    Written by Christopher Tkaczyk | Posted on Fortune

    This weekend, 1,000 participants in New York City will have the opportunity to experience Ford Motor’s latest creative marketing event for millennials. It’s a massive multi-room, automotive version of the game Escape the Room that’s meant to be a fun alternative to the typical test drive of its new 2017 Ford Escape SUV.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 27 2016

    Jeep gearing up for new compact SUV, next-gen Wrangler

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    Jeep is on track for another record year of global sales, as it prepares for a highly important launch of a new compact SUV and the unveiling of the next-generation Wrangler.

    The name of the vehicle, Manley said, has been decided. He declined to comment on if it will be named the Compass or Patriot. The new SUV is expected to be in U.S. showrooms early next year.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 27 2016

    Petty's Garage announces 2017 'King' edition Ford Mustang GT

    Written by Chase Wilhelm | Posted on Fox Sports

    Petty's Garage announced on Wednesday that they will build 500 "King Edition" 2017 Ford Mustang GT models.

    The builds also include 43 cars that will feature a special silver scheme to celebrate Richard Petty's 80th birthday in July 2017.

    This is the third year that Petty's Garage and Ford have come together for the special Mustangs honoring "The King," as the 2017 builds are set to be the largest stock to date.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 27 2016

    General Motors Corp. to invest $290 million for upgrades to Corvette Plant in Bowling Green

    Posted on Kentucky Forward

    General Motors Corp. plans to invest $290 million to improve technology and processes at its Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday.

    The $290 million includes a $153 million new project aimed at improving vehicle assembly line processes. Two ongoing projects at the Warren County plant – a $44 million, 36-job capacity expansion of the Performance Build Center and a $439 million investment in a new paint shop and other facility upgrades – increased by about $137 million.

  • Jun 22 2016

    GM, Ford Dominate 'Made in America' List

    Written by Matthew Rocco | Posted on FOXBusiness

    General Motors and Ford are building the most American-made cars, trucks and SUVs, according to an annual report from American University.

    GM and Ford dominated the 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index Opens a New Window., which analyzes how much each vehicle relies on domestic parts. The index, compiled by associate professor Frank DuBois at American University’s Kogod School of Business, also takes into account research and development, profit margins and labor, among other items.

  • 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.