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Oct 24 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford is introducing the next generation of its collision warning system that can tell a person from a telephone pole and if a collision appears imminent the car will warn the driver and apply the brakes if necessary to avoid a crash.

The first use of automatic braking for the Ford brand will be on the 2015 Mondeo that is about to go on sale in Europe and the new collision warning system will eventually roll out across the lineup as vehicles are redesigned. It will be an option on the Mondeo. Pricing has not been released.

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Oct 24 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won’t switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned.

As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home.

The developments may settle weeks of uncertainty surrounding the Wrangler, whose future was thrown into question after Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, implied that the Wrangler might become a unibody vehicle.

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Oct 24 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.

The Chrysler brand’s all-new midsize sedan scored five stars in NHTSA tests that evaluate performance in:

    -Frontal collisions
    -Side-impacts simulating a two-vehicle collision
    -Side-impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole

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Oct 23 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

It’s currently Teen Driver Safety Week, whose purpose is to create awareness and a dialogue for parents and their teenage children about safe practices. Considering that vehicle crashes are the leading killer of teens ages 13-19, General Motors is encouraging parents to have “the talk” with their teenagers.

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Oct 23 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company is rolling out a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.

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Oct 23 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey and Jeep® Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel were each named winners in this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.

The 11th annual Carspondent.com “Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” awards competition took place at Local Motors in Chandler, Ariz., on Sat., Oct. 18.

More than 100 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from around the country who participate in sports, such as marathon running, bicycling, soccer and kayaking, evaluated and judged new vehicles in the 10 award categories in this unique competition.

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Oct 22 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Green Car Journal is preparing to announce its Green Car of the Year at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November and has officially revealed its five finalists. Among them is Chevrolet’s 2015 Impala CNG, which has a flex fuel system allowing the full-size sedan to run on both normal gasoline and compressed natural gas.

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Oct 22 2014
Written by Mike White | Posted on Digital Journal

Ford has developed a car seat that can detect if a driver is having a heart attack. If such a condition is detected, automated braking and steering systems can be activated to stop the vehicle.

According to autoexpress.co, technology has already brought car seats which can massage a driver, be heated, cool a driver, and hold a driver in place when the car is turning. Detecting a heart attack, however, would take auto-tech a step further.

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Oct 22 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Two letters are helping shape the future of the automotive industry, according to Chrysler Group LLC’s head of design Ralph Gilles.

“UI,” also known as user interface or how people interact with their vehicles, is driving the way automakers design new vehicles and the technologies within them, he said.

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Oct 21 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala is now available in a bi-fuel configuration that can run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or conventional gasoline fuel. But it gets more interesting than that, as the Bi-fuel Impala can also run on sewage, beer, and food scraps.

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Oct 21 2014
Ford Media Center

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mustang and its influence on popular culture, Ford Motor Company and Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos have teamed up through the ICON50 program to name 10 up-and-coming artists who are breaking new ground and setting the stage for the future in the music industry.

Like music, which has the power to transcend generations, help define popular culture and ignite movement, Ford Mustang inspires a sense of freedom, independence and adventure.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 21 2014
Written by Tim Healey | Posted on Auto World News

Jeep's SRT Grand Cherokee is one of the most hopped-up SUVs on the market, but its name could be in jeopardy.

Back in May, Fiat Chrysler said that the SRT tag would only be applied to Dodge brand vehicles going forward, making observers wonder if it would keep the moniker on the high-performance trims of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300.

Still, according to Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler has hinted at what it has in store for these higher-power trims.

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Oct 20 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors hosted its Detroit-area regional truck drive for select members of the media earlier this week. The event, appropriately held at the Open Hunt Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI., gave journalists the opportunity to drive several of its all-new truck and SUV offerings for the 2015 model year, including the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon.

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Oct 20 2014
Ford Media Center

From off-road prowess to street performance, custom versions of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever – will vie this November for the “Hottest Truck” award at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas.

The SEMA award, won by Ford F-Series trucks for four years running, recognizes the most popular vehicles the organization’s members feature in their displays at the weeklong event.

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Oct 20 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

The Jeep that wasn't "Jeep enough" is finding its place atop the brand's lineup a year after driving into dealerships.

The Cherokee, which many Jeep enthusiasts criticized due to its non-boxy design and sleek headlamps, led the SUV brand's sales in September and is carving a place for itself in the midsize sport utility and crossover vehicle segment.

"People are blown away with the whole package," Jeep marketing director Jim Morrison said in a recent phone interview. "We're getting a lot of new, conquest buyers out of imports and domestics."

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Oct 17 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet brand will showcase performance concepts of several cars during the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show next month in Las Vegas.

GM's largest brand on Thursday, from its Heritage Center here, revealed some of the vehicles it intends to show at the large trade show, which is closed to the public. Chevy will showcase an SS Sport, two Sonic concepts, an Impala Blackout concept and a variant of the Cruze RS during SEMA, Nov. 4-7.

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Oct 17 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Love Mustangs? There's an app for that.

Ford and Tweddle have launched Mustang Owner, an interactive smartphone app to give enthusiasts information about the features of the 2015 Mustang. The app uses an augmented reality feature that scans shots of the car and imparts information.

It is available on Android and iOS platforms and can be found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching "2015 Ford Mustang app."

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Oct 17 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The 2015 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are Must-Shop SUVs for Towing according to AutoTrader.com, which recognizes SUVs that offer the perfect combination of towing ability and interior luxury.

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Oct 16 2014
Written by Larry Edsall | Posted on The Detroit News

Off-road driving enthusiasts can reap the benefits of a cooperative vehicle-development effort between two long-time automotive aftermarket companies. The companies are Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, based in Decatur, Indiana, but with strong ties to the Detroit area, and Alabama-based Southern Comfort Automotive.

The benefit of their efforts — actually, of a reunion of sorts — is the Reaper, a specially modified 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup now available at select Chevrolet dealerships.

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Oct 16 2014
Ford Media Center

From the days of horse-drawn carts, humans have used square-shaped boxes to move cargo.

Now, Ford is revolutionizing the management and stowage of cargo inside the pickup truck box with its patented BoxLink™ system debuting on the all-new Ford F-150. Along with LED box lights, a power locking and remote tailgate release, and segment-first cargo ramps, the 2015 F-150 is better equipped to help manage loads more efficiently.

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