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Apr 23 2014
Written by Ron Fonger | Posted on MLive

Four General Motors plants, including one in Flint, have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry by cutting energy use by at least 10 percent.

GM said in a news release today, April 22, that Flint Metal Center on Bristol Road reduced its energy use by 18 percent during a five-year period to achieve the recognition.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 23 2014
Lincoln Media

The Lincoln Motor Company today unveiled the MKX Concept at Auto China 2014 in Beijing. The Lincoln MKX Concept hints at a global SUV that will become the third of four all-new Lincoln vehicles due by 2016. It is designed to capture the attention of consumers worldwide.

This unveiling in Beijing marks the first time Lincoln has stepped beyond U.S. borders to reveal a concept vehicle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 23 2014
Chrysler Media

Muscle car enthusiasts and rock ‘n’ rollers looking for a chance to be bad need to look no further as Dodge and Mötley Crüe launch a nationwide promotion.

The “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway” kicks off this week as part of the partnership between Dodge and the iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, as Mötley Crüe embarks on its “Final Tour.” The Dodge brand is the presenting sponsor of the tour, which kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich.  

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2014
Written by Doug Palmer | Posted on POLITICO Pro
One of the Senate’s most vocal critics of China’s currency practices has warned President Barack Obama that his trade agenda is at risk because of the failure of U.S. negotiators to push for enforceable rules against currency manipulation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

“Mr. President, you are imperiling your own trade policy,” Sen.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Apr 22 2014
GM News

Lightning-fast refreshing of visuals inside General Motors’ Research Driving Simulator are helping advanced technology developers study how drivers interact with Super Cruise, the semi-automated driving system that could be in Cadillac models later this decade.

The upgrades to the simulator provide realistic road feel and responsiveness to driver actions, reducing the feeling of disorientation associated with driving simulators, particularly during low-speed maneuvers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2014
Written by Jay Ramey | Posted on MarketWatch

Ford launched the Mustang 50 years ago last week at the New York World’s Fair. To celebrate the iconic pony car’s birthday, the company has revealed a 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition, just 1,964 examples of which will be built. The limited edition model, scheduled to go on sale this fall, premiered at the New York auto show, which runs through April 27.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2014
Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Fiat 500L was introduced to U.S. buyers with TV commercials that featured a Paul Revere character storming the colonial countryside on horseback, excitedly hollering that the Italians were coming.

Don’t bet on anything similar in touting Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ upcoming import to America. We’re not talking Alfa Romeo or Maserati, here. This time, it’s a Jeep.

Starting late this year, the subcompact Jeep Renegade will begin arriving in U.S. dealerships. Fiat Chrysler plans to build the Jeep alongside the upcoming Fiat 500X at a Fiat plant in Melfi, Italy.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 21 2014
Written by Chamber Williams | Posted on The Detroit News

GMC's Sierra 1500 pickup has been completely redesigned for 2014, offering an array of model and engine choices, just like its Chevrolet Silverado sibling.

The regular cab model, with two doors and only a front seat, begins at $26,075, while crew cab prices begin at $34,200 for the rear-wheel-drive base version. Double cab models, which have slightly smaller cabins but still carry up to six, start at $30,100.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 21 2014
Written by Gary Gastelu | Posted on Fox News

The 2015 Ford Mustang’s secret is out, and it’s literally smoking hot.

At the pony car’s unveiling in December, Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak told FoxNews.com that it had a special feature aimed at the kid inside of us that would be a manufacturer first, but wasn’t ready to say what it was just yet.

Well, it has now been revealed to be an electronic line-lock that holds the front brakes while releasing the rears, allowing drivers to perform the perfect burnout every try.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 21 2014
Chrysler Media

The Jeep® brand introduced four new design concepts at the 2014 Beijing International Motor Show today. The quartet takes Jeep production models and injects them with fresh elements inspired by millennia of Chinese culture and the sense of style, fashion and flash-forward trends found in megacities such as Shanghai and Beijing. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 18 2014
GM News

Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.

The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 18 2014
Chrysler Media

The Dodge brand is bringing its A-game for its 100th anniversary, significantly updating both the iconic Challenger muscle car and Charger four-door sedan.

The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 along with powertrain updates that include a standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission on both Charger’s standard 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine and, new for 2015, the R/T equipped 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 18 2014
Written by Aaron Bragman | Posted on USA Today

 

Ford would like you to know that the Focus is the best-selling compact car in the world, and it's not difficult to see why it's popular. The Focus always has been stylish, and adding in its European-style tight handling and excellent interior materials means that there's a definite appeal to the compact sedan and hatchback. Ford showed off the latest 2015 Focus at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show last month, but now it's time to see the sedan version, which is more popular in the U.S.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 17 2014
Written by Paul Stenquist | Posted on The New York Times

The people at Ford are all misty eyed about Mustang’s 50th anniversary, which falls on media day at the New York auto show. It’s an emotional time for them as they celebrate the birthday of the Mustang and a milestone marketing effort in the city where it all started at the 1964 World’s Fair. To mark the anniversary on Wednesday, the company placed a 2015 Mustang on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building.

But can a car company celebrate without a new model introduction? Of course not.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 17 2014
Written by Gerry Edgerton | Posted on CBS News
General Motors ( GM) is bringing a subcompact SUV into the U.S. market to compete in the burgeoning segment against established models like the Kia Soul and other new ones like the just-introduced Jeep Renegade. The new Chevrolet Trax was displayed for the press at the start of the annual New York International Auto Show.
 
GM CEO Mary Barra, speaking briefly at the presentation, emphasized that the Trax is part of new and redesigned models Chevrolet is bringing to market. Already sold in 60 other countries, the Trax will reach dealers' lots here early next year.
Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 17 2014
Written by Bryce G. Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC is expected to reveal refreshed versions of its Dodge Charger and Challenger muscle cars today at the New York International Auto Show featuring new sheet metal, new technology and the return of the Bumble Bee.

Dodge designers say they resculpted and refined nearly every body panel on the two cars, upgraded the interiors with more premium materials and added LED lighting to the front and rear.

The new Dodge Challenger gets even more than that, with a significant nod to the car’s legendary muscle car heritage.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2014
Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

The last month has been a rough one for General Motors  (NYSE: GM  ) , as the company has faced tough questions and withering criticism over a long-delayed recall that may have contributed to a dozen fatal accidents.

But meanwhile, life at the General goes on. GM has a few new products to show off at this week's New York International Auto Show, including this particular bit of madness: a convertible version of the white-hot, supercharged Corvette Z06.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2014
Fox News

Ford is marking the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang with a special version of America’s original pony car.

The 2015 Mustang 50 year Limited Edition is a Mustang GT fastback that’s been dressed up with several retro cues.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2014
Written by Bryce Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Jeep’s diminutive Renegade will make its U.S. debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

Chrysler Group LLC’s new subcompact crossover will boast the same off-road capabilities as its bigger siblings in a smaller — and much more fuel-efficient — package.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 15 2014
GM News

With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 14 distinct performance-car models – including nine Camaro models, the SS performance sedan and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 to an estimated 625 horsepower.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development

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