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May 26 2015
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

Dealers are starving for more hot-selling Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups. And workers at General Motors' St. Louis-area truck plant are starving themselves to eke out a few more of them.

The Wentzville, Mo., factory recently cut an unpaid lunch break, part of a broader schedule reshuffling that eliminated the six-minute production lulls between shifts. The result: An extra 18 minutes of production in a three-shift day, which should translate into more than 3,500 more trucks a year.

May 26 2015
Written by Nick Bunkley | Posted on Automotive News

Ford Motor Co. already is struggling to meet demand for the Explorer, which has increased its share of the fast-growing crossover segment for four consecutive years.

So the sixth-generation Explorer, scheduled to arrive at dealerships by early June, isn't designed to grow sales as much as it's aimed at bolstering the vehicle's profitability by attracting more affluent buyers.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 26 2015
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler won't follow the 2015 Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body.

Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week that the costs of the switch outweigh the benefits.

"We've run the numbers and we've simulated mileage and the impact. Because of the difference in cost not just of the material but the actual assembly process, I think we can do almost as well without doing it all aluminum," Marchionne said.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 21 2015
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

You'd have a hard time proving the **** 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 convertible isn't the best sports car on Earth.

With 0-60 m.p.h. times as low as of 2.95 seconds — quicker than the moment between your phone's first and second rings — it'd be easy to call the ZO6 scary fast, but there's nothing remotely frightening about Chevrolet's 650-horsepower supercar.

Sure, the Corvette ZO6 is the most powerful Corvette ever, but it's also a great value, remarkably fuel-efficient and so easy to drive you may forget you're at the wheel of one of the world's great cars.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 21 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.'s 2016 model year F-150 will include a knob that's supposed to make backing up with a trailer a lot easier.

The pickup will come with "Pro Trailer Backup Assist," a segment-first technology that lets the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 21 2015
Written by Christina Rogers | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

How about a plug-in Jeep Grand Cherokee? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne is thinking about it.

For years, the auto maker has owned the market for large SUVs and trucks, but now it is facing a quandary: the popularity of these vehicles is dragging down its fuel economy standing with regulators. Now, Fiat Chrysler has to make some significant improvements on this front or risk falling out of compliance with toughening emission regulations.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 19 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

When the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro debuted this past Saturday afternoon at a rainy event on Detroit’s Belle Isle, we brought you live images of the debut and the basic details of the next generation muscle car – but today we take a closer look at the key performance details of Camaro Six.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 19 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a rarity in the modern American auto industry as one of the few big SUVs still using the truck-like body-on-frame architecture, but that relatively old school design leads to a full sized SUV that has as much interior space and as many luxury amenities as any SUV in America – while still offering truck-like capabilities that make this high class rig a serious work horse.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 19 2015
Chrysler Media Group

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com (www.kbb.com) named the 2015 Jeep® Renegade and 2015 Fiat 500 as picks for this year’s "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000."

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 18 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra is a huge Camaro fan and it was evident Saturday, as she spent extra time viewing hundreds of Chevrolet Camaros parked on Belle Isle that were part of the automaker's special 2016 Camaro reveal.

Shortly after the debut, Barra was seen talking with Camaro owners, diet Coke in hand. Barra, who says the car is one of her favorites of "all time," also spent time talking to customers and car owners before the unveiling.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 18 2015
Ford Media Center

For the second straight year, Ford Fiesta has been named to kbb.com’s list of its 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000. Two criteria – being fun to drive and fun to own – are critical to what the editors say is a very subjective “cool factor,” the No. 1 attribute a vehicle must have to make the list. The 2015 Ford Fiesta continues to run at the head of the small-car pack with style, personality and a dazzling array of features and technologies that prove small is smart. Click here for more on the kbb.com award.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 18 2015
Chrysler Media Group

Following up on his title win at the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston three weeks ago, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) pilot Ron Capps drove his new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T to a runner-up finish at this weekend’s NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 15 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors will invest $1 billion in its Warren Technical Center and add about 2,600 jobs over the next four years.

"This is an investment in our people who work at the Tech Center because it is positioning the company for long-term growth by enabling new levels of innovation and collaboration," Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for global product development, said Thursday in Warren. "We will transform this campus into a collaborative workplace of choice for our current team and future talent."

May 15 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Tor

The 2016 Ford Mustang has gotten a spread of appearance packages for the new model year, but performance upgrades haven’t been forgotten – as the Mustang GT Convertible now has an optional Performance Package that prepares the droptop pony car for extended track time and improved lap times.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 15 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and a long list of other Chrysler Group vehicles that rely on the Hemi or Pentastar engines will skip their normal summer downtime in order to keep up with the high demand for these engines

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

General Motors will provide details of its $419 million renovation and expansion of its Warren Tech Center Thursday morning.

Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for global product development, Gov. Rick Snyder, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts will attend the ceremony at the Tech Center.

Last month the Warren City Council approved a 12-year tax abatement for the project that will begin later this year and be completed by the end of 2020, according to an estimated construction timeline provided to city officials.

May 14 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

2016 is a big model year for the Ford Mustang, with the first of the next generation Shelby Mustang fastbacks debuting in the form of the new GT350 and GT350R. There is also the introduction of the newest GT California Special, but not just those folks looking to buy a higher priced model. Ford has announced that the 2016 Mustang GT will get a new optional Black Accent Package while the EcoBoost Premium Mustang gets a new Pony Package – both of which are strictly aesthetic upgrades.

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

Toledo's City Council voted Tuesday to spend $1.5 million to acquire residential properties to add to land it has already acquired as part of its plan to convince FCA US to build the next-generation Wrangler there.

The city hopes to buy 17 residential properties owned by 14 owners, giving Toledo a total of 105 acres of land adjacent to the Toledo Assembly Complex, as long as the homeowners agree.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 13 2015
Written by Chris Ecclestone | Posted on GM Authority

Having launched in the United States for the 2015 model year, the new Chevy Colorado has been a very hot commodity, with demand outstripping supply. And for the 2016 model year, GM is giving the Bowtie’s midsize truck a handful of changes and updates.

Filed Under: Research & Development
May 13 2015
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Ford is reaching back into the Mustang’s rich history to keep the reborn pony car fresh heading into the 2016 model year.

Even though the Mustang was redesigned for 2015, Ford can’t let up on the accelerator. This weekend in Detroit, General Motors is introducing a completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro that loses about 300 pounds and comes with new powertrains. The Mustang and Camaro are not just rivals on the street, but also on the sales charts. The new Camaro arrives this fall.

Filed Under: Research & Development