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Aug 27 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Spring Hill complex is on a path that may lead to a doubled workforce and become a vision of GM’s manufacturing future.

The town and its namesake auto plant, 35 miles south of Nashville, were home to Saturn manufacturing for more than a decade before GM stopped assembly operations for nearly three years following its bankruptcy. It became a metaphor for GM’s overreach, its fall and now its resurgence.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 27 2014
Ford Media Center

Designers of the 2015 Ford F-150 had a challenging goal to meet when they set out to reimagine the world’s best-selling pickup: Create an aerodynamic, efficient design that did not compromise the tough, bold looks that define Ford trucks.

The team succeeded.

The new F-150’s structured look features squared-off edges, shapes and surfaces that convey confidence, capability and work readiness. Yet these elements also work together to allow F-150 to slip through the air more efficiently.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 27 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

When we first learned that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would pack an astonishing 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque, one of the biggest points of speculation pertained to whether or not the most powerful American production car ever would be able to crack the 200mpg barrier. It has an analog speedometer that tops out at 200 which suggests that the Hellcat Challenger would join the Viper in the 200+ club…but it turned out not to be the case.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 26 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Chrysler Group's Ram pickup outscores Ford and Chevrolet's full-size trucks when it is equipped with a new diesel engine, Consumer Reports magazine says.

The Ram 1500 with the V-6 EcoDiesel engine not only saved substantially more fuel than similar models with gas engines, but did better in road tests than the others, as well. It scored 82 in road tests, a point better than a Ram with a gas engine that was tested previously.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 26 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The second-generation of Chevrolet’s Equniox SUV has been around since 2009, but its sales are showing no signs of slowing down. Equinox sales have grown each year since its introduction, grouping the SUV with the select models that experience strong sales month after month and year after year, like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

In July, Chevrolet sold 25,300 new Equinoxs, representing growth of 37 percent year-over-year. Additionally, some customers are coming back for seconds, with 27 percent of Equinox owners trading their SUV in for a second newer model.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 26 2014
Ford Media Center

Today, Ford Motor Company announced the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC.

Production of Lincoln’s newest vehicle began in May. MKC is the second of four all-new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016, and will go on sale in China, along with the MKZ sedan, when the Lincoln brand debuts there later this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 25 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Friday that its 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 supercar — GM’s most powerful production car ever — will start at $78,995, and the convertible model will start at $83,995.

The 2015 Corvette Z06 packs 650 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque and is Chevy’s most powerful Corvette in its 62-year history. Earlier this year, officials said limited quantities of the sports car would be available late this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 25 2014
Ford Media Center

There are 10 features of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup that were designed to satisfy customers without them ever even noticing.

“If I do my job, the customer simply intuits that things are right – both inside and outside of his truck – without even having to think about it,” said Cary Diehl, Ford human factors engineer, who worked on the design and development of the all-new F-150.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 25 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Ram takes heavy-duty towing and hauling seriously. With this week’s start of 2015 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty production, the truck world’s “King of the Hill” further adds to its most-capable claims.

Ram 3500 models will offer increased torque ratings of 865 lb.-ft. and an increased payload of 7,390 pounds, while maintaining a class leading maximum tow rating of 30,000 pounds.

Ram is the only automaker to back its heavy-duty towing claims using SAE J2807 testing criteria.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 22 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is rolling out special Rally editions for its 2015 Silverado pickup, giving the trucks a unique appearance complete with black bowtie and stripes.

Chevrolet is offering two Rally 1 packages, one on LS trim models and one for LT models. The Rally 1 edition for a Silverado LS, for example, includes features such as body-colored grille with black bowtie, black door handles and mirror caps and two black rally stripes.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 22 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Lincoln Motor Co. is tapping Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey to help transform the company and reach a broader audience.

Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand, which has struggled with sales and delayed introductions in recent years, said Thursday it’s partnering with McConaughey on a two-year deal that will feature the actor in a number of television and digital ads.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 22 2014
Written by Bernie Woodall and Paul Lienert | Posted on Reuters

Chrysler Group [CHRY.UL] is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Ed Scannell | Posted on TWC

Leaders from three manufacturing groups held a news conference, calling on Congress, the White House and trade negotiators to get tough on countries engaged in currency manipulation.

China is their primary target, having tied the value of its dollar to the U.S. dollar instead of allowing it to be determined in foreign exchange markets.

They said U.S. manufacturing may be on a post-recession rebound, but it's being undermined by China's, Vietnam's and a handful of other countries' practice of currency manipulation.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 21 2014
Written by Paul Lienert | Posted on Reuters

Ford Motor Co (F.N) plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the best-selling Toyota Prius, two sources with knowledge of the company's plans told Reuters on Wednesday.

The compact car will be Ford's first "dedicated" hybrid - that is a vehicle designed to be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of an existing gasoline model, such as the automaker's Fusion hybrid, the sources said. The as-yet-unnamed vehicle will be built just outside Detroit, .

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Cadillac hasn’t spoken much about its highly-anticipated full-size luxury sedan, possibly to be called LTS. However the automaker’s head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, Mark Reuss, recently made a few comments about the impending Omega-based S-Class rival to Automotive News, where he revealed Cadillac is setting a high standard for the car.

“If we’re a serious luxury carmaker, it’s really important to us,” Reuss said. “This is a car that Cadillac needs, that will define its brand in terms of innovation and excellence. That’s the mission.”

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The Dodge Viper has always been the top dog in terms of performance from the Chrysler Group until the introduction of the new Hellcat Charger and Challenger, but if some rumors floating around the Mopar world prove to be true – the next generation Viper could pack a supercharged V10 that will blow away anything that has ever been built by an American automaker.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2014
Written by Tom Krisher | Posted on The Detroit News

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Now, General Motors has an option on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette that takes those worries away.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2014
KWCH12

Ford Motor Company is racing into Kansas for the Fifth Annual BlackTop Nationals, Aug. 22-24, with an exciting lineup of 2015 model year cars and trucks, including the most coveted American muscle car, the 2015 Ford Mustang and all-new aluminum body Ford F-150. Held in Wichita, Kansas, BlackTop Nationals features can’t-miss attractions for automotive enthusiasts, including a display of rare motorcycles, automobiles and trucks, as well as heart pounding hot laps and Ford sponsored ride-and-drives.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 20 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The Jeep brand’s Summer Celebration with USA Basketball National Team point guard Kyrie Irving continues to excite lovers of the game as the USA Basketball National Team makes its journey towards 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. This Thursday, August 21, at South Street Seaport – Pier 16, New York, NY, fans will be offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the Jeep “Open Air Challenge” against Kyrie Irving, as well as win tickets to the USA vs. Puerto Rico basketball exhibition game on Friday (August 22) at Madison Square Garden.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 19 2014
Chrysler Media Group

With the addition of three new stops on the 2014 schedule, Fiat 500 Abarth owners will now have more opportunities to develop their driving skills in the one-day Abarth Track Experience.

The 2014 Abarth Track Experience continues this fall with additional stops at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development

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