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Nov 25 2014
Written by Erick Ayapana | Posted on Motor Trend

General Motors has finally allowed us to get some wheel time in the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which is featured in the newest episode of Ignition. And as a bonus, host Carlos Lago produced a special video where he geeks out on almost every aspect of the special Corvette.

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Nov 25 2014
Ford Media Center

Looking to spend some time exploring the countryside in the all-new 2015 F-150? Now it’s possible to sleep comfortably inside a Ford-branded camper, thanks to recreational vehicle builder Thor Livin Lite.

Thor Livin Lite and Ford have agreed to license Ford-branded recreational products for the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup – the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 ever.

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Nov 25 2014
Written by Eric Weiner | Posted on Motor Trend

Fuel economy might not be the biggest issue for the typical Jeep Wrangler driver, but upcoming Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations mean that even the longtime popular off-roader has to fall in line. A report from Automotive News indicates that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will help increase efficiency with an eight-speed automatic transmission that will improve fuel economy by at least nine percent.

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Nov 25 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Many publications who have gotten the chance to speak with Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen have focused their questions on the automotive exec’s business strategies for Cadillac. The brand’s move to Manhattan, its new naming convention and its planned marketing overhaul have all been discussed at length, so Car & Driver focused on digging up some intel on its future products.

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Nov 25 2014
Ford Media Center

As part of Ford Motor Company’s expanded hunger relief efforts this year, the company announced the donation of a new truck to The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread Club that will help serve 5,000 meals a day to needy people in Detroit.

The vehicle, which goes into operation this week, joins the Bed & Bread fleet that provides a sandwich, fruit, beverage, soup and snack to city neighborhoods. The Detroit Bed & Bread program is the largest one in the country. Marathon Petroleum Corporation will provide a year of free gasoline for the new vehicle.

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Nov 25 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 The editors of Motor Trend today named the Ram 1500 the winner of their 2015 half-ton truck shootout.

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Nov 24 2014
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors will invest $200 million in two Oakland County plants to prepare for production of a yet-to-be-named new model.

The Orion assembly plant will received $160 million for tooling and equipment, while GM will spend $40 million at the Pontiac Metal Center for new dies.

The projects are part of nearly $300 million in Michigan investments that GM CEO Mary Barra mentioned last month in a speech at the Detroit Economic Club.

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Nov 24 2014
Written by Mike Ramsey | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

 Ford Motor Co. said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup mated with a new 2.7-liter, turbocharged V6 can achieve 22 mpg overall and 26 mpg on the highway, the best of any gasoline-fueled, full-size pickup available.

Ford revealed the EPA label ratings for the F-150 at an event in Dearborn, Mich. Friday. There are multiple variations of the truck, depending on engine, cab configuration and whether the truck is 2- or 4-wheel-drive. Each change creates a different fuel economy figure.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Nov 24 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

One night. Five Chrysler brands.

And five of the hottest pop and hip-hop stars in new ads for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

That's what Chrysler and Interscope Records delivered during Sunday night's American Music Awards.

The automaker debuted five new ads during the show with appearances and music video footage from Eminem, Phillip Phillips, Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Imagine Dragons.

Each recording artist, or footage from their music videos, was included in commercials that aired during the music award show for the Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep brands.

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Nov 21 2014
Written by Tim Esterdahl | Posted on GM Authority

Armed with customer feedback, Chevrolet has improved the next-generation, 2016 Volt with many useful features. One thing seems obvious, the new Volt will be smartly improved.

With the new 2016 Volt, Chevy started the improvements in the most critical place, the battery. Chevy says the car will be easier to recharge and to check the battery’s status.

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Nov 21 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Mustang is being hailed as “one of the most approachable performance cars on the planet,” with today’s announcement that the 2015 Mustang GT has earned “The Esquire Car of the Year” award. The Esquire awards honor vehicles that are stunning and stylish, yet affordable, attainable and fun to drive.

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Nov 21 2014
Chrysler Media Group

As the highly anticipated, all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 continues to arrive at dealerships across the country, the Chrysler brand is pushing the boundaries of virtual reality to deliver a one-of-a-kind interactive experience. Launching this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, “Beneath the Surface” is a four-minute, 4D-immersive experience using the Oculus Rift DK2 headset to highlight how the vehicle is made.

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Nov 20 2014
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on The New York Times

Cadillac introduced the V-series to its ATS lineup Tuesday evening at the Los Angeles auto show. The ATS is the marque’s smallest and lightest car, and as with other V cars, the ATS-V will pack a lot of power onto that diminutive frame.

The car is powered by a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that produces an estimated 455 horsepower and 445 pound feet of torque. The automaker says the car will go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 185.

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Nov 20 2014
Ford Media Center

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT has been named to Car and Driver’s 10Best cars list for 2015 – the ninth time Mustang has made the list since the award’s inception 33 years ago.

Car and Driver’s 10Best list recognizes the best new cars available in the United States for under $80,000. Mustang has been honored four of the last five years.

“Dive into a series of challenging turns in the Mustang and you're not driving a car, you're wearing wheels,” Car and Driver commented.  “It reminds us that driving a great car can be play, something that even grownups enjoy.”

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Nov 20 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is hoping that its second attempt to add a vehicle to its Fiat brand in the U.S. will be more successful than its first.

Today, the 2016 Fiat 500X, a smart-looking subcompact crossover, will make its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 500X is the first Fiat model that was designed with the U.S. market in mind. It will have more space and utility than the standard Fiat 500 coupe while still reflecting the traditional Fiat design.

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Nov 19 2014
Written by Nicolas Parasie | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

 Ford Motor Co. , one of the world’s largest car makers, will press ahead with developing more fuel-efficient vehicles even as lower oil prices make the strategic push less of an urgent matter, a senior company executive said Wednesday.

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Nov 19 2014
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Cadillac took the wraps off its 2016 ATS-V coupe and sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday night, models that are designed to compete head-on with the high-performance variants of other luxury brands.

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Nov 19 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

For its 25th birthday, Ford Motor Co.'s popular Explorer SUV is getting a new engine, new technology and a new trim level.

The Dearborn automaker will unveil a refreshed 2016 Explorer on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The latest Explorer focuses on driving performance and functionality, staples of the vehicle's history since its launch in 1991.

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Nov 19 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler is hoping that it can boost sales of its 300 sedan with an overhaul of its exterior design that takes the car back to its bolder 2005 styling.

The 2015 Chrysler 300 has a more aggressive, grated grille that reflects the styling of the model that hip-hop stars loved in 2005 and, the company hopes, recaptures some of the same magic that made the car stand out from competitors a decade ago.

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Nov 18 2014
Written by Aaron Brzozowski | Posted on GM Authority

The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is an automotive All-Star, at least in the eyes of Automobile. The All-Star awards are essentially the Automobile equivalent to Car and Driver’s 10 Best: the publication’s highest praise, with none of the typical objective criteria. We’re sure that the General is honored.

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