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Sep 02 2014
Written by Sally Davies | Posted on The Financial Times

Drivers who like to check their email or do their make-up at traffic lights, beware.

General Motors, the largest US auto manufacturer by sales, is preparing to launch the world’s first mass-produced cars with eye- and head-tracking technology that can tell whether drivers are distracted, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Seeing Machines, an Australian group listed in London, has signed an agreement with safety-goods maker Takata to supply GM with tracking devices for up to 500,000 vehicles over the next three to five years.

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Sep 02 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford reaffirms the undisputed heavy-duty towing leadership of the 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty Class 3 pickup at 31,200 pounds after testing using the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard.

SAE J2807 establishes tow vehicle performance requirements against certain performance criteria to determine a truck’s maximum trailer tow rating. Ford is a founding member of the J2807 committee, which includes other truck and trailer manufacturers.

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Sep 02 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Never before has the Chrysler brand experienced such high levels of awareness and consideration. And, with the brand’s all-new flagship now available at dealerships, and with plans to unveil another important, thoroughly refreshed vehicle later this year, “America’s Import” is clearly on a roll.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 29 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Chevrolet will soon launch an all-new Chevrolet Cruze in North America based on the same D2XX global vehicle platform the new Cruze for China is. That car will have lots to live up to considering the tremendous success the current version of the compact car has been, with GM recently announced sales of the Cruze have topped 3 million since its launch in 2008.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 29 2014
Written by Mike Ramsay | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

Ford Motor Co. F +0.19%  will measure global demand for the redesigned Mustang sports car heading into the second quarter of 2015 to determine whether it adds a third shift to the Michigan plant where it is built, a top executive said Thursday.

The Flat Rock plant has two crews working to build the Mustang and the Fusion sedan. The first 2015 Mustang, fully redesigned this year to be aimed at a global audience, came off the line at the plant Thursday.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 29 2014
Chrysler Media Group

When looking to build a better, more competitive race car for the quarter-mile drag strip, who better to ask for feedback than the Sportsman drivers and the drag racing legends who have helped Chrysler Group’s Mopar brand build the reputation and heritage it has in motorsports?

The best place for that to happen of course would be at the prestigious 60th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) U.S. Nationals event as the largest contingent of Sportsman and professional racers get set to compete at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, this weekend.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 28 2014
Automotive News

With its 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever to roll out of Detroit. Chrysler recently let buff book enthusiasts sample the $60,000 muscle car, and the scribes have sought to match the roar of the supercharged engine with the screaming sound of their own superlatives. A few examples:

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 28 2014
PR Newswire

Global automotive supplier Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is debuting its first-to-market wireless charging system with General Motors. This unique solution uses inductive coupling technology to support both wireless charging standards -- Power Matters Alliance (PMA)/Powermat(R) and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)/Qi.

Cadillac is featuring it on the 2015 ATS, and will add it to the CTS sports sedan this fall and to the Escalade SUV at the end of 2014.

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Aug 28 2014
Ford Media Center

The highly anticipated, all-new Ford Mustang rolls off the line today at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, marking production of the sixth-generation pony car. For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available globally to customers in more than 120 countries around the world.

The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s global vehicle lineup will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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