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Jan 15 2015
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The Buick Avenir has been handed down this year’s year’s EyesOn Design Award for the “Best Designed Concept Vehicle,” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The EyesOn Design Awards “honor the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS,” the organizations says, and are chosen by “North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers,” and other design leaders.

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Jan 15 2015
Ford Media Center

Ford and Lincoln service centers are putting customers’ vehicle information where service advisors can best use it – at their fingertips.

Ford is expanding the SMART Technology (SMARTT) program that launched in early 2014. The program integrates innovative new technologies including tablets and software into the company’s dealer management system, enhancing the customer service experience.

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Jan 15 2015
Chrysler Media Group

FCA US LLC kicks off 2015 by winning four IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.

The Chrysler Town & Country received its 14th consecutive Loyalty Award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size Van category, extending its own record of consecutive wins. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee nabbed its sixth award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size SUV category and the Dodge Challenger was honored in its category for the third time. Jeep Wrangler won the Non-Luxury Compact SUV award for the second consecutive year.

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Jan 14 2015
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Cadillac expects to begin selling its much-anticipated CT6 large sedan in December after showing it this spring in New York, the brand's president said Tuesday.

Johan de Nysschen, who took over as Cadillac's president in September, envisions the CT6 as a flagship car that is part of his long-term goal of doubling Cadillac's global sales to 500,000 annually by 2020, and challenge Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in the U.S.

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Jan 14 2015
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford GT – a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction – today earned the prestigious EyesOn Design Award for best production vehicle. The ultra-high-performance supercar was unveiled Monday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

EyesOn Design, the official design awards for NAIAS, honors the best production and concept vehicles making global debuts in Detroit. Judges include current and former design leaders from global automakers and transportation departments at top art schools.

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Jan 14 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ram threw down the fuel economy gauntlet again on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show by announcing that some versions of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will get 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

The 2015 Ram 1500 Express and the 2015 models will get 29 miles per gallon on the highway when they are purchased with an optional diesel engine. That is one mile per gallon more than other Ram 1500 pickups with the same engine.

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Jan 13 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday its Chevrolet Bolt electric concept would have 200-plus miles of electric range and cost about $30,000, and may come to market within a year or two.

While GM CEO Mary Barra wouldn't say for sure if the vehicle will go into production, she did say the all-electric vehicle would be sold across the U.S. and in select global markets. She declined to provide which markets GM is considering.

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Jan 13 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The Ford GT made a triumphant return today with the unveiling of a sleek and edgy supercar the automaker plans to build next year.

The GT was developed over the past year by a small team, in a small room in the basement of the Product Development Center in Dearborn, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. The hidden entrance was only accessible by a few people.

Ford will make a limited number of GTs for sale in the second half of 2016. It will be a global car but the first sales will be in the U.S., said Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

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Jan 13 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Ram Truck is driving to become a rebel of the U.S. pickup industry.

The FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, truck brand will unveil a new "Rebel" model for its popular Ram 1500 light-duty pickup Tuesday at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel, as its name alludes, offers an alternative, more aggressive, off-road look with blacked-out badging and accessories traditionally found in the aftermarket. It also features a higher stance, class-exclusive dual exhaust, 17-inch aluminum wheels and redesigned front and rear fascias.

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Jan 12 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s Buick brand Sunday said it will offer its first convertible in more than two decades with the 2016 Cascada, which goes on sale early next year.

Buick, which is hosting a press event Sunday night in Detroit ahead of press days for the 2015 North American International Auto Show, increased U.S. sales by 11.4 percent in 2014 with five vehicles that are attracting new buyers to the brand. It also has a new exhibit and middle-of-the-show space at the auto show.

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Jan 12 2015
Written by Mike Ramsey and John D. Stoll | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

Ford Motor Co. will debut a super car Monday called the Phoenix that will be the centerpiece to the company’s new racing and performance division, a person familiar with the matter said.

The super car is the successor to the Ford GT that the company built between 2005-2006.

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Jan 12 2015
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015.

In May, Dodge gave up to the Chrysler brand its previous role as FCA US's full-range brand. The shift means that Tim Kuniskis, Dodge's brand head, must find sales to replace two vehicles: the Avenger sedan, which went out of production a year ago, and the Grand Caravan minivan, which disappears in 2016.

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Jan 12 2015
Written by Jared Bernstein | Posted on The New York Times

If the new Congress can agree on anything this year, it may well be the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Passions run high when it comes to trade deals these days, and the Obama administration is working hard to sell it to labor unions, which roundly oppose it.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jan 09 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s GMC brand Thursday said it will debut the 2015 Canyon Nightfall Edition pickup, a midsize truck decked out in black.

GMC said the new onyx-black edition, which has a unique black grille, black assist steps, spray-on bedliner, special 18-inch aluminum wheels and many more features, will make its first public appearance at the North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit.

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Jan 09 2015
Written by George Zack | Posted on Bidness Etc

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) plans to launch its all-new 2016 Focus RS this year. The vehicle will come with stronger credentials than the previous model.

The Focus RS model was first launched in 2002. It came with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with four cylinders, and could produce 212 horsepower, which was closest to what the World Rally Championship cars were capable of.

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Jan 09 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Dodge is taking customization to new levels with its Viper super car.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV brand on Thursday announced that every buyer of the Viper GTC and other high-end models starting in February will have the option to customize their car to their liking, making no one car the same as another.

"It's a unique way to sell this car," said Dodge President and CEO Tim Kuniskis during a media event Thursday at FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, headquarters in Auburn Hills.

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Jan 08 2015
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

Chevrolet has re-launched the unique Engine Build Experience, first made available to buyers of the C6 Corvette Z06 and ZR1, for buyers of the 2015 Corvette Z06. The program is the only one of its kind for supercar customers, allowing them to assemble their engine with the help and supervision of a Performance Build Center engine assembly technician.

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Jan 08 2015
Written by Erick Ayapana | Posted on Motor Trend

Lincoln is on a fast track to reinvent itself and, not surprisingly, design will play a key role in the brand’s future plans. Moray Callum, design chief for both Ford and Lincoln, said as much during a Q&A session with Automotive News.

When the discussion shifted to luxury brands based on mass-market platforms (like Ford and Lincoln, and Nissan and Infiniti) and their tendency to look alike, Callum responded with Lincoln's solution to the problem.

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Jan 08 2015
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on Digital Trends

CES has essentially become another stop on the auto-show circuit, with a gaggle of major carmakers showing off their latest tech.

This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is focusing on its Uconnect Access suite of services, which already includes features like remote unlocking and stolen vehicle tracking.

FCA has four new Uconnect Access features that allow owners to keep tabs on their vehicles remotely using a newly-updated smartphone app.

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Jan 07 2015
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

With a new year comes new cars, and 2015 will see General Motors add multiple exciting products to its Cadillac and Chevrolet product portfolios. It will all start at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, but we thought we’d give you a preview of the product onslaught so you know exactly what to expect from The General throughout the year.

1. 2016 Cadillac CT6

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

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