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Sep 29 2014
Written by Len Bracken | Posted on Bloomberg BNA

Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive POLICY Council (AAPC), which represents Ford, General Motors and Chrysler on trade policy issues, told Bloomberg BNA that it would be very difficult for USTR to reach an agreement with Japan.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Sep 29 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a very SPECIAL CAR so it is fitting that the configurator tool for the newest American supercar is unlike the rest of the build page designs. Unlike the configurator for the standard Corvette Stingray that has you flip from page to page as you look at the packages, the exterior/interior appearance and options with a series of check boxes. Instead, the 2015 Z06 configurator has everything on one page and you simply flip through the categories, making choices along the way that show up in the large image at the top of the page.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 29 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

Ford Motor Co. is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers.

Sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features in a PROGRAM called the “Built Ford Tough Roundup.” It runs through December, Ford said in a statement today.

From Oct. 11 to Dec. 21, consumers in 38 cities can take part in 20,000 test drives being offered by Ford. Product experts hired by Ford to explain the truck’s features will go along for the ride.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 29 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 Dodge auctioned the first production 707-horsepower 2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever, for $825,000 at the Sept. 27 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction benefitting Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Engelstad Family Foundation of Las Vegas matched the auction price, bringing the grand total raised for Opportunity Village to $1.65 million.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 26 2014
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on The New York Times

Cadillac announced Wednesday that it would name its coming flagship rear-wheel-drive sedan the CT6. Cadillac says the high-tech car is scheduled to be released at the end of next year.

The car will feature “lightweight materials and new body construction techniques to reduce fuel consumption while enhancing driving dynamics and safety,” the company said.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 26 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford, America’s truck leader, celebrates production of the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty next month.

For 15 years, Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks and chassis cabs – from F-250 to F-550 – have rolled off the assembly line at Kentucky Truck Plant and into the hands of hardworking customers.

“Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the needs of the toughest customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck group marketing manager. “Their continued sales dominance with these demanding customers proves how hard they deliver.”   

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 26 2014
Chrysler Media Group

SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports claimed its first victory in the Trans Am Series at Lime Rock Park last Saturday and now enters Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with momentum for the 10th and penultimate race of the Trans Am Series season on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Cameron Lawrence piloted the No. 1 Dodge Challenger SRT to victory lane at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park, marking the first Trans Am win for SRT Motorsports in the group’s third series race after Miller Racing began fielding Challengers in the TA2 class in August.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 25 2014
Chrysler Media Group

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.) is increasing production. The plant that built back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year winners in 2013 and 2014 will be building an average of an additional 100 vehicles a day or 38,565 more trucks a year to keep up with demand.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 25 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Cadillac is calling its new hi-tech flagship sedan the CT6.

This is the fullsize sedan that will be built at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in late 2015. The rear-drive car will be bigger than the XTS and will compete with the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 25 2014
Written by Madeline O’Leary | Posted on Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. (F), the second-biggest automaker in the U.S., hired more than 14,000 domestic workers since 2011, exceeding a pledge it made three years ago that it would recruit 12,000 by 2015.

In its latest hiring round, Ford is adding 1,200 more jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant where increased demand for the Transit cargo van and the Ford F-150 truck brought 2,800 new hires in 2012 and 2013.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 24 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra said the move of the Detroit automaker’s Cadillac brand headquarters to New York will help accelerate progress at the luxury brand.

“When you look at how important Cadillac is, we need to have that team dedicated — thinking Cadillac day in and day out,” Barra told reporters after appearing on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting here. “When you think about New York, it’s the perfect place to be. It’s where a lot of luxury is defined. It’s trend-setting — so I think it’s going to be very, very positive.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 24 2014
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford F-150, the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 yet, goes on sale later this year packed with available driver-assist features aimed at giving the customer improved utility, comfort and convenience.

Here are 10 examples of awesome driver-assist features the all-new F-150 offers, including one breakthrough class-exclusive feature to make parallel parking a full-size pickup a breeze:

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 24 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

The 2015 Renegade is expected to be a gateway vehicle for the Jeep brand, according to Chrysler's design chief.

Ralph Gilles, Chrysler senior vice president of product design, said that after buyers experience the small sport-utility vehicle, they'll keep coming back to the Jeep brand.

"People will keep coming back once they get a taste of this thing," he said Tuesday morning during the Detroit Regional Chamber's 2014 MICHauto Summit in Detroit.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 23 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s Cadillac brand will open a headquarters in New York early next year, as it moves the global hub for its luxury brand away from Detroit.

The shift comes as Cadillac focuses on global growth and tries to establish a fresh identity in the luxury market. Currently, most of Cadillac's functions are part of the rest of GM, and its headquarters is at the Renaissance Center. Many Cadillac operations will stay at the GM Warren Tech Center.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 23 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2015 Ford Mustang has been arguably the most popular topic in the American auto industry since it was introduced around the world last December and after fans have read about it online and in magazines, seen it at big auto shows and obsessed about it on social media – the next generation pony car will finally be arriving in your local dealership next month.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 23 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler has partnered with Google Maps to launch a virtual tour of its Michigan factory that builds the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.

The virtual tour, with 360-degree interactive films and photography, allows users to get up-close to aspects of the assembly process, taking them inside the 5-million-square-foot Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. To build the new midsize sedan, Chrysler invested more than $1 billion to renovate the Sterling Heights facility, which employs more than 3,200.

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

General Motors Co.'s GMC brand said Friday it is offering a new 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition, a sporty pickup with special features such as a body colored grille and black-painted 20-inch wheels.

GMC said the special edition will be available at dealers later this year. Pricing has not yet been announced.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 22 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The 2015 Ford F-150 isn't just about the most aggressive use of aluminum on a pickup body.

There also is a sliding rear window designed and made by supplier Magna International. From the start of the new truck's development, Ford asked truck owners what they wanted from the glass that separates the cab from the open air of the bed.

"They said they wanted visibility, that it seals well when it is closed, but still able to open the center window and use the defog when it is open," said Noah Mass, Ford manager of body exterior mechanisms.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 22 2014
Chrysler Media Group

SRT ® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports raced to a trio of victories in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Trans Am Series action on Saturday.

Dodge Viper SRTs captured the checkered flag in both the GTLM and GTD classes in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas (COTA), while Cameron Lawrence gave SRT Motorsports its first Trans Am victory when he piloted a Dodge Challenger SRT to victory lane at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park the same afternoon.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 19 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. will build a new, top-of-the-range Cadillac car — bigger than the XTS — at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

GM CEO Mary Barra is planning to make the announcement Friday, the company confirmed.

The automaker has been installing new tools and equipment at Detroit-Hamtramck for the yet-unnamed flagship car. Production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015, GM said.

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

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