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Sep 01 2015
Written by Jonathon Ramsey | Posted on Auto Blog

We knew two the most important things about the Platinum trim on the Ford Explorer when the configurator arrived online at the end of last year: it starts at $52,600 and comes standard with just about everything.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 01 2015
Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

It’s something brought up every so often: why does Cadillac incorporate so many colors in their badging? To stray away from the historical facts, we’ll first say it’s refreshing to see some color in a badge in a world full of silver-chrome logos plastered anywhere they fit on an automobile.

But, there is history behind the badge.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 01 2015
Written by Angela Bianchi and Gabrielle Schulte | Posted on FCA US Blog

Summer is ending. Your favorite college and pro sports teams are announcing the latest additions to their roster. Preseason has kicked off. You’re getting antsy.

But stop – put the grill tongs down. Do you own a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram or FIAT brand vehicle? If you answered yes, then hang tight before you head out in face paint and your favorite throwback jersey for some pregame festivities. FCA has some tips and products that will make your tailgate hangouts so much better.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 31 2015
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile.

Recent spy photos show a blacked-out, horizontally patterned grille with swept-back headlights.

The front end looks to be more in line with that of the current Traverse large crossover, which replaced Chevy's traditional dual-port grille with a wider, deeper opening that flares back to the headlights.

The next-gen Equinox also sports a lower and leaner silhouette than that of the current version, with a narrower greenhouse, the photos show.

Aug 31 2015
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Dodge will benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger. An early version of the next Charger, said to resemble a 1999 concept, was a hit when it was revealed to dealers last week in Las Vegas.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 31 2015
Ford Media

Because every great adventure is made perfect by the ideal soundtrack, the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition features an exclusive Sony® Audio System with two industry-first technologies – Live Acoustics and Clear Phase.

As a standard feature on Platinum edition Ford Explorer, the audio system represents the first time high-end Sony home audio technology has been used in a vehicle. Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technologies bring realistic concert-quality sound to the new Explorer Platinum.

Aug 28 2015
Written by Paul A. Eisenstein | Posted on NBC News

Following the success of Fiat Chrysler's two Hellcat muscle cars - high-powered versions of the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe, -- the automaker is planning to put the 707-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine that powers them into a new model of its popular Jeep Cherokee, sources say.

Aug 28 2015
GM News

No sooner had employees at Flint Engine Operations reached one milestone – 1 million 1.4-liter engines produced – that transition began to production of a new global engine for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze and Volt.

Flint Engine, which opened in 2002, is in the midst of a $200-million upgrade that will see 1.4-liter engine production end this week and the new Ecotec small gas engine production start by year’s end.

Aug 28 2015
Ford Media

The Ford Smart Mobility Experience  visits five cities – Louisville, Orlando, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles -- this summer and fall. Company leaders will share Ford’s Smart Mobility Plan which is our plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data.  The tour also showcases the company’s driver assist technologies that help improve the driving experience.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 27 2015
Written by Patrick George | Posted on Jalopnik

The next Dodge Charger will ride on the same platform as the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia and has looks that resemble this 1999 concept car, according to Fiat Chrysler dealers in Las Vegas invited to see the car at a closed event on Monday. Also, there’s a convertible on the way called the Barracuda, too!

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 27 2015
Written by Lyndsey Gough | Posted on WBKO

11 local non-profits and numerous GM employees met at the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green Wednesday morning.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 27 2015
Written by David Muller | Posted on M Live

There will be but one transmission offering on the Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustang: A Tremec six-speed manual. 

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday the transmission for what the company calls its street-legal, all-day track car has high-rpm capability at the forefront. 

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 24 2015
GM News

Pontiac High School students returning to classes this week are being greeted by a new, massive “PHOENIX PRIDE” sign that represents more than the school’s mascot. Ten of their classmates helped refurbish several areas of Pontiac this summer as members of the GM Student Corps.

Aug 24 2015
Written by Craig and Deanne Conover | Posted on Daily Herald

It seems to us that over that past few years, minivans have lost much of the appeal that has previously been enjoyed with the mommy set. As millennial’s transform into motherhood and start families of their own, they are looking for a more athletic looking larger vehicle to transport the little ones and enjoy their free time as much as possible, without being tied to the pavement all the time.

Aug 24 2015
Ford Media

Ford Performance engineers are busying trail testing prototypes of the all-new F-150 Raptor, the toughest, smartest and most capable Raptor ever. The all-new Raptor is able to tackle even tougher hills, ruts and bumps along trails than the previous model. Here an early engineering prototype that combines parts from the 2017 Raptor with the 2015 F-150 climbs tight two track trails in Northern Michigan, where the team is testing the new truck’s components over challenging terrain.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 20 2015
Written by Ronan Glon | Posted on Left Lane News

Dubbed Renegade Trackhawk, Jeep's first-ever hot-rodded subcompact crossover will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged version of Chrysler's 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine. The four-banger will send at least 300 horsepower to all four wheels, though what transmission it will be bolted to is up in the air.

The extra power will be complemented by upgraded brakes all around, a sport-tuned suspension and a full body kit. All told, the Renegade Trackhawk is shaping up to be the fastest and most aggressive-looking crossover in its segment by a long shot.
 

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Jennifer Chambers | Posted on The Detroit News

The GM Foundation will award grants totaling $50,000 on Wednesday to eight local nonprofits in the Detroit and Brownstown communities as part of its Plant City Grants program.

At the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard presented the grants on behalf of the local GM facilities — Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Brownstown Battery Plant.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 20 2015
Fox News

The last time Henrik Fisker designed a convertible, it was a sleek, plug-in hybrid called the Karma Sunset hat never saw the light of day. His latest likely has a brighter future.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Kathy Sena | Posted on My Ford Mag

We all do it. We recycle our glass, our plastic, our newspapers—but what about our vehicle’s parts when something needs to be replaced? As a Ford owner, you’re covered. Ford takes recycling seriously. In fact, this year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Ford Core Recovery Program, the company’s lead effort to recycle and reprocess damaged vehicle parts.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Saturday it will invest millions of dollars into the historic Durant-Dort Carriage Co. “Factory One” building in Flint to turn what some consider the birthplace of General Motors into an archive and research center.

The Detroit automaker in 2013 purchased the 25,000-square-foot building just north of downtown Flint on West Water Street for an undisclosed amount. GM has invested about $3 million into repairing the exterior, installing new windows and doors and new fencing around a parking lot.