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Dec 19 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

Cadillac will debut high-resolution video streaming in the rearview mirror, to expand visibility for drivers. It will be available next year on the CT6 flagship sedan.

General Motors Co. said the streaming mirror improves field of vision about four times that of a traditional rearview mirror. The technology — under development since 2011 and believed to be a first in an automaker application — will remove obstructions in a driver's field of vision, including rear seat passengers, headrests, the roof and rear pillars.

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Dec 19 2014
Travelers Today

2015 Mustang Convertible from Ford Motor Company has recently announced that the American multinational automaker will be presenting its newest vehicle for dealership this month. These ragtop luxury cars will be commanding a $5,500 premium over their fastback V-6 and V-8 counterparts.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 19 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.

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Dec 18 2014
Written by Aaron Birch | Posted on GM Authority

On the latest episode of Motor Week, “Television’s Original Automotive Magazine” reviewed the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 on the twists and bends of Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.

“The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has GM shooting for the stars,” says presenter John Davis. He cites the wealth of performance-minded improvements gained over the basic SS model: carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, interior weight savings measures, 12″ wide rubber front and back, active two-mode exhaust, and race-bred spool-valve dampers, to name a few.

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Dec 18 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford made a billion-dollar bet on the four-star 2015 F-150 full-size pickup, and it appears to have paid off. The F-150's switch from the steel body all previous pickups used to lighter aluminum reduces fuel consumption and increases hauling capacity. That gives Ford a couple of key advantages with truck buyers.

The aluminum body, and a new frame that uses high-strength steel to reduce weight further, reduce the 2015 F-150's weight as much as 700 pounds.

The F-150 also offers a number of features other pickups can't match.

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Dec 18 2014
Written by Scott Sturgis | Posted on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2015 Chrysler 200C: Better bread and butter?

Price: $30,475 as tested ($25,995 base price; a 200 can be had for as little as $21,700).

Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the “strong V6 engine; composed ride and handling; high-quality interior materials; slick infotainment interface; available all-wheel drive” but not “less passenger room than other midsize sedans.”

Marketer’s pitch: “The expression of inspiration.”

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Dec 17 2014
Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Autoweek magazine has named the GMC Canyon Best of the Best/Truck for 2015, citing the new midsize truck's design, utility, features and "perfect size."

"It's truly a truck in the most honest sense, but refuses to forego the requirements a modern buyer has in a vehicle: refinement, modern conveniences and amenities, high-quality build, practicality and style," said Autoweek's editors.

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Dec 17 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company wrapped up its fourth annual Coat & Jacket Drive by delivering more than 1,000 new and gently used coats, along with hats, scarves and gloves, to the Salvation Army.

The coats and other items were donated by local Ford employees and brought to the Salvation Army in two new Ford Transit vans. The Salvation Army will distribute the items to needy families in the Detroit area.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship
Dec 17 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The Chrysler Foundation today announced more than $230,000 in grants to support students participating in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) (grades 9-12) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) (grades 7-12) programs in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. In total, The Chrysler Foundation will distribute 47 grants to help young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.  

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Dec 16 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The 2015 Cadillac CTS sedan has earned the highest possible five star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Edmunds reports. The 2015 model year CTS remains mostly unchanged from the 2014 model year vehicle, however it boasts a new front fascia with Cadillac’s new wreathless emblem and some additional options and amenities.

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Dec 16 2014
GT Spirit

If current reports are to be believed, a Ford GT successor could debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 early next month. While the American firm has yet to confirm the existence of such a model, the rumourmill is now suggesting that the car will be powered by an extremely potent turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 16 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, has broken the Guinness World Records® record for the "Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck" at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Hitting a new record speed of 99.10 miles per hour (mph), Raminator and driver Mark Hall secured the Guinness World Records title at 8:44 a.m. (CT), breaking the previous record of 96.8 mph.

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Dec 15 2014
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

Subtle design elements of the Corvette -- from the hexagonal taillights to its taut hood -- will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars, General Motors global design boss Ed Welburn says.

He says designers are working harder to infuse Chevy's next generation of cars, several of which are scheduled to appear over the next year, with some DNA from the brand's most iconic nameplate.

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Dec 15 2014
Written by Nick Bunkley | Posted on Automotive News

When Alan Mulally unveiled the Ford Sync infotainment system nearly eight years ago, no other automaker had anything like it. And no one had ever heard of an iPhone.

But Mulally's push to put Ford Motor Co. on the leading edge of in-car technology later backfired with a glitchy, confusing upgrade to Sync known as MyFord Touch, and now Ford is toning down that aspiration as it works to undo the damage.

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Dec 15 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year.

Unprecedented global demand for the plant's two products -- the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee -- transformed Toledo into the second busiest assembly plant in North America this year.

Toledo trails only Nissan's massive assembly complex in Smyrna, Tenn., which is on pace to produce about 25 percent more vehicles in 2014 than Toledo is.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 12 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

There’s hardly a bad thing that can be said about the 2015 Corvette’s mechanical prowess. In the case of WardsAuto, the organization can only say good things − so much so that it has bestowed the Corvette with the Ward’s 10 Best Engines award for 2015.

This is the second time the powerplant has won this award.

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Dec 12 2014
Written by Aaron Kessler | Posted on The New York Times

Few car-based connectivity systems in recent years have drawn as much ire as Ford Motor’s, known as MyFord Touch.

The company’s attempt to integrate consumer technology into its vehicles was so complicated and undependable when it was redesigned four years ago that Ford’s overall quality ratings plunged in surveys by J. D. Power and other automotive firms.

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Dec 12 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Chrysler’s Group’s new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 joins the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2015, WardsAuto.com announced today.

It marks the EcoDiesel’s second year on the prestigious annual list. Judges evaluated the turbodiesel V-6 in the 2015 Ram 1500, making it the only winning engine to be tested in a pickup truck.

Meanwhile, the 707-horsepower HEMI Hellcat is the most powerful engine ever honored by the auto-industry publication.

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Dec 11 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

It’s only been about 15 years since Team Chevy formed Corvette Racing with the intention of sticking it to Dodge and Porsche not only in IMSA racing, but in European events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team is now a mainstay in touring car racing and the Le Mans grid would be missing something if the yellow Corvettes didn’t show up, a testament to how far they’ve come in such a short time.

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Dec 11 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company, marking the company’s Australian transformation and wave of stylish, innovative new products, will place its globally iconic Mustang centre stage at the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve event to punctuate a history-making year for the Blue Oval.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy