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  • Oct 26 2017

    GM's view of hydrogen fuel cells: great for military use

    Written by Andrew Ganz | Posted on Green Car Reports

    General Motors thinks there's a future for hydrogen fuel cells, but it's not in your driveway.

    Unless you're a member of the armed forces and your driveway is, say, Fort Bliss.

    The Detroit automaker is and the U.S. Army are collaborating on a modular experimental light- and medium-duty fuel-cell truck platform with a name so military that it could have come from a Tom Clancy book: Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS.

  • Oct 26 2017

    Ford beats Wall Street expectation on cost reductions

    Written by Robert Ferris | Posted on CNBC

    Ford beat Wall Street expectations Thursday, driven in large part by cost reductions and strong sales in North America.

    The company said it has been cost cutting across several departments. Costs were also comparably lower this quarter because Ford suffered a massive recall of its vehicles this time last year. Last year Ford had to recall almost 2.4 million vehicles spanning several models, such as the Mustang, Focus, and Lincoln MKC.

    Filed Under: Economic Contribution
  • Oct 26 2017

    Chrysler Pacifica sets new minivan standard with its hybrid powerplant

    Written by J. E. KUYPER | Posted on Northwest Herald

    The original Chrysler Pacifica had a lot going for it when introduced as a 2017 model in late 2016.

    By recently adding a hybrid powerplant to the line, the 2017 Pacifica has more going for it today. The hybrid is a first for the midsize three-row minivan market.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Nov 02 2016

    Mopar to open $10.4-million parts center in Romulus

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been working to expand Mopar, its parts and service division, over the past seven years.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it will invest $10.4 million to build a new Mopar Parts Distribution Center in Romulus as it continues to expand the national presence of its parts and service division.

  • Nov 02 2016

    Ford Just Hired This Woman to Make Self-Driving Cars a Commercial Reality

    Written by Kirsten Korosec | Posted on Fortune

    This former SAP executive’s specialty is the Internet of things.

    Ford Motor has hired a Silicon Valley executive with deep experience in connected devices and machine learning to bring self-driving cars to market, the latest signal that the automaker is accelerating its shift from research and development of autonomous vehicles to a full-scale business.

    Laura Merling will be vice president of autonomous vehicle solutions at Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary focused on developing the automaker’s transportation services such as car-sharing.

  • Nov 02 2016

    General Motors Expands Car-Sharing to Los Angeles

    Written by Kirsten Korosec | Posted on Fortune

    General Motors is expanding its car-sharing program to Los Angeles, the tenth city since launching less than a year ago.

    The program, known as Maven, is really three car-sharing services in one: a city-based service that rents GM vehicles by the hour through an app, another for urban apartment dwellers, and a peer-to-peer sharing service called Express Drive.

    Maven City, the on-demand hourly rental program, recently launched in San Francisco. Maven is also offered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 09 2016

    GM is taking on Tesla’s Autopilot with a self-driving system that tracks your eyes

    Written by Cadie Thompson | Posted on Business Insider

    General Motors semi-autonomous driving system will have one high-tech feature that its competitors don’t: An eye-tracking system.

    The company plans to launch the system, called Super Cruise, on its Cadillac CT6 next year. And according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Super Cruise’s eye-tracking tech will enable the system to better monitor whether the driver is paying attention or not.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 09 2016

    Ford is tackling a big problem in cities by buying Chariot

    Written by Christine Wang | Posted on CNBC

    Ford Motor announced on Friday it is acquiring shuttle service Chariot as the auto giant seeks to cater to customers who may not even own a car.

    The acquisition is an opportunity for Ford to gain exposure to a group of consumers who may not be interested in owning a car, Ford CEO Mark Fields said in an interview on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 09 2016

    2017 Dodge Challenger And Charger, Chrysler 300 Pair 4G LTE With UConnect

    Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Authority

    Fiat Chrysler has announced its new UConnect infotainment system, available in the 2017 Dodge Challenger and Charger and 2017 Chrysler 300, will now feature 4G LTE connectivity.

    FCA says 4G LTE in its newly introduced UConnect system will bring “more reliable network coverage, increased in-vehicle application responsiveness, plus faster network speeds for the connected services that Uconnect has to offer.” The previous UConnect system would run off a slower 3G internet connection.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 18 2016

    How 707-hp Dodge Hellcat engine was created in secret

    Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    DETROIT -- A small engineering team kept management in the dark when it came to developing the most powerful car engine ever from Detroit Big 3 -- the Hellcat.

    The Hellcat is a triumph of engineering bravado over common sense, a Hemi V-8 so powerful that eyeballs rolled when Dodge announced the engine in 2014.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 18 2016

    Ever Hear About Generation X Buying Cars? Turns Out They Like Ford Explorer Sport

    Written by Dale Buss | Posted on Forbes

    At least with one nameplate, Ford is actively pursuing what has become a somewhat forgotten demographic cohort for auto makers: Generation X.

    New research shows that the Ford Explorer Sport—with stickers starting at about $45,000 versus the low $30,000s for a standard version of the vehicle—has the highest percentage of Gen X buyers of any non-luxury SUV in the United States, reflecting what the company calls a generational preference “for exclusivity and performance at a great value.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 18 2016

    The Startup That Could Help GM Beat Google to the Self-Driving Car

    Written by Alex Davies | Posted on Wired

    Kyle Vogt couldn’t  do anything to help his dustpan-shaped battlebot Decimator as it took a saw blade to the belly. The CO2 tank powering its primary weapon ruptured, sending his droid skittering into the spikes lining the arena. Moments later, the bot’s nemesis, Tazbot, flipped it over and landed six blows with a pickaxe before judges called the fight.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    GM begins autonomous car tests in Scottsdale, Arizona

    Written by AP | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors and its autonomous technology company Cruise Automation are testing self-driving cars on the streets of Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Testing of self-driving electric Chevrolet Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago. It’s the second city for GM’s real-world tests. Autonomous Bolts with Cruise Automation software have been driving around San Francisco since May 20.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Advanced Engineering + Advanced Technology = Ultimate Capability

    Written by Karl Brauer | Posted on Forbes

    Sales of Ford’s F-Series, which includes the F-150 light duty pickup as well as the F-250 through F-550 Super Duty range, are up nearly 9 percent this year. Ford sells more F-Series trucks than any other automaker, and given the average F-Series transaction price approaches $50,000 according to Kelley Blue Book data, well, that’s a good segment to dominate. Even better for the Blue Oval’s financial picture, it attained this position before the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 15 2016

    ‘Jeep’: The vehicle that won the war, and defined Toledo

    Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on Toledo Blade

    Jeep’s marketing folks will tell you all about the awards won by the brand. Top four-by-four of this, best sport utility vehicle of that.

    But nice as they are, Jeep’s accolades go far deeper than a trophy from some magazine.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 15 2016

    Fiat Chrysler to invest $1B in Toledo, Illinois plants, add 1,000 jobs

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today it plans to spend $1 billion to retool its plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Ill., and create 1,000 new jobs as it shuffles its North American production footprint.

    FCA said it will invest $700 million at its Toledo Assembly North Plant to prepare for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and expand the production capacity of the SUV. The automaker said it plans to add about 700 jobs at that plant.

  • Jul 15 2016

    Ford Invests in Startup That Makes Maps for Self-Driving Cars

    Written by Keith Naughton | Posted on Bloomberg

    Ford Motor Co. is among five investors providing $6.6 million in seed funding for Civil Maps, a California startup that creates three-dimensional maps for autonomous cars.

    The other participants are Motus Ventures, Wicklow Capital, StartX Stanford and AME Cloud Ventures, a fund led by Yahoo! Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang, Civil Maps said in a statement. The company, which has 16 full-time employees, is based in Albany, California, and grew out of an accelerator program sponsored by Stanford University.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 15 2016

    How General Motors Expects Self-Driving Cars to Become a Reality

    Written by Erin Griffith | Posted on Fortune

    General Motors has no desire to let the future pass it by. That’s why the company has been spending lots of time in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    In January, GM invested $500 million in ridesharing startup Lyft. Then in March, it spent $1 billion on Cruise Automation, a self-driving vehicle startup.

    “We think rideshare is interesting, and we think autonomous vehicles is really interesting, and we think it gets really interesting if you put the two together,” Dan Ammann, GM’s president, said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen on Monday.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 07 2016

    Jeep chief: Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer to become Jeep's premium SUVs

    Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

    CHELSEA, Mich. -- Jeep's Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer luxury SUVs due after 2019 will be upscale vehicles that will push the premium boundaries of the brand, says Jeep brand head Mike Manley.

    The two nameplates will be luxury vehicles, with the Grand Wagoneer an upscale version of the Wagoneer. Both vehicles will share a platform with the next-generation Grand Cherokee.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 07 2016

    Ford plans additions, upgrades at Truck Plant

    Written by Sheldon Shafer | Posted on The Courier Journal

    Ford Motor Co. has filed plans with metro regulators outlining its next series of improvements in its continuing effort to upgrade its Kentucky Truck Plant at Chamberlain Lane and Westport Road.

    Ford Motor Land Development Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., a Ford Motor affiliate that undertakes corporate development projects, filed the improvement plans last week with the Metro Department of Planning & Design Services.