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Jul 29 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday it will offer wireless smartphone charging in the 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe to help address growing demand for charging devices in the car and eliminating the need for cords.

GM said the technology will be added to the Cadillac CTS and Escalade SUV at the end of 2014. A GM spokeswoman said 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups will get the technology soon, while a company spokesman said the technology will be “deployed widely” across the company’s vehicles.

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Jul 29 2014
Written by Brad Wiley | Posted on Autoweek

Recently we had the opportunity to ride shotgun in a few pre-production examples of the 2015 Mustang around Ford’s Dearborn Development handling course. While there’s no substitute for actually driving the new Mustang ourselves, a test-ride did offer a glimpse into what we can expect once we're allowed behind the wheel.

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Jul 29 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

The first copy of the most powerful production muscle car ever made is going to up for auction to benefit charity.

The 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, with a vehicle identification number (VIN) of 0001, is goes on the block at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction, Sept. 25 to 27 in Las Vegas.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Opportunity Village organization of Las Vegas, Barrett-Jackson says.

The Hellcat has a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine that can roar through the quarter mile in 10.2 seconds, with a speed of 126 miles per hour.

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Jul 28 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is providing 12 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts to the nonprofit MBAs Across America program, which is traveling the country to help small businesses.

The automaker held a celebratory event Friday at its Renaissance Center headquarters. GM CEO Mary Barra and Detroit Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon welcomed the students who spent the week in Detroit working with seven local businesses.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 28 2014
Fox Sports

The Fiesta is the smallest car Ford sells in the United States, and now it’s available with the tiniest engine the company has ever made.

Ford's first three-piston motor is a 1.0-liter turbocharged powerhouse with an aluminum block the company says is small enough to fit on a sheet of letter paper or in a piece of carry-on luggage, with room to spare. With it, Ford joins Smart, Mitsubishi and MINI in what’s quickly becoming the year of the three-cylinder.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 28 2014
Written by Warren Brown | Posted on Valley News

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Blame it on marketing — that syrupy mixture of fact and fantasy administered in heavy doses to take the “hard” out of “hard sell.” Consider, for example, the Chrysler 300 without the “S.”

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Jul 25 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on Detroit News

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September as the issue takes growing importance.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America said Thursday Barra will keynote the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on Sept 7. She will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. GM also confirmed Barra will speak at the event.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 25 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

The real F-35 Lightning II fighter jet may be grounded, but the Ford Mustang version is just taking off.

As it does every year, Ford has created a special paint job for a Mustang to be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual gathering at Oshkosh, Wis. They are always painted to match a famous military aircraft, present or past. Proceeds from the auction of the car go to support a program that offers introductory flights for teenagers in hopes it will foster an interest in aviation.

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Jul 25 2014
Written by Justin King | Posted on Left Lane

Chrysler has reportedly confirmed that its new seven-seat crossover is on track to launch in 2017. The model is said to be built upon a V6-powered front-wheel-drive platform, with all-wheel drive available as an optional upgrade. The company aims to share the platform across other vehicles, suggesting it will also underpin the next-generation minivan.

The Dodge Durango technically accommodates seven passengers, however the company views the SUV interior as too small and the exterior styling as too aggressive for many customers, Chrysler brand CEO Al Gardner told Motor Trend.

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Jul 25 2014
Written by Justin King | Posted on Left Lane

Chrysler has reportedly confirmed that its new seven-seat crossover is on track to launch in 2017. The model is said to be built upon a V6-powered front-wheel-drive platform, with all-wheel drive available as an optional upgrade. The company aims to share the platform across other vehicles, suggesting it will also underpin the next-generation minivan.

The Dodge Durango technically accommodates seven passengers, however the company views the SUV interior as too small and the exterior styling as too aggressive for many customers, Chrysler brand CEO Al Gardner told Motor Trend.

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Jul 24 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors has become the first major automaker to sell vehicles with wireless Internet access, but consumers want to know how well it will work.

Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer, said Wednesday the automaker conducted extensive testing with service provider AT&T to ensure the new 4G LTE-equipped vehicles work seamlessly.

“This is not a science project for General Motors,” Abram said. “The breadth in which we are doing this … is a recognition that this connectivity is a universal need.”

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Jul 24 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company and Detroit Symphony Orchestra are building on their long history together by launching a new performance series that brings live orchestral music into the neighborhoods of Detroit.

“DSO on the Go with Ford” will feature 10 free performances by DSO musicians at locations around Detroit. The first performance is today, featuring bassoonist Michael Ke Ma and cellist David LeDoux at Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) at 2826 Bagley St. in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood.

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Jul 24 2014
Chrysler Media

The Dodge brand ranks highest in three segments in J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™. Dodge Charger, Challenger and Dart lead the Large Car, Midsize Sporty Car and Compact Car segments respectively.

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Jul 23 2014
Written by Brian McCollum | Posted on Detroit Free Press

A familiar Detroit voice is driving the latest Chevrolet ad campaign.

Kid Rock’s 2010 anthem “Born Free” accompanies a new television spot for the Chevy Summer Drive series, which aims to show “how Chevrolet is woven into the fabric of Summer in America,” according to Detroit ad developer Agency 720.

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Jul 23 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated.

The new truck will be offered with a base 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. And in a direct comparison with a steel-body 2014 F-150, Ford showed a 732-pound weight difference — more than the 700-pound estimate given when the 2015 pickup was revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 23 2014
Written by David Gluckman | Posted on Road & Track

Yes, though tough to see through clouds of supercharged tire smoke, there are 2015 Challengers besides the SRT Hellcat. Believe me, I drove them. They come in all sorts of colors, with lots of different stripe packages, running three different engine options, and now vaguely resembling the ‘71 version of the original. You can even spec a houndstooth interior! While it’s true that they don’t have 707 hp—the V6 models make do with less than half that figure—the non-Hellcatted Challengers are still worth a look.

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Jul 22 2014
GM News

The growing popularity of smaller vehicles applies to pickups as well, and customers say maneuverability is a top reason for choosing a midsize pickup. The 2015 GMC Canyon delivers the right size vehicle for consumers who are looking for a more agile pickup.

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Jul 22 2014
Written by Nick Kurczewski | Posted on New York Daily News

In terms of secrecy, the testing regime for the 2015 Ford F-150 sounds like it was ripped right out of the pages of a Dan Brown novel.

For almost three years, the project has involved secret prototypes, codenames, and a strict need-to-know basis when it came to what was going on in the depths of the largest gold mine in the U.S.

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Jul 22 2014
Chrysler Media

The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle – introducing the new 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its stablemate, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT – just a few months after taking the wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker at the New York International Auto Show.

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Jul 21 2014
Written by David Skolnick | Posted on Vindy.com

After his first visit to the General Motors Lordstown complex, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, co-chairman of the Senate Auto Caucus, called it “a really inspiring experience.”

The Republican senator said Friday that he was impressed with the Chevrolet Cruze being built at the facility and the workers.

Lordstown “is producing a world-class car in a world-class production facility,” he said about the Cruze.

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

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