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Feb 05 2016
Written by William Fierman | Posted on Business Insider

Along with the Mustang muscle cars and GT supercars we expect to see cited in Ford press releases, one unusual vehicle keeps popping up.

It's a van. Yes, a van.

Specifically, it's the Transit Connect, an unconventional-looking minivan that just helped Ford post its best January van sales since 1985.

In the midst of a record-setting year for the Blue Oval and most of the car industry, Ford can thank the Transit Connect for capturing a 69% share of the small-commercial-van market.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 05 2016
Written by Davey G. Johnson | Posted on Car And Driver

The 200 may be going the way of the dodo, but that doesn’t mean Chrysler’s not going to squeeze some more life out of its mid-size backmarker. Along with the beefcake 300, the 200 is getting the appearance-package treatment. This one’s called Alloy. As one might expect, it’s metallic in nature.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 05 2016
Written by WSYM Staff | Posted on WSYM FOX

Workers at General Motors are getting a nice pat on the back for a job well done. Each hourly worker could see up to $11,000 from GM's profit-sharing agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

For the 4th quarter, GM made $6.3 billion and as part of the union agreement the auto company has to give some of the profit to the 2015 union workers.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 04 2016
Written by Todd Lassa | Posted on Automobile Magazine

The only American brand certainty in bad economics and good is Jeep. Six-and-a-half years ago, when we weren’t certain that General Motors, Chrysler, and pretty much the rest of the U.S. auto industry would survive the Great Recession, we all knew someone would buy the brand that has survived Kaiser, AMC, Daimler Chrysler, and Cerberus.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 04 2016
Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

The influx of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 spy shots is becoming more frequent. This is a good sign we will soon see the 2017 Camaro ZL1 in the flesh, but for now we have another spy shot.

Autoblog has snapped the 2017 Camaro ZL1 testing with its usual camouflage to hide away the finer details. As our friends at Autoblog point out, the brakes are gigantic on this prototype, a dead giveaway of a high-performance variant. The rotors are certainly getting acquainted with the innards of the wheels in this latest shot.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 04 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

There’s a roar in the desert – spitting sand and kicking up rocks. It’s the sound of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, running in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory stock class.

The Raptor race truck will leverage Raptor’s production platform including its all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and 10-speed transmission, along with torque-on-demand transfer case.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 03 2016
Written by Dan Wiese | Posted on St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chrysler's all-new minivan is such a break from Chrysler minivans of yore it's christened with an all-old name. And the move actually makes sense.

The name is Pacifica, a moniker that graced an innovative but, alas, short-lived crossover that deserved a better fate.

The original Chrysler Pacifica, offered from 2004 through 2008, pretty much invented the large, three-row, car-based crossover. But it was born too early, arriving at a time when truck-based utes were all the rage. In retrospect, that original Pacifica can be viewed as a real innovator.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 03 2016
Written by Dan Flores | Posted on General Motors

General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January 2016, the company’s best January sales performance in eight years. GM’s retail sales were up sharply, climbing 9 percent year over year on the strength of a 12 percent increase at Chevrolet and a 45 percent increase at Buick. Total sales were up 0.5 percent.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 03 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

Coming off strong results last January, Ford Motor Company’s total U.S. sales of 173,723 vehicles declined 3 percent last month versus a year ago.

Bright spots for January include industry-leading transaction price increases for the month, the best start since 2004 for Ford brand SUV sales and an 8-percent gain in sales for Lincoln.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 02 2016
Written by Lorraine Mirabella | Posted on The Baltimore Sun

General Motors plans to donate land near its plant on Philadelphia Road to the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Co. for future development as a fire station and community building.

General Motors Baltimore Operations, which produces transmissions and electric motors in White Marsh, will donate more than six acres near its plant, where a nearly 20,000-square-foot, single-story fire house and community building will be constructed.

Feb 02 2016
Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

Production of the slow-selling sedans will end so FCA can use its assembly lines to make more Jeeps and Rams, FCA's CEO says. Here's how that's likely to play out.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week that the company will stop making the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 at some point in the near future in order to use the cars' factories to make more SUVs and trucks instead.

What's the story, here?

A "permanent shift" away from sedans in the U.S.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 01 2016
Written by Alex Kierstein | Posted on Autoblog

It's no surprise that as SUV and truck sales remain strong in the wake of unusually cheap gas, Jeep and Ram sales are taking off. What is a surprise is that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks that cheap gas will be a "permanent condition," and feels strongly enough about it to change up North American manufacturing plans.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 01 2016
Written by Mark Lelinwalla | Posted on Tech Times

Earlier this month, Ford announced it's tripling the size of its self-driving cars' testing plans.

Well, on Thursday, General Motors followed suit, announcing the creation of a specially-dedicated team to speed up the development of autonomous and electric vehicles, as reported by Reuters.

This announcement includes GM's vice president for global product, Doug Parks, taking over his new post of VP for autonomous technology and vehicles on Feb. 1.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 01 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

Prior to the program’s national kickoff, Ford Freedom Unsung celebrations have taken place over the past four years in Atlanta; Southern California; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco Bay Area.

Filed Under: Job Creation
Jan 29 2016
Written by Drew Johnson | Posted on Left Lane News

Jeep's SUV offensive could include a new Wagoneer model to go along with its previously confirmed Grand Wagoneer, the company revealed in its latest business plan.

After months of rumors, Jeep confirmed in March of last year that it was planning to revive its storied Grand Wagoneer nameplate as a luxury SUV to rival the Land Rover Range Rover. However, Jeep might not be done rummaging through its archives as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip that the company is also working on a new Wagoneer model.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 29 2016
Written by Joseph White | Posted on Reuters

General Motors Co said on Thursday it is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles.

Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to Mark Reuss, head of global product development. Parks will oversee efforts to develop new electrical and battery systems and software for autonomous and electric vehicles, GM said in a statement. The appointments are effective Feb. 1.

Jan 29 2016
Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

No actors, no stunts. Five real-world heavy-duty truck customers have an all-access insider pass to see how the all-new Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – lives up to its Built Ford Tough promise.

These truck customers will witness torture testing of the all-new F-Series Super Duty before anyone else in the six-part We Own Work video series. The first video – to be posted next month at ford.com – will introduce these truck customers and provide background on their businesses and how they use their fleet of Super Duty trucks.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 27 2016
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

Next month’s Academy Awards may be tense with questions about the diversity of actor nominees, but Hollywood’s TV spectacular will be a showcase for greater variety in the U.S. luxury automobile segment. The all-electric, American-made Tesla, not BMW or Mercedes, will be the vehicle of choice for many celebrities arriving on the red carpet.

And for the second year in a row, Cadillac will unveil a new ad for the Oscars featuring its most ambitious vehicle yet: the 2016 Cadillac CT6.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 27 2016
Written by Nick Maronese | Posted on CTV News

GMC debuted the 2017 Acadia in Detroit January 12, a midsize SUV that should find buyers in just about every corner of the segment given the company is offering five-, six- and seven-passenger versions and trims ranging from the premium Denali to a new off-road All Terrain.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 27 2016
Written by Justin Lloyd-Miller | Posted on Autos Cheat Sheet

What’s the easiest and most efficient way to save fuel? Simple. Turn the engine off.

Filed Under: Research & Development