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  • Sep 28 2015

    Dodge May Axe the Hellcat Twins and the Hemi V8 by 2019

    Written by Jordon Shultz | Posted on Auto Cheat Sheet

    According to a report from Motor Authority, Fiat Chrysler will discontinue its Hemi V8 engines and both the Challenger and Charger Hellcats from its lineup in 2019.

    While nobody expected the Hellcat twins to last forever, a four-year production run seems too short for cars that have been so well received. Both the Challenger and Charger have quickly become the new darlings of the modern muscle car era with their 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engines.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 28 2015

    Ford Kicks Off In Detroit As Jerome Bettis Visits Renaissance High

    Posted on Ford Media

    Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductee Jerome Bettis will be honored in his hometown of Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 29 – kicking off the fall schedule of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Hometown Hall of Famer program presented by Ford.

    Bettis grew up in Detroit and attended Mackenize High School but that school has closed and replaced by Mackenzie Middle School. Tuesday’s community tribute will take place at Renaissance High School. 

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 28 2015

    Meet Coptimus Prime: Texas Police Force Adds Luxury $80,000 Chevy Corvette To Car Pool

    Written by Laurie Hanna | Posted on New York Daily News

    A Texas police force has revved up their squad car pool by adding this luxury Corvette to the ranks.

    And the New Braunfels Police Department added the $80,000 Chevy Corvette z06 thanks to their hard work countering drug dealing.

    "We basically busted up a large methamphetamine trafficking ring,” New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator David Ferguson told KENS5 Eyewitness News.

    “This particular Corvette was determined by the court to be purchased using drug money.”

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 23 2015

    Dodge Delivers Attitude in 2016

    Posted on FCA 360

    The biggest news when it comes to the Dodge brand in 2016 is the full consolidation of Dodge and its SRT high-performance brand. With a lineup that includes ACRs, 1 of 1s, Hellcats, Scat Packs, R/Ts, GTs and SRT, Dodge is ready to charge into its next 100 years focusing on performance. Dodge is known as the “mainstream performance” brand within the FCA US LLC showroom. SRT is known as the “ultimate performance” segment of the Dodge brand. Together, the two create a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

    2016 Dodge Viper ACR

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 23 2015

    Cadillac Considering Introducing $100,000-Plus Escalade SUV

    Posted on Fox News

    Cadillac may escalate the Escalade.

    In the face of growing competition in the luxury SUV segment, the automaker is thinking about introducing a $100,000-plus version of the full-size SUV.

    "The argument for doing it with Escalade is strong and momentum is moving it higher. It's completely logical that's where you go with it," Cadillac spokesman Dave Caldwell told Automotive News.

  • Sep 23 2015

    Ford Expanding Truck Plant in Louisville

    Written by Grace Schneider | Posted on The Courier – Journal

    Ford Motor Co. intends to boost the size of its stamping facility, body shop and materials handling at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

    In plans filed with Metro Louisville zoning officials, the company is seeking approval to add a total of 288,715 square feet at a handful of locations on its 413-acre site at 3001 Chamberlain Lane.
    Ford officials, asked for comment about the expansion, said only that "we cannot discuss future manufacturing or product plans.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 21 2015

    Spotlight on Indiana I: Where Transmissions Reign

    Written by Christina Biache and Jodi Tinson | Posted on FCA 360

    It looks like the nearly $1.8 billion FCA US LLC invested in its Kokomo, Ind., transmission operations has paid off. Just two months after producing the 1 millionth TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, FCA US facilities in Indiana celebrated another milestone—production of the 1 millionth nine-speed automatic—and officially welcomed it into the TorqueFlite transmission family.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 21 2015

    GM CEO Barra No. 1 on Fortune Most Powerful Women list

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra has been crowned tops in a new Fortune magazine list of the Most Powerful Women.

    The Detroit automaker’s top executive since early 2014, Barra, 53, was cited by Fortune for leading the carmaker “out from under the shadow of its 2014 ignition-switch recall.”

    The ignition-switch recall tied to 124 deaths has cost GM billions of dollars and it faces multiple lawsuits and investigations by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, 50 state attorneys general and Transport Canada.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Sep 21 2015

    Ford Gives App Developers A Data Advantage With Sync 3 Applink

    Written by Wayne Cunningham | Posted on CNet

    With earlier versions of Sync AppLink, Ford promoted partnerships with independent app developers, inviting them to tailor their apps for Ford's in-dash infotainment system. At its developer conference this weekend, Ford introduces its heavily redesigned Sync 3 system to developers, adding graphics to the previous voice command-based system.
    And using its home-court advantage, Ford gives AppLink developers access to in-car data, such as location, fuel economy, speed and a host of other information unavailable to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 17 2015

    Ford-Alcoa Partner On New Aluminum For Vehicles

    Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    The 2016 Ford F-150 will have aluminum parts from supplier Alcoa manufactured in a revolutionary way that makes them stronger, lighter, easier to work with and in greater abundance,  which should improve supply and cost.

    The secret: Alcoa's new micromill that manufactures a coil of an improved aluminum alloy in 20 minutes compared with 20 days using conventional processes. And it can be done in a plant that is a quarter of the size.

    "That's how disruptive and revolutionary it is," said Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld who was in Dearborn on Monday.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 17 2015

    2016 Dodge Challenger Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

    Written by Anita Lienert | Posted on Edmunds

    The 2016 Dodge Challenger coupe earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The 2016 Challenger, which will arrive at Dodge dealerships this fall, received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

    The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has not been rated by NHTSA.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 17 2015

    General Motors And Delphi Working On Revolutionary Cylinder-Deactivation Technology

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    It will most likely be quite some time before mass adaptation of alternative-fuel, or electric vehicles, takes hold. Until then, it’s a race against the clock to develop the next big thing in powertrain technology to make vehicles more efficient, and even more frugal, especially larger SUVs and trucks.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 16 2015

    How Dodge Made The 2016 Charger Pursuit Safer For Cops

    Written by Wesley Wren | Posted on AutoWeek

    Computers and police cars have always been an awkward match; now Dodge has tried its hand at remedying the problems of modern patrol work with the 2016 Charger Pursuit.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 16 2015

    Cadillac Goes Global With XT5 Crossover Debut

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on USA Today

    Cadillac is a luxury name long associated with Detroit, but it's quickly spreading its wings across the globe.

    First, Cadillac moved its headquarters to the SoHo district of New York City. Now, it will unveil its new XT5 crossover at the Dubai Motor Show in November.

    Before that show, there will be a private showing sponsored by New York fashion design brand Public School at its pre-fall collection on the runway in Dubai. Public School also is creating an XT5-inspired capsule collection for the special invited guests at the Dubai show in November.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 16 2015

    Ford Creates Focus Emojis To Appeal To Young Buyers

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Heart eyes. Smiley face. Ford Focus?

    Ford Motor Co. has created its own emojis as part of a new marketing program aimed at younger buyers for the Focus compact. The Dearborn automaker has partnered with Swyft Media to create a series of emojis for iOS and Android smartphones, and a set of “stickers” for use with the Kik, PalTalk and Tango mobile messaging application platforms.

    Users can search “Ford Focus Pack” in the Apple iTunes or Google Play app stores to find and download the free app.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 11 2015

    Cadillac Reveals Stylish, Important 2017 XT5 Crossover

    Written by Gary Gastelu | Posted on Fox News

    Cadillac’s best-seller is getting a reboot. The 2017 XT5, successor to the SRX crossover, has been unveiled.

    The all-new vehicle retains many of the design elements of the SRX -- including its tailfin-shaped brake lights, blunt front fascia, and steep side character lines -- while adding the brand’s signature vertical LED running lights and a more upscale look, overall.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 11 2015

    GM Foundation Grants $1 Million to Hispanic Groups

    Posted on GM News

    The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $1 million to fund Hispanic education and science, technology, engineering and math initiatives to help empower young Latinos to join the workforce of the future.

    Grace Lieblein, General Motors vice president of Global Quality, announced the grants during a press conference at the National Press Club, where she was joined by GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter, Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., and representatives from Hispanic organizations.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Sep 11 2015

    Ford To Donate $180K To Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford said Thursday he’s partnering with Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah Foundation on a yearly multimedia program in Metro Detroit.

    Ford Motor Co. will sponsor an annual nationwide video challenge that’s part of the USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education. The “IWitness Video Challenge” integrates testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocides, including the Holocaust.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Sep 10 2015

    Jeep’s Wrangler-Based Pickup Could Rumble Into Showrooms As Soon As 2017

    Written by Miles Branman | Posted on Digital Trends

    A concept that turned into rumors has now turned into production plans for a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup due in the next couple years.
    In 2005, Jeep introduced the Gladiator concept based on the RAM 1500 platform, and since then, rumors have been circulating about whether Jeep would actually produce a modern pickup to follow in the footsteps of a slew of previous trucks like the CJ-10, Gladiator, Honcho, Comanche, and others. This would be the second Wrangler-based pickup after the CJ-8 Scrambler and the first in over three decades.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Sep 10 2015

    Ford Edge SUV Gets First Big Overhaul, Now Sleeker

    Written by Ann M. Job | Posted on The Salt Lake Tribune

    The Ford Edge sport utility vehicle received its first major overhaul in 2015 and is now bigger, sleeker and quieter than before.

    The mid-size SUV's back seats now have as much legroom — well over 40 inches — as those in the front row and are comfortable for adults. And it has more cargo room, too, offering 73.4-cubic feet of space behind the front seats, which is more than what's in many other mid-size SUVs.

    A much-needed rearview camera is standard and its monitor shows lines to help drivers back up.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy