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  • Aug 12 2015

    Look Out! Here Come The Spidermen: Ford Engineers Use Arachnid Learnings To Develop Innovative Screen To Keep Creepy Crawlers Out

    Written by Ford Staff | Posted on Ford
     
    Arachnophobes may not know this, but there is a team of Ford engineers who developed an innovative spider screen to keep the creepy crawlers from nesting in Ford vehicles.
     
    You’re welcome.
     
    Cheiracanthium mildei and Cheiracanthium inclusum – more commonly referred to as yellow sac spiders – have been known to nest inside vehicles in North America, causing problems for car owners and automakers alike over the years. Instead of using webs to catch prey, these spiders build cocoon-like webs for shelter and to lay eggs.
    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 12 2015

    Chevrolet to Celebrate American Ingenuity on Woodward

    Written by GM Staff | Posted on General Motors
    Chevrolet is marking its fifth year as the presenting sponsor of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest single-day car enthusiast event, drawing more than 1.5 million enthusiasts annually from around the world.
     
    Chevrolet will have displays in key locations along the famed Woodward Avenue including:
     
    • Chevrolet is hosting Volt owners and their guests for a Volt Silent Cruise on Tuesday, August 11. Owners will meet at the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills at 6 p.m.
    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 12 2015

    Dodge Debuts Plum Crazy Heritage Hue for 2016 Challenger And Charger At Woodward Dream Cruise, Provides Collector-Demanded Production Numbers For High-Impact Paint Colors

    Written by FCA Staff | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
     
    New 2016 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker and Charger R/T Scat Pack Models in Plum Crazy Will Be Shown at the Dodge Display at 13 Mile and Woodward Ave in Royal Oak, Mich.
     
    • Back for a limited-production run, iconic Plum Crazy exterior paint will be made available on 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger models, including the ultimate-in-performance, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat models and 485 best-in-class naturally aspirated R/T Scat Pack models
     
    • Originally debuting in 1970, Plum Crazy hue spans several generations of mu
    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 11 2015

    An American Icon, Imported From Detroit! 2015 Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD

    Written by Craig and Deanne Conover | Posted on Herald Extra
     
    Once again Dodge saw fit to send us what has really become an American Icon in their lineup with the Dodge Charger; it goes without saying that having a muscle car parked in the driveway is a fantastic way to impress the neighbors! Even though it was not the fire breathing 707 horsepower Hellcat, the V6 equipped Charger was more than adequate for our everyday needs, plus the tires and fuel will last longer.
    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 11 2015

    GM Flint Assembly To Host Public Open House Tuesday

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
     
    General Motors Co. will host a public open house Tuesday at its Flint Assembly Plant that will include tours of its oldest North American assembly plant in operation.
     
    The Detroit automaker said the open house runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with events outside and indoor tours of the plant are scheduled 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The tours will be first-come, first-served at the facility located at 3100 Van Slyke Road.
     
    GM says to park in the lot to the north of the plant and to take Flint Mass Transportation Authority buses to the plant for tours.
    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 11 2015

    Mustang’s Roar Can Be Muted Or Rowdy With iPhone

    Written by Patrick Ralph | Posted on The Detroit News
     
    So you’ve bought a new Ford Mustang and you want to hear a perfect deep-throated roar as you punch the gas and pull away from that Chevy Camaro. There’s an app for that.
     
    Roush Performance’s Active Exhaust lets an Apple iPhone or iPad customize a Mustang’s sound and save the settings on those devices.
    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 10 2015

    FCA US Tables Productivity Improvement

    Written by Eric Mayne | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America
     
    We have new furniture!
     
    Why is that newsworthy? It demonstrates our deep-seated commitment to improving productivity.
     
    FCA US LLC headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., is the largest office building in North America, after the U.S. Pentagon. Visitors can walk for eight minutes at a steady clip without ever changing direction – all under a single roof.
     
    Known as the Chrysler World Headquarters and Technology Center, the site is currently home to more than 14,200 employees.
  • Aug 10 2015

    Chevy Gives 2016 Volt A Jolt With Longer Range, Lower Price

    Written by Charles Fleming | Posted on Providence Journal

     

    Chevrolet has announced that the second generation of its plug-in electric hybrid sedan can travel 53 miles on electric power before its gas-powered engine kicks in.

    Consumers will be able to squeeze more juice out of the 2016 Volt.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 07 2015

    GM Marks Tech Center’s National Historic Landmark

    Posted on GM News

    WARREN, Mich. With officials from the U.S Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Michigan Historic Preservation Office on hand, General Motors  today unveiled a 5-foot-tall, 1,200-pound bethel white granite marker of its Technical Center’s selection as a National Historic Landmark.

    The National Park Service selected the campus for the honor because it possesses national significance as one of the most important works of famed architect Eero Saarinen.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 07 2015

    2016 Ford F-150 Gets Sporty New Sport Mode For Added Sportiness

    Written by Steven Ewing | Posted on Auto Blog

    Good news, everyone! The Ford F-150 fullsize pickup truck is getting a new sport mode for 2016. Because it needs it, or something.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 07 2015

    Dodge Bringing Hellcat-Mania To Woodward Dream Cruise

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    Auburn Hills — Dodge will unleash Hellcat-mania on the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise next week with thrill rides and a chance for one racer to take home a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.

    The mainstream performance brand has events scheduled from next Wednesday through Saturday along Woodward, but an opening event in Pontiac and grand finale in Royal Oak will likely be turning the most heads.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 06 2015

    Mopar Road Ready Classes Are Back In Session

    Posted on FCA US Blog

    Attention parents, if you didn’t sign your teens up for the “Mopar Road  Ready” sessions the first time, fear not. Mopar® has extended the program just in time for the new school year.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 06 2015

    New Chevy Volt Gets 53 Miles Of Battery Range

    Written by Becca Smouse and Alisa Priddle | Posted on USA Today

    General Motors' redesigned Chevrolet Volt model gets 53 miles of driving range on its battery pack before using any gasoline, a nearly 40% increase from the previous model's 38-mile range.

    The second-generation Volt uses an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to travel on battery power first before a gasoline generator kicks in.

    The Environmental Protection Administration has certified the range for the 2016 Volt.

  • Aug 06 2015

    Ford Invention Fights Pesky And Harmful Invader: Spiders

    Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on USA Today

    Ford engineers have morphed into exterminators — and for good reason.

    A common form of spider, it turns out, likes to nest under the hood in vehicles. That sounds harmless enough, but it can cause big problems, including possible fuel tank cracks that can ignite vehicle fires.

    "We’re always working to improve and adapt to whatever the environment or the regulatory regime throws at us," Ford fuel systems engineer David Gimby said.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 05 2015

    Fiat Chrysler Headquarters Boasts Google-Like Work Culture

    Written by Grace Macaluso | Posted on The Windsor Star

    At Fiat Chrysler’s sprawling headquarters and technology centre, innovation isn’t just about producing better vehicles. It’s also about producing better ideas.

    Taking a page from high-tech giants, such as Google, the automaker is literally and figuratively tearing down walls between the more than 14,000 workers who occupy the 5.4 million-square foot complex in Auburn Hills, Mich.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 05 2015

    Ford Turns Corner With Flagship F-150

    Written by Kyle Stock | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford appears to have finally found the right gear with its F-150 pickup, otherwise known as the moneymaker.

    After sales of the vehicle slipped every month from February through June, drivers snapped up 66,300 in July, 11,100 more than in June and a 4.8 percent increase over July 2014.

    The company had struggled to roll out a thoroughly redesigned truck that incorporated far more aluminum than ever before in a bid to get better mileage. In the 12 months ending in June, Ford’s share of the pickup market declined from 33 percent to 28 percent.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Aug 05 2015

    GM To Invest $877M For New Body Shop At Flint Truck

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    General Motors will spend $877 million to build a new body shop and assembly equipment at its Flint Truck Assembly plant.

    The investment announced Tuesday is the latest announced portion of GM's $5.4-billion capital improvement initiative at 40 U.S. plants.

    “This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president for North America manufacturing and labor relations.

  • Aug 04 2015

    FCA US Announces $2.5 Million Investment for New 4x4 Dyno for Rain and Snow Testing

    Posted on Ford Media

    Where in North America can you go from testing the 4x4 capabilities of a 2015 Jeep® Renegade Trailhawk at minus 40 degrees with snow whipping by at 100 mph, while at the same time baking a Renegade Limited just a few steps away at 130 degrees?
     
    Answer: The Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) at the FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich.
     

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Aug 04 2015

    GM Takes a Fresh Look at Emerging Markets

    Written by Neal E. Boudette Twitter | Posted on Automotive New

    General Motors' plan to invest $5 billion in a family of technology-rich small cars reflects the industry's changing attitudes toward opportunities in emerging markets, where consumers and regulators are increasingly demanding more advanced vehicles.

    In the past, Western automakers typically served these markets with low-cost, bare-bones cars, or produced stripped-down versions of vehicles that had reached the end of their product lives in mature markets.

    GM President Dan Ammann said the company believes neither approach will work in the future.

  • Aug 04 2015

    New Features Make Ford Trucks Stand Out Of The Crowd

    Written by Diane Krieger Spivak | Posted on The Herald News

    Ford trucks are loaded with new features - some you never thought of, but Ford engineers did.

    First and foremost there’s Ford’s new EcoBoost engine – with the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any gas-powered light-duty pickup .

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy