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  • Jul 15 2015

    Transit Celebrations 2015 – 50th Anniversary

    Posted on Ford Media

    50th anniversary in 2015, marking five decades of loyal service to businesses around the world.

    Since the first vehicle left the production line in Langley, England, on August 9, 1965, almost 8 million examples of the larger Transit and Transit Custom models have been built, as the Transit has grown from a single model to an entire family of Ford Transit commercial vehicles.

     

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 15 2015

    GM details $1.4B in Upgrades to Arlington SUV Plant

    Written by Korri Kezar | Posted on Dallas Business Journal

    A $1.4 billion overhaul will expand General Motors Corp.'s (NYSE: GM) Arlington plant to nearly 4.5 times its size when it opened 61 years ago.

    The project will add 1.2 million square feet to the factory’s 4.375 million square feet across 250 acres. The facility will also be outfitted with new equipment, machinery and tools, as well as training for the 4,100 employees who create 280,270 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs each year.

  • Jul 14 2015

    Iconic Dodge Charger Gets Makeover for 2015

    Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Appleton Post Crescent

    The iconic Dodge Charger gets a full-body makeover for 2015 with an all-new exterior that is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 14 2015

    2016 Ford Explorer SUV is Ready for Any Adventure

    Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Appleton Post Crescent

    The new 2016 Ford Explorer goes on sale this summer with more smart technology, an available EcoBoost engine and a new high-end Platinum series.

    Originally introduced in 1990 as a 1991 model, Explorer featured the generous interior space customers were looking for, and was engineered specifically for people seeking adventure for their families and a way to express their individuality.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 14 2015

    Chevy Silverado Gets New Front Redesign for 2016

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. said Monday it is redesigning the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup for the 2016 model year, including giving the truck new front end looks, more safety technologies and updated MyLink infotainment system to support Google's Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It will be available this fall.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 13 2015

    On Wheels: Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4

    Written by Warren Brown | Posted on The Washington Post

    There was a downpour replete with thunder and lightning. It was angry weather, frightening in intensity and wind speed. I was tempted to plow through the hostile climate, man and machine against nature. But the 8.4-inch Uconnect screen was carrying an emergency weather warning including flood alerts for my driving area.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 13 2015

    Chevrolet Has Come up with an Ingenious Way to Reuse the Volt's Battery Covers

    Written by Shivam Saini | Posted on Business Insider

    Chevrolet has found a unique use for the discarded cases of its Volt batteries — and it involves bats and ducks.

    The Chevy Volt battery cover is made of thermoset, a type of plastic that's difficult to recycle. And once the batteries are ready for use, the thermoset cases that shipped them become useless. Not anymore.

    GM's waste reduction expert, John Bradburn, gives new life to these cases by turning them into shelters for bats — and, with some tweaks, for wood ducks, owls, eastern bluebirds, and scaly-sided merganser.    

  • Jul 13 2015

    Ford Yanks Expensive High-Tech Down To Earth With 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang's Exotic Wheels

    Written by Bill Visnic | Posted on Forbes

    There are cars available that ride on wheels made of carbon-fiber, a high-tech composite material renowned for its extreme strength and light weight. You will pay giant money for such a car – and such a wheel.

  • Jul 10 2015

    FCA US Invests $166 Million in Sterling Stamping Plant as it Celebrates 50 Years

    Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Blog

    FCA US LLC confirmed today that it is investing more than $166 million in three new press lines at its Sterling Stamping Plant, located in Sterling Heights, Mich., to support increased product demand. The new press lines - already under construction - are expected to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2015 and will reach full volume in the first half of 2016.
     
    The investment comes as the facility celebrates 50 years of producing body panels and assemblies for some of the Company’s most popular vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram Truck.
     

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 10 2015

    2016 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Will be Fast & Furious

    Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Appleton Post Crescent

    Chevrolet recently unveiled the sixth-generation Camaro, offering drivers a higher level of performance, technology and refinement that is designed to maintain the sporty car segment leadership earned over the past five years. The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture and a much broader powertrain range. Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new Gen Six: the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 10 2015

    Ford F-150 Earns Highest Truck Score Ever as Ford Trucks Sweep AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

    Posted on Ford Media

    The most satisfied owners of full-size pickups chose Ford trucks, according to the automotive researchers and consultants at AutoPacific. The all-new Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – and the Ford F-Series Super Duty have swept the firm’s 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 09 2015

    Camaro Chief: 'Rock-Star' 4-cylinder Set for Mustang Fight

    Written by Greg Migliore | Posted on Auto Blog

    It was inevitable, the 2016 Chevy Camaro had to have a four-cylinder engine. The archrival Ford Mustang packs a spunky 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-banger, and everyone from BMW to Subaru uses four-cylinders to great effect to power their sports cars. Now it's Chevy's turn. Again.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 09 2015

    2015 Dodge Challenger, Jeep Grand Cherokee Lead their Segments in U.S. Vehicle Satisfaction Survey

    Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Blog

    Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – ranks highest among Mid-Size SUVs for the fifth consecutive year in AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs). For the second time in three years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Sporty Car segment for its best-in-class vehicle satisfaction.
     

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 09 2015

    Ford Gathering Data to Improve How Bikes and Cars Interact

    Written by Erin Marquis | Posted on Auto Blog

    More than a hundred years ago, the Ford Motor Company changed the landscape of US cities with its cars, and the company is once again trying to disrupt the way Americans move around their metropolises by ditching four wheels for two.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 08 2015

    2015 Dodge Viper SRT GT Coupe is Fastest Viper Ever

    Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Appleton Post Crescent

    New for 2015, the iconic Dodge Viper SRT receives a new, mid-priced GT model along with numerous styling and performance enhancements across the vehicle lineup.

    Priced between the base Viper and Viper GTS models, the Dodge Viper SRT is produced at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 08 2015

    Chevrolet Cruze to be Revealed in Lordstown Thursday

    Written by Tom Bigley | Posted on WFMJ

    The Chevrolet Cruze returns home for the reveal event of the next-generation of the model.

    The 2016 Next Generation Cruze will be shown to GM employees and community partners at the GM Lordstown Complex Thursday morning at 11.

    The new Cruze model was first revealed in Detroit in June.

    GM said the new Cruze is larger than the current model, yet lighter.

    Officials said new powertrains and additional safety features are available and the reveal in Detroit showcased new technology features.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 08 2015

    2017 Ford GT Supercar Sets New Standards

    Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Appleton Post Crescent

    Unveiled earlier this year at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and an ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 07 2015

    Chevrolet Adds Odd Smartphone Feature to Cars

    Written by Chris Woodyard, | Posted on USA Today

    The auto industry, always trying to think of features that drivers didn't necessarily know they needed, has come up with a new one.

    General Motors has found that smartphone overheating is a problem. To solve it, Chevrolet is introducing "Active Phone Cooling." Basically, it's an air-conditioning vent for your smartphone. It's coming in the Impala and several other models.

  • Jul 07 2015

    Bask in Summer Sun with FCA Open Tops

    Written by Alison Derees | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Blog

    Now that summer has officially started, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the variety of open-air options from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Vehicles such as the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the all-new Jeep Renegade with My Sky, or the Fiat 500C and its open-air cockpit offer something for everyone.

With the warm temperatures and extra hours of daylight, there’s no better time to put the top down or open the sunroof and enjoy the ride.

Several FCA vehicles offer the chance to catch some sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Among them:



     

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 07 2015

    Summer Driving Camp For Teens

    Posted on Ford Media

    School may be out, but safe driving is still in session. This summer, more than 1,500 teens will attend free camps across six states where they will learn important safe driving tips that are not always taught in driver’s education, such as how to handle a vehicle on slippery pavement or react to a deer or other animal in their path.

    Filed Under: Research & Development