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  • Jul 06 2015

    Dodge to Debut New Hellcat Ads, But Good Luck Buying 1

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin airing two new ads for its Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats this weekend – even though they are sold out of the 2015 model year versions of the vehicles.

    The company stopped taking orders for the 707 horsepower versions of the Challenger and Charger in March because demand far exceeded the number of vehicles the company built.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 06 2015

    Chevrolet Becomes 3rd Founding Partner of Daytona Rising

    Written by Godwin Kelly | Posted on Daytona Beach News-Journal

    Daytona Rising, which is transforming Daytona International Speedway's 55-year-old grandstand into the world's first motorsports stadium, reached another milestone Wednesday as Chevrolet came on board as a founding partner of the facility.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 06 2015

    Behind the Scenes With the All-New Ford GT

    Written by Cole Quinnell | Posted on Ford Social

    In just over a year – hyperspeed in the auto world – the Ford team designed and developed the all-new Ford GT, preparing it to debut in January at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
    We were very pleased with the reaction to the car at the auto show, and we’ve heard you loud and clear: you want to see more! Below, you’ll find photos and videos of the Ford GT taken during its design, showing the story behind the creation of this supercar.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jul 02 2015

    The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Grows Up, Gets More Sophisticated

    Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

    The Chevrolet Cruze is maturing for 2016. An all-new version set to go on sale early next year is larger, lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated—basically, it’s more of everything.

    For decades cars have grown in size with each new generation, adding unwanted weight in the process. The first part is still true—cars keep getting bigger—but not the second part. Even as cars continue to grow in size—the new Cruze is 2.7 inches longer than its predecessor—they are also getting lighter, thanks to advancements in metallurgy and lightweight composites.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 02 2015

    Ford U.S. Sales Up on Strong Customer Demand for Newest Products

    Posted on Ford Media

    Strong consumer demand for its newest products pushed Ford Motor Company total U.S. June sales 2 percent higher, to 225,647 vehicles sold.

  • Jul 02 2015

    FCA Up 8.2% on Strong Jeep and Chrysler 200 Sales

    Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

    The Jeep brand and the Chrysler 200 both helped push Fiat Chrysler’s June sales up 8.2 percent, the automaker’s best sales for the month of June since 2006.
    FCA US said it had 185,035 sales in June, its 63rd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Three of its five brands -- Chrysler, Jeep and Ram -- posted sales gains for the month, while sales of Dodge and Fiat brands fell sharply.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 01 2015

    Ford's Mustang Pulls Ahead in Sales Race

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co.'s Mustang is flexing its power in the race for best-selling muscle car.

    Sales of the Dearborn automaker's pony car are up 55 percent in the United States through the first five months of the year, and it's outselling its biggest rival — the Chevrolet Camaro — for the first time since 2009.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 01 2015

    Jeep Takes Rugged Path for Renegade SUV

    Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

    Trying to find success in what's quickly becoming a crowded field, Jeep has taken a tortuous path — literally.

    While a raft of similar new city-size crossovers will be competing to break through this year, Jeep executives believe their new Renegade will stand out as the one in the bunch with true off-road capability.

    In fact, only the top-level Trailhawk trim level is "trail rated" — Jeep's code words for its models truly able to take on the worst, rocky, rutted terrain. But officials are counting on the aura of that model's ruggedness to extend to all Renegades.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 01 2015

    General Motors Believed Ready to Announce Commercial-Truck Venture With Navistar

    Written by Bill Visnic | Posted on Forbes

    With the nation’s steadying economy accelerating demand for all manner of commercial trucks, the truck-production landscape is evolving – and revolving – as former partners and rivals scramble for position in what is projected to be a boom period for truck manufacturing.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 30 2015

    2016 Chevrolet Cruze Features New Ecotec Engines

    Written by Temur Tatishvili | Posted on The Financial

    The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is powered by General Motors’ new, global family of Ecotec small-displacement engines, featuring a modular architecture that is easier to build and adaptable to global markets, while offering customers segment-challenging efficiency, refinement and durability.

  • Jun 30 2015

    Ford Focus RS Horsepower Revealed

    Written by Nigel Atkinson | Posted on Business 2 Community

    Let the horsepower wars begin as we reveal that the new Ford Focus RS will make a staggering 345 horsepower from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Step aside the Volkswagen Golf R the Subaru WRX STI, but not the Mercedes CLA45 AMG which pips the Ford with 355 hp and the Audi RS3 which is the current most powerful hatch with 362 hp.

    Also confirmed is the RS’s torque number figure, which is  325 lb-ft between 2000 and 4500 rpm. An overboost function allows for a maximum of 347 lb-ft for up to 15 seconds when the driver’s right foot is buried into the carpet.

  • Jun 30 2015

    Report: Dodge Increasing Hellcat Availability for 2016

    Written by Jake Holmes | Posted on Automobile Mag

    Dodge plans to ramp up availability of its 707-hp Hellcat supercharged V-8 engines for the 2016 model year after demand outstripped supply this year. Dodge is still building any 2015 Charger or Challenger Hellcat models already purchased, but stopped taking new orders several months ago after a "huge flood" of orders, Dodge and SRT brand president and CEO Tim Kuniskis told Automotive News.

    "We're going to build more [Hellcats] for 2016," Kuniskis told AN. "It's a small sliver of what we sell, but it really creates a halo for the rest of the lineup."

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 29 2015

    Updated Uconnect System Coming to Many 2016 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Models

    Written by Kelsey Mays | Posted on Cars

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect touch-screen system will get a host of updates for 2016, including better graphics, faster menus, a reconfigurable menu bar and Apple's Siri Eyes Free integration.

  • Jun 29 2015

    General Motors Announces New 200-Mile Electric Chevrolet Bolt Model To Compete with Tesla Model 3

    Written by Brian White | Posted on Pioneer News

    Chevrolet is apparently looking to beat out the Tesla 3 with a more affordable 200-mile electric car. Currently, the General Motors company (the parent of Chevrolet) is testing a new electric prototype at its Milford Proving Ground where the GM data center—a place that is powered solely by the company’s vehicle’s recycled batteries.

    Perhaps Chevrolet is in direct competition with Tesla, to release a more affordable electric vehicle, or perhaps the company is just looking to get ahead of the electric vehicle trend that is obviously on its way.

  • Jun 29 2015

    Ford of the future: Wearables, Car Swapping, Ebikes

    Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Henry Ford put the world on wheels. A century later, the company he founded is preparing for a world where congestion demands other alternatives, including bikes, apps, public transportation and car sharing.

    "It can make a material difference in people's lives by offering more choices and affordable and accessible mobility even if it is not a car," said Ken Washington, Ford's new head of research and advanced engineering.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 26 2015

    2016 Chrysler 90th Anniversary Editions Set for Summer Debut Share This Page ADVERTISEMENT 2016 Chrysler 90th Anniversary Editions Set for Summer Debut

    Written by Anita Lienert | Posted on Edmunds

    Special versions of the 2016 Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 300 sedans and the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country minivan celebrating the brand's 90th anniversary will begin arriving at Chrysler dealerships this summer, the automaker said.

    "Anniversary packages will be offered on the volume models, adding value," said Fiat-Chrysler in a statement on Tuesday.

    Fiat-Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham told Edmunds that pricing will be announced soon.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 26 2015

    2016 Cruze Seeks to Recapture Chevy's Glory Days

    Written by Greg Gardner, | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is longer, lighter and gets about 40 m.p.g. from its 1.4-liter, four-cylinder Ecotec turbo engine.

    Slated to go on sale in spring of 2016, the Cruze will be the fifth redesigned car model Chevrolet is launching in 2015 and early next year with the goal of restoring a reputation it enjoyed in the 1950s and '60s.

    Earlier this year, Chevy unveiled redesigned versions of the Volt, Camaro, Malibu and Spark.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra took the cover off the new Cruze Wednesday night at the Fillmore Detroit.

  • Jun 26 2015

    Ford Creates Electric Bike that Helps Pedal When you Sweat

    Written by James Titcomb | Posted on The Telegraph

    You've made the effort to cycle to work, but are constantly rewarded for your exertions with a sweaty shirt. Now Ford has the answer to your (and your co-workers') prayers.

    The company - best known for its cars and trucks - has designed an electric bike that will make pedalling easier if you start to sweat.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 25 2015

    Rugged Ram 1500 Diesel Hugely Economical

    Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

    I think I've been cast as Lemuel Gulliver in the adaptation of a Jonathan Swift novel. Last week I was a giant testing the tiny Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Lilliput. This week I've been driving around in a Brobdingnagian Ram 1500 diesel.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 25 2015

    2016 Chevy Camaro Goes Topless

    Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

    As if the svelte, all-new 2016 Chevy Camaro isn't sexy enough, now it's going topless.

    Just a month after rocking the muscle car faithful on Belle Isle with a lightweight coupe, Chevrolet pulled back the curtain on the convertible version at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit Tuesday. Chevy is betting the drop-top will trump rival Ford's hot-selling Mustang by offering the segment's first, fully-automatic, stowed roof.

    "With a top like this, the people down the street in Dearborn need to be worried," said Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser.

    Filed Under: Research & Development