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  • Jun 25 2015

    Ford Joins Competitors in Growing Car-Sharing Field

    Written by Paul Lienert and Julia Love | Posted on Reuters

    Ford Motor Co (F.N) will test new car-sharing programs with U.S. and UK partners as part of a strategy to embrace alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models.

    Ford's finance arm is launching pilot car-sharing programs with Getaround in the United States and easyCar Club in London, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said Tuesday evening. The automaker last month announced a similar on-demand pilot called GoDrive in London.

  • Jun 24 2015

    We’ll Show you 2016 Models Next Week

    Written by Mike Driehorst | Posted on FCA US Blog

    Every year in late June, we start to see glimpses of the future. Or, at least the upcoming model year.

    The annual What’s New is a day-long event at our Chelsea, Mich., Proving Grounds where media of all types get to mingle with company executives and drive our fleet of vehicles on the various on- and off-road evaluation tracks.

    While most of the information is embargoed until Sept. 1, we always have *something* that can go live right away.

    On June 26, we’ll have two Livestream events (sorry we still have to be vague, for now).

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 24 2015

    Ford Joins Rivals in Ramping Up Pace of Self-Driving Car Tech

    Written by Paul Lienert and Bernie Woodall | Posted on Reuters

    Ford Motor Co is joining other global automakers in stepping up efforts to roll out self-driving cars, company executives said on Tuesday.

  • Jun 24 2015

    2016 Buick & GMC Models Gain Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Compatibility

    Posted on Buick & GMC

    Buick and GMC have announced a number of 2016 models will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

    First up, all 2016 Buick Regal and LaCrosse models will have Apple CarPlay compatibility.  Unfortunately for Android owners, Android Auto capability will be added sometime later in the model year.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 23 2015

    Ford Collaborates with Silicon Valley Innovation Ecosystem on Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing, Wearable Technology

    Posted on Ford Media

    Autonomous vehicle technology is another step closer to production at Ford, moving from a research effort to an advanced engineering program, the company announced today. 

    Ford has appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development – 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer – and created a global team to work on the advanced program.

  • Jun 23 2015

    2016 Ram Heavy Duty Widens its Leadership Gap with a Triple-Decker Presence

    Posted on Ford Media

    Ram continues as “King of the Hill” in the heavy-duty battleground with the introduction of the 2016 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. The capability leaders further build on a list of best-in-class claims.

    Additionally, for two years running, the Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, delivering 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 29 miles per gallon (mpg).

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 23 2015

    GM Invests $245 Million for New Vehicle Program

    Posted on General Motors News

    General Motors will invest $245 million and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program unlike any in the plant’s 32-year history.

    “Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before.”

  • Jun 22 2015

    FCA US Earns Gold Medal for Promoting Healthy Employees

    Posted on The News Wheel

    Any good employer knows that healthy employees are happy employees. For Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US, this means promoting a variety of programs for a healthy workplace and encouraging its employees to live healthy lifestyles. The Italian-American carmaker offers so many health-oriented course that the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) recently recognized FCA US for its programs, awarding the company the organization’s Gold Medal award.

  • Jun 22 2015

    Chevrolet Re-enters Low Cab Forward Truck Market

    Posted on GM News

    Chevrolet announced today it will offer low cab forward medium-duty trucks in the U.S. in 2016, returning the brand to a growing segment of the commercial vehicle market and expanding choices for fleet and commercial truck customers.

    The six new models – Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – are based on the Isuzu N-Series, which GM will procure from Isuzu and distribute through Chevrolet dealers.

  • Jun 22 2015

    Ford Motor Company Fund Honors 2015 Detroit-Area Blue Oval Scholars

    Posted on Ford Media

    Ford Motor Company Fund will celebrate the achievements of more than 160 graduating seniors from 10 Detroit-area high schools at its sixth annual Blue Oval Scholarship program. The awards, ranging from $250 to $1,000, will be presented Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Jun 19 2015

    2015 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger Lead their Segments in Initial Quality

    Posted on Automotive World

    The Chrysler brand’s big, bold American sedan – the new 2015 Chrysler 300 – ranks highest among Large Cars in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). For a second consecutive year and for the third time in five years, surveyed owners placed the Dodge Challenger at the top of the Midsize Sporty Car segment in initial quality.

    IQS is based on responses from more than 84,000 owners of new 2015 model year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. The study asks customers to identify issues with their vehicle’s design, as well as defects.

  • Jun 19 2015

    Four Chevrolets Rank Highest in J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality

    Written by Temur Tatishvili | Posted on Financial

    The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox (tie), Silverado LD and Spark ranked highest in their respective segments for the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Chevrolet has 10 models in Top 3 positions, more than any other brand, foreign or domestic. The other Chevrolet nameplates achieving a Top 3 score for their respective segment include the Sonic, Traverse, Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD and Tahoe, according to GM.

  • Jun 19 2015

    Ford Will Upgrade the Transit Van Built Exclusively at Claycomo

    Written by Steve Rosen | Posted on The Kansas City Star

    The popular Transit commercial van, built at Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City assembly plant, is undergoing a mini-makeover as it turns 1 year old.

    The new standard features and options for the 2016 Transit will include sliding cargo doors, a rearview camera and trailer hitch technology, and an improved communications and entertainment system with voice recognition and easier-to-understand navigational graphics, Ford said.

  • Jun 18 2015

    3D Print Your Favorite Ford Vehicle -- With New Ford 3D Store

    Written by TJ McCue | Posted on Forbes

    Ford announced that it is the first automaker to open a one-stop 3D digital shop – the Ford 3D Store. With the help of Turbosquid, Ford fans can use 3D printing technology to make their own models of Ford vehicles or opt to purchase a 3D digital file from a growing library of more than 1,000 Ford vehicle images.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 18 2015

    For People Who Push Back: Warren Truck Pushes Out First 2015 Ram 1500 Rebels

    Posted on FCA US Media

    FCA US LLC began production this week of the all-new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.). The one-of-a-kind, full-size truck is assembled by more than 4,000 employees across 3.3 million square feet of the Company’s 75-year-old truck plant.
     
    The Ram 1500 Rebel makes a statement with an all-new, blacked-out grille and distinctive billet silver “RAM” letter badge. Rebel is designed with increased ride height, standard 33-inch tires, skid plates, tow hooks, and a unique brawny interior starting at $42,790.
     

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 18 2015

    GM Poised to Challenge Tesla in Battery Storage

    Written by Greg Gardner and Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

    DETROIT -- General Motors showed signs Tuesday that it may take on Tesla Motors in the stationary battery business with a different approach.

    GM is proposing to power homes, businesses and utilities with recycled used electric car batteries from cars like its Chevrolet Volt, which has both batteries as a gas engine. Electric-car maker Tesla is going to enter the stationary power business with new, not used, units.

    GM says its approach is not only more ecological because it promotes reuse, but could be more cost effective.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 17 2015

    See How the Dodge Viper is Built

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Part of the mystique of the Dodge Viper is how the $87,000 super car is made.

    Each car is hand-built by 64 hourly workers the company refers to as craftsman at a 400,000-square-foot plant just south of 8 Mile Road on Detroit's Northeast side.

    Unlike most auto plants that are visible from interstate highways it's easy to be a block or two away from the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, which is tucked behind an extended-stay hospital, without even seeing it.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 17 2015

    Ford GT, GT350R to be Featured in ‘Forza’ Video Game

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    With a price tag near $400,000 and only 250 produced each year, chances are you won’t get a chance to drive Ford Motor Co.’s new GT supercar — unless it’s in the new “Forza Motorsport 6” video game.

    Ford announced the GT would grace the video game’s cover back in January. Monday at the E3 video game conference in California, the automaker announced the supercar would be joined by the Mustang Shelby GT350R and about 40 other Fords. .

    “Regardless of what you’re interested in driving, you can drive it,” said Henry Ford III, manager, Global Ford Performance Marketing.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 17 2015

    GM Gets Life Out of Old Electric Car Batteries

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    General Motors is betting that using electric vehicle batteries for generating and storing electricity after the car is scrapped will save money for the company and others.

    It could also bolster the case that vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, and the upcoming all-electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, are about more than garnering credits toward meeting the government's fuel-economy standards.

    Tuesday, at its Renaissance Center headquarters, GM executives showed how five Volt battery packs are already helping light offices at the company's Milford data center.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jun 16 2015

    GM Foundation Donates $75,000 to Nine Area Organizations Through Plant City Grants Program

    Posted on General Motors Media

    Wentzville, MO – The General Motors Foundation donated $75,000 to nine nonprofit organizations in the St. Louis and St. Charles County areas today. These grants bring GM Foundation contributions to the St. Louis metro area this year to $150,000, to date.

    “A huge part of being a good corporate neighbor is giving back to the local community,” said GM Wentzville Plant Manager Nancy Laubenthal.  “The GM Foundation provides funding to some great organizations that do important work right here in own backyard.”