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  • Jun 06 2016

    Jeep celebrates summer with 75th anniversary model ads

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    The third annual “Summer of Jeep” ad campaign features the brand’s 75th anniversary editions with a custom off-road song from one of its Super Bowl commercial.

    The campaign recently debuted with two new 30-second television commercials featuring USA Basketball Men’s National Team finalist Paul George called “What I Stand 4” and “4x4Summer.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 06 2016

    Ford Nationals event taps into fond memories in Carlisle, PA

    Written by Jake Austin | Posted on The Sentinel

    For Ford lovers, these types of feelings were easy to come by during the 2016 Ford Nationals event.

    Around 3,200 Ford vehicles were on display at the event, which ran from Thursday through Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Nearly 400 of the vehicles paraded through downtown Carlisle as part of the Parade Park and Party, which took place on Saturday evening and also featured live music, dining and shopping.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 06 2016

    Cadillac Bets on Virtual Dealerships

    Written by Christina Rogers, John D. Stoll & Gautham Nagesh | Posted on Wall Street Journal

    Buyers walking into a Cadillac dealer in the near future could find an interesting thing on the car lot: nothing.

    In a somewhat unprecedented way of moving metal, Cadillac President  Johan de Nysschen will this month begin looking for commitments from some store owners willing to set up showrooms where buyers can get a car serviced or learn about products via virtual reality headsets without getting behind the wheel.

  • Jun 03 2016

    General Motors shows off Delta Plant improvements

    Written by Rilwan Balogun | Posted on WILX

    The Delta Township GM plant builds the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, and GMC Acadia. But all of that has stopped.

    The last 32 days, workers have training for something new.

    "Everyone needs to be certified on any new tooling. Any new job stations that are set up so that you are certified on your job" said GM's Lansing Communications, Erin Davis.

    General Motors has invested $583 million into the plant. $63 million for expansion and another $520 million for what it says could be vehicle programs.

  • Jun 03 2016

    Ford Boosts 2017 Plug-in Hybrid Efficiency With Attention To Detail

    Written by Sam Abuelsamid | Posted on Forbes

    Ford recently announced that as part of the mid-cycle update for its Fusion sedan, the plug-in hybrid variant would be getting a notable improvement in fuel efficiency. In fact, the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Fusion Energi have gone up by 10 percent bringing all-electric driving range to 22 miles and the gasoline hybrid rating to 42 mpg combined. Surprisingly the engineers did this by massaging everything but the lithium ion battery which remains unchanged at a capacity of 7.6-kWh.

  • Jun 03 2016

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Boasts Impressive Jeep Sales And Positive Minivan Sales Outlook

    Written by Adam Russell | Posted on Market Exclusive

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has reported that Jeep sales have hit a record high and on the rise in the US, and minivans have also been increasing in popularity.

    The vehicle manufacturer reported that its automobile sales in May was 204,452 in May alone, thus marking the 74th consecutive year where the company has registered gains year over year. Fiat Chrysler also reported record Jeep sales in the same month where it sold 90,000 units. This is the first time that the firm has made such high Jeep sales in the 75 years that it has been in operation.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 02 2016

    Chrysler 'PacifiKids' Make Debut in New Digital and Social Campaign for the All-New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica; First in Video Series Features Actress Brooklyn Decker

    Posted on FCA US Media

    Chrysler officially introduces the brand’s adorable, pint-sized product specialists, the PacifiKids, through a new digital and social campaign that features actress Brooklyn Decker (Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie”) in its inaugural video.

    Given that the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically advanced vehicle in its class, moms and dads will undoubtedly have many questions about the minivan, and who better to explain technology, tri-pane panoramic sunroofs and touchscreens than kids!

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jun 02 2016

    Ford CEO on steering the 113 year old giant towards a future of mobility and autonomous cars

    Written by Harriet Taylor | Posted on CNBC

    Ford President and CEO Mark Fields may have one of the most challenging jobs of any executive here at Code Conference: transition a 113 year old auto-maker into a product and mobility services business. All this must happen without alienating current consumers, damaging the existing brand and negotiating with regulators.

    The cars of our future will have advanced autonomous features, and hardware and software designed to deliver all kinds of content where and how consumers want it, said Fields.

  • Jun 02 2016

    How GM Is Lightweighting Its Cars With Advanced Manufacturing Technology

    Written by Karl Brauer | Posted on Forbes

    General Motors is operating full steam ahead when it comes to integrating lightweight materials and innovative manufacturing techniques into its new passenger cars and trucks. That was the takeaway after Kelley Blue Book‘s recent visit to the iconic GM Design Dome at its Warren Tech Center outside Detroit, Michigan.

  • May 26 2016

    Google, Fiat Chrysler Begin Work on Self-Driving Minivans

    Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on Wall Street Journal

    Alphabet Inc.’s Google has begun work with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on self-driving technology for testing in Pacifica minivans, and will open an engineering and development center in a Detroit suburb, Google’s autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday.

  • May 26 2016

    Ford to launch pilot program to employ adults with autism

    Written by Dustin Walsh | Posted on Crain's Detroit Business

    Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it will launch a pilot program to hire adults with autism on June 1.

    Ford will create five positions in product development suited to the skills and capabilities of workers with autism for the program, called FordInclusiveWorks, the Dearborn-based automaker said in a news release. The program was developed with Autism Alliance of Michigan — a nonprofit founded by Dave Meador, vice chairman and chief administrative officer at DTE Energy Co. The alliance is funding the training program tied to the jobs.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • May 26 2016

    General Motors to add light duty truck production in Flint in 2017

    Written by Dominic Adams | Posted on MLive

    General Motors will add production of its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab at the Flint Assembly plant beginning in 2017. The light duty truck is currently produced in Mexico. Flint Assembly also produces the heavy-duty Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.  

  • May 25 2016

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica Named Overall Best Family Car at 2016 Family Car Challenge

    Posted on The News Wheel

    It’s easy to see that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is changing how we look at the minivan segment. Not only has it recruited the hilarious Jim Gaffigan to pitch it to other dads, but it offers some features that the segment has never seen before—including a hybrid powertrain, which will come later this year.

    Because of its ground-breaking approach to being a family car, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the 2017 Pacifica was recently named the Overall Best Family Car at the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association’s (GAAMA) 2016 Family Car Challenge.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 25 2016

    Bill Ford: Detroit should be 'mobility central'

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    The pace of partnerships between the automotive industry and Silicon Valley tech companies will continue to accelerate as the two industries work together to develop autonomous cars and reshape the automotive industry, Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, said today during a keynote speech to kick off Detroit Startup Week.

    "In Michigan and Detroit, we have more engineers here than any other state. We have a huge customer base here with (automakers) and tier one suppliers, and this should be mobility central. Not Silicon Valley. Not Austin, Texas. Not Boston."
    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 25 2016

    General Motors Unlocks the Future of Digital Customer Journeys

    Written by Judith Aquino | Posted on 1 to 1 Media

    GM is updating AtYourService, a platform that delivers targeted offers to drivers, by connecting even more data points about customers to increase relevancy throughout their journeys.

    For automakers, the driving experience is no longer just about getting from point A to point B. Automakers like General Motors are increasingly thinking like digital marketers as the company consolidates customer data and marketing operations to deliver targeted offers to drivers and passengers.
    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 24 2016

    A History of Jeep’s Most Important Models

    Written by Jonathon Klein | Posted on Automobile Magazine

    Not many automotive manufacturers have a history as long or as notable as Jeep’s. The first Willys-Overland rolled off the production line in the beginning of 1941 after the U.S. military turned to the auto industry for a light, tough, off-road capable vehicle to aid the Allies in World War II. Since that first offering, Jeep has endeavored to keep that trait of “go anywhere” inherent in every SUV the company builds.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 24 2016

    Three Ways Ford Foundation's Shift To Inequality Will Affect Nonprofits Everywhere

    Written by Forbes Nonprofit Council | Posted on Forbes

    You know Ford Motor Company, the automotive giant. But what you may not be familiar with is the multibillion-dollar grant-making foundation established by its founder Henry Ford’s son in 1936. Today, the Ford Foundation gives over $500 million in grants every year and is second only to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in assets.

    You can imagine the hype it created when Ford Foundation announced last year it would focus its efforts entirely on inequality.

    Filed Under: Charitable Activity
  • May 24 2016

    Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs charge (get it?) into San Francisco

    Written by Andrew Krok | Posted on CNET

    When General Motors decided to bolster its autonomous-driving portfolio with the acquisition of Cruise Automation, along with its $500 million investment in ridesharing company Lyft, it was pretty easy to figure out where the company was headed. Now, on the streets of San Francisco, we're finally seeing the General's plans come to fruition.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 23 2016

    Cutting weight helps new GM vehicles save fuel, money

    Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Hidden in a General Motors presentation on how the automaker has taken hundreds of pounds out of the weight of its new vehicles is an innovation with huge implications for the automaker’s costs and conversion to new materials.

    GM is about to start making parts with a technique that allows it to weld steel and aluminum together.
  • May 23 2016

    People Are Going Crazy for Ford Motor Co.'s New GT

    Written by Daniel Miller | Posted on The Motley Fool

    People are going crazy to get their hands on Ford Motor Co.'s new GT. After nearly 11,000 people expressed interest in buying a GT, Detroit's second-largest automaker received 6,506 completed applications from people across the planet.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy