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  • May 11 2015

    2016 Cadillac XTS Professional Sees Color, Equipment Changes And More

    Written by Chris Ecclestone | Posted on GM Authority

    The Cadillac XTS Professional Vehicles (read: the livery- and limo-market XTS) is getting several welcome changes and updates for the 2016 model year. The changes are similar to those seen on the non-livery 2016 Cadillac XTS.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 11 2015

    2016 Mustang gets 2 new trim levels

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co. said Monday it will bring back two popular trim levels on its 2016 Mustang, which will hit dealer lots in the third quarter of this year.

    The Dearborn automaker is resurrecting its “California Special Package” and “Pony Package” on the 2016 pony car, and will reintroduce turn signal indicators located in hood vents as a standard feature on the 2016 Mustang GT. The two new trim levels will include aluminum wheels, hood and side stripes, tail lamp accents and other features. The convertible Mustang will also come in a special Performance Package.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 11 2015

    Dodge resurrecting fastest street-legal Viper

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    Dodge is resurrecting the Viper ACR, its "fastest street-legal Viper track car ever," for the 2016 model year.

    The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles mainstream performance brand unveiled the supercar Friday at its Conner Avenue Assembly in Detroit, where the car is built.

    Dodge CEO and President Tim Kuniskis did not release exact performance specifications but said the car is taking everything Viper owners love "to the next level" — from all-new 19-inch tires specifically for the car to enhanced aerodynamics and suspension.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 08 2015

    GM sees electric future, but pickups, SUV drive profits

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    General Motors declared that the auto industry's future is electric just as Americans' rekindled demand for pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers are driving the bulk of the automaker's profits.

    "The company believes the future is electric, with billions (of dollars) of investment to support an all-in-house approach to the development and manufacturing of electrified vehicles," GM said in its annual sustainability report released today.

  • May 08 2015

    A closer look at the Shelby GT350 suspension, chassis and braking systems

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    Shelby GT350’s rear springs are specially developed for maximum effectiveness at the track. To eke out every last bit of performance, engineers found having springs spin in different directions on each side of the car provided more rear-end stability. A counter-spun spring necessitated a new lower control arm design. “When you are engineering the most track-ready Mustang of all time, you can’t take any shortcuts,” says Eric Zinkosky, suspension and vehicle dynamics technical specialist.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 08 2015

    New 2016 Dodge Viper ACR – Fastest Street-legal Viper Track Car Ever

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

     The next chapter in the history of the ultimate street-legal, track-focused, hand-built American supercar begins with the return of the new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR.

    Certified for public roads and engineered to wring every last hundredth of a second out of road course lap times, the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR combines the latest in aerodynamic, braking and tire technology – a recipe designed to carry on the ACR’s lap-time busting reputation that has made it a legend on race tracks around the world.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 07 2015

    Chevy Cruze resculpted with sweptback styling

    Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

    The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will get a more sculpted, sweptback appearance, based on recent spy shots that captured the compact sedan without camouflage.

    The redesigned Cruze features a more steeply angled windshield, narrower window outline and shorter rear deck lid, which gives General Motors' top-selling U.S. car a sleeker silhouette, based on candid photos purportedly taken during a photo shoot in California.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 07 2015

    Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Raises the Bar for Handling

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    The all-new Ford Shelby GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transform Mustang from a great everyday car into a dominant road racer, elevating it to a new level.

    Shelby GT350 raises the bar significantly over the already very capable 2015 Mustang GT performance pack, combining the best technologies and most thoroughly engineered components to create the most athletic Mustang ever built.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 07 2015

    The Fastest Jeep Cherokee in the World Is an 8s Street-Legal Machine - Video

    Written by Andrei Tutu | Posted on Auto Evolution

    While Jeeps such as the late 2000s WK Grand Cherokee are no strangers to the drag strip, even outside the US, to meet a 90s XJ Jeep Cherokee at the drag is a rare occurrence. Nevertheless, the example we are here to talk about is not your average Jeep since this is the fastest Cherokee in the world.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 06 2015

    GM Celebrates 500 Million Vehicles Built Worldwide

    Written by Megan Stewart | Posted on Motor Trend

    Over the last 106 years, General Motors has produced over a half-billion vehicles across all of its brands. To mark the occasion, the company is giving away new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sedans to five lucky individuals.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 06 2015

    New GT350 to include better brakes, suspension

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co.’s new Mustang Shelby GT350 will hit dealer lots this fall with better brakes, a lighter and stiffer chassis and new suspension that will help it handle better on both racetracks and roadways.

    “Our performance vehicles are legendary,” Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, said Tuesday at an event with reporters. “When the 350 was introduced in 1965, it was a wake-up call for the industry. When we took on this project, we took it on with the same mindset that they had back then, which was to develop the ultimate-handling Mustang.”

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 06 2015

    Jeep Brand and World Surf League Make Big Splash with Global Partnership

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

     The Jeep brand and the World Surf League (WSL) today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will make the Jeep brand the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leaders Tour Rankings for men and women. This fully integrated, multi-year partnership will see the global automotive company tap into the unparalleled adventure, competitive drama and athleticism of surfing’s greatest stage.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 05 2015

    GM marks 500M production milestone, invests at Fairfax

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. Monday announced a $174 million investment to its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., where GM CEO Mary Barra gathered with customers, employees and dealers to celebrate the automaker surpassing 500 million vehicles produced globally — the most by any automaker.

  • May 05 2015

    Ford Motor Company Expands Innovative Career Academies to Detroit to Help Students Improve Technical Job Skills

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    Ford Motor Company is accelerating efforts to train future engineering, manufacturing and IT professionals by adding four career academies in Detroit that will serve 1,400 students.

    The Detroit career academies will join the nationally growing Powered by Ford STEM Academy network that Ford is building to help prepare students for jobs in the 21st century, and meet the growing need for workers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 05 2015

    Sold-out ‘Mopar Road Ready’ Event Put Metro Detroit Teens in the Driver’s Seat

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    More than 190 teens gained valuable knowledge behind the wheel during four sold-out sessions of the “Mopar Road Ready” program, when it made its third 2015 stop on May 2–3 at Mopar World Headquarters in Center Line, Michigan. 

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 04 2015

    Chevy cuts price on next-gen Volt; to start at $33,995

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. said Sunday its 2016 Chevrolet Volt — which has 31 percent more all-electric range than the first generation car, a sportier appearance and adds a fifth seat — will be priced about $1,175 cheaper than the current car.

    The 2016 plug-in electric hybrid Volt will be available for $33,995 including destination fee, early in the second half of the year. Lease pricing will be available closer to its sale date, Chevy said.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 04 2015

    2016 F-150 pickup to offer CNG option

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Ford Motor Co. on Monday said its 2016 model year F-150 — which hits dealer lots this winter — will offer a compressed natural gas option on its 5-liter V8 engine that runs on fuel cheaper than both unleaded gas and diesel.

    The Dearborn automaker said the F-150 will become the only half-ton pickup with the gaseous-fuel prep package option, which allows customers to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas or propane.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • May 04 2015

    FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

    Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

    Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry’s “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said  it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college educations to workers at participating U.S. dealerships.

    The cost of the education -- for individual classes and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at Strayer University in about 40 fields of study -- will be paid for entirely by FCA and its dealers.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 01 2015

    GM to invest $5.4B in U.S., Michigan plants

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. on Thursday said it will create 650 new jobs as it invests $5.4 billion into U.S. plants through 2017, including a total of $783.5 million at three Michigan sites.

    GM and UAW executives announced the investments at GM's Pontiac Metal Center, which is getting $124 million in upgrades, including a new press. It will add 15 jobs with the investment. The plant was among those that faced closure around GM's bankruptcy but today has about 490 employees.

  • May 01 2015

    2016 Shelby GT350 Allotments Sent to Dealerships

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    Earlier this week, we were talking about the limited edition 2015 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs that will be available in very limited numbers, with only 100 of the GT350 and 37 of the GT350R made for the 2015 model year. These cars will likely be very expensive and very hard to get, but it is expected that Ford will build thousands of new Shelby GT350 Mustang models for the 2016 model year.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy