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Mar 13 2014
GM News

Proving there is more than one way shed pounds, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado uses engineering techniques and lightweight materials to create true pickup capability in a mass-efficient midsize package.

The 2015 Colorado 4x4 crew cab, expected to be the most popular version of the new trucks, weighs 880 to 1,400 less than a full-size truck.

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Mar 13 2014
Written by John Pearley Huffman | Posted on Car and Driver

It’s a tradition at Ford. Months before it goes on sale, the 2015 Mustang will make its cinematic debut during a brief appearance in Need For Speed, which opens this Friday at every movie theater on earth. It’s a brief cameo appearance that recalls the original Mustang’s own early movie moment 50 years ago.

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Mar 13 2014
Written by Philippe Crowe | Posted on Hybrid Cars

Chrysler took steps to green the plant in which its large rear wheel drive sedans are built.

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve TÜV’s ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification.

Chrysler builds in Brampton the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

Introduced in 2011, the ISO 50001 norm includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems, which are an important element of energy performance and greenhouse gas reduction.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship
Mar 12 2014
GM News

The first retail production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history, will be auctioned to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. The Barrett-Jackson auction house will offer the supercar during its Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 12.

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Mar 12 2014
Ford Media Center

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Ford Motor Company today announced it increased its sourcing with Women’s Business Enterprise companies 50 percent last year, purchasing $1.8 billion in goods and services from tier-one, women-owned suppliers, up from $1.2 billion in 2012.

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Mar 12 2014
Chrysler News

In 2014, the Chrysler brand will continue its support of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ bullying prevention initiative – RFK Project SEATBELT throughout and beyond the school year. The Chrysler brand has employed its local dealerships to support the measure during Drive for the Kids® fundraisers at area schools.

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Mar 11 2014
GM News

Largely because of the strength and refinement of the new EcoTec3 V-6, sales of V-6 Silverados account for 20 percent of light-duty pickup sales, up from about 5 percent for the previous model.

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Mar 11 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

It takes massive computing power, expensive dummies and about 600 full-scale crash tests a year to ensure Ford and Lincoln vehicles meet safety standards for every market in the world.

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Mar 11 2014
Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on The Toledo Blade

Chrysler Group LLC plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees for Toledo's Jeep plant in order to keep production rolling while giving regular employees more time off.

“Our people have been working a tremendous amount of hours,” Plant Manager Chuck Padden said. “To get them more time off is important to us, to make sure they’re refreshed, and can work safely.”

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Mar 10 2014
Written by Lindsay VanHulle | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

To celebrate Shenetra Moses’ college graduation, her mother pulled childhood photos dating to kindergarten into a poster board collage. Amid the photos was an old, handwritten note, on which a 12-year-old Shenetra laid down her future career plans.

“She said, ‘Mom, I think I want to be an engineer,’ ” Sandra Potts recalled. “I said: ‘Do you even know what that is?’ ”

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Mar 10 2014
World Car Fans

Ford has released the first pictures of the 2015 F-150, F-Series Super Duty and Expedition King Ranch.

Ford didn't have much to say about the models but the company has previously announced the F-150 King Ranch has a two-tone exterior with running boards and a unique chrome grille that has body color mesh inserts. The truck has also been equipped with LED puddle lights and a remote tailgate.

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Mar 10 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

It took Alex Fischer less than 10 minutes to sketch a drawing that he will most likely remember for the rest of his life.

The drawing, which the 17-year-old Stoney Creek High School senior sketched in math class, was of a vehicle that got him first place in Chrysler’s 2014 “Autorama High School Design Competition.”

“When I found out I won, it felt surreal,” he said. “I was really surprised. It took awhile for me to accept it.”

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Mar 07 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

When it comes to making cars faster on the raceway, it is amazing to see the level of detail that goes into squeezing out an extra fraction of a second. In the case of Chevrolet’s 2014 Camaro Z/28, even the little logo on the grille can make a difference.

Like every Chevrolet, the Camaro carries the little Chevy logo on its front, what’s known within the company as the “bowtie” because of its shape.

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Mar 07 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s 11 North American assembly plants are humming at 135 percent efficiency, which could grow as the automaker continues to fine-tune manufacturing processes.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of North and South America operations, says the company continues to look for ways to eke out extra production of cars, crossovers and trucks.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Mar 07 2014
Chrysler Media

Following the reveal of the all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mopar is ready, willing and able to help personalize the Jeep brand’s first entry into the small SUV segment. To help owners create a Jeep Renegade that’s even more their own, Mopar will offer customers around the world more than 100 accessories when the vehicle arrives in showrooms, including Jeep Performance Parts such as a lowering kit, cold air intake and cat back exhaust.

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Mar 06 2014
The News Wheel

Ahead of the looming 12 Hours of Sebring, March 12-15, Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT®) Motorsports is positioning itself as one of the favorites after posting the third-fastest lap in the GTLM class. The SRT Motorsports No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R threw down the gauntlet with a 2:00.496 run at a speed of 111.738 miles per hour in its two day test at Sebring in February, putting the field on notice ahead of this month’s race.

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Mar 06 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade and ATS Coupe have made their European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show prior to their on sale date in the continent later this year. The two vehicles are on display alongside the ELR plug-in coupe, SRX crossover and the sleek Elmiraj concept at Cadillac’s booth.

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Mar 06 2014
Written by Daniel Miller | Posted on The Motley Fool

Outside the Dow Jones, Ford , to the delight of union workers, is bringing jobs back to America. Yesterday, the automaker debuted new versions of its F-650 and F-750 trucks which will go on sale in the second half of 2015. Ford is bringing some components back in-house which will reduce costs, simplify issues, and save a majority of the 1,600 UAW production workers at its Ohio plant.

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Mar 05 2014
Written by Jerry Garrett | Posted on The New York Times

Jeep introduced its Renegade subcompact sport utility vehicle here Tuesday on the opening day of press previews for the 84th Geneva Motor Show. Information about the new “baby Jeep” had been leaked Sunday on the Internet, and multiple media outlets followed suit and posted photos and details about the model on Monday.

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Research & Development
Mar 05 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Tuesday it will invest $14 million into its Parma Metal Center in northeast Ohio to install a new special press into the facility that it can use in two ways.

The Parma Metal Center supports 13 GM assembly plants in North America and other customers. Last year, it supplied 67 million parts.

GM said the new press, which can be used for die tryout and regular production of parts, is slated to run in late 2014 or early 2015.

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