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Jun 26 2014
GM News

Chevrolet’s full-size Suburban SUV has ample space and comfort to carry up to nine passengers and their gear on long hauls – and brings cutting-edge technology along for the ride.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Dearborn— Ford Motor Co. has found a way to let you see what’s going on inside your car — maybe the teenage driver — at any time. The same system will recognize your face, and won’t confuse it with the guy who’s trying to steal your car.

Called Project Mobii, the technology — still early in the experimental stage — lets owners view the entire interior of their vehicles through a cellphone app. It uses five interior cameras, including one facing the driver and front-seat passenger.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 26 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC will invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity.

The money will be used to buy and install a high-tech, high-speed press line that will increase capacity by about 3.6 million parts per year, the automaker said in a statement Wednesday.

The 65-year-old plant provides parts stamped from sheet metal — hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures, fenders and floor pans — for vehicles including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Durango and Dart; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Chrysler Town & Country; and Ram trucks.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
My Fox Detroit

 FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors Co. says it's boosting solarpower at its plants.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that it's adding three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities: an engine plant in Flint and processing center in nearby Swartz Creek.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on New York Times

Ford has announced its all-new 2015 Edge crossover. Using the same vehicle architecture as the Ford Fusion, the Edge features a front camera for better visibility, adaptive cruise control and inflatable seat belts, Ford said in a statement released Tuesday.

The Edge will be offered with a 245-horsepower 2-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, as well as the standard naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that Ford says will deliver more than 300 horsepower. The Edge will also be available with all-wheel drive for the first time.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 25 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler and Fiat leadership outline strategy for the future and discuss supply base’s role in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ outlined plans

Eighteen awards presented for extraordinary performance in 2013

June 24, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat S.p.A. executives today met with approximately 3,000 supplier representatives at their 2014 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony held at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. safety engineer Roger Trombley didn’t want his kids to think he was just the guy who walked through the door of their Ann Arbor home at the end of the day.

So Trombley, 37, became the first man in his department to go to a part-time schedule, in 2009, so he could be with son Dillon. Since then, three other dads in his unit at Ford have followed suit.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Magnetic ride control is an all-new, exclusive feature on the 2015 GMC Sierra Denali, advancing its position as the most refined and technologically advanced truck on the market. It’s the first time the advanced, electronically controlled damping system has been offered on a full-size truck.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Reporters from across North America are in Dearborn today for an overview of the automaker’s 2015 model lineup.

Also on the agenda is the unveiling of a new vehicle. The Detroit Free Press can reveal full details at 6 p.m.

Ford is in the midst of its most aggressive launch schedule in decades, introducing 16 vehicles in North America this year compared with five in 2013. Ford is launching 23 new vehiclesglobally this year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 24 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler is going to give its Chrysler 200 sedan and Jeep Cherokee SUV an extra fuel economy pop by offering stop-start technology on each starting this fall.

Stop-start improves fuel economy by turning the engine off when it comes to a stop and automatically restarting it when a driver presses the accelerator.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
GM News

DETROIT – A Chevrolet Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee returns to the big screen in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in theaters June 27.

“In all the Transformers films, Chevrolet vehicles get to play the heroes,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “These movies have helped us get our vehicles in front of a younger audience around the world.”

This is the Camaro’s fourth appearance in a Transformers film. The first three movies helped propel Camaro to sales leadership in its segment for the past four years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. customers who buy 2015 model-year vehicles with navigation systems will get free five-year subscriptions to SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link. The services offer detailed traffic, accident, fuel and weather information.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
Written by Mark Savage | Posted on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The former Chrysler 200 was so long in the tooth you could have nicknamed it Snagglepuss.

It was updated a couple of years back by Fiat. Mostly, Fiat has helped Chrysler's various lineups, and the new Chrysler 200 again confirms that.

The midsize sedan, which rides on the Jeep Cherokee platform, is available with all-wheel-drive and carries the rounded styling first seen on the sporty Dodge Dart. This is a handsome sedan with a swept-back rear quarter to give it both a modern and sporty profile.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 20 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on Detroit News

Warren —In the upcoming action blockbuster “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” expect to see a bolder, stronger and more dramatic Chevrolet Camaro that transforms into the plucky Autobot named Bumblebee — as well as a Corvette Stingray, Chevy Sonic Rally Car and Chevy Trax.

You might even see GM’s top designer, Ed Welburn, who filmed a speaking part for the Michael Bay movie that hits theaters June 27.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 20 2014
Written by Rahim Kanani | Posted on Forbes

“As our vehicles are the source of our most significant environmental impact, it is vital that we focus on improving the environmental performance of each product,” explained John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters for Ford Motor Company. Today, Ford released its 15th annual Sustainability Report for 2013/2014, and in a wide-ranging interview with Viera, we discussed the evolution and impact of Ford’s environmental commitment, milestones of progress and innovation, leadership lessons, and much more.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 20 2014
Chrysler Media

June 19, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Edmunds.com has named the 2014 Jeep® Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Ram ProMaster winners of its 2014 Best Retained Value® Awards.

The three Chrysler Group vehicles earned awards in the following categories:

2014 Jeep Wrangler: Compact SUV
2014 Dodge Challenger: Midsize/Large Coupe
2014 Ram ProMaster: Commercial Van

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 19 2014
GM News

DETROIT – General Motors continues its strong performance in the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM taking more initial quality awards than any other automaker for the second year in a row. GM also has the most models ranked in the top three in their respective segments.

GM’s plant in Ingersoll, Canada, where the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are built, was awarded a Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 19 2014
Written by Blake Z. Rong | Posted on Market Watch

A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years. And on the surface, Fusion Lite sounds like the name of a brand new soft drink. Fusion Lite, now with less calories! Try Fusion Lite today! It’s what plants crave!

But in fact the above car, painted up like a Tron taxicab, is the Ford Lightweight Concept. That sounds far more scientific. It is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 19 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler Town & Country is highest-ranking minivan for initial quality for the third time in four years

Dodge Challenger leads Midsize Sporty Car segment for second time in four years

Ram 1500, Dodge Grand Caravan rank among top three for initial quality in their segments

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 18 2014
GM News

Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development

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