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Jun 10 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Nearly 8,000 U.S. military veterans have purchased a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac by taking advantage of General Motors’ enhanced Military Discount Program, which runs through June 30. All active-duty military, reservists, retirees and veterans – regardless of separation date – are eligible.

“We anticipate many more will use the discount through the end of the month,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “It’s our small way of thanking those who have made so many sacrifices for the safety and security of our nation.”

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Jun 10 2014
Written by Jerry Wofford | Posted on Tulsa World

In 1974, Jim Wicks had a little picnic with a few fellow Shelby Mustang enthusiasts.

That small gathering continued to grow, and now the Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals is one of the largest Ford and Shelby meets of the year.

“Last year we had people from 34 states and seven countries,” Wicks said.

And the 40th Mid America Nationals, set for this weekend at various locations around northeast Oklahoma, is set to be one of the biggest yet.

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Jun 10 2014
Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Wausau Daily Herald

The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and Jeep 4x4 capability. Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

To be available in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models and 4x2 or 4x4 driveline configurations (except Trailhawk), the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade leverages

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Jun 09 2014
GM News

DETROIT – As the 2014 U.S. Atlantic hurricane season approaches, OnStar is offering Crisis Assist services to all customers, regardless of subscription plan, in the event of an extreme weather emergency.

Earlier this year, OnStar provided Crisis Assist services after tornadoes struck in the Midwest and Southern regions of the United States and during the recent outbreak of wildfires in Southern California. OnStar advisors were able to assist subscribers affected by the events even when other forms of communication were unavailable.

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Jun 09 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT -- A steering system that makes it easier for drivers to maneuver in parking lots will be offered next spring on a Ford vehicle, likely the next-generation Edge crossover.

Now, to back into a parking space a driver needs to turn the steering wheel of a typical vehicle as many as three revolutions. With Ford's new steering system, the same maneuver might need as few as two revolutions.

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Jun 09 2014
Chrysler Media

On-air campaign launches on Saturday, June 7, with :60-second and :30-second spots

“Born Makers” features remixed version of “Things Have Changed” with vocals by Detroit singer/artist MoZella; Narrated by Kevin Yon (voice of Chrysler brand’s “Born of Fire” campaign)

Campaign includes Hispanic, in-theater, print, digital, social and out of home/transit extensions

As an official auto sponsor of “24: Live Another Day,” the all-new Chrysler 200 will be featured throughout season, with fully-integrated episode on Monday, June 9, on FOX.

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Jun 06 2014
GM News

DETROIT – The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of a few production cars available in the United States that delivers more than 600 horsepower.

The Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm) at 3,600 rpm.

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Jun 06 2014
Written by Clifford Atlyeh | Posted on Car and Driver

You’re looking at a Ford Fusion that’s been modified using so many exotic lightweight materials that it tips the scales at just 2635 pounds, or about as much as Ford’s subcompact Fiesta hatch. (The last production Fusion we weighed rang in at at 3474 pounds.) A curb weight of less than 2700 pounds is unheard of in this vehicle class, and we haven’t seen a sub-3000-pound mid-size Ford sedan since the first-gen Taurus in 1986.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 06 2014
Written by Dale Buss | Posted on Forbes

Fiat Chrysler is pivoting further in a new marketing direction as it launches TV advertisements on Saturday for the completely overhauled new version of its Chrysler 200 sedan.

The biggest change is that for the first time since the company emerged from bankruptcy, the car is the real star of a Chrysler-brand commercial.

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Jun 05 2014
Written by Katherine Long | Posted on Seattle Times

Seattle — On the outside, it’s a basic, affordable, midsize Chevy Malibu.

But on the inside it’s a hybrid like no other, with two separate engines — one biodiesel, the other electric — that together give it the muscle of, well, a muscle car, not the faint and tentative speed of some hybrids.

For the last three years, a team of University of Washington students has designed, planned, tested, rebuilt, rewired and re-engineered the innards of the General Motors car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 05 2014
Written by Joshua Vaughn | Posted on The Sentinel

CARLISLE — To commemorate the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang during this week’s Ford Nationals at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle Bakery is rolling out a one-of-a-kind edible automobile.

Made from three sheet cakes and two pounds of buttercream icing, Carlisle Bakery is putting the finishing touches on a 1964 Ford Mustang cake. When completed, the cake will feed up to 150 visitors at the Ford Mustang 50th anniversary celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Red 102.3 stage at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

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Jun 05 2014
Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Wausau Daily Herald

After being out of the line-up for over 12 years, the legendary Cherokee SUV has been welcomed back into the Jeep model line for 2014. The all-new Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4x4 capability, fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features.

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Jun 04 2014
GM News

DETROIT – The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014, according to Edmunds.com and Parents magazine. It is the second consecutive year Traverse made the list in the SUV category.

Criteria for consideration included strong safety – Traverse earned a Top Safety Pick recommendation in 2013 from the Insurance Institute for Highway safety and has a 5-star rating in government crash tests – efficiency, value and style.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 04 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Having shaken the automotive world with its plans for a lightweight aluminum pickup truck, Ford is now turning its attention to bringing the same technology to cars.

It unveiled a concept version of its popular Fusion midsize car that weighs about the same as its smallest model, the Fiesta. Just as Ford wsa able to cut up to 700 pounds in the F-150, it was able to do about the same with the Fusion for this design study.

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Jun 04 2014
Written by Mike Martindale | Posted on The Detroit News

Auburn Hills— A different kind of assembly line involving autoworkers took place Tuesday at Chrysler Group world headquarters.

An estimated 260 salaried employees partnered with the Stop Hunger Now international hunger relief effort to package 70,000 meals to support school feeding programs in Brazil, organizers said.

The volunteer event had workers combining more than 7,000 pounds of rice, 2,900 pounds of soy and 350 pounds of vegetables into small packages also containing 21 vitamins and minerals.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 03 2014
GM News

DETROIT – The 2015 Cadillac Escalade features a new yet instantly recognizable design that maintains the vehicle's signature quality and elegance. The styling cues combine sculpted surfaces with high technology embellishments to give Escalade an unmistakable stand-out appearance.

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Jun 03 2014
Ford Media Center

With help from Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering faculty, the New England Motor Press Association awarded the 2015 Ford F-150, with more than 100 patents, the Yankee Cup

The Yankee Cup is a technology award recognizing an automotive feature, system or vehicle that significantly makes driving safer, more cost efficient or more enjoyable

From its truck bed to LED lights, new F-150 recognized by judges as tougher, smarter and more capable

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Jun 03 2014
Written by Scott Burgess | Posted on Motor Trend

Nowadays, heritage rarely means much more than something really old. But being first does not necessarily make something the best.

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Jun 02 2014
GM News

 General Motors earned half of the superior ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s rating program on front crash prevention. The Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala are all considered industry leaders when purchased with GM’s available Front Automatic Braking system.

“We applaud GM’s commitment to making this important safety technology available not only on their luxury Cadillac products, but also on their more mainstream Chevrolet and Buick vehicles,” said IIHS Chief Research Officer David Zuby.

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Jun 02 2014
Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

No matter how many different ways the Ford research group in charge of rethinking the F-150 pickup looked at improving its fuel economy, it was always the same answer that popped up.

“If you can use technology and materials to take weight out of the vehicle, you’ll always end up with the best solution,” says Pete Reyes, chief engineer of the 2015 Ford F-150.

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