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Jul 31 2014
GM News

The SS Sedan is Chevrolet’s first and only vehicle to offer standard Automatic Parking Assist.

The technology uses sensors on the front and rear bumpers to detect the width and depth of parallel and reverse right-angle parking spaces to provide hands-free parking help.

“Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” said Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate that anxiety in situations where more experience is required to park a vehicle.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 31 2014
Written by Vincent Balestriere | Posted on International Business TImes

Performance cars can be graceful, elegant. Composed. They can go about their business with the sort of practiced confidence that says, “I’m better than you plebeians, but I don’t need to show off.” It’s a subtle aura.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is not subtle.

It’s for the kind of person who arrives at parties ten minutes before anyone’s started drinking, blasting “Turn Down For What.”

But is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. Rule number one for Hot Hatch Club membership (aside from the obvious stipulation of being a hatchback): be outlandish.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 31 2014
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

To call the new, earth-shaking 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT the “Hellcat” seems an understatement.

Were there copyright issues with T-Rex, Godzilla or The Kraken?

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 30 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co., Raytheon Co. and the U.S. Army are teaming up to help soldiers returning to civilian life get jobs at GM dealerships as service technicians.

GM has the largest U.S. dealer network with 4,300 and in the coming years will need about 2,500 new technicians. Such qualified staff can be a struggle to find, while the unemployment rate among returning Army veterans is more than twice the national average. The push comes as the Army plans to reduce its size from 574,000 to 450,000.

Jul 30 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company is collaborating with seven of the world’s largest automakers and 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology for plug-in electric vehicles to talk to the utilities via the cloud – a move that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

Jul 30 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torqu News

Thanks to the same collection of information that revealed that there will be a Hellcat powered Dodge Charger, we have learned that the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT will come with 5 extra horsepower in the new model year – bringing the total output up to 645 horsepower.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 29 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday it will offer wireless smartphone charging in the 2015 Cadillac ATS and 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe to help address growing demand for charging devices in the car and eliminating the need for cords.

GM said the technology will be added to the Cadillac CTS and Escalade SUV at the end of 2014. A GM spokeswoman said 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups will get the technology soon, while a company spokesman said the technology will be “deployed widely” across the company’s vehicles.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 29 2014
Written by Brad Wiley | Posted on Autoweek

Recently we had the opportunity to ride shotgun in a few pre-production examples of the 2015 Mustang around Ford’s Dearborn Development handling course. While there’s no substitute for actually driving the new Mustang ourselves, a test-ride did offer a glimpse into what we can expect once we're allowed behind the wheel.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 29 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

The first copy of the most powerful production muscle car ever made is going to up for auction to benefit charity.

The 707-horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, with a vehicle identification number (VIN) of 0001, is goes on the block at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction, Sept. 25 to 27 in Las Vegas.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Opportunity Village organization of Las Vegas, Barrett-Jackson says.

The Hellcat has a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine that can roar through the quarter mile in 10.2 seconds, with a speed of 126 miles per hour.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 28 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand is providing 12 plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volts to the nonprofit MBAs Across America program, which is traveling the country to help small businesses.

The automaker held a celebratory event Friday at its Renaissance Center headquarters. GM CEO Mary Barra and Detroit Deputy Mayor Ike McKinnon welcomed the students who spent the week in Detroit working with seven local businesses.

Jul 28 2014
Fox Sports

The Fiesta is the smallest car Ford sells in the United States, and now it’s available with the tiniest engine the company has ever made.

Ford's first three-piston motor is a 1.0-liter turbocharged powerhouse with an aluminum block the company says is small enough to fit on a sheet of letter paper or in a piece of carry-on luggage, with room to spare. With it, Ford joins Smart, Mitsubishi and MINI in what’s quickly becoming the year of the three-cylinder.

Jul 28 2014
Written by Warren Brown | Posted on Valley News

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Blame it on marketing — that syrupy mixture of fact and fantasy administered in heavy doses to take the “hard” out of “hard sell.” Consider, for example, the Chrysler 300 without the “S.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 25 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on Detroit News

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September as the issue takes growing importance.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America said Thursday Barra will keynote the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on Sept 7. She will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. GM also confirmed Barra will speak at the event.

Jul 25 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

The real F-35 Lightning II fighter jet may be grounded, but the Ford Mustang version is just taking off.

As it does every year, Ford has created a special paint job for a Mustang to be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual gathering at Oshkosh, Wis. They are always painted to match a famous military aircraft, present or past. Proceeds from the auction of the car go to support a program that offers introductory flights for teenagers in hopes it will foster an interest in aviation.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 25 2014
Written by Justin King | Posted on Left Lane

Chrysler has reportedly confirmed that its new seven-seat crossover is on track to launch in 2017. The model is said to be built upon a V6-powered front-wheel-drive platform, with all-wheel drive available as an optional upgrade. The company aims to share the platform across other vehicles, suggesting it will also underpin the next-generation minivan.

The Dodge Durango technically accommodates seven passengers, however the company views the SUV interior as too small and the exterior styling as too aggressive for many customers, Chrysler brand CEO Al Gardner told Motor Trend.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 25 2014
Written by Justin King | Posted on Left Lane

Chrysler has reportedly confirmed that its new seven-seat crossover is on track to launch in 2017. The model is said to be built upon a V6-powered front-wheel-drive platform, with all-wheel drive available as an optional upgrade. The company aims to share the platform across other vehicles, suggesting it will also underpin the next-generation minivan.

The Dodge Durango technically accommodates seven passengers, however the company views the SUV interior as too small and the exterior styling as too aggressive for many customers, Chrysler brand CEO Al Gardner told Motor Trend.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 24 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors has become the first major automaker to sell vehicles with wireless Internet access, but consumers want to know how well it will work.

Phil Abram, GM chief infotainment officer, said Wednesday the automaker conducted extensive testing with service provider AT&T to ensure the new 4G LTE-equipped vehicles work seamlessly.

“This is not a science project for General Motors,” Abram said. “The breadth in which we are doing this … is a recognition that this connectivity is a universal need.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 24 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company and Detroit Symphony Orchestra are building on their long history together by launching a new performance series that brings live orchestral music into the neighborhoods of Detroit.

“DSO on the Go with Ford” will feature 10 free performances by DSO musicians at locations around Detroit. The first performance is today, featuring bassoonist Michael Ke Ma and cellist David LeDoux at Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) at 2826 Bagley St. in Detroit’s Mexicantown neighborhood.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 24 2014
Chrysler Media

The Dodge brand ranks highest in three segments in J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™. Dodge Charger, Challenger and Dart lead the Large Car, Midsize Sporty Car and Compact Car segments respectively.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 23 2014
Written by Brian McCollum | Posted on Detroit Free Press

A familiar Detroit voice is driving the latest Chevrolet ad campaign.

Kid Rock’s 2010 anthem “Born Free” accompanies a new television spot for the Chevy Summer Drive series, which aims to show “how Chevrolet is woven into the fabric of Summer in America,” according to Detroit ad developer Agency 720.

Filed Under: Research & Development