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Mar 18 2014
Written by Christian Moe | Posted on Top Speed

The most important consideration for any track-day special is not horsepower, suspension setup, brakes or tries. Ask any Formula One team, Le Mans racer or local SCCA guru; the number one consideration is cooling. If the car doesn’t stay cool, the car won’t run. You can have a million horsepower, but does no good if you are sitting in the pits waiting for your engine to cool.

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Mar 18 2014
Ford Media Center

Carl Edwards captured the 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win of his career with today’s victory.

Today’s win is Ford’s 620th all-time series victory and the 134th for Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards’ third Bristol win ties him with Fred Lorenzen and Kurt Busch, who each won three times at this track for Ford.

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Mar 18 2014
My Suburban Life

Bridge Communities recently was awarded a $7,500 grant from The Chrysler Foundation to support its Transitional Housing Program, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

The program provides housing, mentoring and supportive services to more than 100 homeless families annually in DuPage County.

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Mar 17 2014
GM News

Cadillac will add enhanced in-vehicle connectivity with the addition of OnStar 4G LTE and the CUE Collection suite of applications. The 2015 ATS Coupe will be among the first Cadillac models equipped with both advanced technologies when it goes on sale this summer.

OnStar 4G LTE is a faster and more reliable connection for in-vehicle applications compared to competitive 3G systems. A built-in connection allows passengers access online content and information through a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can accommodate up to seven devices.

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Mar 17 2014
Written by Chad Holcom | Posted on Crain's Detroit Business

The philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co. will award $1 million in automotive design scholarships over the next 20 years in honor of William Clay Ford Sr., the former company vice chairman and last surviving grandson of founder Henry Ford who died Sunday.

The Ford Motor Co. Fund will award five automotive design students $10,000 per year each under the William Clay Ford Automotive Design Scholarship that commemorates the late Ford’s design legacy, the fund announced today.
 

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Mar 17 2014
Written by Mark Clothier | Posted on Bloomberg

Fiat SpA (F) is adding 800 employees in Sterling Heights, Michigan, to support production of the redesigned Chrysler 200, reviving a factory that was almost shuttered following the U.S. automaker’s 2009 bankruptcy.

Fiat invested almost $1 billion in the plant, which will build the 2015 Chrysler 200, the Turin, Italy-based company said in a statement yesterday. The factory, which employs a total of 2,800 with the new hires, has added new paint and body shops, increasing its total size to about 2 million square feet.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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