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Jan 14 2014
Written by Associated Press | Posted on Washington Post

DETROIT — Some call it a game-changer. Some just shake their heads. Either way, Ford’s new aluminum-clad F-150 is such a radical departure from past pickup trucks that it dominated talk at the opening of the Detroit auto show.

Ford Motor Co. unveiled the 2015 F-150, whose body is 97-percent aluminum, on Monday. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still reliant on steel. No other vehicle on the market contains this much aluminum.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 14 2014
Written by Mark Clothier and Keith Naughton | Posted on Bloomberg News

Chrysler Group LLC (F)’s Jeep division, aided by the fast start of the new Cherokee, probably will surpass 1 million sales worldwide this year or next, the brand’s top executive said.

Jeep global sales reached a record 731,565 last year and shipments have more than tripled since 2009, said Mike Manley, the brand’s president. Getting the maker of sport-utility vehicles to the automaker’s 1 million target by 2015 would be faster than Manley originally had expected.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade
Jan 13 2014
Written by DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER / AP Auto Writers | Posted on Boston.com

Ford pickups have been doing the country’s work for 66 years. They've hauled grain, towed logs and plowed snow. They've cleared debris after tornadoes and pulled floats in the Rose Bowl parade.

They've shouldered those loads with parts forged from steel. Until now.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 13 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford aims to reinvent the pickup before most people are even in the office today, and that’s just the start of the news coming from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 10 2014
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on The New York Times

Although Mopar has been Chrysler’s parts and service moniker since before World War II, it was during muscle-car craze of the 1960s that it came to be identified with performance aftermarket parts. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, Chrysler will have a sizable Mopar display as part of its 5,500-square-foot spread, showing off several vehicles laden with aftermarket parts.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 10 2014
Written by Doug Palmer and Adam Behsudi | Posted on Politico Pro

Three senior lawmakers on Thursday unveiled long-awaited legislation to help President Barack Obama strike major trade deals in Asia and Europe, setting the stage for a potential election-year battle between the president and many of his fellow Democrats in Congress.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jan 10 2014
Written by Elvina Nawaguna and Krista Hughes | Posted on Reuters

American automakers on Thursday pushed for rules against currency manipulation to be included in an ambitious trade pact being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.

The American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, said participating nations should commit to not manipulating their exchange rates to gain an unfair competitive advantage.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jan 10 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

A trade group representing Detroit's Big Three automakers on Thursday unveiled a proposal to prevent currency manipulation in a proposed free trade pact.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jan 10 2014
Written by Brian Wingfield, Laura Litvan and Michael C. Bender | Posted on Bloomberg Politics

Congressional leaders who oversee trade policy introduced legislation today that would give President Barack Obama the fast-track authority he is seeking to enact three of the world’s largest accords.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan joined leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to offer legislation on so-called trade-promotion authority, which subjects trade deals to an up-or-down vote by Congress.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Jan 09 2014
Written by Joielle Hoyle | Posted on GM Authority

The Clean Energy Patent Quarterly Crown [CEPQC] was awarded to General Motors for having exactly 40 clean energy patents in the last quarter of 2013. The CEPQC is distributed quarterly by the Clean Tech Group at Heslin, Rothernberg, Farley & Mesiti PC. The Clean Tech Group has been issuing this award in the U.S. since 2002 and according to a quarterly report issued last year, the CEPQC currently has a total of 757 U.S. granted patents.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 09 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

Chrysler Group LLC today announced the return of its special-edition Ram 1500 Mossy Oak Edition for outdoor enthusiasts.

After a one-year hiatus, the Auburn Hills-based automaker will offer the full-size pickup as a 2014 model. It will be available early this year starting at $39,985, plus $1,195 destination charge.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 08 2014
Written by David J. Unger | Posted on The Christian Science Monitor

Still no flying cars yet, but we're getting closer to ones that run on sun.

The world's fifth-largest automaker debuted a plug-in hybrid concept car Tuesday that combines a conventional gasoline engine with rooftop solar panels and a large concentrating lens to charge its battery.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 08 2014
Written by Bryce G. Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC wants you to know that you can have it your way when buying a new car or truck, and the company is devoting a big hunk of its space in Cobo Center this year to making sure you do.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 08 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

The Auburn Hills-based automaker Tuesday announced the 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop package will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week.

Blacktop packages are already offered on Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan models. The packages includes Gloss Black wheels, select exterior paint colors, Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille with Gloss Black matching grille surround, darkened headlamp bezels, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 07 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Chrysler Group's Jeep brand set a global sales record in 2013 with sales of 731,565 vehicles, up 4 percent from the previous year's record despite not having the Jeep Cherokee available for sale until late October.

Three nameplates -- the Wrangler, Compass and Patriot -- set global and U.S. sales records in 2013, the company said. The Grand Cherokee was the brand's top-selling model globally at 255,005 units, followed by the Wrangler at 210,715.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 07 2014
Written by Andrew Kidd | Posted on The News-Herald

In the wake of its full acquisition by Italian car maker Fiat, automotive manufacturer Chrysler has posted its strongest annual sales since 2007 and the highest December sales increase in six years.

The company saw a 9 percent increase in full-year sales for 2013 compared to 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year of annual growth, while its December sales of 161,007 new cars and trucks saw an increase of 6 percent compared with the previous year’s 152,367.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 06 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Sunday it will debut its new embedded OnStar 4G LTE mobile Internet on several Chevrolet vehicles this summer.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 06 2014
Written by Craig Trudell | Posted on Journal Gazette

There are beer cans, and then there are Humvees. Ford will take pains to show its new, aluminum F-150 pickup has more in common with combat vehicles.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 06 2014
Written by Associated Press | Posted on The Washington Post

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends.

The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 03 2014
4-Traders

Americans headed for local car dealers en masse last month, taking advantage of year-end closeouts, sweet leases and inexpensive financing to boost the industry log its strongest sales year since 2007.

Most major automakers, who report sales on Friday, were expected to report gains for the year. But there were signs in December that 2014 could bring more price competition and better deals for consumers as U.S. auto sales growth starts to slow.

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy

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