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Sep 09 2013
Written by Jeremy Allen | Posted on MLive

FLINT, MI – General Motors employees across Genesee County will step away from assembly lines and offices and into various neighborhoods, cleaning up blight and garbage, and trimming down overgrown weeds in and around Flint.

Dozens of GM workers will participate in the company’s second annual teamGM Cares Week activities, including building a Peace Park and sprucing up local neighborhoods.

The employees will work throughout the week of Sept. 9 at the Flint-based Catholic Charities office to build a Peace Park at the organization’s Center of Hope facility located at 901 Chippewa St.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 06 2013
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

DEARBORN, MI- Ford Motor Co. is boosting production of its smallest EcoBoost engine, which will be offered domestically later this year.

The Dearborn-based automaker Thursday announced it is doubling the output of the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to more than 1,000 engines a day at its engine plant in Cologne, Germany. This will increase projected production capacity this year to 165,000 engines from 100,000 engines, and to 200,000 engines in 2014.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 06 2013
Written by Benjamin Preston | Posted on The New York Times

The way The Boston Globe and most other media outlets reported Officer Sean Collier’s death, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus policeman didn’t even see it coming. As he sat in his cruiser, the men suspected of the Boston Marathon bombings crept up to him, and Officer Collier was shot and killed.

Police officer spend a lot of time sitting in their cruiser waiting, watching and filling out reports. So what’s to keep an assailant from sneaking up on an officer distracted by other tasks? Now, there’s new technology available that could help protect them from being taken unawares.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 06 2013
Fox News

Ford has announced plans to launch a new luxury brand called Vignale.

More of a sub-brand of the mothership, the name will denote the highest trim level for the company’s vehicles sold in Europe.

The Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week featuring signature styling cues that include upgraded chrome trim, unique wheels and quilted leather upholstery that calls to mind that found in upscale brands like Bentley.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 06 2013
Written by Jonathan Welsh | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

Chrysler is using one of its SRT Viper GTS-R racing cars as a rolling billboard to promote “Rush,” the coming motorsport film from director Ron Howard.

The No. 91 will be competing in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series race in Baltimore this weekend. It will carry prominent graphics of the movie’s title on its roof, hood and front fenders during the ALMS sports-car race. The Viper will also take parade laps ahead of the pace car during other races.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 05 2013
Manufacturing.net

Buffalo, N.Y. (Manufacturing.net) — At General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, N.Y., a $400 million investment in advanced manufacturing techniques will allow the company to produce 1,000 Gen 5 Small Block engines daily — a 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8 and two variants of a 6.2L V-8. The new engines will power nine GM models by 2015, starting with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, plus the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Production began at the Tonawanda plant began in 1938, with an emphasis on high-performance engines for vintage Chevrolet muscle cars and Corvettes. It is also the birthplace of the Small Block engine, which went into production in 1955. This year, the plant will build its 71 millionth engine, which currently includes the Ecotec 2.0L Turbo and 2.5L engines that power the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it has started production on the fifth generation of small-block engines — including the 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 that powers the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — at its Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, N.Y. The new work has more than doubled employment at the factory since 2009.

GM announced in April 2010 it would invest $400 million in the plant to build the new engines. The funding brought advanced manufacturing tools to the plant to build four small-block variants on the same assembly line. The Detroit-based automaker said the plant by 2015 will produce small-block engines for nine GM models.


 

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Sep 05 2013
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Cheap credit, consumer confidence and new offerings caused retail car buyers to flock to dealer showrooms in August, boosting auto sales to their strongest month in more than six years.

Automakers beat expectations and sold 1.5 million cars and light trucks last month, a 17 percent increase from the same period a year ago, according to Autodata Corp. That translates into a seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate of 16.09 million cars and trucks, the first month the sales rate was above 16 million since October 2007.

 

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
The New York Times

The stock market rose on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by a surge in auto sales in August and other signs of strength in the economy.

Shares of General Motors, Ford Motor and Toyota Motor rose after the auto industry reported its best month in six years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
Written by Justin Lahart | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

Car dealers had a very good August. That may signal the U.S. economy is finally getting dealt a better hand.

General Motors, GM +4.77% Ford Motor, F +3.37% Toyota Motor 7203.TO +0.32% and Chrysler Group on Wednesday all reported a strong increase in light-vehicle sales last month, to an annualized 16.1 million cars, according to Autodata, the strongest since October 2007. Industry watcher WardsAuto had expected 15.7 million, while Kelley Blue Book was looking for 15.6 million, suggesting that a late-month lift pushed sales higher.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
Written by James R. Healey, Chris Woodyard and Fred Meier | Posted on USA Today

Fueled by better products, low-interest loans, cheap leases and intense Labor Day shopping, Detroit car companies beat analysts estimates and reported numerous sales records for brands and models in August.

"The news is even more positive than the overall numbers imply, as individual car buyers, not fleet sales, are behind the surge," says Edmunds.com senior analyst Michelle Krebs. And sales incentives of all kinds were down 3% from from July to $2,374, Edmunds.com estimates, though were up 3% from last August.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
Written by Jerry Hirsch | Posted on Los Angeles Times

Strong August auto sales numbers revealed a problem last month that Ford, GM and Chrysler once would have begged for — not enough cars to sell.

Automakers sold 1.5 million vehicles last month, a 17% gain over the same month a year ago and one of the best showings since 2007, before the Great Recession set in, according to Autodata Corp.

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Sep 04 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC said Wednesday that its U.S. sales of 165,552 in August rose 11.5 percent over the same month last year, marking its best August sales month in six years.

The Auburn Hills-based automaker said its Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and Fiat brands posted year-over-year sales gains in August, led by Ram which posted a 29 percent gain. Six Chrysler Group vehicles had record sales for August and the Dodge Journey posted its best sales month ever at 8,890.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 04 2013
Torque News

The Chrysler minivan turns 30 years old later this year and to celebrate the vehicles that literally invented the minivan segment – the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan will both benefit from a new 30th Anniversary Edition packages for 2014.

The Dodge Caravan was introduced for the 1984 model year and the first ever minivan rolled off of the assembly line in Windsor Ontario on November 2nd 1983. That means that the original minivan will turn 30 years old in a couple months and to celebrate that monumental occasion, the company will offer up 30th Anniversary Edition models of both the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan for the 2014 model year.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 04 2013
Written by Jay Ramey | Posted on Autoweek

This year has seen quite a few important automotive milestones. Aston Martin celebrated its centennial, and the Porsche 911 turned 50, as did the Lotus Elan. Even Cunningham had a milestone to celebrate, with the marque founded by Briggs Cunningham turning 60. An anniversary you might not have heard about with all the hubbub surrounding the celebrations at Pebble Beach, Lime Rock and other venues is Chrysler's minivans turning 30.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 04 2013
Written by Noah Joseph | Posted on Autoblog

It's been known by many names: the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, Chrysler Voyager, Lancia Voyager, Volkswagen Routan, Ram Cargo Van... but the bottom line is that Chrysler's minivans have defined the segment for 30 years now. In fact, Chrysler says it has sold 13 million of them since 1983, helped along by the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan that accounted for nearly half of all minivans sold in the United States just last year. So to celebrate this three-decade milestone, the Auburn Hills auto has announced a pair of new special editions.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 03 2013
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

The next three years at Chrysler Group can be summed up simply: more Fiat and more miles per gallon.

First Fiat. Three nameplates will be redesigned on shared Fiat platforms: the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and the Dodge Journey replacement.

The Italian invasion will continue with more Fiat nameplates and the beginning of Alfa Romeo sales in U.S. showrooms.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 03 2013
Written by Ron Sessions | Posted on Car and Driver

Chrysler may not have invented the minivan, but it sure did put a lot of them in America’s driveways—more than 13 million of the bratwagons by Chrysler’s count since the first Dodge Caravan (and its badge-engineered twin, the Plymouth Voyager) broke cover for the 1984 model year. Those first minivans were truly fun-size—lightweight, front-wheel-driven, four-cylinder–powered, and no lengthier bumper to bumper than a mid-1980s Honda Accord—but with way more usable space inside for seven passengers and their stuff than the competing station wagons of the day. And because they were based on car components, the early Chrysler Group minivans drove like, and achieved similar fuel economy to, cars.

Early sales success begat competition. Before long the Caravan had an extended-wheelbase Grand Caravan sibling with more space, and in 1989, the first luxury minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country was introduced. As features were added, dual sliding doors replaced single ones, V-6 power was added, doors and liftgates became power-operated, and seats not only folded and flipped, but disappeared into the floor. Cup holders spread like mushrooms and so did video systems to pacify the peanut gallery.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 03 2013
Written by Deena Kamel Yousef | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. expects 2013 sales of Chevrolet vehicles to reach 5 million for the first time in GM’s 100-year history, spurred in part by growth in the Middle East, said the global head of Chevrolet, Alan Batey.

“When I look out and think about where we need to take the brand, the Middle East is a significant part of that opportunity,” he said in Dubai today at an event for the media.


 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 30 2013
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

 General Motors Co. is expanding a Detroit recycling program to turn vacant lots into urban gardens.

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

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