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May 16 2014
Written by Mircea Panait | Posted on Auto Evolution

The heavily anticipated 200 isn't just Chrysler's last resort at making a proper mid-size luxury sedan. As it turns out, more than 17,000 people ordered the model in the first two days since it was launched, with 10,000 orders registered in the first 24 hours alone.

Laying the groundwork for the future of the Chrysler brand in the United States, the 200's order book opened on Thursday, May 8th, with much enthusiasm coming from consumers that want the best this segment offers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 15 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Cadillac today announced production of a limited, special-edition 2015 CTS-V Coupe, marking the last chapter of the current model before the next generation of the V-Series debuts next year.

The 2015 CTS-V Coupe will consist of 500 limited-edition cars available during the second half of 2014.

"The V-Series continues to elevate Cadillac, providing an exclusive family of high-performance luxury models that attract a new audience of elite and passionate buyers,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, chief marketing officer, Global Cadillac.

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May 15 2014
Ford News

Ford reinforces commitment to racing and performance car development with announcement of new Ford Technical Support Center in Concord, N.C.

Expected to be fully operational later this summer, the facility will serve as a center for Ford Racing technical support and for racing teams to develop and test their cars; center will eventually support development of future Ford performance vehicles

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May 15 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler brand reports 10,000 2015 Chrysler 200 vehicle orders were placed on the very first day vehicle orders were made available

More than 17,000 vehicle orders were placed in the first two days

20,000 initial orders of the 2015 Chrysler 200 allow for full capacity production through mid-July at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP)

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 14 2014
Buick News

DETROIT – Safety and technology top the lists of important considerations for Buick customers. That’s why every 2015 Buick model will come standard with a rearview camera.

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May 14 2014
Written by John Rosevear and Rex Moore | Posted on The Motley Fool

Even though it didn't have any major new models to announce, Ford (NYSE: F) had a big presence at last month's New York International Auto Show.

Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang's debut by unveiling a commemorative model -- and with an epic stunt at the Empire State Building. The company also showed off its refreshed-for-2015 Focus, and many key Ford executives were on hand.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 14 2014
Written by Mark Clothier | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler Group has hired 204 workers at a new factory in Tipton, Ind., to make transmissions for the Jeep Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 sedan, about a quarter of the total hires planned for the facility.

The factory will employ 600 workers by the end of the year and 850 a year later, the company said. The automaker, fully acquired by Fiat in January, spent $162 million to outfit the 782,000-square-foot facility to build nine-speed transmissions, which improve fuel efficiency.

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May 13 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News
General Motors Co. said Monday it will give a free, three-month trial period or 3 gigabytes of use for its embedded OnStar 4G LTE mobile Internet service that will be available on most 2015 vehicles sold in the U.S.
 
Separately, GM also confirmed its all-new AppShop that would allow drivers to download music, news, travel and vehicle information apps is being delayed and will not be introduced on 2015 Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Opel vehicles as planned. GM begun touting the roll-out in 2015 vehicles early this year.
 
 
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May 13 2014
Fox News

The Ford Mustang may be partly named after an aircraft, but one has never flown like this.

Staff at Big Valley Ford in Stockton, Calif. recently strapped a 2015 Mustang model to a weather balloon and sent it aloft.

With a set of action cameras documenting the trip, the car took a 74 minute ride almost 21 miles high into the stratosphere, and just 18,000 feet shy of where Felix Baumgartner made his record-breaking supersonic jump from in 2012. 

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May 13 2014
Written by Carrie Cline | Posted on WTHR
For seven years, the city of Tipton has been waiting for Chrysler to start work at the transmission plant that the automaker helped to build.
 
After years of disappointment, the waiting is over today as the plant is dedicated.
 
This plant has been through the ringer in a county that's struggled economically with an unemployment rate as high as ten percent. The facility was under construction for seven years and went through two false starts before reaching this point. 
Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
May 12 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued the Better Plants Challenge in a bid to improve energy efficiency. General Motors has accepted the challenge and will attempt to reduce the energy intensity of its American manufacturing plants and facilities by 25 percent in 10 years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 12 2014
Written by Adam Levine-Weinberg | Posted on The Motley Fool

Many truck enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F  ) upcoming 2015 F-150. The newest version of America's best selling pickup will offer a big improvement in fuel economy thanks to its increased usage of lightweight aluminum in the body.

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May 12 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, playing catch-up in the U.S. fuel-economy race, will debut a family of advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines in the next five years.

The automaker will also introduce a plug-in hybrid minivan, offer more diesel engines and continue to replace six-speed automatics with eight- and nine-speed transmissions.

Among the five full-line automakers, including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp., Chrysler is last in fuel economy, according to the EPA's ranking of fleetwide fuel economy.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 09 2014
Written by Rene Wisley | Posted on The Detroit News

 

Building electric vehicles has become a family affair for Detroiter Evetta Osborne, 47, and her daughter, Monique Watson, 28, of Livonia.

They see each other daily because they work side-by-side at General Motors Co.’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

The mother-daughter duo have installed nearly every lithium-ion battery pack for GM’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Holden Volt, and Cadillac ELR — since the Volt was in pre-production in 2009.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
May 09 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on M Live

 

Ford Motor Co. plans to buy back up to approximately 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.

The Dearborn-based automaker on Wednesday said its board of directors approved the repurchase ahead of Ford’s annual meeting Thursday in Delaware. The plan, according to officials, is expected to “help offset share dilution and help improve shareholder returns."

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 09 2014
Written by Joseph Szczesny | Posted on Daily Tribune

The comeback of the Chrysler Group has led to a dramatic growth in employment at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North American headquarters and technical center in Auburn Hills and more is anticipated in the new five-year plan the automaker laid out this week.

Chrysler Group employment in Auburn Hills has climbed to more than 14,000 today after dropping to around 7,500 during the company’s bankruptcy five years ago.

The Auburn Hills’ numbers includes 450 summer interns, underscoring FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s faith in the future.

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May 08 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s full-size pickups will receive some updates for the 2015 model year, and a chief engineer said Wednesday that even more changes will follow for the trucks and full-size SUVs in future years.

GM’s Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for pickups, said appearance enhancements and technology changes will be coming. The trucks likely will add some improvements to boost fuel economy — possibly transmissions with additional gears.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 08 2014
Written by Nick Kurczewski | Posted on New York Daily News

You’re looking at the only 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition convertible that will ever be built.

While we’d argue that burning rubber and tearing around a racetrack is a good cause, Ford Motor Company is going one better: this sole example will be raffled for charity.

Finished in a “Wimbledon White” paintjob and powered by a 420-horsepower V-8, this drop-top is based on the limited-edition 50 Year Mustang fastback, unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show.


 

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May 08 2014
Written by Peter Valdes-Dapena | Posted on CNN Money

A plug-in hybrid minivan is among the new products coming from Chrysler in the next few years, according to presentations given by Fiat Chrysler Autos executives this week.

The presentations, which included glimpses of the company's future product plans, were part of an overview of the automaker's business strategy for the next five years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 07 2014
Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

General Motors is making it safer for children to ride in the rear seat of its midsize pickup trucks with a simple but effective feature that debuts on the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, set to go on sale this fall.

Typically, midsize pickups with an extended cab have a pair of truncated rear seats, because there isn’t enough room to include normal ones in the back. The trouble is, the seat cushions aren’t long enough to fully support the base of most car seats for kids, which makes them unstable and less effective at protecting these passengers in a crash.

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