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Dec 16 2014
GT Spirit

If current reports are to be believed, a Ford GT successor could debut at the Detroit Motor Show 2015 early next month. While the American firm has yet to confirm the existence of such a model, the rumourmill is now suggesting that the car will be powered by an extremely potent turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 16 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, has broken the Guinness World Records® record for the "Fastest Speed for a Monster Truck" at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Hitting a new record speed of 99.10 miles per hour (mph), Raminator and driver Mark Hall secured the Guinness World Records title at 8:44 a.m. (CT), breaking the previous record of 96.8 mph.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 15 2014
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

Subtle design elements of the Corvette -- from the hexagonal taillights to its taut hood -- will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars, General Motors global design boss Ed Welburn says.

He says designers are working harder to infuse Chevy's next generation of cars, several of which are scheduled to appear over the next year, with some DNA from the brand's most iconic nameplate.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 15 2014
Written by Nick Bunkley | Posted on Automotive News

When Alan Mulally unveiled the Ford Sync infotainment system nearly eight years ago, no other automaker had anything like it. And no one had ever heard of an iPhone.

But Mulally's push to put Ford Motor Co. on the leading edge of in-car technology later backfired with a glitchy, confusing upgrade to Sync known as MyFord Touch, and now Ford is toning down that aspiration as it works to undo the damage.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 15 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year.

Unprecedented global demand for the plant's two products -- the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee -- transformed Toledo into the second busiest assembly plant in North America this year.

Toledo trails only Nissan's massive assembly complex in Smyrna, Tenn., which is on pace to produce about 25 percent more vehicles in 2014 than Toledo is.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 12 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

There’s hardly a bad thing that can be said about the 2015 Corvette’s mechanical prowess. In the case of WardsAuto, the organization can only say good things − so much so that it has bestowed the Corvette with the Ward’s 10 Best Engines award for 2015.

This is the second time the powerplant has won this award.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 12 2014
Written by Aaron Kessler | Posted on The New York Times

Few car-based connectivity systems in recent years have drawn as much ire as Ford Motor’s, known as MyFord Touch.

The company’s attempt to integrate consumer technology into its vehicles was so complicated and undependable when it was redesigned four years ago that Ford’s overall quality ratings plunged in surveys by J. D. Power and other automotive firms.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 12 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Chrysler’s Group’s new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 joins the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2015, WardsAuto.com announced today.

It marks the EcoDiesel’s second year on the prestigious annual list. Judges evaluated the turbodiesel V-6 in the 2015 Ram 1500, making it the only winning engine to be tested in a pickup truck.

Meanwhile, the 707-horsepower HEMI Hellcat is the most powerful engine ever honored by the auto-industry publication.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 11 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

It’s only been about 15 years since Team Chevy formed Corvette Racing with the intention of sticking it to Dodge and Porsche not only in IMSA racing, but in European events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team is now a mainstay in touring car racing and the Le Mans grid would be missing something if the yellow Corvettes didn’t show up, a testament to how far they’ve come in such a short time.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 11 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company, marking the company’s Australian transformation and wave of stylish, innovative new products, will place its globally iconic Mustang centre stage at the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve event to punctuate a history-making year for the Blue Oval.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 11 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever – now boasts a fuel-economy rating as remarkable as its performance numbers.

Equipped with Chrysler Group’s 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 – today named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines – the new Charger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 10 2014
Written by Manoli Katakis | Posted on GM Authority


It’s The Quietest Trax Yet

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 10 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford grabbed three of the six finalist spots for North American Car and Truck of the Year when they were announced today in Detroit.

The finalists, announced at the Automotive Press Association, for car of the year are: Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf and GTI.

The finalists for truck of year are: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Colorado and Lincoln MKC. Last year, Ford was shut out of the awards and did not have any finalists.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 10 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission.

On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo, Ind., unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 09 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Corvette Stingray have been named Auto 123’s Car of the Year in their respective categories. The Tahoe received the “2015 Full-Size Utility of the Year” award, with the Corvette being recognized as the “2015 Convertible of the Year.”

The Auto123.com awards are chosen by a judging panel of automotive journalists, who rate cars in 20 different vehicle segments. This year marked the sixth ever Auto 123 Awards, which are presented to winning automakers in Toronto, Ontario.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 09 2014
Ford Media Center

The all-new Ford F-150 pickup – the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever – will be the Official Vehicle of the 2015 International CES.

CES, which will take place Jan. 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas, is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association and is the world’s largest hands-on showcase of emerging innovation.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 09 2014
Written by Kelly Pleskot | Posted on Motor Trend

To meet stricter fuel economy standards, Chrysler Group will update its Pentastar V-6 lineup with turbocharging and direct injection.

Expect to see the change beginning in late 2015, when a refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts with an upgraded 3.6-liter V-6. Part of Chrysler's strategy may include turbocharging on engines that are now naturally-aspirated, according to a report from Automotive News.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 09 2014
Written by Peter Fricke | Posted on The Daily Caller

Negotiations over the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement are continuing this week in Washington, but some economists say the talks shouldn’t be limited to traditional trade barriers like tariffs.

According to Market Pulse, among the issues on the agenda are “intellectual property and reform of state-owned firms to establish fair business competition,” as well as bilateral issues, “such as Japan’s proposed exceptional tariffs on some agricultural produce.”

Dec 08 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors designers have begun the painstaking task of fixing the one-millionth Chevrolet Corvette, 10 months after it plunged through a hole in the Earth.

"The whole car's going to have to come apart," said Dave Bolognino, director of GM Design Fabrication, which makes parts for prototypes and design models of new cars. The white 1992 convertible was one of eight cars damaged when a sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., at 5:44 a.m. Feb. 12.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 08 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin.

"We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. And we are taking another look, particularly in the low torque applications. There may be some [potential] there."

Filed Under: Research & Development