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Apr 16 2014
Written by Bryce Hoffman | Posted on The Detroit News

Jeep’s diminutive Renegade will make its U.S. debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

Chrysler Group LLC’s new subcompact crossover will boast the same off-road capabilities as its bigger siblings in a smaller — and much more fuel-efficient — package.
 

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Apr 15 2014
GM News

With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 14 distinct performance-car models – including nine Camaro models, the SS performance sedan and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 to an estimated 625 horsepower.

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Apr 15 2014
Written by Terry Box | Posted on The Dallas Morning News

Ford rattled the pickup-truck world when it announced that its 2015 F-150 would be built mostly of aluminum. And now the automaker may be preparing to make waves in the SUV segment, as well.

According to Edmunds.com, Ford is considering converting the next-generation Expedition to aluminum body, as well as the strong-selling mid-size Explorer crossover.

If the Expedition gets an all-aluminum body, the Lincoln Navigator likely would, too, since both are built on the F-150 pickup platform.

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Apr 15 2014
Chrysler Media

New 2015 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger muscle cars are coming later this year, but there is no need to wait to get into one of these performance icons.

The Dodge brand has crafted the “Double-Up” program for Charger and Challenger enthusiasts. Eligible customers can lease a 2014 Charger or Challenger for 12 months, and leave the dealership with a guarantee that when they return in a year and follow program rules they will have the same lease payment on a new 2015 Charger or Challenger.

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Apr 14 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

A refreshed 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will hit showrooms this fall, featuring a new front face similar to others in the Chevy sedan lineup, interior convenience features and more technology, General Motors Co. said Sunday.

The popular compact Cruze, getting a facelift after debuting in fall 2010, will be shown at the New York International Auto Show this week, as the carmaker hopes to attract attention onto new vehicles and away from its recall crisis tied to 2.59 million vehicles no longer in production.

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Apr 14 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Think of it as a penthouse office on wheels.

To show how its new Transit van could get a foothold in the luxury transportation market, it dressed one up and showed it last night at the world's largest Ford dealership, Galpin out in Los Angeles. Next it goes to the New York Auto Show.

Called the Transit Skyliner, the conversion's interior is filled with swanky options like "throne" seats that can be controlled with a smartphone or tablet computer, and a theater.

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Apr 14 2014
Chrysler Media

The Jeep® and Mopar brands have once again teamed to develop a variety of vehicles that will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, April 12-20. Now in its 48th year, the Easter Jeep Safari will be attended by thousands of die-hard off-road enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of serious off-roading on some of the country’s most renowned trails.

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Apr 11 2014
GM News

When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.

With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.

Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

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Apr 11 2014
GM News

When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.

With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.

Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

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Apr 11 2014
Written by Michael Braun | Posted on The News-Press

The Ford Mustang was introduced to the car-crazy American public on April 17, 1964, at the World's Fair. It became an instant automotive icon.

This year the popular car celebrates its 50th anniversary amid a lot of hoopla across the United States and the world. More than 9 million have been sold. There's even a birthday card you can sign.

Closer to home there are several local events where Mustangs of all years and versions will be visiting.

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Apr 11 2014
Written by Anton Wahlman | Posted on The Street

One of life's saddest realities is how outdated reputations lag a new reality. This works both ways: Products that used to be great maintain their reputations long after they have lost their competitive edge.

It also works the other way around. Consider Chrysler, for example. Now part of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Chrysler is one of the group's many bewildering brands, with others including Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, RAM and Jeep.

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Apr 10 2014
The Detroit News

The National Corvette Museum said Wednesday that it has recovered the final Corvette – the eighth vehicle – that was swallowed by a giant sinkhole at the Bowling Green, Ky., museum in February.

The Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, was discovered on Monday upside down in the estimated 60-foot deep sinkhole. The museum said the 2001 Z06 is the most heavily damaged of the eight vehicles that fell into the sinkhole.

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Apr 10 2014
Written by Andrew Wendell | Posted on Car and Drive

When Ford announced earlier this year that its new F-150 would employ aluminum for the majority of it’s construction, speculation that insurance, repair, and manufacturing costs would increase began to circulate almost immediately.

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Apr 10 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

AUBURN HILLS, MI- The Ram Power Wagon is returning to the 2014 model-year with a new standard, more powerful engine.

The heavy-duty, off-road pickup is powered by a standard 6.4-liter V8 Hemi engine capable of 410 horsepower and a peak torque rating of 429 lb.-ft. It will feature a payload of up to 1,490 pounds and towing capacity up to 10,810 pounds. The previous standard engine was a 5.7-liter V8 Hemi.

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Apr 09 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. GM -2.23%  on Tuesday announced a $449 million investment in two Michigan plants to bolster the development and production of its Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR hybrid-electric vehicles.

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Apr 09 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

The Ford Focus has climbed to the top of the compact car heap globally and will try to maintain that position with major updates for the 2015 model year.

The changes stop short of a total revamp, but include a new engine, suspension improvements, better steering, an upgraded interior and more standard equipment.

Americans will get a first look at the freshened Focus next week at the New York auto show. The hatchback and wagon variants were shown last month at the Geneva, Switzerland, auto show.

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Apr 09 2014
Car and Driver

Chrysler uses a pile of buzzwords to describe the all-new 200: “iconic,” “industry first,” etc. It’s as if the Chrysler folks thought they were speaking at TED and not the Detroit auto show.

Normally, the car media scoffs at such hyperbole, but buried in all the thought leadership, paradigm shifts, and needle moving lurks something long absent in the company’s mid-size sedan portfolio: bravado. Or, at least, what passes for bravado when you’re launching a Camry competitor with a base price of just $22,695.

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Apr 08 2014
Reuters

General Motors Co is expected to announce on Tuesday a $450 million investment plan in two of its Michigan plants to bolster its electric car research and production capabilities, the Detroit News reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The investment is expected to add 1,400 jobs and it will be divided between GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and Brownstown township battery assembly facility in Michigan, the newspaper said. 

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Apr 08 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

Ford Motor Co. has a full schedule of events slated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, which was first unveiled April 17, 1964.

The events, including a throwback stunt at the Empire State Building, run from April 10 through May 4 in cities across the U.S. Only one event, a private employee celebration, is scheduled for Michigan.

Over the past five decades, more than 9 million Mustangs have been sold.

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Apr 08 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

Dodge will unveil updated versions its muscle car tandem — the Charger and Challenger — next week at the New York International Auto Show, Chrysler said Monday.

The Charger and Challenger represent the Dodge image as a performance car brand, but neither car has been updated for several years. In 2013, Charger sales increased 0.6% to 98,336, making it Dodge’s second-best selling model behind the Grand Caravan. Challenger sales were essentially flat, edging up 0.3% from 2012 to 51,462.

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