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Apr 24 2015
Ford Media Center

On April 23, employees at Troy Design and Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, celebrated a major milestone – production of Police Interceptor No. 100,000. Since 2012, the 54,000-square-foot Troy Design and Manufacturing upfit facility has been the single source for America’s best-selling line of law enforcement vehicles. Troy Design and Manufacturing has the flexibility to produce between 600 and 1,200 vehicles per week depending on demand. It takes an estimated 5.5 hours for a vehicle to be completely upfitted with law enforcement equipment.

Apr 24 2015
Chrysler Media Group

The FCA US Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant’s new body shop has been awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System certification for meeting the highest environmental standards.

Apr 23 2015
Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

It only seems reasonable that with more incoming Cadillacs, there will be V-series editions coming with them. Good news, because Cadillac says more V-series models will find their way into the portfolio with time.

The Detroit Bureau spoke with Dave Leone, Cadillac Chief Engineer, and he confirmed we will see more V products in the future. He also stressed that not every Cadillac will a see a true V-series, a smart move as to not dilute what the “V” badge has come to stand for. That means don’t hold your breath for an Escalade-V or SRX-V (XT5-V).

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 23 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While all of the details haven’t been made official, we know that the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor F150 will be powered by a new, specially tuned version of the tried and true 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Based on comments by Ford execs, this engine should offer around 450 horsepower, which would make the new Raptor considerably more powerful than any other factory-built F150 pickup in Ford’s history.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 23 2015
Written by Larry Edsall | Posted on The Detroit News

Last year, his first full calendar year as president and chief executive of the Dodge automotive brand, Tim Kuniskis spent time at two massive Viper owners’ homecoming-style events. He wanted to talk to them about their experiences and their expectations for what might come next.

But instead of just talking about their cars, Viper owners wanted Kuniskis to see their cars. They wanted, Kuniskis said, “to show you what they did to their car to make it their custom car, from a license plate to the interior to the paint.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While the new Cadillac CT6 PHEV is vastly different from the Cadillac ELR or the Chevy Volt, a fair deal of the technology from those two GM EVs has been used on the new CT6 PHEV. First, the 18.4kWh lithium ion battery pack from “other GM plug-in vehicles” is mounted between the rear seat and the trunk of the CT6, while the company’s “proven active thermal control system” helps to keep the batteries at an ideal temperature – this prolonging the life of the electric drivetrain.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently adopted a tougher scoring system for their annual crash test safety rating and the 2015 Ford F150 has used this new method to show us that even with a lightweight new body, this half ton pickup is safer than the outgoing model. The NHTSA recently published their results for the 2015 Ford F150 SuperCrew and while the aluminum bodied pickup didn’t score 5 stars in every single metric – it did improve everywhere there was room for improvement while also receiving a 5-star overall score.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 22 2015
Chrysler Media Group

Mopar will give a helping hand to young drivers in the Detroit area with an advanced driving program called "Mopar Road Ready," designed to teach safe and defensive driving techniques. Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar, the program dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers will be available to those between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 21 2015
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car here meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers.

The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand’s “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle. Its “dragonfly” dual-swing doors have drawn a steady stream of onlookers at Chevy’s 38,000 square-foot stand at the auto show.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 21 2015
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

There have been a variety of aspects of the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang left a mystery by the automaker since the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show debut last year and one of those mysteries is the model year of the new GT350. At first, it was believed that it would be a 2016 model year, following up the 2015 debut model year, but if that was the case, then why didn’t Ford just call it the 2016 GT350? Well, a comment made by a Ford executive about there being a special reason for the delay in announcing the model year got us all thinking.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 21 2015
Chrysler Media Group

FCA US LLC is using 3-D printing to open a unique window on the world of axle development.

Conventional methods of evaluating oil flow inside axles and pinion carriers involve cutting windows into the components and then observing the fluid’s movement using a dynamometer. But with movement, oil turns milky and blocks the view afforded by two-dimensional windows.

So FCA US engineers decided to add a third dimension to the process by printing see-through plastic components exclusively for test purposes. This new technology allows correlation to virtual analysis of fluid flow.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 20 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac brand said Sunday that it will offer a plug-in hybrid electric version of its top-of-the-range CT6 sedan, first available for the Chinese market.

Cadillac, in conjunction with the Shanghai auto show, said the new plug-in hybrid electric system for the CT6 is designed to achieve more than double the fuel economy of the traditional gasoline engines, with specifics available closer to the vehicle’s launch.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 20 2015
Ford Media Center

Ford and DowAksa today signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.

The agreement, between Ford Motor Company, Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa –

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 20 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

Jeep wants to ensure drivers that although the Renegade is the smallest vehicle the brand has built, it's still up for urban and off-roading adventures.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Friday is launching its first ad campaign for the subcompact SUV in true Jeep fashion, with a national 60-second TV ad featuring adventure-seeking youths driving Renegades down city streets, snowy terrain and beaches.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 17 2015
Written by Brent Snavely and James Healey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chevrolet marketing boss Tim Mahoney said Bolt is a terrific name for an electric car even if it is almost indistinguishable from the Volt name that Chevy already uses for an extended-range electric on sale now.

Mahoney said he approved the Bolt name, and said, "the decision is made. The name won't be changed."

The Bolt, unveiled in January at the Detroit auto show, will be a pure electric vehicle with a range of 200 miles. Some reports have said a change has been discussed to avoid confusion between the coming Bolt and Chevy Volt now on sale.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 17 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.'s new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup earned the highest possible score in its first government crash test safety rating, beating the score of last year's all-steel truck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 truck's SuperCrew cab — its most-used type — five stars in its New Car Assessment Program, thanks to features including a stronger frame, inflatable rear safety belts, lane control technology and advanced air bags.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 17 2015
Chrysler Media Group

After spending two months evaluating and scoring 42 vehicles based on fit-and-finish, comfort, material selection, ergonomics, information/displays, value, safety and design aesthetics, WardsAuto editors named the new 2015 Chrysler 300 and the all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade to its Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. confirmed Wednesday its upcoming pure electric car that will have 200 miles-plus of range and will be sold across the United States will be called the Bolt EV.

“Since unveiling the Bolt EV three months ago, the name has quickly become associated with Chevrolet,” the company said in an emailed statement. “Therefore, we will use the name when the vehicle goes into production. The Bolt EV is a significant statement of Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and the name suits this game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford will announce today that the all-new 2015 F-150 pickup has received its first crash-test safety rating, and it's five stars, the highest possible score — an important achievement for an automaker that gambled so heavily in switching to aluminum for its profit-driving full-size truck.

In fact, the aluminum version received a higher safety rating from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration than Ford's outgoing traditional model made of steel, which achieved a four-star overall rating.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Apr 16 2015
Written by Mircia Panait | Posted on Auto Evolution

Back in March, we were reporting that Jeep prepared seven concept vehicles for an annual off-road event in Moab, Utah. The Jeep Chief Concept was without a shadow of a doubt the hottest of them all, but that dream machine isn’t today’s subject. In fact, the pictured Red Rock Responder Concept vehicle is.

Filed Under: Research & Development