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Jul 08 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford sold first the first 490 2015 Transit commercial vans in June in the U.S. It is a significant milestone for the European full-size vanthat is being built and sold in North America for the first time.

Today local media get behind the wheel of the new vans for a test drive.

The Transit is offered with a choice of three roof heights, two wheelbases, three body lengths and a gasoline or diesel engine.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 08 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Chrysler Group may have found a hit with the light-duty diesel engines that it putting in its Ram full-size pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The number of buyers opting for the 240-horsepower V-6 EcoDiesel is substantial enough that Chrysler is asking its Italian supplier, a Fiat subsidiary, to send more of the engines, Automotive News reports.

Jul 07 2014
Written by Joel Patel | Posted on GM Authority

Brakes are an essential part of any car, but they have their peripheral issues, such as grinding, squeaking, and groaning. Thankfully, General Motors is hard at work making brake noise a thing of the past.

Earlier this year, General Motors opened a state-of-the-art 14,000-square foot braking facility. The testing chambers can simulate underbody airflow and adjust in temperature and humidity within 15 minutes, and run 24 hours a day.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 07 2014
Detroit Free Press

DEARBORN, MICH-- — . Ford Motor Co. says it’s donating $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is scheduled to open in 2016 on the National Mall in Washington.

Congress established the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2003 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian. The 400,000-square-foot building is under construction at a 5-acre site next to the Washington Monument and is expected to cost about $500 million.

Jul 07 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

CHELSEA, Mich. -- Fiat Group executives are looking at ways to produce more light-duty diesel engines for Chrysler Group vehicles.

So far, Chrysler's diesel experiment, which it launched last year, is working. Brand executives said demand is brisk for diesel-powered versions of the Ram 1500 pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, the two vehicles that offer the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

EcoDiesel engine maker VM Motori, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Group, has capacity to build about 100,000 of the diesels per year, a source in Italy said.

Jul 07 2014
Written by Vicki Needham | Posted on The Hill

More than a dozen leading manufacturing groups on Thursday called on the Obama administration to include currency manipulation provisions in all future trade agreements, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The 13 groups, including the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, as TPP talks begin in Ottawa.

Jul 03 2014
GM News

New campaign introduces first and only brand to bring built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to cars, trucks and crossovers

Campaign includes cinema, mobile/tablet, in-flight, internet radio and events

DETROIT – Chevrolet is rolling out the largest deployment of vehicles with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the market this summer and the campaign to introduce these vehicles celebrates the freedom this connection brings with a timely push around the Fourth of July.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 03 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford is best-selling brand among American military families, according to Polk vehicle registrations analyzed in an IHS Automotive military sample of 19.3 million households of active, retired or veteran military personnel; Ford has three vehicles in the top 10, with F-150 topping the list

Ford Escape is best-selling sport utility vehicle among American military families and third most popular vehicle overall. In Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland markets, Escape is top-selling vehicle among military families

Jul 03 2014
Chrysler Media

July 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America's mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the "mainstream performance" brand within the Chrysler showroom.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 03 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. will soon begin an effort to sell high-speed Internet service to buyers of everything from $17,000 Chevrolet Spark subcompacts to top-of-the-line Cadillacs, a test of how much consumers are willing to pay to be online at the wheel.

The campaign is the first time the nation's largest auto maker has promoted one electronics technology across its Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC brands. The Wi-Fi option would allow 2015 model year vehicles to link up to seven cellphones, laptops and other gadgets to the Internet.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 03 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

The new 2015 Ford Mustang isn't even out yet and already customizers are letting their dreams run wild.

One of the best in the business, Steve Saleen, has now offered his take. He is showing a picture this week of how he would dress up the new Mustang. He takes the classic approach, with clean horizontal lines and a minimum of clutter, judging from the one front view that he released.

Jul 03 2014
Written by Peter Valdes-Dapena | Posted on CNN Money

Chrysler Group is taking muscle cars to steroid-crazed levels with its new V8 engine. The Dodge Challenger SRT with the optional Hellcat engine, available starting in the fall, will put out a total of 707 horsepower.

This will be "the most powerful muscle car ever," according to Chrysler.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 02 2014
Written by Noah Joseph | Posted on Autoblog

Cadillac is apparently preparing to roll out a minor facelift for the ATS sedan – which we know not because General Motors has already revealed it or because we're looking at it in a fresh batch of spy shots (though we've seen that too), but because a behind-the-scenes video from the filming of its commercial has leaked out online. Which may be bad news for Cadillac, and even worse news for the film production company, but good news for us, because we get to see it ahead of schedule.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 02 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While Ford Motor Company is expecting the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to be fairly popular both in the United States and overseas, some are brushing off this new turbocharged engine as little more than a short-run redeux of the old SVO Mustang – but there is a good chance that this engine could play a very big role in the future of the model.

Jul 02 2014
Fox News

Are you prone to lose things, including yourself, but think GPS is too high tech?

Jeep may have just the thing for you.

Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Cherokee owners can now order a custom decal for the hoods of their SUVs emblazoned with a map of their favorite wheeling destination.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 01 2014
Written by Manoli Katakis | Posted on GM Authority

The birthday of the Chevrolet Corvette is a topic of debate. Some recognize its birth as January 17, 1953, when the  EX-122 was revealed at GM’s Motorama event at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Then there are those, like us, who celebrate its birthday on June 30, because that’s when the very first production Corvettes rolled off a Flint, Michigan assembly line, just six months after its unveiling. All of them white. All of them red interiors. All of them with white-walls, canvas top, and radio. Only 300 1953 Corvettes were made, which sold for just $3,498.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 01 2014
Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

Cars like the 2015 Ford Edge will make it harder for some to justify shelling out big bucks on luxury vehicles. A comprehensive makeover to this midsize crossover promises to bring refinement, comfort and technology normally only seen on cars costing thousands more.

Ford chose a good foundation on which to reengineer the Edge: It is now based on the same platform as the current Ford Fusion sedan, which debuted in 2012 and has excellent handling dynamics. (See what we think about the Ford Fusion here.)

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jul 01 2014
Chrysler Media

Dodge Dart and Dodge Durango honored second year in a row for Total Quality

Dodge Charger, Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited and Ram 2500/3500 lead their segments in Total Quality IndexTM

Strategic Vision’s Total Quality IndexTM uses a holistic survey to capture new vehicle owners’ emotional responses to the positive and negative vehicle experiences

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 30 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Last year, users of MapMyFitness apps ran more than 500 million miles in the United States. In a recent survey, 71 percent of those users said they drove to a specific location to start their workouts, which means Americans are constantly looking for new, challenging and more scenic routes.

Now, Buick is partnering with MapMyFitness, an Under Armour company, for the nationwide “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge” to help runners find, record and share their favorite routes, while also learning how vehicles like the Buick Verano fit into an active lifestyle.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 30 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT-- Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies.

It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.

Ford showed the vehicle to journalists last week at a daylong preview here. A concept version was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new vehicle is roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the first-generation Edge, which debuted in 2006. Ford hopes to move the vehicle upscale.