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Oct 14 2014
Chrysler Media Group

 Jeep® and Ram Truck brands took top awards at the 2014 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Texas Truck Rodeo. More than 60 TAWA members cast their votes after a two-day competition involving on- and off-road vehicle evaluations. While capability is an important element considered by TAWA jurors, the organization also studies design, utility, value and technology with detailed scoring in each category.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 09 2014
Written by Kelly Pleskot | Posted on Motor Trend

General Motors will introduce a third electric model to the Chevrolet lineup, one that's said to be based on the Chevy Sonic and will travel 200 miles on a single charge.

GM global product boss Mark Reuss confirmed Chevrolet's plan for a new EV last week, reports Automotive News. Although he didn't give a timetable for the new car's arrival, two sources familiar with the matter claim it will be an EV based on the current Chevrolet Sonic. Expect the new car to arrive in 2017, the sources said.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 09 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon was delivered to my house with “#Unminivan” sprawled across the sides and back, but while this funky little European convert doesn’t feel look the part of a traditional American minivan – it offers all of the functionality of a proper minivan and the pleasant driving characteristics of a small sedan.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 09 2014
Written by Mark Williams | Posted on Pickuptrucks.com

With all the attention Ram has been getting lately due to its impressive U.S. sales, the success of its light-duty half-ton turbo-diesel and its best-in-class torque numbers from the Ram heavy-duty Cummins, it's easy to see how Ram might get the lion's share of attention from Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. But Jeep, another FCA brand that also has been growing at impressive rates in the U.S. and around the world, has been keeping Marchionne busy. That's certainly been the case at this year's Paris Motor Show.

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

Earlier this month, General Motors product chief Mark Reuss revealed Cadillac’s upcoming CT6 full-size sedan will be available as a plug-in hybrid and will be the “most advanced vehicle TECHNOLOGICALLY in the world.” More information in regards to the car is slowly starting to surface, with the latest word from Motor Trend being that the PHEV CT6 will achieve more than 70 MPGe.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 09 2014
Ford Media Center

 Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford today announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new EDUCATION PROGRAM that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students will face.

The program, called the “Ford NGL Collaborative Learning Externship (CLE),” is aimed at building real-world partnerships between teachers, students and manufacturing in Louisville, a Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL) community.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 09 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

If you have been waiting to drive the 2015 Dodge Challenger before making your next big purchase, your wait is over as the first full wave of the refreshed Mopar muscle cars have reached dealerships all over the country and if they haven’t reached your local Dodge Dealership – they will soon.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 08 2014
Written by Phil Patton | Posted on The New York Times

The General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., north of Detroit, has been named a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. The automaker’s research campus opened in 1956 and houses the G.M. design center, once called the styling department. The low, linear glass and glazed brick buildings — an example of what is now called midcentury modern architecture — are home to some 19,000 engineers, researchers, executives and other employees along the banks of a rectangular lake.

The commendation for the award reads:

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 08 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company Fund is joining with the UAW to donate $200,000 to support arts, music and athletics in Detroit Public Schools, part of more than $1 million in new SCHOLARSHIPS, grants and career outreach programs that Ford’s philanthropic arm is launching this month to further its commitment to education.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 08 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

When the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was introduced with a 707 horsepower supercharged Hemi mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, it was widely believed that sales of the self-shifting model would eclipse the manual transmission, but during the first phase of ordering, the proper manual transmission is outselling the high tech automatic.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 07 2014
Written by Hannah Lutz | Posted on Automotive News

Cadillac and American Airlines are teaming up to offer travel benefits to the airline’s frequent fliers and encourage test drives of the luxury brand’s lineup through a new marketing partnership.

The partnership unveiled today features aprogram that transports AAdvantage’s invitation-only ConciergeKey members to their next flight in the seat of a Cadillac. In addition, all AAdvantage members, regardless of status, will eventually be able to earn miles for test-driving a Cadillac.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 07 2014
World Car Fans

The Ford GT went out of production nearly eight years ago but a new report is indicating a successor is due in 2016.

According to Motor Trend's sources, Ford is preparing an all-new GT to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GT40's first WINat the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 07 2014
Written by Karla Sanchez | Posted on Motor Trend

The plug-in hybrid version of the Chrysler Town & Country has been undergoing development for a couple years now, but it's finally almost ready to come to market. FIAT Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the hybridized minivan will arrive a year earlier than anticipated in late 2015.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 06 2014
Written by Tm Esterdahl | Posted on GM Authority

Cadillac has announced a title sponsorship of the 2015 World Golf Championships match play events. These events bring the world’s best golfers to play a single elimination match play tournament.

Currently, Cadillac is the title sponsor for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, Florida. With changes coming to the WGC including moving away from its long-time site in Tucson, Arizona, the PGA tour was looking for an overall title sponsor and Cadillac stepped up.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 06 2014
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

The 2015 Ford F-150's bumper hits the bank full on as it barrels over a hill in the wilds of south Texas. The big truck shrugs it off.

Not a flinch. Not a tingle.

Nail the throttle and the 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 engine's twin turbos launch the 4,806-pound beast out of the gulch and onto the next hill. Hill after muddy gulch after rocky creek bed goes by like this without a groan from the chassis.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 06 2014
Chrysler Media Group

One-hundred years after John and Horace Dodge created the Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, the brothers’ spirit lives on in a new advertising campaign launching this weekend with television spots for the 2015 Dodge Challenger.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 03 2014
Written by Governor Matt Blunt | Posted on The Hill

 

Manufacturing Day 2014 - A Time to Recognize Chrysler, Ford and GM

Today, Oct. 3rd, Americans and businesses will come together across the nation to recognize the importance of manufacturers to the United States economy and communities in all 50 states. As Americans take note, there is no better example of the contribution of manufacturers to the nation than that made by Chrysler, Ford and GM.

Oct 02 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors plans to introduce an all-electric Chevrolet, global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed today.

This would be a different powertrain than the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR, which GM calls "extended range electric hybrids," because they rely on a gasoline-fueled motor. Reuss disclosed the new battery-only car during a presentation to investors at GM's Milford Proving Ground.

Investors got a sneak peek at the vehicles on the condition they not take photos with their phones. Media were allowed to listen to an audio feed of the presentation without video.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Oct 02 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company celebrates Mustang’s influence on popular culture with the launch of ICON50 – a unique campaign designed to explore culture and inspire Americans to embrace the sense of freedom and adventure new experiences can create.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Oct 02 2014
Motorward

Being a trendy little hatchback at heart, Fiat 500X will come with choice of 12 different body colours and eight different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels.

It also gets no less than four transmissions, including five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, as well as six-speed twin-clutch and nine-speed automatic. Engine-wise, you can choose between four petrol engines and three diesels.

Filed Under: Research & Development