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  • Apr 21 2015

    3-D Printing Enhances Multi-dimensional Chrysler Technology Center

    Posted on 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

    Cadillac to offer plug-in hybrid electric CT6

    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, DowAksa to Jointly Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Automotive Light-weighting Applications

    Posted on 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

    'X' marks the spot for new Jeep Renegade ad campaign

    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

    50 16 2 10 Bolt name is a keeper, says Chevy marketing boss

    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

    Analyst: F-150's top crash rating validates Ford effort

    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

    New 2015 Chrysler 300 and All-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade Named to ‘Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List for 2015’

    Posted on 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

    Chevy confirms Bolt EV name for new electric car

    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

    5 stars: Aluminum Ford F-150 gets top score for safety

    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

    Jeep Wrangler 4-inch Lift Kit Now Available as a Factory-Developed Option

    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
  • Apr 15 2015

    Chevy drops Spark EV price to $14,995

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Chevrolet is cutting the price of its 2015 Spark electric vehicle by $1,650 and offering additional incentives to boost sales in California, Oregon and Maryland, the only states where the battery-powered car is sold.

    Buyers in California and Maryland can qualify for state tax credits of $2,500 and $2,300, respectively, on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit.

    In addition, cash rebates are available in California ($1,000), Maryland ($1,200) and Oregon ($3,000).

    After the credits and rebates, the Spark EV can be purchased for $14,995.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 15 2015

    Entire Ford F150 Lineup Getting the 10-Speed Transmission

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    The 2017 Ford SVT Raptor F150 made its grand debut back in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission – one that will soon make its way into the entire Ford F150 lineup.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 15 2015

    Ohio Gov. Kasich: 'Jeep is critical for us'

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich said today that the state doing everything it can to convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler in Toledo even though he is opposes "corporate welfare."

    "When it comes to Toledo, it's critical for us, the Jeep is critical for us and the opportunity for perhaps for more employment than we have is great," Kasich said today after a speech in Detroit. "We are doing everything we can, we are being as creative as we can."

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Feb 06 2015

    2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost with Roush Exhaust Sounds Delightfully Turbolicious

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost brings a whole new type of buyer into the pony car family and the new Roush cat-back exhaust system for the next generation Mustangs powered by the turbocharged 2.3L 4-cylinder is an incredible upgrade for those owners looking to let their modern turbo Mustang clear its throat just as loudly as the V8 cars.I want to start this piece by heading off the people who will rush to the comment section to declare that the 4-cylinder isn’t a proper Mustang or that it doesn’t sound like a proper American performance car.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 06 2015

    Exclusive: GM Will Build Chevy Bolt in Michigan in Late 2016

    Posted on Reuters

    General Motors Co plans to begin building the Chevrolet Bolt, its all-new $30,000 electric car, in October 2016 at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit, two supplier sources said.

    Despite the heavy hype surrounding the car's unveiling last month at the Detroit auto show, the sources said, GM's production target for the Bolt is relatively modest, at about 25,000-30,000 cars a year.

  • Feb 06 2015

    Dodge Challenger Sales Boom Thanks to Refreshed 2015 Models

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    While the Dodge Challenger trailed both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro in January sales, the numbers from the first month of 2015 are a very clear sign that the 2015 Challenger has led to a big spike in muscle car sales for the Chrysler Group – one which is likely to continue as we get into the summer.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 15 2015

    Buick Avenir Wins EyesOn Design Award For ‘Best Designed Concept Vehicle’

    Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

    The Buick Avenir has been handed down this year’s year’s EyesOn Design Award for the “Best Designed Concept Vehicle,” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The EyesOn Design Awards “honor the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS,” the organizations says, and are chosen by “North American and global leaders of design from automotive manufacturers,” and other design leaders.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 15 2015

    Ford, Lincoln Dealers Use Tablet Technology to Improve Customers’ Service Experience

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    Ford and Lincoln service centers are putting customers’ vehicle information where service advisors can best use it – at their fingertips.

    Ford is expanding the SMART Technology (SMARTT) program that launched in early 2014. The program integrates innovative new technologies including tablets and software into the company’s dealer management system, enhancing the customer service experience.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 15 2015

    FCA US Wins Four IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    FCA US LLC kicks off 2015 by winning four IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.

    The Chrysler Town & Country received its 14th consecutive Loyalty Award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size Van category, extending its own record of consecutive wins. The Jeep® Grand Cherokee nabbed its sixth award in the Non-Luxury Mid-size SUV category and the Dodge Challenger was honored in its category for the third time. Jeep Wrangler won the Non-Luxury Compact SUV award for the second consecutive year.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 14 2015

    Cadillac CT6 will go on sale in December, de Nysschen said

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Cadillac expects to begin selling its much-anticipated CT6 large sedan in December after showing it this spring in New York, the brand's president said Tuesday.

    Johan de Nysschen, who took over as Cadillac's president in September, envisions the CT6 as a flagship car that is part of his long-term goal of doubling Cadillac's global sales to 500,000 annually by 2020, and challenge Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in the U.S.

    Filed Under: Research & Development