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Feb 27 2014
V8 Supercars

Chrysler's iconic, muscle-bound 300 SRT8 sedan will lead the V8 Supercars field in 2014 as part of the brand's exclusive partnership with the international motor racing Championship.

The 300 SRT8 will perform as the Pedders Chrysler Safety Car at all rounds of the 2014 series, which starts this weekend with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

The mighty 6.4-litre HEMI V8 engine, which develops 347kW of power and 631Nm of torque, will ensure the 300 SRT8 keeps the thoroughbred V8 Supercars comfortably at bay when it leads them on race restarts and during caution periods.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 26 2014
GM News

Engineers call it “flying car” logic. On the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Performance Traction Management system delivers faster lap times on an undulating race track by helping maintain the car’s full power and momentum even if the tires briefly lose contact with the ground, in certain track conditions.

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Feb 26 2014
Written by Terry Box | Posted on Dallas Morning News

Ford unveiled its 2015 Focus on Monday with tweaks to its exterior, an improved interior and a tiny 3-cylinder engine that has already earned solid reviews.

The Focus – Ford’s best-selling car worldwide – will be on display next week at the Geneva Motor Show. It was unveiled on Monday in Barcelona.

The compact sedan, totally redesigned in 2010 for the U.S., will arrive at dealerships in the second quarter of the year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship
Feb 26 2014
Written by Brad Wiley | Posted on Autoweek

Three decades of Chrysler concept cars from the '40s, '50s and '60s will be on display at the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9.

The Thunderbolt roadster and Newport will be on hand to show off design elements inspired by the land-speed record duals of the 1930s in Bonneville. The Thunderbolt is being presented on behalf of the Driehaus Collection and the Newport will be provide by The National Automotive Museum of Reno, Nev. It's one of only five ever produced.

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Feb 25 2014
The News Wheel

The 2014 Dodge Dart can add the title of 2014 Connected Small Car of the Year to its mantle after the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The sporty Dart was given the award by the editors of Connected World Magazine for a number of technologically-progressive features, including the Uconnect touchscreen, LED instrument cluster, and Rear Cross Path detection among others.

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Feb 25 2014
GM News

AUSTIN, Texas – Chevrolet returns to South by Southwest® as a Super Sponsor for the fifth consecutive year on March 7-16 and will feature speakers, advanced technologies and music showcases for festivalgoers and music-lovers alike. Attendees will also be among the first to experience Chevrolet’s all-new in-vehicle 4G LTE technology powered by OnStar.

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Feb 25 2014
Written by Ford Media Team | Posted on Ford Media

Ford Finishing Order:
3rd – Brad Keselowski
7th – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
8th – Greg Biffle
11th – Joey Logano
17th – Carl Edwards
18th – Marcos Ambrose
33rd – Trevor Bayne
34th – David Ragan
36th – David Gilliland
39th – Aric Almirola

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 24 2014
GM News

The new 2015 full-size SUVs from Chevrolet and GMC go farther on a tank of gas than outgoing models, raising highway fuel economy by nearly 10 percent.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL with the standard 5.3L engine get an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with two-wheel drive – a nearly 10 percent increase in highway mileage over the previous models and 7 percent greater city mileage.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 24 2014
Written by Tim Higgins | Posted on Bloomberg

Ford Motor Co. (F:US), the second-largest U.S. automaker, plans an optional smaller engine for its updated Ford Focus compact car to woo U.S. drivers looking for improved fuel efficiency.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 24 2014
Written by Alyx Arnett | Posted on Kokomo Perspective

Employees from Chrysler’s five plants gathered at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation on Valentine’s Day to help the residents celebrate in style.

Employees decked the walls with red, pink, and white hearts, and balloons floated above tables. Each table had a Valentine on it for a resident, created by students from Maple Crest Middle School.

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Feb 20 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Along with the technology, safety, and styling enhancements offered on the redesigned Buick Regal and Regal GS, is the newly available advanced all-wheel-drive.

While those in the Snowbelt, and perhaps many further south this winter, associate all-wheel-drive vehicles with wintery weather, the Regal’s on-demand automatic AWD system is designed to help provide better control in all weather and road conditions, including dry surfaces.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 20 2014
Written by PR Newswire | Posted on The Sacramento Bee

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 19, 2014 -

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 20 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on M Live

DETROIT, MI- Ford Motor Co. today took the wraps off its 2015 Expedition.

The updated full-size sport utility vehicle features revised styling, updated safety and infotainment technology and a new 3.5-liter, direct-injected twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine.

“This new Expedition is proof Ford is committed to remaining the leader in utilities – small, medium and large,” said Jackie DiMarco, Expedition chief engineer, in a statement. “We listened to our customers and created a full-size utility vehicle that doesn’t compromise in performance, technology or design.”

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 19 2014
GM News

Lightweight, nimble and incredibly powerful, the original Z/28 was designed for road racing. The 2014 Z/28 carries the same spirit, with every detail engineered specifically to create the ultimate track-capable Camaro.

To enable the Z/28 to quickly lap the most challenging road courses, engineers and designers focused on strengthening three key areas during development:

Increased grip: The Z/28 is capable of 1.08 g in cornering acceleration, due to comprehensive chassis revisions

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 19 2014
Written by Gary Gastelu | Posted on Fox News

Ford’s Expedition has discovered Platinum.

The full-size SUV is getting a makeover for 2015 that includes the addition of the Platinum trim level currently offered on Ford’s F-Series pickups, plus a host of technology that’s also headed for its updated Lincoln Navigator sibling next year.

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Feb 19 2014
Written by Ciprian Florea | Posted on Auto Evolution

Scheduled to begin tomorrow, the Dallas/Fort Worth Auto Show will allow visitors to test the latest Ram pickup trucks using Chrysler’s indoor test track. Additionally, the manufacturer is also offering attendees a no-pressure, no-hassle test-drive with a variety of vehicles just outside the Auto Show.

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Feb 18 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

DETROIT, MI- Vincent B. Tilford and other officials were all smiles when performing their “happy dance” Monday morning in Detroit.

Tilford, Habitat for Humanity Detroit executive director, and a handful of employees/volunteers with the nonprofit agency did the dance -- comprised of hands in the air and spinning -- after accepting a $400,000 check from the GM Foundation.

The check was presented in honor of former General Motors Co. CEO and chairman Dan Akerson and his wife, Karin, for their “commitment to Detroit.”

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 18 2014
Written by Franci Valenzano | Posted on Madison County Courier

(Morrisville, NY – Feb. 13, 2014) A new acquisition is adding torque to Morrisville State’s automotive technology—Ford ASSET program.

A 2013 Ford Escape, donated by Ford Motor Company, recently joined the program’s fleet of Ford-donated vehicles which are delivering training to auto students.

Equipped with an EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive, the new, ruby red ride is part of a hands-on approach that is introducing Morrisville State automotive students to the latest technologies and putting them in the driver’s seat in the industry.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Feb 18 2014
PR Newswire
  • Ram Test Track is the first indoor test track at the DFW Auto Show
  • All-new 2015 Chrysler 200 makes Dallas debut
  • 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad makes Texas debut
  • Ram Truck display features award-winning 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with best-in-class 28 mpg fuel economy, 2014 Ram ProMaster and 2014 Ram 2500 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8
  • 2014 SRT Viper GTS on display
  • The Chrysler Drive outdoor test track features all-new 2014 Jeep® Cherokee, plus other popular vehicles
  • Enter the 2014 Chrysler Group National Giveaway
Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Feb 17 2014
Written by Antony Ingram | Posted on Green Car Report

Making a large, heavy vehicle like a pickup truck economical isn't the easiest of tasks.

You can drop in a more efficient engine, of course. But it'll struggle against poor aerodynamics and ample weight.

Ford has done both the first and the third of these, the latter handled by a new aluminum structure. And it's really caught the attention of other automakers.

Aluminum cars are nothing new in the auto industry, even if they aren't widely used.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development

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