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

Chrysler Group's Jeep brand set a global sales record in 2013 with sales of 731,565 vehicles, up 4 percent from the previous year's record despite not having the Jeep Cherokee available for sale until late October.

Three nameplates -- the Wrangler, Compass and Patriot -- set global and U.S. sales records in 2013, the company said. The Grand Cherokee was the brand's top-selling model globally at 255,005 units, followed by the Wrangler at 210,715.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 07 2014
Written by Andrew Kidd | Posted on The News-Herald

In the wake of its full acquisition by Italian car maker Fiat, automotive manufacturer Chrysler has posted its strongest annual sales since 2007 and the highest December sales increase in six years.

The company saw a 9 percent increase in full-year sales for 2013 compared to 2012, making it the fourth consecutive year of annual growth, while its December sales of 161,007 new cars and trucks saw an increase of 6 percent compared with the previous year’s 152,367.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 06 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Sunday it will debut its new embedded OnStar 4G LTE mobile Internet on several Chevrolet vehicles this summer.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 06 2014
Written by Craig Trudell | Posted on Journal Gazette

There are beer cans, and then there are Humvees. Ford will take pains to show its new, aluminum F-150 pickup has more in common with combat vehicles.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 06 2014
Written by Associated Press | Posted on The Washington Post

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends.

The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 03 2014
4-Traders

Americans headed for local car dealers en masse last month, taking advantage of year-end closeouts, sweet leases and inexpensive financing to boost the industry log its strongest sales year since 2007.

Most major automakers, who report sales on Friday, were expected to report gains for the year. But there were signs in December that 2014 could bring more price competition and better deals for consumers as U.S. auto sales growth starts to slow.

Filed Under: Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 03 2014
Written by Phil LeBeau | Posted on NBC News

Ford has developed a concept model that runs primarily on solar power, which could bring the world one step closer to having a vehicle for everyday driving that is not dependent on traditional energy sources.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is a collaboration between Ford, SunPower Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The concept car is expected to be unveiled next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: International Trade
Jan 02 2014
Written by Associate Press | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford says retail sales have risen 15 percent through November of this year.

The automaker says it expects to sell at least 2.4 million Ford-brand vehicles this year, enough to make it North America’s top-selling brand. It says it expects December sales to “grow substantially” compared to last December.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 02 2014
Written by AP | Posted on ABC News

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels. The automaker says the vehicle's estimated combined city-highway mileage is 100 mpg.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 30 2013
Chrysler Media Page

As part of its overall continued commitment to Detroit community, the Jeep® brand will sponsor this year’s upcoming 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where the Bowling Green Falcons and Pittsburgh Panthers will go head to head at Ford Field the evening of Thursday, December 26. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, the Jeep brand will donate 250 tickets for the game to local charities and organizations, including the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy staff members, students and their families. For information on tickets, go to www.FordField.com.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 30 2013
Ford Media Page

With more than 2.4 million vehicles sold, Ford expects to retain its title as best-selling vehicle brand in North America in 2013, and has widened its lead over Toyota.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 30 2013
GM Media Page

Precision not patriotism is the focus of red, white and blue light scanning used by General Motors’ Competitive Benchmarking team to surgically dissect competitor vehicles.

The high-tech search for what is good and bad is conducted about three dozen times a year globally with models strategically selected that are all-new or feature industry-first systems and technologies.   

The light scanners mathematically capture precise 3-D images of vehicle structures and components. Complete sets of scans become reverse-engineered computer models for comparing to GM designs.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 20 2013
Chrysler Group LLC

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 20 2013
Written by Kirk Bell | Posted on Daily News

Ford captured automotive headlines recently with the unveiling of the 2015 Mustang. This brand-new Mustang goes on sale spring, almost exactly 50 years after the first Mustang was introduced on April 17, 1964 at the New York World's Fair.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 19 2013
Written by David Undercoffler | Posted on LA Times

Ford has announced it is joining a growing list of automakers who are taking a serious look at the future of self-driving cars.

The automaker has teamed up with the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test car. The collaboration will use the car to develop technologies that Ford and its suppliers can use on a future generation of vehicles.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 19 2013
Chrysler Media Page

The 2014 Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 sedans have achieved Top Safety Pick ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

The announcement, made today, marks the sixth time the IIHS has commended the Avenger and 200 mid-size sedans. Meanwhile, the insurance industry organization has hailed the Dart compact sedan each year since it arrived on the market in 2012.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 18 2013
GM Media Page

General Motors is joining the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Partnership, which will drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by its freight shippers and carriers with the goal of further shrinking the company’s carbon footprint.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 18 2013
Ford Media Page

Ford Motor Company announced today that 2013 is expected to be one of the best years in its history and projects 2014 to be another solid year for the company with 23 global product launches and continued investments around the world as the next step in its One Ford plan for profitable growth.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 18 2013
Written by Zacks Equity Research | Posted on Zacks

General Motors Company announced that it will be investing $1.3 billion in 5 manufacturing plants located in 3 states of the U.S. The automaker will be using the investment for producing new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and to upgrade assembly plants.

The five manufacturing plants in which General Motors will be investing include; assembly plants in Flint and Detroit and an engine plant in Romulus, Mich., a transmission factory in Toledo, Ohio, and a casting plant in Bedford, Ind.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 17 2013
Reuters

General Motors Co said on Monday it will invest nearly $1.3 billion at five U.S. plants to make a new transmission and boost output for a planned new engine as well as add a vehicle paint shop.

GM, the No. 1 U.S. automaker, said the investment at the plants in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana will create or retain about 1,000 jobs combined, but did not say how many will be new jobs. The five plants employ about 7,500 people.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development

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