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Sep 15 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Buick is proving that when brands poke a little fun at themselves, they can generate marketing buzz.

Once known as “the doctor’s car” and then for its elderly customer base, Buick is enjoying a surprisingly solid year despite no new products — and the biggest reason is a fresh marketing campaign that acknowledges the elephant in the room: Buick had an image problem.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 15 2014
Ford Media Center

Loaded with innovative technologies and delivering high levels of performance and style, the all-new Mustang is the next chapter in the life of one of the world’s most iconic cars.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 15 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) kicked off the “Countdown to the Championship” six-race playoff series on Friday with qualifying at the seventh annual Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Raceway near Charlotte, North Carolina, with three Pro Stock and three Funny Car Mopar drivers battling the field in their respective classes for the coveted crown.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 12 2014
Written by Sean Syzmkowski | Posted on GM Authority

Speaking to a group of reporters in New Delhi, India, General Motors CEO Mary Barra shared that the company has plans on launching forty new vehicles across international markets in the coming years, according to a Reuters report. Whether that means all-new or ranging from all-new to slightly refreshed is another story, as does the time-frame.

Sep 12 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While I am much more of a Mustang GT guy than I am a Focus ST guy, I really, really enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the high performance Focus earlier this year. Because of that, I had slightly lower expectations for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST because, frankly, I was disappointed in the difference in horsepower between the two ST models – but the smaller frame of the Fiesta allows it to make the very most of the ST package upgrades.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 12 2014
Written by Giles Castonguay | Posted on Automotive News

Jeep will begin later this month its foray into the market for subcompact SUVs -- the industry's fastest-growing segment -- when it puts on sale the Renegade, the first model born from the coupling of U.S. and Italian engineering at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

"It's the first example of cross-country collaboration," CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters today at a news conference near Balocco, outside of Turin, Italy, where FCA has a test track. "It's great to see," he said, looking at the boxy SUV with its rounded edges parked nearby. "The damn thing works."

Sep 11 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors this week confirmed their vehicle-to-vehicle technology will debut in the CTS mid-size sedan for the 2017 model year. We know the technology will allow vehicles also equipped with the same or similar systems to connect, but what benefits does it have towards you as a driver? Jon Lauckner, GM Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of R&D and President of GM Ventures, decided to clear the air on what V2V actually does.

Sep 11 2014
Written by Bradford Wernie | Posted on Automotive News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Next month, Lincoln will kick off its first significant marketing campaign for the Lincoln Navigator since 2007, brand executives said at a press event here.

Lincoln began shipping the re-engineered 2015 Navigator to dealers earlier this month. It will begin ads after dealers are well-stocked with the new version in late October.

With full-size SUVs selling briskly, Lincoln has updated the Navigator for the first time since the 2007 model year.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 11 2014
Written by Jason Udy | Posted on Motor Trend

Those lusting after the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can finally get their fix. Dodge dealers are now taking orders for the 707-hp muscle car, which can be built on the configurator that's live now.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 10 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

Automakers, including General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., are hopeful a free trade agreement with currency manipulation stipulations will help grow sales in markets such as Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam.

GM Chief Economist Mustafa Mohatarem said Wednesday that Japan is his biggest worry on getting a deal done.

“If Japan retains the ability to manipulate its currency, the largest market outside the U.S. in TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) will remain closed to the U.S.,” he said at a U.S. Commercial Service business forum in Detroit.

Sep 10 2014
Written by Vicki Needham | Posted on The Hill

U.S. automakers expressed frustration on Tuesday that trade negotiators aren’t pushing harder to include currency rules in international trade agreements.

The American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), which represents the big three auto companies, said they are “alarmed” that the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in Hanoi have ended without the subject being discussed.

"After 21 rounds of TPP negotiations, we remain alarmed that a key priority for the U.S. Congress has been ignored,” said AAPC President Matt Blunt.

Sep 10 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors and Opel aren’t letting Google get all the glory − both the automaker and the brand are “demonstrating their commitment to the future” of automated driving and connected mobility at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. Showcased are the Opel Insignia research vehicle, an automated Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 concept, and a Chevrolet Cruze equipped with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) connectivity.

Sep 10 2014
Written by Sourabh Sharma | Posted on Business Standard Motoring

Ford Motor Company will be the first manufacturer to launch a new technology which can predicts when a car might skid and thus prepares itself to prevent the driver from losing control over the car. As per the company, the Enhanced Transitional Stability is the industry first production car system which will be used in new Ford Focus.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 10 2014
Chrysler Media Group

Miami - Florida International University's (FIU) College of Engineering and Computing will begin rolling engineering education into South Florida’s public school classrooms this fall with the launch of “Engineers on Wheels,” an innovative, hands-on STEM education initiative sponsored by Chrysler Group LLC and The Chrysler Foundation, the automotive company’s charitable arm.   

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 09 2014
Written by Randy Bolig and Brandon Gillogly | Posted on Hot Rod Magazine

The Hellcat uses a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. According to Chrysler, the result is a crankshaft that can withstand cylinder pressures of 1,595 psi. For you race guys, an SFI approval is sure to happen as the crankshaft damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm. Inside, high-strength forged pistons connect to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and carbon-coated piston pins. Like all modern Hemis, the supercharged 6.2L features aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for superior thermal conductivity.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 09 2014
Written by Len Bracken | Posted on Bloomberg BNA

he U.S. and Japan are “really making efforts to strike a deal” as soon as possible in bilateral auto negotiations related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Japanese TPP Ambassador Takeo Mori said Sept. 5.

In remarks to reporters following three days of negotiations with acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler in Washington, Mori said that the talks are at the “endgame” stage, but he declined to estimate when they would be concluded.

Sep 09 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra addressed the Congress of the Intelligent Transport Society Sunday in Detroit, where she outlined the automaker’s history of innovation and future plans for advanced transportation solutions. The most important takeaway from her remarks was that Cadillac will introduce Super Cruise and vehicle-to-vehicle tech by 2017, but as explained in an intro video, GM had ideas for similar technology as early as the 1950s.

Sep 09 2014
Written by Bradford Wernie | Posted on Automotive News

As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford said.

Sep 08 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett and Joseph B. White | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. GM -1.13%  plans to launch by 2016 cars with a hands-free automated driving system and Wi-Fi-enabled vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems designed to help avoid collisions, intensifying the race among the world's auto makers to build cars that can partially drive themselves and avoid crashes without the help of their human drivers.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Sep 08 2014
Ford Media Center

Technicians for the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, Charter Communications of Stamford, Connecticut, will soon drive brand-new 2015 Ford Transit vans. Charter recently ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase Transit vans with the standard 3.7-liter V6 engine for its technicians. These vehicles are used to transport equipment for installing and servicing Internet, TV and phone customer homes across 29 states.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy