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Dec 16 2013
Written by Damian and Siobhan Hughes | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on legislation to speed congressional approval of foreign trade pacts, including a major Asia-Pacific agreement the administration hopes to complete early next year.

The Trade Promotion Authority legislation, also known as "fast-track," would include language directing trade negotiators to consider currency issues as a "negotiating objective" in future trade talks, according to people familiar with the deal. The language is an attempt to...
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Dec 16 2013
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on The Detroit News

Two key senators said Friday they want Congress to include provisions discouraging currency manipulation in legislation on fast-track authority on free trade agreements.

Sens Carl Levin, D-Detroit, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, co-chairs of the Senate Auto Caucus, want Congress to include strong, enforceable currency provisions in the forthcoming Trade Promotion Authority bill, which will give the administration fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals and get up or down votes.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Dec 13 2013
The Blade

The Toledo-built Jeep Cherokee is one of three finalists for truck/​utility vehicle of the year, one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

The 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced Jan. 13 during media day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A jury of 48 automotive journalists tested 24 new or redesigned vehicles, and the finalists were announced at an Automotive Press Association luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 13 2013
Ford Media Page

Ford Motor Company next year will launch 23 new vehicles to customers around the world, open three more manufacturing facilities and add more than 5,000 new jobs in the United States to meet growing demand for its products.

“Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development. “We are investing even more through our One Ford plan to serve more customers, in more segments – and deliver profitable growth.”

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 12 2013
Written by Kevin Davis | Posted on Autotalk

Chrysler Group LLC announced that they will launch a new compact van for the North American market anytime in 2014 i.e. next year.

The new 2015 Ram ProMaster City will be based upon the Fiat Doblo, which is the winner of International Van of the Year award for two times.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 11 2013
Chrysler Media Page

 Chrysler Group LLC's Mid-Atlantic Business Center (MABC) and more than 250 of its dealers are joining forces with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to make this holiday season brighter for many families.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 11 2013
Ford Media Page

An independent survey published by KPMG ranks Ford among the 10 leading global companies for corporate responsibility reporting. KPMG’s sustainability survey adds to a wave of recognition for Ford’s sustainability commitment in 2013, a year that boasts record-breaking sales of electrified vehicles, significant reductions in water use across global operations and a broader integration of sustainable materials in all North American vehicles. For more information on Ford’s sustainability initiatives, please see Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 11 2013
GM Media Page

Three General Motors vehicles – the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Silverado full-size pickup and Cadillac CTS sedan – were named finalists today for the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, jurors announced at an Automotive Press Association luncheon.

The jury of 48 automotive journalists selected the car finalists from among 28 foreign and domestic contenders.

The Silverado was one of three finalists from 18 nominees in the Truck/Utilities category.  

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 10 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. is adding more than 300 customer service workers at its Warren Tech Center, after closing a call center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is considering moving more call center jobs to the U.S. from another center in Philippines.

GM announced in March that it would move about 300 call center contract workers from various locations to Warren. The company wants to put the employees closer to people at GM, such as engineers, who can support and help them make quick decisions for customers.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 10 2013
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Perhaps General Motors will add the green triangular arrows recycling symbol to the corporate and brand logos atop its Renaissance Center headquarters.

The automaker said the six-tower, 5.5-million-square-foot Renaissance Center is no longer sending any waste to the dump. Instead, the high-rise’s occupants — including the 73-floor Marriott hotel and all of the companies and retailers that rent space in the property — are recycling, reusing and refurbishing all the waste they generate, or sending it to a waste-to-energy converter.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 10 2013
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on The Christian Science Monitor

Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower.

Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains.

At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 09 2013
Written by C.C. Weiss | Posted on Gizmag

Ford revealed the all-new, sixth-generation Mustang last week in a four-content event encompassing major cities like Barcelona, New York and Shanghai. The global event supported the new pony car's more worldly focus. The latest Mustang drops the heavily retro influence of generation five in favor of a more modern look and feel. It also gets the latest technologies, including an EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 06 2013
Written by Manoli Katakis | Posted on GM Authority

Described as “the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features,” the 2015 Corvette Z06 has just been officially teased by Chevrolet. It’s not much, but here we see the vent at the back of what’s presumably the front fender, along with an aggressive wheel wrapped in Michelin rubber.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 06 2013
Written by Nick Kurczewski | Posted on Daily News

The 2015 Ford Mustang is completely new in just about every imaginable way, except how it looks.

Ford wasn’t about to ditch the traditional long hood and short rear deck design that have been hallmarks of the Mustang since it broke cover 50 years ago. Yet in every other way, this new Mustang is a quantum leap forward in terms of performance, refinement, and even fuel economy.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 06 2013
Written by Lee Marshall | Posted on WHNT News Channel 19

A load of toys from Lander’s McClarty came in today for our WHNT Kids to Love Christmas for the Kids drive.

Chrysler retirees brought a toy to their monthly luncheon; more than 100 toys were collected for local foster children this Christmas.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 06 2013
The Sacramento Bee

Chrysler Group LLC has received the inaugural Company of the Year Innovation Award for 2013 from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The newly-created Innovation Award "recognizes a new corporate method, initiative or process to accelerate and positively impact minority supplier development in support of NMSDC's vision, mission and core capabilities – certify, develop, connect and advocate – with particular emphasis on professional services and non-traditional categories."

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 05 2013
Written by Jerry Hirsch | Posted on Los Angeles Times

Ford Motor Co. unveiled the sixth generation of its Mustang on Wednesday night, nearly 50 years after the original debuted at the New York World’s Fair.

The automaker released photos of the 2015 Mustang and planned to show it off in a global reveal at events in Los Angeles; New York; Dearborn, Mich.; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai; and Sydney, Australia, on Thursday. The new version of the iconic American sports coupe will go on sale late next year.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 05 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $24 million to provide a powerhouse and electrical-generation equipment at two assembly plants to allow for converting landfill gas into electricity.

The Detroit automaker says it will be the first North American automaker to generate its own electricity using landfill gas, a source of renewable energy. The investment is going into GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township and its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Ind. About $13 million will be spent at Orion.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 05 2013
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Unmistakably a Mustang but undeniably modern, the all-new 50th anniversary model of Ford’s legendary pony car is graced with a low, wide and sinuous body and packed with advanced features.

Not only is it just what millions of Mustang fans have waited for, it will introduce an icon of American automaking to a new audience around the world.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 04 2013
Written by Adam Behsudi | Posted on Politico Pro

South Korea’s interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership is yet another reason why a final trade pact should include strong, enforceable rules prohibiting currency manipulation, say American automakers.

“The Korean government has intervened frequently in the foreign exchange markets to manage the value of the won to gain or retain a competitive advantage,” American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt says in a statement released today.

The AAPC represents the interests of the “big three” — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership

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