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Aug 26 2013
Written by Alex Knapp | Posted on Forbes

Last week, Ford Motor F +0.24% Company announced that it is joining up with the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia on a three year project. Their mission? To study how robots communicate in space so that one day in the future, you’ll have a smarter car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 26 2013
Automotive News

Chrysler used Detroit's Woodward Dream Cruise to create a little buzz for a new concept truck called the Rumble Bee, surely the first vehicle to come with a genuine insect as standard equipment.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 23 2013
GM News

DETROIT – Chevrolet’s small and compact car sales are up 229 percent year over year, from the second quarter of 2010 to the same quarter this year, evidence of the brand’s continuing success in attracting buyers of all ages including millennials, whose purchase priorities include advanced technology, fuel economy, functionality and affordability.

Chevrolet’s share of buyers under 35 continues to increase year over year, led by vehicles such as the Cruze, Sonic, and, most recently, the Spark mini car. Leading the segment is the Cruze, which is among the top-selling Chevrolet vehicles to those under 25. One in four Sonic and Spark buyers are also under 25, while almost six in 10 buyers of those cars are new to Chevrolet.  

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Aug 23 2013
Chrysler Media

August 21, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), will host an interactive health and wellness pavilion at the Excellence in Journalism national conference in Anaheim, Calif., August 24-26, 2013. More than 1,500 journalists are expected to attend the convention.

Kaiser Permanente, a recognized health and wellness leader and advocate, will bring its tremendous expertise to this engaging and interactive experience, which will touch many key areas of health and wellness, including screenings, exercise, food and nutrition, health awareness and education.

The purpose of the partnership is to raise awareness to the need for better health and wellness education in multicultural communities in order to address severe health disparities faced by these communities. The goal is to raise awareness of achievable best practices among journalists who are often key influencers in these communities. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 23 2013
Chrysler Media

Christmas came early for a local United Way referral organization.

Hundreds of baby supplies were delivered to Southeastern Michigan Indians Inc. (SEMII). The items, donated by Chrysler Group LLC employees, were collected and delivered by employees from Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service parts and customer-care brand. Donated supplies included baby clothes, books, toys, strollers, diapers, and bottles. The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group, also provided a $7,500 grant to assist SEMII with the purchase of additional items for infants.

“All of these items will be put to good use by families in our community,” said Sue Franklin, Executive Director of SEMII. “We are grateful to all of the people at Chrysler and Mopar for their time, effort and donations.” 

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Aug 23 2013
Written by Mariella Moon | Posted on Bloomberg

Smartphone wireless chargers are easier to find than ever, but built-in inductive systems for cars? Those we don't see often. According to Bloomberg, General Motors will incorporate wireless charging systems for phones on some of its 2014 car models, joining the ranks of Toyota and Chrysler. Unlike the chargers aboard the 2013 Avalon and the Dodge Dart, however, GM's cars will (officially) be the first ones to use Powermat.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 23 2013
Written by David Thomas | Posted on Long Island Newsday

The release of an all-new Jeep model is not an everyday occurrence. The radical-looking 2014 Cherokee, which replaces the Liberty, has a simple formula: It looks crazy on the outside and upscale on the inside, makes the most of its interior space and has perfectly acceptable on-road performance and mileage.

The fact that a version of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee can handle extreme off-roading is a bonus, but everyday drivers will find the well-rounded new model a tough crossover to pass over.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 22 2013
Written by Scott Paul | Posted on The Detroit News

The city of Detroit has temporarily tapped out. In this case, municipal bankruptcy is more than just relief from debt obligations; it represents a huge psychic wound for the heart of American industry. Michigan makes things. So how could it have gotten this rough?

It’s bad, but there is hope. The Big Three, only a few years out of their deathbeds, are back in the black. GM, Ford, and Chrysler have produced profits that measure in the billions, despite the prewritten obituaries that appeared in 2009.

Despite their turnaround, the Big Three still face significant hurdles in getting their goods into Japan, and face import competition subsidized by currency manipulation. In fact, imports from all countries, including the U.S., account for only 6 percent of Japan’s auto market. Meanwhile, America has one of the most open auto markets in the world.

 

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
Aug 22 2013
Written by Doug Guthrie | Posted on The Detroit News

The Corvette and I were born the same year.

The Chevrolet sports car is actually eight months older than me, but as I celebrate my 60th birthday Friday, it’s clear we are headed in opposite directions.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is faster, better looking, more efficient, more capable, and more sophisticated.

 

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 22 2013
MLive

FLINT, MI – Dozens of Flint Assembly and Flint Engine Operations employees were on hand on the floor of Flint Assembly Wednesday, Aug. 21, as General Motors North America Manufacturing Vice President Gerald Johnson recognized the two plants for reducing their energy use.

Flint Assembly and Engine plants were two of 63 GM facilities to meet a voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cutting energy use to meet the EPA’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry.
 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship
Aug 22 2013
Written by Alissa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors and Ford are touting the processes and efforts behind the perfect paint finish, which is the first thing to catch a prospective buyer’s eye and a huge source of complaints if a defect is detected.

At GM, members of the Blue Suit Crew are trained experts in elaborate precautions to ensure that final vehicle paint finishes are pristine, while Ford is rolling out dirt detection technology across its plants to find and fix imperfections.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 22 2013
Written by Damon Lavrinc | Posted on Wired

Few things are more important than a reliable connection in space. The communication system between the International Space Station and Earth is one of the most robust ever created. And that’s why Ford is tapping Russian researchers to learn how they maintain the flow of information to both the systems and their robot caretakers, and then apply it to create safer cars that talk to one another.

For the next three years, Ford is partnering with the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to study how its communication models with robots in space could influence more terrestrial undertakings like vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications here at home.
 

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Aug 21 2013
Written by Jeff Gilbert | Posted on CBS Detroit

WASHINGTON, DC (WWJ) - The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have become the first pickup trucks to get five star rankings in the new, tougher crash tests done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The government increased the severity of the crash tests in 2011, saying that it had become too easy to get five star ratings. Since then, no pickup truck had received more than four stars.

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Aug 21 2013
Written by Brandon Turkus | Posted on autoblog

Speeders beware, the police are going to be getting quite a bit faster. Ford has just announced that it will be offering its 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged, EcoBoost V6 in the Explorer Police Interceptor. The new engine will be joining the existing 3.7-liter V6. The 365-horsepower, 350-pound-foot mill should be familiar to consumers as the powerplant that's found in the Ford Taurus SHO (and its LEO equivalent, the Taurus Police Interceptor) and the Ford Explorer Sport. It should also provide quite a kick in the pants to officers used to the naturally aspirated 3.7 and its 304 ponies and 279 pound-feet of torque.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 21 2013
Written by Alissa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

The Ford Fiesta ST, a popular performance car in Europe, is about to go on sale in North America.

The all-new 2014 Fiesta ST will be in U.S. showrooms by summer’s end with a starting price of $22,195 including $795 in destination charges.

The subcompact Fiesta ST costs $2,500 less than the larger Focus ST that has been on sale for a year and accounts for about 5% of total Focus sales. The Fiesta ST is expected to mimic those sales.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 21 2013
HispanicBusiness.com

The editors of Latina Style magazine have again selected Chrysler Group LLC for inclusion on the magazine's annual list of the 50 best companies for Hispanic women to work in the U.S. This year, Chrysler Group was included among the top 12 companies listed in the Report and will be featured in August issue of the magazine.

The Latina Style Top 50 Report highlights companies that have a dedicated effort to diverse recruitment and promotion initiatives, including companies that have programs to recruit veterans and military personnel, and is considered "the most respected evaluation of corporate America's employment opportunities and policies as they pertain to Latinas."  

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 20 2013
Written by Alex Gary | Posted on Rockford Register Star

Workers at the Belvidere Chrysler plant are on pace to turn out more than 300,000 vehicles, which would be just the fifth time that has happened in the plant's history.

In July, workers turned out 23,466 Dodge Darts, Jeep Compasses and Jeep Patriots. That was 47.1 percent above July 2012 production levels.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Aug 20 2013
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

A local economic and community development group is making a final push to turn a historic car plant into an automotive attraction center.

The Woodward Avenue Action Association, beginning today, will try to crowd-source the $125,000 needed to purchase two former Ford Motor Co. buildings in Highland Park. The association wants to use the buildings as a central location where tourists and automotive enthusiasts can learn and seek information about auto-related activities in the Metro Detroit area.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
Aug 20 2013
Written by Olga Kharif and Tim Higgins | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co., the largest U.S. automaker, will start offering wireless charging for smartphones in some vehicles next year, said Ran Poliakine, chief executive officer of Powermat Technologies Ltd.

Instead of plugging in cables to replenish battery power, drivers of some 2014 GM models will be able to place mobile devices onto a Powermat surface inside the car to draw electricity. Phones must be capable of recharging via built-in technology, or use a case designed for the purpose.

 

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Aug 20 2013
Written by AP | Posted on The Detroit News

Detroit — A program funded by the General Motors Foundation has awarded $4.2 million in scholarships.

Among the 2013 Buick Achievers Scholarship recipients is Justin Sorum, a dean’s list student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.


 

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