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Apr 04 2014
Chrysler Media

For 2014, on the heels of an overwhelming response for the Ram 1500 Black Express package, the brand now offers a new, even more imposing visual appearance treatment for the Ram Heavy Duty (2500 and 3500 SRW).

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Apr 03 2014
Written by GM News Team | Posted on GM News
The GM Student Corps kicked off its second year today, expanding the summer internship program to include a new team of 10 students from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy high school.
 
General Motors made the announcement at the annual meeting of the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
 
This year’s Student Corps will provide 120 Detroit-area and Flint students from 12 high schools with paid internships and the opportunity to give back to their neighborhoods.
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Apr 03 2014
Written by Ford Media Team | Posted on Ford Media
  • Exclusive Ford MyKey® technology, designed to encourage safe teen driving habits, is also being used by fleet owners to encourage safer driving habits among employees 
  • When enabled, MyKey encourages front seat occupants to wear safety belts, limits top vehicle speed and can route incoming calls directly to the voicemail of paired phones 
  • 2014 Transit Connect, a smart choice for business fleets, is one of the latest Ford vehicles  to feature MyKey as standard equipment with XLT van, XLT wagon and Titanium trim packages 
For Joe Dougherty, Ford Motor Company
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Apr 03 2014
Written by Brandan Gillogly | Posted on Hot Rod
As of April 2014, Charger and Challenger L-platform sales have eclipsed 1,000,000 units, and Challengers sales have grown every year since it was reintroduced for 2008. To keep the momentum going, Dodge is updating both the 2015 Challenger and Charger. We can’t share the details yet, but there’s still good news for owners of 2014 5.7L-powered Chargers and Challengers.
 
The Scat Packs that Mopar teased at SEMA 2013 will be available beginning in the spring of 2014.
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Apr 02 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will feature a new 8-speed automatic transmission which will eventually make its way into the option list for the 2016 Corvette Stingray and when it does, the high performance “base” Corvette should most certainly be able to offer better than 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

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Apr 02 2014
Ford Media

Ford Motor Company Fund today announced that Nashville, Tenn. has been named as the nation’s first Ford Next Generation Learning Model Community.

Nashville is the first Ford Next Generation Learning Model Community to organize study visits to help teams from around the country transform their high schools and better prepare students for colleges and careers. Over the last three years, more than 1,000 educators and business people from 29 states have visited Metro Nashville Public Schools to tour The Academies of Nashville.

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Apr 02 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Jeep is losing no time in dressing up its new Cherokee SUV.

For the annual big Jeep gathering in Moab, Utah, it has created a concept it calls the Jeep Cherokee Dakar. And, of course, that week wouldn't be complete without a new version of the Wrangler. This one is the Wrangler Mojo.

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Apr 01 2014
GM News

It’s only natural that when we speak, we want to be heard and when the volume around us goes up, so do our voices. Just ask those on road trips or parents of young children how tiresome this can become over time.

The interior quietness of all-new 2015 GMC Yukon can provide some relief. A calming and tranquil environment result from premium materials used to craft the smooth and confident ride in the new Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs. 

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Apr 01 2014
Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

As charming as the current Ford Mustang Convertible is, it has some serious flaws—namely, a choppy ride and a thin top that lets too much noise into the cabin. Fortunately for sun-loving muscle-car fans, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible fixes those problems and then some.

For starters, it was engineered from day one to be a convertible, whereas the previous model was basically just a coupe with its top chopped off and a few structural enhancements added after the fact to compensate for the loss of structural integrity.

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Apr 01 2014
Motor Authority

Dodge is set to introduce a mild update for its Challenger for the 2015 model year, an update that's expected to include the addition of a supercharged HEMI V-8 in a new range-topping SRT model tipped to be called the Hellcat. The good news is that buyers won’t have to opt for the supercharged V-8 if they’re seeking more power, as the Challenger’s existing V-8 offerings are all reportedly due for some power upgrades as part of the 2015 model year update.

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Mar 31 2014
GM News

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade luxury utility vehicle is defined by a hand-crafted interior. High-end furniture provided the inspiration for Cadillac’s design team and their utilization of authentic cut-and-sew materials.  Much of the interior components – including the dashboard, door panels and steering wheel – feature hand-stitched and hand-wrapped supple leather. Semi-aniline Kona Brown leather is available, which utilizes soluble dyes to preserve the material grain. All interiors are accented by genuine wood and metal trims.

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Mar 31 2014
Ford Media

Ford Motor Company is giving fans, and potential customers, in 12 cities across America a chance to get behind the wheel of its latest products with its second EcoBoost® Challenge consumer drive tour.

Kicking off April 12 in Phoenix, the EcoBoost Challenge gets consumers behind the wheel of some of Ford’s most popular vehicles on three exciting closed-course tracks, including back-to-back drives with competitor vehicles. More than 28,000 people took part in last year’s EcoBoost Challenge for a fun and free chance to test drive Ford’s hottest new cars, truck and utility vehicles.

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Mar 31 2014
Written by Larry Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

Chrysler Group’s Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant has become the first North American plant to achieve silver status under the automaker’s World Class Manufacturing system, Chrysler said today.

That means the plant, which will be overhauled this year to build the next generation of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, is Chrysler’s best performing and most productive plant on the continent.

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Mar 28 2014
GM News

It is a rite of spring even if the weather is only beginning to cooperate.

A Blue Topaz Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup and a Crystal Red Metallic Equinox small SUV settled into their parking spaces atop the Chevrolet Fountain behind centerfield in Comerica Park on Thursday. Reaching their perches involved gingerly lifting each vehicle into place by crane – a three-hour process. 

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Mar 28 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. will Friday announce plans to invest $500 million at its Lima, Ohio, engine plant to support production of a new, small six-cylinder EcoBoost engine for its new F-150.

Ford will add 300 jobs at the plant to manufacture a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that will be one of four available powertrains on its next-generation, aluminum-bodied F-150, which is scheduled to debut later this year.

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Mar 28 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on USA Today

The fuel economy of the 2015 Chrysler 200 has been certified by the U.S. EPA with a combined fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon — a big improvement over the model it replaces and lands it in the middle of the close pack in the competitive midsize sedan market segment.

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Mar 27 2014
GM News

Chevrolet is helping owners get the most from their new Corvette Stingray through the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. The two-day program is available to 2014 Corvette Stingray owners for $1,000 – a $1,500 reduction from the standard rate. 

Developed and managed by legendary Corvette racer Ron Fellows, the performance driving performance-driving curriculum at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in Pahrump, Nev. accommodates drivers of all skill levels. 

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Mar 27 2014
Written by Clarke Bowling | Posted on New York Daily News

Ford has dropped the top on details behind the new Mustang convertible!

The 2015 Ford Mustang convertible goes beyond simply chopping the top off of the car. Both cars were designed and engineered separately, allowing for subtle visual differences as well as allowing the convertible model to truly stand on its own.

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Mar 27 2014
Car Buzz

Over the past year or so, Chrysler has been working on a supercharged V8, supposedly codenamed Hellcat. Awesome name. But anyway, this thing is a 6.2-liter beast that could potentially rival the SRT Viper’s naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V10. No joke, and it’s actually causing a major debate over at Chrysler. SRT chief Ralph Gilles, always one to be upfront with the media, recently told Hot Rod magazine about his company's "internal horsepower race."

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Mar 26 2014
GM Media

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

It’s the eighth time a Camaro has been the pace car, starting in 1967 – and the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.

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