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May 30 2014
Written by Kathleen Burke | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going outside the Midwest to attract young talent and enhance the company’s reputation among college students and graduates worried about job security at a domestic automaker.

As part of its summer internship program, Chrysler has recruited 502 students from 127 universities across the country to work across all company operations and locations -- the most in the program’s 19-year history.

Denise Debouvre, Chrysler’s university relations manager, said the company struggled with recruiting after its high-profile bankruptcy in 2009.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 29 2014
Chrysler Media

Three Toledo plant retirees and WWII veterans join plant employees for dedication

Vehicle restoration completed by Toledo plant employees

Nearly 10 percent of Toledo workforce has military background

Military population grows by 25 percent with Jeep Cherokee launch and recent hiring

May 28, 2014 , Toledo, Ohio - As the nation pauses this Memorial Day to remember those who served in the United States Armed Services, Chrysler Group’s Toledo Assembly Complex (TAC) unveiled its own special tribute to veterans around the country during a ceremony at the plant today.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 29 2014
GM News

General Motors and the University of Michigan today announced an agreement to extend their collaborative automotive research efforts through 2017.

Launched in 1998, Collaborative Research Laboratories (CRL) at the University of Michigan have led to significant commercial and academic success for students, the university and the automaker. In 2011, it yielded a unique process to ultrasonically weld battery tabs together that played a role in enabling the Chevrolet Volt team to offer an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery system.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 29 2014
Written by Ann M. Jobs | Posted on Associated Press

The 2014 Ford Focus ST is a fun-to-drive, spirited hatchback with turbo power, European-style handling, and practical seating and cargo room.

A compact-sized car, the Focus five-door hatchback even garnered top, five out of five stars from the federal government in frontal and side crash testing.

And for driving enthusiasts, the Focus ST is something of a bargain, offering horsepower and torque usually associated with six-cylinder cars for the price — and fuel mileage — of a small four cylinder.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 28 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

Not everyone is into the black painted vents that partially lend to the modern, sporty look of the 2014 Corvette Stingray. For the 2015 model-year, you’ll be able to choose body-colored vents, but if you already have a Stingray and don’t want to do the painting yourself, the people from Corvette Mods have you covered.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 28 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford is licensing its patented inflatable seat belts, part of an ongoing strategy of sharing intellectual property for a price to make technology more broadly available.

The inflatable seat belts, patented in 2008, were introduced in the 2011 Ford Explorer. Since then they have been added to the 2013 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT and MKZ, and the 2014 Ford Fusion. Now, they will be available on the 2015 F-150 pickup and other future models.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 28 2014
Written by Derek Price | Posted on NWI Times

It’s hard to overstate how much this car, the all-new 200, means for the Chrysler brand.

Not only does it have to replace the bad memories of rental-car mediocrity that so many drivers experienced in the old Chrysler Sebring, but it also has to prove that FIAT-based cars can be fully tailored to the American market.

And, make no mistake, the 200 is trying its best to turn an Italian car into something that feels more American.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 27 2014
GM News

 Dreaming up ideas that benefit drivers is interesting; commercializing those ideas into real product features is when customers take notice.

An indicator of General Motors’ commitment to creating customer-driven innovation can be found in the results of two leading studies - the Patent Board and Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. Together they show that GM is a leader in overall patent filings and those focused on clean energy technology.

GM finished first in overall industry patent filings for the 11th consecutive quarter, according to the Patent Board.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 27 2014
Written by Tim Esterdahl | Posted on Torqu News

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has been a hot topic lately with its extensive use of aluminum. However, that's not the only thing on this new truck that people should be talking about. Ford's new F-150 has five smart features that should become standard on all trucks. 

Keyless Ignition

More than 72 percent of the vehicles on the road have a keyless ignition system. What makes up the other roughly 30 percent? Trucks mostly. 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 27 2014
Written by Larry Printz | Posted on The Detroit News

After spending a week in the latest version of the Dodge Durango, I would urge Dodge to give it a new name. It doesn't have the best history.

Too many buyers considering three-row crossover SUVs look past the Durango — mainly because the initial version was little more than an SUV shell plopped atop a Dodge Dakota pickup frame. As you can imagine, refinement suffered as a result.

And the previous generation saw the Durango grow, but more in terms of attitude than civility.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Written by Diego Rosenberg | Posted on GM Authority

For those of you on the East Coast, you know that the Keystone State has two of the nation’s best old car flea markets: Hershey and Carlisle. The latter in particular has a whole slew of specialized events throughout the show season, none more enduring than Corvettes at Carlisle. Coming this August, two special displays should pique the interest of race fans of America’s Sports Car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Written by Rita Cook | Posted on The Washington Times

A little tweaking with the style and an optional six-speed automatic transmission and what do you have? The new and improved 2014 Jeep Compass.

Safety is also improved, as the new version of the Compass now offers front-seat side airbags as standard.

A compact crossover, this Jeep can hang with the best of ’em, since the Jeep moniker means built tough — tough, however, with comfort and style. It’s no problem with the 2014 Jeep Compass.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

The 2015 F-150 has a few more innovations on it besides its nearly all-aluminum body.

In fact, Ford Motor Co. announced today that the upcoming full-size pickup is the most patented truck in company history.

"The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation," said Alana Strager, Ford program analyst charged with tracking new innovations for the 2015 truck, in a statement. "Ford engineers filed more than 100 new patents for technologies on this truck as they have worked to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation."

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Stop/start technology will be standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine, an addition that improves the vehicle’s city fuel economy by nearly 5 percent, or one mile per gallon.

The Impala comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, which currently accounts for more than 30 percent of Impala retail sales. It offers customers higher mpg city ratings and a more affordable entry price into the segment than six-cylinder competitors.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Ford Media Center

For the second year in a row, Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring an Honor Flight for 50 World War II veterans in the Cleveland area to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This year is significant as it marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944)

Ford Fund will sponsor three Honor Flights this year, adding to the six flights it has sponsored since 2011

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 23 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With the recent introduction of its new 2015 Challenger, Dodge is proving that the horsepower wars are alive and kicking. While much has been made lately of the Mustang’s 40th anniversary, and its rivalry with the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge has its own legion of rabid Mopar fans across Western Pennsylvania who will obviously be delighted in seeing the direction the brand is taking with its newest edition of this legendary muscle car.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will begin selling this summer a 2015 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD pickup designed for off-road driving, with four-wheel drive capability that also offers an exclusive design for customers.

GM said the new Sierra All Terrain HD truck is available in on 2500 or 3500 double cab and crew cab models. It’s offered with the SLE or SLT trim lines and a Z71 Off Road package. The company said a 6-liter gas engine is standard and the Duramax turbo-diesel is available.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. says its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, when equipped with the company’s Power Stroke engine, will have no limits on power ratings.

Ford’s upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel will come with three power levels: 270 horsepower and 675 pound-feet of torque; 300 horsepower and 700 pound-feet; and 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 22 2014
Chrysler Media

Ideas from Mopar on spring refreshers for Chrysler Group vehicles include leather seats and seat covers, decal kits, new door guard sills, premium carpet floor mats and a wireless charging system

More than 10,000 Mopar Vehicle Protection Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plans were purchased in the first quarter of 2014

Mopar also has plenty of cool parts, accessories and technologies to help customers get ready for summer at www.mopar.com

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 21 2014
GM News

INDIANAPOLIS – Based on growing employee demand, General Motors today announced that it has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles.

The majority of the stations are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily. All charge stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors.

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