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Jan 31 2014
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

Ford Motor says it's investing $80 million and adding 350 jobs at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, to boost production of F-series Super Duty models about 15%, or 55,000 trucks a year.

Super Duty is Ford's name for F-250 and F-350 truck models, sometimes known as three-quarter-ton and one-ton models, and the even heavier-duty F-450 and F-550. Super Duty trucks almost always are sold as work trucks, albeit often well-appointed -- thus high-profit -- models.

Ford says demand for Super Duties is rising as the economy recovers.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 31 2014
Written by Associated Press, | Posted on Washington Post

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped-up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.

The investment will boost production capacity by 15 percent, or about 55,000 units, as the company retools and upgrades the plant, Ford said. Improvements are planned in the body and paint shops, it said.

“This is a sizable leap forward in capacity,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 30 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Most of what you’ve probably heard about the three-star 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car is wrong. First and foremost, it’s not a Cadillac version of the four-door Chevrolet Volt. It’s a legitimate luxury coupe with unique styling, a lush interior, a new wheelbase and suspension and much more.

The ELR I tested also consistently outperformed EPA projections for how far it could go on battery power alone despite sub-zero temperatures. Its lithium-ion battery proved more than a match for the polar vortex, keeping the car moving and its occupants toasty.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 30 2014
Written by BRYCE G. HOFFMAN | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC made $1.8 billion in 2013, continuing to prop up its financially struggling parent company and demonstrating why the merger announced Wednesday is so important to Fiat SpA.

With Chrysler’s contribution, the Italian automaker made 1.95 billion euros ($2.67 billion) for the year. Without Chrysler’s contribution, Fiat would have posted a loss of 911 million euros ($1.25 billion).

But even with a common name — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — and a new logo, limits remain on how much of Chrysler’s cash Fiat will be able to tap.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 29 2014
Written by Nathan Bomey and Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

General Motors purchased two 60-second commercials for Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday to showcase Chevrolet, marking the automaker’s return to the biggest TV event a year after avoiding the game.

The first ad — which GM is releasing online today — promotes the heavy-duty version of the recently redesigned Chevrolet Silverado pickup. GM declined to provide details about the second ad, though both will air on Fox during the first quarter.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 29 2014
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

Ford Motor made good money the fourth quarter, $1.3 billion in operating profit, capping what the automaker said was "one of the company's best years ever," with a full-year operating profit of $8.6 billion, up from $8 billion the year before.

Fourth-quarter net income was $3 billion, padded by a one-time special tax benefit of $2.1 billion, which outweighed a one-time charge of $311 million. Net income for the year was $7.2 billion.

The quarter's results came out to the same 31 cents per share as a year earlier, which was several cents higher than analysts had forecast.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 29 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Dearborn — With a $7.2 billion profit for 2013, Ford Motor Co. has now earned more than $42 billion in global profits during the past five years, more than wiping out the $30.1 billion it lost during the height of the auto crisis and setting a solid foundation for growth in new markets around the world.

But Ford may have reached a financial apex in the current auto cycle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 28 2014
Written by Ford Media | Posted on Ford News
  • Ford Focus global registrations grew more than 16 percent year-over-year, widening its lead over its next competitor by more than 75,000, based on Ford’s analysis of the just-released and latest Polk global vehicle data for January to September 2013
  • Propelled by Ford’s growth in China, Focus registrations surpassed 303,000 units there to also make it the best-selling passenger car nameplate in China
  • Focus is driving Ford’s global growth and is joined by Fiesta to give Ford two of the top five best-selling nameplates in the world

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Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade
Jan 28 2014
Chrysler Media Group
 
  • An enthusiast demanded encore: Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns for 2014 with bespoke exterior appointments and exotic interior
Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 28 2014
Written by MELISSA BURDEN | Posted on The Detroit News

Facebook and Twitter users who change their profile pictures to purple on the social media sites can help raise money for the American Cancer Society, General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand said Monday.

Chevrolet said it will donate $1 for each Facebook and Twitter user who changes his or her profile to purple, the color of cancer survival. GM’s largest brand said it would donate up to $1 million through the effort, which coincides with World Cancer Day on Feb. 4.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 27 2014
Chrysler Media

January 25, 2014 , Daytona Beach, Fla. - The SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports Viper GTS-R teams paced the way for the GTLM class through eight hours of competition at the Rolex 24 At Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, with both the No. 91 and 93 Vipers leading the class.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 27 2014
Written by Associated Press | Posted on The Detroit News

Detroit — Students have until Feb. 28 to apply for Buick Achievers Scholarship money.

This is the fourth year the scholarships will be awarded. To be eligible for the program, high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be looking to obtain a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math, or other eligible fields related to the automotive industry.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 27 2014
Heritage Newspapers

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it was teaming up with researchers at two US universities to work on obstacles, technical and otherwise, to automated driving.

“To deliver on our vision for the future of mobility, we need to work with many new partners across the public and private sectors, and we need to start today,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president at Ford.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 24 2014
Chrysler Media

January 23, 2014 , Daytona Beach, Fla. - SRT® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports driver Marc Goossens captured the GTLM class pole for Saturday’s 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a fast lap of 1:44.506 in the No. 91 Viper in Thursday’s qualifying session.

Close behind Goossens, fellow SRT driver Jonathan Bomarito was the third-fastest GTLM entry in qualifying with a quick lap of 1:44.617.  By virtue of qualifying first and third, the SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-Rs will start nose-to-tail on the inside row for the 2014 edition of the endurance race.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 24 2014
GM News

DETROIT – More than a third of GM’s 4,300 U.S. dealers are now offering or enrolling in “Shop-Click-Drive,” the online shopping tool that enables Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers to combine the convenience of the Internet with personal customer service.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 24 2014
Written by Jeff Yip | Posted on Houston Chronicle

This year marks a milestone as the Houston Auto Show finally lands a smattering of A-List bombshells that were in the spotlight days ago at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. No concept cars you can drive only in your dreams for us - here are three of the more significant production vehicles you'll be able to buy.

Detroit's show may have tons of sports cars and coupes with mega horsepower and top speeds north of 160 mph, but the most important vehicles, in terms of volume and bottom-line profits, are those hard-working pickup trucks.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 24 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

For all the talk in the past week about aluminum and making vehicles lighter to boost fuel efficiency, Lincoln’s modestly upgraded Navigator goes against everything we’ve heard and seen from Ford Motor Co. — at least for now.

The update sports changes to the interior, exterior and powertrain, but no major changes to the materials that form the body of the 17-year-old nameplate. The upgrade will allow Lincoln to keep pace in the full-size luxury SUV segment until the Navigator’s next overhaul in 2016.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 23 2014
Chrysler Media

January 17, 2014 , Auburn Hills - The Jeep brand debuts a new on-air advertising campaign on Saturday, January 18, to coincide with the X Games Aspen 2014. In addition to the 30-second national television commercial, the campaign consists of print, digital and social extensions.  For the 11th year, the Jeep® brand is returning to Aspen as the exclusive automotive sponsor of the world’s premier winter actions sports event.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 23 2014
Written by Todd Spangler | Posted on Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON — The General Motors Foundation announced today it is is providing a $1-million grant to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation's capital.

The grant was announced at the Washington Auto Show. The museum, which is under construction on a five-acre site next to the Washington Monument, is scheduled to open next year.

The GM Foundation’s donation is expected to help pay for the design and installation of the museum's permanent exhibitions.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 23 2014
Written by Chloe Albanesius | Posted on PC Magazine

Ford is teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University to work on automated car technology.

The trio will build on the Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle unveiled last month, as well as Ford's Blueprint for Mobility, which tries to envision what transportation will look like in 2025 and beyond.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development

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