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  • May 04 2015

    FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

    Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

    Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry’s “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said  it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college educations to workers at participating U.S. dealerships.

    The cost of the education -- for individual classes and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at Strayer University in about 40 fields of study -- will be paid for entirely by FCA and its dealers.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 01 2015

    GM to invest $5.4B in U.S., Michigan plants

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. on Thursday said it will create 650 new jobs as it invests $5.4 billion into U.S. plants through 2017, including a total of $783.5 million at three Michigan sites.

    GM and UAW executives announced the investments at GM's Pontiac Metal Center, which is getting $124 million in upgrades, including a new press. It will add 15 jobs with the investment. The plant was among those that faced closure around GM's bankruptcy but today has about 490 employees.

  • May 01 2015

    2016 Shelby GT350 Allotments Sent to Dealerships

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    Earlier this week, we were talking about the limited edition 2015 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs that will be available in very limited numbers, with only 100 of the GT350 and 37 of the GT350R made for the 2015 model year. These cars will likely be very expensive and very hard to get, but it is expected that Ford will build thousands of new Shelby GT350 Mustang models for the 2016 model year.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • May 01 2015

    Ram Truck Brand Celebrates the Courage it Takes to Succeed in Two New Commercials Airing in the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby telecast, Saturday, May 2, on NBC

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    The Ram Truck brand celebrates the hard work, dedication and courage it takes to succeed in a new 60-second commercial airing this Saturday, May 2, in the 141st Running of the Kentucky Derby telecast on NBC, as part of the brand’s multi-tier sponsorship of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

    “Courage is Already Inside” salutes the character of strong women who have met and overcome many challenges on the road to achieving their goals, including two-time Kentucky Oaks winning jockey Rosie Napravnik.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 30 2015

    GM plans more investments as manufacturing jobs rise

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    General Motors will announce a new round of plant investments Thursday at its Pontiac Metal Center just as an independent report found the company's U.S. manufacturing employment reached its highest level last year since the 2009 bankruptcy.

    Thursday's news is expected to detail upgrades at the Pontiac stamping operation, Delta Township assembly plant near Lansing and other locations. This week local officials in Arlington, Tex., voted on incentives for a $1.2 billion expansion of the assembly plant that produces the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon.

  • Apr 30 2015

    Ford is Named ‘Most Innovative Volume Brand 2015’ at AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards, Focus is Class Winner

    Posted on Ford Media Center

     Ford Motor Company has been named the “Most Innovative Volume Brand 2015” for its safety and semi-autonomous driver technologies at the tenth annual AutomotiveINNOVATIONS awards.

    The Centre of Automotive Management based in Germany named Ford the category winner after considering innovations from 18 global automotive groups representing 53 brands. The new Ford Focus also won in its class, and the all-new Ford Mondeo was in the top three for its segment.

  • Apr 30 2015

    Habitat for Humanity Detroit Partners with FCA US for House Build

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    General Motors will announce a new round of plant investments Thursday at its Pontiac Metal Center just as an independent report found the company's U.S. manufacturing employment reached its highest level last year since the 2009 bankruptcy.

    Thursday's news is expected to detail upgrades at the Pontiac stamping operation, Delta Township assembly plant near Lansing and other locations. This week local officials in Arlington, Tex., voted on incentives for a $1.2 billion expansion of the assembly plant that produces the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 29 2015

    Chevy focuses social media on millennials and smaller models

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Millennials, that enigmatic mass of Americans born after 1980, now outnumber their baby boomer parents and grandparent and automakers are trying to stir their car buying passions through their primary communications source -- social media.

    Chevrolet, for example, has targeted an arsenal of social media tools to build awareness and sales of its Spark, Sonic, Trax and Cruze models.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 29 2015

    Ford to make small number of ’15 Shelby GT350 Mustangs

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    If you want a 2015 model-year Shelby GT350 or GT350R Mustang, good luck.

    Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it will make a very limited batch of the performance cars with 2015 VIN numbers in honor of their 50th anniversary. It will make 100 GT350s and 37 GT350Rs.

    The 37 number carries some significance for enthusiasts: When Carol Shelby made the first GT350 competition model in 1965, he made two prototypes and 34 production models. Later, someone bought and completed an unfinished production model, which Shelby unofficially counted as the 37th vehicle produced.

  • Apr 29 2015

    Uconnect® Receives ‘Infotainment of the Year’ Award from Digital Trends

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    Uconnect – the system found inside the FCA US vehicle line-up – has earned the “Infotainment of the Year” award from Digital Trends.

    “Receiving this prestigious award from Digital Trends is a tribute to the team of hardworking engineers, designers and human machine interface experts who continue to evolve the Uconnect system, features and services,” said Joni Christensen, Head of Uconnect Marketing and Customer Experience, FCA US LLC. “The Uconnect team’s mission is to assist drivers and help keep them focused on the road.”  

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 28 2015

    GM to give Kettering University $4 million for proving ground, powertrain lab

    Written by Laura Colby | Posted on Bloomberg

    Kettering University, which taught General Motors leaders such as CEO Mary Barra, is getting a $4 million gift from the carmaker to build a proving ground and powertrain test lab.

    GM’s philanthropy arm plans to announce the donation Tuesday to the Flint, Mich., school, which the automaker once owned. The facilities, to be built in the next two to three years, will be used by students and professors researching topics such as electric cars and autonomous vehicles. The project is part of Kettering’s efforts to fight blight in Flint, which became an automotive powerhouse after GM was

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 28 2015

    Ford Announces Limited Run for 2015 Shelby GT350; Only 37 GT350R Models to Be Built

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015.

    The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang’s performance credentials on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 28 2015

    FCA US Recognized as Health, Safety and Energy Leader in Automotive Manufacturing

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    FCA US LLC has achieved a significant milestone by having the most manufacturing facilities certified in both Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001:2011 of any North American automotive company.

    Thirty-one facilities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico were evaluated in less than 24 months by an accredited, third-party certification body. Recognized internationally, OHSAS 18001 focuses on worker health and safety, and ISO 50001 focuses on energy management and conservation.

  • Apr 27 2015

    Chevrolet hopes for big things from its small cargo van

    Written by Carol Cain | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Chevy is borrowing a page from its past at it appeals to small business owners – a hot market as the number of entrepreneurs continues to grow -- with its 2015 Chevrolet City Express small cargo van.

    The City Express continues the tradition that began in 1936 with the Chevrolet Canopy Express vehicle which street vendors used to sell flowers, food and other products from the back.

    It was followed by the 1949 Chevrolet Canopy – another vehicle that found a ready audience with the mom and pop entrepreneurs.

  • Apr 27 2015

    New Factory-Installed Strobe Warning LED Lights Available On All 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    Ford is offering an available factory-installed strobe warning LED light kit for all models of 2016 F-Series Super Duty trucks for customers – such as utility, road construction or municipal crews – that require enhanced vehicle visibility while working on-site.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 27 2015

    Capps Wins All-Mopar Final on HEMI® Day at NHRA SpringNationals

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Ron Capps earned his second national title victory of the year with a trip to the winner’s circle at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) SpringNationals near Houston on a day recognized by Mopar fans as HEMI® Day (4/26) named after the legendary 426 HEMI engine which helped power the new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T to its fifth win in six events since making its debut this season.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 24 2015

    2016 C7 Corvette To Receive At Least Two New Colors

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    Earlier, we told you Velocity Yellow looked to be on its way out for the 2016 C7 Corvette, to be replaced by a new shade. That is indeed the case. Velocity Yellow will be retired and a new shade of yellow is heading to a Corvette configurator near you.

    The newest shade of yellow has been deemed “Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat” and looks extremely similar to the Velocity Yellow. The hue is slightly different, and as our friends at Corvette Blogger point out, it wouldn’t surprise us the Corvette C7.R squad is already running this color and we just haven’t noticed.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 24 2015

    Ford Celebrates Production Milestone – 100,000 Ford Police Interceptor Vehicles Built

    Posted on Ford Media Center

    On April 23, employees at Troy Design and Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, celebrated a major milestone – production of Police Interceptor No. 100,000. Since 2012, the 54,000-square-foot Troy Design and Manufacturing upfit facility has been the single source for America’s best-selling line of law enforcement vehicles. Troy Design and Manufacturing has the flexibility to produce between 600 and 1,200 vehicles per week depending on demand. It takes an estimated 5.5 hours for a vehicle to be completely upfitted with law enforcement equipment.

  • Apr 24 2015

    FCA US Belvidere Assembly Receives Highest Environmental Award

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    The FCA US Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant’s new body shop has been awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System certification for meeting the highest environmental standards.

  • Apr 23 2015

    Cadillac Will Grow V-Series Portfolio In Coming Years

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    It only seems reasonable that with more incoming Cadillacs, there will be V-series editions coming with them. Good news, because Cadillac says more V-series models will find their way into the portfolio with time.

    The Detroit Bureau spoke with Dave Leone, Cadillac Chief Engineer, and he confirmed we will see more V products in the future. He also stressed that not every Cadillac will a see a true V-series, a smart move as to not dilute what the “V” badge has come to stand for. That means don’t hold your breath for an Escalade-V or SRX-V (XT5-V).

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy