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  • 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
  • Apr 23 2015

    New Ford SVT Raptor F150 EcoBoost Could Benefit Full F150 Lineup

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    While all of the details haven’t been made official, we know that the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor F150 will be powered by a new, specially tuned version of the tried and true 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Based on comments by Ford execs, this engine should offer around 450 horsepower, which would make the new Raptor considerably more powerful than any other factory-built F150 pickup in Ford’s history.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 23 2015

    Design your own Viper; having it built is optional

    Written by Larry Edsall | Posted on The Detroit News

    Last year, his first full calendar year as president and chief executive of the Dodge automotive brand, Tim Kuniskis spent time at two massive Viper owners’ homecoming-style events. He wanted to talk to them about their experiences and their expectations for what might come next.

    But instead of just talking about their cars, Viper owners wanted Kuniskis to see their cars. They wanted, Kuniskis said, “to show you what they did to their car to make it their custom car, from a license plate to the interior to the paint.”

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 22 2015

    Cadillac CT6 Plug In Hybrid Coming with 335hp, 432tq

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    While the new Cadillac CT6 PHEV is vastly different from the Cadillac ELR or the Chevy Volt, a fair deal of the technology from those two GM EVs has been used on the new CT6 PHEV. First, the 18.4kWh lithium ion battery pack from “other GM plug-in vehicles” is mounted between the rear seat and the trunk of the CT6, while the company’s “proven active thermal control system” helps to keep the batteries at an ideal temperature – this prolonging the life of the electric drivetrain.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 22 2015

    The Aluminum 2015 F150 Gets 5-Star NHTSA Safety Rating

    Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently adopted a tougher scoring system for their annual crash test safety rating and the 2015 Ford F150 has used this new method to show us that even with a lightweight new body, this half ton pickup is safer than the outgoing model. The NHTSA recently published their results for the 2015 Ford F150 SuperCrew and while the aluminum bodied pickup didn’t score 5 stars in every single metric – it did improve everywhere there was room for improvement while also receiving a 5-star overall score.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Apr 22 2015

    'Mopar Road Ready' Program to Help Teen Drivers in Detroit Area

    Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    Mopar will give a helping hand to young drivers in the Detroit area with an advanced driving program called "Mopar Road Ready," designed to teach safe and defensive driving techniques. Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar, the program dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers will be available to those between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 21 2015

    Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

    Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

    Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car here meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers.

    The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand’s “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle. Its “dragonfly” dual-swing doors have drawn a steady stream of onlookers at Chevy’s 38,000 square-foot stand at the auto show.

    Filed Under: Research & Development