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May 07 2014
Written by Noah Joseph | Posted on Autoblog

If you're a pony-car enthusiast, this is your year. Not only has Ford introduced an all-new Mustang, but it's also the 50th anniversary of the original. Celebrations and commemorations have been scheduled throughout the year, and not the least of them is the latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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May 07 2014
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler plans significant investments in new powertrain technologies over the next five years as stringent government emissions mandates bite hard.

“Our biggest challenge over the next five years is the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler’s head of powertrain coordination. “This is mostly regulatory driven. It’s a rate of change four to five times what we have experienced in the past.”

Chrysler plans to address the challenge with a mix of efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions, a new family of small engines and some hybridization.

 

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 06 2014
GM News

General Motors today began construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development, as well as an electric motor laboratory and gear center.

GM’s continued investment in motorsports comes from the time-tested belief that racing is the ultimate proving ground for much of the technology that applies to the vehicles GM sells.

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May 06 2014
Written by David Muller | Posted on MLive

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that customer preference in pickup trucks appears to be shifting toward more fuel-efficient and smaller six-cylinder engines, as it announced the sale of its 500,000th F-150 model with EcoBoost.

The truck, which has a 3.5-L V6 engine, was introduced to the market a little more than three years ago.

Ford said Monday that for the fourth month in a row, more than 57 percent of retail sales of its F-150 light-duty trucks have been powered by V6 engines, and more than 45 percent of the sales have been trucks with the EcoBoost engine.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 06 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

Chrysler Group will refine its product strategy this week with a slew of new models from Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Alfa Romeo in a marathon strategic briefing Tuesday in Auburn Hills.

Among other news, expect:

A redefinition of Dodge centered on American muscle.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 05 2014
GM News

From today until June 30, all active, reserve, retired and veteran military – regardless of separation date – can receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

GM extended military pricing to the more than 21 million U.S. veterans from all service branches: U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.

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May 05 2014
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on Digital Trends

When it hits showrooms later this year, the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang will have plenty of rivals. From Detroit pony cars like the Chevrolet Camaro to muscle cars like Dodge Challenger to more effete German sport coupes, everyone’s got the Mustang’s number.

However, the new Mustang’s biggest rival might be itself.

The 2015 model year brings more changes than this car has seen in decades, and some are quite controversial. As Ford tries to broaden the Mustang’s appeal, it risks diluting the qualities that made it a fan favorite in the first place.

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May 05 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

At Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, eight wall-mounted precision robots spray powder onto the 2015 Chrysler 200 after it gets a topcoat as the car moves through a three-layer paint process.

Ninety-seven percent of the powder lands on the surface of the car while the remaining 3% is collected and reused.

“Whatever the over-spray is, we reclaim it, and then we clean it up and use it again,” said Faiz Yono, supervisor of Chrysler’s energy group.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship
May 02 2014
Written by Vicki Needham | Posted on The Hill

A top Senate Democrat expressed concern on Thursday that negotiators of a massive Asia-Pacific trade deal haven't broached the subject of currency manipulation.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Export, Filed Under: International Trade, Filed Under: Trans-Pacific Partnership
May 02 2014
GM News

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – General Motors is investing $50 million for a new flexible Trim Shop and upgrades to the Press Room at the Lordstown Complex for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.

“This investment will enhance our customer responsiveness while providing our team with the tools and processes needed to be the best at building the next generation Cruze,” said Lordstown Plant Manager Bob Parcell.

Some construction work has begun at the complex. Chevrolet will announce timing of the next generation Cruze later.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 02 2014
Written by Peter Braun | Posted on Digital Trends

 

Long before its 50th anniversary, the Ford Mustang was a legend.

A big part of the Mustang’s legendary status is due to the slew of fantastic engines that have rumbled behind the now-infamous Pony badge. From the original 289-cubic-inch V8, the mighty 428 Cobra Jet, to the 5.0 V8 of the ’80s, these powerplants have legacies of their own.

So what about the engines that will power the latest and – Ford hopes – greatest Pony Car? Let us take you under the hood of the new 2015 Mustang and see how things stack up.
Not-so-basic

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May 02 2014
Chrysler Media

May 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram Truck brand’s sponsorship of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby will “Dominate the Field” this year as the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” and first-ever back-to-back champion, serves as the Official Truck for the historic track and America’s greatest horse race for the fifth consecutive year.

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May 01 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

 

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it has started construction on a new facility for race engine design and development at its Global Powertrain headquarters in Pontiac, as the automaker works to bring together its North American powertrain engineering group for production as well as advanced and racing engines.

The automaker said the construction project also includes adding an electric motor lab to build prototype electric motors, and a gear center that supports designing and testing of gears in next-generation transmissions.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 01 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

Ford Motor Co. began a new era today with a ceremony marking the start of production of the Ford Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

The Transit will replace the venerable Ford E-series van, first sold in 1961 as the Ford Econoline. Ford will continue making the E series for awhile during the 2014 calendar year as it ramps up Transit production.

Ford has invested $1.1 billion and added 2,000 new jobs to the Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford said it has reached 75 percent of its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015.

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May 01 2014
Written by Mark Clothier | Posted on Bloomberg News

David Kelleher, a car dealer in suburban Philadelphia, said he’s in uncharted emotional territory: He’s excited about a new Chrysler sedan.

“This car won’t disappoint people -- there’s zero chance,” Kelleher said about the redesigned Chrysler 200, which will arrive on lots in May to succeed the existing 200 and the Sebring, which he said were good values but struggled to compete with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

“I have never, ever sold a high-quality, desirable car in that segment,” he said. “But this is a really nice car.”

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 30 2014
GM News

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) joins the brand’s growing police vehicle portfolio. It goes on sale this summer, offering the same capabilities, efficiency and durability as the award-winning Silverado 1500, with special features designed for police use.

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Apr 30 2014
Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

The New York International Auto Show is a major stop on the world's auto show circuit. Like so much else in New York, it's big, it's loud, and it's one of the industry's highest-profile stages.

We -- The Motley Fool's Rex Moore and John Rosevear -- were in New York last week for the two days devoted to events for the world's automotive and financial media -- and we've captured the highlights to share with you through the magic of video.

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Apr 30 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

A unique Chrysler training facility opened in partnership with the United Auto Workers union two years ago is significantly exceeding initial expectations.

Since officially opening in 2012, the World Class Manufacturing Academy has expanded its operations to 40,000 square feet, grown from a handful of classes to 45, and has had more than 9,000 employees come through its doors – roughly four times more people than officials expected to have after two years.

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Apr 29 2014
Written by GM News Team | Posted on GM News

Design statements with staying power are key in the automotive landscape, and Buick’s global network of designers make them by continuously monitoring and interpreting trends in high-end fashion, furnishings, architecture and product design.

An example is the 2014 LaCrosse and its unique Ultra Luxury Interior Package.

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Apr 29 2014
Ford News
  • The Ford Fleet Purchase Planner™ is a new tool that helps businesses build a fleet of vehicles with an eye toward cost and environmental concerns
  • KONE, a leader in escalator and elevator manufacturing, used the Ford Fleet Purchase Planner to develop a plan to replace its fleet of 160 Ford Fusion cars with new Fusion Hybrid vehicles by 2018; the move is expected to reduce KONE’s carbon emissions output by 850 metric tons annually

For its commitment to analytics and big data collection, Ford was among three finalists for the Institute for Operations Research and Manag

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy