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Jun 18 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford releases its 15th annual Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing and the successes it has achieved thus far

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally signs the CEO Water Mandate launched by the U.N. Secretary General, expanding the company’s commitment to water conservation and the environment

This year, Ford will begin an initiative to reduce water use by its suppliers worldwide

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 18 2014
Written by Jason Cammisa | Posted on Road & Track

For the first four months of last year, more than half of all Chrysler 200 sedans were sold as fleet vehicles. No wonder it's widely seen as the official car of the rental lot. And it's doubtful those fleet sales did anything to help Chrysler in the long run. We imagine that very few people who shelled out $20 per day for the displeasure of driving a 200 later plunked down $20,000 for the displeasure of owning one.

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Jun 17 2014
Written by Kevin Wilson | Posted on Car and Driver

When it's a matter of go big or stay home, the first question becomes “how big is enough?” At GMC stores, the latest available answers are the new for 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL. The latter casts a shadow 20 inches longer than the standard edition tested here, which yields 28-percent-more luggage capacity and 10-inches-more legroom for the third-row seats.

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Jun 17 2014
Written by Jay Ramey | Posted on Autoweek

Ford is debuting a few new things in the 2015 Explorer, as the fifth-generation SUV enters its fifth year of production. The most significant addition is a new appearance package for the Explorer XLT, which will feature 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, black body-side plastic cladding, roof rails, and body-color door handles. This new appearance package will also feature mirror caps, liftgate applique, and grille painted in "magnetic metallic," along with an "Explorer" hood badge.

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Jun 17 2014
World Car Fans

O.CT Tuning has performed several upgrades on the SRT8 versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Challenger.

Work started on the V8 6.4-liter HEMI engine which in its standard configuration delivers 477 PS (350 kW) and a peak torque of 637 Nm (470 lb-ft). The motor received a custom compressor kit and a charge air cooler system along with a software optimization that have bumped output to 564 PS (415 kW) and 735 Nm (542 lb-ft). Upon request, O.CT Tuning can make additional modifications to increase power beyond the 600 PS (441 kW) mark.

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Jun 16 2014
Ford Media Center

University of Kansas chose Ford Transit Connect as a medical transport vehicle for its smart size, great EPA-estimated rating of as much as 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway and ability to be tailored to meet unique caregiving needs

Ford donated the vehicle to enable the university to deliver medical care that normally requires a visit to a medical center or doctor’s office

The WellCar Ford Transit Connect van will be a rolling medical workstation that can provide testing, diagnosis and treatment, including prescribed medications, to non-ambulatory patients in rural areas

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Jun 16 2014
Written by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq | Posted on The Detroit News

Detroit— Don Dale got his first Corvette when he was 16 years old. It was a 1968 Corvette with 427 horsepower under the hood.

“My dad said, ‘did you have a fun time driving it home?’ I said, yeah and he said, ‘well, you’re going to have a fun time driving it back then,” said the Shelby Township resident. “I had it one day.”

Dale, 57, never lost that desire to have a Corvette, but it took him until nine years ago to get one that he could actually keep. Three years ago, he traded that vehicle for a 2006 Sunset Metallic Orange model, one of only 288 made in that color.

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Jun 16 2014
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

The auto universe has shifted from four- and five-speed automatics to eight-speed gearboxes with remarkable speed.

Six-speed automatics, though still widespread, barely had time to claim status as exotic gearboxes before they were leafrogged..

Chrysler Group pioneered the eight-speed transmission in mainstream models, beginning with the 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 13 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

With electric vehicle popularity on the rise, more and more employers are offering EV charging stations in their parking lots. General Motors is among them with 401 electric vehicle charging stations located at its numerous facilities all over the world, 20 percent of which are powered using solar energy.

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Jun 13 2014
Ford Media Center

 All-new 2015 Ford Mustang will serve as pace car for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway June 15, a fitting tribute to 50 years of continuous production

Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Company president of The Americas, will drive the Race Red Mustang GT fastback to start the race

This sixth-generation, rear-wheel-drive Mustang boasts iconic long hood, short rear decklid proportions, as well as the low, wide stance of its predecessors, but features a design that is very much 21st century, with state-of-the-art engineering and technology

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Jun 13 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Chrysler Group LLC is known mostly for Jeeps and trucks, but its latest new car may help fill out the company’s unbalanced vehicle lineup.

As the 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan begins to hit dealer lots, the nameplate represents the automaker’s best chance of becoming a player in the industry’s most competitive segment, long dominated by Japanese imports.

“Chrysler has not had a strong car,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at AutoTrader.com. “And it’s very important to the Chrysler brand because they have so few products, and the products that they have are aging.”

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Jun 12 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

If you have a small mountain to move, you may well be drawn to heavy-duty pickups. The four-star 2015 GM Sierra HD 4WD Double Cab may well be your tool, or augmentation, of choice.

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Jun 12 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Looks like a Lincoln. Is quiet like a Lincoln. Powerful like a Lincoln.

So is it a Lincoln?

Yes, but ... it remains hard to put out of your mind that the new Lincoln MKC shares its basic structure with the still competent, but cheaper, Ford Escape.

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Jun 12 2014
Written by Karen Kane | Posted on Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

From as far away as California and Canada, thousands are expected to come to Butler this weekend for the fourth annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, an event that turns a spotlight on Butler as the birthplace of the Bantam Jeep — a vehicle that was created to benefit the Allied forces of World War II.

“It’s a national event. We’re attracting people from all over the United States and Canada,” festival director Patti Jo Lambert said, who noted that no other event in Butler County attracts people from as far away as the Jeep festival.

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Jun 11 2014
Written by Mike Colias | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT -- Mercedes-Benz plays to fashionistas with its sponsorship of Fashion Week in New York. BMW appeals to art buffs through its partnership with the Art Basel art show in Miami Beach and its Art Car Collection.

Now, Cadillac wants in on architecture.

Cadillac is planning an experiential marketing campaign that will host architectural tours in Chicago next month, followed by tours in New York, Dallas, Miami and Los Angeles through the rest of the year.

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Jun 11 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford and Heinz have a juicy idea: They are exploring using tomato fibers for car parts.

The corporate giants are collaborating on replacing petrochemicals in plastic parts with sustainable materials made of tomato fibers. They are testing the fibers’ durability for use in vehicle wiring brackets and storage bins.

The bio-friendly composite uses dried tomato skins.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 11 2014
Written by Bob Beckstead | Posted on Watertown Daily Times

MASSENA — Taking a test drive Wednesday in a brand new Chrysler minivan will help raise some money for Trinity Catholic School.

In conjunction with the school’s Play Day, Blevins Seaway Motors is hosting a Chrysler “Drive for the Kids” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school’s parking lot. Trinity Catholic School will receive $10 for each test drive.

Any licensed driver, 18 or older, may drive for the donation. The effort is sponsored by the Chrysler brand, according Blevins Seaway Motors General Manager Frank Lallier, who said Dodge was the sponsor last year.

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Jun 10 2014
GM News

DETROIT – Nearly 8,000 U.S. military veterans have purchased a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac by taking advantage of General Motors’ enhanced Military Discount Program, which runs through June 30. All active-duty military, reservists, retirees and veterans – regardless of separation date – are eligible.

“We anticipate many more will use the discount through the end of the month,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “It’s our small way of thanking those who have made so many sacrifices for the safety and security of our nation.”

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Jun 10 2014
Written by Jerry Wofford | Posted on Tulsa World

In 1974, Jim Wicks had a little picnic with a few fellow Shelby Mustang enthusiasts.

That small gathering continued to grow, and now the Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals is one of the largest Ford and Shelby meets of the year.

“Last year we had people from 34 states and seven countries,” Wicks said.

And the 40th Mid America Nationals, set for this weekend at various locations around northeast Oklahoma, is set to be one of the biggest yet.

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Jun 10 2014
Written by Ken Chester Jr. | Posted on Wausau Daily Herald

The all-new 2015 Jeep® Renegade expands the brand’s vehicle lineup, entering the growing small sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment, while staying true to the adventurous lifestyle and Jeep 4x4 capability. Renegade delivers a unique combination of best-in-class off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, world-class refinement, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology offerings.

To be available in Sport, Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk models and 4x2 or 4x4 driveline configurations (except Trailhawk), the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade leverages

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