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Jan 08 2015
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on Digital Trends

CES has essentially become another stop on the auto-show circuit, with a gaggle of major carmakers showing off their latest tech.

This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is focusing on its Uconnect Access suite of services, which already includes features like remote unlocking and stolen vehicle tracking.

FCA has four new Uconnect Access features that allow owners to keep tabs on their vehicles remotely using a newly-updated smartphone app.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 07 2015
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

With a new year comes new cars, and 2015 will see General Motors add multiple exciting products to its Cadillac and Chevrolet product portfolios. It will all start at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week, but we thought we’d give you a preview of the product onslaught so you know exactly what to expect from The General throughout the year.

1. 2016 Cadillac CT6

Jan 07 2015
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 F-150 pickup on Tuesday was named Truck Trend Magazine’s 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year.

The latest version of Ford’s best-selling vehicle is made with an aluminum body that helps save up to 700 pounds compared to previous models.

“The 2015 Ford F-150 is our toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever, and Truck Trend’s Pickup Truck of the Year award reinforces that this is truly the best choice for America’s truck buyers,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a statement. “We are proud to receive this award.”

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 07 2015
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Tuesday it sold more than 1 million Jeeps worldwide last year — a record number and clear evidence of a successful strategy to retool the brand's lineup to improve international marketing and sales.

The company plans to nearly double that figure in five years with new plants coming online in China and Brazil, two of world's largest vehicle markets, along with production of the Jeep Renegade in Italy, said Mike Manley, president and CEO of the brand.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 06 2015
Written by Mark Phelan and Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

A California startup that GM Ventures invested in about two years ago has developed a new way to squeeze a few more miles from each gallon of gas.

Tula Technology, with operations in San Jose and Plymouth, specializes in something called "advanced digital signal processing," which enhances automakers' ability to deactivate cylinders in larger engines when they are not needed in order to boost fuel economy.

Examples include General Motor's Active Fuel Management and Chrysler's Multi-Displacement System, both of which provide one fixed level of deactivation.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 06 2015
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

What started as a handful of engineers on a feasibility mission grew to more than 1,000 working to create the new 2015 Ford F-150 with an aluminum body and a number of other new technologies.

The fact-finding began in 2008 for a truck that would reach dealerships now. It was a longer gestation than normal for a new vehicle because the transformation of the truck and the plants that make it was so extensive.

Jan 06 2015
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group, is introducing four new features and an enhanced app for its Uconnect Access infotainment system.

The new services, available on select 2015 models beginning later this year, are designed to help consumers monitor and maintain their vehicle’s key systems, easily navigate to desired destinations and keep track of their vehicle’s location at all times, according to the company.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 05 2015
Written by Christina Rogers | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co.GM -1.69% took journalists by surprise Sunday night when it offered a glimpse of its next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric vehicle ahead of its official unveiling at the Detroit auto show next week.

The company offered no details about the car. GM officials just opened the curtains for a few minutes–enough to snap a couple photos–and closed them at a press event during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 05 2015
Ford Media Center

Modern families want to stay connected to each other and to friends, even when they’re on the go and miles apart. Ford Motor Company and Life360 want to help.

Ford will be the first automaker to offer in-car use of the popular family locator app Life360 with Drive Mode – a new capability that helps drivers stay focused on the road by alerting their family and friends not to text when they are driving.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jan 05 2015
Chrysler Media Group

 FCA US LLC began exterior construction on its Windsor (Ont.) Assembly Plant today, using a 600-ton crane to start installing 200 pieces of structural steel to create a new conveyor enclosure on the plant’s roof.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 23 2014
Associated Press

Production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks at the General Motors plant in Wentzville is providing an economic boost not just in the eastern Missouri town but throughout the region.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since GM began producing the midsize pickups this fall, about 10 automotive suppliers in Missouri have begun to supply glass, wheels and acoustic and battery components. That is resulting in more jobs and more security for the suppliers.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 23 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford Motor Company will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Shelby GT350 Mustang by auctioning the first production unit of the new-generation car available to the public for charity at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona.

All proceeds will benefit JDRF, the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Live coverage of the auction of the Shelby GT350 will air on Velocity on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 23 2014
Chrysler Media Group

With sales of vehicles equipped with the popular eight-speed transmission growing, FCA US LLC confirmed that it will invest an additional $266 million in its Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.) to increase capacity of the fuel-efficient TorqueFlite transmission. This is the sixth investment made at Kokomo Transmission (KTP) since June 2009, bringing total investment in FCA US Kokomo operations to nearly $1.8 billion.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 22 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.'s Cadillac brand on Monday revealed the most powerful vehicle in its 112-year history: the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sedan, available in summer 2015.

The debut of the rear-wheel drive luxury sports sedan — packing 640 horsepower and 630 foot-pounds of torque — comes ahead of press days next month for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Cadillac will show the new generation CTS-V during a press conference there Jan. 13.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 22 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

One person's overtime funds another's turkey dinner under the UAW-Ford Boxes of Love Food Giveaway that will help feed 25,000 families over the holidays.

About $750,000 is being spent to help feed needy families in communities where Ford has facilities. The bulk of the food boxes — 17,000 — are being distributed in the metro Detroit area with a high concentration in Dearborn.

Dec 22 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

The most noticeable changes to the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside, with the addition of a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster and a switch to a rotary dial shifter.

As for the exterior, the brand's flagship sedan received a refreshed front fascia and new lighting and grille treatments.

Under the hood, the automaker's eight-speed automatic transmission is combined with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine for the first time, while all versions benefit from the addition of electric power steering.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 19 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

Cadillac will debut high-resolution video streaming in the rearview mirror, to expand visibility for drivers. It will be available next year on the CT6 flagship sedan.

General Motors Co. said the streaming mirror improves field of vision about four times that of a traditional rearview mirror. The technology — under development since 2011 and believed to be a first in an automaker application — will remove obstructions in a driver's field of vision, including rear seat passengers, headrests, the roof and rear pillars.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 19 2014
Travelers Today

2015 Mustang Convertible from Ford Motor Company has recently announced that the American multinational automaker will be presenting its newest vehicle for dealership this month. These ragtop luxury cars will be commanding a $5,500 premium over their fastback V-6 and V-8 counterparts.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 19 2014
Chrysler Media Group

The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger has earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Five stars is the highest possible safety rating given by NHTSA.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Dec 18 2014
Written by Aaron Birch | Posted on GM Authority

On the latest episode of Motor Week, “Television’s Original Automotive Magazine” reviewed the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 on the twists and bends of Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway.

“The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has GM shooting for the stars,” says presenter John Davis. He cites the wealth of performance-minded improvements gained over the basic SS model: carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, interior weight savings measures, 12″ wide rubber front and back, active two-mode exhaust, and race-bred spool-valve dampers, to name a few.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy