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May 12 2014
Written by Adam Levine-Weinberg | Posted on The Motley Fool

Many truck enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F  ) upcoming 2015 F-150. The newest version of America's best selling pickup will offer a big improvement in fuel economy thanks to its increased usage of lightweight aluminum in the body.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 12 2014
Written by Richard Truett | Posted on Automotive News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, playing catch-up in the U.S. fuel-economy race, will debut a family of advanced four-cylinder gasoline engines in the next five years.

The automaker will also introduce a plug-in hybrid minivan, offer more diesel engines and continue to replace six-speed automatics with eight- and nine-speed transmissions.

Among the five full-line automakers, including General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Corp., Chrysler is last in fuel economy, according to the EPA's ranking of fleetwide fuel economy.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 09 2014
Written by Rene Wisley | Posted on The Detroit News

 

Building electric vehicles has become a family affair for Detroiter Evetta Osborne, 47, and her daughter, Monique Watson, 28, of Livonia.

They see each other daily because they work side-by-side at General Motors Co.’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant.

The mother-daughter duo have installed nearly every lithium-ion battery pack for GM’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles — Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera, Holden Volt, and Cadillac ELR — since the Volt was in pre-production in 2009.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
May 09 2014
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on M Live

 

Ford Motor Co. plans to buy back up to approximately 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.

The Dearborn-based automaker on Wednesday said its board of directors approved the repurchase ahead of Ford’s annual meeting Thursday in Delaware. The plan, according to officials, is expected to “help offset share dilution and help improve shareholder returns."

Filed Under: Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
May 09 2014
Written by Joseph Szczesny | Posted on Daily Tribune

The comeback of the Chrysler Group has led to a dramatic growth in employment at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North American headquarters and technical center in Auburn Hills and more is anticipated in the new five-year plan the automaker laid out this week.

Chrysler Group employment in Auburn Hills has climbed to more than 14,000 today after dropping to around 7,500 during the company’s bankruptcy five years ago.

The Auburn Hills’ numbers includes 450 summer interns, underscoring FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne’s faith in the future.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Job Creation
May 08 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s full-size pickups will receive some updates for the 2015 model year, and a chief engineer said Wednesday that even more changes will follow for the trucks and full-size SUVs in future years.

GM’s Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for pickups, said appearance enhancements and technology changes will be coming. The trucks likely will add some improvements to boost fuel economy — possibly transmissions with additional gears.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
May 08 2014
Written by Nick Kurczewski | Posted on New York Daily News

You’re looking at the only 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition convertible that will ever be built.

While we’d argue that burning rubber and tearing around a racetrack is a good cause, Ford Motor Company is going one better: this sole example will be raffled for charity.

Finished in a “Wimbledon White” paintjob and powered by a 420-horsepower V-8, this drop-top is based on the limited-edition 50 Year Mustang fastback, unveiled at the 2014 New York Auto Show.


 

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May 08 2014
Written by Peter Valdes-Dapena | Posted on CNN Money

A plug-in hybrid minivan is among the new products coming from Chrysler in the next few years, according to presentations given by Fiat Chrysler Autos executives this week.

The presentations, which included glimpses of the company's future product plans, were part of an overview of the automaker's business strategy for the next five years.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Environmental Stewardship, Filed Under: Research & Development
May 07 2014
Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

General Motors is making it safer for children to ride in the rear seat of its midsize pickup trucks with a simple but effective feature that debuts on the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, set to go on sale this fall.

Typically, midsize pickups with an extended cab have a pair of truncated rear seats, because there isn’t enough room to include normal ones in the back. The trouble is, the seat cushions aren’t long enough to fully support the base of most car seats for kids, which makes them unstable and less effective at protecting these passengers in a crash.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Filed Under: Research & Development
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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