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Jun 23 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. customers who buy 2015 model-year vehicles with navigation systems will get free five-year subscriptions to SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link. The services offer detailed traffic, accident, fuel and weather information.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 23 2014
Written by Mark Savage | Posted on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The former Chrysler 200 was so long in the tooth you could have nicknamed it Snagglepuss.

It was updated a couple of years back by Fiat. Mostly, Fiat has helped Chrysler's various lineups, and the new Chrysler 200 again confirms that.

The midsize sedan, which rides on the Jeep Cherokee platform, is available with all-wheel-drive and carries the rounded styling first seen on the sporty Dodge Dart. This is a handsome sedan with a swept-back rear quarter to give it both a modern and sporty profile.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 20 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on Detroit News

Warren —In the upcoming action blockbuster “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” expect to see a bolder, stronger and more dramatic Chevrolet Camaro that transforms into the plucky Autobot named Bumblebee — as well as a Corvette Stingray, Chevy Sonic Rally Car and Chevy Trax.

You might even see GM’s top designer, Ed Welburn, who filmed a speaking part for the Michael Bay movie that hits theaters June 27.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 20 2014
Written by Rahim Kanani | Posted on Forbes

“As our vehicles are the source of our most significant environmental impact, it is vital that we focus on improving the environmental performance of each product,” explained John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters for Ford Motor Company. Today, Ford released its 15th annual Sustainability Report for 2013/2014, and in a wide-ranging interview with Viera, we discussed the evolution and impact of Ford’s environmental commitment, milestones of progress and innovation, leadership lessons, and much more.

Jun 20 2014
Chrysler Media

June 19, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Edmunds.com has named the 2014 Jeep® Wrangler, 2014 Dodge Challenger and 2014 Ram ProMaster winners of its 2014 Best Retained Value® Awards.

The three Chrysler Group vehicles earned awards in the following categories:

2014 Jeep Wrangler: Compact SUV
2014 Dodge Challenger: Midsize/Large Coupe
2014 Ram ProMaster: Commercial Van

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 19 2014
GM News

DETROIT – General Motors continues its strong performance in the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM taking more initial quality awards than any other automaker for the second year in a row. GM also has the most models ranked in the top three in their respective segments.

GM’s plant in Ingersoll, Canada, where the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are built, was awarded a Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award.

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 19 2014
Written by Blake Z. Rong | Posted on Market Watch

A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years. And on the surface, Fusion Lite sounds like the name of a brand new soft drink. Fusion Lite, now with less calories! Try Fusion Lite today! It’s what plants crave!

But in fact the above car, painted up like a Tron taxicab, is the Ford Lightweight Concept. That sounds far more scientific. It is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi.

Jun 19 2014
Chrysler Media

Chrysler Town & Country is highest-ranking minivan for initial quality for the third time in four years

Dodge Challenger leads Midsize Sporty Car segment for second time in four years

Ram 1500, Dodge Grand Caravan rank among top three for initial quality in their segments

Filed Under: Research & Development
Jun 18 2014
GM News

Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

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

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.

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Research & Development
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

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.

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.

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

Filed Under: Research & Development
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.”

Filed Under: Research & Development