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  • Mar 09 2016

    Missouri’s Cars

    Written by Matt Blunt | Posted on The Kansas City Star

    FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors recently showcased their vehicles at the Kansas City Auto Show, displaying iconic brands such as Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Ford and Lincoln.

    Missouri is an auto state, and it was an honor to lead our great state as governor. FCA U.S., Ford and General Motors’ 265 dealerships employ 15,900 Missourians. The companies’ three facilities employ an additional 10,898 workers. The three companies’ 210 dealerships employ more than 10,400 Kansans. At the three Kansas City facilities, they employ almost 4,000 autoworkers.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Mar 04 2016

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Old Name, Better Car

    Written by Ken Chester, Jr. | Posted on Post Crescent

    After creating the minivan segment more than 30 years ago, Chrysler has unveiled an all-new vehicle with familiar name. After more than 25 years the Town & Country nameplate is being retired, and the name for the automaker’s all-new minivan is Pacifica. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform for class-leading ride, handling, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment, with the Pacifica Hybrid offering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Mar 04 2016

    Android Auto Update Arrives For Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC And Buick Vehicles

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    Fear not, Android fans, General Motors has you covered finally. As promised, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have all announced the Android Auto update is now ready to go for vehicles equipped with the eight-inch MyLink/IntelliLink/CUE systems.

    The update may only be performed by your local Chevy, Cadillac, Buick or GMC dealer at no cost to the owner, but the software must updated to Android Lollipop (5.0) or later.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Mar 04 2016

    Cleveland Auto Show: Ford Debuts Upgrades To F-150 Raptor

    Written by P.J. Ziegler | Posted on WJW

    If you're planning a trip through the wilderness and you're looking for a truck to get you there, Ford's F-150 Raptor is your ride. The truck was introduced last year but the 2017 version has been upgraded and is on display now at the Cleveland Auto Show at the IX-Center.

    The all-new Raptor, is the strongest in the F-150 line-up.

    "When you see it coming, you know it's a Raptor," said Roger Clayton of Lodi.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Mar 04 2016

    Jeep Teases “Trailcat” Wrangler Concept Ahead Of Easter Jeep Safari

    Written by Jake Holmes | Posted on Automobile Magazine

    Jeep buyers are the sort of people who love to customize and tweak their vehicles, whether it be for mall-crawling or bounding through Moab. The engineers at Jeep love to stoke customer imagination every year with a series of concept models revealed for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, but this year the company is promising a seriously intriguing model. Called the Trailcat, the Jeep Wrangler concept looks to have considerably more ventilation than usual in its hood, potentially signaling that a supercharged V-8 is underhood.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Mar 04 2016

    The 600-hp 2016 Ford Focus Rs Rx: Officially The Baddest Focus Ever

    Written by Wesley Wren | Posted on Autoweek

    Ken Block’s newest rallycross ride just upstaged the RS

    At the end of Ken Block’s latest "Gymkhana," we caught a glimpse of the menacing Ford Focus RS RX. But info was sparse: We only saw that it was Block’s, and that it was “coming soon to Gymkhana nine.” Aside from that, we were left in the dark -- that is, until Ford came forward and officially announced that the wide-bodied Focus will be its latest entry in World Rallycross.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 24 2016

    Use Augmented Reality To Build Your Next Fiat Chrysler Car

    Written by Don Reisinger | Posted on PC Magazine

    At Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Fiat Chrysler showcased a new car sales app that uses augmented reality to allow customers to modify features in a car before they buy. The platform was built atop Google's Project Tango, a technology that allows mobile devices to "see" what's around them using motion tracking, depth perception, and other services.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 24 2016

    General Motors Posts Impressive Numbers On High SUV Demand

    Written by Mayank Marwah | Posted on GuruFocus

    General Motors had a decent 2015 with sales growth of 5% despite an unpredictable global economy. The industry outlook for the current year is positive although the overall global market is expected to slow down. General Motors recently recorded strong fourth-quarter and full-year earnings beating analyst expectations.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 24 2016

    Ford Expands Ford Smart Mobility At Mobile World Congress, Unveils New Kuga, Confirms Sync 3, FordPass For Europe

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Ford CEO Mark Fields today unveils the new Kuga SUV and will confirm Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity technology is coming to Europe and commit to tripling Ford’s engineering investment in semi-autonomous vehicle technologies as the company continues to expand its Ford Smart Mobility plan.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 23 2016

    FCA Partnership With 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Spawns Special Edition Jeep Renegade

    Written by David Muller | Posted on MLive

    A branding partnership between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Warner Bros. will fill the new, partially Detroit-shot movie "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" with Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati vehicles.

    And it will send several Dawn of Justice-themed cars and trucks to FCA dealer lots.

    On Monday, FCA launched an advertising campaign around the 2016 Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition, which will be available at U.S. dealerships later this month.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 23 2016

    Test Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6

    Written by Gary Gastelu | Posted on FOX Sports

    Sure, you could’ve had a V8. But V6 pony cars are the best. It’s true!

    Well, it’s true if you care only about style, or if you run a car rental agency. At least that’s how it’s been for the past 50 years, but not anymore.

    The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro may still look like the Transformer that vanquished the Ford Mustang on the sales charts after the nameplate returned from hibernation in 2010, but it’s an all-new and far superior machine.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 23 2016

    Ford To Triple Investment In Self-Driving Tech

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Ford CEO Mark Fields said today the automaker plans to triple its engineering investment in driver assist and semi-autonomous vehicle technology over the next five years and unveiled an updated version of the Ford Kuga, a compact crossover sold in Europe.

    Fields made the announcement at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain — an annual technology conference. He did not specify a dollar figure or say where the increase in the engineering resources would be centered.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 19 2016

    Automaker Celebrates 90th Year With Stylish Chrysler 200

    Written by Michele Brooke | Posted on The Examiner

    The 2016 Chrysler 200 provides drivers and passengers with attractive style, a comfortable ride, and fuel economy ratings of up to 36 mpg. Since the introduction of the all-new Chrysler 200 in the spring of 2014, the car has resonated with consumers with steadily increasing sales.

    With a starting MSRP of $21,995, consumers can choose from four mid-size models for the 2016 Chrysler 200: 2016 Chrysler 200 LX model, Chrysler Limited model, Chrysler 200S model and the premium Chrysler 200C.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 19 2016

    General Motors To Invest $148M In Spring Hill Plant

    Written by Jamie McGee | Posted on The Tennessean

    General Motors says it will invest $148 million in repurposing equipment at its Spring Hill plant, a move that will retain about 200 jobs.

    The investment will allow the Spring Hill facility to build V8 engines for trucks and SUVs. Production will begin by the end of the year.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 19 2016

    Ford Offers Pothole Protection In New Fusion Sport Sedan

    Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA TODAY

    Ford is taking a few more bumps out of the road of life.

    It is expanding the availability of its pothole-detection technology, previously available in its Lincoln luxury cars and big Ford Expedition SUV, to include a mainstream midsize sedan model — the new 2017 Fusion V-6 Sport.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 18 2016

    The New Jeep Pickup Can't Get Here Soon Enough

    Written by Jason Harper | Posted on Road & Track

    Yes, I want a Jeep Wrangler truck. Me and most of the rest of the Internet, it turns out, as both Jeep and truck lovers went a little bonkers when the news broke last month that a truckified Jeep would join the next-generation Wrangler. Along with a potential diesel and hybrid version, the Wrangler Truck is supposed to go into production by late 2017.

    The biggest question is simply what took them so long? Because, our truck choices kind of suck.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 18 2016

    Chevy Launches Unconventional Ad For Malibu, Cruze

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet brand has launched an unconventional ad campaign for its 2016 Malibu and Cruze.

    The brand tapped Michigan filmmaker Sam Raimi to direct a 60-second trailer that will be played in movie theaters nationwide for the next six months. The trailer has a horror-film vibe as a female character goes to open a door in a presumably haunted house before a voice tells her to stop and leave, followed by a narrator asking “Wouldn’t it be nice to have a warning before bad things happen?”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 18 2016

    Super Duty Rescues Big Rig From New York Snowstorm

    Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

    Tuesday snowstorm in Rochester, New York, dumped dozens of inches of snow onto the Interstate 490 expressway, sending cars spinning and tractor trailers into ditches.

    But the rough winter weather wasn’t enough to stop a Ford Super Duty.

    Reporter Cristina Domingues and her camera crew at Time Warner Cable News in Rochester captured video of Chris Johnson, a welder from nearby Byron, pulling a stranded big rig in what appeared to be a 2003 model year F-Series Super Duty King Ranch with a two-tone paint job.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 16 2016

    Ford Plans to Add Four SUVs Globally in Next Four Years

    Written by Rick Popely | Posted on Chicago Tribune

    Ford Motor Co. will add four new SUVs to its global lineup by 2020 to serve what it sees as a dramatic and ongoing shift away from passenger cars.

    Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of sales and marketing, announced the plans Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. LaNeve said SUV sales have nearly doubled in the U.S. since 2010, and the growth is driven by consumer preference, not by low gas prices.

  • Feb 16 2016

    Ram Gives The Power Wagon A New Look For 2017

    Written by Justin Cupler | Posted on InsideCarNews

    If you grew up in my era, you are quite aware of the Power Wagon from Dodge. Well, the Dodge Ram may be dead, but the Power Wagon is still very much a part of the Ram brand, and it continues into 2017 with a refreshed look paired with the off-road capabilities we expect.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy