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  • Feb 16 2016

    Why The 2017 Cadillac XT5 SUV Is Huge For General Motors

    Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

    Luxury crossovers are white-hot. Cadillac's XT5 is the first of several all-new Cadillac crossovers that will seek to boost GM's share of this highly profitable market.

    What's happening: General Motors said this week that its new 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover SUV will have a starting price of $38,995 when it goes on sale in the U.S. in April.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 09 2016

    Jeep's Rich Heritage Celebrated In Super Bowl Ad

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Jeep celebrated its rich heritage in a 60-second commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl in an ad called "Portraits," as the iconic SUV brand celebrates its 75th anniversary.

    With the tagline “We don’t make Jeep, you do," the ad includes more than 60 carefully selected images from around the world, including famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum, BB King and Aretha Franklin, along with photos of historic Jeep models.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 09 2016

    10 Great Chevrolet Racing Engines

    Written by Tom Read | Posted on General Motors

    As development of Chevrolet’s racing engine programs consolidate under the roof of the all-new Powertrain Performance and Racing Center, in Pontiac, Mich., it’s worth looking back at 10 engines that helped establish and sustain its winning legacy.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 09 2016

    Brand New 2017 Ford Raptor Race Truck Comes Factory Prepared

    Written by John Gilbert | Posted on Mustang And Fords

    For Ford’s 2017 Raptor lineup there’s a Raptor model built to suit everyone’s needs. For the fuel-mileage conscious there’s the Raptor’s standard equipment Auto-Stop-Start feature where the engine kills, saving gas at a red light, and then instantly fires back up as the gas pedal is depressed for a green light.

    In the Raptor’s off-road ready street trim, the truck is available in two or four door bodystyles, and for the folks enthused about venturing into off-road racing there’s the new factory prepared race-ready Raptor available as a two door only.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 08 2016

    Ford, Pivotal Collaborate On Software Platform For FordPass; Aim To Revolutionize Mobility For Consumers

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Ford is working with cloud-based software technology leader Pivotal to build a software platform supporting FordPass® that will enable the company to rapidly innovate and iterate on new applications and mobility solutions for consumers.

    FordPass – a free digital, physical and personal platform – features four benefits for members: Marketplace includes mobility services such as parking and sharing; FordGuides help consumers move more efficiently; Appreciation, where members are recognized for their loyalty; and FordHubs, where consumers can experience Ford’s latest innovations.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 08 2016

    Buick Shows Off Cascada In Super Bowl 50 Wedding Ad

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. introduced the new Buick Cascada to America during Super Bowl 50 with the help of two celebrities and a wedding.

    The 30-second spot featured New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski attending a wedding, where the bride and groom drove off in the two-door convertible, which is arriving in dealerships.

    During the ad, Ratajkowski makes a diving catch for the bride’s bouquet of flowers, and tosses it to Beckham. Wedding attendees then talk about how she “Odell-ed it.”

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 08 2016

    Fiat Chrysler Salutes Jeep History In Super Bowl 50 Ads

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV doubled-down on Jeep for its two Super Bowl 50 commercials.

    Both ads focused on the importance of the sport utility brand as it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and continues to expand globally.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 05 2016

    This Unlikely Vehicle Is One Of Ford's Best Weapons In Its US Sales War

    Written by William Fierman | Posted on Business Insider

    Along with the Mustang muscle cars and GT supercars we expect to see cited in Ford press releases, one unusual vehicle keeps popping up.

    It's a van. Yes, a van.

    Specifically, it's the Transit Connect, an unconventional-looking minivan that just helped Ford post its best January van sales since 1985.

    In the midst of a record-setting year for the Blue Oval and most of the car industry, Ford can thank the Transit Connect for capturing a 69% share of the small-commercial-van market.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 05 2016

    Cool It Now: Chrysler 300S And 200S Alloy Editions Are New Additions

    Written by Davey G. Johnson | Posted on Car And Driver

    The 200 may be going the way of the dodo, but that doesn’t mean Chrysler’s not going to squeeze some more life out of its mid-size backmarker. Along with the beefcake 300, the 200 is getting the appearance-package treatment. This one’s called Alloy. As one might expect, it’s metallic in nature.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 05 2016

    Record Profit-Sharing Checks For General Motors

    Written by WSYM Staff | Posted on WSYM FOX

    Workers at General Motors are getting a nice pat on the back for a job well done. Each hourly worker could see up to $11,000 from GM's profit-sharing agreement with the United Auto Workers union.

    For the 4th quarter, GM made $6.3 billion and as part of the union agreement the auto company has to give some of the profit to the 2015 union workers.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 04 2016

    Jeep Is The Future Of Fiat Chrysler, Once Again

    Written by Todd Lassa | Posted on Automobile Magazine

    The only American brand certainty in bad economics and good is Jeep. Six-and-a-half years ago, when we weren’t certain that General Motors, Chrysler, and pretty much the rest of the U.S. auto industry would survive the Great Recession, we all knew someone would buy the brand that has survived Kaiser, AMC, Daimler Chrysler, and Cerberus.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 04 2016

    2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible Spied With Beefy Brakes

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    The influx of 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 spy shots is becoming more frequent. This is a good sign we will soon see the 2017 Camaro ZL1 in the flesh, but for now we have another spy shot.

    Autoblog has snapped the 2017 Camaro ZL1 testing with its usual camouflage to hide away the finer details. As our friends at Autoblog point out, the brakes are gigantic on this prototype, a dead giveaway of a high-performance variant. The rotors are certainly getting acquainted with the innards of the wheels in this latest shot.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 04 2016

    Best In The Desert: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Prepares For Grueling Off-Road Racing Series

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    There’s a roar in the desert – spitting sand and kicking up rocks. It’s the sound of the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, running in the 2016 Best in the Desert off-road racing series’ new factory stock class.

    The Raptor race truck will leverage Raptor’s production platform including its all-new high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and 10-speed transmission, along with torque-on-demand transfer case.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 03 2016

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica: New Minivan, Old Moniker, Likely Better Fate Than Namesake

    Written by Dan Wiese | Posted on St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Chrysler's all-new minivan is such a break from Chrysler minivans of yore it's christened with an all-old name. And the move actually makes sense.

    The name is Pacifica, a moniker that graced an innovative but, alas, short-lived crossover that deserved a better fate.

    The original Chrysler Pacifica, offered from 2004 through 2008, pretty much invented the large, three-row, car-based crossover. But it was born too early, arriving at a time when truck-based utes were all the rage. In retrospect, that original Pacifica can be viewed as a real innovator.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Feb 03 2016

    Chevrolet Continues As The Industry’s Fastest Growing Brand, Leading GM Retail Sales Increase

    Written by Dan Flores | Posted on General Motors

    General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January 2016, the company’s best January sales performance in eight years. GM’s retail sales were up sharply, climbing 9 percent year over year on the strength of a 12 percent increase at Chevrolet and a 45 percent increase at Buick. Total sales were up 0.5 percent.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 03 2016

    Ford Brand Suvs Post Strongest Start Since 2004; Ford Vans Have Best Start In 31 Years, Thanks To New Transit

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Coming off strong results last January, Ford Motor Company’s total U.S. sales of 173,723 vehicles declined 3 percent last month versus a year ago.

    Bright spots for January include industry-leading transaction price increases for the month, the best start since 2004 for Ford brand SUV sales and an 8-percent gain in sales for Lincoln.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 02 2016

    General Motors Will Donate Land In White Marsh For Fire Station

    Written by Lorraine Mirabella | Posted on The Baltimore Sun

    General Motors plans to donate land near its plant on Philadelphia Road to the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Co. for future development as a fire station and community building.

    General Motors Baltimore Operations, which produces transmissions and electric motors in White Marsh, will donate more than six acres near its plant, where a nearly 20,000-square-foot, single-story fire house and community building will be constructed.

  • Feb 02 2016

    Why Fiat Chrysler Is Killing The Dodge Dart And Chrysler 200

    Written by John Rosevear | Posted on The Motley Fool

    Production of the slow-selling sedans will end so FCA can use its assembly lines to make more Jeeps and Rams, FCA's CEO says. Here's how that's likely to play out.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said last week that the company will stop making the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 at some point in the near future in order to use the cars' factories to make more SUVs and trucks instead.

    What's the story, here?

    A "permanent shift" away from sedans in the U.S.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 01 2016

    FCA Goes All-In On Jeep And Ram Brands On Cheap Gas Bet

    Written by Alex Kierstein | Posted on Autoblog

    It's no surprise that as SUV and truck sales remain strong in the wake of unusually cheap gas, Jeep and Ram sales are taking off. What is a surprise is that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks that cheap gas will be a "permanent condition," and feels strongly enough about it to change up North American manufacturing plans.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 01 2016

    General Motors Creates Dedicated Team For Autonomous Cars, Electric Vehicles

    Written by Mark Lelinwalla | Posted on Tech Times

    Earlier this month, Ford announced it's tripling the size of its self-driving cars' testing plans.

    Well, on Thursday, General Motors followed suit, announcing the creation of a specially-dedicated team to speed up the development of autonomous and electric vehicles, as reported by Reuters.

    This announcement includes GM's vice president for global product, Doug Parks, taking over his new post of VP for autonomous technology and vehicles on Feb. 1.

    Filed Under: Research & Development