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  • Feb 01 2016

    Ford Motor Company Joins Forces With Tom Joyner Foundation To Honor Unsung Heroes

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

    Prior to the program’s national kickoff, Ford Freedom Unsung celebrations have taken place over the past four years in Atlanta; Southern California; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco Bay Area.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Jan 29 2016

    Jeep Could Be Planning New Wagoneer SUV

    Written by Drew Johnson | Posted on Left Lane News

    Jeep's SUV offensive could include a new Wagoneer model to go along with its previously confirmed Grand Wagoneer, the company revealed in its latest business plan.

    After months of rumors, Jeep confirmed in March of last year that it was planning to revive its storied Grand Wagoneer nameplate as a luxury SUV to rival the Land Rover Range Rover. However, Jeep might not be done rummaging through its archives as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne let slip that the company is also working on a new Wagoneer model.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 29 2016

    GM Names Executive To Lead Autonomous Driving Efforts

    Written by Joseph White | Posted on Reuters

    General Motors Co said on Thursday it is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles.

    Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to Mark Reuss, head of global product development. Parks will oversee efforts to develop new electrical and battery systems and software for autonomous and electric vehicles, GM said in a statement. The appointments are effective Feb. 1.

  • Jan 29 2016

    Ford Gives Real-World Truck Customers Insider Access To All-New F-Series Super Duty Testing

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    No actors, no stunts. Five real-world heavy-duty truck customers have an all-access insider pass to see how the all-new Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – lives up to its Built Ford Tough promise.

    These truck customers will witness torture testing of the all-new F-Series Super Duty before anyone else in the six-part We Own Work video series. The first video – to be posted next month at ford.com – will introduce these truck customers and provide background on their businesses and how they use their fleet of Super Duty trucks.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 27 2016

    Cadillac CT6 Makes Red Carpet Debut At Oscars

    Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

    Next month’s Academy Awards may be tense with questions about the diversity of actor nominees, but Hollywood’s TV spectacular will be a showcase for greater variety in the U.S. luxury automobile segment. The all-electric, American-made Tesla, not BMW or Mercedes, will be the vehicle of choice for many celebrities arriving on the red carpet.

    And for the second year in a row, Cadillac will unveil a new ad for the Oscars featuring its most ambitious vehicle yet: the 2016 Cadillac CT6.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 27 2016

    2017 GMC Acadia Sheds Weight, Improves Fuel Economy

    Written by Nick Maronese | Posted on CTV News

    GMC debuted the 2017 Acadia in Detroit January 12, a midsize SUV that should find buyers in just about every corner of the segment given the company is offering five-, six- and seven-passenger versions and trims ranging from the premium Denali to a new off-road All Terrain.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 27 2016

    Ford Puts Automatic Start-Stop In F-Series Pickups

    Written by Justin Lloyd-Miller | Posted on Autos Cheat Sheet

    What’s the easiest and most efficient way to save fuel? Simple. Turn the engine off.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 26 2016

    Contractor Shoots For Battle-Ready Jeep

    Written by Tyrel Linkhorn | Posted on The Blade

    In Jeep’s 75th anniversary year, a North Carolina defense contractor is working on a project that could put the iconic vehicle back on the battlefield.

    The U.S. Army wants to find an inexpensive, lightweight, unarmored vehicle that could be flown into remote locations and used to ferry troops and cargo over rough terrain in situations that don’t call for heavy armored vehicles.

    Sound familiar? It should. That’s essentially the same role the Willys MB — the forerunner of the modern Jeep — filled during World War II.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 26 2016

    GM Launches Career Re-Entry Internship Program

    Written by General Motors Media Staff | Posted on General Motors

    General Motors today announced an innovative pilot internship program aimed at experienced women engineers who are interested in returning to the workforce after a two or more year career break.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Jan 26 2016

    Ford Ohio Assembly Plant Adds All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cab To Truck Lineup

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Ford today announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab, part of the toughest, smartest and most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 21 2016

    FCA Announces 2025 Dodge Hellcat Student Design Winners

    Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on The Detroit News

    The Dodge Hellcat SRT models of 2025 will be sleeker and lower to the ground, and look more like a supercar than a traditional muscle car.

    That’s according to car designs of the four winners of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s annual student design competition. The automaker’s North American-based operations announced the high school winners Tuesday:

    ■ First place – Ben Treinen, Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)

    ■ Second place – Harrison Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy (Macon, Georgia)

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 21 2016

    GM Enters Car-Sharing With Limited Rollout

    Written by Gautham Nagesh | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

    The nation’s largest auto maker is placing a bet on a future where more people don’t own their own vehicles.

    General Motors Co. launched a car-sharing service on Wednesday that competes with Zipcar, Car2Go and similar companies that target students, city-dwellers and others who don’t own vehicles but would rent one on occasion.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 21 2016

    Back Seat Fun Gets Revved Up With New Mustang GT350R Back Seat Kit

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Fun in the back seat has never been this exciting as Ford Performance debuts a new Ford-designed and engineered back seat kit that turns the Shelby® GT350R Mustang into a four-seater.

    Gone are the days in which only two passengers could fit in the most track-ready, road-going production Mustang ever built. This new kit means Shelby GT350R is now the most track-ready, road-going four-seat Mustang ever built.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 20 2016

    Jeep Wrangler Pickup Confirmed: Future Rival To The Ford Ranger?

    Written by The Car Connection Staff | Posted on Yahoo News

    In the pickup market, toughness matters. So does rugged, iconic, like-no-other styling...such as that of the Jeep Wrangler.

    Well, then; what about a pickup truck based on the Jeep Wrangler?

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been considering it for some time—actually for many years, if you consider the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept. And now, based on recent reports, citing Jeep global chief Mike Manley and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, it’s a go.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Jan 20 2016

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt: Big Promises

    Written by Brian Moody | Posted on Huffington Post

    I don't like jumping on any kind of bandwagon. I don't know why, but there's just something disconcerting about the high-fivers and fist-bumpers who yell "Roll Tide" but can't find Tuscaloosa on a map. Equally concerning are fanboys who automatically queue up overnight for anything with an Apple logo on it. It's a part of American society that I don't trust -- somehow, it all seems fake. I think it's because I simply cannot go along with the crowd unless I see a good, solid reason. It's like my body physically resists.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 20 2016

    Ford And Jay Leno To Auction One-Of-A-Kind Harley-Davidson Ford F-150 To Benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    Written by Tyler Weiland | Posted on Ford

    Ford Motor Company and Jay Leno, renowned auto enthusiast and star of Jay Leno’s Garage, are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

    All proceeds will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the country’s leading organization helping people affected by multiple sclerosis through cutting-edge research, advocacy and education. Live TV coverage of the auction of this custom F-150 will air on Velocity on Jan. 29.

  • Jan 19 2016

    From 'The Big Idea' to FordPass: How Ford's Reimagined Customer Experience Came to Life

    Posted on Ford Media

    DETROIT – Last April, Elena Ford and a team of Ford employees spent three days behind closed doors at a Detroit hotel with some of the best mobile, design and customer experience minds in the world.

    Their task had just become a lot tougher. What started as a mission to improve the relationship between consumer and dealer during a four-and-a-half-hour annual interaction had transformed into a greater cause – how to make consumers’ lives easier during those 900-plus hours a year they spend in a vehicle moving between home, work, school and social events.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 19 2016

    GM Woos Used Car Buyers with New Online Service

    Posted on GM Media

    DETROIT – Online shoppers in the U.S. looking for a used Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac will soon have access to a national inventory of low-mileage former General Motors lease, daily rental and company-owned vehicles never before available to the public in one easy-to-navigate place.

    GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra today announced the company is launching the Factory Pre-Owned Collection as another example of GM’s efforts to earn customers for life.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 14 2016

    New GMC Acadia Is Sportier, With More Safety Features

    Written by Greg Gardner | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    GMC today took the wraps off the 2017 Acadia, a redesigned midsize crossover offering versatility and more advanced safety technologies.

    The new Acadia is smaller and more car-like in its handling than the model it replaces.

    There are more-efficient powertrains and three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new all-terrain model with enhanced off-road capability.

    “GMC is a strong, growing premium brand, and Acadia is a cornerstone of our success,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president for Buick and GMC.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jan 14 2016

    Ford Resurrects Lincoln Continental At 2016 Detroit Auto Show

    Written by Gus Burns | Posted on MLive

    After a nearly 14-year hiatus, Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Continental luxury sedan is back.

    A lounge-style act set an appropriate mood with Peggy Lee's "Fever" before a silky white sheet was whisked away revealing the classy car beneath at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit's Cobo Center Tuesday.

    There was no mention of the Ford Bronco, another once-popular discontinued Ford offering the company has hinted the return of.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy