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  • Jan 13 2016

    Can 2017 Pacifica Minivan Re-Energize Chrysler?

    Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles wants to dramatically redefine the minivan category with its new Chrysler Pacifica and a hybrid version — two models with enough fresh styling and performance to potentially re-energize a segment that has lost more than half its sales the past 15 years.

    FCA is dropping the Town & Country name and plans to reveal its new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica early today  at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

  • Jan 13 2016

    GM Takes Top Honor in IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards

    Posted on GM News
    DETROIT – General Motors was recognized by IHS Automotive today, with its Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer award. The IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards are presented annually to companies and brands that demonstrate the ability to retain owners over repeat buying cycles.

    “GM’s commitment to putting the customer at the center of everything we do is absolute and we know that is key to building owner loyalty,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America.

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Jan 13 2016

    Ford Adding Four More SU In Show Of Their Popularity

    Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on USA Today

    DETROIT -- Ford Motor plans to add four new crossover SUVs to the lineup over the next few years, showing the degree to which the boxy people haulers are dominating the auto market.

    Of the four, one of the SUVs will be for the Lincoln brand, said Ford CEO Mark Fields during a presentation at the North American International Auto Show going on here. With more consumers moving to luxury cars, Lincoln has been getting more attention in the last couple of years.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Dec 14 2015

    Find These Star Wars-Themed Dodge Muscle Cars Near You

    Written by Noah Joseph | Posted on Auto Blog

    Getting excited for the upcoming release of The Force Awakens? Well you're not alone. Aside from the legions of fans squeezing into their costumes to line up for the theatrical premier on December 18, Dodge has been roaming the streets of Los Angeles with three Star Wars-themed muscle cars. And you can track where they're going on Twitter.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Dec 14 2015

    Ford Accelerates Expansion of Electrified Vehicle Battery Research and Development, Benefiting Customers Worldwide

    Posted on Ford Media

    DEARBORN, MICH., Dec. 10, 2015 – Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub and spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities.

    The global expansion also allows Ford’s Electrified Powertrain Engineering teams to share common technologies and test batteries virtually, in real time, to develop new technology faster while reducing the need for costly prototypes.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Dec 14 2015

    GM Fort Wayne Assembly Builds 7 Millionth Truck

    Posted on GM Media

    ROANOKE, Ind. – General Motors’ Fort Wayne Assembly Plant built its 7 millionth pickup truck today with the customer purchasing the blue double-cab 2016 Chevrolet Silverado helping with the build.

    Lee Adams, owner of Tri-State Compressed Air in Goshen, Ind., ordered the truck for his sales force from Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, Ind. According to Naquin, Adams’ company has purchased more than 50 Chevrolet trucks and vans since 1982.

  • Dec 08 2015

    Chevrolet Gears Up To Support Wreaths Across America Initiative

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    As the holiday season sets in, many families often are pained with the loss of a loved one, especially from the armed forces. Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 to show support and help teach younger generations that “freedom isn’t free”, and Chevrolet will be backing the cause.

  • Dec 08 2015

    Ford Is Doing Its Own Line Of Campers And Trailers

    Written by Andrew P Collins | Posted on Jalopnik

    Ford has partnered with camper outfit Livin Lite to be the only automaker with OEM mobile home conversions on their trucks. You’ll also be able to get Ford-branded trailers by the time these hit lots in 2016.

    Specifically Ford and Livin Lite are offering slide-in campers for their 6’ and 8’ beds, camper trailers and toy haulers (camper trailers with built-in ATV garage) in 22’ and 24’ lengths. Even longer fifth-wheel trailers and smaller pop-up campers are also in the pipeline.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Dec 08 2015

    Uncovering the History of Army Jeep #1

    Written by Mark Phelan, | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

    Seventy-five years after it wowed the U.S. Army, the oldest known Jeep is getting its due as a symbol of the Greatest Generation's fight and Detroit's role in what Franklin D. Roosevelt called "the Arsenal of Democracy" -- the manufacturing might that helped the Allies win World War II.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Dec 07 2015

    2017 Chevy Volt Changes And Updates Officially Detailed

    Written by Chris Ecclestone | Posted on GM Authority

    The all-new, second-gen 2016 Chevy Volt hasn’t even launched in all 50 U.S. states yet, but we have already managed to get our hands on the official updates and changes to the 2017 model. And what a bunch of welcome changes and updates they are.

  • Dec 07 2015

    Darth Vader is actually the Dodge Viper, claims Dodge (really)

    Written by Chris Matyszczyk | Posted on CNet

    t might be instructive over the next couple of weeks to hold a competition for Best Star Wars Brand Integration.

    So many products seem to believe that by finding some way, any way, to tie into "The Force Awakens" their brands will live long and prosper.

    I worry.

    How many of these tie-ins provide anything more than a piggybacking that suggests a lack of self-worth?

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Dec 07 2015

    Ford Introduces Licensed Line of Trailers, Toy Haulers and Campers to Help Customers Explore America

    Posted on Ford Media

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. Dec. 3, 2015 – Ford Truck customers looking to explore America’s open roads, national parks and attractions can now take the comforts of home with them with an all-new lineup of Ford licensed and approved toy haulers, travel trailers and slide-in campers.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Dec 07 2015

    Every Fiat-Chrysler Brand Has a New Star Wars-Themed Ad

    Written by Andrew Wendler | Posted on Car and Driver

    With the average attention span of the modern consumer clocking in somewhere in the sub-10-second range, it’s more difficult than ever for marketers to make a lasting impression. One surefire way to grab the attention of the tech-distracted masses is to latch onto an already skyrocketing chunk of popular culture that has them in its grip. And that’s exactly what Chrysler has done with its latest batch of Star Wars–themed advertisements, intended to capitalize on the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuts worldwide on December 18.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Dec 07 2015

    GM Women’s Retail Network Reveals Scholarship Winners

    Posted on GM Media
    DETROIT – General Motors’ Women’s Retail Network awarded a record 10 women a total of $29,000 in tuition assistance in 2015 to pursue careers in automotive retailing to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Network’s Drive to Succeed Scholarship Program.

    Award winners are:

    Filed Under: Job Creation
  • Dec 07 2015

    Ford Adds Apple's Siri To Older Vehicles With Sync

    Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

    For those complaining that their older versions of the Sync infotainment system lacks some of the features they want, Ford today said it has a software update to provide Siri eyes-free capability to about 5 million customers.

    The update that provides more convenience to Apple iPhone users is being released for vehicles dating back to the 2011 model year that have the version of Sync known as MyFord Touch. The update can be downloaded through http://owner.ford.com/.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Nov 16 2015

    Jeep Introduces Two New Special-edition Models at the Los Angeles Auto Show

    Posted on FCA US Media

    The Los Angeles Auto Show will mark the debut of two new-for-2016, special-edition Jeep® models:  the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Night and the 2016 Jeep Wrangler Backcountry.

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night blends ultimate performance with a premium black appearance that includes a unique black roof and lightweight performance wheels. To celebrate the winter season, the Jeep Wrangler Backcountry delivers snow lovers a winter-themed Jeep that will get them wherever they want to go with a host of Wrangler’s most capable off-road features.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Nov 16 2015

    2016 Cadillac CTS-V Is Superfast, Super Smart

    Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on The Detroit Free Press

    The four-star 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is stunningly fast — 0-60 m.p.h. in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 m.p.h. — but that’s just the beginning of the super sedan’s accomplishments. The CTS-V also brims with advanced safety and convenience features and offers surprising comfort.

    Cadillac’s V-series line of high-performance models exists to challenge the peak of Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz’s model lines. The CTS-V competes with the Audi RS 7, BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 for the most exquisite combination performance and luxury the auto industry can attain.

    Filed Under: Research & Development
  • Nov 16 2015

    Ford Uses Allen Park Climatic Wind Tunnel To Prepare Vehicles For Winter

    Posted on Automotive World

    With Old Man Winter on his way, Ford vehicles are ready to meet the harsh demands of extreme cold and heavy snow. That, in large part, is thanks to the company’s climatic wind tunnel, which tests the winter-readiness and reliability of Ford vehicles in blizzard-like conditions. Ford moved snow testing to the Allen Park, Michigan facility in 2006.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Nov 10 2015

    Fiat-Chrysler Is Introducing a Cool New Tech Feature

    Written by Justin Stoltzfus | Posted on Auto Cheat Sheet

    Many vehicle owners understand the frustration of having to look up maintenance information in the owner’s manual that comes with the vehicle from the factory. Over the years, as we develop our relationships with our cars, factory-supplied gear such as the jack and the owner’s manual gets shifted around. The glove compartment can get stuffed with registrations, insurance documents and other paperwork, as well as all kinds of other stuff, and the manual can get jammed into the back of the compartment — or taken out and lost.

  • Nov 10 2015

    Chevrolet Donates A 2016 Volt To FIRST

    Written by Francisco Cruz | Posted on GM Authority

    Chevrolet has decided to donate a brand new 2016 Volt to FIRST, short for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy