2017 Ford F-150 with 10-speed automatic to arrive at dealers next month

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Beginning next month, buyers will be able to order the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The transmission—co-developed with General Motors—is the first of its kind in a production vehicle. In the F-150, it will be paired with an upgraded 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine. EcoBoost Fuel Economy

Navigant: Daimler, Audi, BMW, and General Motors currently leading development of autonomous vehicle market

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In a new Leaderboard Report, Navigant Research ranks Daimler, Audi, BMW, and General Motors (GM) as leading the autonomous vehicle OEM market in terms of strategy and execution. General Motors.

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Small cars leave U.S.: Ford to build next Focus in Mexico (Model E too)

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automakers are exporting production of small cars elsewhere. Ford confirmed yesterday that it will move small-car production to Mexico, joining Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in eliminating small passenger cars from its U.S. Two years hence, only General Motors will still. They may be known as the "Detroit Three," but the biggest U.S.

Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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Having started his career at Ford, he was Head of Volkswagen Group Research from 2000 to 2003. He moved to Saab as Executive Director Design in 2000 and was also given responsibility for Advanced Design at General Motors Europe in 2003. Ralf-Gerhard Willner will lead Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy. Wolfram Thomas takes charge of Group Production.

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GM aims to Cruze ahead of its rivals

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To compete with established models such as the Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, a vehicle better have a lot to offer – and that’s a billing that General Motors is hoping the Chevrolet Cruze can live up to. It has already logged more than four million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, with US and Canadian versions scheduled to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, where $350million has been invested towards production.

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Tesla VA saga, GM vs Silicon Valley, small cars leave U.S.: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla Motors experiences a setback in its plan to open a second retail store in Virginia, a General Motors executive says the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car proves the automaker can compete with Silicon Valley, and U.S. production of small cars dwindles as Ford announces plans to build the next Focus in Mexico.

Loop Energy introduces fuel cell range extender for heavy-duty vehicles; in-service operation to begin in 2017

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MacKinnon and director of product development Robert A. Loop’s chairman is Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt, who as CEO/CTO of Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (Daimler/Ford/Nissan), Andreas was responsible for driving fuel cell commercialization.

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Japanese carmakers still ‘most sustainable’

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A focus on tailpipe CO2 emissions has distracted away from the impact of car production, suggests Professor Frank Figge who co-authored the ‘Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing’ study. However the finding also suggest that the economic downturn may have played its part in poor performance in the US, as car giant, General Motors’ poor financial performance is accompanied by the worst sustainability performance recorded.

Navigant report puts Ford at the fore of autonomous driving development

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A new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research finds Ford is the leading company developing automated driving systems, followed by General Motors, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and Daimler.

Ford hires investment banker Casesa to run global strategy

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Ford Motor Company hired long-time auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa as group vice president, Global Strategy. Reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, Casesa will be the most senior leader and corporate officer overseeing global strategy and business development. This includes helping to steer the company’s investments in new products, technologies and business models supporting a focus on innovation and Ford Smart Mobility.

Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

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In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “ breakthrough year ”. Fields said that Ford’s investments in products, people, plants and technology, combined with industry growth, are not only delivering a year of growth in terms of revenue, pricing power, operating margins and profitability in 2014, but are setting the stage for growth in and beyond 2015. Ford Performance.

VW premieres Jetta Hybrid and E-Bugster concept with Combined Charging System; Blue-e-Motion electric drives to go into production units as early as 2013

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As early as in 2013, drive systems under this name will go into production in vehicles such as the Golf. The energy for powering the 85 kW (114 hp) electric motor is stored in a 28.3 TSI (110 kW / 148 hp) engine, a 7-speed DSG transmission and an electric motor (20 kW). The Jetta Hybrid runs in electric mode at speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h) if the motor engages automatically.) kWh, 220V Li-ion air-cooled battery pack supplies the energy to the motor. E-Bugster.

Ballard MOU with strategic partner Broad-Ocean targets fuel cell modules for buses and commercial vehicles

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Ballard Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with strategic partner Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Company Limited with the goal of producing fuel cell modules for use in buses and commercial vehicles in select cities and regions in China. Broad-Ocean is a leading global manufacturer of motors that power small and specialized electric machinery for EVs including buses, commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles, and for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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General Motors. This project will develop and demonstrate low cost flexible aerosol manufacturing technology for the production of high performance lithium-ion battery cathodes with long cycle life. This project will develop an integrated flame spray process for low cost production of battery materials for lithium ion batteries and beyond. Ford Motor.

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Ford wins 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award for lightweighting of F-150

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Ford Motor Company was the winner of the 3 rd annual Altair Enlighten Award for its use of various lightweight materials to minimize weight of the 2015 Ford F-150. Ford’s entry, one of 17 nominations that competed for the award, was selected as the winner for taking 700 pounds (318 kg) off of the Ford F-150 while improving its performance, safety, and efficiency. Additionally, Ford increased use of high-strength steel from 23% to 78%.

DOE fuel cell market report shows continued growth, with sales surpassing $1.3B worldwide in 2013

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Hyundai began leasing its first series production fuel cell electric vehicle at select dealerships in Southern California. Several automakers announced partnerships to advance fuel cell electric vehicles, including Daimler, Ford, and Nissan ( earlier post ); Honda and General Motors ( earlier post ); Toyota and BMW ( earlier post ); and Volkswagen and Ballard Power Systems ( earlier post ).

ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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To create the largest impact, the researchers concluded, emphasis should be placed on the largest producers of vehicles; the five largest producers of automotive vehicles in the United States are General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda. The above challenges contribute to the complex nature of the automotive industry and its products. Examples of biobased parts in production. General Motors. The production of these tires uses less energy.

GM, Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies; targeting commercial feasibility in 2020 time frame

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In New York, General Motors and Honda announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. GM’s hydrogen fuel cell product milestones.

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DOE expands partnership with industry to advance next-generation automotive technologies, adds Tesla and EPRI as members: US DRIVE

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The announcement of US DRIVE marks the addition of two new members that bring additional focus on electric-drive vehicle technologies to the partnership: the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Tesla Motors. The full list of US DRIVE partners includes: Auto industry: United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (the collaborative research company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors) and Tesla Motors.

NOHMs raises $5M for commercializing non-flammable, ionic-liquid containing electrolytes for EV batteries

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The two electrolyte product lines currently under development for electric vehicle (EV) batteries are: NanoLyte Electrolyte: SF Series. In 2015, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, awarded a $1.64-million contract to NOHMs (Nano Organic Hybrid Materials) Technologies for the development of electrolytes for automotive lithium-ion battery applications.

GM and Ford jointly to develop new 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions

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Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions. We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios. The goal is to keep hardware identical in the Ford and GM transmissions.

Polk forecasts global new vehicle auto sales to reach 77.7M in 2012, up 6.7%; expects China sales to grow 16% while US sales recovery slows

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The luxury segment also offers a wide variety of product options for consumers across all segments, ranging from small cars to SUVs. Traditional domestic manufacturers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, will continue to grow in 2012 as the industry continues to recover.

Top 10 green cars at Frankfurt

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The Frankfurt Motor Show is open to the public, so if you’re heading to the event what can you expect to see? Here we offer our pick of the top 10 green cars at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show: Ford Focus EcoNetic – With its start/stop engine technology, the Ford Focus EcoNetic promises to break the 100g/km carbon dioxide (CO2) threshold with emissions of just 99g/km. Keep reading our news section for all the latest Frankfurt Motor Show coverage.

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BMW, GM complete testing on DC Fast Charge station usage; validation on BMW i3 and Chevy Spark EV

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Engineers from BMW AG and General Motors recently passed a milestone in the adoption of the new SAE standard for DC Fast Charging. Teams from both companies worked jointly to ensure the conformity of DC “Combo” Fast Charge stations developed by various suppliers to the SAE standard by charging pre-production versions of the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark EV. —Britta Gross, Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors.

Ford, GM and AVL researchers argue match-blending a flawed approach to evaluate ethanol-gasoline blends

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In a newly published SAE paper, a team from Ford, General Motors and AVL argues that the exclusive use of a match blending approach to prepare ethanol-gasoline blends for regulatory emissions testing “has fundamental flaws”. Ethanol blends are created in two ways: by adding more ethanol to a product approved for commercial use, such as E10 (“splash blending”); or by adjusting the gasoline blendstock first to match certain selected parameters (“match blending”).

CAM/PwC name Volkswagen Group most innovative global automotive company, Mercedes-Benz most innovative brand

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CAM also selected Mercedes-Benz as the most innovative brand; BMW came in second, followed by Volkswagen, Audi and Ford. The CAM study emphasized that the trend towards networking is driven by the broader range of electric car products. General Motors Corp.;

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SMDI design study produces twist beam concept that reduces mass ~30% relative to baseline assembly

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mass reduction relative to the baseline assembly, at a 12–15% premium in manufacturing cost at production volumes of 30,000 to 250,000 vehicles per year, respectively. Funded by members of SMDI’s Automotive Applications Council and members of Chrysler Group, LLC, Ford Motor Co.

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Pike ranks Volkswagen Group as the global leader in clean diesel vehicles

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Peugeot Citroën (PSA); General Motors (GM); Mazda; Mercedes; Mitsubishi; Ford; Honda; the. General Motors. Ford. Pike Pulse Grid for clean diesels. Click to enlarge.

GM moves towards smart charging

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Remember yesterday when we talked about Ford testing a plug-in electric grid system and how we commented that it seemed to be the order of the day among car manufacturers? This time it’s the turn of General Motors (GM) which has outlined its approach to integrating smart plug-in electric vehicles to the Smart Grid. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news general motors GM plug-in hybrid electric vehicles smart charging

Vaclav Smil: Cars weigh too much

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And so the outlook is for ever-better engines or electric motors in heavy vehicles used in a way that results in the worst weight-to-payload ratios for any mechanized means of personal transportation in history. And new battery-heavy hybrid drives and electric cars will not be lighter: The small all-electric Ford Focus weighs 1.7 metric tons, General Motors’ Volt is more than 1.7

Pike Research updates xEV forecasts; projects Ford to lead US PEV market, followed by GM

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Ford will lead the US PEV market by 2016 based on the strength of its. Energi products, reaching 23% market share by 2020. General Motors will follow with 20% share. Pike Research has published an update to its earlier forecasts on xEVs: hybrid (HEVs); plug-in hybrid (PHEVs); and battery electric vehicles (BEVs). As a result of new assumptions, Pike Research has slightly reduced its forecasts for plug-in vehicles (PEVs: PHEVs and BEVs combined) from past forecasts.

Fitch Ratings: US automakers well positioned for weak demand in 2012; estimates break-even for Detroit 3 at 10.5M units

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Unlike 2008-2009, when US original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their primary suppliers were forced to undertake dramatic restructurings in the face of plummeting demand, Fitch believes the Detroit Three (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) and the largest US parts makers are well positioned from both a cost and liquidity standpoint to withstand significant demand pressure this year. other to offer new products.

CleanFUEL USA Expands Propane Engine Products With IMPCO

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Under the agreement, CleanFUEL will distribute IMPCO’s bi-fuel Sequent system, a dual-propane and gasoline fuel system certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for conversions of light duty General Motors and Ford vehicles to run on propane. Ford F150. CleanFUEL North America, Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with IMPCO Technologies, Inc. a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.,

2012 Chevy Sonic with 1.4L Turbo delivers 40 mpg on highway

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The Sonic’s highway fuel economy makes it one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in the market, with fuel economy equivalent to the 2012 Ford Fiesta SFE and on a par with the 2012 Hyundai Accent. 2012 Sonic. Click to enlarge. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic with the Ecotec 1.4L

Tesla Prepping IPO

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automaker since Henry Ford’s Ford Motor debuted its shares in 1956. electric-car maker Tesla Motors plans to go public soon, two sources familiar with the matter said, amid growing interest in green technology and battery-powered vehicles. automaker since Henry Ford’s Ford Motor debuted its shares in 1956. Tesla, by contrast, is a small player with a high-end market and limited production.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Today, electric vehicles and plug-in cars are a niche product. One example is the much-publicized Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid due out in 2010 that ailing General Motors is staking its future on. Ford is rolling out an electric four-door sedan in 2011 and Toyota plans to bring an electric car to showrooms in 2012. Tags: Production News Inside Track EV Economics tax incentives legislation Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner.

Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

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Bird Cage Liners article this morning: Asking carmakers to comply with California’s rules would be tantamount to forcing a cancer patient to “finish chemo and then go run the Boston Marathon,&# General Motors Corp. Car Makers Serve Up Funniest Fail Ever!

GM on the brink…

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DETROIT — The rapidly deteriorating finances of General Motors are forcing the federal government to decide whether to bail out the largest American automaker or face the prospect that it might go bankrupt. Ford and Chrysler have been lobbying hard in Washington for more help. and Ford may add pressure to act sooner. While Ford is not running out of cash as fast as G.M., Ford’s chief executive, Alan R. Ford is also using up cash at a surprising rate — $7.7

GM introducing new generation of modular 3- and 4-cylinder Ecotec engines; 11 variants from 1.0L to 1.5L

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Similarly, Shanghai-General Motors in China drove validation of the new 1.4L The Flint facility alone represents an investment of more than $200 million in technology and tooling to support the engines’ production. The first production applications include a 1.0L

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Report: Bosch buying solid-state Li-ion battery company Seeo

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In January 2015, Seeo was awarded a contract for technology assessment from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. Seeo currently offers a range of products based on its technology, including: DryLyte Battery 1.6 Quartz today reported that Bosch has agreed to acquire Berkeley Lab solid-state Li-ion battery spinoff Seeo.