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Grand Rapids is one of three cities nationally to be selected for a pilot program from Ford Motor Co. aimed at addressing the transportation needs of today and in the future.

Published in In the News
Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:16

Ford puts the F-150 on a diet

Any car redesign is a major undertaking, but when the automobile in question has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for more than three decades, the stakes are particularly high for the automaker.

Published in Manufacturing

Nearly every industry has felt the disruptive power of technology, and it turns out that the automotive sector is no exception. The current period of tech-fueled disruption could cause chaos — and opportunity — for the automakers, traditional suppliers and their new technology partners from Silicon Valley.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:01

Good for gear heads (and the planet, too)

It turns out that fun-to-drive cars, 500-horsepower engines and respectable fuel economy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. 

Published in Manufacturing

Automotive suppliers could be forgiven for feeling that if it isn’t one thing, it’s another.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 13 February 2012 13:54

Auto industry gears up for promising future

The reports that the automotive industry is back are not exaggerated, and it showed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. North American auto sales were up 10.3 percent in 2011 to nearly 12.8 million units, and the Detroit automakers, typically the ones West Michigan suppliers have had the deepest supplier relationships with, had a combined market share of 47.1 percent.

Published in Manufacturing

More than a dozen of the 41 new vehicles launched during the press preview of the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit were hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric or all-electric vehicles.

Published in Technology

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