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Chevy Colorado Pickup Gets New Look

General Motors Co. is giving its Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck more distinctive styling for the 2021 model year.

Plastics

Four Suppliers Win GM Innovation Awards

General Motors Co. recognized four suppliers—BorgWarner, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Innolux and Multimatic—for product innovation as part of the company’s Supplier of the Year awards.

Propulsion

Camaro Track Model Adds Automatic Transmission

A 10-speed automatic transmission will be available in General Motors Co.’s 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, marking the first time an automatic gearbox will be offered in the top-end track car since 1992.

Fuel Cells

GM Teases Fuel Cell Pickup Truck for Military

General Motors Co. is developing a rugged, fuel cell-powered version of its Chevrolet Silverado fullsize pickup truck for military applications.

Production

Ford to Build More GT Supercars

Ford Motor Co. plans to build 350 additional GT supercars and extend production through 2022 model year.

IAC Group Names Gingl as New CEO

Luxembourg-based International Automotive Components Group has installed Manfred Gingl as its CEO, effective immediately.

Former Ford Exec Nair Named President of Multimatic Motorsports

Raj Nair, the former head of Ford Motor Co.’s North American operations, has been hired as president and chief operating officer of Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports.

Magna, Toyota Founders Lead 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Automotive Hall of Fame is adding Kiichiro Toyoda, Frank Stronach, Mike Jackson and the Magliozzi brothers to its honor roll this year.

Production

Magna, Multimatic Partner with U-Ontario on Expanded Wind Tunnel

Two Canadian suppliers are partnering with the University of Ontario and Canadian government offices to turn the university's wind tunnel into the world's most advanced facility of its kind.

Hybrid

Lexus L 500h Hybrid Gets Top Tech Kudos

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus L 500h luxury coupe received AutoBlog’s Technology of the Year award for the car’s new multi-stage hybrid system.

Sales

Deliveries of Ford GT Supercar Delayed

Ford Motor Co. has delayed delivery of its GT supercars due to supplier constraints and unspecified testing issues, Automotive News reports.

Aston Martin Teams Up on Hypercar

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has identified several supplier partners for the limited-edition supercar it’s developing with Red Bull’s Formula One racing team.

Caddy Finishes 1-2 at 24 Hours of Daytona

A pair of Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype race cars took the top two spots at this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race that was completed on Sunday.

Quality

Ford GT Supercar Outperforms Ferrari and McLaren Rivals

Ford Motor Co. says its all-new GT supercar outraced McLaren 675LT and Ferrari 458 Speciale supercars during track testing at Canada’s Calabogie Motorsports Park near Ottawa.

Design

Engineering the Colorado ZR2

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Ford Extends GT Production to 2020

Ford Motor Co. says it will double the production run of the new GT supercar to four years.

Ford Unveils GT Race Car

Ford Motor Co. will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France next year with a race car version of its upcoming GT supercar.

Ford GT Sticker: $400,000

Ford Motor Co. says the Ford GT supercar it unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January will retail for $400,000 when it goes on sale a little more than a year from now.

Aston Martin Details $2.8 Million Vulcan Supercar

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. says its 800-hp Vulcan race car will retail for 1.8 million ($2.8 million). The car, which is legal only for track use, will be publicly unveiled next Tuesday ahead of the Geneva auto show.

Production

Canadian Supplier to Build Ford GT Supercar

Ford Motor Co. has chosen Multimatic Motorsports in Markham, Ont., to build the Ford GT supercar beginning next year.

Materials & Lightweighting

Creating a Low-Cost Chassis Architecture

The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.

Aston Martin Unveils Speedster Concept

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. says its new open-top CC100 Speedster Concept offers styling cues likely to show up on future Aston Martin production supercars.

Business

Steel Strikes Back: Again

The steel industry is working on new material grades and processes in order to keep its position as the material of choice in the auto industry.

Canadian Start-Up Targets Supercar Stratosphere

Canada's De Macross Motors Corp. is developing a new supercar it hopes to launch within the next two years to compete against ultra-elite limited-edition models priced as high as $1 million, Car reports.