Ford Motor Company will invest $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® specifically engineered for the next-generation 2015 Ford F-150.
In the HyBoost project, Ricardo, Ford Motor Company, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and the European Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC) demonstrated a concept termed ‘intelligent electrification’.
Sirius XM Radio and Ford Motor Company said Ford will be the first automaker to provide in-vehicle access to the SiriusXM Internet Radio App in Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC® AppLink®.
Ford Motor Company will contribute the software for AppLink™, the Ford-developed in-car smartphone app interface, to the GENIVI Alliance. It is the first U.S. automaker to contribute proprietary source code from one of its products to an open-source project. The AppLink software enables apps from connected smartphones to be controlled using the vehicle interface, including available voice recognition and audio buttons.
By taking advantage of GM’s flexible app framework, which allows consumers to add apps and features after their initial purchase of a vehicle, the music service Slacker (www.slacker.com) will soon be available to drivers nationwide. GM joins current Slacker automotive distribution partners Acura, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Honda, Toyota Scion and Tesla.
Dr. Martin Fischer, chief executive officer of HELLA’s Electronics Division in the Americas, said HELLA is expanding its operations in Brazil, Mexico and the United States.
RF Micro Devices, Inc. has been granted ISO/TS 16949 certification, the highest international quality standard for the automotive industry. The certification covers RFMD’s manufacturing facilities in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Hella named Mark Brainard vice president of sales at Hella’s Corporate Center and Steve Lietaert vice president of program management at Hella Electronics Corporation, both headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan.