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  • Last week we speculated that an innocent report of road closures for a film shoot in Detroit might have given away the location of Ken Block's next Gymkhana video. A video has surfaced on YouTube showing Block hooning the Hoonicorn, his insanely modified Ford Mustang, on the closed streets of Detroit, lending further credibility to that theory.Cross-referencing the video with Google Maps reveals the location to be John C. Lodge Freeway near the Cobo Center. This was not one of the locations Crain's Detroit Business listed last week. The video appears to have been shot on a sidewalk next to the freeway as the Hoonicorn makes several passes, some sedate, others wild and wacky.What we know from last week is that Hoonigan, Ken Block's production company, was filming in Detroit with a tricked out Ford Mustang. This video confirms that the car in question is the Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower all-wheel-drive Mustang fresh off of Pikes Peak in Climbkhana.It is fitting th..

    Watch Ken Block Hoon the Hoonicorn in Detroit

    Last week we speculated that an innocent report of road closures for a film shoot in Detroit might have given away the location of Ken Block's next Gymkhana video. A video has surfaced on YouTube showing Block hooning the Hoonicorn, his insanely modified Ford Mustang, on the closed streets of Detroit, lending further credibility to that theory.Cross-referencing the video with Google Maps reveals the location to be John C. Lodge Freeway near the Cobo Center. This was not one of the locations Crain's Detroit Business listed last week. The video appears to have been shot on a sidewalk next to the freeway as the Hoonicorn makes several passes, some sedate, others wild and wacky.What we know from last week is that Hoonigan, Ken Block's production company, was filming in Detroit with a tricked out Ford Mustang. This video confirms that the car in question is the Hoonicorn V2, the 1,400 horsepower all-wheel-drive Mustang fresh off of Pikes Peak in Climbkhana.It is fitting th..
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  • Legend has it that the seminal early 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard went through between 250 and 320 different Dodge Chargers mocked up in the orange-and-Dixie livery that marked them as the General Lee. While the true number is likely known only by God and the Duke boys themselves, it's beyond question that the Southern-fried CBS show took a decent-sized chunk out of the number of second-gen Chargers in America.Not that you need to pin down John Schneider the next time you see him at the county fair to confirm it. Instead, just watch this clip of a Dukes of Hazzard-inspired stunt in downtown Detroit from last Friday, which shows—with a camera phone's unedited specificity—exactly the sort of crash you wind up with when you launch a 1960s-era muscle car through the air on a parabolic arc and try to set it down on a paved road.According to Michigan-area news site MLive.com, the epic retro stunt was executed to kick off Detroit's 67th annual Autorama car show 67th by ..

    Epic Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Stunt in Detroit Ends, Predictably, in Awesome Crash

    Legend has it that the seminal early 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard went through between 250 and 320 different Dodge Chargers mocked up in the orange-and-Dixie livery that marked them as the General Lee. While the true number is likely known only by God and the Duke boys themselves, it's beyond question that the Southern-fried CBS show took a decent-sized chunk out of the number of second-gen Chargers in America.Not that you need to pin down John Schneider the next time you see him at the county fair to confirm it. Instead, just watch this clip of a Dukes of Hazzard-inspired stunt in downtown Detroit from last Friday, which shows—with a camera phone's unedited specificity—exactly the sort of crash you wind up with when you launch a 1960s-era muscle car through the air on a parabolic arc and try to set it down on a paved road.According to Michigan-area news site MLive.com, the epic retro stunt was executed to kick off Detroit's 67th annual Autorama car show 67th by ..
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  • DETROIT -- The U.S. subsidiary of India conglomerate Sakthi Group is building a 60,000-square-foot plant in Detroit to accommodate a new contract to build steering arms and knuckles for Volkswagen AG vehicles, said Lalit Verma, CEO of Sakthi Automotive Group. Sakthi already has broken ground on a $7 million building at its existing manufacturing and distribution campus in southwest Detroit. The additional operations will create 200 new jobs. The company, which came to Detroit in 2014, already produces 6 million units of knuckles and steering parts for VW, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, said Alfredo Newman, senior human resources manager for Sakthi. Once the new building is complete by next May, the 200 new hires will bring the company's Detroit workforce to 700, Verma said. "We look forward to future growth in Detroit," Verma said Friday during a formal groundbreaking ceremony with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The expansion is Sakthi's third since 2014, when the compa..

    VW contract helps Sakthi Automotive expand in Detroit

    DETROIT -- The U.S. subsidiary of India conglomerate Sakthi Group is building a 60,000-square-foot plant in Detroit to accommodate a new contract to build steering arms and knuckles for Volkswagen AG vehicles, said Lalit Verma, CEO of Sakthi Automotive Group. Sakthi already has broken ground on a $7 million building at its existing manufacturing and distribution campus in southwest Detroit. The additional operations will create 200 new jobs. The company, which came to Detroit in 2014, already produces 6 million units of knuckles and steering parts for VW, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, said Alfredo Newman, senior human resources manager for Sakthi. Once the new building is complete by next May, the 200 new hires will bring the company's Detroit workforce to 700, Verma said. "We look forward to future growth in Detroit," Verma said Friday during a formal groundbreaking ceremony with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. The expansion is Sakthi's third since 2014, when the compa..
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  • It's an innocent enough title to an article in Crain's Detroit Business. "Downtown Detroit streets to close as production company films Mustang footage." With the 2018 Ford Mustang coming out (minus duct tape) it makes perfect sense that some promotional filming would be taking place Thursday and Friday.However, the production company mentioned in the article is none other than Hoonigan, the outfit responsible for Ken Block's "Gymkhana" series of viral videos. Block himself is there, as is a "'tricked out' Mustang," as Crain's quotes line producer Nate Stoebner. Executive producer Diego España said Block would be driving a "super powerful car." This sounds like none other than the Hoonicorn, his 1,400 horsepower Ford Mustang. We caught Block testing the car last month, and this seems to be the event for which he was preparing."We're here trying to promote Ford products in the city where it all started," España told Crain's. So this may be a pro..

    Is Gymkhana 10 Filming in Detroit Right Now?

    It's an innocent enough title to an article in Crain's Detroit Business. "Downtown Detroit streets to close as production company films Mustang footage." With the 2018 Ford Mustang coming out (minus duct tape) it makes perfect sense that some promotional filming would be taking place Thursday and Friday.However, the production company mentioned in the article is none other than Hoonigan, the outfit responsible for Ken Block's "Gymkhana" series of viral videos. Block himself is there, as is a "'tricked out' Mustang," as Crain's quotes line producer Nate Stoebner. Executive producer Diego España said Block would be driving a "super powerful car." This sounds like none other than the Hoonicorn, his 1,400 horsepower Ford Mustang. We caught Block testing the car last month, and this seems to be the event for which he was preparing."We're here trying to promote Ford products in the city where it all started," España told Crain's. So this may be a pro..
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  • UPDATED: 10/12/17 2:07 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry. The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will begin the week of Nov. 13, which had been previously scheduled. It will be followed by five additional weeks that will idle the plant through the holiday shutdown at the end of December. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, will mean lay offs for roughly 1,500 workers who build the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt -- all sedans with relatively high inventories. GM, in an emailed statement, confirmed it “will be making schedule adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance,” including the plant operating under a reduced production sche..

    GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck car plant for 6 weeks, cut output

    UPDATED: 10/12/17 2:07 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry. The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will begin the week of Nov. 13, which had been previously scheduled. It will be followed by five additional weeks that will idle the plant through the holiday shutdown at the end of December. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, will mean lay offs for roughly 1,500 workers who build the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt -- all sedans with relatively high inventories. GM, in an emailed statement, confirmed it “will be making schedule adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance,” including the plant operating under a reduced production sche..
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  • UPDATED: 10/12/17 2:07 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry. The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will begin the week of Nov. 13, which had been previously scheduled. It will be followed by five additional weeks that will idle the plant through the holiday shutdown at the end of December. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, will mean lay offs for roughly 1,500 workers who build the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt -- all sedans with relatively high inventories. GM, in an emailed statement, confirmed it “will be making schedule adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance,” including the plant operating under a reduced production sche..

    GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck car plant for 6 weeks, cut output

    UPDATED: 10/12/17 2:07 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry. The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will begin the week of Nov. 13, which had been previously scheduled. It will be followed by five additional weeks that will idle the plant through the holiday shutdown at the end of December. The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, will mean lay offs for roughly 1,500 workers who build the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt -- all sedans with relatively high inventories. GM, in an emailed statement, confirmed it “will be making schedule adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance,” including the plant operating under a reduced production sche..
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  • UPDATED: 10/12/17 10:25 am ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and idle about 1,500 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the plan. The company plans to shut the factory for about six weeks from mid-November, and cut production by roughly 20 percent once operations resume, the Journal reported. The move will cost about 200 workers their jobs. General Motors declined to comment. The Detroit Hamtramck plant builds the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt. Supplies of those vehicles reported by the Automotive News Data Center, as of Oct. 1: • Buick LaCrosse: 284 days, down from 286 on Sept. 1 • Cadillac CT6: 106 days, down from 145 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Impala: 67 days, up from 49 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Volt: 107 days, up from 97 on Sept. 1 Both GM and rival Ford Motor Co. have worked for most of this year to rein in high ..

    GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck plant for 6 weeks, cut production, report says

    UPDATED: 10/12/17 10:25 am ET - adds details DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and idle about 1,500 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the plan. The company plans to shut the factory for about six weeks from mid-November, and cut production by roughly 20 percent once operations resume, the Journal reported. The move will cost about 200 workers their jobs. General Motors declined to comment. The Detroit Hamtramck plant builds the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt. Supplies of those vehicles reported by the Automotive News Data Center, as of Oct. 1: • Buick LaCrosse: 284 days, down from 286 on Sept. 1 • Cadillac CT6: 106 days, down from 145 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Impala: 67 days, up from 49 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Volt: 107 days, up from 97 on Sept. 1 Both GM and rival Ford Motor Co. have worked for most of this year to rein in high ..
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  • DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and idle about 1,500 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the plan. The company plans to shut the factory for about six weeks from mid-November, and cut production by roughly 20 percent once operations resume, the Journal eported. The move will cost about 200 workers their jobs. General Motors declined to comment. The Detroit Hamtramck plant builds the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt. Supplies of those vehicles reported by the Automotive News Data Center, as of Oct. 1: • Buick LaCrosse: 284 days, down from 286 on Sept. 1 • Cadillac CT6: 106 days, down from 145 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Impala: 67 days, up from 49 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Volt: 107 days, up from 97 on Sept. 1

    GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck plant for 6 weeks, cut production

    DETROIT -- General Motors plans to scale back production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant and idle about 1,500 workers, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the plan. The company plans to shut the factory for about six weeks from mid-November, and cut production by roughly 20 percent once operations resume, the Journal eported. The move will cost about 200 workers their jobs. General Motors declined to comment. The Detroit Hamtramck plant builds the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Volt. Supplies of those vehicles reported by the Automotive News Data Center, as of Oct. 1: • Buick LaCrosse: 284 days, down from 286 on Sept. 1 • Cadillac CT6: 106 days, down from 145 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Impala: 67 days, up from 49 on Sept. 1 • Chevrolet Volt: 107 days, up from 97 on Sept. 1
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  • DETROIT — Detroit's vision for how it can compete against Silicon Valley is starting to come into focus — and Wall Street finally may be taking notice. General Motors last week revealed plans to launch 20 new electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 as part of CEO Mary Barra's push toward an autonomous, zero-emission future. Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, meanwhile, spelled out drastic cost-cutting measures to improve the automaker's ability to compete now and in an uncertain future for the industry. The moves were meant to reassure skeptical investors who have kept both companies' stock prices in neutral, instead favoring the disruptive business models and new-age technology of Tesla and Google. They might have worked. GM's shares hit a new high every day last week as bullish analysts upgraded its stock, and there is growing speculation that GM could spin off its mobility business into a separate company. Ford received a small bump before its stock price le..

    Wall Street warms to Detroit’s EV vision

    DETROIT — Detroit's vision for how it can compete against Silicon Valley is starting to come into focus — and Wall Street finally may be taking notice. General Motors last week revealed plans to launch 20 new electric or fuel cell vehicles by 2023 as part of CEO Mary Barra's push toward an autonomous, zero-emission future. Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, meanwhile, spelled out drastic cost-cutting measures to improve the automaker's ability to compete now and in an uncertain future for the industry. The moves were meant to reassure skeptical investors who have kept both companies' stock prices in neutral, instead favoring the disruptive business models and new-age technology of Tesla and Google. They might have worked. GM's shares hit a new high every day last week as bullish analysts upgraded its stock, and there is growing speculation that GM could spin off its mobility business into a separate company. Ford received a small bump before its stock price le..
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  • DETROIT -- The federal government has granted $2.18 million to Detroit to improve safety and mobility across four neighborhoods, which could help the city lay some groundwork for self-driving technology infrastructure, prevent accidents and alleviate road congestion. The Federal Highway Administration grant, which falls under the agency's Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program, will be used to install communication and detection technology at road intersections, the agency said in a statement."Technology is the future of U.S. transportation. With innovation such as this, we are helping make transportation safer and more accessible for people while addressing the growing congestion problems of our nation's highway system," said Brandye Hendrickson, acting federal highway administrator.The city is primarily looking to upgrade its traffic signals, said Mark de la Vergne, Detroit's chief of mobility innovation. Officials are als..

    Detroit wins U.S. grant to improve mobility in 4 neighborhoods

    DETROIT -- The federal government has granted $2.18 million to Detroit to improve safety and mobility across four neighborhoods, which could help the city lay some groundwork for self-driving technology infrastructure, prevent accidents and alleviate road congestion. The Federal Highway Administration grant, which falls under the agency's Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program, will be used to install communication and detection technology at road intersections, the agency said in a statement."Technology is the future of U.S. transportation. With innovation such as this, we are helping make transportation safer and more accessible for people while addressing the growing congestion problems of our nation's highway system," said Brandye Hendrickson, acting federal highway administrator.The city is primarily looking to upgrade its traffic signals, said Mark de la Vergne, Detroit's chief of mobility innovation. Officials are als..
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