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Merrell, a Division of Wolverine World Wide Near Grand Rapids, Launches New Thermo Rogue Hiker Boot

Rockford-based Merrell, an outdoor performance brand, today announced the launch of a new hiker boot, Thermo Rogue. The boot utilizes PrimaLoft insulation technology and features the Arctic Grip Dura outsole in partnership with Vibram.

Detroit Public TV Debuts Documentary About Detroit Industrialist and NFL Team Owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. on Sunday

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Detroit Public Television will air a new documentary, "RALPH," focused on the life and legacy of Detroit native and lifelong resident, Buffalo Bills owner and philanthropist, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Quicken Loans Inc. in Detroit Reports it is the Nation's Largest Home Lender, Launches new Super Bowl Ad

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. today announced it became the nation's largest residential mortgage lender in the fourth quarter of 2017, surpassing close to 30,000 lenders (commercial banks, savings and loans, credit unions, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers) across the country.

Ford and FCA U.S. Sales Down in January, GM Sales Up Slightly

An extended expansion of sales in the auto industry is slowing down, and the Big 3 automakers were affected in January. Sluggish sales numbers were the norm to start the year as automakers rolled back holiday incentives and a severely cold winter gripped several parts of the country.

DowDuPont Inc. in Midland Reports 2017 Net Income of $4B Following Merger

With the backdrop of one of the largest mergers in recent times, the new DowDuPont Inc. in Midland today announced $62.5 billion in net sales last year, up from $48.2 billion in 2016 when Dow Chemical was a standalone company. During the same annual periods, net income was $4.0 billion last year, up from $1.5 billion in 2016.

Auto Supplier Danlaw in Novi Debuts Through Glass Integrated V2X Antenna

Danlaw Inc., an automotive supplier in Novi, today announced the release of its Through Glass Integrated V2X (vehicle to infrastructure) Antenna. The antenna pairs with DSRC devices to enable vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

The Promise of Small-Scale Manufacturing in Detroit Highlighted in New Research

New research from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) features the growth potential of the manufacturing sector in Detroit. The research, from State of Urban Manufacturing: Detroit Snapshot, comes from the second of a six-city series produced by UMA. The program provides unique data on city-based manufacturing, emphasizing makers and small-scale manufacturers.

Voice Activated In-Store Shopper Tool Launched by The Mars Agency in Southfield

Southfield-based The Mars Agency, a full-service global marketing agency, today announced it has launched the first virtual voice-powered shopping assistant, called "Bottle Genius Powered by Smart Aisle" using Alexa.

Wayne County Community College District in Detroit to Build $25M Health and Wellness Center

Wayne County Community College District in downtown Detroit will break ground tomorrow on a new $25 million building that will focus on health, wellness, education, and real-world career opportunities. The new WCCCD City Center will be located at Fort and Howard streets, next to the WCCCD Downtown Campus. Completion of the facility is scheduled for spring, 2019.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Announces Proposal to Improve Environment, Boost Recycling

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today announced a proposal to invest $79 million annually to help renew Michigan's environment and protect public health. The proposal serves as a replacement to the expired Clean Michigan Initiative Bond, which cleaned thousands of contaminated sites. Several thousand more contaminated sites still exist statewide.

Detroit Convention Bureau Debuts New Ad Campaign, Announces $200M in Expo and Sports Events in 2018

The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) today debuted a new advertising campaign, "Detroit: It's Go Time," at its annual membership meeting at Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Honeywell in Plymouth Township and LG Electronics Demo Automotive Cybersecurity Solution

Honeywell, which operates a large manufacturing facility in Plymouth Township, and LG Electronics Inc., which operates a technical center in Troy and will open a battery manufacturing facility in Hazel Park this year, today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and demonstrate a new automotive software technology and infrastructure solution to address threats associated with the increase in vehicle connectivity technology.

Michigan Opera Theatre Chairman Rick Williams Receives National Award

Michigan Opera Theatre today announced that its chairman, R. Jamison "Rick" Williams, will be honored with a 2018 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award from Opera America.

Mopar in Center Line and Dodge//SRT Announce Joint NHRA Sponsorships

Mopar in Center Line and Dodge//SRT, part of FCA US, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, are once again teaming up and taking aim at world titles in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, armed with an increased commitment to Top Fuel star Leah Pritchett and renewed support of two-time Funny Car champion Matt Hagan for the 2018 season

Auburn Hills-Based FCA to Deliver Thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to Waymo's Self-Driving Service

Today, FCA US, which operates its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, announced that it will supply thousands of Pacifica Hybrids to Waymo to support the launch of the world's first driverless ride-hailing service. Waymo is owned by Google.

Smart Machinery Manufacturer Burke Porter Group in Grand Rapids Acquires Titan Inc.

Burke Porter Group in Grand Rapids, a global manufacturer of intelligent machinery, today announced that it has acquired Titan Inc. in Sturtevant, Wis. (near Kenosha), a leader in the design and manufacture of test stands and production assembly systems.

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Executive Order to Enhance Statewide Broadband Access

A comprehensive plan to improve access to broadband services in Michigan will be developed under an Executive Order signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The Executive Order creates the Michigan Consortium for Advanced Networks, which is directed to establish a roadmap to help strengthen statewide broadband access and connectivity.

Roseville's GLR Advanced Recycling Opens Operation in Battle Creek, More Deals Planned

By April, GLR Advanced Recycling in Roseville plans to complete the acquisition of three new yards in southeast and mid-Michigan, including a car buying and processing operation in Battle Creek. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Report: Small, Local Merchants Will Benefit the Most from Super Bowl Parties

Valassis, a direct mail company in Livonia, today released survey findings on the shopping behavior of those planning to host a party for Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The survey shows 73 percent of this year's party hosts expect to spend more than $50 on food and supplies, providing a lucrative market for retailers, restaurants, and grocers.

At Home Opens New Home Décor Superstore in Roseville

At Home Group is planning to open its newest store on Jan. 31 in Roseville.

Ford China CEO Jason Luo Resigns After Five Months On The Job

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced that its China CEO, Jason Luo, has stepped down from his position, a job he'd held for just five months. Luo resigned suddenly, citing personal reasons.

Cold Juice Producer Drought Adding Production Kitchen in Berkley, Launches Business Consulting Practice

Royal Oak-based Drought, a producer of USDA organic, cold-pressed juices, has launched a new arm of its business called Drought Solutions. Services are aimed at small businesses that are seeking to resourcefully expand their operations, including food preparation, manufacturing, distribution, business planning, and growth strategies.

Denso in Southfield Debuts Vehicle Vision Sensor that Detects Objects at Night

Denso, a large automotive supplier that operates its North American headquarters in Southfield, today announced it has developed a new standard vision sensor that detects pedestrians at night, cyclists, road signs, driving lanes and other road users.

Juice and Fuel Opens in Downtown Detroit

David Kraus, a partner at Maccabees Traders, an Asian fusion restaurant located in the Maccabees Building in Detroit's Midtown district (5057 Woodward), has launched Juice and Fuel in downtown Detroit. The new juice bar offers a range of smoothies, juices, hot tonics, acai bowls, soups, yogurt parfaits, and grab and go meals.

Auburn Hills-based FCA Releases Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition for 2019

FCA, which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, today announced the introduction of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition.

Mt. Brighton Owner Vail Resorts Launches Epic Pass Ski Program at Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado is the latest resort to join Vail Resorts' Epic Pass ski program for the 2018-19 season.

Detroit-Based Focus: HOPE Names Vernice Davis Anthony as Interim CEO

Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based civil and human rights organization, today named Vernice (Vern) Davis Anthony as its interim CEO, effective Monday.

Novi-based Better Health Store to Expand and Relocate Locations in Grosse Pointe and Ann Arbor

Novi-based Better Health Store today announced that its Ann Arbor location will triple in size and expand its selection of products as it relocates in April to 3500 Washtenaw Ave, less than two miles east of its current location.

Michigan Small Business Advocacy Group Calls for Eliminating Prevailing Wage Law

The National Federation of Independent Business, Michigan Chapter, a leading advocate for small businesses, today announced its top priorities for the remainder of the 2017-2018 legislative session.

Internet-Scanning U-M Startup Offers New Approach to Cybersecurity

Ann Arbor-based Censys, a tech startup based on technology developed at the University of Michigan, has announced the launch of the commercially available version of its internet-wide scanning tool.

Lear Corp. in Southfield Reports 2017 Revenue of $20.5B, Net Income of $1.3B

Lear Corp., a large automotive supplier in Southfield, today reported 2017 revenue of $20.5 billion, up 10 percent from 2016, along with $1.3 billion in net income, up from $975 million the prior year.

Ford Reorganizes Mobility Operations, Acquires Autonomic and TransLoc

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced major changes to accelerate the delivery of its mobility products and services to customers, including the acquisition of Autonomic, a Palo Alto, California-based technology company that specializes in scale, architecture, and leverage for transportation industry solutions.

Comcast to Expand Gigabit Internet Service Across Michigan

Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. today announced the expansion of its new 1 Gigabit-per-second internet service across southeastern Michigan, Flint, and Bad Axe to residential and business customers by early spring.

ConcertoHealth Expands Presence in Detroit, Opens New Clinical Administration Office in Southfield

California-based ConcertoHealth Inc., a provider of specialized primary care and supporting clinical services for vulnerable, frail, and elderly patients, announced today it will be opening a new administrative office in Southfield. The addition will serve as a clinical hub for the company's primary care support services model in the Detroit metro region.

Bosch in Farmington Hills Testing Intelligent Mobile Technology to Prevent Auto Accidents

Bosch, a global technology company with three locations in Metro Detroit including a large R&D campus in Farmington Hills, today announced it is testing a new process that aims to lower automotive accident rates by using cellular telephone technology.

Detroit's American Axle Bringing Premium Differential Technologies to Consumer Market

American Axle and Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) in Detroit and Drexler Automotive GmbH today announced an agreement to bring high-performance differentials and differential technologies from the premium market to the general market of passenger cars, light trucks, crossovers, and SUVS.

Auburn Hills-based FCA Announces Profit Sharing for U.S. Hourly Employees, Reaches $10B in U.S. Investments

As a result of FCA's strong 2017 financial performance, the company announced today that it will make average profit sharing payments of $5,500 to eligible UAW-represented employees. About 40,000 workers of the Auburn Hills-based automaker will receive the payment on Feb. 16, 2018.

Ford Reports 2017 Revenue of $156.8B and Net Income of $7.6B, Employee Profit Sharing of $7,500

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today reported 2017 fourth quarter and full year financial results was up in both the fourth quarter and the year as a whole.

Livonia-based Valassis Acquires Maryland Pennysaver

Valassis, a leader in activating consumers through media delivery, has acquired Maryland Pennysaver, which is distributed via direct mail throughout Maryland.

5Qs With Joe Stephens, CEO of Motor City Industrial

Hazel Park-based Motor City Industrial is a supplier of industrial manufacturing products run by president and CEO Joe Stephens. DBusiness Daily News spoke with him about how the supply chain industry has evolved and where he sees it going as technology continues to play a growing role in efficiency.

Realcomp in Farmington Hills Launches Remine Predictive Analytics Tool for Real Estate Agents

Realcomp II Ltd. In Farmington Hills today announced it has officially launched Remine, an online tool that leverages big data with predictive analytics to visually flag and score which individuals are likely to sell or buy a home or condominium in the near future.

Troy-based Meritor Announces New Lineup of Aftermarket Brands for Autos

Meritor, a Troy-based aftermarket parts maker, today announced it will offer a more complete product portfolio with distinct aftermarket brands that includes multiple price points designed to meet customer requirements regardless of the vehicle lifecycle stage.

Detroit-based HAP Partners with Oak Street Health to Improve Patient Care

HAP in Detroit and Oak Street Health in Chicago today announced the organizations are partnering to offer HAP Midwest MI Health Link members a new way to manage their health.

Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars Opens at Cranbrook Institute of Science in February

Gladiators, Centurions, and Julius Caesar will come to life next month at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills. Starting Feb. 3, the museum will host Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars, a family-friendly, interactive exhibit that will feature machines, art, and artifacts.

Whirlpool Corp. Says Trump Administration's Decision on Washers Will Boost Operations

Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. chairman Jeff M. Fettig today announced the Trump Administration's decision to establish a tariff of up to the legal maximum of 50 percent on imports of large residential washing machines will be a boon for the appliance manufacturer.

Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital Debuts New Gel To Reduce Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak has announced that it is now helping its prostate cancer patients with a new gel treatment that can offer protection for at risk organs during radiation treatments.

Wine Bar Restaurant Vinotecca to Open in Downtown Birmingham on Friday

Vinotecca, a full-service wine bar restaurant and live blues and jazz music venue, will be opening in downtown Birmingham on Friday. It replaces The Bird and the Bread. Located at 210 S. Old Woodward Ave, Vinotecca will feature a wine bar and a small plates menu offering world cuisine.

New Apprenticeship Program Launches in Michigan, Aims to Boost Employment

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) in Detroit today launched MIApprenticeship.org as part of the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) initiative - a $4 million U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at fostering and strengthening the registered apprenticeship network in southeast Michigan.

Report: M&A Activity Projected to Grow This Year, Boosted by Rising Economy

From a new report released today by Citizens Bank, which operates more than 50 branch locations in Michigan, interest among middle market companies in both buying and selling has increased significantly in the past year, fueled by rising valuations, economic optimism, and an ongoing drive to find growth, according to the seventh annual Citizens Commercial Banking Middle Market M&A Outlook.

Home Prices in the Region Rise 7.4% to $195,988 Last Year, Sales Were Flat

The median sales price for existing home sales in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Livingston counties rose 7.4 percent last year to $195,988 while sales were flat (0.1 percent) at 50,703 transactions, according to a new report released today from RE/Max of Southeastern Michigan in Troy.

Detroit's Rocket Mortgage Sponsors Esports Online Gaming Competition, Builds 100 Thieves Team House in California

Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans in Detroit, the nation's second largest retail home mortgage lender, today announced a partnership with 100 Thieves, a leader in esports gaming. Springing from amateur events, esports are now organized online multiplayer video game competitions between professional players contending for prize money.

U-M Researchers Develop Solar Power Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor today announced they have made a scientific breakthrough that could be a game-changer for solar power.

GM Partners with James Beard Chef Shawn McClain to Develop New Restaurant Atop the Renaissance Center in Detroit

General Motors Co. today announced it is partnering with James Beard Award-winning Chef Shawn McClain to develop a 20,000-square-foot restaurant at its global headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

New Report Shows Dealerships Still Important To Car Buying Experience

A new report from Cox Automotive shows that while the current car dealership model does need to be tweaked, dealerships remain central to car buying.

HELLA in Plymouth Township Shows Off Autonomous Driving Solutions at North American International Auto Show

During this week's North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, HELLA, a Plymouth Township-based lighting and electronics company, is displaying technologies that not only enable higher levels of autonomous driving, but allow OEMs and drivers the freedom to create more customized vehicles.

Troy-based Automation Alley to Release Collaborative Industry 4.0 Report in April

For the first time, Automation Alley, a regional technology and manufacturing business association in Troy, today announced it has assembled a collaborative team of corporate and academic partners to create an in-depth research report on Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, to be released on April 30 in Detroit.

Henry Ford Allegiance Health First in Michigan to Introduce Minimally Invasive Robotic Spine Surgery System

Jackson-based Henry Ford Allegiance Health, one of six hospitals operated by Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, today announced it is the first in Michigan to offer patients the ExcelciusGPSTM surgical system.

Faurecia in Auburn Hills Opens Tech Center in Silicon Valley

Faurecia, a large automotive equipment supplier that operates its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, today announced the opening of its Silicon Valley Tech Center. The company is a leader in automotive seating, interior systems, and clean mobility.

Troy-based Delphi Technologies Acquires Stake in Electro-mobility Firm

Delphi Technologies, a large auto supplier that operates its North American headquarters in Troy, today announced an investment in PolyCharge America, Inc. in Tucson, Ariz. The company has developed a new capacitor technology that helps make high-power inverters smaller, lighter, and more tolerant to high temperatures.

Auburn Hills-based BorgWarner Unveils P2 Module As a Comprehensive Hybrid Solution

To support the transition to cleaner and more efficient vehicles, BorgWarner in Auburn Hills today announced it is releasing its P2 module for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to global customers. Available as both on- and off-axis configurations, the company's technology facilitates fast-to-market hybridization by enabling pure electric driving as well as hybrid functionalities such as stop/start, regenerative braking, and supplemental electric propulsion.

Ann Arbor-based Amcor Rigid Plastics Debuts Shatterproof Wine Bottles

Amcor Rigid Plastics in Ann Arbor today announced it has introduced portable, lightweight wine bottles for home delivery and consumption at venues where glass is prohibited or isn't practical. The company will showcase its portfolio of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium Jan. 23-25 in Sacramento.

Magneti Marelli in Auburn Hills Showcases Sensor Fusion Technology at 2018 North American International Auto Show

Italy-based Magneti Marelli, a major automotive supplier which has its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, is showcasing its smart corner and sensor fusion technology at the 2018 North American International Auto Show at Detroit's Cobo Center.

Federal-Mogul Motorparts in Southfield to Launch Garage Gurus HD at HDAW in Las Vegas

Southfield based-Federal-Mogul today announced it will launch Garage Gurus HD (heavy Duty) and its commercial vehicle products for the wheel end, visibility, steering, suspension, and engine repair markets during Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week 2018 (HDAW), from Jan. 22-25, in Las Vegas.

Blain’s Farm and Fleet to Open in Jackson and Portage, More Michigan Stores Planned

Wisconsin-based Blain’s Farm and Fleet, a regional chain of retail stores targeted to home owners, families, hobby farmers, and rural shoppers, has announced it will be opening two locations in Michigan, with more stores planned. The first two locations are slated to open this fall in Jackson and Portage.

Invicara in Ann Arbor Receives $10M Investment to Digitize Construction Data

Ann Arbor-based Invicara, a provider of software solutions in the construction industry, today announced it has received a $10-million investment from Kingspan Group in Dublin. With the funds, Invicara will use its cloud-based platform to build a new solution that uses design and construction data to create new digital workflows.

Italian Quick Service Restaurant Fazoli’s to Open Locations in Monroe, Jackson, and Lansing; More Units Planned

Fazoli’s, a chain of quick service Italian restaurants, today announced it will enter the Michigan market this year with new restaurants in Monroe, Jackson, and Lansing. More stores are planned in the state, including metro Detroit.

Detroit’s SmithGroupJJR Acquires Boston-based Healthcare Design Firm TRO

SmithGroupJJR, a large architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Detroit, today announced it has acquired TRO, a Boston-based, healthcare design firm.

Macomb Township-based Baker Industries Debuts Largest Power Mill in U.S.

Baker Industries in Macomb Township today announced it has finished the ground work for its Emco Mecof Power Mill, a five-axis machining center that is the first of its kind to enter the United States.

Detroit’s AirSpaceX Reveals Electric VTOL Aircraft at 2018 North American International Auto Show

Detroit-based Airspace Experience Technologies (AirSpaceX), a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp., has unveiled a sub-scale model of its autonomous electric VTOL aircraft, "MOBi-ONE," during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center.

Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills Unveils Hands-free Steering Technology for Autonomous, Mixed Mode Driving

Auburn Hills-Based Nexteer Automotive has announced the expansion of its advanced steering technology suite during a presentation at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The technology suite offers a unique combination of steering innovations to address the evolving role of semi and fully autonomous driving.

Construction Services Firm Burns and McDonnell Establishes Office in Downtown Detroit

Missouri-based construction services firm Burns and McDonnell today announced its newly established downtown Detroit office will be headed by Ben Nabozny. The office plans to hire more than 100 engineers, project managers, and support professionals over the next five years.

Livonia-Based Roush Invests in 3D Printer Metal Additive Manufacturing System

Livonia-based full-service product development center Roush Enterprises today announced the acquisition of the Xline 2000R, the largest powderbed metal additive system on the global market. The Xline 2000R, akin to a large 3D printer that can produce engine blocks, offers a build envelope capacity for large scale production and includes a rotating platform that allows two build models to be used reciprocally.

U-M Researchers Lead $32M Computer Design Center

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will lead the Center for Applications Driving Architectures (ADA), which is dedicated to increasing diversity and innovation regarding the design of evolving computing industries including autonomous control, robotics, and machine learning.

Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum to Host National Competition for Student Inventors

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn today announced it will host the 2018 K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo on June 1. More than 400 students from around the world will compete in the expo, which is organized by The STEMIE Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math education.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Makes Global Debut at North American International Auto Show

Auburn Hills automaker Fiat Chrysler Automotive today introduced the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, with an updated athletic design and a new 2.0 liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine for increased performance and fuel efficiency, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Toyota Introduces 2019 Avalon at North American International Auto Show

Toyota Motor Corp. brought the 2019 Avalon, which is underpinned by a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) powertrain and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 to Toyota Hybrid Systems powertrain, to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center. 

Hyundai Debuts 2019 Veloster Turbo and Veloster N in Forza Motorsport 7 at North American International Auto Show

South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co., which operates a large R&D campus in York Township near Ann Arbor, revealed the all-new 2019 Veloster Turbo and Veloster N today during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Both cars join the list of drivable vehicles in Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox and Windows 10.

Acura Debuts 2019 RDX Prototype at North American International Auto Show

Japan-based Acura has introduced the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The five-passenger SUV is slated to launch mid-2018. Previous RDX models have seen five consecutive years of record sales and seven straight years of year-over-year sales growth.

Nissan Unveils Xmotion Concept at 2018 North American International Auto Show  

Japan-based automaker Nissan Motor Co. has introduced the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a compact SUV, at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The design features a three-row Nission Xmotion (pronounced cross motion) concept blending Japanese culture and traditional automotive design with Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.

Kia Introduces 2019 Forte at North American International Auto Show

Kia Motors America (KMA) hosted the global debut of the 2019 Forte during the 2018 North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The third-generation vehicle features a host of improvements including higher levels of comfort, increased fuel efficiency, and advanced driver assistance technologies.

Ram Introduces 2019 Ram 1500 With Increased Technology, Durability at North American International Auto Show

Auburn Hills-based FCA US today announced the 2019 Ram 1500 during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The vehicle’s design utilized advanced materials and engineering to reduce the overall weight by 225 pounds, while increasing stiffness and durability to deliver 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload.

BMW Talks Commitment to Electrification at 2018 North American International Auto Show

With increased consumer demand for electrified models, German automaker BMW today introduced the updated 2018 i8 Coupe at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The vehicle features increased power, range, and additional refinements. The U.S. was the top performing market for the brand’s i8 vehicles last year.

Volkswagen Debuts 2019 Jetta at North American International Auto Show 2018

Volkswagen of America Inc. today unveiled the all-new 2019 Jetta during the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The Jetta has sold more than 17 million sedan models since its inception in 1979, with 3.2 million sold in the United States.

Lexus Debuts Flagship Luxury Crossover at North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Lexus today announced the LF-1 Limitless Concept, the brand’s flagship luxury crossover which combines high performance with technology and innovation and could be powered by a fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or all-electric. By 2025, Lexus predicts every model worldwide will be available as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.

Ford Introduces Reinvented 2019 Ranger and Mustang Bullitt at NAIAS in Detroit

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has revealed the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The upgrades resulted in a midsize truck outfitted with driver-assist technologies to make driving safer on and off-road. Production will begin later this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne and be available for sale in early 2019.

Chevrolet Introduces 2019 Silverado at North American International Auto Show 2018

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. has announced the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at a special preview at Eastern Market Shed 3, exactly 100 years after the brand first delivered trucks to customers in Jan. 1918. 

GM Files Safety Petition With DOT for Fourth-Generation Self-Driving Cruise AV

Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced the filing of a safety petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Chevrolet Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely with no driver, steering wheel, pedals, or manual controls.

FCA US to Invest $1B+ in Michigan Plant, Add 2,500 New Jobs and Pay $2,000 Bonus to U.S. Employees

Auburn Hills-based automaker FCA US today announced a $1 billion investment to modernize the Warren Truck Assembly Plant to produce the next generation Ram Heavy Duty Truck, which is currently being produced in Saltillo, Mexico, by 2020. 

Report: Michigan Needs Statewide Innovation Policy Agenda to Seize Market Opportunities

A report released by the Michigan Economic Center (MEC) indicates that the state could grow hundreds of businesses and create tens of thousands of jobs in the energy, water, food, transportation, information technology, and healthcare industries by creating state and local economic development programs to help maximize assets.

Ford Debuts New Edge ST to Enhance SUV Sales

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has introduced the ST brand to its SUV lineup with the new Ford Edge ST, following its best-ever SUV sales in the U.S. during 2017.

NarxCare Provides Real-Time Data Analysis Used to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Michigan 

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has announced that the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) is now equipped with Appriss Health’s NarxCare system, a data analysis solution designed to improve patient care and battle Michigan’s opioid epidemic.

Wixom-Based Acromag Partners With Ctek Inc. on Remote Monitoring Solutions for Ethernet and Wireless Networks

Wixom-based embedded computing solutions company Acromag has announced a strategic partnership with California-based Ctek Inc. to offer complete monitoring and control solutions for customers to manage its remote assets. 

City Club Apartments Break Ground on Luxury Apartment Community Along Washington Blvd. in Downtown Detroit

Farmington Hills-based City Club Apartments broke ground today on City Club Apartments — CBD Detroit, a mixed-use apartment, furnished short-term, and penthouse community. The project is located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Park Avenue facing Grand Circus Park, just west of the David Whitney Building.

Urban Land Institute to Host Global Spring Meeting in Detroit

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global real estate organization with 40,000-plus members dedicated to responsible land use and creating thriving, sustainable communities, will hold its Spring Meeting on May 1-3 at Cobo Center in Detroit.  

Royal Oak-Based Vectorform and Microsoft Partner to Expand HoloLens Technology for Automotive Design 

Royal Oak’s Vectorform, a digital product and experiences company with capabilities in mixed reality design and engineering, today announced a collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to innovate vehicle design and the prototyping processes for the automotive industry.

Ford Collaborates with Waze to Bring Increased Navigation, Traffic Information to Sync 3 Users

Dearborn automaker Ford Motor Co. has integrated Waze, a community-sourced traffic and navigation app, into its Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system. Debuted yesterday during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Waze users will soon be able to project real-time traffic and navigation information into Ford’s in-vehicle systems.

Detroit’s Huron Capital Creates HVAC Industry Platform With Acquisition of Pueblo Mechanical and Controls Inc.

Detroit-based capital investment firm Huron Capital today announced the acquisition of Arizona-based Pueblo Mechanical and Controls Inc., in partnership with management and industry veteran Dan Bueschel.

Southfield-based Denso to Demonstrate Future Mobility Technology at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Southfield-based automotive systems and components supplier Denso today announced its display for the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center will include new products and technologies “critical to the future of mobility.”

Re/Max of Southeastern Michigan Reports 2018 Real Estate Trends

Troy-based real estate firm Re/Max of Southeastern Michigan today announced its annual housing outlook for 2018. The report indicates that while inventory struggles will continue, home buying patterns will change and overall sales are expected to rise.

Bosch Group in Farmington Hills Establishes SEG Automotive, Independent Company for Hybrid Technology

The starter motor and generator division of the Bosch Group in Farmington Hills has announced its completed transition to an independent company, SEG Automotive. The new company is owned by Zhengzhou Coal Mining Machinery Group Co., and has established its headquarters in Novi, which will employ 60 people.
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