WATCH: 2017 JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) announcement

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Detroit Athletic Club for a meeting of the Automotive Press Association. J.D. Power presented the results of its 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). KIA topped the list for the second year in a row, followed by Genesis and Porsche. Detroit-based automakers Ford and RAM tied for fourth and Chevrolet ended up in fifth. In this video, watch for remarks from Dave Sargent, Vice President, Global Automotive at J.D. Power.  

OpenTable Reveals 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America

Tweet SAN FRANCISCO  — As we look forward to the start of summer and prime travel season, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today unveiled the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America for 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Showcasing winners in major metropolitan areas as well as resort towns, theRead More

The District Detroit Announces Detroit’s Largest Residential Development Initiative in More Than 20 Years

TweetDETROIT  — Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for hundreds of new affordable and market-rate rental housing units across six buildings in The District Detroit’s initial phase of residential developments. Four existing buildings – The Alhambra, The American, The Eddystone and 150 Bagley – and two new-construction buildings will create an exciting mix of urban lofts and apartments in The District Detroit. This initial phase of residential development includes 686 units, 139 of which will be designated as affordable at no more than 80 percent of the Area MedianRead More

GM and Honda to Establish Industry-First Joint Fuel Cell System Manufacturing Operation in Michigan

TweetDETROIT  — General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) today announced establishment of the auto industry’s first manufacturing joint venture to mass produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products from each company. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit. Mass production of fuel cell systems is expected to begin around 2020 and create nearly 100 new jobs. The companies are making equal investments totaling $85 million in theRead More

DineEquity, Inc. Announces First Co-Branded IHOP® Restaurant And Applebee’s Grill and Bar® To Open At Detroit’s Millender Center In 2017

Tweet GLENDALE, Calif. — DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) announced plans today for a new location in Detroit that will for the first time leverage both its category leading brands, IHOP® restaurants and Applebee’s Grill and Bar® in one restaurant destination to be at Millender Center in Detroit. This innovative concept, which brings together the leader in family dining—IHOP—and the leader in casual dining, Applebee’s, will be owned and operated by Applebee’s franchisee TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR), a Livonia, Michigan-based, family-owned restaurant group with an expansive portfolio of casual dining, quick serviceRead More

Wards 10 Best Engines of 2017 list announced

Tweet SOUTHFIELD, Mich.  — WardsAuto‘s 23rd annual Wards 10 Best Engines list honors a diverse set of powertrains that appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets. Three electrified drivetrains make the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the second time in as many years, while all seven remaining honorees are turbocharged, illustrating the industry trend toward downsized powertrains with forced induction and direct fuel injection. For the first time in 23 years of testing, no V-8 engines earned a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list, but manyRead More

Chevrolet Bolt Named Winner Of Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car Of The Year®

Tweet LOS ANGELES  — The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, which offers a breakthrough EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full electric charge, was named Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year® during AutoMobility LA. Other finalists for the 2017 Green Car of the Year® award included the BMW 330e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima and Toyota Prius Prime. Green Car Journal editors selected the 2017 Bolt for its impressive 238 mile zero-emission driving range, stylish design, pleasing driving dynamics, and welcome suite of advanced and connected technologies. AlongRead More

2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year finalists announced: Year’s top models range from electric to luxury to heavy pickups

TweetLOS ANGELES — Finalists for 2017 North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) were announced Tuesday at Automobility L.A., the conference that precedes the Los Angeles auto show. The North American Car and Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards honor excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value.  Initiated in 1994, they are judged about 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites. They are the longest-running award notRead More

WATCH: Consumer Reports 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey announcement

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the Detroit Athletic Club for a special meeting of the Automotive Press Association. Consumer Reports magazine announced its findings from its 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey. In this video, watch for remarks from Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the top three reliable automotive brands, according to the C.R. survey. Meanwhile, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram ended up dead last.    

Superhero Saturday: The United Nations lassos Wonder Woman as their honorary ambassador

TweetFor 75 years, Wonder Woman has been Paradise Island’s ambassador for peace, equality, truth, love, justice, and sisterhood. Now, the United Nations is about to make it official when they issued a statement naming the Amazonian warrior princess as their Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.  According to Comic Book Resources, the announcement will take place during an event in New York a week from Friday at the United Nations Headquarters.  Attending the event are United Nations Security-General Ban Ki-moon, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson, and notRead More