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American Automakers Leaving Their Mark at NYIAS

Crossover lead the pack with a little muscle mixed in for good measure.

by on Apr.15, 2019

U.S. automakers are looking impress NYIAS attendees this year with a mix of utility vehicles and muscle cars.

Among the dozens of new vehicle debuts coming to the New York International Auto Show, American automakers have plenty to brag about this year.

Like their foreign counterparts, they cover the crossover and sport-utility market like a swarm of locusts with luxury performance iterations to lower-priced, well-appointed smaller models that will still turn heads during this year’s event.

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However, while the foreign makers have also sprinkled a smattering to speed with some sports cars and supercars, one maker has provided the American counterbalance: brute force muscle that certainly taps into the patriotism that always garners attention. That said, there will be more surprises to come during this year’s show. (more…)

Ford Muscles Up its “Entry-Level” Mustang

New EcoBoost High-Performance Package could give Mustang GT a run for the money.

by on Apr.15, 2019

On a curvy track, Ford estimates, the Mustang HPP could match the performance of the GT.

Gone are the days when Ford would offer a version of the Mustang derisively known as a “secretary’s car,” a coupe that was all show and no go. These days, even the base version of the pony car has some real kick.

And the automaker is planning to step that up a notch with the launch of the new High Performance Package, featuring a specially modified version of the turbocharged-four engine in the “base” Mustang. The higher-revving 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine will make 330 horsepower – 20 more than the standard turbo-four package, and 350 pound-feet of torque.

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With a 0 to 60 launch of 4.5 seconds, the High Performance Package, or HPP, will be able to give the Mustang GT a serious run for the money, especially in the corners considering the four-cylinder package is about 200 pounds lighter than the GT.

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Ford Shakes Up Senior Management Ranks – Again

Move meant to help “accelerate” its “transformation.”

by on Apr.10, 2019

Joe Hinrichs and Jim Farley shown together during the launch of the Ford Shelby GT 350.

Ford is shaking up key elements of its top management team, the automaker announced on Wednesday morning, a move it says will “accelerate” the changes that began with the appointment of Jim Hackett as CEO two years ago, with an emphasis on “smart vehicles for a smart world.”

The changes will see Hackett’s two top lieutenants, Jim Farley and Joe Hinrichs, take on broader responsibilities. At the same time, Ford’s highest-ranking woman, Marcy Klevorn, will retire from her post as head of mobility services after 36 years with the automaker.

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“In the past two years, we have made tangible progress in improving the fitness of our business, overhauled our regional strategies, created a winning product portfolio, and are working to transform Ford to succeed in an era of profound change and disruption,” CEO Jim Hackett said. “With this strong foundation in place for our auto and mobility businesses, we can now accelerate our transformation.”

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Ford Preparing Off-Road Version of Its Popular Escape SUV

New model coming six months after Escape debut.

by on Apr.10, 2019

The new 2020 Ford Escape will be getting a new off-road variant cousin. The unnamed ute will show up in about six months.

In what is billed by CEO Jim Hackett as a year of big changes for the automaker, Ford Motor Co. has unveiled both the 2020 Escape and the 2020 Explorer both of which are due for showrooms later this year.

But behind the upcoming show room appearances of the Escape and the Explorer, another introduction is making its way to the launch pad.

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Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of product development and purchasing, said during an interview on the sidelines of the Escape preview last month in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford is also working on an off-road version of its popular sport-utility vehicle. (more…)

Ford Q1 Sales Fall 1.6% Due to Passenger Car Freefall

Trucks and SUVs stem 23% drop in car sales.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Ford has already upped the production run of the new Ranger due to its popularity. It made a difference in sales during the first quarter.

Ford Motor Co saw sales decline by 1.6% in the first quarter.

But the drop was not as large as those experienced by rivals General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and was concentrated in the passenger car segment, which are continuing to fade in consumer interest.

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“As we transition out of passenger cars we expect to see some volatility,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of sales, service and marketing. “I’m optimistic the year will strengthen.” (more…)

Ford China 2.0: Automaker Kicks Off Second Act in China

Automaker looks to better integrate Chinese partners into business.

by on Apr.03, 2019

Ford China President Anning Chen lays out the tenets of Ford China 2.0.

When it comes to its newest business blueprint for China, Ford Motor Co. is going by the numbers, specifically Ford China 2.0.

That’s what the automaker dubbed its reworked business plan for the world’s largest auto market where it has been perpetually behind its competition. However, Ford is pinning its rebound on an influx of new product and an increased reliance on its Chinese partners.

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Ford China 2.0 comprises five key plans and four centers of competence to accelerate the redesign of its business and sharpen its focus on the Chinese market. (more…)

Ford Unveils 2020 Escape

New sport-utility gets complete makeover.

by on Apr.02, 2019

Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America, introduces the new 2020 Ford Escape in metro Detroit.

Ford Motor Co. is pushing ahead with the overhaul of its product line with the unveiling of the 2020 Ford Escape, which is scheduled to reach showrooms next fall with a new range of powertrains including a new hybrid.

“This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America.

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“With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road,” he added during the press preview at the Greenfield Village museum, which is located close to the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. (more…)

Jeep Plans One Day Sale of Gladiator Launch Edition – and Will Give One Buyer a Year’s Pay to Play

“Go anywhere and live out your dreams,” says brand’s marketing chief.

by on Apr.01, 2019

Jeep hopes to sell 4,190 Gladiator Launch Editions.

With its first pickup in 27 years getting ready to roll into showrooms, Jeep said it will offer a special Launch Edition of the new Gladiator, but only for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 AM on April 4th – what is also known as “4x4 Day.”

The Launch Edition will be a fully loaded version of the off-road Jeep Gladiator Rubicon model and it will carry a steep price tag of $60,815. But to ease the bite – at least for one lucky customer – Jeep will give them “a year’s salary to go anywhere and live out their dreams,” said Scott Tallon, the brand’s marketing manager.

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All told, Jeep will offer a maximum 4,190 of the Gladiator Launch Edition models – a reference to the 419 area code for Toledo, Ohio, where all of the pickups will be assembled.

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Ford Teases All-New Escape Before New York Debut

Picture implies a new shape for the new model.

by on Mar.28, 2019

Ford offered a tease of what the new 2020 Escape looks like ahead of the New York International Auto Show next month.

Ford is readying to roll out the next-generation Escape small utility at the New York International Auto Show in a few weeks, but decided to provide a teaser photo of what the new model looks like.

Unfortunately, the shot doesn’t provide much other than a look at a revised grille that borrows its design from the other newly redesigned members of the Ford SUV family. The hood looks a bit more rounded as well and when those two items are taken into account, one can expect a significantly new look.

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The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker didn’t provide any more details, but it has been either freshening or redesigning its sport-utilities during the past two years as it moves away from passenger cars – Mustang excepted – to a utility-only line-up. (more…)

Ford Shutting Down Passenger Car Operations in Russia

Automaker latest to cut losses in the country.

by on Mar.28, 2019

Ford is closing three auto plants in Russia as it restructures its agreement with Sollers to focus on more profitable commercial trucks.

Ford Motor Co. is closing three plants in Russia as part of its overhaul of its money-losing European operations.

Ford announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding to restructure its Ford Sollers joint venture in Russia to focus exclusively on growing its commercial vehicle business moving forward.

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“This represents an important step towards Ford’s target to deliver improved profitability and a more competitive business for our stakeholders,” said Steven Armstrong, president, Ford of Europe. “General Motors had shut down its Russian operations almost three years ago. (more…)

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