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Ford Planning Temp Shutdowns at Five N.American Plants

Move reflects worsening U.S. new car market.

by on Sep.20, 2017

Lincoln dealers have 162 days worth of Continentals on lots, over twice the industry norm.

Ford Motor Co. plans to temporarily idle five North American assembly lines to cope with slowing sales and mounting inventories.

The closures are the latest in an expanding series of production adjustments the auto industry – primarily Detroit’s Big Three – has made since the beginning of 2017, the first year since the end of the Great Recession to suffer an auto sales downturn.

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Tens of thousands of U.S. workers have so far been impacted, some facing long-term layoffs, others idled for just a week or two at a time. Ford said the factories covered by its latest move employ over 15,000 hourly workers, though it did not offer a breakout indicating how many actually will be idled.

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Ford Giving the Blues a High-Performance Green Machine

New Fusion Hybrid-based police interceptor is fast and efficient.

by on Apr.10, 2017

Coming at you. Ford says its hybrid police interceptor doubles the mileage of its current cruiser.

The blues are going green – with the help of Ford Motor Co.

A number of major U.S. law enforcement organizations have been considering ways to use cleaner, more efficient powertrain technologies – not necessarily because of a deep commitment to tackle global warming, but in the hopes of reducing hefty fuel costs. Keeping police cruisers on the road 24/7 isn’t light on the budget.

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Working with various authorities, notably including the Los Angeles Police Department, Ford has come up with what it’s billing as a clean, lower-cost alternative: a hybrid version of its widely used Fusion Police Interceptor. Delivering an estimated 38 miles a gallon, Ford estimates each Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will save the typical police department almost $4,000 a year on fuel.

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First Drive: 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Midsize function with sports-car performance and handling.

by on Aug.31, 2016

Ford took the wraps off the 2017 Fusion Sport revealing a snarling beast under the hood.

When Ford Motor Co. pulled the wraps off the 2013 Fusion sedan, it sent heads turning. It was as striking and game-changing a design as any the automaker had rolled out since the launch of the original Ford Taurus nearly three decades earlier.

The midsize model was handsome and distinctive in a segment largely known for look-alike styling. And it was reasonably well-equipped, as well, offering a range of high-tech gear as part of Ford’s strategy of “democratizing” advanced safety and infotainment systems. What it needed, however, was a little more muscle.

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Now, the carmaker has addressed that shortfall. The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport packs a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 under its nicely sculpted hood. But instead of just upgrading the sedan’s powertrain, the new model also boasts major suspension enhancements as well as some well-conceived tweaks to both its interior and exterior styling. (more…)

Average American Driver Spends $300 Annually to Repair Pothole Damage

Nationwide, cost came to $15 bil over last five years, finds AAA.

by on Feb.19, 2016

A suburban Detroit driver avoids a tire-chewing pothole. Photo courtesy: CNBC.

The typical American motorist will spend $300 this year repairing vehicle damage caused by potholes, according to a new report by the AAA, and as the American highway infrastructure continues to worsen, the problem could continue to get worse.

The problem will become even more apparent in the weeks ahead, as roadways begin to crumble as snow and ice begin to thaw. But despite the passage late last year of a new national transportation bill, the AAA study warns that another $170 billion in annual funding would be needed to catch up on the repairs needed for America’s roads and bridges.

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“In the last five years, 16 million drivers across the country have suffered pothole damage to their vehicles,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “The problems range from tire punctures and bent wheels, to more expensive suspension damage.”

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Ford Teases 2017 Fusion

Updated sedan set for Detroit Auto Show debut to include plug-in Energi model.

by on Dec.11, 2015

Ford isn't expected to make many major changes to the updated 2017 Fusion.

Ford set automotive design on its head when it launched the current Fusion sedan four years ago. How do you follow up on such a big hit? We’ll find out when the 2017 version of the sedan makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.

Ford teased the new model during a media briefing on Thursday, a draped sedan marked with a sign declaring, “Top Secret: Do not move until 01.11.2016.” Based on some recent spy shots, the 2017 Ford Fusion is expected to undergo relatively modest design tweaks. The biggest news is expected to be found under the hood in the form of an updated plug-in hybrid drive.

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The next-gen Ford Fusion Energi model is part of an aggressive push by the maker that will see it invest $4.5 billion in “electrified” vehicles between now and 2020. Ford’s list of hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, will grow by 13 nameplates. It currently offers six battery-based vehicles.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Ford Fusion

by on May.11, 2015

Ford doesn't plan to tinker too much with the success of its current Fusion design for 2016.

Few cars have scored such a big hit with an all-new design as the 2013 Ford Fusion. With its coupe-like silhouette and Aston-influenced grille, the sedan helped put Ford back on the list of serious midsize contenders. It even forced Toyota, long proud of its plain vanilla designs, to get serious about styling with the 2015 mid-cycle refresh of its Camry model.

Don’t expect to see anything nearly as radical from Ford next year. In the old days, they called what’s coming for Fusion a mid-cycle “refresh,” but this facelift is modest, at most, and really little more than a nose job.

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What you can see, and what you will get is an almost carryover body for the upcoming midsize Ford, including same-same in roof, doors, hood and other major body panels. Changes to the headlights, taillights and rear bumper might be modest enough to be missed by anyone but an owner of the current Fusion model.

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Ford Unveils Ultra-Light Fusion Sedan Concept

Prototype could influence future Fusion and other models.

by on Jun.04, 2014

Ford's Lightweight Concept could foretell changes to come in the maker's line-up.

When Ford’s new F-150 pickup comes to market later this year it will shed as much as 700 pounds, a move that is expected to yield significant improvements in both performance and fuel economy. And now, the automaker is hinting it has even more aggressive plans in mind for a future version of its popular midsize model, the Fusion.

The Detroit maker is showing off a new, super-light version of the sedan that makes use of aluminum and other materials to drop a full 800 pounds compared to the current Fusion. And though there are no immediate plans to put the prototype into production, it will influence future product development programs.

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Part of Ford’s so-called Blueprint for Sustainability, the project reflects a growing focus on lightweighting, the auto industry’s way of saying that vehicles have to go on a diet if manufacturers hope to meet the tough new fuel economy standards coming into effect in the U.S. over the next decade, as well as stiffer CO2 emissions rules in Europe. The good news for consumers is that by reducing weight a vehicle like the Fusion won’t necessarily have to be downsized to achieve significant improvements in mileage.

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With Competitors Gaining Ground, Toyota Plans Major Camry Update

Maker promises more than the typical mid-cycle “refresh.”

by on Apr.03, 2014

The 2015 Toyota Camry update may borrow key design cues from the NS4 Plug-in Hybrid Concept.

It’s been a tough winter for Toyota, the maker’s traditionally best-selling Camry line unexpectedly losing some of its momentum in a hotly competitive midsize sedan market.

And that has the Japanese giant scrambling to hang onto the sales lead it has held in the U.S. market for the last dozen years. Toyota confirms it will unveil a new version of the Camry at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it promises that the 2015 update will be more than just the usual mid-cycle refresh.

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Just how far it will go without a complete redesign remains to be seen, but with the Nissan Altima actually having led the sales race during January and February, Toyota officials are rapidly buying into the philosophy set by CEO Akio Toyoda who is demanding more “passion” from its future products – or “waku-doki” in Japanese.

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Toyota Adding “Limited-Edition” Camry Spin-Off in Bid to Bolster Sales

Nissan and Ford continue making inroads toward the top spot.

by on Feb.05, 2014

Toyota is bringing out a new Limited Edition Camry in the middle of the 2014 model year to keep ahead of the Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion in sales.

Toyota will roll out a “Limited Edition” version of the midsize Camry sedan during this week’s Chicago Auto Show media preview – and it could arrive at a critical time for the perennially popular midsize sedan.

The Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition, which delivers a 40 mpg City rating, will reach U.S. showrooms at a time when the sedan may be losing momentum and risking its position as America’s best-selling passenger car.

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Camry sales declined by 27% in January and Bill Fay, Toyota Motor Sales vice president, said the decline was in part due to a short fall in deliveries to fleet buyers. The sharp decline left the Camry roughly 800 units ahead of the Nissan Altima in the race for best-selling car title. The Altima also surged past the Honda Accord, which found itself in fourth place in the critical mid-sized car segment after being passed by the Ford Fusion – a result most analysts would have dismissed as unlikely only 18 months ago. (more…)

Ford Claims Early Victory in Sales Sweepstakes

Maker declares itself America’s best-selling brand – but may get an argument from Honda.

by on Dec.30, 2013

Ford's Fusion set a sales record this past year.

They’re still testing the ball before the big celebration in Times Square tomorrow night, and the industry won’t officially announce final 2013 sales numbers until later in the week – but no matter, Ford Motor Co. is already declaring victory, pronouncing its flagship Ford marque North America’s best-selling brand for the fourth year in a row.

The maker notes it has a significant lead over second-place Toyota as it regains strength in parts of the country long dominated by imports. But at least one of the Detroit maker’s Japanese competitors has been downplaying the sales numbers, claiming victory of its own.

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“The great news is that we are not overly reliant on any one segment – we’re seeing double-digit sales growth in cars, trucks and utilities,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service, in a year-end statement. “The Ford brand has had more retail share growth than any other brand in the country, with our most significant gains coming from import-dominated coastal markets. With 16 launches next year, we’re looking to keep our sales momentum going.”

There’s no question Ford had a good 2013 – albeit with a few headaches that could cause it problems next year.

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