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First Look: 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Trail-blazing.

by on May.24, 2018

Ford launched its off-road truck in 2010, originally naming it the SVT Raptor.

While most of today’s sport-utility vehicles have migrated to soft-roading, there’s still a solid market for serious trail-blazers, especially in the pickup segment, and Ford’s F-150 has earned serious credibility since the launch of what was originally known as the SVT Raptor in 2010.

The latest version, simply known as the Raptor has underscored Ford’s claims for the ruggedness and capabilities of its aluminum-bodied F-150. And the automaker intend to enhance that off-road credibility even more with the updated 2019 model. Among other features, the update gets what Ford is billing as “smarter,” electronically controlled shocks, a new Trail Control system and Recaro sport seats.

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“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” Hermann Salenbauch, global director of the Ford Performance vehicle program, said in a statement announcing the update. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”

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Fired Ford Exec Reappears as Head of Supplier Building Ford GT Supercar

Veteran exec was ousted for “inappropriate behavior” in February.

by on May.21, 2018

Ford's Raj Nair helped introduce the 2019 Mustang.

Unceremoniously ousted in February from one of Ford Motor Co.’s top posts, 53-year-old Raj Nair has resurfaced, hiring on with Canadian supplier Multimatic as its new president and chief operating officer. In that post, Nair will oversee the production of the $450,000 Ford GT supercar.

Until February, Nair was one of the Detroit automaker’s most senior executives, in mid-2017 promoted to the critical post of president of Ford North America as part of a broad management shake-up that saw the ouster of the carmaker’s CEO Mark Fields. In his previous post, Nair oversaw global product development and was a key player in the development of the exotic Ford GT.

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But his career seemed to come to a screeching halt when, early this year, Nair suddenly took a leave, many colleagues and staff members worrying he might be facing a health problem. Instead, insiders told TheDetroitBureau.com, he was named in a complaint filed through an anonymous tip line set up by Ford and subsequently fired for what the company would only describe as “inappropriate behavior.”

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As Predicted, Ford Resumes F-150 Production in Michigan

Production at two other plants restarts on Monday.

by on May.18, 2018

The first Ford F-150 truck rolls off the line this morning at Dearborn Truck Plant, restarted after a fire at a supplier halted production.

As Ford Motor Co. officials said earlier this week it would, the company’s workers at its Dearborn, Michigan truck plant began sending F-150s down and off the line to would-be customers at 6 a.m. this morning.

The plant, along with a sister facility in Kansas City, Missouri, have been idle for the past week in the wake of a fire at Meridian Magnesium Products on May 2. Since that morning, the company scrambled to resume production of parts at the facility. Ford expects to make up the lost production and the supply to consumers was never impacted, officials noted.

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The fire, which occurred in the early morning hours, halted production at the two Ford sites as well as at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, General Motors’s full-size van plant near St. Louis and Fiat Chrysler adjusted the run rate of its minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario. (more…)

Ford Offers New Waze to Help Drivers Deal with Traffic

Traffic app being integrated into Sync 3

by on May.17, 2018

Ford Motor Co. now has Waze available for navigation for use through Sync 3.

Millions of Ford customers have purchased vehicles with built-in navigation technology, and the latest versions often come with the ability to show where traffic is backed up. But the Metro Detroit-based automaker plans to take things a step further.

Owners will now be able to access the Waze app through Ford’s Sync infotainment system. Waze, which was developed in Israel and then purchased by Google for $1.3 billion in 2013, goes beyond traditional navigation programs. It offers up routes that are designed to specifically avoid traffic, often detouring off clogged freeways and main arteries onto back roads and through residential neighborhoods.

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There is a caveat, however. First shown at the Consumer Electronics Show last winter, the feature will only be able to work on Ford vehicles with the carmaker’s latest infotainment system, Sync 3. And, at least initially, it will only be available for those with an Apple iPhone using a relatively recent operating system, iOS 11.3 or later. (more…)

Ford Dragged into Mueller-Trump Probe After Rejecting “Consulting” Pitch from Cohen

Special counsel reportedly asking Ford for documents and has interviewed executive.

by on May.14, 2018

NY attorney Michael Cohen was known as the "fixer" for Donald Trump.

The Ford Motor Co. has found itself caught up in the expanding probe into possible Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the automaker to provide records relating to an apparent with Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, though it appears Ford rejected the bid. The automaker came under repeated attack by Trump during his campaign for its plan to move small car production to Mexico, and faced threats that, as president, Trump would hit it with sanctions.

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The New York attorney’s office and home were raided last month and it has since been learned that he received payments from AT&T and Novartis pharmaceuticals, among others, for services as a “consultant.”  Widely known as Trump’s “fixer,” Cohen also reached out to Ford, according to Michael Avenatti, the California attorney for Stormy Daniels, the porn star who Cohen paid off just before the 2016 election.

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10 Major Automakers Meet With Trump Over CAFE Today

Session could focus on opposition from California.

by on May.11, 2018

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields generated controversy last year when he warned Pres. Trump CAFE could cost 1 million U.S. jobs.

Senior executives from ten of the auto industry’s largest manufacturers will be meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House today to discuss the administration’s plans to roll back federal fuel economy standards.

A draft proposal developed by the Environmental Protection Agency would freeze requirements at 2020 levels rather than continuing a phase-in established by the Obama White House that was set to reach 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The new target would come in somewhere in the low 40 mpg range and hold through 2026.

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But the meeting could prove to be an anxious one. Consumer and environmental groups have been ramping up opposition and any announcement from the White House would come at a time when fuel prices are surging to levels not seen in years. Meanwhile, any rollback could pit the Trump Administration – and the auto industry – against California which is threatening to effectively stall the cuts by using authority given the state under the Clean Air Act of 1970.

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Ford Execs Fend Off Shareholder Concerns About Emissions, Compensation

Shareholders express thoughts about company, execs at annual meeting.

by on May.10, 2018

Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford told shareholders that they are in favor of leaving CAFE standards where they are.

Ford Motor Co. top officers fended off challenges from environmentalists and stockholders during the company’s annual meeting, but shareholder dissatisfaction was clear once the votes were counted.

Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. said there was a lot of “misunderstanding” about the company’s position on corporate average fuel economy, which the Trump administration has proposed rolling back.

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“We are not asking for a rollback. We want California at the table. We are working for one national standard that includes California,” the chairman insisted in response to a question during the “online” meeting by shareholder, who asked about the company’s lobbying efforts. (more…)

Ford Halting All F-150 Production, Some Super Duty Trucks, in Wake of Fire

“A fluid situation,” but 7,600 workers already idled.

by on May.09, 2018

The shutdown happens just as Ford hoped to boost F-150 demand with the addition of a new diesel model.

Hours after a top official warned of a “fluid situation,” Ford Motor Co. said it is shutting off the tap on its most profitable and popular product line, its F-150 pickup.

The move follows a fire at a Michigan plant producing critical components for the truck. The incident also impacts some production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Mercedes-Benz. But Ford appears to be the hardest hit, especially considering the booming demand for its full-size pickup which has been the nation’s best-selling motor vehicle for decades, nearly 900,000 F-150s sold last year.

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Ford temporarily laid off workers at its truck plant in Kansas City earlier this week and Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president of Global Operations, said early Wednesday that the automaker faced a “fluid situation” as it struggled to find an alternative source for the magnesium radiator supports used in its F-150 line-up. Hours later, the automaker also said it would idle the Dearborn Truck Plant near its suburban Detroit headquarters.

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Ford Supports Keeping CAFE, Wants National Standard After Enviro Group Campaign

Greenpeace, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club aim complaints at Ford.

by on May.09, 2018

Greenpeace, The Sierra Club and Public Citizen dropped a petition with 250,000 signatures at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

With the battle over U.S. fuel-economy rules growing more intense, environmental groups have targeted Ford Motor Co. for special treatment as they presented the company with petitions bearing 250,00 signatures calling on the automaker to drop its support for altering the current fuel-economy and emission standards.

Madeline Page of the Public Citizen, which helped organize the online petition drive, said Ford was singled out because of the “hypocrisy” of its position. She noted the company pushes a green message in its advertising and its executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr., warns about the need for safeguarding the environment but conversely its vehicles are consistently among the least fuel efficient, according to a trend report compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The “Dirty Ford” campaign, organized by Greenpeace, Public Citizen and the Sierra Club, parked an old Ford Focus with big black cloud hanging over it at several spots around Detroit, including a new Ford technical center dedicated to autonomous vehicles in Detroit’s gentrifying Corktown neighborhood before dropping the petitions at the security desk in Ford headquarters. (more…)

Ford Shuts Down Half of Production of F-150 Due to Supplier Fire

GM halts van production while FCA adjusts minivan line.

by on May.09, 2018

Ford shut down the F-150 line at the Kansas City assembly plant due to a parts shortage.

Ford Motor Co. is staring a complete shutdown of production of the company’s best-selling product, the F-150, in the face due to a fire at a supplier facility.

A major fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, on May 2 created a shortage of die-cast parts for the F-150 since the incident. General Motors and Fiat Chrysler facilities have also been impacted by the fire and subsequent parts shortages.

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Ford produces the trucks at plants in Missouri and Michigan. Currently the truck production half of Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant is shut down for the week, sending 3,600 workers home due to the parts shortage. (more…)

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