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Ford Plans for Growth in New Product Segments

Exec says new EV should help spur battery-electric sales.

by on Mar.16, 2018

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's product development chief, says promoting better EVs will help spur sales of battery-electrics.

Ford Motor Co.’s product development chief says one way to make electric vehicles more popular is to give them wider appeal.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president for product development, said noted that even when gas prices were high, consumers didn’t especially gravitate towards EVs or hybrids. Thus, Ford is preparing to roll out a unique EV with the broad appeal of a crossover and more performance.

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“EVs have great instantaneous low-end torque,” Thai-Tang told after briefing by senior Ford executives, including CEO Jim Hackett. (more…)

Ford Reveals Tidal Wave of New Products Coming by 2020

Executives look to change perception about company's future.

by on Mar.15, 2018

Ford plans to drive SUV growth with two all-new off-road models: the new Bronco and this yet-to-be-named off-road small utility.

In a bid to reverse the narrative that the company was in decline in recent months, Ford Motor Co. offered reporters and analysts a glimpse at a product plan that will renew three quarters of the vehicles in dealer showrooms by 2020.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett said that the revamp will build on the company’s strength in trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles and include the incorporation of hybrid technology in its popular vehicles.

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The push for hybrid-electric vehicles will bring new capability and features to customers on high-volume vehicles like the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and the Bronco, Hackett said. (more…)

Ford Recalling More Than 1.3M Vehicles

Automaker takes action on steering wheel problem.

by on Mar.14, 2018

Ford is recalling 1.3 million 2014–18 model year Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs for a problem with the steering wheel.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 1.3 million Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans due to a problem with the steering wheel detaching from the steering column.

The automaker says the affected vehicles are from the 2014–18 model years. The cars have a steering wheel bolt that could potentially loosen over time, causing steering wheel to detach from the steering column.

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Ford said it is aware of two accidents with one injury that was allegedly related to the steering wheel bolt problem. (more…)

Ford, GM Sales in China Move in Opposite Directions

New product key to strong sales.

by on Mar.12, 2018

Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO, discusses the plans to expand sales in China.

Ford Motor Co. suffered another sharp reversal of fortune in China during February where it reported vehicle sales dropped 30% from a year earlier while General Motors continues to roll up sales.

The sales drop by Ford appeared to reflect a dearth of new products as the company continued to struggle in the world’s largest auto market.

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Ford’s sales dropped 18% in January and in February totaled just 47,483 vehicles, accounting for the 30% drop mentioned earlier. (more…)

Ford Goes California Dreaming with Special Edition Mustang

Mustang California Special returns for 2019.

by on Mar.12, 2018

Ford has built a series of California Special editions since the first was launched in 1968.

After a brief absence, Ford is bringing back the Mustang California Special, and the latest special-edition pony car amps up both the performance and comfort quotient.

The GT/CS will join the reborn Mustang Bullitt that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit just two months ago, Ford hoping to regain some momentum in its tough battle with the Chevrolet Camaro.

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This marks the fifth-generation California Special, the original making its debut way back in 1968. And it’s the most powerful version of the GT/CS ever, the 2019 model punching 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque out of the familiar 5.0-liter Mustang V-8.


Ford Debuts New Transit Connect Cargo Van

Most popular van in the segment now comes with a diesel option.

by on Mar.06, 2018

The new Transit Connect Cargo van comes with an optional diesel engine for 2019.

A few weeks after unveiling its 2019 Transit Connect small van, Ford took the wraps off its work version, the Cargo van.

For a company that doesn’t sell a minivan, Ford has had stunning success with its smaller-than-full-size vans. In fact, the Transit Connect cargo van tops the market with a 46% share, ahead of big-time competitors like the Ram ProMaster and Mercedes’ Sprinter line-up.

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The company appears ready to keep that top spot too as the new iteration of its cargo van gets a variety of upgrades to its powertrain offerings, including a new diesel, which is the only one in the segment, as well as new safety technologies. (more…)

Ford Ousts EVP Nair After Investigation

Company mum on investigation details.

by on Feb.21, 2018

Ford's Raj Nair is out after an internal investigation revealed he engaged in "inappropriate behavior." Nair apologized.

Raj Nair, Ford Motor Co.’s executive vice president and president, North America, resigned from the company effective immediately.

His departure comes after an internal investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior. The company said the review determined certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct.

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“I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the Company and I have always espoused,” Nair said in a released statement. “I continue to have the utmost faith in the people of Ford Motor Company and wish them continued success in the future.” (more…)

Ford, Mazda Expand ‘Do Not Drive’ Takata Recall

Automakers broaden small pickup recall after additional testing.

by on Feb.12, 2018

Owners of certain 2006 Ford Rangers are being told to park their trucks immediately as part of a recall to repair faulty Takata airbags.

This story has been updated with additional information.

Ford and Mazda issued a warning to about 35,000 Ranger and B-Series small pickups to stop driving the trucks immediately due to potential problems with Takata-made airbags. The action is essentially an extension of a smaller recall Ford issued last month.

In January, Ford issued the same order for 2,900 Ranger pickups for the 2006 model year because of the faulty inflators from Takata. The company became aware of a second death that occurred in a truck from the same “production run” of vehicles causing Ford to send out the urgent warning to owners.

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Mazda Motor Corp. followed suit for about 1,800 2006 Mazda B-series trucks that were built by Ford after it had issued a warning for 160 trucks last month. NHTSA said the vehicles pose “an immediate risk to safety” and asked owners to immediately schedule a free repair. (more…)

Ford Investing $25M to Boost Output of High-Profit Navigator, Expedition SUVs

Demand outstrips expectations as transaction prices surge.

by on Feb.12, 2018

Ford's remodel of the Kentucky Truck Plant to accommodate the new aluminum-bodied SUVs.

With SUVs now accounting for half of the U.S. new vehicle market, Ford Motor Co. is investing $25 million at its Kentucky Truck Plant to boost production of its big Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models by 25%.

The project, which follows a $900 million update of the Louisville factory, introduces an array of high-tech tools, including 400 new robots, as well as a 3D printer that will allow workers to make parts and tools on the fly.

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“Using a combination of Ford’s advanced manufacturing and American hard work and ingenuity, we’ll deliver more high-quality Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions to customers than originally planned,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Global Operations. (more…)

GM Sales Increase in China as Ford Sales Fall in January

Cadillac leading the way for GM.

by on Feb.12, 2018

Cadillac set a sales record in January in China, now the luxury division's largest market.

General Motors and its joint ventures in China delivered 367,712 vehicles in January, posting a year-over-year increase of 14.5%, but Ford Motor Co. suffered a reversal as sales dropped by 1% to 75,990 vehicles.

Nissan sales rose 13.1%. while Toyota Motor Co. sales rose 12.4%. Toyota Motor Corp aims to sell 1.4 million vehicles in China in 2018, nearly 9% more than it sold last year. Ford’s top executive in China abruptly resigned last month, citing personal reasons.

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GM, which is preparing to introduce 15 new or refreshed models in China this year, saw Cadillac set a new monthly sales record in what is now the brand’s largest market. (more…)

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