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Pricier insurance for F-150?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent over those of its steel-bodied predecessor. But that doesn't necessarily mean insurance premiums will go up.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time.... Read More »

Spain fines GM, Ford, other automakers for anti-competitive practices

July 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Spain's CNMC competition authority fined 21 automakers and two consultancy firms 171 million euros for anti-competitive practices. GM and Ford were given the highest penalties.... Read More »

Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal

4:34 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. Toyota has been the biggest holdout among automakers as Apple and Google turn dashboards into screens that closely mirror their smartphones.... Read More »

Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel.... Read More »

Ford engine plant reopened after bomb threat

10:42 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Ford's engine plant in suburban Detroit was reopened this afternoon after the first shift was sent home earlier today because of a bomb threat.... Read More »

New test shows disparities in Ford F-150 crash protection

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

After a follow-up test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Ford "shortchanges" some buyers of its redesigned 2015 F-150 pickups by equipping certain models with protective steel bars while leaving them off others. In response, Ford said it will add "countermeasures" to improve crash-test performance.... Read More »

Ford Q2 net soars 44% for strongest auto profit in 15 years

7:00 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

Ford's second-quarter net income increased 44 percent from a year earlier to $1.9 billion, marking the best quarterly profit from its automotive business since 2000. The automaker posted a record quarterly profit in North America, despite lackluster sales in the U.S., as the redesigned F-150 and other vehicles commanded higher prices.... Read More »

Ford wins court appeal over apartheid claims

2:05 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot pursue lawsuits seeking to hold Ford liable for conducting business that helped perpetuate the practice decades ago, a federal appeals court ruled today.... Read More »

U.S. automakers leery of Pacific trade deal as talks near end

6:54 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

U.S. automakers typically back trade agreements that open markets for their products, yet they aren't cheering for a pact among 12 Pacific nations that's entering its final negotiations.... Read More »

Pickups are picking up premium price tags

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay.... Read More »

Ford seeks to shake stigma of Detroit's most generous automaker

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Ford, beset by the highest U.S. labor costs in the industry, is seeking to use contract talks this summer with the UAW to ease the burden.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally.... Read More »

Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. The F-150 Limited will go on sale this winter as a 2016 model. Its features include 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, Mojave leather seats and interior accents made of aluminum and fiddleback eucalyptus.... Read More »

Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype.... Read More »

Mixed results for minority dealer programs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

As Ford's Kevin Cour and other automaker executives updated NAMAD on the state of their minority dealer programs, it became increasingly clear that those programs vary widely in their scope and effectiveness.... Read More »

Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2015

Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicles under development and reduce warranty costs.... Read More »

Ford dangles $10K discounts on aluminum F-150

6:34 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Ford has begun offering discounts that can exceed $10,000 on its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, which has been losing sales and market share this year as the automaker works to build inventory on dealer lots.... Read More »

Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The factory, where the Mustang sports car and Fusion sedan are also assembled, will build the Continental for export to China and other markets, in addition to the U.S., Ford said today.... Read More »

Toyota taps GoPro to defend truck turf against new GM pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

It's lights, camera and action time in America's suddenly competitive small-pickup segment. The market for small pickups was whittled down to just Toyota and Nissan a year ago. Now GM has returned with 2 trucks. To defend its share, Toyota is borrowing some cool factor from action-camera maker GoPro for the Tacoma's first redesign in a decade.... Read More »

Ford's Europe sales rise 16% on new Mondeo, SUVs

July 14, 2015 14:31 CET

Ford's European car sales rose 16 percent in June as the automaker benefited from demand for its new Mondeo and SUVs. Ford also said it has received more than 6,700 European orders for the Mustang sports car.... Read More »

Ford stops sales of some 2015 Edges for water leak

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Ford has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2015 Edge crossovers because water can leak inside the cabin. Ford is encouraging owners -- without issuing a formal recall -- to take their vehicle to a dealership for a lengthy inspection process and possible repair.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lower gasoline prices are starting to impact the product plans of leading automakers as consumers migrate back to larger vehicles.... Read More »

Ford expects Russian market to stabilize

July 14, 2015 11:35 CET

Russia's auto market could stabilize in the second half, said the head of Ford's Russian venture, Ted Cannis, halting a slide in sales fueled by the country's economic downturn.... Read More »

Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia. The changes are designed to keep the truck competitive against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500.... Read More »

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