As a Lincoln-Mercury dealer in New Jersey in the 1990s, Robert Robertazzi successfully sued Ford Motor Co. over payment for warranty work. That landmark case helped make New Jersey one of the first states to put teeth in its laws requiring dealer reimbursement at retail rates for warranty-related parts and labor.
Ford was unprofitable in Europe from 2011-2014. But then-CEO Alan Mulally implemented an aggressive restructuring plan that included shuttering three manufacturing plants, slashing thousands of jobs and reinvigorating its product lineup with new and freshened vehicles, including performance and luxury variants.
Lincoln plans to air a television ad for its flagship Continental sedan this Sunday during the Grammy awards. Called “Cord,” the luxury brand's 60-second spot features contemporary blues musician Gary Clark Jr. and a one-of-a-kind amplifier -- designed by Revel Audio Systems -- that mirrors the Continental's mesh grille.