Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behaviour," as its president of North America.
Raj Nair, president of Ford's North American operations, has left the automaker after complaints of "inappropriate behaviour," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behaviour.
Ford is telling another 33,000 owners of older pickups in North America — 2,825 in Canada — to not drive them until they get repairs because of potentially defective Takata airbag inflators.
Ford wants to position the refreshed Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help expand its share in the commercial vehicle market and improve Canadian sales after a drop in 2017.
Ford said its fourth-quarter adjusted pretax profits fell 19 per cent to US$1.7 billion due to higher steel and aluminum prices, as well as adverse currency rates.
After an eight-year hiatus, Ford is rejoining the midsize pickup market with the 2019 Ranger, which offers buyers some of the features and benefits they could get in an F-150 but with fewer customization options, a smaller footprint and lower price. It features new technology such as a standard 4G-connected Wi-Fi hot spot, FordPass Connect and pre-collision assist.
A union official says Ford's decision to continue building the Edge crossover in Oakville, Ont., after a redesign signals that jobs will be secure in the region as the automaker invests in new technology.
The reworked 2019 midsize crossover includes the most standard driver-assist features in the segment, Ford says. The Ontario-made Edge will go on sale across Canada during the summer.
Ford said it confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective Takata airbag inflator and urged 2,900 owners in North America — including 190 in Canada — to stop driving immediately.
Ford is planning a surprise reveal of a special edition, high-performance Mustang Bullitt GT at the 2018 Detroit auto show, Automotive News has learned. The Bullitt will be unveiled as a 2018 model, a source said, timed for the 50th anniversary of the eponymous Steve McQueen movie that made the car an icon among enthusiasts.
Ford Motor Co. expects the first diesel version of its F-150 pickup, which goes on sale in Canada and the U.S. this year, to produce a highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg or 12.75 litres per 100 km.
Ford is expanding its mobility vision from the self-driving car to the cities it expects them to operate in.