Ford Brand

Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts

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

The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight sales per dealer. And after seven years on the market, there's also no sign of a second generation in the offing.... Read More »

Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada.... Read More »

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. The update covers how automakers should calculate road load values in coast down tests, which measure the rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag of vehicles as they glide from 70 mph to a stop on a straight, flat track.... Read More »

Q&A

Nissan's Diaz says 2016 Titan is no F-150 look-alike

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

Nissan's redesigned 2016 Titan pickup that debuted at the Detroit auto show drew plenty of comparisons to the Ford F-150. The shape of the grille and headlights, and the dip in the upper edge of the front doors recall styling of the F-150. But Nissan's senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations, Fred Diaz, says he never thought the truck had a close resemblance to Ford top seller.... Read More »

Q&A

'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers.... Read More »

Taurus 101: It's a sales ranking, not a class

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Ford rocked the auto world 30 years ago, and became a player again in the U.S. midsize sedan wars, when it replaced the slow-selling LTD with the pleasingly aerodynamic, front-wheel-drive Taurus. But the old magic is gone. The Taurus has fallen on hard times, along with the entire large sedan segment.... Read More »

Ford aims Vignale Mondeo at business buyers

Feb. 14, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe's Vignale upscale trim line, which will launch In September on the new Mondeo, will be aimed mainly at business customers. Ford is seeking to boost profit margins with Vignale and fend off competition in the midsize segment from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.... Read More »

Ford's new GT will be built by racing partner in Ontario

9:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The Ford GT will be built in Ontario by Multimatic Motorsports, a longstanding partner in Ford's racing programs, the automaker said today.... Read More »

Ford F-150, Subaru Legacy capture top honors in Canada

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

The Ford F-150 claimed another major award today when it was named 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru captured the Canadian Car of the Year honor for the first time since the award started in 1987 with the redesigned Legacy sedan.... Read More »

2015 Ford Edge Sport to pack 315-hp, 2.7-liter V-6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

The upcoming Edge Sport, the performance version of Ford's midsize crossover, will make use of the company's newest EcoBoost engine -- a 2.7-liter V6 -- which will produce 315 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford Mondeo hybrid may benefit from diesel backlash

7:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Ford does not expect its Mondeo hybrid to be a big seller in Europe but the environmentally friendly car could benefit from a backlash in some countries against diesels due to health fears over particulate emissions.... Read More »

At last, a Focus RS for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS from overseas soon will be able to get their hands on one.... Read More »

Jackson's good news: Buyers await F-150, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Be patient, Ford's shift from one F-150 pickup to another will take some time, says Mike Jackson, CEO of retail group AutoNation. During the group's earnings call last week, Jackson said swapping out the No. 1 selling vehicle in the U.S. is "probably one of the biggest production changeovers ever attempted in industrial history."... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: F-150 a winner? Too soon to tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015

Everybody wants to know if the launch of Ford's 2015 F-150 pickup is a success, and for good reason. In the auto industry, the rollout is high drama, indeed.... Read More »

Ford, at long last, plans Focus RS for U.S.

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS -- a pocket rocket long sold overseas -- soon will be able to get their hands on one. The all-wheel-drive hatchback, the first RS model to be sold in North America, will arrive next year, possibly as a 2017 model.... Read More »

How Ford kept the GT a secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus GT supercar, and it kept competitors guessing.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015

Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week.... Read More »

Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls.... Read More »

Auto industry drives comeback in aluminum prices

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015

At a time when other commodities are slumping, aluminum is making a comeback as automakers under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars increase their use of the lightweight metal.... Read More »

Ford again wins customer-loyalty title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Ford Motor Co. retained the crown in the 2014 model year for most-loyal customers, while Maserati won top honors for conquests, according to the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.... Read More »

Auto writers go ga-ga for the Ford GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Hardly ever (let's back up, never) can we recall a car getting such a warm auto show welcome as the Ford GT, the surprise stunner at the 2015 Detroit extravaganza. Auto writers were left gasping for air.... Read More »

How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year.... Read More »

PARTY CRASHER

While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming

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

A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura.... Read More »

Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers

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

Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. Ford is demonstrating the technology, which it developed in conjunction with Cisco Systems, on an F-150 at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford vows not to rush Sync 3

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

In announcing Sync 3 last month, Ford Motor Co. said only that it would come to market starting in the 2016 model year, without saying exactly when or in what vehicle. That's a change from five years ago, when it unveiled MyFord Touch. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the Americas, said the company won't make that mistake again.... Read More »

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