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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 build all 2016 F-150s with the safety devices.... 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Inventory levels drift higher

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Light-vehicle stocks drifted upward in June, a month in which U.S. sales rose 3.9 percent.... Read More »

Ford to move production of Focus, C-Max from Michigan Assembly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

Ford today said its Michigan Assembly Plant will stop building the Focus and C-Max in 2018, in a sign that the automaker sees slow demand for small cars to continue in the foreseeable future.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups.... Read More »

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Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In an online commercial slated for possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?... Read More »

Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules.... Read More »

Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist.... Read More »

Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67

11:47 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67.... Read More »

Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago. The automaker today said it needs to fix a problem with the instrument panel on more than 200,000 Escapes and Transit Connects from the 2014 and 2015 model years.... Read More »

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal shifts strategy in response to Ford's use of aluminum

7:08 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

When Ford confirmed last year it would build its most popular pickup using aluminum, the automaker's steel supplier was caught flat-footed. Now ArcelorMittal, the top worldwide supplier of steel for autos, has built a two-pronged response to try to head off defections by other customers.... Read More »

Equipment disparity on Ford F-150 prompts new crash test

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

Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an unprecedented follow-up crash test, on a 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab. The institute said the test was done specifically because Automotive News alerted it to extra safety equipment that Ford installed on the top-selling Supercrew model - the single model that IIHS normally tests - but not on its regular cab or Supercab F-150s.... Read More »

After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2015

Mark Fields succeeded one of the most revered executives in automotive history while generating barely a ripple among investors, dealers and employees. A year into his job as CEO, he'll begin to face bigger challenges as he works to deliver the “breakthrough year” he has promised.... Read More »

Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans.... Read More »

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Ford's sleek new S-Max gets tech boost

June 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford has given its new S-Max a wide array of advanced technologies and a sleeker design. The S-Max is the first Ford worldwide to offer a speed limiting system that scans traffic signs and adjusts the throttle to help drivers stay within legal speed limits.... Read More »

Ford F-150 reaches full production

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Ford Motor Co. has achieved full production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said last week. But a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime.... Read More »

Ford F-150 production ramp-up complete, CFO says

3:17 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Ford has finished ramping up production of the 2015 F-150 at both plants that build the aluminum-bodied pickups, CFO Bob Shanks said today, even as a shortage of supplier-built frames keeps the plants from running some scheduled overtime.... Read More »

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