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Ford tops 1 million in annual sales in China for 1st time

11:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Ford today said it has sold more than 1 million vehicles in China for the first time in a calendar year. And it did so with a month left to go. The automaker said its China sales from January through November were 1,007,425 units, a 20 percent increase from the same period in 2013....
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Alcoa signals key improvement in auto aluminum, lands new customer

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Aluminum giant Alcoa said today it has solved one of the biggest wrinkles automakers wrestle with when stamping aluminum body panels: formability. The supplier said it has at least one customer for the aluminum sheet produced by its new Micromill process....
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Chrysler expands airbag recall, but NHTSA calls it 'insufficient'

6:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Chrysler said it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks to include passenger-side airbag inflators made by supplier Takata, but hours after the company made the announcement, the nation's top vehicle safety agency called the expansion “insufficient."...
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Ford will add Fiesta output in Russia as Focus slides

Dec. 4, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford will build the Fiesta subcompact in Russia next year as it scrambles to replace sales lost by collapsing demand for its Focus compact. The Fiesta will be produced alongside the EcoSport small SUV at Ford's third joint venture plant in Russia....
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Lincoln launches high-end audio collaboration with Revel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Lincoln will bring concert-quality sound to its vehicles through a new collaboration announced today with Revel, a manufacturer of audiophile speaker systems....
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Chevy Colorado edges Ford F-150 for Motor Trend Truck of the Year honor

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup its Truck of the Year, edging out Ford's aluminum-bodied F-150....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Fields sees more big gains coming from One Ford plan

Dec. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Mark Fields became Ford CEO in July after turning around the automaker's North American business. Fields told Automotive News what his priorities are now in the top job and why he changed the leadership at Ford of Europe....
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Ford warns of more U.S. declines as F-150 ramp-up begins

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014
Ford lost U.S. market share for a fourth consecutive month in November and warned that its sales would likely continue to decline for at least several months as it ramps up production of the redesigned F-150 pickup....
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Chevrolet hires ex-Ford social media manager to bolster strategy

1:20 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Chevrolet, which wants a broader, more consistent social media strategy, has hired former Ford social media manager Craig Daitch....
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Chrysler sued for royalties by music industry

11:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
A music industry association has sued Chrysler Group, alleging its customers might be rolling down the street with stolen tunes....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for December

Dec. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why megaplatforms are a must-have for any automaker with global ambitions....
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Lincoln MKC: Designers 'should get a high-five'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Lincoln's new MKC crossover is off to a strong sales start. Reviewers pick nits, but they are minor. Here are highlights from some early reviews....
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Fuel-finding app wins Ford contest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Ford Motor Co. has rewarded a company for creating a smartphone app that promises to make finding fuel easier. Team FuelSignal developed an application called FuelSignal that helps motorists locate gasoline stations, buy discounted gasoline and receive loyalty credits....
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ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 1. This month's edition looks at how German premium automakers plan to profit from plug-in hybrids....
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Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest level ever for a second consecutive month. Year-end clearance sales and the lowest gasoline prices since 2010 are two big factors behind the forecasts....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. Then it spent at least a billion more perfecting a high-speed aluminum riveting and bonding production system, and retooling its plants....
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NHTSA closes probes into 600,000 Ford, GM vehicles

10:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Safety regulators have closed investigations into about 500,000 Ford Motor and about 100,000 General Motors vehicles without calling for recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today....
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Buffalo dealers dig out while Ford restarts stamping plant

2:44 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Auto dealers in the Buffalo region are reopening this week after digging out from the massive snowstorm that dumped up to 7 feet of snow in some areas. Meanwhile, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant resumed operations over the weekend after suspending operations because of impassable roads....
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Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots....
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Ford to keep base price stable on Explorer, but raises top trim level

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford has held the line on prices for the refreshed 2016 Explorer crossover, but a new top-of-the-line Platinum trim raises the ceiling on what a customer can spend for the hot-selling full-size crossover to well above $50,000....
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Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. But the Ford numbers fell short of taking the overall mpg title for full-size pickups. Ford's two biggest rivals said the 2015 F-150's mpg numbers leave plenty of room for competition in the hotly contested full-size pickup segment....
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Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport....
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GM: Strong welds, low costs

As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal....
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Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China....
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Family celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California....
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