Flex-N-Gate to supply Ford from new Detroit plantTue, 24, May 2016
Auto supplier Flex-N-Gate plans to invest $95 million and buy 30 acres of city land to build a new plant that will create up to 750 jobs in Detroit, after approval today of a $3.5 million performance-based state grant.
Challenger trails Mustang, Camaro in crash tests, IIHS saysTue, 24, May 2016
The Dodge Challenger may be the fastest and most powerful American muscle car, but in crash tests, the sports coupe, which is in its ninth year, isn't keeping pace with its rivals, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
Ford seeks partnerships as it looks beyond car-makingMon, 23, May 2016
Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the automaker would look for more partnerships with other companies as it moves to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars and trucks.
Audi, BMW, Mercedes lead in user-friendly connectivity, study showsMon, 23, May 2016
Audi, BMW and Mercedes lead other automakers in offering easy-to-use connected features, according to a study conducted in European markets, but more needs to be done to make customers aware that of the technology so they don't choose Apple and Google for their Internet-enabled navigation and in-car entertainment.
TALK FROM THE TOP with Joe Hinrichs: Restructuring paved way for Ford's renaissanceMon, 23, May 2016
For all of the work Ford has done turning around Europe and growing in China, North America has generated 93 percent of the company's profits since 2011. It generated record earnings of $3.1 billion in the first quarter. Overseeing that profit machine is Joe Hinrichs.
GM projected to gain market share with 88% redesign of its product line by 2020Wed, 11, May 2016
General Motors is projected to gain U.S. market share over the next four years as it launches a dozen new crossovers and trucks, according to an annual report on future product plans prepared by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
'Honked off' Ford purchasing chief sees score go upMon, 16, May 2016
John Henke, whose Detroit area consulting firm Planning Perspectives, Inc., conducts an annual survey of supplier attitudes toward carmakers, says the results largely reflect the influence of chief purchasing executives. So Ford purchasing chief Hau Thai-Tang was “royally honked off at me” when the 2015 results came out and Ford's score dipped.
Why Ford picked ex-crane engineering student to lead Europe mobility pushSat, 14, May 2016
Ford of Europe shunned Silicon Valley talent to launch its latest digital service that is so ambitious it's billed as "doing for car owners what iTunes did for music." The automaker tasked Joerg Ullrich, a former crane engineering student, with launching FordPass in its European markets.
Ford's latest GT a fast sell-outFri, 13, May 2016
About 6,000 people who want to buy a $400,000-plus Ford GT will get a rejection letter instead. Ford said it received 6,506 completed applications for the first 500 GTs.
Apple, Chinese ride-hailing deal heats up smart-car raceFri, 13, May 2016
Apple's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing intensifies a race to acquire technology, talent and market access in a rapidly evolving global personal transportation market. Apple's move comes as auto and technology industry executives and investors are placing bets that self-driving car systems, EVs and ride sharing will eventually converge to allow companies to sell rides in self-driving vehicles, generating revenue day and night.
Fired up for Ford's big Le Mans anniversaryMon, 16, May 2016
Ford top brass will turn out en masse at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans next month to commemorate the anniversary of the company's historic 1966 race.
Bill Ford defends CEO Fields as shareholders gripe about stock priceThu, 12, May 2016
Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford defended the company's CEO, Mark Fields, when shareholders complained today about the company's sinking stock price. One investor made a request to bring back former CEO Alan Mulally as an adviser.