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Shelby GT350 Mustang guns for Europe's performance cars

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
With the newest Shelby GT350 Mustang, unveiled Monday in the garage of the late Carroll Shelby in Gardena, Calif., Ford aims to lure a new breed of customers who want the kind of performance normally found in Porsches and Ferraris at a bargain price....
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JOINING THE CLUB

Lincoln dealers sign up to offer exclusive Black Label series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Lincoln has signed up 32 dealers in six states for its new Black Label luxury subfranchise. Lincoln announced the Black Label series last year in an effort to set a new standard for luxury vehicles and customer service within the brand....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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Fields: Ford slows ramp-ups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
After launch problems crippled the rollout of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, Ford Motor Co. throttled back aggressive ramp-up timetables, CEO Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview last week....
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Fields: But how many parodies do your ads have?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
What does Mark Fields think of all those spoofs of the Lincoln MKC commercials starring Matthew McConaughey?...
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GM's crisis could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR vet says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
When it comes to public relations crises in the auto industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s is usually regarded as the biggest....
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Mustang driver injured by airbag fragment in N.C. crash

10:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford said on Sunday night it was cooperating with federal safety regulators investigating a report the driver of a 2007 Ford Mustang was injured in August by a metal fragment from the car's airbag....
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Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014
Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations....
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Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known....
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AUTOMOBILWOCHE CONGRESS 2014

Ford taps independent software developers

Nov. 14, 2014 08:23 CET
Ford is betting on open systems and the innovative capabilities of external software developers in its vehicle connectivity strategy, Barbara Samardzich, Ford of Europe's chief operating officer, said....
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Ford's European sales up 8% on UK, Italy gains

Nov. 13, 2014 15:07 CET
Ford increased European car sales by 8 percent in October, its fifth straight monthly gain, as it benefited from double-digit growth in the UK and Italy. Overall 10-month sales also rose 8 percent....
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Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, engineer Ron Ketelhut doesn't have to worry about getting burn holes in his shirts as he walks the body shop floor....
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As Ford F-150 output starts, Fields says dealers will be fully stocked by Q2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The first production version of the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 pickup rolled off the line today at a Ford plant in Michigan after years of preparation. Ford aims to stake out its engineering leadership with the 2015 F-150, the industry's first mass market, aluminum-body truck....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. It isn't the blackout feature that allowed the driver to turn off all the instrument lights except the speedometer, nor is it the clamshell hood or any other quirky Saab feature....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief....
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Ford dealership pays $128,780 in EEOC settlement after firing disabled manager

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Randall Ford in Fort Smith, Ark., has been ordered to pay a former used-car manager $128,750 after failing to accommodate his post-spinal surgery disability and then firing him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week.
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GM recall controversy could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR guru Vines says

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
When it comes to public relations crises in the automobile industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s was the biggest. Jason Vines should know. He was in charge of PR at Ford at the time. But Vines believes the General Motors ignition-switch recall could yet eclipse Ford-Firestone....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss....
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Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very different strengths to their new roles....
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Lincoln opens its first 3 dealerships in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
After three years of studying China's consumers and luxury buyers, Lincoln last week opened its first three dealerships in the country and rolled out a new customer service initiative....
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Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone....
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SEMA today, showrooms tomorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Various vehicles loaded with high-performance gear at last week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show will be available soon in U.S. showrooms....
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JAMIE LaREAU

What the rich and single drive these days

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Apparently, sleek product redesign and TV spots featuring handsome movie star Matthew McConaughey are resonating among some wealthy singletons. Or something?...
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Ford's new Europe chief tasked with accelerating turnaround

Nov. 7, 2014 15:14 CET
Ford said new Europe chief Jim Farley is tasked with accelerating the automaker's turnaround in the region. Farley is swapping jobs with Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell, who takes Farley's role as global sales and marketing boss....
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