Ford

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....
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Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. Ford, after cutting its hourly work force by more than half from 2005 through 2011, has been on a hiring binge. It has added an average of 10 union jobs a day since 2011, company figures show, easily beating a target of 12,000 new jobs in that period....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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2015 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Ford to unveil Police Interceptor Utility

10:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
It's not a 600-hp supercar, but Ford is unveiling a vehicle Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show that most people would find even more intimidating if it suddenly appeared in their rearview mirror....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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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....
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NICK GIBBS

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....
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Ford III embraces racing heritage -- and his own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Henry Ford III, the great-great-grandson of Henry Ford and grandson of Henry Ford II, says he downplayed his identity while growing up. "To be honest, for a while when I was younger, I sort of tried to avoid it," he told sister publication Autoweek. "You know, when you're a young kid -- especially fifth grade, sixth grade -- you don't want to stick out."...
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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....
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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."...
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Ford will roll out 6 new models in Russia despite market slump

Feb. 8, 2015 11:20 CET
Ford will roll out six new models in Russia this year despite the country's sagging economy and rising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine, CEO Mark Fields told a German business magazine....
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Lincoln rides the MKC to sales revival

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2015
Lincoln, a marque synonymous with big, barge-like sedans, is now staking its comeback hopes mostly on utility vehicles....
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DAVE GUILFORD

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....
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VINCE BOND JR.

No big bucks for a Super Bowl ad? No problem

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Mitsubishi, along with Volvo, didn't run ads during the Super Bowl's primary NBC broadcast. The small brands, lacking the deep ad budgets of their larger counterparts, relied heavily on social media to piggyback on Super Bowl hype....
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FROM THE SIDELINES

Ford opts to dial up radio service spots

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Ford passed on a TV commercial during the Super Bowl, but it did broadcast commercials during the big game -- on radio -- to pitch service at its dealerships....
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Detroit man with marathon walking commute surprised with new car

9:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
A Detroit factory worker who has walked more than 20 miles during his daily commute to work for a decade was surprised on Friday with a brand new car, donated by a suburban car dealership....
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GM's China sales slip in January; Ford posts 19% gain

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
GM and its Chinese joint ventures sold 339,781 vehicles in China in January, down 2.4 percent from a year earlier. Ford and its Chinese joint ventures sold 112,599 vehicles in China in January, up 19 percent from a year earlier....
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Ford will boost production in Spain by 40% as it ramps up Mondeo, S-Max output

Feb. 5, 2015 16:40 CET
Ford will boost output at its plant in Valencia, Spain, by 40 percent to 400,000 units this year as it adds production of the Mondeo midsize model, along with the S-Max and Galaxy minivans....
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Ford's Europe unit hit by pension cost hike, Fields says

Feb. 5, 2015 12:51 CET
Ford CEO Mark Fields said rising pension costs and Russia's sales slump led the automaker to scrap its profit target for Europe. Ford says it expects to narrow its 2015 pretax loss in Europe, but the figure will exceed the $250 million loss it previously projected....
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Ford's new 1,550 workers for F-150 output pushes 300-500 to top-tier wages

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
Ford is adding 1,550 hourly employees in the first quarter to increase output of its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. The hires will cause between 300 and 500 UAW members earning Tier 2 hourly wages of $19.28 today to rise to top-tier status with hourly wages of $28.50....
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Ford intensifies self-driving research in Europe

Feb. 4, 2015 11:46 CET
Ford announced research collaborations in Germany and the UK to look at future mobility and autonomous driving solutions. CEO Mark Fields said: "We are embarking on one of the most transformative eras in the history of the auto industry and in the history of Ford."...
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JANUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Automakers ride truck wave to 14% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015
U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1.15 million in January, driven by low gasoline prices that fueled truck sales and signaled another year of growth for the industry. GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota and Honda all posted gains of at least 12 percent, with General Motors' 18 percent advance leading the pack. Among smaller brands, Subaru carried its hot streak into the new year while demand for Volkswagens remained cool....
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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....
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