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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line....
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Volvo CEO on new XC90: 'There is no second chance'

Aug. 18, 2014 15:00 CET
The new XC90 is crucial to Volvo's bid to close the sales gap with German premium rivals BMW, Mercedes and Audi. "There is no second chance," Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said....
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Ford begins testing first right-hand-drive Mustang

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford has begun testing the first prototype of the right-hand-drive Mustang pony car. Ford said its engineers recently finished building the handmade prototype, which will be used in various developmental tests in coming months....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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Lincoln: New boss, new market, new hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Lincoln is showing signs of life as Ford Motor Co.'s reinvention of Lincoln gains momentum....
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Ford puts fresh spins on its classics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford is returning to its roots with redesigned versions of two crucial home-market mainstays: the F-150 and the Mustang pony car....
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Ford's big launch year includes 2 icons

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The company is in the midst of its most prolific launch year in history, and much of the action is coming in the second half of this year....
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BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting....
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Ford, Chevy titans clash on incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet — both looking to claw back market share they have relinquished this year — have touched off an earlier-than-usual round of late-summer incentives....
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Ford's 'unminivan' is an undisputed hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford's decision to offer a long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the Transit Connect Wagon for the 2014 model year is paying off....
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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help....
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Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co....
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Ford recalls 2013 Escape for 11th time, this time for wiring problem

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Ford has issued its 11th recall on the 2013 Escape crossover, this time because a wiring problem could cause the engine to hesitate or stall. The recall covers 159,395 Escapes and Focus ST hatchbacks from the 2013 and 2014 model years with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines in North America....
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Chevy renews Dream Cruise sponsorship for 3 more years

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Chevrolet has signed another three-year contract as presenting sponsor for the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is taking place Saturday north of Detroit on a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study....
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Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups. Chevy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of deferred payments on some of its most popular nameplates....
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Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford is tapping DTE Energy to build a solar array at the automaker's world headquarters near Detroit. The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles....
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U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d projects....
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Ford demonstrates Magna's seamless rear window on new F-150

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ford today demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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Detroit 3 and others ready to roll at annual Dream Cruise

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Muscle cars abound at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit -- and this year is no exception. Classic car enthusiasts and gearheads will flock to a 16-mile, four-lane stretch of Woodward Avenue on Saturday, whether it be to cruise in their vintage whips or set up camp along the route to watch the parade of historical wheels....
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Record rainfall in Michigan disrupts Detroit 3 operations

11:38 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall Monday, causing closures or slowdowns at Ford, General Motors and Chrysler plants and tech centers throughout the area....
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Oil boom is a bonanza for full-sized pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding nicely, thanks to the booming oil industry....
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Pickup payload U-turn: GM bases rating on curb weight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
In the flap over how General Motors and Ford Motor Co. calculate the maximum payload ratings of their pickups, GM blinked. GM said on Friday that it no longer will omit the weight of some parts to boost the maximum payload ratings of their pickups....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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