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SEPTEMBER U.S. AUTO SALES

GM, Nissan, Chrysler sales rise 19% on strong light truck volume

8:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
GM, Chrysler Group and Nissan Group -- fueled by robust demand for light trucks -- set the pace among major automakers as each posted U.S. sales gains of 19 percent in September. Honda followed with a 12 percent gain. The increases were countered by slight advances at Hyundai and Toyota Motor Corp., while Ford Motor Co. declined. The results come amid forecasts of a 10 percent gain for the U.S. market overall as the industry coasts towards a fifth straight year of recovery from the recession....
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Ford to add 1,000 jobs at Canada plant making redesigned 2015 Edge

7:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
As it prepares to launch the redesigned 2015 Edge crossover for global markets, Ford will add more than 1,000 jobs at its Oakville Assembly plant in Canada....
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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month....
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A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year....
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Transit PTV: Ford's fresh take on the paddy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Don't expect much in the way of in-car entertainment in the newest version of Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van. That's because the purpose is incarceration....
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Is Ford due for ratings boost after GM upgrade?

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford's profit topped $7 billion in 2013 just as it did back in 1999 amid surging demand for Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups. Yet five years into its recovery, Ford's credit ratings remain one level above junk -- six notches lower than they were back in the SUV boom of 1999....
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Ford to add 1,200 jobs at Kansas City plant to ramp up Transit production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Ford is adding 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support additional production of the Ford Transit van. The move surpasses the automaker's pledge to the UAW in 2011 to create 12,000 new hourly U.S. jobs by 2015, the company said in a statement today....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault's new Espace gets major makeover

Sept. 25, 2014 16:46 CET
Renault's big, boxy Espace large minivan will be transformed into a sleek-looking crossover that's more in line with what European customers want. Renault released photos but provided few details about the next-generation Espace Thursday....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Ford Mondeo gets power boost to better battle Passat

Sept. 25, 2014 12:15 CET
The new Ford Mondeo will get more powerful engines, a more diverse powertrain lineup and more advanced features to better compete against the VW Passat in Europe's midsize segment....
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Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above....
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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car....
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Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show

Sept. 15, 2014 17:28 CET
Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer....
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GM gunning for more pickup wins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the complicated changeover to its aluminum-body 2015 F-150....
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205,000 Ford Fiestas investigated for door-latching issue

11:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 205,000 Ford Fiesta small cars after receiving consumer complaints that doors failed to properly latch or stay closed....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly....
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Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases....
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Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat....
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Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers....
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FORD'S RISKY REDO

Getting the new F-150 up and running won't be easy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
By converting its best-selling F-150 pickup from a steel body to aluminum, Ford is replacing the tried-and-true spot-welding process with a far more complex technique that uses a combination of rivets and industrial adhesives. These are scary times at Ford Motor Co....
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KEITH CRAIN

New F-150 could be a game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
This fall, Ford will start building an F-150 pickup with an all-aluminum body. Beyond a steel frame, the whole body is aluminum. It's a massive undertaking. What does this mean? Anyone who expects only subtle changes in future cars and trucks should get out of the way....
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Ford abandons practice of removing items to boost heavy-duty pickup payload ratings

9:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base curb weights. The automaker also said today that it will state the maximum towing rating for the 2015 F-450 using the industry's SAE J2807 towing standard....
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