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Hybrids are better for autonomy, Ford says

Ford countered GM's vision for a large-scale self-driving car deployment in 2019 by detailing plans to launch an autonomous hybrid in 2021 for more diverse commercial uses.

Ford will test Internet sales models in China

Ford is using the world's largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms.

Ford Performance boss moves to new role at Ford

Dave Pericak, the head of Ford Performance who played key role in the development of the GT supercar, will change jobs to focus on engineering for unibody and Lincoln programs.

Ford EV moving to Mexico to make room for autonomous vehicles in Mich.

UPDATED: 12/6/17 10:28 pm ET - adds details

Ford is moving planned production of an electric crossover with a 300-mile range to Mexico from Michigan to make way for additional investment on autonomous vehicles in its home state.

Bon voyage to Lincoln's 'MK' confusion

Eleven years after ditching a long history of well-known names for the MK scheme, the brand is charting a new path with the introduction of the 2019 Nautilus, which will be built in Ontario and replaces the MKX.

Bon voyage to Lincoln's 'MK' confusion

Eleven years after ditching a long history of well-known names for the MK scheme, the brand is charting a new path with the introduction of the 2019 Nautilus, which replaces the MKX.

FORD: Higher fleet volume helps strong SUV, pickup demand

UPDATED: 12/4/17 12:11 pm ET

Ford's U.S. sales rose 7 percent in November, driven by strong fleet sales as well as gains for its trucks and utility vehicles.

Ford sues pro wrestler John Cena for reselling his 2017 GT supercar

UPDATED: 12/1/17 6:21 pm ET - adds links

Ford is laying the legal smack down on WWE star John Cena. The automaker filed a lawsuit against the pro wrestler after Cena resold his 2017 Liquid Blue Ford GT less than a month after owning it.

How an airport argument reinforced Lincoln's decision to kill the MK names

Lincoln marketing chief Robert Parker received validation for the Lincoln moniker change following an argument he observed at the airport.

Lincoln rebrands MKX as Nautilus as brand drops confusing MK name

Say hello to the Lincoln Nautilus and goodbye to the brand's "MK" naming scheme that some customers still haven't deciphered after more than a decade.

Lincoln rebrands MKX as Nautilus as brand drops confusing MK name

Say hello to the Lincoln Nautilus and goodbye to the brand's "MK" naming scheme that some customers still haven't deciphered after more than a decade.

Lincoln to launch month-to-month subscription service in 2018

Customers will be able to lease vehicles in select markets on a monthly basis for a single fee that includes insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, pickup and delivery, as Lincoln strives to gain more ground in a...

New face and tech for Lincoln MKC

The MKC crossover, Lincoln's best-seller in China and top conquest vehicle in the U.S., is getting its first significant updates, including new technology features and the brand's mesh grille design.

Lincoln freshens MKC for 2019 as its Canadian sales slump

The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in Canadian showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products.

Lincoln's freshened 2019 MKC gets new mesh grille, tech

The freshened 2019 MKC compact crossover, due in showrooms next summer, features new infotainment and safety technology and the mesh grille found on Lincoln's newest products.

Ford to offer plug-in hybrid police sedan

Starting next summer, Ford will sell a plug-in hybrid version of its Fusion-based police sedan that will have an electric range of 21 miles.

Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

UPDATED: 11/27/17 8:54 am ET - adds link

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

Ford's smart mobility team 14,000-15,000 strong

UPDATED: 11/16/17 9:59 am ET - corrected

The head of Ford's smart mobility team says all the "Lego pieces" are in place to develop money-making initiatives.

Ford seeks patent on system for autonomous off-road vehicles

Ford has applied for a patent on an autonomous system for off-road vehicles that would allow the vehicles to traverse dirt, gravel, mud, sand and other tricky terrain.

Ford signals cost-cutting will avoid layoffs, plant closures

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of global operations, said the company's latest effort to become more financially efficient won't involve major layoffs or plant closures.

Ford's Marakby says computing power key to self-driving success

Sherif Marakby, the head of Ford's electrified and self-driving vehicle development, said one challenge in developing autonomous vehicles is getting enough computing power to support them.

Ford: Mobility as a human right

"It's not about who's first to market," says Bill Ford. "It's about who's most thoughtful to market.

Ford-owned Chariot will pay $50,000 to settle U.S. disability-discrimination complaint

Chariot, a Silicon Valley shuttle service owned by Ford, has agreed to pay $50,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S.

FORD: Pickup, fleet sales drive second straight monthly gain

Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6.4 percent in October behind strong F-series sales and a double-digit rise in fleet sales related to order timing.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett to keynote 2018 CES

Ford CEO Jim Hackett will bring his vision of the future to a technology trade show known for innovation when he gives a keynote speech at CES 2018 in January.

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