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Ford makes coming back to work easier

UPDATED: 5/21/18 1:12 pm ET -- corrected

Ford last fall launched the Career Re-Entry Program, which offers six-month assignments in product development, information technology and manufacturing jobs.

Ford exec remembers his IndyCar season

Early in his engineering career at Ford, product development and purchasing boss Hau Thai-Tang was embedded with Newman/Haas Racing for the 1993 IndyCar season. Here's what he learned.

Ex-Ford exec Nair named president of Canada's Multimatic

Raj Nair, ousted in February by Ford for unspecified "inappropriate behaviour," has been hired by Multimatic, which builds the GT supercar Ford developed under his leadership.

Ex-Ford exec Nair named president of Canadian racing firm

UPDATED: 5/18/18 2:53 pm ET - adds details

Raj Nair, ousted in February by Ford for unspecified "inappropriate behavior," has been hired by Multimatic, which builds the GT supercar Ford developed under his leadership.

Ford to restart F-150 output Friday following supplier fire

UPDATED: 5/17/18 1:47 pm ET - adds Mercedes update

Ford will restart production of the F-150 at a Dearborn, Mich., factory on Friday, and a Kansas City plant by Monday, after more than a week of downtime resulting from a fire at a key parts supplier.

Ford's Team Edison moves fast on electric crossover

The group in charge of making a new battery-electric crossover, dubbed Team Edison, was formed last year and has been modeled after the small, close-knit bunch that created the latest Ford GT supercar.

Lincoln's unlikely comeback journey

In mid-2011, a rival CEO snidely suggested someone should "sprinkle holy water" on Lincoln.

Supplier fire ripples across the industry

A magnesium plant fire is the kind of black swan event that's unavoidable in an era when auto parts often are delivered just hours before they're needed on the assembly line, but prior disasters have taught automakers...

Ford CEO: We're 'reinventing' the car, not trying to kill it

UPDATED: 5/10/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

CEO Jim Hackett says the company doesn't intend to lose customers with decision to ax sedans in favor of SUVs and pickups; Bill Ford says he remains frustrated by lagging stock price

Ford CEO: We're 'reinventing' the car, not trying to kill it

CEO Jim Hackett says the company doesn't intend to lose customers with decision to kill sedans in favour of SUVs and pickups; Bill Ford says he remains frustrated by lagging stock price

A final goodbye to the Ford Focus, C-Max

Ford marked a milestone Friday when the final Focus sedan and C-Max Hybrid rolled off the line at Michigan Assembly Plant -- one the automaker would apparently rather not acknowledge.

Ford halts F-150 production in Kansas City after supplier fire

UPDATED: 5/7/18 4:35 pm ET -- updates on GM, BMW

A supplier fire last week is pinching production of the F-150 pickup, but the impact is expected to be minimal for both Ford and its dealers.

Supplier Meridian trying to move some production to Ontario after Michigan fire

Supplier Meridian Lightweight Technologies is working on moving some of its U.S. production to an Ontario facility after fire ripped through a plant in Eaton Rapids, Mich., on May 2.

Veteran exec Craig to head FordDirect

Veteran Ford Motor Co. executive Dianne Craig is taking the reins at the company's FordDirect joint venture with dealers.

Ford: Tech culture can rise from ruins

An abandoned train station that has come to symbolize Detroit's decline could become a beacon for the automaker's efforts to prosper in the future.

Ford temporarily halts production at Flat Rock plant following worker injury

Production was temporarily halted overnight at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan after a worker's leg got pinned in machinery.

Former Ford Canada CEO Dianne Craig to head FordDirect

Ford appointed marketing executive Andrew Frick to replace Dianne Craig as director of U.S.

Ford shifts U.S. sales leaders following departures

UPDATED: 5/1/18 5:52 pm ET - new story

Ford appointed marketing executive Andrew Frick to replace Dianne Craig as director of sales in the United States while naming Craig to fill a void created by the sudden departure of two top executives at the FordDirect...

FORD: Trucks can't overcome weaker car, utility volume

U.S. sales of the Ford F-series were a bright spot in April, up 3.5 percent for the nameplate's 12th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Ford's overall U.S. sales fell 4.

PRO: Why Ford is killing most of its cars -- and why that's the right move

UPDATED: 4/26/18 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close

Where will new Ford customers turn for an entry-level offering when the automaker's North American dealerships no longer carry a single sedan? We're about to find out.

Ford simplifies vehicle distribution network in China, names new leaders

Ford said it's reorganizing its operations in China by simplifying its distribution network and appointing new leaders to replace the CEO who abruptly left in January.

No thanks, Ford says to 9-speed offered by GM

Ford has elected not to use GM's nine-speed transmission out of the box, opting instead for two new eight-speed transmissions on vehicles such as the Ford Edge, Ford Transit Connect and Lincoln Nautilus.

Ford Diesel F-150 cracks 30 mpg mark

The first diesel version of the Ford F-150 will be rated at 30 mpg in highway driving, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market when it hits showrooms next month.

Ford claims 30 mpg F-150 diesel wins pickup mileage crown

UPDATED: 4/19/18 3:00 pm ET - adds details

The first diesel F-150 will get 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined, according to EPA estimates, making it the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup when it hits showrooms in May.

Few Mustang Cobra Jet 50th anniversary cars coming to Canada

Ford Motor Co. says it will make just 68 of the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet drag strip cars, which can top 240 km/h. Ford Canada says a "very limited" number will be available north of the border.


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