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Ford to end Focus RS output in April

UPDATED: 2/15/18 6:46 pm ET - adds details

Ford said it will end production of the popular Focus RS hot hatch on April 6 after a limited run of 50 "Heritage Edition" cars to be sold in the United Kingdom.

John Cena fights to dismiss Ford suit over flipped GT

Professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena filed a motion to dismiss Ford's lawsuit against him for flipping his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar.

Lincoln serves up ads for redesigned Navigator starring Serena Williams

Lincoln has tapped tennis star Serena Williams to help sell the redesigned Navigator SUV in a social media ad campaign that launches Thursday.

Ford rushes to build more SUVs

Ford and Lincoln dealers can't get enough of their biggest, most expensive SUVs to keep up with customer demand, so the automaker is investing $25 million to speed up the assembly line in Kentucky.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon adds tech, new diesel engine

Ford aims to position the third-generation Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help further expand its dominant share in the commercial vehicle market.

Ford's 2019 Transit Connect Wagon adds tech, new diesel engine

Ford wants to position the refreshed Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help expand its share in the commercial vehicle market and improve Canadian sales after a drop in 2017.

Ford to launch ad campaigns for EcoSport crossover, Expedition SUV

Ford hopes to use the 2018 Winter Olympics as the coming-out party for its new EcoSport subcompact crossover and redesigned Expedition large SUV.

Wall Street sours on Hackett's Ford

It's been a mind-boggling turn of fortunes for Ford, which had emerged from the industry's downturn with significant momentum and posted record earnings in 2015 and 2016 but could now see its credit rating lowered amid...

FORD: Volume falls on lower car demand, fleet order timing

Ford's U.S. sales fell 6.3 percent in January because of lower-than-normal fleet orders and continued poor sales of sedans.

U.S. sales start year at robust pace, aided by incentives

New-vehicle sales this month, fueled by higher incentives, are expected to roughly match the levels of January 2017 in the United States, but the selling rate is projected to decline.

FCA union employees sue UAW, company over corruption scandal

Three FCA employees filed a federal lawsuit against the automaker and the UAW seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages stemming from the FCA-UAW criminal collusion scandal.

Lost and found: Ford's bowl not the only missing gem

The 1968 Mustang Bullitt has been found while Henry Ford's 1901 punch bowl is still missing. But Ford is not the only automaker with artifacts to uncover.

Market changes pummel Ford

Ford Motor Co. is unhealthy, its executives say. And that explains why commodity price changes and currency fluctuations are pummeling the company's operating margin.

Have you seen this punch bowl?

Buoyed by the good fortune of suddenly finding Steve McQueen's 1968 Mustang Bullitt, the Ford family would like America to check its attics and basements one more time.

Ford acquires two technology companies, reorganizes mobility team

Ford said it is acquiring two technology companies and reorganizing its mobility team to develop new services at a faster pace.

Ford caps 'challenging year' with 19% decline in Q4 pretax profit

UPDATED: 1/25/18 4:20 pm ET - adds stock close

Ford said its fourth-quarter adjusted pretax profit fell 19 percent to $1.7 billion due to higher steel and aluminum prices, as well as adverse currency rates. Ford's fourth-quarter operating margin was 3.

Ford of Europe's earnings fall, adding to 'challenging year'

Ford said European earnings slid 66 percent in the fourth quarter as higher warranty and commodities costs and the effects of Brexit took a toll.

Ford caps 'challenging year' with 19% decline in Q4 pretax profit

UPDATED: 1/24/18 7:13 pm ET - adds details

Ford said its fourth-quarter adjusted pretax profits fell 19 per cent to US$1.7 billion due to higher steel and aluminum prices, as well as adverse currency rates.

Ford gets more pressure from safety group to recall 1.3 million Explorers

The Center for Auto Safety on Tuesday posted a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett urging the automaker to recall 1.3 million Explorers for carbon monoxide leaks.

Ford outlook sours ahead of EV push; Q4 results come later today

Ford insists it's on track to deliver consistently strong profits by the end of the decade. But in the meantime, the automaker will feel some financial pain as it posts fourth-quarter results later today.

New pickups leave Ford on aluminum island

Ford looked to be leading the way toward making aluminum the industry standard for automakers trying to cut weight and improve fuel economy — but nobody followed.

Hackett urging Ford to think, act in new ways

Jim Hackett, the former furniture company CEO who expected to be spending his 60s enjoying retirement, is instead teaching a course on survival to a century-old automaker.

Why Jim Hackett is wrong about Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover

Ford CEO Jim Hackett candidly admitted that he wishes the automaker still owned Volvo and JLR. It's important to remember why this didn't work out for Ford.

Ford will launch 3 EVs in Europe, 'scale back' on passenger cars

Ford will scale back its car offerings in Europe and launch three electric cars in the region, the automaker said on Tuesday in a breakout of its investments in the future.

Hackett almost didn't take Ford CEO job, suggested someone else for role

When Jim Hackett was offered the position as CEO of Ford last May, he almost declined. "I needed time with my family and a deep moment to think about it," he said.