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Ford feels push to return to midsize trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29
Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month after month. ...

Sales may dip for first time in 19 months

UPDATED: 8/27/15 2:39 pm ET - adds detail
Monthly U.S. auto sales are expected to fall for the first time in 19 months in August, but analysts say it's a blip caused by a later-than-usual Labor Day rather than a ...

Ford, UAW in talks to revive Ranger sales, output in U.S.

UPDATED: 8/26/15 11:55 am ET - adds Bronco concept photo
Ford is in discussions with the UAW about bringing the Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV back to the U.S. market, according to media reports and a person with knowledg ...

Market slump casts shadow over how U.S. sales will finish August

UPDATED: 8/24/15 5:31 pm ET - adds details
Slumping stock markets could make it tough for dealerships to hit their August targets for U.S. new-vehicle sales, rattling consumers who might be on the fence about maki ...

Tech-savvy teens help buyers learn how to use car features

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Teenagers' addiction to their smartphone may be annoying to parents and teachers, but it makes them perfect candidates to work for Quirk Ford. ...

Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on ...

Ford enjoying product-blitz payoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
After two of its biggest new-vehicle launch years in history, Ford Motor Co. will slow things down a bit while it enjoys the payoff. ...

More aluminum and more power

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
The Ford brand will get a new, aluminum-bodied Super Duty and several high-performance cars in the coming year. ...

Lincoln splitting with split-wing grille

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
Lincoln is shifting away from two polarizing features: alphanumeric names and the split-wing grille. By the time the Continental arrives in mid-2016, the MKT will be the ...

After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13
Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of ...

Marchionne's diagnosis of industry weakness goes far beyond FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne's critique of the industry shouldn't be ignored. There is broad agreement among current and former executives that automakers fail to use capita ...

Who will pay rising development costs?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Regulators and consumers keep demanding that automakers pack more features and equipment into vehicles. But all of that comes at a cost -- which somebody ultimately has t ...

Ford hires second supplier to help with F-150 frame production

2:43 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
Ford is bringing a second supplier of steel frames for the F-150 on board to ease a supply shortage that has slowed production for months, a person with knowledge of the ...

Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 22 ...

Ford says earnings will be even better in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Ford earned in the first half of this year nearly as much as it did in all of 2014. And it says the second half will be even stronger. ...

Pricier insurance for F-150?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent ...

Ford F-150 aluminum repairs cost more than steel, IIHS says

UPDATED: 7/30/15 6:24 am ET - adds Ford response
Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on t ...

Ford Q2 net soars 44% for strongest auto profit in 15 years

UPDATED: 7/28/15 4:15 pm ET - adds stock close
Ford's second-quarter net income increased 44 percent from a year earlier to $1.9 billion, marking the best quarterly profit from its automotive business since 2000. ...

The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23
As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally. ...

Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

UPDATED: 7/21/15 8:22 am ET - adds photo gallery
Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loade ...

Ford moves put UAW on roller coaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Ford Motor Co. has given the UAW some good news and some bad news as it prepares for a contentious round of contract talks. The company last week confirmed plans to build ...

Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicl ...

Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15
The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. ...

Ford stops sales of some 2015 Edges for water leak

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 14
Ford has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2015 Edge crossovers because water can leak inside the cabin. ...

Rik Fregia

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Turning around a failing dealership by tripling sales and improving employee morale ...
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