Ford

Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time

6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. It would be the first time since the UAW agreed to two-tier wages in 2007 that any of the union's members have been moved up to the higher pay scale....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford's new F-150 and Transit face tough scrutiny from pundits, competitors

1:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Ford now has two risky new high-profile vehicles on sale -- the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup and the new Euro-styled Transit cargo van -- so pundits and competitors naturally are looking for weaknesses. And they found a few this week....
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Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz

7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. CFO Bob Shanks predicted "a lot of strong growth numbers from Ford in 2015."...
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Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls....
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Auto industry drives comeback in aluminum prices

6:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
At a time when other commodities are slumping, aluminum is making a comeback as automakers under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars increase their use of the lightweight metal....
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Dana sells Venezuelan unit amid exchange rate trouble

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
As Venezuela’s automotive industry continues to falter amid exchange rate problems, powertrain supplier Dana Holding today said that it has sold its Venezuelan unit, CA Danaven....
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Ford again wins customer-loyalty title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Ford Motor Co. retained the crown in the 2014 model year for most-loyal customers, while Maserati won top honors for conquests, according to the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards....
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Auto writers go ga-ga for the Ford GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Hardly ever (let's back up, never) can we recall a car getting such a warm auto show welcome as the Ford GT, the surprise stunner at the 2015 Detroit extravaganza. Auto writers were left gasping for air....
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Reputation.com managing online reputation for Ford dealers

6:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Ford dealers have a new vendor for managing their reputation management and an opportunity, perhaps as early as this summer, to get discounted prices for customer relationship management services. Stacey Coopes, CEO of FordDirect, said the company switched in July from Digital Air Strike to Reputation.com as the reputation management vendor offered to Ford's 3,000 dealerships....
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Lincoln, counting on Black Label for conquests, to expand program to more states

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Lincoln’s new Black Label program, which offers customized themes and an elite level of customer service, is helping the brand make conquest sales and will expand to dealerships in more states in the second half of 2015, executives with the brand said Saturday....
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Ford dealers want U.S. market share back

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Ford's new sales chiefs aim to recapture the 1 point of U.S. market share that the brand gave up in the past year. After launching 14 North American vehicles in 2014, the brand will begin realizing the benefits of those in the year ahead, said Stephen Odell, who took over this month as Ford's executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service....
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DAN MARKS, LINCOLN NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

McConaughey spots, MKC fuel Lincoln optimism

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
2014 not only halted Lincoln's three-year streak of declining sales, it produced the brand's biggest year-over-year gain since 1997. Libertyville Lincoln owner Dan Marks, who became chairman of the Lincoln National Dealer Council in July, attributes that to two big reasons: the MKC and Matthew McConaughey....
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How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year....
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DAVE VERSICAL

North of U.S. border, big dealer groups emerge on 2 fronts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
The United States generates far more new-vehicle sales than its northern neighbor, but Canada is looking more like America in one area: Dealer groups are getting bigger....
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Congrats, dealers!

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Ford's Salute to Dealers reception honored six dealers for dedication to their communities....
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Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship....
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Ford takes charge of $800 million on Venezuelan currency

9:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Ford said it will take a one-time pretax charge of $800 million in its fourth quarter results because the inability to exchange US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars has restricted operations in the South American country....
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S....
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Ford cites 6 dealers for efforts in community service

11:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Ford Motor Co. has honored six auto dealers for dedication to their communities. Ford’s Salute to Dealers, conducted under the guidance of Edsel Ford II, a member of Ford’s board, was held here Thursday....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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A Ford Quick Lane sized for Texas

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
On a clear day, you can see Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube and Firestone service shops from Planet Ford-Lincoln in Spring, Texas. Still, the dealership is building the largest Ford Motor Co. Quick Lane operation, with 28 lanes. While oil change intervals may be getting longer, dealership managers firmly believe fast oil changes can be the key to retaining service customers....
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BRIAN GODFREY, FORD NATIONAL DEALER COUNCIL

New leadership, fresh lineup and upbeat outlook for '15

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Ford Motor Co. is coming off a year of big changes. Its widely revered CEO, Alan Mulally, stepped down, leaving Mark Fields in charge. It launched 23 products around the world in 2014, including the closely watched changeover of its most important nameplate, the F-150, to an aluminum body. But Brian Godfrey says one thing dealers don't want to change is the successful formula that has been producing big sales and profits....
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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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Tom Kowaleski, PR mastermind for Chrysler, dies at 63

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Tom Kowaleski, who held key communications jobs for Chrysler, GM, BMW and most recently, Lincoln, died Tuesday. He is best remembered for being one of the masterminds behind the wildly successful Chrysler press conferences in the 1990s....
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Audi to sit out Super Bowl for first time in 7 years

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
Volkswagen's Audi brand, for the first time in seven years, isn't advertising during the Super Bowl this year, a spokesman confirmed today. The news comes a day after a Ford spokeswoman said the Ford and Lincoln brands wouldn't participate either....
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