Ford Motor Company
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News from Ford of Europe of a brand-new, Euro VI-compliant diesel engine line drew most eyeballs of all just-auto stories this week....
Ford’s decision in January to pull out of Japan and Indonesia, two major automotive markets in Asia, by the end of the year took the rest of...
We scored a rare treat this week while attending the Detroit show and associated events in what I am told was a "really cold" Michigan this week. I guess I fluked my one visit to Motown's big do several years ago when I enjoyed crystal clear skies and temperatures mild enough to sit outside and enjoy the sun while waving to the residents of Windsor across the river and discovering it is possible for Canada to be south of the US. In places.
The global automotive industry stands on the brink of unprecedented change due to the impact of eight discrete megatrends, according to a new report from just-auto.
Not unsurprisingly, given just-auto's audience, news from the supplier sector generated the most interest from readers this week. Topping the bill was news Corning's Gorilla Glass would be used for the windscreen and rear window/engine cover of the 2016 edition of Ford's delectable GT. The words gorilla and glass should ring a bell with many - it's also used on higher end smartphones and tablets as it often survives even cracking when said gadgets are accidentally dropped and its scratch-resistant properties keep screens looking box-fresh new longer, too.
Engines are expensive items for an automaker to develop and, after sharing some powertrains with former owner Ford, Volvo, under new Chinese owner Geely, developed its own Drive-E engine range. The engines, which are all built with a maximum capacity of two litres and four cylinders, offer lower weight, size and complexity, all resulting in lower emissions, lower fuel consumption and greater driveability.
Ford’s Fields tells just auto he wants to revolutionise the automotive customer experience.
Ford's former Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas has told just-auto that he believes the challenges faced by the auto industry currently put it at a pivotal stage and those firms who fail to embrace the emerging mega-trends will lose out.
Xerox company, PARC, has unveiled its ‘Co-Extrusion (CoEx) for Cost Reduction of Advanced High-Energy-and-Power Battery Electrode Manufacturing’ project funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Ford Motor Company on Thursday (28 April) announced a record quarterly pre-tax profit of US$3.8bn for the first quarter of 2016, up $2.1bn; net income up 113% to $2.5bn, up $1.3bn and after-tax earnings per share of $0.68, excluding special items, up $0.39 year on year. Automotive operating-related cash flow of $2.7bn was also a first quarter record.
Google, Ford, Volvo and the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are forming a coalition to push for federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market.
Ford has announced its first new 'EcoBlue' advanced diesel engine which, it said, would "offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using sophisticated technologies and innovative design". The new engine line supplements the automaker's established EcoBoost petrol engines and will be used in a wide range of future passenger cars and commercial vehicles, with power outputs ranging from 100PS to 240PS.
Ford CEO Mark Fields has said that Ford is not interested in a tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), following reports that FCA chief CEO Sergio Marchionne sees Ford as one of a number of potential merger candidates.
Ford, which makes part of its latest F-series pickup trucks out of aluminium said it recycles as much as 20m pounds of stamping scrap each month using the closed-loop system at its Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the top-selling F-150 variants.
In its first year of global availability since the nameplate was launched in North America in 1964, Ford's Mustang has become the world’s best-selling sports coupe, the automaker claimed.
Ford says it achieved its best first quarter total vehicles sales in Europe since 2010 with sales across all of its 50 European markets at 401,200 vehicles – up 8.4% versus industry growth of 5.4%.
Ford Motor has announced plans to transform its Dearborn facilities into a "modern, green and high-tech campus to foster innovation and help drive the company’s transition to an auto and a mobility company".
Ford says it has tested a Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle with no headlights at night.
Ford said it would boost its competitiveness by spending US$1.6bn on a new small car plant in in San Luis Potosi state, Mexico.
Ford said it would spend R2.5bn (US$170m) to expand its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the redesigned Everest, an SV derivative of the redesigned Ranger pickup truck launched at the end of 2015.
March was a month of surprises. Analysts were surprised when Easter and spring break holidays played hob with their sales forecasts. General Motors might have been caught off guard when the fleet sales it tries so hard to avoid helped Ford leapfrog it into the top spot for March. Nissan set an all-time record and bumped American Honda down to sixth place among the major automakers.
Music streaming app Spotify is to joins McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and BP as a partner in the FordPass membership service that Ford is pitching to its customers and potential future customers.
Ford has announced it will spend up to EUR200m to build the EcoSport B-segment SUV at its Craiova assembly plant in Romania starting autumn 2017.
Production of the 2017 Escape - Kuga in other markets, and the first Ford vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - has started at the automaker's Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky.
Ford Motor executive chairman William Clay (Bill) Ford received a $2m salary, stock awards of $7.07m and various other payments totalling $12.9m, according to an SEC filing. President and CEO Mark Fields received a base salary of $1.75m, $12.1m in stock awards and a total 'compensation' package of $18.6m, down about $300,000 on 2014's pay.
US vehicle safety regulators announced on Thursday (17 March) 20 automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all US vehicles by 2022, a move that could prevent thousands of rear-end crashes annually.
Ford has created a new subsidiary called Ford Smart Mobility to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services. Jim Hackett, former Steelcase vice chairman and CEO, is leaving his position on the Ford board of directors to chair the new subsidiary.
There is strong evidence Indonesia will eventually replace Thailand as the main automotive production hub in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to Ipsos Business Consulting.
The new vehicle market in Vietnam continued to expand in February, by over 16% to 11,168 units from 9,604 units a year ago, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.
Ford China sold 63,350 vehicles in February, down 9% compared to February 2015. Year-to-date sales, however, were up 18% to 194,182.
'Make hay while the sun shines' is an old saying that underlines the importance of making the most of clement conditions while you can, for tomorrow, weather conditions may not be so favourable.
Interesting news today that Ford is significantly raising output of the Fiesta in Germany in Q1 (other models, too, but mainly Fiesta). The move prompts a number of thoughts.
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