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Ford Halting All F-150 Production, Some Super Duty Trucks, in Wake of Fire

“A fluid situation,” but 7,600 workers already idled.

by on May.09, 2018

The shutdown happens just as Ford hoped to boost F-150 demand with the addition of a new diesel model.

Hours after a top official warned of a “fluid situation,” Ford Motor Co. said it is shutting off the tap on its most profitable and popular product line, its F-150 pickup.

The move follows a fire at a Michigan plant producing critical components for the truck. The incident also impacts some production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Mercedes-Benz. But Ford appears to be the hardest hit, especially considering the booming demand for its full-size pickup which has been the nation’s best-selling motor vehicle for decades, nearly 900,000 F-150s sold last year.

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Ford temporarily laid off workers at its truck plant in Kansas City earlier this week and Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president of Global Operations, said early Wednesday that the automaker faced a “fluid situation” as it struggled to find an alternative source for the magnesium radiator supports used in its F-150 line-up. Hours later, the automaker also said it would idle the Dearborn Truck Plant near its suburban Detroit headquarters.

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Buh-Bye Camry; Pickups, SUVs Now Own Top Sales Spots

Toyota's mainstay sedan didn't even crack the Top 5.

by on Jan.05, 2018

Despite giving the Camry a stylish makeover the sedan continued to lose momentum last year.

If anyone still questions the way light trucks have come to dominate the U.S. automotive market you only need look at the 2017 sales charts to see how passenger cars are on virtual life support these days.

Perhaps the most significant development finds that the Toyota RAV4 last year outsold the Camry for the first time ever. And so did the Nissan Rogue.

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The overall numbers for 2017 weren’t good, the U.S. market posting its first decline since the end of the Great Recession. And demand likely would have dipped more than the modest 5% if it weren’t for the strong, late-year surge as motorists in Florida and Texas raced to replace vehicles destroyed during the summer’s devastating hurricanes.

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More Power, Better Mileage, More Features – Ford Wants to Expand F-Series’ Lead

Add some subtle design tweaks for 2018.

by on Aug.14, 2017

The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a slew up updates under the hood and on the outside.

If you’re a fan of Ford’s F-150 you’ll quickly spot some changes for 2018, starting with the new “C-Clamp” headlights and updated grille and taillamps.

But that’s just where things start for the upcoming model-year, according to the Detroit automaker. The new F-Series line-up will get a big boost in power on two of its five powertrain options, while increasing fuel economy across the board. There are also an array of new and updated features that, Ford is betting, will help keep momentum building as it gains market share at the expense of key competitors Chevrolet and Ram.

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“The 2018 F-Series is even tougher, even smart, even more capable,” boasted Todd Eckert, Ford’s truck marketing manager, during a background media briefing on the updates to what has been, for four decades, the best-selling pickup on the U.S. market. (more…)

Spy Shots: Ford Expedition Goes Aluminum

New full-size ute to share lightweight F-Series underpinnings.

by on Dec.14, 2016

The new Ford Expedition should shed 100s of pounds switching to an aluminum-intensive body.

In some instances, what you don’t see can be more interesting than what the eye initially sees. And that’s the case with these spy shots of the next-generation Ford Expedition.

Ford will be giving options to those who want big and bigger, as the 2018 Expedition will come in two different sizes when it’s launched next year. And, yes, the big SUV will have more curves in its body design and window shape.

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But the most significant change will come with the shift in sheet metal. Like the Ford F-150 and, for 2017, the Ford Super Duty pickups, the Expedition is migrating to lightweight aluminum for much of the body, as well as some chassis components.

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For Mercedes-Benz “X-Class” Marks the Spot

U.S. version of concept pickup “under consideration.”

by on Oct.25, 2016

The underlying platform for the X-Class comes from Nissan, everything else is pure Mercedes.

With a little help from its friends, Mercedes-Benz is about to get into the pickup truck business.

At a news conference in Sweden on Tuesday, the German automaker pulled the wraps off the Concept X-Class, a thinly disguised version of the truck it will put into production late next year. The truck will initially be offered in Europe and Australia, as well as parts of Africa and South America. But the maker dropped hints it may reverse its previous position and eventually bring the X-Class to the U.S., as well.

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“With the Mercedes-Benz pickup, we will close one of the last gaps in our portfolio,” declared Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and had of its Mercedes-Benz brand, during the Stockholm preview.

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Ford Boosting the (Horsepower and Gear) Numbers for 2017 F-150

New 10-speed gearbox developed in joint venture with GM.

by on May.05, 2016

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

Ford is playing it by the numbers as it gets ready to roll out the updated, 2017 F-150 pickup.

The full-size truck, the most popular version of the comprehensive Ford F-Series line-up, has undergone a number of big changes over the last two years, starting with its switch to a lighter, “aluminum-intensive” body. It’s also gotten an assortment of downsized engines, including a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that was already one of the F-150’s toughest haulers. But the twin-turbo package will get a 30 pound-feet bump for 2017, even as it delivers better fuel economy.

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A key to the mileage increase is the launch of an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. That new gearbox was developed as part of an unusual partnership between Ford and erstwhile rival General Motors. Expect to see it roll out on a variety of Ford and GM products over the next several years.

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Ford Posts Profit, Operating Margin Records

“Essentially everything has improved,” says CFO Shanks.

by on Apr.28, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields has been trying to shift Ford to focus on broader "mobility" opportunities.

Ford handily outperformed expectations as it delivered record net profits and operating income for the first quarter of the year on Thursday.

Net income jumped 113% to $2.45 billion for the January-to-March quarter, or 61 cents a diluted share. A year ago, Ford’s net totaled $1.3 billion, or 29 cents a share. Excluding one-time items, Ford earned 68 cents a share compared to a Wall Street forecast averaging 48 cents.

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“Essentially everything has improved,” said Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks, who also said Ford expects 2016 overall to meet or exceed the company’s strong performance last year.

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Feds Investigating 420,000 Ford F-150 Pickups for Brake Problems

Some owners report complete brake failures.

by on Mar.04, 2016

A 2014 Ford F-150.

A slew of complaints has triggered an investigation into possible brake failure problems on Ford Motor Co.’s popular F-150 pickup.

The investigation is targeting about 420,000 of the trucks produced during the 2013 and 2014 model-year. The problem specifically appears to involved F-150 models using the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, according to a new post on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

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It is unclear why the investigation is targeting that specific model, as Ford says the same braking system is used on a variety of other F-150 models. The F-150 is the light duty version of the Ford F-Series. That has routinely been ranked both America’s best-selling truck and the best-selling vehicle overall.

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Ford F-150 Named Green Truck of the Year

Ram ProMaster City named Commercial Green Car.

by on Nov.23, 2015

Ford scored by adding a CNG and propane option for the 2016 version of the F-150.

The Ford F-150 pickup has been named the Green Truck of the Year, while the Ram ProMaster City has been declared the Commercial Green Car of the Year.

You might find it difficult to use the words, “green,” and “pickup truck” in the same sentence, but manufacturers have been striving to make even the biggest vehicles on the road more environmentally friendly, as reflected in a pair of new awards.

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“Over the past few decades, new car models have benefitted from design and technology improvements that have brought higher fuel efficiency and greater levels of environmental compatibility,” said Ron Cogan, publisher of Green Car Journal, which hands out the annual awards. “We’re witnessing the pickup and light commercial vehicle field enjoying the same attention.”

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Ford Earnings Up 128% But Miss Wall Street Target

Investors wary despite strong numbers.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Ford's F-150 proved the heavy lifter, helping drive a triple-digit jump in Q3 net earnings.

(The story has been updated to revise the increase in pre-tax earnings.)

Ford Motor Co., riding high on North American demand for pickups and SUVs, saw pre-tax third-quarter profits more than double – but the maker nonetheless disappointed Wall Street by falling short of analysts’ expectations for even more.

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford earned $2.7 billion before taxes, and 128% year-over-year increase. But net earnings were up an even more dramatic 129%, to $1.9 billion, or 48 cents per share compared with 27 cents during the third quarter of 2014.

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“We’re on a really, really strong track,” declared Bob Shanks, Ford’s Chief Financial Officer. (more…)