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New Trump Lashes Out Ford for Mexico Plans

Bill Ford's efforts to curb false narrative for naught.

by on Oct.21, 2016

Donald Trump's son, Eric, is picking up where his father left off by implying Ford is moving all manufacturing jobs to Mexico.

Ford just can’t seem to escape the fallout from the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump, who has repeatedly attacked the automaker claiming it is moving jobs to Mexico.

Now Eric Trump, Trump’s second son and one of the GOP candidates top campaign surrogates, is going after Ford for its plan to shift small-car production to Mexico.

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Top Ford executives have tried everything from tweets, television interviews, statement from the public relations staff and even a face to face meeting with executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr. to dissuade the Republican candidate from using the automaker in his campaign broadsides. (more…)

Canadian Union Sets Deadline for Ford Negotiations

Unifor facing tougher battle this time around.

by on Oct.18, 2016

Union leaders at Ford's Oakville, Ontario, plant are already saying that the pattern agreement with GM and FCA will get voted down at the facility.

With contracts with General Motors and Fiat Chrysler complete, Unifor, the union that represents Canadian auto workers, now turns its focus to negotiations with Ford Motor Co.

The union has set a deadline of Oct. 31, and tension about the two-tier wage system that was left basically intact in the in the new four-year contracts with GM and FCA.

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Unifor President Jerry Dias has said that securing investment for the two Windsor engine plants will be the key to the talks. The Windsor engine plant, which employs 1,400, needs a longer term commitment of new product to stay open, says Chris Taylor, Local 200 president, who chairs the union’s Ford master bargaining committee. (more…)

Ford Takes the Hit, But GM, Other Automakers Continue Expanding in Mexico

Trump’s tirade forcing makers to be more cautious about discussing plans.

by on Oct.17, 2016

CEO Bill Ford met with Donald Trump to discuss his attacks on Ford Motor Co.

Even as Ford Motor Co. has been forced to repeatedly defend its plans to move small car production from the U.S. to Mexico, a Who’s Who list of other automakers is set to expand operations of their own South of the Border.

An all-new Audi plant went into production at the end of September, while Nissan is set to begin producing Infiniti models at a plant it will eventually share with Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz brand. General Motors, meanwhile, is investing $800 million in its own small car operations in Mexico, including a retooled plant in San Luis Potosi.

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While the Audi and Infiniti/Mercedes operations show that Mexico is now attracting high-end manufacturers, much of the focus remains on small car production where low labor costs are critical to profitability. (more…)

Ford Super Duty Takes Truck of Texas Title

Nissan, Volvo also nab Lone Star honors.

by on Oct.12, 2016

Ford captured this year's "Truck of Texas" title at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo.

Each fall, truckmakers form a wagon train and trek to the Lone Star State for the annual Texas Truck Rodeo in the hopes of being named “Truck of Texas.”

There may be no truck-focused award that carries more prestige than this one, rooted in the heart of truck country, Texas, which is also known as The Truck State. Makers bring dozens of vehicles to show off, but in the end there is but one winner of the big prize.

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The 2017 Truck of Texas is the 2017 Ford Super Duty, as voted by more than 70 journalists. (more…)

Ford Enjoys 24% Sales Leap in China

Lincoln sets new full-year sales record.

by on Oct.11, 2016

Sales of Ford SUVs, like Everest, pushed the maker to a 24% sales jump in September.

Ford Motor Co. sales in China jumped 24% in September due to the demand for its growing line-up of sport-utility vehicles.

The results mirror that of its competitor General Motors, which reported an increase of 16% last month, based largely on its large luxury sedans and SUVs.

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Through the first nine months, Ford has sold 879,559 vehicles: An increase of 11%. However, when you separate out its utility vehicle sales, the company’s strength becomes clear. (more…)

Ford Puts Mustang Production on Hold – But Move Could Hurt Continental Launch

New luxury sedan also faces first recall.

by on Oct.11, 2016

Mustangs won't roll down the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant line for a while as Ford looks to reduce bloated inventory levels.

Two years after launching an all-new, 50th anniversary Mustang, Ford Motor Co. is putting production of the pony car on temporary hold as sales slide and inventories mount.

Mustang sales have fallen sharply this year, and tumbled 32% in September compared to year-ago levels. Competition has been one of the key factors, demand for the Ford muscle car hurt by the launch of an even newer Chevrolet Camaro. But both models – as well as the rival Dodge Challenger – have been feeling the impact of shifting market trends from passenger cars to SUVs and other light trucks.

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While the week-long closure of the Flat Rock, Michigan, plant will help bring bloated Mustang inventories in line, analyst David Sullivan said the move will have an “unfortunate” side effect, halting the slow ramp-up of production of the new Lincoln Continental, the new flagship of Ford’s luxury brand. (more…)

Ford the Latest to Abandon Australian Manufacturing

GM, Toyota set to follow in 2017, as Aussie auto industry shuts down.

by on Oct.10, 2016

Ford's last XR6 rolled off the line at the company's Broadmeadows plant, marking the end of Ford production in Australia.

After a 91-year run, Ford Motor Co. has shut down its Australian automotive manufacturing operations. But it won’t be the last. General Motors and Toyota also plan to end production “Down Under” next year, effectively shutting down the once-vibrant Australian automotive industry.

The closures are expected to leave thousands of once well-paid workers without jobs and could have a significant impact on the Australian auto industry. But the phase-out of automotive manufacturing has been seen as inevitable, especially with the government backing out of its previous policy of offering automakers generous incentives to keep their plants open.

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“Today is an emotional day for the entire team of Ford Australia,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO of Ford’s Australian subsidiary, as the last Falcon XR6 rolled off the line at the Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne. (more…)

10 Speeds, 11% Mileage Gain for F-150

2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5-liter EcoBoost to get 20 mpg.

by on Oct.06, 2016

Ford's new 10-speed transmission is likely to be very appealing to new truck buyers.

Ford Motor Co.’s costly program to develop the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission is beginning to pay off, especially for shoppers looking to buy the maker’s 2017 F-150 pickup.

Ford says the gearbox will help it yield an 11% increase in mileage on four-wheel-drive models using Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 turbo engine. The 2017 F-150 package will yield an average 20 miles per gallon in the EPA’s Combined cycle, up from 18 mpg with the 2016 pickup.

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The new 10-speed was jointly developed by Ford and General Motors and the transmission will eventually be added to a wide variety of different products in each of their line-ups. GM’s first application will come with next year’s launch of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. (more…)

Ford, Trump Aim for Truce

GOP candidate and Ford Chairman hold private meeting to discuss “infuriating” attacks.

by on Oct.05, 2016

Chairman Bill Ford met with Donald Trump to discuss his attacks on Ford Motor Co.

There could be a truce in the ongoing battle between GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Ford Motor Co.

The controversial Republican has generated headlines for months by attacking Ford’s plans to move small car production out of the U.S., leading the automaker to fire back in a series of tweets during the recent presidential debate.

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The company’s chairman and great-grandson of Henry Ford subsequently met with Trump to discuss the company’s plans and what he described as the “infuriating” attacks on the automaker. (more…)

UAW Official Confirms Return of Bronco, Ranger

New trucks to replace small car production at Michigan plant.

by on Oct.05, 2016

Could this Ford Bronco concept shown a decade ago could serve as a template for a new SUV.

Ford will bring back two old light truck nameplates sometime in 2018, according to a union official representing the Michigan plant where the Bronco SUV and Ranger pickup will be produced.

The two models will go into a suburban Detroit plant that has been producing some of Ford’s smaller passenger car lines. The Focus sedan and C-Max people-mover will move to Mexico, a plan that triggered a tirade by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. His campaign has not responded to a request for comment on the latest development.

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Ford has repeatedly said it would find new work for the Michigan Assembly Plant in the suburb of Wayne, but not what would go there. It turns out union leaders have known about the replacement products for some time. (more…)