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Ford Hopes to Gain the Edge at SEMA

Three concepts based on Edge CUV to make Las Vegas debut.

by on Oct.09, 2015

Ford Edge Ignition gets a dynamic red and black paint job and enough power upgrades to make you wonder if it's not really a Mustang.

Though it may be closed to the general public, the SEMA Show in Las Vegas has become a major showcase for the auto industry, mainstream and luxury manufacturers frequently using the annual event to reveal some of their more extreme concept vehicles.

Ford, for one, will be there in force this year, showing off more than 50 different vehicles – including three distinctive takes on its popular Edge crossover, as well as some distinctively modified versions of the 2016 Ford Explorer Sport.

Pushing Boundaries!

They range from modest styling updates to some seriously bad-ass performance packages developed by Ford and some of the market’s hottest aftermarket parts companies and tuners. (more…)

UAW Workers Reject Fiat Chrysler Contract

Strike could be looming for both FCA and for Ford.

by on Oct.01, 2015

FCA CEO Marchionne and UAW Pres. Williams were all smiles as they began contract talks.

A strike could be looming in the near future for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, now that 40,000 workers represented by the United Auto Workers Union have rejected the carmaker’s tentative contract.

The UAW announced the results after the last major FCA assembly plant, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, turned thumbs down on the controversial agreement, which had generated widespread criticism by union activists. Almost 70% of the workers in Sterling Heights rejected the four-year proposal, according to a website run by the union local.

The Full Story!

The announcement comes as a major setback for UAW leaders, especially new President Dennis Williams who was overseeing his first round of national contract talks. The question now is whether the UAW can go back and renegotiate improvements to the agreement without a confrontation. Going into this year’s auto talks, Williams had said he would be willing to strike, if necessary, but said he would consider that possibility a “failure.”


Ford Faces Strike Deadline at Key Plant

Kansas City truck plant ready to walk.

by on Sep.30, 2015

Talks between the UAW and Ford just got a little tenser as the union informed the automaker it plans to strike if key issues don't get resolved next week.

The United Auto Workers has targeted the one of Ford Motor Co.’s key assembly plants in Kansas City, Missouri, for a strike if bargaining doesn’t resolve key issues by early next week.

The Kansas City plant builds a number of variations of Ford’s F-150 pickup trucks, which is one of the most profitable vehicles built by the company in the United States. After a slow start, production of the new, aluminum F-150 is running at top speed now and a strike would quickly reduce inventories of new vehicles.

Union News!

Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president in charge of negotiations with Ford, said the company had left the union with little choice but to intensify the dispute in a bid for a fair and acceptable agreement. The strike warning should not have any impact on the other negotiations at Ford, including the ongoing discussion for a new master agreement covering wages and benefits. (more…)

Chevrolet Debuts 2016 Silverado Full-Size Pickup

Best truck battle moves to State Fair of Texas.

by on Sep.24, 2015

Chevrolet is heating up the truck wars again, but this time with a new product: the 2016 Silverado debuted in Texas.

For months now the rivalry between top truck dogs – Ford and Chevy – has been limited to snarky ads about preferences between aluminum and steel. Now there is a new angle: product, as Chevy rolled out its redesigned 2016 Silverado.

The new truck, and its sister pickup, the GMC Sierra, get substantive makeovers for the new model year, and unlike many new model intros, the new vehicles will be available in short order.

Product News!

It marks the first real change since 2013 for the full-size offerings from General Motors. The biggest difference in the new model stares you right in the fact as the maker has redesigned the front end of the truck, giving it a brawnier look and feel: a trend among most of the new trucks these days. (more…)

Lightweight Aluminum for New Ford Super Duty

Ford cuts weight, adds features, capabilities to heavy-duty trucks.

by on Sep.24, 2015

Ford's F-Series Super Duty follows the smaller F-150 in switching to an aluminum body.

Ford is cutting some of the mass, but increasing the capabilities, of its biggest trucks, the 2017 F-Series Super Duty.

Officially making a debut at the State Fair of Texas today, the heavy-duty models follow the more mainstream Ford F-150 model in switching from traditional steel to a lightweight aluminum body. That’s something Ford says will reduce the weight of the trucks by as much as 350 pounds. At the same time, the maker beefed up the towing and cargo capacity of the Super Duty models, it said.

Your New Product HQ!

“There’s more change to this story than there was with the F-150” which went on sale for the 2015 model-year, explained Doug Scott, F-Series marketing manager, during a background briefing attended.


Ford Fills in the Performance Blanks on New Focus RS

A clue? It’s quick.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Ford had only promised to deliver "well in excess of 315 hp" when first showing the Focus RS.

Seven months after it first lifted the covers off the new Focus RS, Ford is finally revealing the hot hatch’s performance numbers. And they suggest the high-performance model could get the best of its competition.

Entering a fast-growing segment filled with the likes of the VW Golf R and Subaru WRX STI, the new Ford Focus RS is the Detroit maker’s most aggressive pitch yet to the hip, young performance fans who often influence more mainstream buyers. And it highlights the launch of an all-new Ford Performance division late last year.

Pushing the Limits!

“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for `the first time,” including those in the U.S., said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”


Ford Goes Wild(track) With Updated Ranger

Could move signal return of the midsize pickup to US?

by on Sep.14, 2015

The Ford Ranger Wildtrack bumps the midsize pickup into a higher level of refinement.

Ford is going wild as it prepares to launch an updated version of its midsize Ranger pickup in Europe. Make that Wildtrack, a new version of the truck making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

The unveiling in Europe further bolsters hopes that the Detroit maker will finally move ahead on long-rumored plans to bring the Ranger back to the American market, filling a yawning gap left wide open when it killed off the old, U.S.-made Ranger a few years back.


“With the stunning new Wildtrak at the pinnacle of the line-up, the new Ford Ranger provides customers with an unbeatable combination of four-wheel drive capability, stand-out styling and premium features like SYNC 2 connectivity,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Ranger is ready for any challenge – offering optimised fuel efficiency, towing and payload capacity, and class-leading wading capability.”


Toyota Only the Latest to Dream of Launching a Flying Car

Patent application shows unique approach to fold-away wings.

by on Sep.11, 2015

A patent application showing Toyota's "aerocar" concept with its foldaway wings.

Wouldn’t it be great to fly home after a long day’s work – quite literally taking to the air rather than getting stuck in a traffic jam? That’s a fantasy nearly as old as the auto industry itself, and now, it seems, Japanese giant Toyota Motor Co. may be working up plans to develop a flying automobile, at least according to a recent patent filing.

How serious Toyota is about building a flying car the company isn’t saying, but it wouldn’t be nearly the first to give the idea a try. Industry pioneer Henry Ford was an early proponent, abandoning the idea of a flying version of his Model T only after the fatal crash of a friend and chief co-pilot. Meanwhile, a group of MIT grads has already begun testing their own flying car concept even as a Defense Department research group explores the idea of sending soldiers into battle on a flying motorcycle.

The Last Word!

Forget Blade Runner, or the Jetsons, for that matter. Few expect to see a world in which commuters routinely take to the air anytime soon. But proponents believe that at least some well-heeled motorists could leapfrog traffic in the not-too-distant future.


Ford Recalling Ranger Pickup for Duty in US

Ford expected to respond to growing demand for midsize pickups.

by on Aug.26, 2015

Ford would need to make major changes to the global Ranger for the U.S. market.

Ford may be ready to do an about face and return to the American midsize passenger car market. After repeatedly insisting that buyers were more interested in full-sized trucks like the company’s big F-150, Ford is reportedly preparing a U.S. version of the midsize Ranger model it launched overseas two years ago.

The move appears to be triggered by the unexpectedly strong response to the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models General Motors launched last year. Ford abandoned the segment in 2011 when it stopped production of the older version of its Ranger. It has frequently said the new model was not intended for the North American market, but a revised version is apparently under development.

The Back Story!

The move not only could fill a big hole in Ford’s otherwise strong and profitable line-up but also solve a political problem for the carmaker as it races to reach a settlement with the United Auto Workers. The two sides have until September 14th to reach a new four-year contract, and a potential sticking point was Ford’s earlier announcement it would end production in Michigan of two compact models. The same plant now appears likely to handle the new Ranger.


Ford Faces SEC Probe over Possible Russian Bribes

Agency joining forces with German authorities.

by on Aug.19, 2015

Ford is being investigated by German and U.S. regulators over charges the automaker bribed Russian customs officials.

German authorities and U.S. regulators are investigating allegations that representatives of the Ford Motor Co. participated in an illicit bribery scheme in Russia, according to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is helping German prosecutors to investigate the alleged payment of bribes by Ford to speed the passage of containers through Russian customs, a source at the U.S. carmaker told the newspaper. Bribes of foreign officials by U.S. companies are explicitly outlawed and can lead to severe penalties.

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Ford and Schenker, the freight business of state-owned German rail company Deutsche Bahn, have been under investigation by German authorities since 2013 over suspected bribery and other offenses related to the busy Russian port of St. Petersburg. (more…)