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Ford Reveals Special 50th Anniversary Mustang

Maker celebrates pony car’s Golden Anniversary at NY Auto Show.

by on Apr.16, 2014

Ford Chairman Bill Ford stands beside the 50th anniversary Ford Mustang. Only 1,964 copies of the limited edition Mustang will be made.

It’s a big week for Ford as it celebrates the Golden Anniversary of that original pony car, the Mustang, which made its debut on April 17,1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

Ford is lighting the candles a day early with a birthday bash at the NY Auto Show but it’s also offering up something special for Mustang aficionados in the form of a 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang of which an appropriate 1,964 will be made.

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The special model is based on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT with the added Performance Pack, and comes with pretty much anything you can tick on the option list.  Despite soft sales in recent months, the new model – and the Limited Edition, in particular – could generate some serious enthusiasm.

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Ford, Toyota Continue Scrap over Small Car Sales

Japanese maker claims victory by just 906 Corollas.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Toyota is claiming the Corolla was the best-selling nameplate in the world in 2013.

The Battle of Worldwide Budget Sales continued today. Less than a week after Ford touted the Focus as the world’s best-selling nameplate, Toyota is saying not so fast.

The debate over the best-selling car in the world has gone back and for between Ford and Toyota for a few years now with Toyota claiming the Corolla has been the top dog. However, Ford has countered that Toyota pads its numbers with variants of the Corolla that really bear little resemblance to the maker’s entry-level model.

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However, this year may be different. (more…)

VW, Ford Enjoy Strong March Sales in China

Automakers post double-digit jumps last month.

by on Apr.14, 2014

The Ford Mondeo is a strong seller in China. Ford's March sales were up 28%.

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. continued to post strong sales in China for March and the first quarter of 2014.

Ford China heads into the Beijing Auto Show with record monthly sales of 103,815 vehicles, a 28% increase over March 2013. It was the first time Ford China sales topped the 100,000 monthly sales mark for the first time. Excellent March performance brought first quarter sales up by 45%, compared to the same period last year, according to Ford.

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“We’re pleased that China’s car buyers continue to choose Ford,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford China. “Our strong sales momentum demonstrates the success of our accelerated China growth plan and puts Ford in a great position as we get ready to showcase our full product lineup at the Beijing Auto Show.” (more…)

Ford Shows Off Ultra-Luxurious Transit Skyliner Van

A business jet on wheels.

by on Apr.11, 2014

The Ford Skyliner Transit concept is a custom luxury motor coach designed with Ford and built by Galpin Auto Sports provides immersive comfort and luxury

Think of it as a business jet on wheels.

Ford is showing off a version of its new Transit van that shows what it might be like to travel – or work – in style on the road. The concept, dubbed the Ford Transit Skyliner, is meant to suggest how one of the new vans could be modified.

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“Traveling in Transit Skyliner is an experience unlike any other” said Tim Stoehr, Ford manager for commercial truck marketing, in a statement. “You step into the vehicle and are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audiovisual environment.” (more…)

New Car Buyers Name Honda Best Overall Brand Again

Survey tabs Ford as Best Truck, Mercedes as Best Luxury brands.

by on Apr.09, 2014

On the strength of vehicles like the Accord, above, Honda captured the Best Overall Brand award in Kelley Blue Book's 2014 Brand Image Award survey.

For the second consecutive year, new car buyers voted Honda “Best Overall Brand” in Kelley Blue Book’s annual Brand Image Award study. The company also took the “Most Trusted Brand” honor for the third straight year.

Kelley Blue Book, also known as KBB, gives out awards in 13 categories. Among luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz was named the Best Overall Brand. Ford grabbed the Best Overall Brand award for trucks.

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“A brand is really built over the long haul through consumers’ experiences with its products, and Honda is committed to delivering class-leading vehicles that provide lasting enjoyment and value to our customers,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda automobile division for American Honda, in a statement. “Honda simply embraces the challenge of being a brand that people can trust.” (more…)

Ford Offers Look at 2015 Focus Sedan

Maker bills Focus as world’s best-seller - again - for 2013.

by on Apr.09, 2014

The new Ford Focus, which was introduced at the New York Auto Show, gets a more familial face with the 2015 update.

Ford is hoping to pull off a three-peat with its compact Focus model.  Laying claim to having the world’s best-selling passenger vehicle, the Detroit maker has pulled the covers off the updated Focus sedan it will launch later this year.

The 2015 Ford Focus will get a number of design changes, inside and out, along with a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost powertrain that should yield some of the best mileage numbers in the compact segment.  Also available for the next model-year will be a number of new or upgraded technical features, including the latest version of the Ford Sync infotainment system.

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And a number of options normally found on more expensive product lines, such as a heated steering wheel, also will be available for 2015.

“I think the customer will be very pleased with what we’re going to do” with the updated Focus, said Seema Bardwaj, the vehicle’s brand manager, during a background briefing at Ford headquarters in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

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Ford Recalling More Vehicles for Rust Problems

Maker bringing in nearly 400,000 Escapes.

by on Apr.07, 2014

Ford is recalling nearly 400,000 2001-2004 Escapes to deal with rust issues.

Ford joined the ranks of automakers battling a persistent issue through a series of recalls as the automaker is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles due to rust issues.

The vehicles are part of two separate actions. Ford recalled 385,750 model-year 2001-2004 Escape SUVs because a subframe could fail because of rust and impact the ability to steer. About 349,000 of those Escapes were sold in the U.S.

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Like General Motors, Toyota and Chrysler, Ford’s been battling an issue it cannot seem to resolve easily, in this case, rust on several of its older model vehicles. (more…)

Russian Auto Industry Could Be Hurt by Ukraine Crisis

Ford cuts jobs, production..

by on Apr.04, 2014

Workers on the line at the Ford plant in St. Petersburg, where 700 jobs are being cut.

The temperature might finally be warming up after the frigid Russian winter, but the country’s auto industry is suddenly feeling a big chill.

Russia has been the target of increasing sanctions in the wake of its disputed annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the threat that Russian President Vladimir Putin might send troops into the neighboring country in an expanded land grab.  That has led to a flood of capital leaving the country and signs that the crisis could strike hard the Russian economy.

The crisis is causing “uncertainty in the marketplace,” warns consulting firm Accenture.

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Ford sent a chilling signal this week when it announced plans to trim 950 jobs at its two Russian plants, including 700 full-timers at its primary facility in St. Petersburg – almost one in five of its employees in the country. The maker is blaming an already weak economy, as well as the weak Russian ruble, but observers warn that this could be just the first sign of a serious setback for the country’s auto industry – especially if the Ukrainian crisis drags on, or rose, escalates.

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2015 Mustang Gets New Safety, Handling Features

Ragtop version gets easier to close top.

by on Mar.31, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible gets an easier to close top for 2015.

Mustang owners and fans often think of the pony car as a high-powered beast that snarls as it prowls around town. However, the 2015 Mustang will come with several new safety features will also make it one of the safest sports cars on the road.

In addition to those new safety options, the convertible version gets a new, easier-to-fold top for the next year.

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Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said plans for the full-launch of the Mustang early in the fourth quarter are right on schedule. (more…)

Ford Gives Mulally a 10-Percent Raise in 2013

Most of company’s top executives also get increases.

by on Mar.28, 2014

Based on his 2013 compensation, Ford CEO Alan Mulally could buy a few 2015 Mustangs.

Ford Motor Co. boosted the compensation of chief executive officer Alan Mulally by approximately 10% in last year to $23,204,534 from the $20,955,806 he earned during 2012, according to the company annual proxy statement, which was filed with Securities Exchange Commission.

Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer, got a 20% bump in salary to $10.370,578, while executive chairman William Clay Ford Jr., took a pay cut as his salary dropped to $11,955,829 from $14,836,013. The drop was followed a $3.2 million drop in Ford’s deferred compensation, which fell to zero in 2013.

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Robert Shanks, Ford’s chief financial officer, saw his 2013 compensation also dropped by 20% to $4,089,621 as the deferred compensation fell to zero last year from $1.9 million in 2012. (more…)