April 11, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Reveals All-New Focus Sedan, Retains World’s Best-Selling Nameplate Title for 2013
  • Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Government's Highest Safety Rating
  • Ford Celebrates Official Opening of Macau Showroom
  • Outside Voices: (Reuters) Ford Mustang Turns 50 With No Hint of Mid-Life Crisis


Celebrating 50 Years

Ford is about to make history once again. On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Mustang turns 50!

On April 17, we will host an Employee and Retiree Mustang Celebration, including a Car Show with Mustangs from nearly every year of production.

What: Employee and Retiree Mustang Celebration and Car Show
When: April 17 from Noon to 2 p.m.
Where: World Headquarters South Lot - Visitor's Lot [parking will be available in Lot #5 on the east side of the building and in Lot #6 in front of Ford Credit]

You may bring up to three guests [a total of 4 attendees including yourself] to the celebration.

During the event we will have Mustang Maniacs asking attendees trivia questions [click here to get the answers] for some cool souvenirs. Also, for the brave attendees who get on stage to sing "Mustang Sally" [click here for the lyrics] may get some souvenirs as well.

Click the button below to register!


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Mustang Birthday Card
Make History With Mustang
50 years ago we met America's favorite pony – the Ford Mustang. So it's only right that we honor the Mustang with an over-the-top birthday wish. Help us make history with Guinness World Records by reaching 50,000 signatures.

Click here to sign the card.

Top Stories
Ford Focus
Ford Reveals All-New Focus Sedan, Retains World’s Best-Selling Nameplate Title for 2013

Ford Focus retains its title as world's best-selling vehicle nameplate for 2013, according to Ford analysis of the just-released full-year Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Government's Highest Safety Rating

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s highest possible overall rating.

To read the full article, click here.

From Acid Baths to Power Hop Hill, 10 Ways Ford Torture-Tested the 2015 F-150

The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has already scaled the highest points of the Continental Divide and experienced the most extreme weather conditions as Ford has set out to engineer its toughest truck yet.

To read the full article, click here.

Mark Fields
Ford, United Way: Partnership Provides Vital Assistance Throughout Southeast Michigan

Both Ford and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan have worked to aid and improve communities within the greater Detroit area for decades.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Macau showroom
Ford Celebrates Official Opening of Macau Showroom

On April 8, Ford Motor Company celebrated the grand opening of its newly-upgraded, authorized Ford dealership in Macau, which was launched in partnership with Winson Motors (Macau) Limited.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Tourneo
All-New Ford Tourneo Courier Combines Best-in-Class Fuel Efficiency, Space and Exclusive Safety Features

The all-new Ford Tourneo Courier will offer growing families and urban motorists with active lifestyles best-in-class fuel efficiency, space and exclusive safety features when it is delivered to the first customers in spring 2014.

To read the full article, click here

Camašari Engine Plantt
Ford Opens New Engine Plant in Brazil to Produce the Advanced 1.0-liter Three-Cylinder TiVCT Flex Fuel Engine

Ford opened its new Camašari Engine Plant to produce the 1.0-liter three-cylinder TiVCT Flex Fuel engine, an entirely new family of three cylinder engines with advanced technology for the compact car segment.

To read the full article, click here.


Video Corner

Mustang Memories
Mustang Memories Countdown

As we get closer to the 50 years celebration of Ford Mustang, @Ford had the opportunity to sit down and chat with employees, club members and retirees about their memories around the iconic pony car.

Click here to see their responses.


Outside Voices
Ford Mustang Turns 50 With No Hint of Mid-Life Crisis
(Reuters) Next week's 50th anniversary of the first Ford Mustang evokes a long-ago day when new cars could generate as much excitement, at least in America, as new iPads. To read the full article, click here.

GM Raises Recall Charge to $1.3 Billion, Adds Lock Cylinder to Part Replacement
(Automotive News) GM said it now expects to take a U.S.$1.3 billion charge in the first quarter related to its ignition-switch recall, as it expanded the scope of the recall to fix a problem that has caused some drivers' keys to fall out of the ignitions while their cars are on. To read the full article, click here.

Jeep Shows Latest Off-Road Concepts for Moab Jeep Safari
(Detroit Free Press) Jeep unveiled six new concept vehicles Thursday for the 48th annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari at Chrysler's headquarters in Auburn Hills. To read the full article, click here.

Inside and Out, New Vans Deliver
(The Detroit News) Believe it or not, vans can be fun. With automakers upgrading the visual and practical appeal of their passenger and commercial vans, consumers with big families and small business owners are in for a treat. To read the full article, click here.


Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

East Concourse (between the cafeteria and auditorium) Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets
Kings Island Tickets
Golf Michigan Play Books
Travel Cruises and Resorts

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.


Directory Information
Phone numbers and email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.

Retiree Club Info
Retiree Club Information Now Online


A complete list of retiree club information and group meetings has been relocated to an @Ford Online web page.

Click here to check out the listing of retiree clubs and groups, as well as upcoming meeting dates shared with the Blue Oval Connect team.

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