April 12, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford President of The Americas Testifies Before Congress on the Importance of Manufacturing
  • Ford Announces New 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition
  • Go Further: Ford Spain Links with Dealers in Social Responsibility Program
  • Video Snack: Universal Garage Door Opener - Getting Started
  • Outside Voices: (NASCAR) Ford's Statement a Loud One Thus Far In 2013



Lump-Sum Offers Continue through 2013 for GRP Retirees, Former Employees

Through the end of the first quarter of 2013, three election periods were completed with approximately 43,000 retirees receiving their General Retirement Plan (GRP) lump-sum offers. Additionally, the surviving beneficiary election period began on March 1, 2013, and will continue through May 29, 2013. The remaining eligible retirees, surviving beneficiaries and alternate payees (those with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO) will receive their offers in separate election periods conducted through the end of 2013, beginning as early as May.

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Top Stories
Joe Hinrichs
Ford President of The Americas Testifies Before Congress on the Importance of Manufacturing

On April 10, 2013, Ford President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs provided testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. Below are the prepared remarks for that appearance.

To read the full article, click here.


1.5-Liter EcoBoost
Ford Launches New Fuel-Efficient 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Engine, Boosts Company's Global EcoBoost Capacity

In today's market, customers have fuel efficiency top of mind in their quest to purchase a new vehicle, which is what makes Ford Motor Company such a strong contender in their decision making.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Announces New 2014 F-150 SVT Raptor Special Edition

Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor, the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck, has a new Special Edition package customers can order that adds more unique touches to the hot-selling pickup.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford Delivers Best Hybrid Sales Quarter Ever as Fusion and C-MAX Hybrids Attract New Customers to Brand

Ford delivered its best hybrid sales quarter ever in the first quarter of 2013 with sales totaling 21,080 vehicles – marking the first time Ford has sold more than 20,000 hybrids in a quarter. Ford’s hybrid sales were up 324 percent nationally over 2012, achieving 16 percent share of the electrified vehicle market – up from 4 percent last year.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford and AIA
Ford, AIA Join Forces to Explore Overlapping Worlds of Automotive and Architectural Design

Sleekly fashioned from steel and glass and carefully designed from sustainable materials, today's buildings are judged on exterior aesthetics as much as interior function. They have much in common, then, with today's automobiles, designed to be sustainable, efficient high-tech works of art.

To read the full article, click here.


Lincoln Motor Company
Lincoln Looks to Deliver Quality throughout Total Ownership Experience

For Lincoln, Quality is more than just the sum of its working parts. Quality is a foundational element that can be seen throughout the entire ownership process – from parts on the car to dealership experiences.

To read the full article, click here.


Go Further
Ford of Spain
Go Further: Ford Spain Links with Dealers in Social Responsibility Program

Ford Spain and its dealer network have announced the formation of Ford RSC, a corporate social responsibility program.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Production Goes International as Iconic SUV Rolls Off the Line in Russia

As demand for utility vehicles increases around the world, the Ford Explorer is being produced from the ground up outside of the United States for the first time in the iconic SUV's history.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Indonesia with Autocar Readers Choice Awards
Ford Indonesia Receives Three Awards at 2013 Autocar Readers Choice Awards

Offering a complete package of quality, fuel economy, safety and smart features, Ford's segment-leading vehicles continue to dazzle Indonesian consumers. Two weeks after receiving four awards at the prestigious Otomotif Awards, Ford has picked up three more awards at the 2013 Autocar Readers Choice Awards.

To read the full article, click here.

Poznan Motor Show Exhibit
Ford Poland Boost: Exhibition Success As Market Share Rises

Ford Poland celebrated a double success at the recent Poznan Motor Show, taking the wraps off an impressive display of new models and announcing an increased market share in the first quarter.

To read the full article, click here.

2014 New Fiesta
2014 New Fiesta is the Best National Hatch in Brazil

The Ford Fiesta was chosen as the best national hatch in a poll sponsored by UOL Cars website, one of the biggest in Brazil. According to the poll, 2014 Fiesta is the most beloved car, beating other launches with about 30 percent of opinions.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Opening Garage
Video Snack: Universal Garage Door Opener - Getting Started

Learn which type of universal garage door opener you have in your vehicle and how to program it to your old transmitter.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford's Statement a Loud One Thus Far In 2013
(NASCAR) The director for Ford's North America Motorsports program, Jamie Allison took in the April 6 GRAND-AM competition at Barber Motorsports Park, as well as the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event the following day. To read the full article, click here.

Ford, Honda, Toyota Make Case for Lower Tax Rates, More Consistent Regulations
(Detroit Free Press) Officials with Ford, Honda and Toyota, as well as with some key suppliers, told a congressional subcommittee today that lower tax rates, more consistent regulations and a better-trained workforce would help ensure a strong auto manufacturing sector into the future. To read the full article, click here.

All in the Families: Ford and Fiat Buck Trends, Remain Family Owned
(The Detroit News) For many on Wall Street, family-run corporations are anachronisms that stand in the way of maximizing shareholder value. But two of the largest automakers in the world — Ford Motor Co. and Fiat SpA, which also owns a controlling stake in Chrysler Group LLC — remain firmly in the hands of the descendents of the men who founded them more than a century ago. To read the full article, click here.

GM Outsells VW in China for First Time in Three Quarters
(Bloomberg) General Motors outsold Volkswagen AG in China for the first time in three quarters, helped by growth in demand for Buick vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota, Other Japanese Automakers Recall 3.4 Million Vehicles With Takate Airbags
(Automotive News) Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Honda are recalling about 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to defective airbags supplied by Takata Corp. 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
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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

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