April 19, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford and GM to Jointly Develop Advanced Nine- and 10-Speed Automatic Transmissions
  • Ford Success Growing in Trendsetting Golden State
  • Go Further: Go Further: Oakley Switches Fleet Vehicles to F-150
  • Video Snack: Universal Garage Door Opener - Car2U
  • Outside Voices: (Reuters) Ford Eyes Doubling Market Share in China Auto Market



Web-based Training
Web-Based Training is Back!

Want to know more about the Ford Fusion +Hybrid? Take the latest web-based training course.

Coming soon is the Ford Fusion Energi course.

Other courses currently available on the site include C-MAX Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Explorer Sport, Hybrid Technology Guide and One Ford.

Click here for all available courses.

Top Stories
Ford and GM to Jointly Develop Advanced Nine- and 10-Speed Automatic Transmissions

Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation have signed an agreement under which both companies will jointly develop an all-new generation of advanced-technology nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford News
Ford Success Growing in Trendsetting Golden State

There is a saying, "As California goes, so goes the nation."

And as automotive industry insiders know, that sentiment is particularly true when it comes to vehicle sales.

To read the full article, click here.


Ellen Hughes-Cromwick Speaking to FREE
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick Speaks to FREE Retiree Group

Each month, the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (FREE) club reunites for a luncheon where they discuss current company issues and hear from current executives and thought leaders in the company.

Speaking at this month's meeting was Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, chief economist.

To read the full article, click here.



Go Further
Oakley Ford F-150
Go Further: Oakley Switches Fleet Vehicles to F-150

Oakley, the sunglass company, has been using Toyota Tundras as fleet vehicles until Dearborn Truck Plant's Rob Budd, Interior Trim engineer specialist, talked with his brother-in-law who works for Oakley.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Ford Blue Oval
Ford of Europe’s Retail Market Share Hits Three-Year High

While Ford of Europe's overall new vehicle sales declined in March, its success in gaining profitable retail sales increased.

Across its key markets, Ford gained a retail market share of 9.5 percent in March, up 0.7 percentage points on a year ago and the company's highest monthly retail share for three years.

To read the full article, click here.

Fusion Hybrid Titanium
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Wins the First-Ever Canadian Green Car Award

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was honored with the first-ever Canadian Green Car Award, in a ceremony held at the Toronto Green Living Show. The Canadian Green Car Award program is a new, joint initiative from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and Green Living Enterprises.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford of Mexico Elegance Competition
Ford of Mexico Excels at the XXVII Elegance Competition

Nearly 23,000 people witnessed one of the most important and traditional automotive affairs in Mexico: the XXVII Elegance Competition. It was at this event that Ford launched three models for the Mexican market: Ford Fiesta, Ford Crew Cab SVT Raptor and the automatic Ford EcoSport Powershift.

To read the full article, click here.

Rear View Cameras
Drivers Embrace Rear View Cameras - Now Ford’s Fastest-Growing Driver Aid

Reversing and parking are among the biggest sources of stress for many drivers; and now more and more Ford customers are buying cars that make those activities easier.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Opening Garage
Video Snack: Universal Garage Door Opener - Car2U

Learn how to program your universal garage door opener with a Car2U Rolling-Code transmitter.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford Eyes Doubling Market Share in China Auto Market
(Reuters) Dave Schoch, group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific, confirmed the company can double its share to 6 percent of the Chinese passenger vehicle market over the next three years as it rolls out a spate of new products. To read the full article, click here.

Slightly Smaller EcoBoost Engine to Debut in '14 Fusion
(The Detroit News) Driven by demand for EcoBoost engines and tax regulations in China and Europe, Ford Motor Co. has unveiled its newest powertrain: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that will debut first in its U.S. Fusion mid-size car. To read the full article, click here.

GM Launches Electric Motor Production
(The Detroit News) General Motors Co. said Tuesday it has launched production of its electric motors for its new all-electric Chevrolet Spark EV that will go on sale in June. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Begins Pivoting From Its Gritty Tie-In With Detroit
(Forbes) Chrysler is enjoying another "Imported From Detroit" moment these days with its sponsorship of Motown: The Musical on Broadway. But it may be one of the last times that Chrysler emphasizes its relationship with the Motor City as foundational to its brand. To read the full article, click here.

California Clean Air Chief to Automakers: We Can Work Together
(Detroit Free Press) California doesn't have to be the bogey man of the auto industry. That was the gist of comments by Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, to thousands of engineers gathered at Cobo Center for the Society of Automotive Engineers annual World Congress. 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/.


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Retiree Club Info
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