April 4, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford's Best March Retail Sales Result in Eight Years Led by Fusion and F-Series; Lincoln Up 31 Percent
  • Exclusive Ford MyKey Technology Helps Encourage Safer Driving in Fleets
  • All-New Mustang Makes French Debut at Ford’s HQ near Paris
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) U.S. Launches Distracted Driving Crackdown


Announcements

Mustang Book
New Mustang Photographic History Book
Mustang and the Pony Car Revolution is the latest in a series of eight Arcadia Publishing photographic histories created by automotive journalist Michael W.R. (Mike) Davis. It traces the history of the sporty Ford Mustang car from its makers' initial inspiration in the years between the two world wars through the market explorations of the post – World War II eras of American motoring development.

Meet the Author:
  • April 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Dearborn, Mich.
  • April 19 from 8-11 a.m. at Pasteiner’s in Birmingham, Mich.


Top Stories
Go Further
Ford's Best March Retail Sales Result in Eight Years Led by Fusion and F-Series; Lincoln Up 31 Percent

Ford Motor Company U.S. total March sales of 244,167 vehicles are up 3 percent from a year ago. Retail sales of 166,030 vehicles are up 3 percent and represent the best March result in eight years.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

MyKey
Exclusive Ford MyKey Technology Helps Encourage Safer Driving in Fleets

For Joe Dougherty, Ford Motor Company's MyKey technology is a feature his family's construction company uses to help keep their drivers safe.

To read the full article, click here.

Catt Sadler
E! News Correspondent Catt Sadler: On the Pursuit for a Happier Commute!

Ford recently launched a year-long campaign, "The Pursuit of a Happy Commute," designed to make your daily drive a happier and less stressful experience.

To read the full article, click here.

Bob Shanks
CFO Bob Shanks Speaks to Ford Alum

Executive Vice President and CFO Bob Shanks was this month's speaker at the F.R.E.E. meeting where he updated the group on the company's continuous plan to seek global profitable growth.

To read the full article, click here.


 
Global Notes
Manila International Auto Show
Ford Makes a Splash at the 10th Manila International Auto Show

Ford Philippines was once again the largest exhibitor at the 10th Manila International Auto Show at the World Trade Center in Pasay, Manila, which kicked off yesterday and will run until April 6.

To read the full article, click here.

Mustang
All-New Mustang Makes French Debut at Ford's HQ near Paris

The all-new Mustang made its first appearance on French soil at Ford's headquarters near Paris this week.

To read the full article, click here

Ford Everest Concept
Ford Most Nominated Brand in REI 2014 Awards for Excellence and Innovation

Ford is in the spotlight of the REI Awarding – recognition for excellence and innovation, intended to select the main achievements of professionals and companies in the automotive industry from February 2013 to January 2014.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner

Howard Freers
Mustang Memories Countdown: Howard Freers

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 view Howard Freers' Mustang memory.

 

Outside Voices
Good Signs for Ford Motor Company as Sales Rise in March
(Motley Fool) After a couple of sluggish months, it looks like things might be picking up for Ford. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Seeks 4.5 Million in Car Sales in 2014
(Detroit Free Press) Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday that the automakers will have the capacity to produce 6 million cars a year once they combine their forces. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota's North America Cheif Seeks Fuel Cell Sedan Supply Boost
(Automotive News) Toyota's North American chief, preparing to sell Camry-sized hydrogen sedans next year, said he's "bullish" about advances in the company's fuel cell system and wants more U.S. supply of the Japan-built cars. To read the full article, click here.

U.S. Launches Distracted Driving Crackdown
(The Detroit News) The U.S. Transportation Department kicked off the first-ever national distracted driving awareness month, and will fund nationwide advertising and law enforcement on texting and other dangerous behavior behind the wheel. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
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
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

**NEW UPDATES**

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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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