April 5, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Fusion, Escape and Explorer Lead U.S. Sales Surge in March
  • Ford Expands Environmentally Friendly 3-Wet Paint Capacity by 50 Percent Globally in 2013
  • Go Further: Ford Australia Employees Continue to Support the Community
  • Video Snack: Rear View Camera
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) Detroit Big Three Are Back, Right?

 




Top Stories
Ford Fusion
Ford Fusion, Escape and Explorer Lead U.S. Sales Surge in March

March was the culmination of years of Ford’s hard work in the passenger car and small utility space. Both Fusion and Escape set all-time monthly sales records, leading Ford to achieve its best U.S. sales result since May of 2007.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
3 Wet Paint
Ford Expands Environmentally Friendly 3-Wet Paint Capacity by 50 Percent Globally in 2013

Ford is expanding its industry-leading 3-Wet paint capacity by 50 percent this year, adding the environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. The actions will reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 15 to 25 percent at those facilities.

To read the full article, click here.

 

C-Max
MAXimizing Expectations

Want to get from Detroit to New York City or Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one tank of gas? With a certified 570 mile range on a single tank, combined with fully-charged battery the Ford C-MAX Hybrid can get you there.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford Fusion
Fusion Energi to be First Plug-in to Pace NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Four Michigan companies – Michigan International Speedway, Ford, Pure Michigan and Quicken Loans – today partnered to unveil the Ford Fusion Energi as the 2013 Official Pace Car at NASCAR’s fastest track.

To read the full article, click here.

 

House of Tomorrow
Heritage Moment: House of Tomorrow Is a Reality Today, Still Waiting on Flying Cars

Most are familiar with the predictions of the 1950s, including the one that said we would be commuting in flying cars by the late-1990s, but you may not be as familiar with the Philco-Ford ideas about how today’s homes would operate.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Go Further
Ford Australia Employees
Go Further: Ford Australia Employees Continue to Support the Community

At Ford Australia, employees continue to give.

As a part of Ford Australia's 16 Hour Volunteering Program, employees have undertaken some great projects since the start of the year.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Lincoln MKZ
All-New Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid Debut at 2013 Seoul Show

Continuing its unprecedented product momentum, Ford Korea is showcasing 12 Ford and Lincoln models at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show in the company's largest-ever auto-show display in South Korea. The company also is debuting the all-new Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid premium mid size sedans, before the official launch of the vehicles this summer.

To read the full article, click here.

All-New Mondeo
Ford Debuts All-New Mondeo in Asia; Flagship Redefines Segment with Premium Design, Advanced Tech and Latest 1.5-liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford continues to aggressively expand its growing line-up in China with the classy all-new global Mondeo, which rewrites benchmarks in the midsize segment with its expressive design, luxury technologies, class-leading safety and top fuel economy.

To read the full article, click here.

New Ford Fiesta
Ford Philippines Previews New Fiesta at 2013 Manila International Auto Show

Ford is in the spotlight at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show with the preview of the new Ford Fiesta. With the refresh of its class-leading small car, Ford demonstrates its commitment to capture even more of the rapidly growing small car segment as the company continues with its aggressive growth plan for the Philippines.

To read the full article, click here.

Golden Fiesta
Golden Fiesta Flies Home

The Golden Fiesta "winged car", one of Cologne's quirkiest landmarks, has flown back to its rightful place on top of the Cologne City Museum.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Roof
Video Snack: Rear View Camera

Learn about the convenience of the rear view camera feature, as well as easy to follow instructions on how to use it.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices

How the Ford Atlas Concept Came to Be
(Automotive.com) Making its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford Atlas Concept turned heads. Designers of the Ford Atlas Concept understood the need for purpose-built options for inspiration, balancing style and function. To read the full article, click here.

GM Could Shift Output From Korea to Keep Employees, Assets Safe
(Detroit Free Press) General Motors is watching the escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula and would consider shifting production if the situation deteriorates, GM CEO Dan Akerson said Thursday. To read the full article, click here.

Honda, Toyota Shares Boosted by Japan Stimulus
(Yahoo) U.S. shares of Toyota, Honda and Nissan soared Thursday as investors anticipated that a weaker yen will allow them to sell cars more cheaply in the critical U.S. market. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit Big Three Are Back, Right?
(Bloomberg) It’s been a very good run for three companies that only a few years ago were famed for hubris and mismanagement. To read the full article, click here.

U.S. Considers Car Ratings for Elderly Drivers, Families
(The Detroit News) Federal safety regulators are considering new vehicle safety ratings that would help older people and families choose the safest vehicles. 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
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