August 23, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • The Dirt on Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology: There Isn't Any
  • Ford Studies Space Robots for Connected Vehicle Communications
  • B-MAX Is European Best-Seller
  • Video Snack: Driver Alert System
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) 2014 Ford Fiesta ST to Arrive in Dealerships by Summer's End


Final Election Period for the Voluntary Lump-Sum Payment Opportunity for Ford GRP Retirees Begins in September

By early August 2013, election periods were completed with approximately 57,500 retirees, including surviving beneficiaries, and 20,000 former employees receiving their General Retirement Plan (GRP) lump-sum offers. Overall, this initiative has been going extremely well in many ways since it was first announced April 27, 2012.

The participants of the present election period include eligible retirees, surviving beneficiaries and alternate payees (those with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO). This election period began on August 1, 2013, and will end on Oct.29, 2013.

The final election period for remaining eligible retirees and former employees begins on Sep. 16, 2013, and ends on Oct.30, 2013.

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Summer Sales
Get Spectacular Summer Savings Now!

It's the blockbuster event of the summer and it's on now at your Ford Dealer. Take advantage of the savings to get behind the wheel of an efficient new Fiesta, Focus or Fusion.1 Take a new Taurus SHO for a spin to see what it's like behind the wheel of a 365 horsepower2 family sedan. Enjoy the technology in the new Escape with its available hands-free foot activated liftgate. Great savings on F-150 and Super Duty too. Don’t wait for the encore. Act today.

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1Fiesta: EPA-estimated rating 29 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. SE automatic with SFE package.
Focus: EPA-estimated rating 28 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. SE Sedan with SFE package.
Fusion: EPA-estimated rating 25 city/37 hwy/28 combined mpg. 1.6L EcoBoost, FWD 6-speed manual transmission.
2Figures achieved using premium fuel.

Lincoln Sales
The Lincoln Summer Invitation Final Days

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Henry Ford 150th

Ford Mustang Restoration
The Dirt on Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology: There Isn’t Any

Here's the dirt on Ford's new paint technology: There isn't any.

New Ford F-Series models are the latest vehicles to benefit from the company's industry-first dirt detection technology to ensure optimal paint and surface quality.

To read the full article, click here

Ford News
Justin Robot
Ford Studies Space Robots for Connected Vehicle Communications

Ford is studying communications between space robots and Earth to enhance future applications of the connected car communications protocol.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Police Interceptor
Hot-Selling Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle Now Offers 365-Horsepower EcoBoost Engine

Ford announced police agencies will soon be able to order a Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

To read the full article, click here.

Lee Iaococca and the Mustang
Heritage: Ford Mustang Introduced by Lee Iacocca at the 1964 World's Fair

On April 13, 1964, more than 125 members of the media gathered at the Ford Pavilion at the New York World's Fair for a preview of the cars that would be on display.

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Ford Fiesta
Technology Helps Fiesta Outsell Competitive Subcompacts as Ford Sees Fastest Share Growth Among Millennials

Ford Fiesta was first of a wave of new global products from Ford that has helped the company turn the tables on imports in the United States, with increasing sales and a pace of millennial market share growth that soon could make Ford the top auto brand for young buyers.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford B-MAX
B-MAX Is European Best-Seller

The Ford B-MAX was the best-selling small multi-activity vehicle in Europe for the first half of 2013, based on Ford's analysis of Polk registration data.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Asia Pacific AppLink Team Wins Excellence Award in Baidu 36-Hour Hackathon

Ford Asia Pacific's AppLink team recently won the Excellence Award during a 36-hour hackathon organized by Baidu, China’s biggest search engine service provider.

To read the full article, click here.

Silverton Assembly Plant dedication
Silverton Assembly Plant Dedicated to Nelson Mandela

The Silverton Assembly plant in Pretoria has formally dedicated its Technical Training Center in honor of Nelson Mandela.

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Video Corner

Driver Alert System
Video Snack: Driver Alert System

Learn how the Driver Alert System on your vehicle works.

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Outside Voices

2014 Ford Fiesta ST to Arrive in Dealerships by Summer's End
(Detroit Free Press) The Ford Fiesta ST, a popular performance car in Europe, is about to go on sale in North America. To read the full article, click here.

Ford, GM Pursue the Perfect Paint Job
(Detroit Free Press) General Motors and Ford are touting the processes and efforts behind the perfect paint finish, which is the first thing to catch a prospective buyer's eye and a huge source of complaints if a defect is detected. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat and Chrysler Close in on China Deal for Jeep
(Detroit Free Press) Fiat and Chrysler are getting closer to announcing a final deal to produce Jeep SUVs in China in a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group, according to reports in the Chinese news media. To read the full article, click here.

Michigan Gets Role in Shaping Toyota's Future
(The Detroit News) Few jobs are more coveted in Toyota Motor Corp. than that of chief engineer. 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

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