August 9, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • 2013 Ford Focus Earns Highest Possible Safety Rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Built Ford Green: Sustainable Materials Make America’s Best-Selling Truck Environmentally Friendly and Tough
  • Burning Questions with Barb Samardzich
  • Video Snack: Collision Warning with Brake Support
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford Neews More Vehicles From Current Factories

 



JDRF
The 2013 JDRF-Ford Online Auction

Ford Motor Company and JDRF are partnering for the tenth year to present an exciting online auction. Auction is open to the public and ends Aug. 9 at 10 p.m. Additionally, you can participate in the auction by visiting www.biddingforgood.com/jdrfford. Employees, along with their friends and family, are encouraged to check out the site, make a bid (or more) and support this cause that affects thousands of families here at Ford.

Many unique items and experiences are available this year, including Two Nights at the Grand Hotel Mackinac, LeVilla Resort Condo at Schuss Village/Shanty Creek Resort, Escape to Cancun, Mexico, 1-Year Membership to the Tech Shop Detroit, Goodyear tire that came off of Carl Edwards’ #99 car, autographed by Ford Racing stars and Guitars autographed by musicians like Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Sugarland and Brantley Gilbert.



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.

Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
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

Click here for more information.


Henry Ford 150th

Ford Focus
2013 Ford Focus Earns Highest Possible Safety Rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The 2013 Ford Focus earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Focus is one of six vehicles in the small car segment to achieve IIHS's highest rating.

To read the full article, click here

MKZ
Lincoln MKZ Retail Sales Up for July, California Continues to Deliver

Lincoln MKZ retail sales were up 3 percent for the month of July, going against a high sell down comparison from a year ago.

To read the full article, click here


Ford News

Ford F-150
Built Ford Green: Sustainable Materials Make America's Best-Selling Truck Environmentally Friendly and Tough

Ford is proving that pickups can be green and tough by adding rice hulls to the list of sustainable materials used to build F-150 – America's best-selling truck.

To read the full article, click here.

F-150
Third Production Crew with 900 New U.S. Jobs Begins to Meet Surging Ford F-Series Demand

Ford, America's truck leader, today welcomes a third crew of 900 new hourly workers at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet surging customer demand for the Ford F-150.

To read the full article, click here.


Lincoln MKZ
Lincoln MKZ Ranked Most Appealing Compact Premium Car in APEAL

The Lincoln MKZ was named this year's best compact premium vehicle in the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study reflecting the high marks owners give the vehicle for exterior styling, intuitive technology, seat comfort and storage.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford Badges
Collectable Corner: The History of Employee Identification Badges

For most of us, our employee identification badge is not something we would think of as a collectable item. Today, the plastic cards bearing a bar code and token awkward photo don't cross our minds too often, unless we somehow make it to work without them, in which case we get to spend quality time getting to know the security team.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Genuiune Parts
Ford Fights Counterfeiters in the Middle East, Around the World

The proliferation of counterfeit auto parts is a multibillion dollar problem – one Ford is combatting with teamwork and vigilance.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Barb Samardzich
Burning Questions with Barb Samardzich

@Ford Online's series of in-depth interviews with senior Ford of Europe executives continues this month with Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development.

To read the full article, click here.

Blue Oval
Surging Ford Car Sales Outpace UK Market Growth

Ford's UK market lead extended further in July as car sales and share increased substantially, compared with the same month last year.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

SecuriCode
Video Snack: Collision Warning with Brake Support

See how the Forward Collision Warning system uses innovative sensor technology to alert of a potential collision.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices

Ford Needs More Vehicles From Current Factories
(Detroit Free Press) Ford must squeeze even more production out of its U.S. factories, but it will not build new plants even as demand grows to prerecession levels, a top executive said today. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Tops Purchase Intent Among Carmakers
(Forbes) Ford's positive perception among consumers could also be reflected in car sales, YouGov BrandIndex has found. To read the full article, click here.

GM Teases All-New Midsize Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon Pickups
(The Detroit News) General Motors Co. on Thursday confirmed its all-new midsize pickup trucks will keep the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon names, as the automaker gave a glimpse of the trucks’ new grilles and parts of their sculpted hoods. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Will Expand to Build More Engine Plants in Ohio
(Automotive News) Honda North America intends to invest another $180 million in its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to boost aluminum die-casting and engine parts production. 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/.

 

 

Calendar Ahead
August 10:
Detroit Area Marines Good Friends Golf Scramble

Please contact Dan Duderstadt if you would like to join the Ford VETNG team at Selfridge ANGB (Mt. Clemens, MI).

Check out the DAM website or facebook page for more information about the event.

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

A complete list of retiree club information and group meetings has been relocated to an @Ford Online web page.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to blueoval@ford.com.


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