February 21, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Reveals 2015 Expedition with EcoBoost Engine, Advanced Technology, New Platinum Series
  • 2014 is the 'Year of Traction' for Ford Global Manufacturing
  • Focus Sets Fuel Efficiency Benchmark in Europe; First Non-Hybrid Petrol Family Car to Offer 99 g/km CO2
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) Hefty Men Pound Ford's F-150 into Shape


Announcements

Survey check
Ford Retiree Communications Survey:
We Want to Know What You Think!

As Ford alumni, we welcome your input and would appreciate your support in answering a few brief questions regarding the mass communications the company provides which are available to retirees in the U.S. (i.e. @Ford magazine, @FordOnline, Blue Oval Connect, etc.).

Please note, this survey is about company news communications and about the company in general, NOT about benefits or pension communications.

We plan to use these survey results to continue to improve and fine tune our efforts in communicating with you, our Ford Alumni.

To take the brief online survey, click here or cut and paste this URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/RetireeCommunicationsSurvey.


Top Stories
Expedition
Ford Reveals 2015 Expedition with EcoBoost Engine, Advanced Technology, New Platinum Series

The new 2015 Ford Expedition, revealed ahead of the 2014 DFW Auto Show, continues to represent the smart choice for people who need a full-size utility vehicle that provides capable performance, usable space and advanced technology.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Ford F-150
All-New 2015 F-150: The Reinvention of America’s Favorite Truck

Leaders don't stand still.

At no time has that mantra been more evident than at the 2014 North American International Auto Show when the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 made its worldwide debut.

To read the full article, click here.

Mulally with Employees
2014 is the 'Year of Traction' for Ford Global Manufacturing

Three years ago, Ford began the process of redesigning the way that the company operates within all of its manufacturing facilities around the world.

To read the full article, click here.

Quick Lane
Ford Motor Company's Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center Opens 700th Store

Ford has reached a significant milestone with its Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center business, opening the 700th U.S. store in Texas.

To read the full article, click here.



 
Global Notes
Ford EcoBoost
Focus Sets Fuel Efficiency Benchmark in Europe; First Non-Hybrid Petrol Family Car to Offer 99 g/km CO2

The Focus has become the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to break the 100 g/km CO2 barrier. The Focus 99 g/km, on sale now across Europe, extends to 13 the line-up of vehicles that deliver CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km, and also is Ford's most fuel-efficient family petrol car ever – returning 4.3 l/100 km (65.7 mpg).

To read the full article, click here.

Lantern Festival
Ford Lights up Hope with Thousands of People at the 2014 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Taipei

Ford Lio Ho, Ford's local joint venture in Taiwan, joined the 2014 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival held by the New Taipei City Government on Feb. 14. The theme of the evening was "Hope to Fly" as part of its support of local cultural events and its effort to promote a primary brand image.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Valencia Plant Celebrates Production of 11 Millionth Model

Ford's Valencia plant in Spain has celebrated the production of its 11 millionth vehicle, a Ford Transit Connect destined for the USA.

To read the full article, click here.

Yousuf Karsh
Preserving History – Karsh Images Come Home to Windsor

Yousuf Karsh (1908 – 2002) is one of Canada's best-known artists and considered one of the masters of 20th century photography. He's renowned for his iconic images of Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, as well as other heads of state and celebrities.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner

Mustang Inspires
Share Your #MustangInspires Moments

Are you a Mustang enthusiast?

Post a photo or :15 second video on Instagram, Twitter with your favorite #MustangInspires moment and mention @AtFordNews. Use the hashtags #MustangInspires and #FordEmployees.

Not all the way comfortable with using these social media platforms yet? Send your submission by email to gofurthr@ford.com and we'll help you get started.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices
Hefty Men Pound Ford's F-150 into Shape
(The Detroit News) Ford Motor Co.'s new F-150 pickup sheds 700 pounds from its body and chassis, but to get there, the Dearborn automaker needed help from about a dozen hefty men. To read the full article, click here.

GM's New China Head Aims for 2014 Sales Rise of Up to 10 Percent
(Reuters) GM plans to boost China sales this year by as much as 10 percent and keep pace with the country's overall auto market for the rest of the decade, the new chief of the company's China operations said in an interview. To read the full article, click here.

Honda's Accord Beat Camry as Top U.S. Car in Individual Sales
(Automotive News) Honda Motor Co. said its Accord was the best-selling car to U.S. individual customers in 2013, surpassing Toyota Motor Corp.'s Camry, the leader in total volume to retail and fleet buyers for a 12th consecutive year. To read the full article, click here.

Why America Stopped Driving
(Detroit Free Press) In 1922, a group of sociologists went to Munice, Ind., to study how the average American family lived. Almost everyone, they found, was addicted to their car. 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**

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.

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