February 28, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Trend: Ford Sales Lead in Utility Vehicle Sales Rising
  • The World's Best-Selling Nameplate Gets a Refresh; Highlights Importance in U.S. Market
  • Ford Challenges Developers Worldwide to Build Congestion-Busting Apps Using OpenXC
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) Ford Closing in on Toyota as Favorite of Buyers


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

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Top Stories
Trend: Ford Sales Lead in Utility Vehicle Sales Rising

Ford's leadership in utility vehicle sales in North America is well documented. In fact, a 10 percent rise in sales from 2012 to 2013 made Ford North America's top-selling utility vehicle brand for the seventh-consecutive year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Focus
The World's Best-Selling Nameplate Gets a Refresh; Highlights Importance in U.S. Market

Leaders don't stand still.

Selling more than 12 million units worldwide, the Ford Focus has been a leader in the small car segment since its launch in 1998. After being recognized as the world's No. 1 selling nameplate for two years in a row, an all-new 2015 Focus five-door was unveiled earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mustang
'Need for Speed' Director Behind New Ford Mustang Ad; Calls Mustang a Perfect Fit for Hero Car Movie Role

To Scott Waugh, few cars epitomize action movie hero car better than Ford Mustang.

Waugh directed the upcoming movie 'Need for Speed,' and helms a new co-branded ad for the film and the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang that debuted during Sunday's Daytona 500.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford Mondeo
All-New Ford Mondeo and New Ford Focus to Launch in Russia in 2015

Ford Sollers announced that the all-new Ford Mondeo and the new Ford Focus will launch in Russia in 2015. The new models will be built at the Ford Sollers plant in Vsevolozhsk where the current Focus and Mondeo are manufactured.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Challenges Developers Worldwide to Build Congestion-Busting Apps Using OpenXC

Ford is to expand worldwide the innovative Traffic Tamer App Challenge that enables developers to access detailed data from their Ford vehicles to help create apps that could alleviate traffic congestion.

To read the full article, click here.

On the Road Again
On the Road Again with the All-New Ford EcoSport

The all-new Ford EcoSport is playing a starring role in an intriguing project to create a band by uniting former members of The Rolling Stones, The Police, Archive and Gossip.

To read the full article, click here.

Yousuf Karsh
Ford Celebrates Aussie Ute's 80th Anniversary as the Pioneer of the Company's Global Truck Leadership

Ford is celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Australian invention of the iconic ute, which led to the development of vehicles such as the F-Series and Ranger and propelled the company to years of truck leadership.

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
Ford Closing in on Toyota as Favorite of Buyers
(The Detroit News) The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers, a sign of rising popularity of the Ford Fusion midsize car and Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer. To read the full article, click here.

2015 Ford Mustang Covertible First Look
(Motor Trend) Ford will be dribbling out Ford Mustang details over the next few weeks leading up to the car's AARP-eligibility birthday party in April in New York, and this week we learned a lot more about the 2015 Ford Mustang convertible and a bit more about both models’ aerodynamics. To read the full article, click here.

GM Faces Tough Road Ahead as it Navigates Ignition Switch Recall
(Detroit Free Press) General Motors faces tough questions as it grapples with a massive recall of several models with faulty ignition switches and a new investigation announced Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To read the full article, click here.

Volvo Concepts Previews Sleek Look of Future Wagons, Simpler Interiors
(Automotive News) Volvo previewed the sleek look of its future station wagons with the Concept Estate, which also reveals the automaker's intention to offer simpler interiors where a large touchscreen replaces most buttons and controls 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

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.


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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


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