January 10, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Increases Quarterly Dividend 25 Percent in 2014 First Quarter
  • Enhanced Ford SYNC AppLink Launching with Mustang Gives Drivers Control of New Mobile App Features
  • Early Success For Fiesta As It Wins Two 2014 Awards
  • Outside Voices: (Associated Press) Ford CEO Mulally Says Not Leaving for Microsoft

Making the Switch

Make the Switch to a new Ford and experience all the technology, design and savings Ford has to offer. Now's the time to get behind the wheel of an efficient new five-passenger C-MAX Hybrid, Fiesta or Fusion.1 Experience the near effortless hands-free foot-activated liftgate available on the Escape and C-MAX lineup. Enjoy savings on the powerful F-150 and Super Duty® as well. Hurry in, the event runs Jan. 3 through Jan. 31.

1C-MAX Hybrid: EPA-estimated rating of 45 city/40 hwy/43 combined mpg. Actual mileage will vary. Fiesta: EPA-estimated rating of 32 city/45 hwy/37 combined mpg, SE with SE Manual EcoBoost® Package. Actual mileage will vary. Not available with automatic transmission. Fusion: EPA-estimated rating of 25 city/37 hwy/29 combined mpg, 1.6L EcoBoost with manual transmission. Actual mileage will vary.

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Ford Blue Oval
Ford Increases Quarterly Dividend 25 Percent in 2014 First Quarter

The Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company declared a first-quarter 2014 dividend of U.S. $0.125 per share on the company's outstanding Class B and common stock. This is a 25 percent increase from the level of dividend paid in each quarter of 2013.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News
Ford Mustang
Enhanced Ford SYNC AppLink Launching with Mustang Gives Drivers Control of New Mobile App Features

When the all-new Ford Mustang goes on sale later this year, the next-generation SYNC® AppLink system will give drivers easier access to new features from many of their favorite mobile apps while on the go.

To read the full article, click here.

Industry-First Ford App Developer Conference to Drive Connectivity Innovation

Ford Motor Company is extending its in-vehicle connectivity leadership by hosting an industry-first developer conference this June focused on bringing innovative mobile apps into the car through Ford SYNC® AppLink.

To read the full article, click here.

Assembly Line
100 Years Ago: Ford Introduced the $5 Work Day

If the development of the moving assembly line was Henry Ford's claim to fame in eyes of industrialists, manufacturers and business men, then establishing the U.S. $5 per day wage was his way of guaranteeing its success.

Related Material:

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford Fiesta
Early Success For Fiesta As It Wins Two 2014 Awards

The Fiesta has made a flying start to 2014 year with a double awards success. Ford's top-selling small car has been named as 2014 Best Small Car in the prestigious What Car? Awards, with the Fiesta ST voted Best Hot Hatch.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Ford Produces One-Millionth Current Generation Focus For Europe

Ford of Europe has produced the one-millionth current generation Ford Focus. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost®-powered hatchback model was manufactured in Saarlouis, Germany.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Sanand
Fiesta ST Beats Porsche 911 Turbo S in Track Test Showdown

Ford Fiesta ST beat the likes of Porsche 911 Turbo S, Bentley GT Speed and Jaguar F-Type V8 S in a track test to find the ultimate driver's car staged by Dutch magazine Autovisie.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Attracts More Private Buyers and Stretches U.K. Market Lead in 2013

Ford strengthened its U.K. market lead in 2013 while recording 37 consecutive years of car sales leadership and 48 years of U.K. commercial vehicle (CV) sales leadership.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Mustang Inspires
Ford C-MAX Solar Engergi Concept Goes Off the Grid

Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept goes off the grid and gives glimpse of clean vehicle future.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford CEO Mulally Says Not Leaving for Microsoft
(Associated Press) Mulally is staying at Ford. The CEO and president, who was rumored to be in the running to become Microsoft's next leader, told The Associated Press that he won't leave Ford before the end of 2014. To read the full article, click here.

GM, Ford Report Strong 2013 Sales Increases in China
(Detroit Free Press) General Motors and Ford both enjoyed strong years in China, where they sold U.S. $3.16 million and 935,813 vehicles, respectively, in 2013. To read the full article, click here.

VW's Skoda Plans New Cars Every Six Months to Push Growth
(Bloomberg) Skoda Auto AS, the Czech division of Volkswagen AG (VOW), plans to offer a new or revised model every six months on average until 2016 to contribute to its parent company’s target of dominating global auto-industry sales. To read the full article, click here.

Revamped Cobo to Share Spotlight
(The Detroit News) The star of this year's North American International Auto Show may very well be Cobo Center. 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/.


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.

Calendar Ahead
Feb. 3:
Sebring Ford Luncheon

Hourly and Salary, any Ford Location (spouse or friend welcome) at 2 p.m. at Homer's Buffet, 1000 Sebring Square, Sebring, FL.

Please RSVP with John Welch at 863-357-1581 or 863-634-8540. Or send an email to jjcwelch@gmail.com.

Retiree Club Info
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