January 17, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford NAIAS Stand Showcases Product, Technology
  • Faces of F-150
  • Ford EcoSport Dominates India Automotive Awards in its Debut Year
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) '15 Ford Mustang Wins Best Production Car Award at Detroit Auto Show

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.

Top Stories
Ford F-150
Ford NAIAS Stand Showcases Product, Technology

The Ford display at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was purposefully designed to bring one overarching Ford message to life, according to David Tillapaugh, Global Auto Show Operations manager.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News
Ford Fiesta ST
The Fiesta ST Slides onto this Year's 'Hagerty Hot List'

According to collectible car insurance provider, Hagerty, alongside classic Alfa Romeos and muscle cars will be Ford's very own Fiesta ST.

To read the full article, click here.

Pete Reyes
Faces of F-150

Leading the engineering team behind the all-new Ford F-150 brought a host of new challenges to 27-year Ford veteran Pete Reyes.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Execs Ring NYSE Bell
Ford Executives Ring NYSE Opening Bell, Mark Introduction of the All-New Ford F-150

Ford executives rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange Monday marking introduction of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150.

To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln Gallery
Lincoln Welcomes Shinola and Dwell to Stand at North American International Auto Show

Handcrafted watches, bicycles, wildflowers, grasses, and, of course, striking vehicles all will be part of the Lincoln Motor Company's stand at this year's North American International Auto Show.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford EcoSport
Ford EcoSport Dominates India Automotive Awards in its Debut Year

After bowling over auto enthusiasts and customers alike with its robust drive dynamics and exemplary performance, the all-new Ford EcoSport's consistent climb up the popularity charts has continued with 16 award recognitions.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Blue Oval
Ford Posts Strong Retail Sales Growth in Europe in 2013; New Vehicle Roll-Out Continues with At Least Seven New Models in 2014

Ford of Europe reported that its retail sales increased 14 percent for full-year 2013, driving the company's retail market share up a full percentage point to 8.2 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Novo
Ford Trucks Leads the Light Truck Segment In 2013 with the Cargo 816 Model

Ford Trucks strengthened its lead in 2013 "light truck" segment with the Cargo 816 model.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Year in Review
Video Showcases the Company's Many 2013 Accomplishments

The Ford team celebrated some fantastic accomplishments in 2013, as we work to build great products, a strong business and a better world. This video captures just a few highlights.

Click here to view the video and share.


Outside Voices
All-New Ford Mustang Wins Best Production Car Award at Detroit Auto Show
(The Detroit News) Ford's all-new Mustang won the best production car award from the automotive design community at the Detroit auto show Tuesday night. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Wins Auto Loyalty Award, Strong Showing for Toyota and Mercedes
(24-7 Wall St.) Ford topped the Polk Automotive Loyalty Awards for 2013 models. Among the awards for individual models, Toyota and Mercedes dominated. To read the full article, click here.

Automakers See Modest Growth in 2014
(The Detroit News) Now that they have taken the wraps off their latest cars and trucks, automakers are turning their attention to the challenges of 2014 and working to tamp down expectations for sales and earnings. To read the full article, click here.

Biden Says Auto Resurgence Good for Detroit
(Bloomberg) Vice President Joe Biden, an avowed "car junkie," said Thursday the U.S. auto industry's resurgence since the 2009 federal bailout provides a strong basis for a Motor City recovery. 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
Retiree Club Information Now Online


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