January 31, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Invests $80 Million, Creates 350 Jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant to Meet Surging Demand for F-Series Super Duty Trucks
  • 2015 Ford Mustang is Faster than 2014 Models, EcoBoost Gets Surprising Top Speed
  • Ford of Germany Produces 250,000th 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford Signs White House Pledge to Help Long-Term Unemployed Job Seekers

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 Invests $80 Million, Creates 350 Jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant to Meet Surging Demand for F-Series Super Duty Trucks

Ford Motor Company, the industry's truck leader, will add 350 new jobs and invest U.S. $80 million in its Kentucky Truck Plant to meet growing demand for Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Hinrichs Celebrates Record North America Profits in 2013, Emphasizes Importance of Quality in 2014 at Quarterly Americas Business Review

Even sub-zero temperatures in southeast Michigan didn’t prevent company leaders from gathering at Ford WHQ Tuesday afternoon for the Americas' quarterly Business Review.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-150
You Test It: Ford Offers Opportunity to Be Among First People Behind the Wheel of All-new F-150

Ford, America's truck leader, is looking for truck buyers to take an all-new F-150 through some of the toughest testing it might ever encounter – their own.

To read the full article, click here.

Nearly double
Keep Spreading the Word Before the Big Game

What does #nearlydouble mean?

Tune in Feb. 2 to find out, as millions of people watch the Big Game on the Fox network. Right before kickoff, Ford will unveil an epic 90-second TV spot starring comedian Rob Riggle and James Franco.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford Ecosport
Ford Celebrates Official Start of Production for all-new EcoSport Urban SUV at Thailand Facility

Ford recently celebrated the official start of production for the all-new Ford EcoSport urban SUV at the company's state-of-the-art Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant in Rayong.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford of Germany Produces 250,000th 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine

Ford of Germany has produced its 250,000th award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The milestone unit rolled off the line at the ultra-modern Cologne engine plant just 26 months after production began.

To read the full article, click here.

Announcing SYNC AppLink
Ford Announces SYNC AppLink for the Brazilian Market at Campus Party 2014

During a press conference in Campus Party, the biggest technology event in Brazil, Ford announced the arrival of SYNC® AppLink in Brazil this year.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

TV Spot
Ford F-150 Walk Around

Take a tour of the all-new Ford F-150.

Click here to view the video and share.


Outside Voices
Ford Signs White House Pledge to Help Long-Term Unemployed Job Seekers
(Detroit Free Press) Ford has joined a long list of companies signing an Obama administration pledge to remove barriers that may keep qualified long-term unemployed job seekers from applying or being hired. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Won't Require Certification for F-150 Aluminum Repairs
(The Detroit News) Ford Motor Co. now says it will not require service center and repair shops to be certified if they they want to do body repairs on the new aluminium-bodied F-150 that debuts later this year. To read the full article, click here.

More Than 85 Million Vehicles Sold Worldwide in 2013
(Wards Auto) Strong gains in North America and the Asia-Pacific region boosted global sales 4.7 percent in 2013, with 85.7 million vehicles delivered worldwide. To read the full article, click here.

Renault-Nissan Raise Savings Targets in Cooperation Push
(Bloomberg) Renault and Nissan raised their goal for combined savings by 7.5 percent as the 15-year-old alliance accelerates cooperation efforts. 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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