January 3, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Motor Company Delivers Best Sales Year Since 2006
  • Let the Sun In: Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept Goes Off the Grid, Gives Glimpse of Clean Vehicle Future
  • Ford's Initiative Brings Safe Water to Children in Sanand
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) 2014 North American International Auto Show Will Be Affair to Remember



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.



Henry Ford 150th

Ford Blue Oval
Ford Motor Company Delivers Best Sales Year Since 2006

Ford reigns as America's best-selling vehicle brand in 2013 for a fourth consecutive year, with annual sales records set for Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and Ford Escape, and Ford F-Series continuing as the country's best-selling truck and vehicle for another straight year.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford News
Ford C-MAX
Let the Sun In: Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept Goes Off the Grid, Gives Glimpse of Clean Vehicle Future

Ford announced the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle with the potential to deliver the best of what a plug-in hybrid offers – without depending on the electric grid for fuel.

To read the full article, click here.

SYNC
Ford Offers SYNC AppLink for 3.4 Million More Customers; New Organization to Drive Global Connectivity Vision

Building on the pioneering SYNC® in-car connectivity system it launched in 2007, Ford Motor Company announced new system investments and organizational alignments to deliver the industry's best fully integrated connected car and digital consumer experience.

To read the full article, click here.


Raj Nair
Looking to the Mobility of Tomorrow

Recently, the company introduced its Automated Fusion Hybrid research vehicle in conjunction with the University of Michigan and State Farm. @Ford had the opportunity to chat with Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, about the company's overall strategy for mobility, this new research vehicle and what "automated" means to Ford.

Q. Can you share with us a little bit about the current mobility situation?
A. As we look ahead, we see real changes in how people will travel.

To read the full article, click here.

MKX
2014 Lincoln MKX Introduces Tree-Based Alternative to Fiberglass for Interior Parts

While many Lincoln MKX drivers may tie a tree to the top of their vehicle this time of year, 2014 will see the MKX crossover with tree-based components inside the vehicle.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes

Ford EcoSport
Ford India Sells 11,209 Cars in December; Holds Steady in 2013

Ford India sustained its sales momentum in 2013 and ended the year with a combined domestic wholesales and exports of 11,209 units in December, up 3 percent from a year earlier. Exports in December were at 5,338 units as compared to 4,382 units a year earlier.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fusion Hybrid
Fusion Hybrid Named "2013 Car of the Year" by INFO Exame Readers

The Fusion Hybrid model was named "Car of the Year" by Info Exame Magazine readers, one of the main technology-oriented publications in Brazil.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Sanand
Ford's Initiative Brings Safe Water to Children in Sanand

Children in the anganwadi (government sponsored kindergarten) in Amthapur village near Ford's upcoming Sanand facility had something special to celebrate in the last week of November: The inauguration of a new reverse osmosis water purification plant gave the kids free access to clean and safe drinking water.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Mustang Inspires
Share Your #MustangInspires Moments

Do you have a Mustang memory to share?

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

2014 North American International Auto Show Will Be Affair to Remember
(Detroit Free Press) The upcoming North American International Auto Show will be interesting. NAIAS kicks off Jan. 13 for media/industry week, the black-tie charity preview is Jan. 17 and the show opens to the public Jan. 18. To read the full article, click here.

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Named Autobytel 2014 Compact Car of the Year
(Autobytel) For the third year, Autobytel's editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Michelle Naranjo, has made their choices for the Autobytel 2014 Car of the Year, Truck of the Year and individual segment winners. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler December Sales Rise 5.7 Percent to Extend Streak to 45 Months
(Bloomberg) Ford and Chrysler said December U.S. sales rose less than analysts' estimated, as cold weather may have kept buyers off of dealer lots at the end of the best sales year since 2007. To read the full article, click here.

NHTSA Sends Rear Visibility Rules to White House for Review
(The Detroit News) The Transportation Department sent its long-delayed rules mandating back-up cameras back to the White House for review — a sign that the regulations may be finalized before the January 2015 deadline. 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.


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

**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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