July 12, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Former Chairman Philip Caldwell, Ford '80s Turnaround Lead, Succumbs to Complications from Stroke
  • Celebrating Ford Motor Company's Heritage with Collectable Corner
  • Go Further: Arizona Ford Dealerships and Ford Motor Company Fund Donate $38,000 to 100 Club of Arizona in Honor of Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots
  • Video Snack: Auto High Beams
  • Outside Voices: (AutoForum) Demand for Green Solutions Drive Rapid Growth

 



Announcements

GRP Lump-Sum Election Period Ends on July 17 for Former Employees

The election period deadline is fast approaching for many former employees who are vested in their General Retirement Plan (GRP) benefit who have not yet commenced their monthly benefit payment (those who left Ford prior to actually retiring, whether they could or not, at the time of termination).

Click here for the full article.


Top Stories
Philip Caldwell
Former Chairman Philip Caldwell, Ford '80s Turnaround Lead, Succumbs to Complications from Stroke

Philip Caldwell, 93, retired chairman of Ford Motor Company, died on July 10 at home as a result of complications from a stroke. The following statement is attributable to Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Advanced Prototyping Technology
Ford Develops Advanced Technology to Revolutionize Prototyping, Personalization, Low-Volume Production

Continuing to lead the way in technology and advanced manufacturing, Ford Motor Company is developing a new form of manufacturing technology that has the potential to reduce costs and delivery time for sheet metal parts needed in smaller quantities.

To read the full article, click here.


Henry Ford Penny
Celebrating Ford Motor Company's Heritage with Collectable Corner

For the next few months, we'll spotlight unique Ford collectables on @Ford Online.

But we know that we're not the only ones who have items to share. So we're asking everyone to join in this historic year and share your Ford treasures on @Ford Online.

To read the full article, click here.


Carl Edwards and the Sweepstakes
Carl Edwards Drives Historic 1901 Sweepstakes Race Car in Advance of Henry Ford's 150th Celebration

When NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards hopped aboard Sweepstakes, the 1901 race car built by Henry Ford, he wasn't exactly sure what to expect from the ride.

To read the full article, click here.

Go Further
Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots
Go Further: Arizona Ford Dealerships and Ford Motor Company Fund Donate $38,000 to 100 Club of Arizona in Honor of Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots

Arizona Ford dealerships have donated U.S. $19,000 to the 100 Club of Arizona in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots with the Prescott Fire Department who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Ariz., on June 30.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Ford Tourneo Connect
All-New Ford Tourneo Connect Delivers Best-in-Class Flexibility for Families

The all-new five-seat Ford Tourneo Connect and seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect people movers will offer best-in-class family flexibility and comfort when they launch later this year.

To read the full article, click here.

Wolfgang Boombs
Wolfgang Booms Gets New Role within Ford of Europe

Wolfgang Booms, managing director, Ford of Germany and director, Marketing and Sales, has been appointed executive director Fleet and Remarketing Operations, Ford of Europe, effective from Sept. 1.

To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta ST
Ford Launches its Fastest Fiesta ST for Performance Car Lovers in China

Ford is set to further ignite Chinese performance car lovers' enthusiasm this summer with another new arrival from its ST product range, the highly anticipated new Ford Fiesta ST.

To read the full article, click here.

Customer Satisfaction Day
Ford Lio Ho Launches Customer Satisfaction Day to Further Promote Services

In Taiwan, customers are like family. Ford Lio Ho, Ford's local joint venture, launched a "Customer Satisfaction Day" campaign to further promote efficient customer service among dealers and to provide an even better customer experience.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Auto High Beams
Video Snack: Auto High Beams

This video explains the convenience of having auto high beams on your vehicle and tips on how to use them.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices

Ford Sales Rise 6.4 Percent in Europe in June, Bucking Industry Trend
(Detroit Free Press) Ford gained sales last month in the depressed European car market, but all automakers need to sell or close more plants, the company's top executive for the region said Thursday. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Cuts Focus Electric Price by $4,000
(Detroit Free Press) Ford is dropping the price of the slow-selling Ford Focus Electric by U.S. $4,000 for the 2014 model year while largely holding the line on pricing for the rest of its new models. To read the full article, click here.

GM Aims to Have 8 Card with MPG on Road by 2017
(The Detroit News) General Motors Co. said it wants to have at least eight U.S. vehicles on the road that get 40 miles per gallon highway or better by 2017 as part of its efforts to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. To read the full article, click here.

Fuel Economy of New 2013 Models Sold Tops 2012 Units, Study Says
(Automotive News) The average fuel economy for new 2013 model light vehicles sold in the United States is 24.6 mpg, up 1.1 mpg from 2012 models, according to a monthly report from University of Michigan researchers. To read the full article, click here.

Demand for Green Solutions Drive Rapid Growth
(AutoForum) As automotive customers in the Asia Pacific and Africa markets demand even more environmentally sustainable technologies, Ford is seeing record region-wide sales for its EcoBoost engine, and South Africa is no exception. 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.


Retiree Club Info
Retiree Club Information Now Online

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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