July 19, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Announces Senior Leadership Team Changes
  • Ford Electrified Vehicle Market Share Quadruples, Growth Spurs Investment for the Future
  • Go Further: From Front Lines to Assembly Lines: Former Marine Rises Through WSP Ranks
  • Video Snack: Escape Memory Seats
  • Outside Voices: (Automotive News) U.S. Automakers Hold a Key To Detroit's Future

 



Announcements

Summer Sales
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It's the blockbuster event of the summer and it's on now at your Ford Dealer. Take advantage of the savings to get behind the wheel of an efficient new Fiesta, Focus or Fusion.1 Take a new Taurus SHO for a spin to see what it's like behind the wheel of a 365 horsepower2 family sedan. Enjoy the technology in the new Escape with its available hands-free foot activated liftgate. Great savings on F-150 and Super Duty too. Don’t wait for the encore. Act today.

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Disclaimer:
1Fiesta: EPA-estimated rating 29 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. SE automatic with SFE package.
Focus: EPA-estimated rating 28 city/40 hwy/33 combined mpg. SE Sedan with SFE package.
Fusion: EPA-estimated rating 25 city/37 hwy/28 combined mpg. 1.6L EcoBoost, FWD 6-speed manual transmission.
2Figures achieved using premium fuel.



Henry Ford's 150th
Celebrate Henry Ford's 150th

Come to the Henry Ford Estate in Dearborn, Mich., to celebrate the life and legacy of an American icon. On Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the estate will host an event that includes live music, a farmer's market, European-style biergarten, historic vehicles and much more. Admission is free.

For more information, go to www.henryford150.com or call 313.884.4222.



Top Stories
Brown and Thai-Tang
Ford Announces Senior Leadership Team Changes

Recently, we made an announcement related to our leadership team, listed below are the changes.

  • Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, retiring after 36-year career
  • Hau Thai-Tang appointed group vice president, Global Purchasing
  • Birgit Behrendt elected vice president, Global Programs and Purchasing Operations
  • Burt Jordan elected vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity
  • Kumar Galhotra appointed vice president, Engineering
  • Trevor Worthington elected vice president, Product Development, Asia Pacific

To read the full article, click here.

BrandIndex
BrandIndex: Customers Rank Ford Tops in Brand Perception

BrandIndex puts Ford No. 1 in customer perceptions in its midyear review survey – based on responses from 600,000 Americans rating 1,100 U.S. companies.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

C-MAX Energi
Ford Electrified Vehicle Market Share Quadruples, Growth Spurs Investment for the Future

A significant increase in Ford's market share of electrified vehicles in the U.S., up 12 points over this time last year for a total market share of 16 percent, is proof demand for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles is strong.

To read the full article, click here.


Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Lincoln To Double MKZ Hybrid Mix Rate

Production of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will be increasing from 20 percent of the MKZ production mix to 40 percent in 2014, according to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford Rotunda
Collectible Corner: Ford Treasures from the 1934 Chicago World's Fair

In 1934, Ford revealed the all new Rotunda exhibit hall at the Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago, Ill.

To read the full article, click here.

@Ford Mobile Refresh
@Ford Mobile Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to FAQs about @Ford Mobile can be found in the list below. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please submit your question to atford@ford.com.

Q. What is a mobile site?
A. A mobile website is one that has been designed specifically for the small screen of mobile devices.

Q. Are the mobile sites considered apps?
A. No, there is no application to install on your device.

To read the full article, click here.

Go Further
Former Marine and WSP Employee
Go Further: From Front Lines to Assembly Lines: Former Marine Rises Through WSP Ranks

After serving in three tours of duty between Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marine Corps, Sgt. Nate Olds was ready for a new line of work.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Mitarbeiter-klein
Henry Ford Anniversary Tour Visits Inden Mine

Ford of Germany employees are embarking on a seven stop road trip to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Indonesia
Ford Indonesia Continued Expansion of Nationwide Dealer Network

Ford Motor Indonesia continues the expansion of its nationwide dealer network with the official opening of four new 3S (sales, service and spare parts) facilities in Bekasi, Cibubur, Batam, and a second outlet in Surabaya.

To read the full article, click here.

Campervan
Ford Tourneo Custom Campervan Revealed

Details of an exciting new campervan, the first to be based on the new Ford Tourneo Custom from a U.K. converter, have been released ahead of its world debut at The Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham this October.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Memory Seats
Video Snack: Escape Memory Seats

Learn how to recall your preferred seat position by using Memory Seat.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices

Ford to Offer Free Software Upgrade for Gas-Electric Hybrids to Boost Fuel Economy
(Detroit Free Press) Ford is responding to complaints that its gasoline-electric hybrids are not delivering advertised miles per gallon by offering owners a free software upgrade that should improve their real-world fuel economy. To read the full article, click here.

GM Planning Strict Diet for New Pickup Trucks
(Automotive News) GM is preparing to put its full-sized pickup trucks on a severe diet to meet future government fuel-economy standards and stay competitive with rival Ford, according to several people familiar with its plans. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Overhauls Fit Hatchback after Enlisting Supercar Designers
(Bloomberg) Tensions already ran high at Honda Motor Co. in October 2011, two months after Consumer Reports ridiculed the onetime favorite Civic as a substandard car, when President Takanobu Ito saw drawings of the next Fit. To read the full article, click here.

Vehicles' Technology Out of Sync With Drivers' Devices
(The Detroit News) Automakers are attacking in-dash technology in a piecemeal way that could take years to sort out. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit City Bankruptcy Unlikely to Hurt Automakers
(USA Today) The city of Detroit's bankruptcy filing apparently won't affect the Detroit Three automakers who, along with Motown soul music, made the city famous and at one time, prosperous. To read the full article, click here.

U.S. Automakers Hold a Key to Detroit's Future
(Automotive News) The Motor City was the car capital of the world when David Cole graduated from a Detroit high school in 1955 and headed off to college to study auto engineering. Six decades later, the "motor" has mostly moved out. 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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