June 21, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Celebrates Production of 7 Millionth Transit Van
  • Ford Provides More Exclusive Options for Vehicle Personalization
  • Go Further: Employees Band Together to Boost Morale of Colleague Serving in U.S. Army
  • Video Snack: Resynchronization of Power-Folding Mirrors
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) New Ford's to be Full of Knobs



Lincoln Sales Event Final Days

Five models: MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and Navigator. Efficiency, performance, technology and luxury all in one place. And now, during the Lincoln Spring Sales Event, attractive purchase and lease offers help make driving a new Lincoln very attractive.

Click here for more information.

Top Stories
Transit Celebration with Mulally
Ford Celebrates Production of 7 Millionth Transit Van

Ford Motor Company announced production of the seven millionth Transit, the popular commercial van launched in 1965 in Europe and now being extended to 118 markets across six continents.

To read the full article, click here.

1000th NASCAR Win
Greg Biffle Gives Ford Motor Company 1,000th NASCAR Victory After Winning at Michigan International Speedway

Henry Ford's win over Alexander Winton on Oct. 10, 1901 in what proved to be his only race as a driver was a milestone victory that helped launch the Ford Motor Company.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford F-150
Ford F-150 Chosen as Best Light-Duty Pickup Truck by PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine

The Ford F-150 has been named winner of the 2013 Light-Duty Challenge by the editors of PickupTrucks.com and Popular Mechanics Magazine.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fusion
Ford Participates in Panel Discussion, Talks Inspiration behind Automotive Design

When a building or vehicle is in the process of being designed, a million things are taken into account before the final product is ultimately unveiled. Both products are expected to be stylish and unique creations, but also reflect the times, while offering practical access to features people require for daily use.

To read the full article, click here.

Employee Parts Purchasing Program
Ford Provides More Exclusive Options for Vehicle Personalization

Ford's Employee Parts Purchasing Program has been servicing employees with Ford OEM parts at a reasonable price for more than 12 years. The only difference today is that the purchasing process is now easier, more efficient and user-friendly.

To read the full article, click here.

Go Further
Ford Colleagues
Go Further: Employees Band Together to Boost Morale of Colleague Serving in U.S. Army

The request was small, but the response was overwhelming.

That's probably the best way to sum up the heart-warming story that began when Anthony 'Tony' Offredi – a Body Construction engineer in Ford Vehicle Operations Manufacturing Engineering – responded to an email sent to him by his manager at Ford's Fairlane North in Dearborn.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Ford EcoBoost Engines Win Top Award from Car Dealer

Ford's acclaimed EcoBoost engine technology has picked up a top honour at the annual Car Dealer Power awards. The three-strong range of economical petrol powerplants was voted "Manufacturer Initiative of the Year" by Car Dealer readers.

To read the full article, click here.

Chongqing Plant
Ford More Than Doubles China Engine Production Capacity with New Chongqing Plant

Ford took the latest step in its historic industrial expansion in Asia Pacific with the official opening of a U.S. $500 million new engine plant in Chongqing at its joint venture in China Changan Ford Automobile.

To read the full article, click here.

Unveil of Lineup
Ford Argentina Unveiled its 2013 Global Lineup

Ford Argentina unveiled three new global platforms. The all-new Ford Focus, the all-new Ford Kuga and the new Ford Fiesta, are all going to be launched on the Argentinean market during the second half of this year.

To read the full article, click here.

Brake Light Testing
Ford Tests High-Tech 'Brake Light' That Warns Other Drivers Even From Afar

Ford Motor Company participated in a special test of a high-tech early warning “brake light” that can warn drivers following behind even if they are around a bend or behind other traffic.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Video Snack: Resynchronization of Power-Folding Mirrors

See how to resychnronize your power folding mirros if they have been moved manually.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford EcoBoost Production Starts in India
(Detroit Free Press) The Ford EcoSport, a small utility vehicle made in India and sold there and in other Asian markets, is rolling off an assembly line in India as part of a U.S$142-million plant expansion. To read the full article, click here.

New Fords to be Full of Knobs
(Bloomberg) Some things, you don’t mess with. Telephones have 12 keys arranged in four rows of 3—and they always will. To read the full article, click here.

GM '14 Corvette Can Accelerate to 60 MPG in 3.8 Seconds
(The Detroit News) General Motors Co. said Thursday that its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds when equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package. To read the full article, click here.

Automakers in High Gear for Summer Car Deals
(CNBC) After a few years of late-starting, lackluster deals, the summer auto sale may be back in full force. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Says Accord Hybrid's 47 Mpg Tops Camry
(USA Today) When it comes to gas mileage, Honda is about shakeup the world of midsize cars for the hybrid version of its hit Accord midsize sedan. 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/.


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