June 6, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Best May Retail Sales in 10 Years Sets Records for Fusion, Escape, Lincoln MKZ
  • All-New Ford Transit: Better Gas Mileage Than E-Series; Best-in-Class Gas Engine Torque, Cargo Capacity
  • Ford Demonstrates Experimental Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology for the First Time in Asia Pacific
  • Outside Voices: (CNBC) GM's Barra: Report Found 'Pattern of Incompetence and Neglect'



Top Stories
Lincoln MKZ
Best May Retail Sales in 10 Years Sets Records for Fusion, Escape, Lincoln MKZ

Ford Motor Company U.S. sales totaled 254,084 vehicles in May, up 3 percent from a year ago. Retail sales set several model records with 174,889 vehicles sold – an increase of 6 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Transit
All-New Ford Transit: Better Gas Mileage Than E-Series; Best-in-Class Gas Engine Torque, Cargo Capacity

The all-new 2015 Ford Transit, America's newest Built Ford Tough van, delivers as much as 46 percent better gas mileage than Ford E-Series and offers Ford van customers more choices and capability than ever.

To read the full article, click here.

Lightweight Concept Car
Ford Builds on Advanced Materials Use in All-New F-150 with Lightweight Concept Car

Ford recently unveiled its Lightweight Concept vehicle, which uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

To read the full article, click here.

Next-generation battery technology
Ford and Samsung Research Next-Generation Battery Technology

Ford and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, announced research on different levels of hybrid technology that could one day be produced in high volume on non-hybrid vehicles for greater fuel savings.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Volunteers
Ford Volunteers go to Work for the Environment on a Ford Accelerated Action Day

World Environment Day was this week and the Ford Volunteer Corps has fanned out across southeast Michigan to work on community environmental projects.

To read the full article, click here.

 
Global Notes
Communication Technology
Ford Demonstrates Experimental Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology for the First Time in Asia Pacific

On display for the first time in Asia Pacific, Ford showcased its experimental vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology with live demonstrations with two specially-equipped Ford Kugas in downtown Taipei at Computex 2014.

To read the full article, click here.

Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Confident in Ford of Europe Transformation

The latest Ford of Europe Go Further Webcast is now showing on FCN online. It is a special edition featuring Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company and Stephen Odell, President Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

To read the full article, click here

F-Series
Ford Trucks Launches Exclusive Pre-sale Program of New F-Series Models

Ford Trucks begins a new stage for the launching of the New F-Series on the Brazilian market: the opening of a special F-4000 and F350 pre-sales program.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Says May China Auto Sales Up 32 Percent
(Reuters) Ford Motor Co. and its Chinese joint ventures sold 93,323 vehicles in China in May, up 32 percent from a year earlier, the U.S. automaker said on Friday. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Expects Strong Growth in Commercial Vehicle Market
(FleetOwner) The global Class 1-7 commercial vehicle market is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to Ford executives. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Barra: Report Found 'Pattern of Incompetence and Neglect'
(CNBC) General Motors said it will launch a compensation program for crash victims as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Shifts Gears from 'Imported from Detroit'; 200 is 'America's Import'
(USA Today) The Chrysler 200, formerly known as "Imported from Detroit" is changing its marketing line to "America's Import," in a new advertising campaign that launches Saturday. 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
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Retiree Club Info
Retiree Club Information Now Online

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