June 7, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Experiencing 'New' Type of Recovery
  • Ford 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Wins International Engine of the Year for Second Year
  • Go Further: Ford Fund Sends World War II Veterans to Visit World War II Memorial in D.C. on D-Day; Announces $278,000 Grant to DAV
  • Video Snack: Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford to Build More Award-Winning Small EcoBoost Engines



You Are Invited to Ford's Focus on Quality Presentation

Last year, Ford launched 25 new vehicles and powertrains globally. We also introduced more than 60 new technologies during the last four years. At the same time, we achieved record quality levels in three of our four regions.

In North America, we've had some great moments of achievement and we've experienced some opportunities to make our company stronger – including regaining our strong quality momentum of a few years ago.

In order to provide more detail on Ford's quality performance, the progress we are making and the importance of moving strongly into 2014, you are invited to attend our Focus on Quality presentation.

Specifically, we will focus on progress we are making in North America with MyFord Touch, our launch process and the PowerShift transmission. During the taped program, Ford President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs, Group Vice President of Global Product Development Raj Nair and Ford Global Consumer Experience Manager Andrew Ashman will provide information on the company's progress and efforts.

There will be only one session for Ford retirees. During that session, Ford Vice President of Global Engineering Hau Thai-Tang will host the event live in the auditorium to answer your questions following the taped presentation.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ford World Headquarters Auditorium, Dearborn, Mich.
How: Spaces are limited. Click registration link below.

To register to attend this event, CLICK HERE or paste the following URL into your browser: https://www.fcs.ford.com/en/registration/2013/foq/

This event is for Ford retirees only. Guests will not be permitted.

For general questions, send an email to: Go Further

Lincoln Sales Event

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
Ford F-150 Front
Ford Experiencing 'New' Type of Recovery

"Buckle up because this is going to be a year like none of us have ever experienced at Ford," said Ford Sales Analyst Erich Merkle after presenting Ford's U.S. May sales figures to media and industry analysts on Monday.

Related Material:

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News
TechShop and Ford Celebrate One Year of Innovation in Metro Detroit; Benefits Emerge from Entrepreneurial Spirit

When TechShop opened in Detroit a year ago it was intended to foster additional innovation, and now it has contributed to a 50 percent increase in patentable ideas by Ford employees.

To read the full article, click here.

EcoBoost Challenge
Ford Brings Competition to the Customer; Hosts 13-City EcoBoost Challenge

Ford is taking the competition head on, inviting customers across the country to put the automaker's popular fuel-efficient EcoBoost powered vehicles to the test against its competitors while also getting the opportunity to drive the highly anticipated Ford Fiesta ST.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fund
Ford Motor Company Fund Opens New Center in Southwest Detroit, Creates Unique Community Hub in Key Neighborhood

Ford Motor Company Fund opened a new community center – the Ford Resource and Engagement Center – in southwest Detroit to strengthen a key city neighborhood and offer diverse cultural and community programs provided by nonprofits with the support of the Fund.

To read the full article, click here.

Blue Oval
Bennie Fowler Speaks Quality with FREE Retiree Group

From the ground up, Ford Motor Co. was built on a vision of innovation.

Each day Ford executives and employees are hard at work developing cutting-edge technologies that build on ingenuity and improving quality.

To read the full article, click here.


Go Further
WWII Veteran
Go Further: Ford Fund Sends World War II Veterans to Visit World War II Memorial in D.C. on D-Day; Announces $278,000 Grant to DAV

On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, which commemorates the landing of Allied troops in Normandy, Ford Motor Company Fund sponsored an Honor Flight for 26 World War II veterans from Kentucky and their guardians to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
Blue Oval
Ford India Sells 5,993 Cars in May; All-New EcoSport Wins Over Media at Goa Pre-Launch Drive

Ford India sold 5,993 vehicles in combined domestic wholesales and exports in May 2013 as macroeconomic factors such as high interest rates continued to affect consumer sentiment.

To read the full article, click here.

EcoBoost Range at Ford
Ford 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Wins International Engine of the Year for Second Year

Ford's ultra-fuel efficient and spirited 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine today named 2013 International Engine of the Year, marking the second straight year Ford's acclaimed three-cylinder engine has captured the award.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-MAX
C-MAX, Fiesta and Focus Reign in Spain

Ford has swept the board in Spanish magazine Coche's top picks of cars on sale in 2013, with Ford C-MAX, Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus all being acclaimed best in segment.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Shows The Smarter Way to Get There at Computex 2013

Ford has been showing everyone The Smarter Way to Get There at Computex 2013 in Taiwan and doing it in style.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Wiper control
Video Snack: Rain-Sensing Wipers

See how the rain-sensing wipers work with easy step-by-step instructions to set up so you can concentrate on the road.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford to Build More Award-Winning Small EcoBoost Engines
(Detroit Free Press) Ford's smallest EcoBoost engine is the 2013 International Engine of the Year for the second time and the automaker is boosting production at its plant in Cologne, Germany. To read the full article, click here.

To Fight Toyota, Chevrolet Turns to Plastic Surgery
(Fortune) General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet division is keeping fingers crossed that plastic surgery on its midsize Malibu sedan, plus some tinkering with its engine, will be sufficient to boost sales and pricing until an all-new model appears two or three years hence. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Recalls 250,000 Hybrids, 86,500 in U.S.
(Automotive News) Toyota is recalling 242,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide, including 86,500 Toyota Prius and Lexus HS 250h hybrids in the United States, to fix a braking glitch. To read the full article, click here.

How Three Companies are Using 3D Printing
(SmartPlanet) In the future, Ford envisions customers using 3D printers to get on-demand replacement parts for their cars. But for now the car company uses the technology to make prototypes parts, which makes the testing process more efficient. To read the full article, click here.

Love Bug Eraser Makes Insect Splats Vanish
(The Detroit News) The eraser is made from a unique blend of polymer fibers under a manufacturing formula that Meyns said took a couple of years to perfect. 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/.


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

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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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