March 14, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Motor Company Director Emeritus William Clay Ford Dies at Age 88
  • Need for Speed Opens in Theaters Toda
  • Ford and TÜV Rheinland Announce Premium Electric Mobility Partnership
  • Outside Voices: (Motley Fool) Ford Motor Company Keeps Rolling in China


Please Attend Our Annual Employee Auto Show Experience Where We Bring the Show to You!

2014 is an exciting year for all of us as we introduce a record number of vehicles and powertrains – including the Ford F-150, Ford Mustang and Lincoln MKC. In fact, we're launching 16 new vehicles in North America this year, triple the number of new products from last year.

We are again providing the opportunity to see and learn about all of our new production and concept vehicles. There will be product experts on hand to answer questions and you will be able to experience some of our key auto show displays, including the very visual automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle, the Ford Focus ST simulator and a series of 4-D interactive games tied to the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Escape and Explorer.

Auto Show Experience details:
WHEN: Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Click here to preview sessions)

WHAT: Experience Our Newest Vehicles

  • Vehicles Included: 2015 F-150, 2015 Mustang, Ford Edge Concept, 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, 2015 Lincoln Navigator and more
  • Displays Included: Automated Fusion Hybrid, Focus ST simulator, 4-D mobile interactive games and a Need for Speed gaming station
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Calling All Mustang Owners – We Need Your Help

To celebrate Mustang's 50th anniversary on April 17, we want to have one Mustang from every year to help make the day a big success.

If you own a Ford Mustang, and want to display it in our Employee Mustang Show on April 17th in the front of World Headquarters – click here to email us, answer the questions and send us a photo.

Everyone who participates will receive a special memento to commemorate the day.

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Top Stories
William Clay Ford
Ford Motor Company Director Emeritus William Clay Ford Dies at Age 88

William Clay Ford, who helped steer Ford Motor Company into the modern era as an employee, director and influential member of the Ford family, died Sunday at his home from pneumonia.

Mr. Ford, 88, served as Director Emeritus, Ford Motor Company and was the last surviving grandchild of the company's founder, Henry Ford.

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To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Mustang
Need for Speed Opens in Theaters Today

Need for Speed, the No. 1 driving video game, with more than 120 million units sold and 3.8 billion in retail sales, is now a major motion picture and will open in theaters March 14.

To read the full article, click here.

Women Suppliers
Ford Sourcing to Women-Owned Suppliers Up 50 Percent in 2013; Reflects Long Commitment to Diversity

In celebration of National Women's History Month, Ford announced it increased its sourcing with Women's Business Enterprise companies 50 percent last year, purchasing U.S. $1.8 billion in goods and services from tier-one, women-owned suppliers, up from $1.2 billion in 2012.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Safety Lab Celebrates Important Milestones: 20,000th Crash Test and 10,000th Servo Sled Run

Employees at the Ford Safety Lab in Dearborn recently celebrated two important milestones – the 20,000th full-vehicle crash test and the 10,000th run of the Servo Sled.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford and TÜV Rheinland Announce Premium Electric Mobility Partnership

Ford has forged an historic partnership with TÜV Rheinland which will see the two companies jointly develop premium electric mobility transport solutions.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Reveals the Fashion Elements Behind the Interior Design of the All-New Ford EcoSport

Color. Pattern. Material. These are the fundamental elements that drive new trends in the fashion world. Beyond influencing what we wear and carry, these also are the very essentials that Ford’s innovative interior designers use.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Focus and New Fiesta Lead the Compact Car Segment

To mark the beginning of another year with good news, Ford won the leadership of the medium hatch segment, with the Ford Focus and the compact segment with the new Ford Fiesta.

To read the full article, click here.


Outside Voices
Ford Motor Company Keeps Rolling in China
(Motley Fool) Coming off of a stunning performance in China in 2013, Ford Motor Company is up against some tough comparisons in 2014. To read the full article, click here.

GM's Alphabet Soup Handling of Recall Spells Trouble Ahead
(The Detroit News) There's a long way to go in the federal investigation of General Motors Co.'s mushrooming ignition switch recall, but one thing already seems clear: the feds aren’t to blame for failing to act. To read the full article, click here.

Teslas in California Help Bring Dirty Rain to China
(Bloomberg) As more environmentally conscious Americans do their bit to help clear the air by paying up for an eco-friendly ToyotaPrius or a sporty Tesla, a damaging form of polluted rain is falling in China. To read the full article, click here.

Ferrari Land Theme Park to Open in 2016
(Automotive News) Ferrari and PortAventura Entertainment have inked a deal to build a new Ferrari Land amusement park inside the PortAventura resort near Barcelona, Spain. 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)

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10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
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Golf Michigan Play Books
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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