March 28, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Releases Its 2013 Annual Report
  • Icons Converge: Ford Mustang Celebrates 50 Years at the Empire State Building
  • Burning Questions with Joe Bakaj: Key 2014 priority is to launch 10 new models
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford's High-Tech Crash Tests Help Meet Worldwide Safety Standards

Top Stories
Annual Report
Ford Releases Its 2013 Annual Report

Ford released its 2013 Annual Report online - highlighting the successful momentum of the One Ford Plan, which continued through 2013 and resulted in record breaking profits in North America and Asia Pacific Africa as well as showcasing the fifth year in a row of positive net income for the company.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Police Interceptor
Ford Claims Bigger Share of Police Vehicle Market Having Reinvented the Segment with New Products

Ford Police Interceptor gained 9 points of market share in 2013 as sales rose 48 percent, according to Ford analysis of Polk registration data.

To read the full article, click here.

2013 Ford Escape
As Baby Boomers Streamline and Simplify, Compact Utility Vehicles and Small Premium Home Sales Skyrocket

The baby boomer preference for everything bigger over the last 35 years is shrinking, but this generation's desire for comfort and amenities is still very much at the forefront in the choices they make as consumers.

To read the full article, click here.

Mustang on Empire State Building
Icons Converge: Ford Mustang Celebrates 50 Years at the Empire State Building

Two of the world's most recognizable icons are coming together April 16-17, as the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang convertible will be on display on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in New York.

To read the full article, click here.

Bob Shanks
CFO Bob Shanks Speaks to Ford Alum

Executive Vice President and CFO Bob Shanks was this month's speaker at the F.R.E.E. meeting where he updated the group on the company's continuous plan to seek global profitable growth.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Joe Bakaj
Burning Questions with Joe Bakaj: Key 2014 priority is to launch 10 new models

@FordOnline's series of in-depth interviews with senior Ford of Europe executives this month features Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Changan Engine Plant
First 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine Rolls Off Production Line in Chongqing

The first Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine came off the production line at Ford's Changan Ford Engine Plant in Chongqing on March 20, marking another manufacturing milestone.

To read the full article, click here

Ford Everest Concept
Ford Everest Concept Reveals Future Direction for Rugged, Mid-Size SUV at Bangkok International Auto Show

Presenting a breakthrough blend of strength, style and technology, Ford showcased the new Ford Everest Concept at the Bangkok International Auto Show on March 25.

To read the full article, click here.


Video Corner

Raj Nair
Mustang Memories Countdown: Raj Nair

As we get closer to the 50 years celebration of Ford Mustang, @Ford had the opportunity to sit down and chat with employees, club members and retirees about their memories around the iconic pony car.

This week, Raj Nair shares his Mustang memories.

Click here to view the video and share.


Outside Voices
Aluminum Vehicles to Reshape Repair Business
(The Detroit News) Expensive body shop tools and training, and labor rates that could nearly double, will rock the auto body repair industry following Ford Motor Co.'s foray into aluminum-body vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler 200 Sedan Improved, But Can it Shine in Crowded Field?
(Detroit Free Press) The 2015 Chrysler 200 is designed, manufactured and built in Sterling Heights and will be marketed with a huge dose of American pride in a strategy aimed at doubling sales of the car it replaces. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Buying Back Stock for First Time Since 2009 as Cash Grows
(USA Today) For Bentley Motors, it's a case of try, try again. The brand is showing off a hint of the latest incarnation of the SUV it plans to build. To read the full article, click here.

Researchers Want 9,000 Talking Cars in Ann Arbor
(The Detroit News) University of Michigan researchers want to triple the number of so-called talking cars involved in an experiment they and government officials hope will lead to safer roads. To read the full article, click here.


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