March 7, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • New 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Will Deliver Best-in-Class Horsepower, Torque and Towing Capacity
  • Demand for All-Wheel Drive Ford Vehicles Triples as Technology Moves Beyond Big Trucks, SUVs
  • Mark Fields Predicts Bright Future for Ford in Europe
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) Ford Ratchets Up Plant's Efficiency


Announcements

Survey check
Ford Retiree Communications Survey:
We Want to Know What You Think!

As Ford alumni, we welcome your input and would appreciate your support in answering a few brief questions regarding the mass communications the company provides which are available to retirees in the U.S. (i.e. @Ford magazine, @FordOnline, Blue Oval Connect, etc.).

Please note, this survey is about company news communications and about the company in general, NOT about benefits or pension communications.

We plan to use these survey results to continue to improve and fine tune our efforts in communicating with you, our Ford Alumni.

To take the brief online survey, click here or cut and paste this URL into your browser: http://bit.ly/RetireeCommunicationsSurvey.


Top Stories
SuperDuty
New 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty Will Deliver Best-in-Class Horsepower, Torque and Towing Capacity

Ford F-Series Super Duty reinforces its leadership in the heavy-duty pickup truck market with engine and chassis upgrades for 2015.

To read the full article, click here.

King Ranch
Texas State Photographer Helps Ford, King Ranch Celebrate Successful 15-Year Partnership

The introduction of the new Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty and Expedition King Ranch models celebrates an association with the iconic Texas ranch that spans 15 years.

Related Material:

To read the full article, click here.

F650
All-New Ford F-650/F-750 Anchors America's Broadest, Best-Selling Lineup of Commercial Trucks

Ford, America's truck leader, sets a new standard in medium-duty commercial work trucks with the all-new Ford F-650/F-750.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Ford Fusion
Demand for All-Wheel Drive Ford Vehicles Triples as Technology Moves Beyond Big Trucks, SUVs

Consumers have traditionally associated all-wheel drive with large SUVs and pickup trucks, but a new breed of more efficient and affordable all-wheel- drive systems is showing up in unexpected segments.

To read the full article, click here.

MKZ
Lincoln Sales Momentum Continues

Lincoln February sales are up 36 percent from this point last year, selling 6,661 vehicles in the year's shortest month.

To read the full article, click here.

FREE
Mark Laneve Talks Digital with F.R.E.E.

Risk takers, leaders, innovators - you can find them all at Ford Motor Company.

Each day Ford executives and employees are hard at work developing cutting-edge technologies that fortify the company's heart of innovation.

To read the full article, click here.


 
Global Notes
Mark Fields
Mark Fields Predicts Bright Future for Ford in Europe

Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields has urged staff to stay focused as the company edges ever closer to sustainable growth and profitability in Europe.

To read the full article, click here.

Pinmar dunes
Ford's Global Vehicles Challenge Dunes in Pinamar Beach

The Ford Kinetic Summer Attraction 2014 opened the summer season with a new edition of test drives in the Pinamar dunes (Argentinean coast) for more than 130 guests.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Malaysia
Ford Motor Company Announces the Launch of the Ford Transit in Malaysia

Ford Motor Company and Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) this week announced that the locally-assembled Ford Transit commercial van will be available in Ford showrooms throughout Malaysia early next month.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner

Geneva
Geneva Motor Show 2014

View the Ford Press Conference from the Geneva Motor Show.

Click here to view the video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Ratchets Up Plant's Efficiency
(The Detroit News) Ford's 11 North American assembly plants are humming at 135 percent efficiency, which could grow as the automaker continues to fine-tune manufacturing processes. To read the full article, click here.

GM, Ford Sales Drop as Chrysler Overcomes Cold February to Post Gain
(Detroit Free Press) Winter has done what higher gas prices and last year's government shutdown could not do: slow the auto industry's sales momentum. To read the full article, click here.

2014 Geneva Motor Show Coverage
(AutoBlog) With just under 80 debuts rounding out our coverage of the Geneva Motor Show, it's fair to say that we are spent. To read the full article, click here.

Mercedes Narrows Gap to Audi by One-Third on China Surge
(Bloomberg) Mercedes-Benz slashed second-place Audi AG (NSU)'s luxury-car sales lead by almost one-third in the first two months of 2014 on surging demand for its models in China. 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
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

**NEW UPDATES**

A complete list of retiree club information and group meetings has been relocated to an @Ford Online web page.

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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