May 17, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Escape, Fusion Accelerate 'Super Segment' Share Gains
  • Ford Fusion Named to Best Family Cars List by
  • Go Further: Ford Australia Provides Support to Red Cross, Aids Tasmania Bush Fire Victims
  • Video Snack: Easy Fuel Capless
  • Outside Voices: (The New York Times) Gone, But Still Linked to the Home Office



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Top Stories
Super Segment
Ford Escape, Fusion Accelerate 'Super Segment' Share Gains

Driven by strong sales of two of Ford's newest vehicles, the Ford Fusion and Escape, Ford's share of the "super segment," comprised of subcompacts, compacts, midsize sedans and small utilities, stands at 13 percent through the first four months of 2013 – representing a gain of 2 share points compared to the same period last year.

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Ford News

Ford Fusion Named to Best Family Cars List by

The all-new Ford Fusion was named to the list of Best Family Cars of 2013. Kelley Blue Book editors noted that with its "eye-catching exterior, the Fusion stands out with a variety of powertrains that includes two hybrid options and a pair of turbocharged engines, plus available all-wheel-drive and enough tech features to make a geek swoon."

To read the full article, click here.


FREE Retiree Group
Nancy Gioia Speaks to FREE Retiree Group

Day-to-day, Ford executives and employees are hard at work developing cutting-edge innovations that build on the company's past and affect the future standing.

To read the full article, click here.


Test Track Wall
Heritage Moment: Form Follows Function with Test Track Wall

Editor's Note: @Ford Online takes a look back at Ford heritage moments from the company's past. Click here for more heritage articles.

When Ford Motor Company decided it was time to get the test vehicles off the local streets of Dearborn, the company turned to a large, mostly open tract of land near its Dearborn Engineering Lab.

To read the full article, click here.


Go Further
Freedom Awards
Go Further: Quiet Heroes Honored with Ford Freedom Award

The 15th Ford Freedom Award honored Congressman John Lewis, and civil rights activists Johnnie R. Carr and Viola Liuzzo – three Quiet Heroes who spoke out with their dedication and their actions in the civil rights movement.

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Global Notes
Ford Fiesta
New Products Drive Ford of Europe Sales Increase in April

Ford of Europe sales increased in April by 3 percent year-over-year driven by strong demand for new products.

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Mandela Bay
Boosting Automotive Worker Wellness in Nelson Mandela Bay

The Ford Struandale Engine Plant, General Motors South Africa and Volkswagen South Africa are throwing their weight behind a unique programme to boost the wellness of workers within the automotive supply chain of Africa's largest automotive manufacturing city, Nelson Mandela Bay.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Mobile Internet Conference
Ford Awarded Again for Keeping Consumers Connected

Ford's ground-breaking efforts to keep consumers connected are again winning recognition around the globe.

At the Global Mobile Internet Conference, Asia's largest and most influential industry event, Ford has been given the 'Best Traditional-to-Mobile Transition' award for its in-car connectivity technology.

To read the full article, click here.

3D Cave
Ford Engineers Swap Spanners for 3-D Glasses as Virtual Reality Brings Prototype Cars to Life

The room where Ford cars of tomorrow are fine-tuned appears slightly incongruous at first glance. Large white walls form a three-sided box with projectors throwing images on to each wall and the ceiling. Mounted in the middle is a dummy car interior.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Video Snack: Easy Fuel Capless

See how simple it is to fill your fuel tank through the Easy Fuel Capless Filler.

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Outside Voices

Gone, but Still Linked to the Home Office
(The New York Times) Companies including Hallmark, Ford, Alcoa and FirstEnergy, as well as H.P., have extended the welcome mat for retirees, acknowledging that retiree relations can be good for business. To read the full article, click here.

Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant Gets Environmental Recognition
(Business First) Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant received recognition recently related to a storm-water project. To read the full article, click here.

Study Predicts Nearly 100-Fold Increase in EV Charging Stations
(Detroit Bureau) Though Tesla Motors might have achieved its first-ever profit during the first quarter, sales of plug-in vehicles is generally lagging way below expectations, something analysts blame on the high price of battery-based vehicles as well as their limited range. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Says Cherokee Production Delay Will Not Cause Sales Setback
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler confirmed Thursday that the 2014 Jeep Cherokee production launch has been delayed about one month, but assured dealers they will have ample inventory of the midsize SUV by fall. To read the full article, click here.

Porshe Unveils Plug-In Hybrid 918 Supercar
(USA Today) For almost two years, Porsche has tantalized with its concept version of a plug-in hybrid supercar, the 918. Now comes the real thing, and what a significant car it appears to be. 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.

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!

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Cedar Point Tickets
Kings Island Tickets
Golf Michigan Play Books
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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