May 2, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Executives and Ford Team Members Respond to Leadership Transition
  • 2,000 New KCAP Employees Start Production of 2015 Ford Transit Van
  • A Green Drive with the New Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Seven Things You May Not Know About Ford's Next CEO Mark Fields


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Top Stories
Ford Leadership
Executives and Ford Team Members Respond to Leadership Transition

No fewer than three standing ovations occurred Thursday in the World Headquarters auditorium as company leadership announced the retirement of President and CEO Alan Mulally, which will take place July 1, 2014, and the appointment of current Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields as his successor.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

F150
Overall April U.S. Sales Decline Slightly but F-Series, Fusion and Explorer Provide Optimism

Ford’s U.S. April sales declined 1 percent versus last year, but it was still a solid month with 211,126 vehicles sold. Responding to the slight drop in sales, Ford U.S. Sales Analyst Erich Merkle said it’s important to remember that last April was an unusually strong month.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit
2,000 New KCAP Employees Start Production of 2015 Ford Transit Van

Supported by 2,000 new employees and a U.S. $1.1 billion investment, the all-new Ford Transit van rolls off the line at Kansas City Assembly Planttoday, as Ford aims to strengthen its leadership in the commercial vehicle segment.

To read the full article, click here.


 
Global Notes
Transit
Ford Transit Drives off with Van of the Year Award

Ford Transit has been named TheVanWebsite.co.uk’s Van of the Year 2014. Transit was chosen by users of the one-stop shop commercial vehicle website and TheVanWebsite.co.uk’s editorial team as the best van of the past 12 months, ahead of the likes of Nissan’s NV200 and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

To read the full article, click here.

New Fiesta Drive
A Green Drive with the New Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost

On April 24, Ford Philippines hosted a Green Refuel Day drive with members of the media driving the all-new Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost uphill to Tagaytay, south of Manila.

To read the full article, click here

Camašari Engine Plantt
Ford Argentina Launched the First Quick Lane Center in the Country

Ford opened at Pilar (Buenos Aires) the first branch of Quick Lane, the global chain of quick service specialized in light mechanics repairs and tires.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
Seven Things You May Not Know About Ford's Next CEO Mark Fields
(Detroit Free Press) Mark Fields will take over as CEO of Ford on July 1. Here are some fun facts about the 25-year veteran who will succeed Alan Mulally in the top job. To read the full article, click here.

GM Invests $50 Million in Chevy Cruze Plant
(The Detroit News) General Motors Co. says it is investing U.S. $50 million at the northeast Ohio plant that builds the popular Chevrolet Cruze. To read the full article, click here.

Visteon Pays Cerberus to Take Control of Interiors Unit
(Automotive News) Visteon Corp. said it signed an agreement to transfer its global automotive interiors business to an affiliate of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. 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
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Retiree Club Info
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