May 3, 2013

Thank you for registering to be a part of Ford Motor Company's Blue Oval Connect retiree outreach initiative.


Recently we sent out an invite to attend our Friends & Family Auto Show Experience that included the incorrect registration link. To sign up, please use the revised note below. We apologize for any inconvinience this may have caused.


Through first-quarter 2013, our product momentum intensified with strong performances by Ford Fusion, Ford Escape and Ford F-Series. Our market share grew 0.7 ppts. – more than any other automaker. In addition, the Ford Focus solidified its position as the world's best-selling vehicle for 2012.

On top of that, our two new concepts – the Ford Atlas Concept and Lincoln MKC Concept have taken the auto show circuit by storm.

This is your chance to bring your friends and family to see the Ford Atlas Concept and Lincoln MKC Concept in person, to experience and learn about all of our great products from the experts and to experience our educational and entertaining auto show displays, including a ride in our Fiesta ST simulator.



Click here for directions to PDC.

WHAT: Auto Show Experience Friends and Family Open House

Vehicles include: Ford Atlas Concept, Lincoln MKC Concept, 2014 Fiesta and Fiesta ST, Focus ST, C-MAX Hybrid, Fusion, Escape, Explorer, Transit, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and our NASCAR Fusion.

Displays include: Strap in for a wild ride in a Fiesta ST simulator, take our safe-driving video challenge and learn the details of why our EcoBoost brand continues to grow.

HOW: Register by clicking the button below, or by entering into your browser.

Please indicate the total number of adults (including yourself) and the number of children under 12 who will attend. A Ford retiree must be in attendance with family and friends.

For general questions, send email to: Go Further

NOTE: On registration days there is a heavy demand on our servers, you may experience slower load times. Please try several times. If issues persist, please email

Also, f you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please contact us at No confirmation is an indication that you are NOT registered for the event.

Accelerated Action Day
Accelerated Action Day, May 10

Great Products, Strong Business and a Better World are the words we live by at Ford Motor Company. Now that spring has arrived, it's time to join the Ford Volunteer Corps and step outside to help create a better world on the Ford Accelerated Action Day dedicated to environmental projects.

Click here to sign up for MODEL Teams and participate with Accelerated Action Day, Friday, May 10.

Great Savings During the EcoBoost® Challenge Sales Event

We took on the best our competition had to offer and came away smiling. Now it's your turn to come away smiling with Challenge Cash on our popular line-up. Take the EcoBoost Challenge and save now on a new Ford.

Click here for more information.

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Ford, the industry's truck leader, will add more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet surging demand for the Ford F-150 and planned production of the all-new Ford Transit.

To read the full article, click here.


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Talking to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala: Improved MyLink
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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)

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


Directory Information
Phone numbers and email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can be found on @Ford Online at:

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email

Retiree Club Info
Retiree Club Information Now Online


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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to

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Associate Publisher: Jenn Corney
Managing Editor: Megan Whalen

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