May 31, 2013

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Hybrid Vehicle Sales Break Full-Year Record in First Five Months of 2013
  • Serious Sustainability: Fusion Takes Ford's Use of Recycled Material in Fabric Global, Furthers Industry-Changing Efforts
  • Go Further: Run, Walk or Ride to Cure Diabetes
  • Video Snack: MKS Dual-Panel Moonroof
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Ford Rocks Hybrid Sales



You Are Invited to Ford's Focus on Quality Presentation

Last year, Ford launched 25 new vehicles and powertrains globally. We also introduced more than 60 new technologies during the last four years. At the same time, we achieved record quality levels in three of our four regions.

In North America, we've had some great moments of achievement and we've experienced some opportunities to make our company stronger – including regaining our strong quality momentum of a few years ago.

In order to provide more detail on Ford's quality performance, the progress we are making and the importance of moving strongly into 2014, you are invited to attend our Focus on Quality presentation.

Specifically, we will focus on progress we are making in North America with MyFord Touch, our launch process and the PowerShift transmission. During the taped program, Ford President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs, Group Vice President of Global Product Development Raj Nair and Ford Global Consumer Experience Manager Andrew Ashman will provide information on the company's progress and efforts.

There will be only one session for Ford retirees. During that session, Ford Vice President of Global Engineering Hau Thai-Tang will host the event live in the auditorium to answer your questions following the taped presentation.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ford World Headquarters Auditorium, Dearborn, Mich.
How: Spaces are limited. Click registration link below.

To register to attend this event, CLICK HERE or paste the following URL into your browser:

This event is for Ford retirees only. Guests will not be permitted.

For general questions, send an email to: Go Further

The EcoBoost® Challenge Sales Event Ends Soon

You'll have to act fast to take advantage of EcoBoost Challenge savings. Visit your local Ford Dealer and come away smiling with great savings on a new Ford.

Click here for more information.

Lincoln Sales Event

Five models: MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and Navigator. Efficiency, performance, technology and luxury all in one place. And now, during the Lincoln Spring Sales Event, attractive purchase and lease offers help make driving a new Lincoln very attractive.

Click here for more information.

Data Correction Deadline is June 14 for Ford GRP Retirees in Current Lump-Sum Election Period

If you are a participant in a current election period (ending on July 29, 2013) and have any corrections to your personal information in your Election Kit, please contact the Pension Lump-Sum Information Center by June 14, 2013. As communicated in your Decision Guide package and Election Kit, a new kit may be required and failure to report any necessary corrections to your personal information by this date may affect your eligibility for the lump-sum payment opportunity.

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Top Stories
Hybrid Sales
Ford Hybrid Vehicle Sales Break Full-Year Record in First Five Months of 2013

Ford Motor Company bested its previous full-year hybrid sales record in just the first five months of 2013, driven by the product strength of its new electrified vehicle lineup including Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Fusion Energi, as well as Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

To read the full article, click here.

Utility Vehicles Driving Ford to Unprecedented Sales Gains in Critical Markets Around the World

Ford is leading a major global shift to fuel-efficient and functional utility vehicles, growing its sales during the last five years faster than any other Ford vehicle segment and faster than the industry average.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Recycled Material on Seats
Serious Sustainability: Fusion Takes Ford's Use of Recycled Material in Fabric Global, Furthers Industry-Changing Efforts

Ford Fusion is the first global vehicle program from any automaker to use seat fabric made from recycled material, with the potential to recycle enough plastic bottles and post-industrial waste to make 1.5 million yards of fabric annually.

To read the full article, click here.

3D Imaging
Ford Leads Auto Industry in Using 3D Imaging to Improve Quality, Making F-Series Trucks Even Tougher, Quieter

Ford engineers are using 3D mapping in what is believed to be the technology's first application in the auto industry to better analyze rear axle parts of Ford F-Series pickups during assembly, leading to a smoother, quieter ride for drivers of Ford trucks.

To read the full article, click here.

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Memorial Day Parade
Ford Wins Top 25 Award at 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Ford Motor Company has earned the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 award at the 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, the global cross-industry event for supply chain leadership.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Credit
For Customers Affected by Recent Storms, Ford Credit and Lincoln Automotive Financial Services Offer Financial Relief

Ford Motor Credit Company and Lincoln Automotive Financial Services are offering customers affected by the recent tornado and other storm damage the option to delay some car and truck payments.

To read the full article, click here.


Go Further
Go Further: Run, Walk or Ride to Cure Diabetes

Whether you are a beginner or competitive athlete, why not dedicate your efforts to a great cause? Ford is currently forming teams to train and fundraise for the following Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation events.

To read the full article, click here

Global Notes
All-New Lincoln MKZ Launches in South Korea

Ford Sales and Service Korea launched the all-new Lincoln MKZ, marking the Asian debut of the vehicle that will set new standards for premium sedans by combining elegant design and impressive state-of-the-art technology.

To read the full article, click here.

B-MAX Is Europe's Best-Selling Small Multi-Activity Vehicle

The B-MAX was the best-selling small multi-activity vehicle in Europe in the first quarter of 2013, based on Ford's analysis of Polk registration data.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford F-150
History + Mud + Towing = Fun with the Ford F-150 in the Badlands of Alberta

The first week of May was chocked full of history, mud, dust and driving – or as we like to call it, fun – as media from across Canada descended on Drumheller, Alberta, to experience the new 2013 Ford F-150.

To read the full article, click here.

Video Corner

Video Snack: MKS Dual-Panel Moonroof

See how to open, close, and vent the dual panel moonroof and sunscreen in your Lincoln MKS.

Click here to view the video.


Outside Voices

Ford Rocks Hybrid Sales
(USA Today ) As May ends, and the auto industry starts to celebrate what will likely be another great month for sales, Ford has its own claim to fame. To read the full article, click here.

2005 Through 2009 Mustangs Can Be Shelbys
(The Detroit News) It was just a few weeks more than 50 years ago that Ford unleashed its Mustang, a car that galloped into prominence in automotive history. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet Malibu Makeover Debuts
(Detroit Free Press) Not a moment too soon, General Motors' makeover of its underperforming Chevrolet Malibu will take center stage amid high expectations that its sales will rebound quickly. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat Preparing $10 Billion in Financing for Chrysler Merger, Report Says
(Automotive News) Fiat S.p.A. is in talks for as much as U.S. $10 billion in financing from a pool of banks to buy the Chrysler Group LLC stake it doesn't own and refinance the two automakers' debt, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg on Wednesday. To read the full article, click here.

Study: Parking Goes High-Tech in Many Cities
(USA Today) Technology is going to transform how motorists hunt down available parking in crowded cities, ending the need to circle endlessly for a space, a new study says. 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)

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

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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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