May 9, 2014

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Executives and Ford Team Members Respond to Leadership Transition
  • Ford Transit Connect Wagon: The Unminivan Breaks from Traditional Seven-Passenger People Mover Shareholders
  • Ford China April Sales Up 29 Percent, Year-to-Date Sales Increase 41 Percent
  • Outside Voices: (The Detroit News) Ford's Three-Cylinder EcoBoost Engine Off to Fast Start

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Top Stories

Ford Leadership
Preliminary Voting Results from Ford Motor Company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

A total of 74 people attended the annual meeting of shareholders in Wilmington, Del. on May 8, 2014.

Preliminary voting results indicate that a total of 3,232,829,070 shares of common stock and 70,852,076 shares of Class B stock with a total aggregate of 5,820,630,294 votes were represented in person or by proxy at the annual meeting.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford News

Transit Connect Wagon
Ford Transit Connect Wagon: The Unminivan Breaks from Traditional Seven-Passenger People Mover Shareholders

Think of the all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon as the #unminivan.

Fuel efficient, flexible, uniquely styled and fun to drive, Transit Connect Wagon is an affordable people mover for families and active individuals who want to be ready for whatever life brings.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Sells 500,000th EcoBoost Engine for F-150 as Customer Preference Shifts to V6 Engines

Ford, America's truck leader for 37 years, marks a major milestone with the sale of its 500,000th 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost-equipped F-150.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Notes
Ford China April Sales Up 29 Percent, Year-to-Date Sales Increase 41 Percent

Ford China sold 96,829 wholesale vehicles last month, up 29 percent from the 75,315 sold in April 2013.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta Tops Cost-Conscious U.K. Motorist's Wish List

Economy-conscious U.K. motorists have kept the Ford Fiesta at the top of CAP Automotive's "Total Cost of Motoring" consumer research charts for the third month running.

To read the full article, click here

Randstad Awards
Ford Awarded as One of the Companies more Attractive to Work for in Argentina

Ford Argentina was recently awarded second place in the 2014 edition of Randstad Award, an international recognition for top employers based on a survey of more than 200,000 people around the world.

To read the full article, click here.


Outside Voices
Ford's Three-Cylinder EcoBoost Engine Off to Fast Start
(The Detroit News) In just a few short months, Ford's 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is beating the automaker's initial U.S. expectations despite limited offering. To read the full article, click here.

Marchionne Says London to Have Fiat Chrysler Headquarters
(Bloomberg) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the company that will be formed from the combination of Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, will be based in London, marginalizing Italy's role for the automaker. To read the full article, click here.

Mark Phelan: New Technologies Make Driving Safer for Seniors, Easier for Everyone
(Detroit Free Press) From radar sensors that beep when there's a car in your blind spot to cars that literally drive themselves, new technologies promise to make driving safer for older drivers and easier for everyone. To read the full article, click here.


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