Nick Bunkley

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The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

2:52 pm U.S. ET | July 23
As GM and Ford run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, UAW leaders fume and gain an unlikely ally. ...

Ford revives high-end Limited F-150 for 2016

UPDATED: 7/21/15 8:22 am ET - adds photo gallery
Ford is responding to surging demand for high-end pickups by introducing a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and likely top $70,000 when loade ...

Ford moves put UAW on roller coaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20
Ford Motor Co. has given the UAW some good news and some bad news as it prepares for a contentious round of contract talks. The company last week confirmed plans to build ...

Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19
Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicl ...

Ford confirms it will build Lincoln Continental in Michigan plant

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 15
The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor is bringing back to life next year to replace the MKS sedan, will be assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich. ...

Ford stops sales of some 2015 Edges for water leak

1:47 pm U.S. ET | July 14
Ford has ordered dealers to stop selling some 2015 Edge crossovers because water can leak inside the cabin. ...

Rik Fregia

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Turning around a failing dealership by tripling sales and improving employee morale ...

Brian Godfrey

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council ...

Ford to move production of Focus, C-Max from Michigan Assembly

UPDATED: 7/9/15 4:27 pm ET - adds details
Ford today said its Michigan Assembly Plant will stop building the Focus and C-Max in 2018, in a sign that the automaker sees slow demand for small cars to continue in th ...

A sales record not worth breaking

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's not the whole story. rather misleading. June 2015 was actually far ...

The end of the Jobs Bank, a symbol of excess

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5
Perhaps nothing did more to damage the reputation of the UAW -- and the U.S. automakers that employed its members -- than the Jobs Bank, a program that paid excess worker ...

Ford expects second-half rally for F series as inventory builds

11:00 am U.S. ET | July 1
Ford posted a 1.5 percent increase in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month, even as F-series deliveries declined to the lowest level since January. ...

Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29
Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Mi ...

U.S. auto sales remain robust in June

12:32 pm U.S. ET | June 26
U.S. auto sales have shown no signs of weakening this month after a blowout performance in May, with forecasters projecting an industrywide gain of about 5 percent to clo ...

2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story

3:13 pm U.S. ET | June 26
By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005. ...

Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24
Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago. ...

Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

UPDATED: 6/23/15 11:55 pm ET - adds Fields quote
Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the ...

Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

UPDATED: 6/23/15 11:48 pm ET - adds Fields quote
Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transport ...

Kerkorian kept the pressure on Detroit 3

UPDATED: 6/22/15 4:35 pm ET - corrected
Kirk Kerkorian, who died last week, never quite managed to close the blockbuster deals he chased in Detroit. ...

Kirk Kerkorian -- investor who changed Chrysler, prodded GM -- dies at 98

UPDATED: 6/16/15 6:03 pm ET - adds Iacocca statement
Kirk Kerkorian, the billionaire casino mogul who twice attempted takeovers of Chrysler and in 2006 tried to fashion a global alliance between GM and Nissan-Renault, died ...

A Ford r&d center for this century

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
As Ford tries to instill some Silicon Valley attitude into its ranks, the automaker is planning a major overhaul to bring its aging research and engineering campus out of ...

Lincoln output will move to free Explorer capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
Ford Motor Co. won't build the 2017 Lincoln Continental at the same plant that currently makes the Lincoln MKS sedan, freeing up some capacity to build more of the hot-se ...

After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14
Mark Fields succeeded one of the most revered executives in automotive history while generating barely a ripple among investors, dealers and employees. ...

Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12
Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans. ...

Ford to move Lincoln production to free up Explorer capacity

12:02 pm U.S. ET | June 11
Ford won't build the 2017 Lincoln Continental at the same plant that currently makes the MKS sedan, freeing up some capacity to build more of the hot-selling Explorer, th ...
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