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As Ford F-150 output starts, Fields says dealers will be fully stocked by Q2

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
The first production version of the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 pickup rolled off the line today at a Ford plant in Michigan after years of preparation. Ford aims to stake out its engineering leadership with the 2015 F-150, the industry's first mass market, aluminum-body truck....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why turbocharger fans owe Saab a thank-you

11:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Saab. The deceased Swedish automaker's lasting legacy is not the unconventional place it put the ignition switch. It isn't the blackout feature that allowed the driver to turn off all the instrument lights except the speedometer, nor is it the clamshell hood or any other quirky Saab feature....
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Ford dealership pays $128,780 in EEOC settlement after firing disabled manager

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Randall Ford in Fort Smith, Ark., has been ordered to pay a former used-car manager $128,750 after failing to accommodate his post-spinal surgery disability and then firing him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said last week.
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GM recall controversy could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR guru Vines says

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
When it comes to public relations crises in the automobile industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s was the biggest. Jason Vines should know. He was in charge of PR at Ford at the time. But Vines believes the General Motors ignition-switch recall could yet eclipse Ford-Firestone....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss....
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Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very different strengths to their new roles....
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Lincoln opens its first 3 dealerships in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
After three years of studying China's consumers and luxury buyers, Lincoln last week opened its first three dealerships in the country and rolled out a new customer service initiative....
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Tapping the potential of smartphones

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-field communication, the short-range wireless communications technology that's behind Apple Pay and works with a quick tap of the phone....
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SEMA today, showrooms tomorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Various vehicles loaded with high-performance gear at last week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show will be available soon in U.S. showrooms....
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JAMIE LaREAU

What the rich and single drive these days

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014
Apparently, sleek product redesign and TV spots featuring handsome movie star Matthew McConaughey are resonating among some wealthy singletons. Or something?...
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Ford's new Europe chief tasked with accelerating turnaround

Nov. 7, 2014 15:14 CET
Ford said new Europe chief Jim Farley is tasked with accelerating the automaker's turnaround in the region. Farley is swapping jobs with Ford of Europe President Stephen Odell, who takes Farley's role as global sales and marketing boss....
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Ford's Farley, Odell to swap jobs

4:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Ford global marketing chief Jim Farley will move to Germany to steer Ford of Europe starting January 1 in a job swap with European boss Stephen Odell, the company said. Odell, who has led European operations for Ford since 2010, will succeed Farley as executive vice president in charge of global marketing, sales and service, Ford said in a statement today....
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Mercedes gears up for its 3rd Super Bowl appearance

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014
Automakers' plans for the Super Bowl in February are beginning to emerge. Mercedes-Benz has bought time in the big game, according to Donna Boland, a spokeswoman for the company. The news was reported earlier Friday by The New York Times....
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Ford will replace its Europe chief, report says

Nov. 6, 2014 13:02 CET
Ford declined to comment on a report that it will move Stephen Odell, the head of its money-losing European operations, to a new role within the automaker....
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Lincoln opens in China with 3 stores

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Lincoln opened the doors to its first three stores in China today, launching what it is billing as a new customer service initiative -- “The Lincoln Way.”...
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Ford offers year-end incentives for dealers to meet sales targets

11:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Ford, seeking to hit year-end sales goals, rolled out a bonus program that offers dealers a cash bounty for meeting sales targets that some retailers criticize for cheapening the brand....
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Ford lays off 90 workers at Chicago plant

11:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Ford laid off about 90 workers at its Chicago Assembly Plant last week, the automaker said, describing the move as a temporary staff adjustment....
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Longer vehicle ownership might mean less loyalty, study says

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
The longer a customer owns a vehicle, the less likely he or she is to buy that same brand again, an Experian Automotive study found....
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Ford sued over sexual harassment allegations at Chicago plant

7:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
A lawyer who previously won a large settlement in a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Ford filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of four plaintiffs and “hundreds” of others in similar situations, alleging sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation occurring at Ford's Chicago assembly plant....
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Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five N.A. recalls

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Ford said today it will call back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall....
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Acura to Jeep, SEMA showcases performance, off-road mojo

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014
Automakers are showing off customized high-performance vehicles this week in Las Vegas at the Special Equipment Market Association’s yearly show. Some of the vehicles on display could be early previews of upcoming special editions or they feature engines and parts that will be available to consumers who build their own performance cars....
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JESSE SNYDER

Weep not for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
October looked like a happy month for big pickups with sales rising 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find pickup manufacturers who are really, really, really happy....
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Ford asks U.S. court to dismiss suit over electric steering

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Ford is asking a federal court in California to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of marketing defective electric power-assisted steering systems on some Fusions and Focuses....
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Ford body shops gear up for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The 2015 F-150 is a big deal because no company previously has manufactured a mass-market pickup with an aluminum body. Dealers who want to repair the trucks need to buy special tools and train technicians in aluminum techniques. Many of them are well on their way....
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