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Battery suppliers face capacity crunch

Concerns are growing that battery suppliers such as LG Chem and Samsung won't be able to keep up as automakers promise dozens of new electric vehicles in the coming years.

Ford says recall of F-150, Super Duty pickups to cost $267 million in Q4

UPDATED: 10/18/17 4:06 pm ET - adds details

Ford recalled 1.3 million 2015-17 F-150 pickups and 2017 Super Duty pickups to fix faulty side door latches. The action will cost the automaker $267 million in the fourth quarter.

Former Ford CEO Mark Fields named senior adviser at TPG Capital

Former Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields has been named a senior adviser at private equity firm TPG Capital, where he will be tasked with helping reinvent companies in the way that he attempted to transform Ford.

Ford faces 'significant work' before autonomous vehicles become reality, Argo AI exec says

UPDATED: 10/16/17 2:01 pm ET - corrected

Argo AI, a Pittsburgh artificial intelligence company backed by Ford, has grown aggressively, but its CEO says much work remains to help Ford bring an autonomous car to market in 2021.

Louisiana sheriff's office boycotts Ford over support for NFL players' anthem protests

UPDATED: 10/13/17 12:21 pm ET -- updated sheriff comment

Sheriff Julian Whittington of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana said in a letter to its dealership, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, that it would no longer buy Ford police vehicles.

Ford to triple number of employee-only EV charging stations in North America

Ford plans to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations for its North American employees from 200 to 600 over the next three years as it places a greater emphasis on electrification.

Wall Street warms to Detroit's EV vision

GM's and Ford's visions for competing against Silicon Valley are starting to come into focus — and Wall Street finally may be taking notice.

Ford's Hackett calls for sweeping changes in vehicle development, investment

UPDATED: 10/3/17 6:55 pm ET

Under new CEO Jim Hackett, Ford plans to redirect a third of the company's internal-combustion engine outlays to vehicle electrification and cut costs by $14 billion.

Ford's Hackett calls for sweeping changes in vehicle development, investment

Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined sweeping changes that include reallocating US$7 billion from cars to SUVs, crossovers and trucks, speeding up vehicle development, slashing costs by US$14 billion and building Internet...

FORD: Hurricane replacements help end skid

Replacement demand from Hurricane Harvey helped an already-strong September for Ford as the automaker snapped a three-month sales skid.

Ford to expand EV offerings

Ford said it will increase the number of battery electric vehicles it offers, and is forming a dedicated internal team to study and develop the technology.

Hackett: I wouldn't ride in an autonomous car -- yet

Ford CEO Jim Hackett said he would not yet ride in an autonomous car on public roads, although he said the automaker remains "on track" to deliver a self-driving car of its own in 2021.

Lyft deal clarifies Ford's mobility path

Ford’s decision to partner with Lyft, a company part-owned by GM, helps answer big questions about plans to launch autonomous vehicles early in the next decade.

Store trades charity for a little help

Longo Toyota in California offers community and school groups the chance to raise money by working in its service department for a day.

Ford extends paid leave for mothers of new children, adds time off for fathers

Ford is expanding paid time for mothers of newborns and newly adopted children, and is introducing paid time off for fathers as part of an updated health plan.

Ford Ranger interior spied during testing

The interior of the 2019 Ford Ranger may look similar to that of the midsize pickup now sold in markets outside the U.S.

Jim Hackett's big moment

After quietly evaluating Ford's operations since taking over as CEO in May, Jim Hackett is expected to start laying out his plan for the automaker during a meeting with Wall Street next week.

Jim Hackett's big moment

After quietly evaluating Ford's operations since taking over as CEO in May, Jim Hackett is expected to start laying out his plan for the automaker during a meeting with Wall Street next week.

Football, furniture and Ford

Here are 10 facts about Ford's top executive Jim Hackett.

Lincoln enjoys Continental lift

A dealership general manager says his used-car lot is full of BMW 7-series sedans that buyers have traded in for the Continental.

Ford expands use of augmented reality for design

Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.

Ford schedules downtime at 5 N.A. assembly plants amid slowing sales

UPDATED: 9/19/17 3:53 pm ET - adds details

Ford said it will temporarily shut down production lines at five assembly plants in North America before the end of the year to fix recalled commercial vans and reduce output of slow-selling cars.

Ford to shut down Transit lines for a week

Ford plans to shut down Transit production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant for seven days starting next week amid slumping sales for the nation's best-selling large van.

Ford patents retractable table for autonomous cars

Ford thinks the interior of autonomous vehicles could resemble a kitchen or office conference room.

Bringing more mobility to marketing

Tito Melega, the new creative chief of Ford's agency plans to invoke the company's long and global legacy of moving people.

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