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Ford recalls 21,854 vehicles in Canada for coolant circulation problem

Ford is recalling 230,000 vehicles equipped with 1.6-litre GTDI engines because a lack of coolant circulation can cause the engines to overheat, cracking the cylinder head. About 22,000 are in Canada.

Ford will record $295 million Q1 hit from two N.A. recalls

Ford said it will take a $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls announced Wednesday, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.

Ford plans to invest an additional $350 million in Michigan plants

UPDATED: 3/28/17 5:30 pm ET - adds stock close

Ford will add $350 million in new investments at two Michigan assembly plants on top of previously pledged spending.

Ford's health plan: Slim down inventory

Ford is determined to avoid a glut of unsold cars and trucks piling up on dealer lots by trimming production - even if its vehicle volumes are relatively healthy compared to the rest of the industry.

Suit: Ford Shelby Mustang hot rod gets too hot

Some Shelby GT350 Mustang owners are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit saying that the performance model is not the “hot rod” they wanted because the cars overheat and lose power.

Mustang owners sue Ford, claiming 2016 Shelby GT350 overheats, loses power

Disgruntled Shelby GT350 Mustang owners are suing Ford in federal court for about $228 million, claiming the automaker sold them 2016 model-year performance cars that overheat and lose power.

Ford sees lower 2017 profits with most of the hit in Q1

UPDATED: 3/23/17 12:39 pm ET - adds details

Citing front-loaded product launch costs and engineering expenses, Ford said that much of the year-over-year decline it expects from its 2017 financial performance will occur in the first quarter.

Former Ford Canada CEO Dianne Craig looks for similar success in U.S.

Dianne Craig, Ford's new director of U.S. sales since Jan. 1, is hoping to bring some of the success she enjoyed as head of Ford's Canada division south of the border.

Ford plans regional incentives for dealers

Dianne Craig, who has taken over as Ford's director of US sales amid rising incentives and cooling demand, expects to find answers to her challenges in the marketplace, not Dearborn.

With EPA victory comes new uncertainty

Automakers face a new wild card in the form of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, whose views on climate change and federal power challenge the foundations of the landmark deal they struck with the government in 2012.

EPA will reopen review of 2025 emissions rules

UPDATED: 3/15/17 4:10 pm ET - adds reactions

President Donald Trump said his administration will reopen a review of Obama-era emissions mandates, welcome news for automakers that argue the strict standards are costly and out-of-touch with market realities.

Marchionne has 'zero interest' in pursuing VW merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said he has "zero interest" in pursuing a merger with Volkswagen AG, despite bringing up the possibility earlier this month.

Ford recalling 6,000 2017 Mustangs in North America

Ford said it's recalling nearly 6,000 2017 Mustang pony cars in North America, including almost 300 in Canada, with faulty left door handle springs.

Ford recalling 6,000 2017 Mustangs

Ford said it's recalling nearly 6,000 2017 Mustang pony cars in North America with faulty left door handle springs.

Thinking outside the key drop box

Ford is testing an ATM-like device that allows customers to request oil changes, alignments, transmission work or other services; drop off their keys in a secure storage bin; retrieve keys for a rental car; and pay for...

GM, Opel and the price of freedom

If General Motors' sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands were an NBA trade, the commissioner likely would veto it for being too lopsided.

Racing takes Ford into 3-D printed parts

Ford is ready to embrace 3-D printing to produce parts for its race cars. Mass production for ordinary vehicles? Not yet.

Ford appoints former Microsoft exec to board

Ford named former Microsoft and Salesforce executive Lynn Vojvodich to its board of directors, effective April 1. Vojvodich, 49, works with venture capital firms as an adviser to pre-IPO and startup companies.

GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture

GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufacturing joint venture in Michigan.

Ford faces another legal challenge over hybrid technology patent

The International Trade Commission launched an investigation into a patent infringement complaint against Ford that could prevent the automaker's Mexico-built hybrid electric cars from entering the U.S.

FordPass forges automaker's presence in tech arena

Since it launched 10 months ago, Ford Motor's FordPass app has been a learning experience for a manufacturer determined to expand into new mobility services.

Ford taps 3-D printing to forge key parts

Future fenders, intake manifolds and spoilers on Ford's race cars could soon be made entirely of 3-D-printed plastic.

Ford service network turns to 'Rock' for stability

Ford hopes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can boost sales at its service centers by convincing customers to choose Ford over third-party repair shops.

FordPass forges into tech arena

Since it launched 10 months ago, Ford Motor's FordPass app has been a learning experience for a manufacturer determined to expand into new mobility services.

Ford's Blue Oval blown away in high winds

UPDATED: 3/2/17 1:26 pm ET - adds detail

Ford's iconic Blue Oval turned into the Blew Oval after 50-mph wind gusts tore part of the sign from its perch atop the automaker's Glass House headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

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