Ford Motor Company

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  • Dec. 18, 2012, 8:23 AM

    A sobering thought for automakers circling around today is that gas mileage ratings need to be accurate or profits could be pinched. The development comes after Hyundai (HYMLF.PK) and Kia Motor (KIMTF.PK) tell U.S. senators they will allow owners of vehicles with overstated fuel economy ratings until the end of 2013 to file for compensation. The bill for the pair of Asian automakers could topple $100M each.

    | Dec. 18, 2012, 8:23 AM | 11 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2012, 3:23 PM

    Automakers are willing to give up a bit of profits in order to win out on year-end rankings. In the luxury market, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are fighting for the top spot with new rebate deals while in the muscle car segment Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang tangle for the number one ranking. The spirited promotional stance bodes well for December auto sales numbers, but could temper the start to 2013.

    | Dec. 17, 2012, 3:23 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2012, 11:20 AM

    Ford (F +1.5%) says its new C-MAX hybrid recorded 8,030 sales in the first two months of its debut, marking the automaker's best launch of a hybrid ever. Of note, the C-MAX outsold the Toyota Camry hybrid during the period and saw more customers trade in Toyota Prius vehicles than any other model when purchasing their C-MAX.

    | Dec. 17, 2012, 11:20 AM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2012, 11:22 AM
    Ford (F -1.4%) exec Joe Hinrichs says the automaker is talking with the EPA over mileage claims and will make any needed adjustments. The company is trying to stay in front of the issue after informal testing from Consumer Reports came in with lower fuel economy performance than what Ford calls out.
    | Dec. 14, 2012, 11:22 AM | 17 Comments
  • Dec. 14, 2012, 8:38 AM
    Are the Big Three (GM, FIATY.PK, F) exiting Europe fast enough? Another month of double-digit (Y/Y) declines in registrations on the continent and ongoing losses don't even tell the whole story. It's a case of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer with German automakers Daimler (DDAIF.PK), BMW (BAMXY.PK), and Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) on the right side of the equation and Detroit's trio stuck in the mud.
    | Dec. 14, 2012, 8:38 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:25 PM
    BofA Merrill Lynch's 1,600 year-end target for the S&P in 2013 is one of the most optimistic on Wall Street. Its 10 favorite stocks for the new year: F, WMT, VLO, C, LLY, MMM, CSCO, MOS, CTL and NU. It's worth noting that BAML's list from last year has returned 18% YTD so far.
    | Dec. 12, 2012, 6:25 PM | 11 Comments
  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:52 PM
    Ford (F +0.1%) will invest $135M to back the development of the five new electric vehicles the automaker plans to sell by the end of the year. New testing on hybrid vehicle batteries will simulate ten years of wear and tear and 150K miles on the odometer as Ford looks for ways to address consumer concerns on EV technology.
    | Dec. 12, 2012, 1:52 PM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:59 PM
    A pair of right-to-work bills are officially passed in Michigan to set the stage for new employees at General Motors (GM +0.3%), Ford (F -0.1%), and Chrysler (FIATY.PK) to skip around union fees. While labor groups are still making quite a bit of noise on the issue, the Big Three have been deathly quiet.
    | Dec. 11, 2012, 2:59 PM | 83 Comments
  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:31 PM
    The right-to-work bill in Michigan awaiting Governor Snyder's signature won't have any impact on the bottom line of the Big Three anytime soon, but could pull at the thread of the organized labor movement in the state, according to analysts. With the unions able to flex their muscles with the Detroit automakers historically, the question now centers on if future labor negotiations could be influenced, if even just a shade?
    | Dec. 10, 2012, 3:31 PM | 87 Comments
  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:43 PM

    Ford (F +0.2%) announces a fix for a potential engine overheating issue with 2013 Ford Escape and Ford Fusion models that could lead to engine fires. The automaker says software updates will help address the unique overheating situations.

    | Dec. 10, 2012, 1:43 PM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:44 AM
    Ford (F +0.1%) plans to bring a second turbocharged diesel engine to North America when it introduces its new Transit van next year. The model will take over for the E-Series of vans and should appeal to the commercial market.
    | Dec. 10, 2012, 10:44 AM
  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:07 AM

    China's retail sales shot up 14.9% in October, providing companies selling in the region a reason to breath just a tad bit easier. The China Generak Chamber of Commerce estimates retail sales will surpass 20 trillion yuan ($3.21T) in 2012 and add another 15% to that mark by 2015. But the trick for U.S. companies with China is to move into rural areas in order to tap into growth potential without stepping into quicksand if brand recognition isn't strong or prices are too high. Walking the tightrope: F, EL, YUM, SBUX, TIF, MCD.

    | Dec. 10, 2012, 10:07 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 7, 2012, 2:58 PM
    The flap over fuel economy claims by automakers brings up an interesting point. While EPA testing is done at just below highway speed limits, drivers in the spacious Midwest are likely to topple that average quite a bit. editor John O'Dell notes cities drivers have a much larger economic incentive to drive an electric vehicle than a rural drivers based on that notion of non-efficiency. Perhaps doubly so after factoring in the trick of finding a charging station in the middle of Nebraska.
    | Dec. 7, 2012, 2:58 PM | 10 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2012, 9:45 AM
    Ford (F +1.1%) plans to recall 19K new Fusion vehicles in order to fix defective headlines. Though every major automaker is hit with the cost of recalls, today's action is the sixth recall of a new Ford vehicle within the last five months.
    | Dec. 7, 2012, 9:45 AM | 11 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:16 AM

    The right-to-work issue in Michigan isn't going unnoticed by labor unions. UAW President Bob King was at the state's Capitol building leading a protest against legislation that would allows workers to opt out of unions and not pay dues. The state House passed the measure yesterday by 58-42, sending it along to the Senate. Though the Big Three are deathly quiet on the issue, it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine weakened union laws in Michigan could help bottom lines.

    | Dec. 7, 2012, 8:16 AM | 87 Comments
  • Dec. 6, 2012, 3:56 PM
    Consumer Reports says it wasn't able to replicate the fuel economy claims of Ford (F -0.7%) in informal testing of the Fusion and C-Max hybrids. The magazine calls the real world tests "very good" but falling below the 47 mpg. Automakers have been under a spotlight lately over fuel economy after Hyundai and Kia were found to have exaggerated their claims.
    | Dec. 6, 2012, 3:56 PM | 5 Comments
Company Description
Ford Motor Co is engaged in automobile manufacturing business. It produces cars and trucks. Its business is divided into two segments: Automotive and Financial Services.