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  • Sep. 14, 2012, 8:19 AM
    Ford (F) refuses to guarantee unions in Belgium that a plant in Genk could be slotted for closure. Although the automaker is still rolling out new models on the continent, slicing and dicing operations amid weak sales and large losses seems to be a top priority.
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  • Sep. 13, 2012, 4:54 AM
    As it looks to return to profitability in Europe, Ford (F) is preparing to restructure its operations in the region and close a factory, possibly a 4,000-staff facility in Genk in Belgium, the WSJ reported yesterday. Meanwhile, GM is in talks with labor unions to close an aging plant in Bochum in Germany as it also struggles to turn around major losses.
  • Sep. 12, 2012, 6:36 PM
    If the Canadian Auto Workers union goes on strike against Detroit's three automakers next week, analysts say the impact would be felt quickly in the U.S. A strike would be felt in some U.S. factories within a week, and dealers could quickly run short of some models since higher demand has kept them from building up stocks. But for Canada, the future of the country's auto industry may be at stake.
  • Sep. 11, 2012, 5:10 PM
    The directors of Ford (F) meet this week and are expected to discuss one of the most pressing issues facing the automaker: the retirement of CEO Alan Mulally. President of the Americas Mark Fields is poised to be promoted to COO, anointing him as a probable successor to Mulally, Bloomberg reports.
  • Sep. 10, 2012, 7:14 AM
    Auto sales growth slips to 3.7% in China, according to a government-sanctioned trade group in the nation. With both GM and Ford (F) reporting a much faster pace to sales in August, it was the Chinese brands that felt the sharpest stings from the slowdown. A future drag on auto sales in China could be anti-pollution laws that will limit new registrations in more cities.
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  • Sep. 6, 2012, 4:58 PM
    Ford (F +3.6%) outlines a plan to introduce new vehicles in Europe over the next two years plus a possible strategy shift aimed at reducing losses in the region ($404M in Q2). The Fiesta compact and Kuga compact SUV will be made in Europe and go on sale later this year, followed by at least two other new models likely to be produced elsewhere and exported to Europe.
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  • Sep. 6, 2012, 10:36 AM
    Ford (F +0.4%) joins its rival GM in posting a stellar sales month in China, with the 48K units sold marking a 39% Y/Y increase. The automaker is keeping its foot on the gas in the nation, aiming to double production capacity to 1.2M vehicles by 2015.
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  • Sep. 6, 2012, 6:58 AM
    Ford (F) plans to ship engines it builds in India overseas for the first time, according to an exec. After investing over $2B in the nation, the automaker will have the capacity by 2015 to build 450K vehicles and 600K engines to sell and export.
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  • Sep. 5, 2012, 2:23 PM
    Ford (F -0.5%) recalls the new 2013 Escape SUV for the third time over the last few months to cover the risk that an improperly installed engine part could start a fire. Despite the summer recalls, Escape sales hit 28,188 in August - marking a 37% Y/Y increase.
  • Sep. 4, 2012, 2:39 PM
    August auto sales wrapup: Small fuel-efficient models led automakers to record a solid month and keep on a 14.5M annual sales pace. Ford (F) backed its recent plan to increase production with broad gains, while GM rode fleet buyers to double-digit growth. Though numbers from Japanese firms (TM, HMC, NSANY.OB) are still out of whack due to last year's earthquake, consumers looking for fuel-efficient models and emboldened with better financing terms came back into the market in force for imports. Chrysler (FIATY.PK) didn't miss out on the fun, with the Dodge Dart roaring to a good debut.
  • Sep. 4, 2012, 10:07 AM
    Ford (F +1.1%) trades higher after sales of light vehicles shoot up 12.6% in August, compared to the estimate of analysts calling for a 9.8% gain. The automaker saw broad gains in its lineup of cars, utilities, and trucks - helping to justify its plan to increase Q4 production by 7% Y/Y to 725K.
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  • Sep. 4, 2012, 9:46 AM
    Ford (F) August U.S. sales: +13% to 197,249 vehicles, marking the automaker's best August sales haul on record. Passenger car sales were up 7% to 62,650, including a 35% gain in retail sales: Fusion +21.0% to 21,690, Focus +35.3% to 19,073. Utilities +27.8% to 63,225: Escape +36.8% to 28,188, Explorer +33.0% to 13,168. Trucks +6.1% to 71,374. (PR)
  • Aug. 31, 2012, 1:13 PM
    August auto sales preview: The tally for new light vehicles sales in the U.S. is expected to come in strong, with an estimate of 1.255M units marking a 17.2% gain from last year and a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 14.2M. Perhaps even more relevant to auto stock investors, margins should improve with incentive spending per unit down 6% Y/Y. Japanese automakers should lead the charge again, boosted by earthquake-affected comps, while Volkwagen (VLKAY.PK) and Ford (F) are also tipped for a strong month.
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  • Aug. 31, 2012, 6:41 AM
    Ford (F) expects to see its Focus compact model keep up its torrid selling pace and finish the year as the world's best-selling car. For the first six months of the year over 489K units of the Focus were sold compared to 462K Toyota Corollas, led by strong demand in Asia.
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  • Aug. 30, 2012, 1:31 PM
    Ford (F -0.5%) faces a lawsuit over allegations that it violated a patent with the fuel-injection system used in F-150 trucks. An engineer claims he was brought in by the automaker to possibly licensing his fuel flow innovations, only to find Ford jumped the gun and went ahead to use it without any deal in place.
  • Aug. 29, 2012, 11:56 AM predicts sales of new cars in the U.S. will rise 17% in August Y/Y, which translates into an annualized rate of 14.2M, up from 12.1M a year earlier and 14.1M in July. GM and Ford (F) will continue to lose market share as Japan's economy recovers, the report says, adding "Volkswagen is quietly becoming a serious player whose growth can’t be ignored.”
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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.