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Ford Motor Company (F)

  • Aug. 28, 2012, 6:37 PM
    The Obama administration releases its final fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, requiring each automaker's fleet to reach an average 54.5 miles/gallon by 2025, nearly doubling current levels. To meet the standard, automakers will need to introduce new technologies and sell more alternative fuel vehicles. Critics say the rules will add thousands to new car prices.
  • Aug. 28, 2012, 6:41 AM
    Ford (F) plans to bring the Lincoln brand to China, according to CEO Alan Mulally. The move will be an attempt to counter the domination of Volkswagen, BMW, and Daimler in the nation and tap into a luxury market that's expected to be the world's largest by 2020.
  • Aug. 28, 2012, 4:59 AM
    Like GM, Ford (F) is struggling in Europe, particularly with high labor costs at its decades-old factories. At Saarlouis in Germany, Ford pays workers €480 to make each Focus compact, whereas Hyundai pays €207 for the i30 at a 4 year old Czech plant. The result is that the Focus costs €960 more than the i30, and that Hyundai's sales are rising while those of Ford are falling.
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 10:02 AM
    General Motors (GM -0.7%) and Ford (F -0.4%) could face strikes in Canada after members of labor group CAW voted the go-ahead for down the line. The threat is just the opening salvo of what is expected to be heated talks between the automakers and the CAW over cost-reduction measures with a contract expiration date of Sept. 17 looming.
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  • Aug. 27, 2012, 6:01 AM
    Ford (F) breaks ground on a factory in Chongqing in southwest China, where it plans to start making its 2-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine. Although the country's market is cooling, Ford - and other car makers - see "a tremendous growth opportunity in the middle and the west." Meanwhile, the Chinese government has approved the break up of Ford's JV with Mazda and Chongqing Changan Automobile.
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  • Aug. 24, 2012, 2:00 PM
    Forecasting firm LMC Automotive sees U.S. automobile sales hitting their highest selling level in 4.5 years during August. The growth rate should hit double-digits for the 4th consecutive months as dealers clear inventory to make way for 2013 models. Looking forward, an optimistic LMC pegs total light-vehicle sales for 2013 above 15M.
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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 6:55 PM
    Amid conjecture that GM may be sliding to a second bankruptcy, Ford (F) didn't ask for government help and its stock has suffered as a result. "If I was a Ford shareholder, I would be mad about GM's taxpayer funded bailout," Robert Weinstein writes, but "I would be livid about owning a stock knowing that my taxpayer money was used to depress my stock price."
  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:46 PM
    Ford (F +0.5%) plans to debut 5 battery-powered vehicles this year and forecasts electric/hybrid cars could make up as much as 25% of sales by 2020. To that end, the automaker is pushing the pedal to the metal on EV development by bringing battery research in house and hiring dozens of engineers.
  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:19 AM
    Ford (F +0.1%) negotiates with a labor union in Canada to try and win concessions from its most highly-paid workers in the nation. With capacity generally moving to the U.S. South and Mexico, Canada is a costly alternative for production that the automaker appears to be trying to ween itself from.
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  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:41 AM
    Lenders in search of a reasonable yield - and still wary of mortgages - are easing standards for auto loans, leading to a resurgence in ABS backed by the paper. A surge in lending, the average age of autos on the road of 11 years (a record), and beaten-down shares of GM and F? Something doesn't add up.
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:44 AM
    Ford's (F) subsidiary in India recalls 130K vehicles for a manufacturing defect. The popular Ford Figo and Classic models manufactured between January 2008 and December 2010 are part of the recall.
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:30 PM
    A new study indicates that automobile buyers may be increasing their reliance on the Internet reviews as they ponder their various choices. According to Maritz Research, online auto shopping has advanced to the point that 11.4% of recent buyers even skipped taking a test drive before taking the plunge with a new vehicle. It's a disturbing trend for automakers and dealers used to impressing potential customers behind the wheel - instead of in front of the screen.
  • Aug. 10, 2012, 2:27 PM
    S&P revises its outlook on Ford (F -0.5%) to positive on confidence it will work out its European struggles. The action continues the good vibrations the automaker has been getting all summer from ratings agencies, helping it return to investment grade and regain its blue oval trademark back from a stockpile of asset pledges.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 6:46 AM
    General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) held their own in China despite a slowing down of the pace of auto sales growth. GM grew sales by a 15.1% clip in the month, while Ford sales rose 32.0%.
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 2:28 PM
    A minority-owned Ford (F +0.3%) affiliate in China plans to acquire Taiyuan Changan Heavy Truck for an undisclosed amount. The deal will mark the automaker's debut into the world's largest heavy-truck market.
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 10:15 AM
    Google continues to move forward with its ambitious self-driving car initiative. In a blog post the company says that select employees will use the cars to commute to work and "take over" if the famed Google algorithm goes awry. The industry as a whole has been keeping an eye on the self-driving concept (I, II), but Google picking the Lexus RX450h for its testing could give Toyota (TM -1.1%) a leg up.
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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.