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Detroit auto show moves to June to boost appeal

The Detroit auto show is undergoing a drastic reorganization in 2020, when it will move from the dead of winter to early June to better appeal to car shoppers — and the growing list of automakers that have dropped out...

Partners for pizza

When it comes to mobility partnerships, Ford Motor Co. and Domino's Pizza seemed as unlikely a combo as anchovies and pineapple on pizza. So why did they do it?

Ford bumps up the price for upcoming Edge ST

Ford's upcoming 2019 Edge ST -- the automaker's first crossover to carry a performance badge -- will cost about $2,300 more than the outgoing Edge Sport trim it replaces.

Ford bumps up the price for upcoming Edge ST

Ford's upcoming 2019 Edge ST -- the automaker's first crossover to carry a performance badge -- will cost about $1,500 more than the outgoing Edge Sport trim it replaces.

Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions, Escapes for potential rollaway risk

Ford is recalling nearly 550,000 2013-16 Fusion sedans and 2013-14 Escape crossovers for a potential rollaway risk because of faulty shifter cable bushings.

Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions, Escapes in North America for potential rollaway risk

Ford is recalling nearly 550,000 2013-16 Fusion sedans and 2013-14 Escape crossovers for a potential rollaway risk because of faulty shifter cable bushings. About 37,000 of those vehicles are in Canada.

Fusion nameplate will outlive sedan

Despite plans to kill the Fusion midsize sedan in the U.S. next year, the automaker will keep the Fusion name alive. Just not as a sedan.

Ford F series on record sales pace, despite hurdles

Thanks to a blistering first-half pace, Ford Motor Co. might sell more big pickups in the U.S. this year than it ever has, shattering a 14-year-old record set at the height of the housing boom.

Matt Gregg

Increased net profit 82% in the 2017 fiscal year

FORD: SUVs, pickups fuel retail increase

UPDATED: 7/5/18 11:42 am ET - adds details

The automaker overcame a 2.3 percent decline in fleet business and a 14 percent drop in the car segment thanks to strong performances for its SUV and pickup business. Utility sales rose 8.

Left-hand-drive Ford Ranger Raptor spotted

Ford launched a right-hand-drive Ranger Raptor earlier this year in overseas markets. Now a left-hand-drive version has been spotted.

Ford lobbyist leaving for GM investor

Ford is losing its longtime top Washington lobbyist to an investment firm that's investing heavily in Ford's crosstown rival General Motors.

For Ford, Fusion was right car at wrong time

In 2012, it finally looked like Ford had an answer to the Japanese automakers' dominance of the segment. Now it's headed for the scrap heap.

Ford helping dealers recruit shop techs

Ford, in collaboration with its dealers, is launching a series of coordinated grass-roots recruiting efforts to add about 5,000 technicians across its network within two years.

Longtime Ford lobbyist Ojakli leaving for Softbank job next month

UPDATED: 6/29/18 1:05 pm ET - adds Softbank statement

Ford is losing Ziad Ojakli, its longtime top Washington lobbyist, to Softbank, an investment firm that's investing heavily in Ford's crosstown rival General Motors.

Why Ford's fighting back against Elon Musk's cheap shot

In a suddenly escalating war of words with Tesla, Ford PR has chosen to Go Further. Elon Musk took a jab at his Michigan rival in an interview this week when he said Ford "looks like a morgue."

Decision on new Detroit auto show date coming next month

The yearly show has been rumored for months to be moving either to October or June. The new date will take effect for the 2020 show. The 2019 show will remain in January.

Ford hits carbon emissions target 8 years early

UPDATED: 6/27/18 1:08 pm ET - corrected

The company in 2010 pledged over the next 15 years to cut by 30 percent per vehicle the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from its carmaking processes. It achieved its goal in half the time.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus gets higher price with new name, updates

The midsize crossover will start at $52,450, up 7.3 per cent from the $48,900 for the current MKX, which the Nautilus will replace. All-wheel drive remains standard on the vehicle in Canada.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus gets higher price with new name, updates

The midsize crossover will start at $41,335, up slightly from the $40,030 for the current MKX.

Body shop works the overnight shift

During an extensive overhaul project of its body shop, a Michigan dealership stays open on the night shift to keep repairs on schedule.

Hackett sought to 'push the edges' of automaker's office design

Ford CEO Jim Hackett stopped a planned 10-year Dearborn campus renovation to give it a 'much healthier' design.

Why buying an old train station will be Bill Ford's greatest act

Ford Motor's purchase of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station will be Bill Ford's most impactful achievement, no matter how many acts he has left.

Lincoln's next-gen MKC to be called Corsair

Dealers were shown the Lincoln Corsair, along with the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 battery-electric crossover, a small off-road SUV and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors late last month at a meeting...

Hackett vows closer ties with Ford dealers

Ford CEO Jim Hackett has promised to be more visible and accessible to dealers after spending much of his first year consumed with getting the automaker in better shape.


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