Archives for August 4th, 2013

Ford Closing Australian Factories In 2016

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Ford announced today that it will close all of its manufacturing facilities in Australia by 2016, cutting about 1200 jobs. The automaker, which has built cars in Australia since 1925, said the closings were necessary because its factories there were losing money. Ford will close two plants in October 2016. The Broadmeadows Assembly Plant currently builds the Falcon, Falcon Ute, Territory, and Ford Performance Vehicles models. The Geelong Stamping factory creates body parts for the Falcon, ...

Shelby boosts production of 575-hp Raptor on early demand

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Shelby American unveiled its all-new Shelby Raptor at the New York Auto Show last month, saying that it would build just 100 examples of its off-road bad boy, a pickup priced at $17,995 over the cost of the donor Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. But the Las Vegas outfit apparently underestimated just how popular the supercharged 575-horsepower 4x4 would actually be. Strong early demand reportedly has Shelby singing a whole new tune, as the company is now ...

Spied: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype

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Our spy photographers caught yet another look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, and even though the prototype car is wearing plenty of camouflage, it gives us several clues about the future of the Mustang. Whereas the cars we saw previously were mules cobbled together on the basis of the current Mustang, this one appears to be a full prototype of the 2015 car. The latest batch of spy photos provide even more evidence the 2015 Ford ...

Ex-GM VP LaNeve takes over Lincoln ad agency

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Those of you that caught yesterday's op-ed about Lincoln will have heard already, but Mark LaNeve has taken the helm at Team Detroit. Once the North American vice president of sales, service and marketing for General Motors, LaNeve will now head up the agency that handles all of Ford advertising. LaNeve will also run the account for Lincoln. While at GM from 2001 to 2009, the exec oversaw ad campaigns like Cadillac's Breakthrough and sales ...