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Ford Reportedly Moving Next-Gen Fiesta Production from Mexico To Thailand

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Since CEO Alan Mulally took the helm in 2006, Ford Motor Company morphed from a multinational enterprise characterized by regional fiefdoms, to a truly global operation building cars on common platforms worldwide. Although names and some specifications may vary from market-to-market, this global commonality has allowed the company to shift its production mix from continent to continent, moving quickly to optimize output to the demand of specific markets. According to a report from The Detroit ...

Ford’s Flat Rock, MI Plant Celebrates Millionth Mustang

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It’s a good year for the Ford Mustang: the iconic muscle car turns 50 at next year’s New York Auto Show, and now we hear that the Flat Rock, Michigan plant responsible for making the cars just made its one-millionth Mustang. While the Mustang’s been in continuous production for some 49 years now, the plant that makes the pony car hasn’t always been the same. The Mustang’s home base was the famous River Rouge assembly plant ...

Ford, Chrysler Reducing Summer Shutdowns To Meet Demand

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To keep up with increasing demand for new cars, Ford and Chrysler will cut their traditional two-week summer shutdowns at some factories. In addition, Ford will run several plants at full speed to build an extra 200,000 vehicles this summer. Ford says that reducing the normal two-week summer shutdown at six assembly plants will add the equivalent of 40,000 extra new cars. Affected assembly plants comprise those in Chicago, Illinois; Cuautitlan, Mexico; Hermosillo, Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; ...

Ford, GM Co-Developing Nine and Ten-Speed Automatic Transmissions

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Ford and General Motors are teaming up to develop nine- and ten-speed automatic transmissions that should launch in time for the 2017 model year. “The collaboration enables both automakers to design, develop, engineer, test, validate, and deliver these new transmissions for their vehicles faster and at lower cost than if each company worked independently,” the companies said in a joint release. The nine-speed will mate with transverse (front-wheel-drive) engines and the ten-speed will serve longitudinal (rear-wheel-drive) applications. ...

Ford Explorer Production Begins In Russia

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Ford is looking to make the Explorer a truly global model. After announcing last year that it would sell the crossover in China, it began production of the model in Russia this week. Building the Explorer in Russia is an important move for the Blue Oval because SUVs accounted for some 31 percent of the Russian new-car market last year, according to the automaker. Despite being sold in 64 different countries and exporting over 24,000 vehicles ...

MyFord-Touch-Equipped Fords to Add Knobs, Buttons

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Conventional buttons and knobs that have worked so well in cars for years are returning to the cabins of upcoming Fords. That’s what the automaker has announced in a recent release, saying that future vehicles with MyFord Touch will use more knobs and buttons along with touch-screen displays. Sync and MyFord Touch have helped the Blue Oval raise average transaction prices, but the connectivity technologies have also contributed to huge drops in customer satisfaction as measured ...

UAW Sees Second Consecutive Year of Membership Gains

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The past five years have not been kind to the United Auto Workers. With a membership about one-fifth of what it was at its peak in the 1970s, the organization’s members were forced to make sacrifices in wages and benefits as part of the massive restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009. But the past two years have been rare bright spots for the UAW. After membership increasing 1.1 percent in 2011, the union’s ...

Ford Adding 2000 Jobs To Build F-150, Transit

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Ford will add 2000 new jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri to meet demand for the F-150 truck and build the upcoming Transit commercial van. The factory, which already builds the F-150, currently employs 2450 hourly workers. The job creation will happen in two stages. In the third quarter, Ford will add a third production shift and 900 jobs at Kansas City Assembly to meet strong demand for the F-150. The model’s sales ...

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, ...

End Of Road For Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon By 2016

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Large, rear-wheel-drive, V-8-powered cars are as much a part of the historic Australian automotive identity as they have been in the U.S. But the once-ubiquitous Australian archetype is selling at record low numbers, even as the overall Australian car market is setting new sales records. The situation was inadvertently confirmed by Holden boss Mike Devereux at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show when he said the VF-series Holden Commodore would run through the end of 2016, ...