Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Named Sports Car of the Year by Popular Mechanics

“Mar 23, 2016 | DEARBORN, Mich.

DEARBORN, Mich., March 23, 2016 – Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang, one of the most iconic performance nameplates of all time, has been named Popular Mechanics Sports Car of the Year. Popular Mechanics says Shelby GT350R was selected from among a host of contenders because it pushes the boundaries of what an American sports car can be. Shelby GT350R’s unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever for the most track-capable, street-legal Mustang ever built.”

-The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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Ford, Texas FFA Association Team Up to Promote Safe Driving Habits to Teens

  • Ford is working with Texas FFA Association to help strengthen teen driving skills and save lives; from March till June, all 1,000 Texas high school FFA chapters will participate in the online Ford Driving Skills for Life Academy
  • Since Ford launched Driving Skills for Life in 2003, more than 800,000 new drivers of all ages have gained valuable safe driving experiences through global programs
  • Ford Truck and Ford Fund have a nearly 70-year history working with National FFA; this year, Ford is awarding more than 500 scholarships to FFA members
  • Texas is the largest state association for FFA, boasting a membership of more than 114,000 – one in six members nationwide now resides in Texas

DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2016 – Ford Trucks and Ford Motor Company Fund are teaming with Texas FFA Association to sponsor the automaker’s Driving Skills for Life program to encourage safe driving habits among teenagers throughout Texas.

Driving Skills for Life was established in 2003 by Ford Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, and a panel of safety experts to teach newly licensed drivers the necessary skills for safer driving, and the importance of making good decisions behind the wheel. Globally, more than 800,000 new drivers have gained valuable safe driving experiences from the program.

Through free, hands-on ride-and-drive courses, classroom material and an interactive website, the core curriculum focuses on vehicle handling, hazard recognition, speed management and space management.

“Since 1997, Ford has awarded more than $8 million in college scholarships to FFA students nationwide, and today we are furthering our commitment by together striving to combat the leading cause of death for young people in the U.S. through education and hands-on training,” said James Graham, global manager, Driving Skills for Life, Ford Fund.

Between March and June, all 1,000 Texas high school FFA chapters will participate in the online Driving Skills for Life Academy. Following the completion of the online courses, Texas FFA members will be eligible to participate in a hands-on driving clinic at the 88th Texas FFA State Convention in Dallas in July.

“At Ford, we take great pride in promoting safe driving habits to young people, and are excited to team up with the Texas FFA to sponsor this fun, interactive curriculum,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “As both our largest truck market and home to the largest FFA membership base, Texas is a natural choice to host this exciting extension of the Ford-FFA relationship.”

FFA members participating in the ride-and-drive event at the convention will benefit from the Driving Skills for Life program’s recent initiative to expand its curriculum on impaired driving. Participants will have the opportunity to wear a suit and goggles that mimic how being impaired can make a person’s movements slower, reduce coordination, blur vision and cause certain tasks to be difficult to complete.

Texas is home to the largest FFA organization with 1,050 local chapters and more than 114,000 members. At the college level, 170,000 students are enrolled in agricultural science courses, and there are 1,950 agricultural science education teachers in the state. Ford will award more than 500 scholarships to FFA members in 2016.

“FFA and Ford have a longstanding history, having worked together for nearly 70 years,” said Aaron Alejandro, executive director, Texas FFA Foundation. “With more than 1,000 chapters across the state, we believe a significant impact can be made in creating awareness of the dangers facing newly licensed drivers and, more importantly, providing necessary skills for safe driving habits.”

For more information on the relationship between Ford Driving Skills for Life and Texas FFA Association, visit www.drivingskillsforlife.com/texasffa.”

-The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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Ford Only Automaker on Ethisphere Institute’s List of 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies

  • Ethisphere® names Ford to 2016 list of World’s Most Ethical Companies®; Ford is the only automaker to receive the distinction
  • Ethisphere annually recognizes the world’s top companies for mandating ethical practices, promoting corporate citizenship as well as governance and leadership
  • Consumers placing increasing importance on ethics in business; recent report shows majority of U.S. learned more about a company before doing business; more than one-third opted not to do business with companies with negative reputations

DEARBORN, Mich., March 7, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is the only automaker named a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere Institute today – a distinction that comes as ethics in business increasingly affects customers and their purchase decisions.“This honor celebrates our employees who are committed to doing the right things and making the right choices,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Ethics and corporate citizenship are the foundation of what drives us to make people’s lives better.”This marks the seventh consecutive year Ethisphere Institute has named Ford a World’s Most Ethical Company.Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, honors companies with top ratings in five categories – ethics and compliance, corporate citizenship and responsibilities, culture of ethics, governance and leadership and reputation.For decades, Ford has recognized the importance of strong corporate citizenship and how that ties to success and building the company’s reputation. More than half of respondents to the 2016 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient said they learn more about a company before deciding to do business with them. More than one-third decided not to do business with a company if they perceive the business has a negative reputation.  “Ford understands that trust is the cornerstone of everything it does, and their commitment to being an active part of a global community helps explain why they are the only automaker Ethisphere has recognized every year since 2010,” said Timothy Erblich, Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer. “Being honored for the seventh time is no small achievement. Congratulations to everyone at Ford for being recognized.”For more information about Ethisphere Institute’s methodology and to view the complete list of 2016 World’s Most Ethical Companies, visit http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.In addition to this honor from Ethisphere Institute, Ford has received additional honors, including:

  • Forbes 2015 America’s Best Employers (133)
  • Human Rights Campaign 2015 Corp. Equality Index – 100 percent
  • Fast Company 50 Most Innovative Companies
  • Universum 2015 U.S. Most Attractive Employer – Engineering (18)
  • Universum 2015 World’s Most Attractive Company – Engineering (15)
  • Fortune Change the World List
  • Fortune World’s Most Admired
  • LinkedIn 100 Most InDemand Employers
  • Forbes Best Companies for Work-Life Balance

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-The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

The Fabric of Ford:

“Through Scratches, Snags, and Splashes, Ford’s Materials Are Ready for the Long Haul”

  • “Ford engineers scratch, snag and stretch all the different materials that go inside a vehicle to help ensure their durability and suitability to long-term customer use
  • Fabrics that are used inside Ford vehicles are stained with everyday substances like hot coffee, soda and dirt to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterward, testing their overall stain resistance
  • A team of examiners smell various samples of materials used inside Ford vehicles and rank them to help the engineers achieve interiors with a perceptible but not disturbing odor

Throughout a vehicle’s lifetime, it’s inevitable that the materials inside a car show signs of wear and tear. Imagine the frequent sitting on car seats, leaning on arm rests, gripping the steering wheel and fiddling with the instruments. So what does Ford do to help make sure all vehicles are up to this challenge?

To help guarantee the durability of these fabrics, leathers and plastics, Ford engineers subject every material used inside Ford vehicles to a series of meticulous and unrelenting tests where they are stretched, scratched, snagged, sniffed and even splashed with the likes of grease, dirt and hot coffee, to see how they will stand up against the test of time.

These tests are done to help ensure it takes a lot more than a spilled cup of coffee, the graze of a sharp edge or any accidental scrapes and scuffs to break down these materials. Some of the unusual ordeals Ford materials need to go through include:

  • The Five-Finger Scratch Test, which is used to scratch samples of different plastics to see how much abuse they can take
  • The Soil and Cleanability Test, which splashes different substances on seat fabrics to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterwards, testing their overall stain resistance
  • The Resistance to Dye Transfer Test, which rubs materials of different colors (i.e. those dreaded new blue jeans, long-term destroyer of white leather sofas around the world) against the leather used for car seats to see if any stains are left behind
  • The Mace Snagging Test, which spins seat fabrics on rotating rollers roughly 600 times while they’re repeatedly struck by a spikey iron ball to test how strong they are

In addition, a team of examiners smell various samples of materials used inside Ford vehicles and rank them to help the engineers achieve interiors that are free of disturbing odors.

The meticulous nature of these tests is a testament to Ford’s unwavering commitment to delivering quality vehicles that remain at their peak throughout the long cycle of their lives to customers and going the extra mile to ensure standards of comfort and durability are met.

Click on the links below to see these tests in action:

SNIFF: A Story about Car Smells – https://youtu.be/n9YnEEXhrJE
SNAG: A Story about Mighty Materials – https://youtu.be/J9gyq9dGnUE
SPLASH: A Story about Surprise Spills – https://youtu.be/i7DrgKeZaEY

The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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Ford Gives Real-World Truck Customers Insider Access to All-New F-Series Super Duty Testing

  • “Five F-Series Super Duty customers will witness all-new F-Series Super Duty development, testing and capabilities before anyone else and share their stories through We Own Work video series
  • Customers chosen from industries that rely on heavy-duty pickup trucks, including forestry; manufacturing; heavy construction; electric, gas and sanitation; and oil and gas extraction
  • First We Own Work video debuts next month; the six-part series will demonstrate Super Duty’s tough, smart and capable attributes, including how weight savings from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy are reinvested to make the truck stronger ”

 

“DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 27, 2016 – No actors, no stunts. Five real-world heavy-duty truck customers have an all-access insider pass to see how the all-new Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever – lives up to its Built Ford Tough promise.

These truck customers will witness torture testing of the all-new F-Series Super Duty before anyone else in the six-part We Own Work video series. The first video – to be posted next month at ford.com – will introduce these truck customers and provide background on their businesses and how they use their fleet of Super Duty trucks.

“We’re taking these customers behind the scenes to witness what goes into development and testing of the new Super Duty,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “Every day these customers work hard and rely on our trucks. They know better than anyone what it takes to get the job done and how Super Duty can make that happen.”

Each participant represents an industry where workers trust F-Series Super Duty more than any other truck to get the job done, including forestry; manufacturing; heavy construction; electric, gas and sanitation; and oil and gas extraction.

  • 58 percent of electric, gas and sanitation workers use Super Duty trucks
  • 50 percent of forestry workers use Super Duty trucks
  • 50 percent of oil and gas extraction workers use Super Duty trucks
  • 48 percent of heavy construction workers use Super Duty trucks
  • 42 percent of manufacturing workers use Super Duty trucks

Each work experience brings unique insight into the capabilities of Super Duty.

Later episodes will explore how weight savings from high-strength steel and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy are reinvested to create a Super Duty that can tow and haul more than ever with innovative new driver-assist technology developed specially for heavy-duty truck customers.

“There’s no better way to demonstrate the power and capability of Super Duty than through the hands and eyes of our toughest customers,” said Schmatz. “We’re letting them put Built Ford Tough to the test.”

Each video in the series will demonstrate key attributes of the Ford F-Series Super Duty.

Toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever
The all-new F-Series Super Duty pickup is Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty ever.

Built on an all-new, high-strength steel frame, the truck has a segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body with stronger axles, springs and suspension that work as hard as Super Duty customers.

Additionally class-exclusive new driver assistance features make Super Duty the smartest of the heavy-duty lineup, including all-new SYNC® 3 in-vehicle connectivity, Trailer Reverse Guidance and Adaptive Cruise Control. F-Series Super Duty tows and hauls more than ever with its capable and powerful Ford-engineered, Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions – outperforming the outgoing truck’s 31,200 pounds of maximum towing capability and best-in-class 40,400-pound gross combined weight rating.

F-Series leads the pack
Ford F-Series has a long-standing reputation as a leader and innovator in the heavy-duty truck industry, proven by its popularity among customers. F-Series has been the top-selling truck in the United States for 39 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle for 34 consecutive years.

Super Duty underpins Ford’s commitment to continuously provide advanced powertrains and innovative technologies that answer customer demands.”

The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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Ford Motor Company Joins Forces with Tom Joyner Foundation to Honor Unsung Heroes

  • “National Ford Freedom Unsung program kicks off its celebration of heroes in the African American community
  • Nominations for community heroes are due Feb. 14; grand prize winner receives a trip for two aboard the 2016 Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford
  • Contest is part of Fund’s commitment to Go Further in Our Community”

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 1, 2016 – “Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

Prior to the program’s national kickoff, Ford Freedom Unsung celebrations have taken place over the past four years in Atlanta; Southern California; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco Bay Area.

Individuals are invited to nominate their favorite living unsung hero in the African American community. Nominees must reside in the United States and be 21 years of age or older.

“Ford has a legacy of honoring African American achievement,” said Pamela Alexander, director, community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are excited to launch this national contest and reward an unsung hero who uplifts our community.”

Judges will narrow the nominees to the top 10 finalists, then the public will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winner. Online voters will represent 25 percent of the vote for the winner. The winner will be announced no later than March 16, and will receive a trip for two aboard the 2016 Fantastic Voyage. Nominations are due no later than Feb. 14, and may be submitted to www.blackamericaweb.com.

Ford Motor Company is the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Fantastic Voyage. Ford also sponsors Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge in collaboration with Tom Joyner Foundation. The challenge has awarded $300,000 in scholarships and community grants to winning students and teams to implement community projects.

Ford Motor Company’s support of the African American community dates back to the early 20th century when the automaker was the largest employer of African Americans in the industry. Ford is building on that century-long support with other signature initiatives that include:

  • $1 million donation to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History
  • $1 million donation to National Civil Rights Museum
  • Millions of dollars in scholarships, programs and other educational initiatives coast to coast

Last month, Ford Fund launched a national program aimed at African American men, Men of Courage. The program was created to help improve the perception of African American men in society by providing a forum where a diverse group of men take action to provide social and financial capital for projects honoring black men. CMen of Courage calls on black men to share stories and solutions for building their communities.

Follow the online conversation using #FordFreedomUnsung, #BlackAmericaWeb and #TomJoynerFantasticVoyage.”

The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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First Compressed Natural Gas and Propane Capable Ford F-150

“FIRST COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS AND PROPANE-CAPABLE 2016 FORD F-150 ROLLS OFF THE LINE AT KANSAS CITY”

  • “2016 Ford F-150 with 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine offering gaseous-fuel prep option is rolling off the line at Kansas City Assembly Plant, making it the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane
  • Ford has sold more than 60,000 vehicles prepped to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas and propane – six times more than all other major U.S. automakers combined – since 2009
  • Ford has the broadest portfolio of natural gas and propane offerings, including 2016 F-150 and F-Series Super Duty, Transit and Transit Connect vans and wagons Continue reading

Ford Mustang and F-150 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards

“FORD MUSTANG, F-150 TAKE HOME MOST POPULAR ON EDMUNDS.COM AWARDS”

“Jan.4. 2016 | Dearborn, Mich – The Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 are winners of a 2016 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Award.

Ford’s iconic pony car was tops among entry-level sports cars, while the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever won for large trucks.

Most Popular on Edmunds.com awards are decided by the Edmunds audience, based on which vehicles are most researched. The awards reflect what car buyers are focused on purchasing, and show Mustang and F-150 are top of mind.”

The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/01/04/ford-mustang-f150-take-home-most-popular-on-edmunds-com.html

 

New Products Make Ford America’s Best-Selling Brand

“NEW PRODUCTS MAKE FORD AMERICA’S BEST-SELLING BRAND FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR; F-SERIES NO. 1 VEHICLE FOR 34TH YEAR”

  • “Ford Motor Company 2015 U.S. sales total 2,613,162 – up 5 percent, the company’s best annual sales performance since 2006; Ford is America’s best-selling vehicle brand for sixth straight year
  • Ford posts best U.S. December monthly sales results since 2005, selling 239,242 vehicles, up 8 percent
  •  F-Series sales total 85,211 trucks in December, surpassing 85,000 monthly sales for the first time in a decade; F-Series now America’s best-selling pickup for 39 straight years and best-selling vehicle for 34 straight years with 780,354 trucks sold; Ford vans set annual sales record
  • Ford brand SUVs up 13 percent for best December since 2003; Escape, Edge and Explorer contribute to gains
  • Fusion posts record December results with total sales of 25,576 cars
  • Lincoln has its best December since 2006; annual sales reach their highest levels since 2008; sales of all-new Lincoln MKX up 77 percent” Continue reading

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Brings 1.3 Billion Investment

2,000 New Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant

  • “Kentucky Truck Plant creates jobs and makes investment to help support production of the all-new F-Series Super Duty – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever
  • $1.3 billion investment supports an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new truck
  • Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville since 2014″ Continue reading