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

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”

-The Ford Motor Company: Media Center

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 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