Ford Motor Company

Geely Intends To Keep Volvo Production In Europe (Maybe)
Geely Intends To Keep Volvo Production In Europe (Maybe)

We've been keeping a close eye on the evolving Ford/Volvo/Geely saga. So far, the biggest point of contention in the brou-ha-ha has been Ford's concerns about intellectual property, which Geely might or might not respect after the ink dries. (China hasn't exactly been at the forefront of IP law.)...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford's Big Day: Fusion Gets Top Marks, Company Stock Soars

A year ago, many people were predicting the end of Detroit. In light of the financial sector's collapse and the subsequent Big Three implosion (not to mention a few highly publicized chats between Detroit CEOs and members of Congress), naysayers around the world insisted that America's moment to...Read More»

Ford Explorer Fire
Cash-For-Clunkers Reveals Weakness Among Detroit Brands

It's obvious from the comments on this site and others in the High Gear Media family that Cash-for-Clunkers remains a hot-button issue, and new data about the program is likely to fuel the fire: according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most car buyers used...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Trumps Toyota To Become World's Largest Automaker

Based on simple production stats, Volkswagen is now the world's largest automaker. Over the first nine months of 2009, VW produced 4.4 million units, while Toyota cranked out 4 million even. (Ford came in third at 3.7 million.) We're not sure how long VW will remain at the top of the heap, since...Read More»

Ford's inflatable seat belt
Ford's Inflatable Seat Belts Are Finally Ready To Roll

At the 2001 Detroit auto show, Ford debuted some intriguing technology: airbag-enabled seat belts. After years of additional testing and refinement, it appears that the devices are finally ready for prime time. They'll soon be available as an option on next-gen Ford Explorers; afterward, they'll...Read More»

The LTE Connected Car concept
Video: LTE Connected Car May Be The Future Of Telematics

Over the past couple of weeks, we've mentioned several systems that bring home computer-like services to automobiles. We've discussed proprietary systems like Ford's Microsoft Sync and its rumored Hyundai rival, and, at the other end of the spectrum, in-car routers that function as "dumb pipes"...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Sonata South Korean model shown
Rumor: Hyundai Developing Telematics To Rival OnStar, Sync

Rumor has it that Hyundai is working on its own telematics system to rival GM's OnStar and Ford's Microsoft Sync. The news comes via a memo from Hyundai's manager of brand strategy, wherein he asks members of a focus group to help name the new product. Apparently, the system will have four  major...Read More»

Alan Mulally
Ford Posts Strong Financial Data, First Profit Since 2005

The rumors were true: Ford Motor Company has just published financials from the third quarter of 2009, and without being overly optimistic, it's fair to say that the data is moderately rosy. Among several bright spots in the report, one that seems particularly impressive is that July - September of...Read More»

Ford May Post Third-Quarter Profit Next Week

It's no secret that Ford Motor Company has withstood the current financial storm far better than Chrysler and General Motors. Between its refreshed reputation as a manufacturer of quality vehicles and the fact that Ford was the only Detroit automaker to dodge both bankruptcy and bailout dough, the...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Considers Extending Its Popular Assurance Program

Hyundai's Assurance Program has been a big hit with consumers and a big boost to Hyundai's bottom line. The program -- which allows buyers who lose their jobs to return Hyundai vehicles -- was the first such program out of the gate, and it has contributed to the astounding 20% sales increase...Read More»

Rusty car [via oldrustycars.com]
For Automakers, Brand Loyalty Hits The Skids

Not so long ago, brand loyalty played a major role in keeping the auto industry healthy. Many of our parents bought vehicles from one particular manufacturer, and they often inherited such preferences from their own parents. Here in the U.S., brand perception was frequently rooted in national...Read More»

2010 Honda Element
What Does Your Car Say About You?

Here at TCC, we don't put much faith in astrology, phrenology, or any other system that assigns personality traits based on birthdays, hat sizes, or anything else that hasn't been chosen. Instead, we prefer data that stems from personal preferences: what does your favorite color, website, or rock...Read More»

Ford Figo
Ford Profitable By 2011; Launches New Facility In China

Despite the general unpleasantness that's plagued the auto industry for over a year, Ford is doing comparatively well these days. In fact, given the gradually rebounding global economy and Ford's new strategic alliances in Asia, CEO Alan Mulally feels fairly optimistic about the next two years...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Equus (Korean-market vehicle)
Hyundai-Kia Becomes The World's Fourth Largest Automaker

Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group is now the world's fourth-largest automaker, according to Automotive News Data Center. To reach that spot, the company leapfroged over Ford Motor Company, outselling it by 8,000 units in the first six months of 2009. That's a quite a feat, if you consider that the...Read More»

DOE battery grant recipients
Obama And The DOE Award $2.4 Billion In Battery Grants

Yesterday, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in technology grants to car companies, battery makers, universities, and research facilities across the U.S. During his speech in Elkhart, Indiana, the president stressed the importance of battery development as a way of reviving America's...Read More»

Ford logo BEST
Ford To Post July Sales Gain Thanks To Cash-For-Clunkers

The good news: Ford Motor Company is set to post a year-over-year sales increase for the month of July -- its first since 2007. The (potentially) bad news: the jump in sales for July 2009 is due to the federal government's Cash-for-Clunkers program. We say that's bad news because in scientific...Read More»

Ford and Chevrolet logo toolboxes
Chevy And Ford Fans Know Where To Put Their Tools

Are you a Chevy man (or woman)? Or possibly a Ford fanatic? Either way, you'll appreciate a quick trip over to What On Earth, where you'll find nifty toolboxes crafted in the shape of the blue oval and the bowtie -- although why the blue oval box appears to be black we couldn't say. No idea why...Read More»

2009 Volvo S60
Rumor: Geely Submitting $293 Million Bid For Volvo

According to a (very brief) article in China Car Times, Chinese automaker Geely is finally prepared to submit a bid to Ford Motor Company for Volvo. Geely's alleged offer: $293 million. A couple of weeks ago, sources were circulating a similar rumor, but with a figure of $2 billion attached. And...Read More»

2010 Lincoln MKT
Ford Fanfare: New Lineup, New Tech, And Gosh Darnit, People Like Them

Not wanting to be left out of the "reinvention" moment, Ford has launched its own assault on the marketplace, trumpeting the company's "freshest" model lineup in history, as well as fuel efficiency, quality, and Ford's growing market share. According to a company press release, Ford is rolling out...Read More»

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