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    Major revision for global light vehicle production forecast – what it means for OEMs’ technology deployment
    The IHS Markit light vehicle production forecast has been cut by 6.2% or 5.02 million units in 2021, and by 9.3% or 8.45 million units in 2022, to stand at 75.8 million units and 82.6 million units, respectively. For 2023, we have reduced the forecast by 1.05 million units or 1.1% to 92 million unit...
    What Fit for 55 means for all member nations in the European Union
    Unveiling a roadmap to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission rolled out the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July 2021, proposing that the suggestions made by the governing body be made legally binding for all members of the European Union (EU). ...
    19-Aug-2021 Insights Policy & Regulation Pinned
    Ford and Ansys to partner on next generation predictive headlight technology
    Ford and Ansys will collaborate to develop next generation predictive headlight technology, Ansys said in a press release on 20 October. The use of high fidelity, physics-based lighting capabilities help simulate the headlight performance virtually, driving down costs and real-world night drives. &n...
    21-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Ford begins manufacturing Mustang Mach-E in China
    Ford Motor Company said that it has started manufacturing the Mustang Mach-E in China. The locally produced electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) officially rolled off the assembly line at Changan Ford’s manufacturing plant in Chongqing, the company announced on 18 October. Mustang Mach-E will b...
    20-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Ford Motor to invest around USD316 million to produce EV parts at UK plant
    Ford Motor Company plans to invest USD316 million to produce EV components at its Halewood factory in northern England, Reuters reported on 18 October, citing a company announcement. It said that the Ford factory will be retooled to start manufacturing around 2,50,000 power units a year from mid-...
    19-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Ford recalls 2011–13 Explorers over rear knuckle assembly manufacturing issue
    According to NHTSA Safety Recall Report 21V-746 submitted on 24 September, automaker Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011–12 Explorers to address a ZF rear knuckle manufacturing issue. According to the report, vehicles included in this action were originally bu...
    14-Oct-2021 News Recalls
    Xcel Energy announces EV smart charging pilot program with carmakers
    Excel Energy has announced a new electric vehicle (EV) smart charging pilot project that will enable users in Colorado, US, to make a switch to EVs at a time when production of renewable energy is high and demand on the energy grid is low, according to a press release on 30 September. “Achievin...
    MiX Telematics partners with Ford Pro Intelligence in North America
    MiX Telematics has announced a collaboration with Ford Pro Intelligence to provide its North America customers with richer data sets, it said in a press release on 5 October. The partnership could potentially eliminate the need for the installation of aftermarket hardware in vehicles. The collabo...
    Ford develops new RoadSafe concept to alert drivers to higher risk locations
    Ford has developed a new ‘RoadSafe’ concept to help alert drivers of higher risk locations and offer insights for safety, the American automaker said in a press release on 22 September. RoadSafe uses a smart algorithm for data from connected vehicles, roadside sensors and accident reports to loc...
    28-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Ford Motor, SK Innovation plan to invest USD11.4 billion to set up EV, battery plants in the US
    Announcing its largest ever investment in the US in electric vehicles (EVs) on 27 September, Ford Motor Company and its South Korean battery partner SK Innovation plans to invest USD11.4 billion in setting up production sites at Tennessee and Kentucky, creating nearly 11,000 new jobs. The plan in...
    28-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Ford recalls select MY2021 Mustang Mach-E models in Canada over issues with glass roof and windshield
    Ford has issued a recall of nearly 5,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles (EVs) in Canada owing to a risk of the glass roof and windshield potentially coming loose and falling off, Electrek reported on 21 September. The American automaker mentioned that it has issued a recall of 1,812 MY2021...
    24-Sep-2021 News Recalls
    Constellium to supply aluminum structural components for Ford’s upcoming EV, F-150 Lightning
    Global supplier of aluminum components Constellium SE announced on 23 September that it will supply aluminum structural components to Ford Motor Company for its upcoming electric pickup truck, the Ford F-150 Lightning. The electric vehicle (EV) is expected to be launched early next year. The...
    Ford Motor and Redwood Materials partner to build closed-loop battery recycling
    US vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company and battery materials company Redwood Materials have teamed up to build closed-loop battery recycling capabilities while contributing to the domestic battery supply chain for EVs, the Michigan-based OEM said in a press release on 22 September. Ford and R...
    Ford to invest another USD250 million at Rouge EV Center to add capacity of F-150 Lightning
    Ford Motor Company plans to invest an additional USD250 million and add another 450 direct jobs across its facilities located in Michigan, including the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Van Dyke Electric Powertrain Center and Rawsonville components plant, the company said in a press release on 16 Sept...
    23-Sep-2021 News Investments
    Ford, Walmart and Argo AI team up to launch autonomous vehicle delivery service
    Argo AI, Ford Motor Company, and Walmart are collaborating to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C. — Walmart's first multi-city autonomous delivery collaboration in the United States, according to an official press release dated September 15th...
    Ford to stop manufacturing cars in India
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer Ford Motor Company has announced on 9 September that the company will stop manufacturing cars in India. The move comes as part of a larger restructuring exercise wherein the company plans to continue its operations in India via its Chennai-based Business Solutions...
    Ford equips Bronco SUV with high-performance off-road stability suspension (HOSS) systems
    American carmaker Ford has equipped its new Bronco models with its High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) system. According to a press release issued by Ford on 20 August, this system features independent front suspension, taller coil springs on every corner for added articulation and...
    30-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Ford doubles production target of electric pickup truck on strong demand
    Ford Motor Company has doubled its production target for its upcoming electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning, as it is witnessing a strong early demand, according to a report filed by Reuters on 23 August. It said that Ford is now targeting an annual production of over 80,000 units in 2024, u...
    24-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Ford unveils 2022 Lincoln Navigator with hands-free driving, OTA software updates
    Lincoln has revealed a refreshed 2022 Navigator with a hands-free advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) option, according to an official press release issued on 18 August. The system enables hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of dedicated North American highways. It regulates the ve...
    24-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Ford Bronco production delayed due to hardtop supply constraints
    Ford’s all-new, on- and off-road sport utility vehicle (SUV) Bronco is witnessing delay in mass production due to quality issues with its hardtops across the two and four-door models, a news report published by Car and Driver said on 14 August. “The Ford Bronco is being plagued by delays once...
    19-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Lincoln launches new Navigator SUV with advanced connectivity
    Lincoln has announced the launch of its Navigator sports utility vehicle (SUV) with multiple connected and safety services, according to its official statement on 18 August. Among safety services, the Navigator is the first Lincoln car to offer ActiveGlide, an enhancement of intelligent adaptiv...
    19-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Ford to redesign Niehl assembly plant in Germany to establish the Cologne Electrification Center
    Ford has commenced the initial construction work to transform its Niehl assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, into the new Cologne Electrification Center. According to a press release issued by Ford on 18 August, the company stated that this new facility will be used for the preparation of vehicle bod...
    19-Aug-2021 News Investments
    Suppliers to the new Lincoln Aviator
    The second-generation Lincoln Aviator is assembled at Ford’s facility in Chicago SHO, United States. Output of the new mid-sized luxury SUV is expected to peak at more than 2,000 units in 2022, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this feature or the car ...
    Continental develops EcoContact 6 tires with reduced rolling resistance
    German automotive components and systems supplier, Continental, has developed a new tire with reduced rolling resistance. According to a press release issued by Continental on 12 August, the company’s EcoContact 6 summer tire, which was designed for Ford, has surpassed the EU Tire Label’s “Cla...
    16-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Ford partners with Bedrock and Bosch to launch test site for Detroit Smart Parking Lab
    Ford has partnered with Bedrock, Bosch and Michigan state to launch a real-world test site for emerging parking technology called the Detroit Smart Parking Lab, it said in a 5 August press release. The lab is set to open in September for companies to test parking-related mobility, logistics and elec...
    Ford Motor to set up USD100 million global battery R&D lab in Michigan
    Ford Motor Company plans to set up a new global battery center of excellence called Ford Ion Park with the intent to accelerate the company’s research and development of battery and battery cell technologies, it said in a press release on 27 July. Anand Sankaran, Ford Ion Park director said, ...
    29-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Ford hires M&A veteran to drive inorganic growth in electrification, new business
    Michigan-based vehicle manufacturer, Ford Motor Company has hired a corporate merger and acquisition (M&A) veteran, Doug Power, 52, to accelerate its Ford+ plan for securing growth in electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity and innovative services, the company said in a press announcement on 19 Ju...
    Ford unveils new Refresh95 standard-certified cabin air filter
    According to an official press release dated 22 July, Ford announced the release of all-new standard certified cabin air filters known as Ford Refresh95, with plans to cover the majority of its lineup by the end of 2023. Ford Refresh95 is Ford's new standard advanced cabin air filter, built in th...
    28-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Ford to launch autonomous vehicle fleet with Lyft and Argo AI by end-2021
    According to an official press release dated 21 July, Ford, Argo AI, and Lyft have collaborated to commercialize autonomous ride-hailing on a large scale. In Miami, self-driving rides with safety drivers will begin in 2021. The companies stated that they intend to expand to Austin,...
    Ford issues three safety recalls impacting more than 850,000 vehicles globally
    Ford announced three safety recalls in a 16 July press release. The first recall is for certain model year (MY) 2020–21 F-350 pickup trucks with 6.7L engine and single rear wheel axle for a rear axle housing spring seat interface weld issue. The American automaker also recalled select MY...
    19-Jul-2021 News Recalls
    Ford opens order books in UK for Mustang Mach-E GT
    American car maker Ford has opened online orders for its new high-performance electric vehicle (EV), the Mustang Mach-E, for prospective customers in Europe. According to a press release issued by Ford on 9 July, deliveries of this vehicle will commence later this year. Two AC motors individ...
    13-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Lincoln to have fully electrified portfolio by 2030
    Ford-owned American premium carmaker, Lincoln, has announced that it will debut its first global fully electric vehicle (EV) next year. According to a press release issued by Lincoln on 16 June, the company will electrify its entire portfolio of vehicles by the end of the decade. By the middle of...
    Origin Materials, Ford to develop carbon negative materials for automotive
    Origin Materials has launched its net zero automotive program with American carmaker Ford Motor Company wherein the two companies would pursue drop-in applications for carbon negative PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) produced from sustainable wood residues using the former’s technology, Or...
    Ford launches SecuriAlert car alarm for vehicle owners
    Ford has announced that its smartphone-based security system SecuriAlert is available to vehicle owners, according to a company press release on 10 June. SecuriAlert sends a notification to the vehicle owner’s smartphone if it identifies any vehicle activity, such as attempts to open doors or gain...
    14-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Ford to launch Maverick pick-up truck with full-hybrid powertrain
    American carmaker Ford has announced plans to launch its new pickup truck, the model year (MY) 2022 Maverick, in fall 2022. According to a press release issued by Ford on 8 June, the company stated that it will be put on sale with full hybrid powertrain. Ford claims that this five-passenger, four...
    10-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Rassini, Hexion develops EPIKOTE™ epoxy resin for rear suspension system in Ford F-150
    Hexion has developed in collaboration with Rassini, an epoxy resin system for rear suspension system called EPIKOTE™ for Ford’s new 2021 F-150 pickup truck model. According to a company press release on 1 June, Rassini develops and manufactures the hybrid rear suspension—comprising a parabolic...
    Ford recalls 1,796 vehicles in US over issue with mounting bracket
    Ford has issued a recall notice for 1,796 vehicles in the United States over issue with mounting bracket, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) on 24 May. The recall affects certain model year MY2021 Super Duty F-350 ...
    01-Jun-2021 News Recalls
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford to store car data locally as China plans new rules
    BMW, Daimler, and Ford have set up facilities in mainland China to store vehicle data generated locally, Reuters reported on 27 May. Ford Motor had established a data center in mainland China in the first half of last year and was storing all vehicle data locally. BMW said it operates "local data ce...
    Ford recalls 204,709 vehicles in North America over transmission issue
    Ford is recalling more than 204,709 vehicles in North America States over transmission issue, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall involves Transit Connect vans from the 2013 through 2021 model years, affecting 192,080 in the U...
    31-May-2021 News Recalls
    Ford expects 40% of its global vehicle volume to be all-electric by 2030
    Ford anticipates that 40% of its global vehicle volume will be fully electric by 2030, according to a company press release on 26 May 2021. This electric vehicle (EV) model lineup will include Mustang Mach-E, the all-electric version of F-150 Lightning pickup truck, and E-Transit commercial vans to ...
    JOINT VENTURE: Ford, SK Innovation form JV to develop EV battery cells and modules in North America
    Ford and SK Innovation have announced the signing of an MoU to create a joint venture (JV) called BlueOvalSK for approximately 60 GWh annual production of traction battery cells and array modules, “starting mid-decade, with potential to expand” according to a company press release on 20 May. The...
    Ford launches new ‘Power-Up’ OTA software updates
    Ford has launched over-the-air (OTA) software updates called Power Up, according to a press release on 13 May. The first Ford Power-Up software updates will be for Mustang Mach-E vehicles in Europe. Ford Power-Up software updates will deliver regular, convenient and seamless quality enhancements, pl...
    20-May-2021 News New Products
    Ford unveils F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck
    American carmaker Ford has unveiled the electric version of its F-150 pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning. According to a press release issued by Ford on 19 May, the vehicle will roll off the line during spring 2022 at Ford’s Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan State, US. The Ford F-150 Lightning...
    20-May-2021 News New Products
    Ford redesigning automotive components to use more accessible chips
    In response to the global semiconductor shortage, Ford Motor is redesigning automotive components to use more accessible chips, Jim Farley, chief executive, said on 13 May at Ford's online annual shareholder meeting. He also said the company is weighing other strategies for the future, including ...
    Ford open to accelerating e-mobility push in Europe
    Ford is calling on policymakers, energy providers, local authorities, consumers, and the auto industry to join hands on a nationwide electrification strategy to chart out the “right trajectory” for 2030 for the United Kingdom, according to a company press release on 13 May. Significance: Ford...
    Ford recalls 616,967 vehicles in US over issue with retention pins of roof rail covers
    Ford is recalling 616,967 vehicles in the United States over an issue with retention pins of roof rail covers, according to a notification released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 5 May. The recall affects model year 2016–19 Explorer vehicles. Significance: In t...
    14-May-2021 News Recalls
    Ford, thyssenkrupp join consortium to develop new production processes for e-motors
    Ford, thyssenkrupp, RWTH University Aachen, and Engiro, as part of an industry consortium have kicked-off a research project to develop “flexible and sustainable production-processes for future generation e-motors,” according to a company press release on 6 May. The companies will create a test ...
    10-May-2021 News Investments
    DTE Energy commissions new solar array at Ford R&D center in Dearborn, US
    DTE Energy announced that it has commissioned a new solar array at the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan, in a press release by Ford on 5 May. Significance: The solar array comprises 2,159 panels and is located on the rooftop level of the Deck 400 parking stru...
    Ford launches Mustang Mach-E GT, GT Performance Edition
    Ford has launched the Mustang Mach-E GT and Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition according to a company press release on 26 April. Estimated starting MSRP of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E GT is USD59,900 and the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is USD64,900 in the United States. The automaker plans ...
    06-May-2021 News New Products
    Autonomous vehicle startup Argo AI develops lidar for autonomous delivery, ride services
    In a news release on the company's website on 4 May, Argo AI unveiled details on a long-range lidar sensor that it claims can see 400 m away with the high-resolution photorealistic quality and the ability to detect dark and distant objects with low reflectivity. Hundreds of sensors are ...
    05-May-2021 News New Products
    Ford cuts output at two German plants due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford Motor is set to cut down production at its German plants in Cologne and Saarlouis for the next few weeks due to shortage in supply of semiconductors, Reuters reported on 3 May. The carmaker is set to prioritize vehicles already ordered by customers said it planned to make up for lost production...
    BMW, Ford invest in solid-state battery startup Solid Power
    Solid-state battery supplier, Solid Power has announced a USD130 million Series B investment round led by the BMW Group, Ford Motor Company, and Volta Energy Technologies, according to a company press release by Solid Power on May 3. Ford and the BMW have also expanded their existing agreements with...
    04-May-2021 News Investments
    Ford to build new electric light commercial vehicle in Romania in 2024, invests USD300 million
    American car maker, Ford, has confirmed that it will invest USD300 million to build a new light commercial vehicle in 2023 at its Craiova assembly plant in Romania, including a pure-electric version scheduled to debut in 2024. The start date for production of the new vehicle will be confirmed closer...
    28-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Ford Ion Park global battery center of excellence established in Michigan, US
    Ford has announced a new global battery center of excellence, called Ford Ion Park, to accelerate research and development of battery and battery cell technology, including future battery manufacturing. According to a press release issued by Ford on 27 April, an additional USD185 million will be inv...
    28-Apr-2021 News Investments
    University of Michigan to invest USD2 million to reduce cost of recyclable lightweight sheet metals
    The University of Michigan is investing in a project worth USD2 million that aims to develop simpler and more cost-effective ways to make recyclable lightweight automotive sheet metals, according to a press release by the university on 20 April. The project is called “The Clean Sheet Project.” A...
    22-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Auto Shanghai 2021: Lincoln China debuts all-new Corsair PHEV
    Lincoln debuted the all-new Lincoln Corsair plug-in hybrid (PHEV) at Auto Shanghai 2021. According to a company press release on 19 April, the Corsair PHEV is Lincoln’s first locally produced new energy vehicle (NEV). Lincoln also officially debuted the Zephyr Reflection Preview Car and launched L...
    20-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford to idle plants in US and Turkey due to semiconductor shortage
    A US carmaker Ford Motor has announced plant shutdowns in the United States and Turkey owing to the global semiconductor shortage, Reuters reported on 15 April. Five facilities will be impacted. Ford announced production cuts during the weeks of 19 and 26 April in Chicago, Flat Rock, Michigan, and K...
    Ford to offer BlueCruise hands-free driving in Mustang Mach-E
    Ford unveiled BlueCruise, a hands-free highway driving system that is SAE Level 2 driver-assist technology, similar with Tesla Autopilot.  Via over-the-air software updates, BlueCruise will be offered later this year on the 2021 F-150 and the 2021 Mustang Mach-E models equipped with the...
    Ford commences Mustang Mach-E preorders in mainland China
    Ford’s intelligent all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV is open for preorders in mainland China with prices from RMB265,000–379,900 (USD40,446–58,000) according to a company press release on 13 April. Ford is also building locally the high-performance GT version. The Mustang Mach-E GT First Edition...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford adds hybrid, RWD variants in Explorer SUV lineup
    American carmaker, Ford, has announced that it is expanding its model year (MY) 2021 Explorer sports utility vehicle (SUV) portfolio. According to a press release issued by Ford on 8 April, the company is adding a rear-wheel drive (RWD) Explorer Platinum, and a Platinum Hybrid variant. Order...
    14-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Ford to offer new Mappo in-vehicle app
    Ford has announced that it will offer Mappo app to its customers, according to a company press release dated 25 March. Mappo is a new in-car app that provides culture-oriented travel recommendations based on books, movies, and music. The app, which allows travelers explore cities based on their i...
    08-Apr-2021 News New Products
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Ford suspends operations at two US plants due to chip shortage
    Ford Motor is idling production at two truck plants that make its best-selling F-150 pickup on the back of the global semiconductor shortage, reports Bloomberg Quint. The truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, US, will shut for two weeks starting April 5. Ford will also cease production of the F-15...
    Altia’s technology powers development of clusters in new Ford 150
    Altia has announced that its proprietary design automation technology has been used to develop 4.2-inch and 8-inch digital screens in MY 2021 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, according to a 25 March press release. Altia software allowed developers to accelerate a graphics solution for the cluster's micropr...
    AKKA renews partnership with Ford for verification and validation of infotainment system
    AKKA has renewed its partnership with Ford, covering the verification and validation of features and functions in infotainment systems, it said in a press release on 30 March. AKKA will support Ford with analysis of fault management and of tests up to protocol level in the infotainment space, w...
    Ford, HP collaborate to transform 3D waste into injection molded auto parts
    Ford announced its collaboration with HP to innovatively reuse spent 3D printed powders and parts, closing the loop and turning them into injection molded vehicle parts, the automaker said in a press release on 25 March. Ford’s team created this solution that produces zero waste at its Advanced Ma...
    Ford to adjust vehicle production in US due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford is expected to adjust vehicle production in the US after cutting the number of shifts at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and shutting down the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Detroit Free Press reported on 22 March. The forced adjustment is due to the global semiconductor shortage plag...
    Next-generation Ford Transit Custom will include all-electric powertrain; launch scheduled in 2023
    Ford announced that the next-generation Ford Transit Custom range will include an all-electric model according to a company press release on 16 March. The model range, which includes the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover, will also include plug-in hybrid (PHEV), mild hybrid, and con...
    18-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Ford to launch recall of 2.9 million vehicles to replace defective airbag inflators from Takata
    Ford will proceed with the previously announced recall of 2.9 million vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators after its petition was turned down by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in January 2021, the automaker said in a press release on 12 March. The US automake...
    15-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Ford delays Mustang Mach-e deliveries in US
    Ford is delaying deliveries of some 4,500 Mustang Mach-E in the United States, according to a report by The Detroit News on 4 March 2021. The automaker did not specify the issue, which is causing the delivery delays. However, Ford said that additional quality checks are being performed on the subjec...
    Ford recalls 87,350 vehicles in North America over windshield adhesion
    Ford has issued a safety recall in North America affecting 87,350 vehicles over windshield adhesion issue, the automaker announced in a press release on 22 February 2021. The recall affects certain model year 2020–21 Ford F-Series vehicles, involving 79,017 vehicles in the United States and federa...
    23-Feb-2021 News Recalls
    Arity partners with Ford for usage-based insurance programs to Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners
    Arity has teamed up with Ford Motor to allow insurers to deliver secure usage-based insurance programs to Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners, the company said in a press release on 19 February. Arity's telematics platform processes driving data from Ford vehicles. The insights include customizable driv...
    Automakers suspends production in North America amid severe winter weather
    Several automakers, including Ford, GM, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have suspended operations this week at their manufacturing plants in the United States and Mexico amid severe cold weather, Reuters reported on 18 February. Ford temporarily closed its plants in Kansas City, Michigan, and Kentuck...
    Ford recalls 153,000 vehicles in North America over defective airbag inflators
    Ford has lost track of some older Takata airbags that can explode and hurl shrapnel, so the automaker is recalling more than 154,000 vehicles in North America to check for them, according to a Reuters report on 18 February. The automaker has issued two recalls as it can't find 45 obsolete airbags th...
    19-Feb-2021 News Recalls
    Ford to become all-electric in Europe by 2030, plans USD1 billion investment at Cologne, Germany plant
    American car manufacturer, Ford, has committed that by mid-2026, all of Ford’s passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, and will be completely all-electric by 2030. To this end, according to a press release issued by Ford on 17 February, the...
    18-Feb-2021 News Investments
    Ford sells stake in lidar specialist Velodyne
    Ford has divested its stake in the US-based lidar sensor supplier Velodyne, according to a regulatory filing by the automaker on 15 February. As of 30 September 2020, the US automaker owned 13.07 million shares, equivalent to 7.6% of the total outstanding shares in Velodyne. Significance: In Augu...
    Volkswagen to seek extension of reprieve in SK Innovation-LG Energy Solution dispute
    Volkswagen (VW) is planning to seek an extension of reprieve in the trade dispute between SK Innovation and LG Energy Solution to four years, Reuters reported on 13 February. “We will request the carve out be extended to at least four years to give an adequate transition period. Ultimately, howeve...
    Ford, Stellantis lower production amid continuing semiconductor shortage
    Ford Motor will cancel shifts at two plants that build the F-150 pickup trucks from next week because of a global shortage of semiconductors, Reuters reported on 4 February. Ford said that the shortage could result in a loss of 10–20% of planned first-quarter vehicle production. Separ...
    Ford plans USD29 billion investment in electrification and autonomous driving through 2025
    Ford has announced plans to invest a total of USD29 billion in electrification and autonomous driving through 2025, the US automaker said in a press release on 4 February. Of this total, the company will invest USD22 billion into vehicle electrification and USD7 billion into autonomous driving. ...
    05-Feb-2021 News Investments
    Ford drops plans to set up EV joint venture with Zotye in mainland China
    Ford Motor has dropped its plants to set up an electric vehicle (EV) joint venture (JV) with Zotye in mainland China, Reuters reported on 4 February citing Ford. According to the report, the decision was taken due to change in government policies since the policy was first signed in 2017. Si...
    Ford partners with Google for connected vehicle technologies and services
    Ford has announced a partnership with Google under which the companies will develop connected vehicle technologies and services, according to a press release by the automaker on 1 February. Ford will use Google Cloud for data, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). As a part of ...
    Ford to cut production at Chicago vehicle assembly plant due to semiconductor shortage
    Ford Motor has announced plans to cut production at its vehicle assembly plant in Chicago, US, The Chicago Tribune reported on 30 January. The production cut is due to a supply shortage in automotive semiconductors. Ford said that two shifts will be laid off the week starting 1 February at t...
    Sollers Ford acquires Ford engine plant in Russia
    The joint venture (JV) company by American automaker Ford and Russian car manufacturer Sollers, Ford Sollers, has announced that it has bought out the engine plant from the Ford Motor Company, which was earlier shut down during the restructuring of Ford Sollers in 2019. According to a press relea...
    Ford to manufacture Mustang Mach-E in mainland China
    American car manufacturer, Ford, has announced that its Mustang Mach-E pure-electric SUV will be manufactured in China by Changan Ford for local customers. According to a press release issued by Ford on 28 January, the all-electric platform underpinned vehicle will be made available in mainland Chin...
    29-Jan-2021 News New Products
    Ford, GM reduce operations due to semiconductors shortage
    Ford will be shutting down its Louisville assembly plant for another two weeks due to a shortage in supply of semiconductors, WKYT reported on 22 January. The plant will be down the weeks beginning January 25 and February 1. General Motors canceled overtime on January 23 at its Bupyeong plant in...
    Airbag recall to cost Ford USD610 million
    Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asked Ford to recall nearly 3 million vehicles in the United States to replace defective airbag inflators supplied by erstwhile Japan-based supplier Takata Corporation. On 21 January, the automaker said in a regulatory filing that...
    25-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    NHTSA asks Ford to recall 3 million vehicles over airbag issue
    The US auto safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Ford to recall nearly 3 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, according to a Reuters report on 19 January. NHTSA denied petitions filed by Ford and Mazda in which the automakers sou...
    20-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    Global OEMs adjust vehicle production due to semiconductor supply shortage
    In the past week, Ford Motor, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Nissan Motor have all announced that they would cut vehicle production in January due to a shortage of semiconductors, according to a Reuters article on 8 January. Ford also announced that it would idle the Louisville Assembly p...
    Ford to recall 1,339 Lincoln vehicles in mainland China over issue with driveshafts
    Ford will recall 1,339 Lincoln vehicles in mainland China over issue with driveshafts, according to a report by Xinhua on 1 January 2021 citing China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). The recall affects imported Lincoln Aviator SUVs produced between 24 August and 30 September...
    05-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    Ford recalls 29,344 vehicles in US over issue with engine cover
    Ford has issued a recall notice for 29,344 vehicles in the United States over issue with engine cover, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 17 December 2020. The recall is expected to begin 8 February 2021. The action affects ce...
    05-Jan-2021 News Recalls
    Ford, Mahindra call off India JV discussions
    The Ford Motor Company and Indian auto maker, Mahindra, have ended discussions on their joint venture  (JV), which was announced in October 2019. According to a report filed by motoring publication Autocar on 1 January, the two companies announced a mutual decision to call off the JV, following...
    Ford recalls 1,470 vehicles in North America to replace motor mount fasteners
    Ford will recall select model year 2020–21 Explorers and Lincoln Aviators in North America to replace motor mount fasteners, the automaker said in a press release on 21 December. The recall affects 1,405 vehicles in the US, 65 in Canada, and 2 in Mexico. These vehicles were built at Ford’s Chica...
    31-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    Ford commences deliveries of Mustang Mach-E electric crossover in US
    American carmaker Ford has begun customer deliveries of its new electric crossover SUV, the Mach-E, in the United States. According to a report filed by macheforum.com, a Ford Mach-E customer and enthusiast website, on 30 December, a Mach-E was handed over to a customer in Dallas, Texas, US on 29 De...
    31-Dec-2020 News New Products
    Ford recalls 31,756 vehicles in North America to inspect engine cover
    Ford is recalling 31,756 vehicles in North America to inspect the engine cover, the automaker announced in a press release on 21 December. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles for 7.3-liter engine cover thermal management. The recall covers approximately 29,344 vehi...
    22-Dec-2020 News Recalls
    Ford to launch Mustang Mach-E in Europe in early 2021
    In a press release dated 9 December, Ford announced that it will launch the Mustang Mach-E all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Europe in early 2021. The SUV will be equipped with two battery variants—the 68 kWh and 88 kWh, which will give a maximum range of 379 miles (610 km). “The Musta...
    15-Dec-2020 News New Products
    2021 Ford F-150 launched with full hybrid powertrain
    American carmaker Ford has launched the latest version of its pickup truck, the F-150. According to a press release issued by Ford on 11 December, the new F-150 will also be made available in a full hybrid version. Powering the hybrid vehicle is a 3.5 liter PowerBoost V6 that is coupled with an elec...
    14-Dec-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Ford defers launch of Bronco SUV due to issues at suppliers
    American automaker Ford is delaying the launch of its new SUV, the Bronco, over obstacles at its suppliers caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report filed by news agency Reuters on 5 December, the launch of this new vehicle has been deferred to the summer of 2021, from the ...
    Ford JV to set up EV battery plant in Turkey
    Ford Otosan, the joint venture between Ford and Koc Holding, is planning to set up an electric vehicle (EV) battery assembly facility in the industrial province of Kocaeli of Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported on 2 December. The battery assembly facility is expected to be completed in 2022. Signific...
    03-Dec-2020 News Investments
    Lincoln unveils 2021 Nautilus SUV with SYNC 4 infotainment system
    Lincoln has unveiled its new model year (MY) 2021 Nautilus SUV with the SYNC 4 infotainment system, the company said in a press release on 20 November. This will be SYNC 4’s debut in be a Lincoln vehicle. The car comes with a 13.2-inch horizontal center stack screen. The Nautilus also gets Phon...
    24-Nov-2020 News New Products
    Ford recalls 12,298 vehicles in North America to replace driveshaft
    Ford is recalling 12,298 vehicles in North America to replace driveshaft, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 November. The recall affects certain models built at Chicago Assembly Plant between 24 August and 30 September 2019. This action involves approximately 10,905 vehicles in the Un...
    19-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Ford recalls 15,954 vehicles in North America to replace link shaft bracket
    Ford is recalling 15,954 vehicles in North America to replace link shaft bracket, the automaker announced in a press release on 13 November. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2014–16 Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, and MY 2014 Ford Edge vehicles. This action involves approximately 15,587 vehi...
    18-Nov-2020 News Recalls
    Ford develops Max Recline seats for F-150 pickup
    Ford has developed Max Recline seats for its F-150 pickup to help users catch up on rest when they are out, the automaker said in a press release on 13 November. The patented seats not only fold flat to nearly 180° and can also lift the back half of the seat bottom to 3.5 inches to make a flat...
    18-Nov-2020 News New Products
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