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Ford Makes Major Investment in Self-Driving Cars

It spends $1B on start-up by Google, Uber alumni

(Newser) - Ford has made another big bet on the future of self-driving cars, investing $1 billion in previously unknown startup Argo AI. "The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile," Ford CEO Mark Fields said in a statement, per Ars Technica , predicting that self-driving technology... More »

Behold, the Return of the Ford Bronco

The Ranger and Jeep Wagoneer are also coming back in wave of nostalgia

(Newser) - If OJ Simpson ever gets out of prison, he could again find himself tooling slowly down a highway in a white Ford Bronco—a brand new one, reports CNN . Ford announced Monday that it's bringing back the Ranger and Bronco (last made in 1996). "Bronco will be a... More »

Mexican Ford Workers on Canceled Plant: Trump Did This

Dreams dashed for San Luis Potosi; Ford says decision wasn't politically motivated

(Newser) - Word spread quickly between co-workers that Ford Motor Co. had canceled its new $1.6 billion car plant at its 700-acre site in north-central Mexico. "When I saw it... [I thought], 'Well, no, it can't be,'" a security guard who spent the past five months... More »

Ford Mexico Plant Cancellation Not Quite What It Seems

Small-car production is still heading south

(Newser) - Ford may have found a successful strategy for dealing with Donald Trump: letting him take credit for stuff it was going to do anyway. The company's announcement Tuesday that it's canceling a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico was seen as a big victory for the president-elect, but... More »

Ford Kills $1.6B Mexico Plant, Cites, but Doesn't Credit, Trump

Will invest $700M in Michigan instead

(Newser) - A slap from GM , a caress from Ford for President-elect Donald Trump: The automaker on Tuesday announced that it will no longer construct what was to be a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico and will instead create 700 new jobs in Michigan by way of a $700 million investment... More »

Ford Moving Production to Mexico Despite Trump Threats

But it says the move won't cost any US jobs

(Newser) - Ford is going ahead with plans to move small-car production from the US to Mexico despite President-elect Trump's recent threats to impose tariffs on companies that move work abroad, the AP reports. CEO Mark Fields said Ford's plan to move production of the Ford Focus from Michigan to... More »

Trump Says He Kept Ford Plant in Kentucky

Company hadn't planned to move whole plant to Mexico

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to announce that Ford Motor Co. won't be moving Lincoln production from Kentucky to Mexico. Trump tweeted that Bill Ford, the company's executive chairman, telephoned him with the news that a Lincoln plant would stay in Louisville. In another tweet... More »

The 5 Best, Worst Car Brands in US

Can Ford thank Matthew McConaughey?

(Newser) - It's not clear whether Matthew McConaughey's commercials have anything to do with swaying customer opinion, but a nationwide survey of nearly 4,000 people regarding 24 major car brands has found that Americans love their Ford Lincolns the most, 24/7 Wall St. reports. An American Customer Satisfaction Index... More »

Ford Is Moving All Small-Car Production Out of the US

Trump slams Mexico move

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. says it's moving all of its US small-car production to Mexico. Ford CEO Mark Fields confirmed the long-expected move Wednesday during an event for investors and Wall Street analysts, the AP reports. Ford already makes its Fiesta subcompact in Mexico, but its Focus and C-MAX small... More »

Coming in 2021: a Ford Without Pedals

Fully autonomous vehicle will be used for ride-sharing

(Newser) - A car without pedals or even a steering wheel? The curious and the brave need wait only five years, apparently. Ford announced Tuesday that it will release a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021 that needs no input from the driver. In fact, it needs no driver at all. The car... More »

'She Screamed': Sunbather Run Over by Police Truck

Lindsey Gordon is in stable condition after multiple surgeries

(Newser) - It was just another day at the beach for Louisiana sunbather Lindsey Gordon—until a police officer failed to see the 24-year-old and ran over her in his marked pickup truck on Thursday afternoon, reports AL.com . Grand Isle Police Assistant Chief Norris Esponge is on administrative leave pending a... More »

New Ford Police Car Stops Armor-Piercing Bullets

It's the first to do so in the US, Ford says

(Newser) - Ford will soon offer what it says is the first police car in the US with protection against bullets that can pierce armor. The doors on its new Police Interceptors are the first to meet federal government standards from "armor-piercing .30-caliber rifle rounds," Business Insider reports. Ford says... More »

Ford Resurrects Its Iconic Lincoln Continental

Concept car debuting at this week's New York auto show; on sale next year

(Newser) - Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. John F. Kennedy was riding in one on that fateful day in Dallas. Then the name vanished amid an invasion of foreign luxury cars. Now, thirteen years after the last Lincoln Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford Motor Co. is resurrecting... More »

Big Winners at Detroit Auto Show: Volkswagen, Ford

Golf, F-150 win car and truck of the year

(Newser) - Ford's radical move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has garnered it some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award. Ford took the top truck honor today alongside the Volkswagen Golf, which was named car of the... More »

Ford's First Radical F-150 Just Rolled Off the Line

Company acknowledges taking risks with aluminum truck

(Newser) - When you've had the bestselling vehicle in the US for 32 years, why change the formula? To make it even better, Ford argues. That's why the company's 2015 F-150, which will appear at dealerships next month, will have a body made almost entirely out of aluminum rather... More »

New Mustang Plays Fake Engine Noise

Sound is enhanced, played through stereo

(Newser) - The purr of the engine in some 2015 Ford Mustangs may sound great, but it's not entirely real. The sound system on the four-cylinder Mustang EcoBoost "layer(s) in certain sound characteristics on top of what's already there," an engineer says, as Autoblog reports. The idea is... More »

Ford Recalls 850K Cars on Short-Circuit Concerns

Problem could stop the air bags from working in a crash

(Newser) - Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash. The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ luxury car, all sold in North America. Ford says... More »

Tomatoes as Car Parts? Heinz, Ford Team Up

Idea is to recycle skins, stems into plastic

(Newser) - Two statements you wouldn't think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced today that they're teaming up to try to turn all... More »

CEO Credited With Saving Ford Retiring

Alan Mulally will be replaced by Mark Fields

(Newser) - Ford CEO Alan Mulally will retire July 1 and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, the company announced in a news release this morning. The 68-year-old Mulally is credited with saving Ford from financial ruin after being hired away from Boeing in 2006. Fields, who has been running... More »

300 Companies Promise to Help Long-Term Jobless

Apple, Walmart, others will reassess hiring practices

(Newser) - President Obama says he has secured a pledge from more than 300 companies to rethink their hiring practices with the goal of helping the long-term unemployed. The president is meeting with top business leaders today at the White House, but he offered some details to CNN about the initiative last... More »

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