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Ford Drops Pickup Ads for 'Finish Strong' COVID Campaign

Ads will air during football games starting Friday

(Newser) - Ford is using slots it had booked to promote its new F-150 pickup for ads that make no mention of motor vehicles. The nationwide "Finish Strong" campaign urges Americans not to abandon COVID precautions during this crucial phase of the pandemic, NBC News reports. The 30-second ad will debut...

Musk to US: You Owe Me Tariff Money, Plus Interest

Tesla, other major automakers suing the government over trade war with China

(Newser) - Elon Musk isn't just calling for the US to end new tariffs on Chinese products—he wants a refund for the money's he already paid, plus interest. Musk's car company, Tesla, filed a lawsuit against the US this week over the import tariffs, as did automakers Ford,...

After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and...

Ford Picks Odd Day to Release Its New Bronco

'Purely coincidental' that SUV's debut will be on July 9, OJ Simpson's birthday

(Newser) - Either the Ford Motor Company has a twisted sense of humor or it failed to realize it would be unveiling its new Bronco on OJ Simpson's birthday. The Bronco—heading back into production for the first time since 1996—is almost synonymous with the former football star and murder...

Michigan AG Says Trump Going Maskless Could Be Issue

For Ford, specifically

(Newser) - President Trump's Thursday visit to a Michigan manufacturing plant didn't just draw headlines—it could draw trouble for Ford. Dana Nessel told CNN late Thursday the company could face consequences for allowing Trump to skip wearing a mask during a visit to a Ford plant that now produces...

He Created the 'Greatest Icon in Automotive History'

Gale Halderman, who led team that designed the original Ford Mustang, is dead at age 87

(Newser) - The very first Ford Mustang was scooped up in 1964 for around $3,400 , and over the next year and a half, a million-plus more were sold. The original pony car has since become a legend among cars. On Wednesday, the lead designer of that legend died. The Detroit News...

Auto Workers: Forget the Risks, We're Doing This

Hundreds of workers from Ford, GM, and other companies are making medical gear

(Newser) - Cindy Parkhurst could have stayed home collecting most of her pay while the Ford plant where she normally works remains closed due to coronavirus fears. Instead, she along with hundreds of workers at Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and other companies has gone back to work to make face shields, surgical...

Trump Invokes Act to Compel GM to Make Ventilators

Earlier, he lashed out at General Motors and Ford

(Newser) - President Trump lashed out at US automakers Friday and demanded they begin making ventilators to help hospitals cope with the pandemic. Hours after airing his complaints on social media, Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to require that General Motors make the machines, reports the Washington Post . The act gives...

Automakers Close All North American Plants

Unemployment applications soar across the country

(Newser) - At the UAW's insistence, Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler decided Wednesday to close all of their plants in North America to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The plants won't restart before March 30 for Ford and GM, the Detroit Free Press reports. Fiat Chrysler has not...

Tesla Mocked by Surprise Troll on 'Unbreakable' Cybertruck

Lego's vehicle is 'guaranteed shatterproof'

(Newser) - Elon Musk says the orders are pouring in for Tesla's new Cybertruck, despite the onstage demo fail that generated worldwide mockery. Now, a surprise troll is mocking the electric car company with its own debut. Mashable reports that early Tuesday, Danish toy company Lego put up a promo on...

Ford Unveils Electric Mustang Mach E Suv

It can go up to 300 miles on a single charge

(Newser) - Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The Mustang Mach E, which will go 230 miles to more than 300 miles...

Ford Deal Includes $9K Bonuses

No layoffs are planned, but one engine plant would close

(Newser) - The tentative Ford-UAW labor agreement calls for $9,000 signing bonuses for workers and the closing of a Michigan engine plant. About 600 union members work at the Romeo Engine Plant north of Detroit, CNBC reports, but none would be laid off. The workers could choose taking a job at...

Lee Iacocca Dies at 94

Auto industry giant turned around Chrysler in the '80s

(Newser) - From the Mustang to the Jeep Grand Cherokee—with the Pinto, K-cars, and the minivan in between—Lee Iacocca left a mark on the American auto industry like few others. The former Ford and Chrysler chief, who became the quintessential tough-talking celebrity CEO after engineering a remarkable turnaround at the...

7K White-Collar Workers Losing Jobs at Ford

Company says it's trying to become more efficient

(Newser) - Ford is cutting about 7,000 white-collar jobs, which would make up 10% of its global workforce. The company said the plan will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager, per the AP . In the US, about 2,...

New $110K Lincoln With 'Suicide Doors' Sold Out in 2 Days

Only 80 people got their hands on the new model

(Newser) - The most expensive Lincoln model sold thus far is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week—and if you're not one of the dozens of people who've already nabbed one of the $110,000 luxury cars, you're out of luck. Per...

Here Are 14 Cars That Are Getting the Ax

Say goodbye to the Volkswagen Beetle, the Ford Focus, and a dozen others

(Newser) - If you think you're seeing more SUVs and crossovers on the road, you're not imagining things. That's because automakers are making what USA Today calls a "sweeping shift" into those types of vehicles—which also means they're dumping more-traditional passenger cars from their lineups. The...

Markets Rebound at Start of Trading

Dow rose more than 200 points after Wednesday's plunge

(Newser) - Thursday is looking much better than Wednesday on Wall Street. Stocks opened higher after a sharp sell-off the previous day erased the market's gains for the year . In the first hour of trading Thursday, the Dow rose more than 200 points, shy of 1%, and the S&P 500...

Ford: Trump Is Wrong About Impact of Tariffs

'This car can now be BUILT IN THE USA,' he said

(Newser) - Ford says it isn't going to shift production of the Focus Active from China to the US, despite President Trump's thoughts on the matter. Trump boasted in a tweet Sunday that new tariffs on Chinese imports had forced the automaker to abandon plans to sell the Chinese-made Focus...

Reason Behind Ford Truck Recall? Hazardous Seat Belts

Some front seat passenger belt pretensioners 'can generate excessive sparks'

(Newser) - About 2 million Ford F-150 pickup trucks are being recalled due to an odd problem with seat-belt equipment. Some front seat passenger belt pretensioners "can generate excessive sparks when they deploy," causing smoke or fire, Ford says in a press release. The company knows of 23 reports of...

Ford Suspending F-150 Production

Due to a supplier fire

(Newser) - After a May 2 fire at a supplier's factory in Michigan caused a shortage of parts, Ford on Wednesday suspended production of its F-150 pickup truck—the best-selling vehicle in the US for more than three decades. Production at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Mercedes was also impacted, but...

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