• Ford Sends WWII Veterans to D.C.

    9/13/2013 10:50:26 AM - by Joseph Cicchetti

    Ford Motor Company Fund Sends More Than 25 Local Veterans to Visit National World War II Memorial in D.C.

    • Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring an Honor Flight for local World War II veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., one of five Ford-sponsored Honor Flights during 2012 and 2013
    • More than 25 veterans from Kansas and Missouri are participating
    • Members of Ford Volunteer Corps will assist with the flight as part of eighth annual Ford Global Week of Caring

    Ford Motor Company Fund is providing more than 25 local World War II veterans with a special tribute in remembrance of these brave soldiers who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow Americans.

    Ford Fund is covering the cost of the trip to Washington, D.C. for more than 25 World War II veterans from Missouri and Kansas to experience the national memorials dedicated in their honor.

    “It is an honor and privilege to travel to Washington, D.C., alongside these brave Americans who served our country nearly 70 years ago,” said Tony Reinhart, regional director of Government and Community Relations, Ford Motor Company. “Ford Fund’s generous contribution is providing a fitting remembrance of the lasting impact of and appreciation for their historic sacrifice.”

    The World War II Honor Flight veterans, who are in their late eighties and nineties, along with their guardians, are being greeted in Washington, D.C. by members of Congress and Ford employees at the memorial. They also are visiting the Air Force Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. The trip was organized by the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City.

    Ford Motor Company also is marking 9-11 by sending more than 10,000 employees who are members of the Ford Volunteer Corps into their communities on six continents. More than $90,000 in Ford Fund grants has been provided to nonprofit groups in the U.S. for the tools and supplies necessary to complete these projects during the eighth annual Ford Global Week of Caring.

    Ford Fund sponsored Honor Flights for veterans in Kentucky and in Ohio earlier this year. Ford is providing more than $50,000 toward Honor Flights this year, similar to the level of support it contributed in 2012. Since 1974 Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund have provided more than $8 million to veterans organizations, including support for the National World War II Memorial.

  • Henry Ford's 150th

    1/30/2013 12:54:52 PM - by Joseph Cicchetti
    Join Henry Ford’s 150th Birthday Celebration!

    It’s been said that Henry Ford changed the world we live in. Born in on July 30, 1863, his vision and perseverance shaped Ford Motor Company from the very beginning, his focus on innovation and technology continue to be at the very core of what we do. Selected by Fortune Magazine in 1999 as “Businessman of the Century” for his achievements as an entrepreneur, his philosophy on life and business still apply today.

    From his days as an engineer with the Edison Illuminating Company to his street racing career in turn-of-the-century Detroit, Henry Ford never stopped learning. Check out the interactive timeline on www.HenryFord150.com to find out more about the founder of Ford Motor Company.

    “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford

    Miss the Henry Ford reenactors at this year’s North American International Auto Show? Don’t live close enough to Dearborn, Michigan, to take part in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford’s birth? Be sure to catch “American Experience: Henry Ford and the American Dream” on January 29, 2013, on your local PBS station. The two-hour documentary explores our founder’s life and achievements. See your local PBS station listings for times.

    “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford

    Sure, we’ve all heard about how Henry Ford used the assembly line to reduce the time it took to build a car from 12 hours to just one and a half hours. But did you know he didn’t invent the assembly line? Firearms manufacturer Samuel Colt used an assembly line to build guns during the Civil War. What Mr. Ford did so successfully was to create a demand for the very product his assembly-line workers were building by paying them a higher wage while reducing the vehicle cost.

    “To resent efficiency is the mark of inefficiency” – Henry Ford

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch Henry Ford’s words come to life. Visitors to the Ford Rogue Factory can tour the Dearborn Truck Plant, the Ford Motor Company state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Learn about vertical integration; feel the heat of the blast furnaces, hear the rumble of the huge stamping presses and watch as the F-150 is built. Learn more at www.TheHenryFord.org.

    Other Henry Ford sesquicentennial events include:

    • Henry Ford: His Life and Times – Lectures by Russell Dore on Henry Ford’s inventions, family and the ways he changed our world. Various dates and locations in Michigan and Florida. See www.HenryFord150.com for details.
    • Discovering Henry Ford shows at The Henry Ford – April-December. A presenter-facilitated multimedia program using a large touch screen monitor to access digital assets (movies, photos) in themed 20-minute shows (Henry Ford the Tinkerer, Henry Ford and the Model T).
    • Henry’s T – Dramatic presentation at Greenfield Village - May-August. Visitors will meet Henry Ford in this interactive 15-minute play and hear how he was inspired to build the world’s universal car. Guests also will find out why the Model T was so revolutionary and how Mr. Ford’s visionary thinking and hard work enabled him to put the world on wheels.
    • Henry Ford 150 Cruise – The Henry Ford Retirement Village, Dearborn, Michigan. – July 20, 2013. Watch 150 Model A, Model T and older Ford cars cruise from the Henry Ford Retirement Village to Nankin Mills in nearby Westland, Michigan.
    • Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford - The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan - July 27, 2013. This free community event will bring Henry Ford to “life” and feature many of his little-known interests and contributions. Enjoy a BBQ picnic cooked with charcoal briquettes – an innovation of Mr. Ford’s, an avid outdoorsman.
  • The Power Of Choice

    4/20/2012 1:18:30 PM - by Your Friends at Flood Ford
    Ford’s power of choice
    Ford believes in the power of choice – offering customers a range of fuel-efficient vehicles to reduce gas bills and CO2 emissions while still delivering the capability they need. In line with this philosophy, Ford is delivering a range of eco-friendly driving options, from advanced EcoBoost® gas-powered vehicles to hybrid and all-electric vehicles such as the new Focus Electric.

    Selecting the right vehicle is a significant decision for individuals seeking greener lifestyles or just looking to save money when driving. In a recent national survey, Ford found nearly half of Americans are confused when it comes to green vehicle options, with 46 percent not knowing the difference between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.

    Ford is helping to address this confusion in the marketplace with a national education program aiming to reach 100,000 more drivers. Ford has developed an interactive, online quiz that asks people lifestyle-oriented questions and helps them identify the right car to fit their needs. More than 200,000 people have visited the site and Ford is working to increase that by 50 percent this spring. Visit http://www.ford.com/technology/electric/evforme/ to find the right vehicle to fit your lifestyle.

    As part of the national education program, Ford also is partnering with Green Festival, touring major U.S. cities to bring fuel-efficient vehicles and resources to consumers, and inspiring impactful ideas aimed at improving the environment in the local communities by awarding $5,000 Community Green Grants in each city. Ford also will donate an electric vehicle charging station in more than 25
  • 2012 Best In Show: '13 Ford Fusion

    1/13/2012 3:36:06 PM - by Lee Kabilyo

    2013 Ford Fusion is Autoweek's Best in Show award winner

    New Fusion wins Autoweek Best in Show award.

    DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2012 – Just days after being revealed to the world, the new Ford Fusion is already bringing home awards. The Autoweek editorial staff has chosen Fusion for its Best in Show award at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
    The selection is based on one compelling measurement – the car people will remember most five years from now.

    “It’s very rare for a midsize sedan to win Best in Show,” said Autoweek Editor Wes Raynal. “I think it’s the first of a lot of awards the Fusion is going to win this year.”

    For more information, check out these links: For photos, click here and here. For video of the awards presentation, click here. To read the Autoweek story, click here.

    The highest award from Autoweekcomes just one day after the car received the prestigious Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s EyesOn Design award at NAIAS.

    Fusion brings alive the next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford. It is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions – each expected to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience.

    “I’ve been with the company for 13 years,” said J Mays, Ford chief creative officer, “and I can truly say this is the best car ever to come out of the design and engineering center in Dearborn. We are delighted for the entire global design team, because this really was a global effort.”

    Fusion is being revealed in North America in S, SE and the range-topping Titanium series, and points to the next Ford Mondeo for world markets.
    Smart, sleek and fresh, the new Fusion is set to change how people think about midsize sedans, elevating the game with jaw-dropping fuel economy and the smart technology and refinement typically found in cars costing thousands more. From its groundbreaking design to its enhanced craftsmanship, Fusion is setting a higher standard.

    The all-new Fusion will be on public display – along with other award-winning Ford vehicles – in Detroit’s Cobo Hall through Jan. 22.