Ford E-News - Dec. 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010, 16:00 ET from Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

Bright, modern, green Michigan Assembly the new benchmark for flexible manufacturing

Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant has completed a $550 million transformation that makes it the world's first factory to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Production of the all-new global Ford Focus is under way with Focus Electric going into production late next year followed by a new hybrid and plug-in hybrid in late 2012. Ford and the UAW developed a framework of new and leading-edge operating practices to produce the vehicles with industry-leading quality and efficiency; a new level of manufacturing flexibility allows Michigan Assembly to build multiple models to quickly and efficiently meet changing consumer preferences.  more...

Marcey Evans | |  313.322.9211

12,000 crash tests in virtual and real worlds prove out new Focus technology

Engineers for the new 2012 Ford Focus tested hundreds of designs thousands of times – actually, 12,000 times – in virtual and real-world crash tests, all to prove out innovative new technologies designed to protect occupants in crashes. Focus offers a suite of safety innovations, including Ford's next-generation driver airbag with enhanced chest protection, and a new vehicle structure that provides a unique B-pillar reinforcement made from ultra-high-strength steel. The new Focus debuts around the world starting early next year.  more...

Wes Sherwood | |  313.390.5660

Ford Racing brings back Cobra Jet Mustang for 2012

Ford Racing unveiled the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Fla., and announced the intention to build 50 turnkey 2012 Cobra Jets. For the first time the Cobra Jet will be available in three color options – Race Red, Grabber Blue and Winner White – with coordinated graphics. The 2012 Cobra Jet will come with all of the features of the 2010 car including a full race-prepared automatic transmission, drag race-specific shocks and springs, manual steering and brakes, 8.50 certified rollcage, and an Aeromotive return-style fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell.  more...

Brent Maurer | |  313.203.7185

2011 Ford Explorer V6 delivers segment-leading fuel economy

The all-new Ford Explorer – the vehicle that defined a segment – has been reinvented and reengineered for the 21st century. The Explorer 3.5-liter V6 engine with Ti-VCT, mated to an advanced six-speed automatic transmission, delivers power comparable to the outgoing 2010 Explorer V8, yet posts an unsurpassed 17 mpg on the EPA city cycle and a jaw-dropping 25 mpg on the highway. Legendary Explorer capability has not been compromised, as the vehicle can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds. A fuel-efficient, fully capable Explorer is having your cake and eating it, too.  more...

Jay Ward | |  313.845.2387

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 163,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, production of which has been announced by the company to be ending in the fourth quarter of 2010. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

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