Ford E-News - June 23, 2010

Jun 23, 2010, 15:00 ET from Ford Motor Company

DEARBORN, Mich., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

Ford is tops in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

The Blue Oval goes hand in hand with quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study. For the first time, the Ford brand has the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands. Additionally, Ford moved to fifth place among all brands from eighth last year, the highest position the company has achieved since its 23rd ranking in 2004. Some of Ford's most popular nameplates received top honors for their respective segments, including Ford Focus, Taurus and Mustang.  more...

Kristen Kinley | |  313.337.2786 Best all-new full-size pickup is Ford F-150

F-150 took the top spot in an all-new full-size pickup comparison test by Kelley Blue Book's The editors gave F-150 high marks for being outstanding across the board, but also for offering a well-rounded, thoroughly developed package. Along with praise for its driving dynamics, F-150 was also noted for both its exterior and interior styling.  more...

Ford eco-friendly materials to near 100 percent by year's end

By the end of 2010, virtually Ford's entire North American portfolio will include eco-friendly materials. To that end, the next-generation Ford Explorer, coming this fall, will be the 23rd model to feature bio-based polyurethane foam in seat cushions, seatbacks and/or headliners, further delivering on Ford's commitment to employ more sustainable materials.  more...

Dan Pierce | |  313.594.0949

Free scheduled maintenance courtesy of Lincoln

Lincoln is adding a new side to the luxury experience – free scheduled maintenance on vehicles purchased this summer. Lincoln will cover all scheduled maintenance for three years or 45,000 miles for all customers who purchase or lease a new Lincoln before Sept. 7. The program includes oil changes, tire rotations and routine inspections, and replacement of such wear items as wiper blades and brake linings.  more...

Robert Parker | |  313.845.0784

Mustang 1,000-Lap Challenge to prove the pony delivers performance and fuel economy

Ford will attempt to run a 2011 Mustang V-6 1,000 laps – more than 500 miles and the equivalent of two back-to-back NASCAR races – on a single tank of fuel at Bristol Motor Speedway during the 1,000-Lap Challenge. A team of four Ford engineers, along with NASCAR star David Ragan will showcase Mustang's class-leading fuel economy. The 2011 Mustang V-6 delivers 31 mpg and 305 horsepower, making it the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful sports car on the market.  more...

Susan Pollack | |  313.434.6912

Ford honored by American Business Awards

Ford Motor Company won the "Business Turnaround of the Year for Companies with More Than 2,500 Employees" at the 2010 American Business Awards. The award recognizes Ford's efforts to turn the corner in 2009 in the face of a global economic crisis as well as unprecedented events in the U.S. auto industry. The winners are presented annually to the best entries in 40 categories, including management, customer service, marketing, human resources, communications, information technology and sales.  more...

Bill Collins | |  212.265.2794

Ford E-Series vanpooling program sees a whopping 150 mpg

The Ford E-Series, America's top-selling van for 31 years, now has a new accolade: It's a stellar commuter vehicle. In fact, thousands of E-Series vans are achieving an amazing 150 passenger-miles per gallon each day as commuter vehicles for VPSI, a leader in developing and maintaining world-class vanpool programs. VPSI's use of Ford E-Series vanpools takes 14 million commuter vehicles off the nation's roadways each year, saving more than $73 million in fuel and reducing CO2 emissions by 259,000 tons.  more...

Anne Marie Gattari | |  313.323.7809

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 176,000 employees and about 80 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, and, until its sale, Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

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